A Practical Guide to Choosing the Right Cloud Option and Storage Service Levels
Moving to the cloud offers many business advantages, and is a natural evolution for many companies. Organizations are choosing cloud services to focus their staff on business priorities, fuel top-line growth, increase agility, reduce capital expenses, and pay for only what they need on demand.
And the timing couldn't be better as CIOs are becoming brokers of IT services in response to C-Level pressure to support business growth, reduce cost, and improve IT services and IT security. However, organizations can choose from multiple cloud options, making it challenging — and often overwhelming — to determine the right option for their business.
View the webinar or download the accompanying whitepaper to learn more about the various available cloud options — both public and private — and the pros and cons of each, providing a practical guide for organizations to make the best choice.
The Benefits of Cloud for Small to Midsize Retailers
Learn How Cloud and Managed Services Can Level the Playing Field
There's commodity IT, and there's IT that adds value. Commodity IT is email, server maintenance, managing patches—keeping the lights on. Value-add IT is innovation that improves the customer experience and drives revenue. Changing consumer expectations make shifting IT resources from commodity to value-add a retail imperative, and retail giants are leading the way.
For small to midsize retailers, managed cloud hosting can help to level the competitive playing field, as it shifts IT resources away from "keeping the lights on" to projects that add to the bottom line and move business forward in the digital age.
View the webinar or download the whitepaper to learn more.
Beyond Mobile Device Security
Why Comprehensive Endpoint Security and Management is a Must-Have for Small and Medium Enterprises
Recent research reveals that malware attacks are increasing and are significantly impacting IT operating costs. Advanced persistent threats and hacking pose the biggest headaches for IT security pros.
The issue is even more apparent due to the surge of personal devices being used in the workplace. In fact, many IT Directors are left wondering how they can manage and support all the different devices and still achieve security and compliance objectives.
View the webinar or download the accompanying whitepaper to learn why it's critical for companies to protect all endpoints, not just mobile devices, in the operating environment. We'll also address challenges related to applying stringent security across all endpoints, and balancing that with convenience and ease-of-use for employees.
The Total Benefits of Partnership
A New Way to Look at Cloud-based Desktop and Application Management
Businesses must deal with a wide range of IT challenges as they attempt to maintain uninterrupted business operations. Ensuring that desktops and applications run at peak performance and without interruption is critical to daily business operations. Businesses need to protect not only their systems but the associated data and intellectual property from disasters and theft.
Download the whitepaper to learn how many businesses have implemented a smarter, more efficient, and safer way to address these issues by adopting cloud-based solutions.
Read the case study to hear from the CTO at Student Transportation Inc., about how they implemented EarthLink Cloud Workspace for the compelling cost benefits and rapid scalability and why that decision continues to pay off. The company operates its IT department at a much lower cost than most its size, allocating less than one percent of its revenue to IT operations. Industry wide, the average is 3.5 percent. The CTO states: "Cloud is our friend. It allows us to allocate resources only where we need them and keep our staff small. Most companies our size would spend 40 times what we do on IT."
Retail Focus: Is the CMO on Your Side?
6 Tips for CIOs Seeking the Go-Ahead for IT Initiatives
Everyone is talking about the technology transformation that's taking place in stores, but the big change behind the scenes is that much of this is being driven by the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In fact, Gartner predicts that in five years CMOs will be spending more on IT than will the CIO.
Learn 6 tips for aligning with marketing and getting the go-ahead for IT initiatives in this free whitepaper.
Retail Focus: Leveraging the Cloud
What retailers are outsourcing to the cloud, and why
In this RIS News webinar and whitepaper, co-sponsored by EarthLink and Cisco, learn how retailers are using cloud solutions to achieve operational advantages in multiple areas of their organization.
The webinar features Jenny Craig CIO Abe Lietz, who likes that cloud solutions' scalability allows a retailer to own the base and rent the spike — a big benefit in the seasonal, promotion-driven retail industry. Lietz will explain how cloud/SaaS solutions are now routinely considered as viable options for multiple functions within the enterprise, and are the only choice for several key IT systems.
Benefits of Moving Voice Services to the Cloud
Drive business growth, improve customer experience, reduce costs
In today's business environment, voice communications continue to play a mission critical role, and an increasingly competitive world demands smarter, more flexible voice services with advanced features. Cloud voice services create innovative opportunities to drive business growth and deliver an improved customer experience, while maximizing efficiencies and reducing costs.
View our previously recorded webinar or download the whitepaper to learn how a growing software company moved their voice services to the cloud, allowing for new features to provide better customer support, increased revenue opportunities, and lowered operating costs.
PCI Compliance: Protect Your Business from Data Breach
Compliance is essential for secure credit card transactions and financial stability
Merchants often underestimate the high risk and cost of a credit card data breach. They shouldn't. Data breaches now affect one in six small businesses, as well as large retailers like Barnes & Noble, Zappos, and TJX. And a single breach can cost from $80,000 to millions. To combat the growing threat, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) was created in 2006. By implementing the standard, you reduce the risk of becoming a data-breach victim.
Download the whitepaper or watch the previously recorded webinar to learn more about the cost and risks associated with credit card data breach, the requirements for PCI compliance, and how you can protect your business—and your customers—by assessing and validating your compliance level today.
Will You be Prepared When the Next Disaster Strikes?
Learn about common methods to restore your IT infrastructure.
How disastrous will the next Sandy or other natural disaster be for your business? The total costs of any significant service outage can be devastating, from both revenue and public relations standpoints. But how much should you spend to prepare and what's the best strategy?
Laura DuBois, Program Vice President, Storage, IDC will present current trends in adoption of cloud-based Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery and will highlight best practices you should consider.
EarthLink Business experts share how our full suite of disaster recovery options are being implemented by a range of businesses throughout the U.S.
Download the whitepaper or watch the previously recorded webinar to learn about the disaster recovery protection required to improve business resilience and continuity — spanning voice, network, data, and IT infrastructure — so when the next disaster strikes, business losses are minimized and you can restore your communications services rapidly.
Your Cloud is Only as Good as Your Network
How you connect to the cloud can be as important as the cloud itself
Our EarthLink Business webinar, Your Cloud is Only as Good as Your Network, lets you in on a little secret with big consequences: the network link between your business and the cloud is vital to your success with cloud computing. To maximize the full capabilities of cloud computing, you must do more than offload services to a cloud provider. Best results are achieved when you include network connectivity options as a key requirement in your cloud-provider selection process.
Your Cloud is Only as Good as Your Network illustrates the available network-access paths for multiple sites with different needs and shows you how to achieve the best cloud-computing results for your business.
Is Your Network Ready for the Retail Store of the Future?
Give customers the experience they want—without increasing costs.
The retail business evolves constantly, and to stay open and competitive, retailers must evolve with it. A wave of innovative retail technology lets you enhance the customers’ experience, increase employee productivity, improve PCI compliance and maximize the efficiency of your IT staff.
Download the whitepaper or view the previously recorded webinar presented by Cisco® and EarthLink® to learn how to drive this transformation and get more from your IT and communications infrastructure by tailoring it to store size, application needs and seasonal changes.
8 Reasons to Outsource Your Desktop to the Cloud
Discover why your business should take a ride on the Cloud
Cloud services—such as hosted virtual desktop—helps keep businesses flexible and safe. Hosted virtual desktop—which delivers results small and midsize businesses seek, such as cost reduction, secure data and infrastructure, and bring-your-own-device solutions—provides secure access for remote users. It also allows your IT staff to make important upgrades from behind the scenes, keep your business compliant with industry and government regulations, and can improve your bottom line.
Learn the benefits of hosted virtual desktop solutions and important questions to ask when selecting the right provider to help improve, support and protect your vital business applications and data.
Small and Mid-market Businesses Achieve Tremendous Benefit From Cloud Services
Cloud computing dramatically improves SMB agility and flexibility
For small and mid-market businesses, keeping IT nimble is more than a goal—it's a competitive mandate. The faster and more flexibly they can adapt to market changes and implement new strategies, the better the business outcome they'll get.
That's why so many in the SMB space are turning to cloud computing. Though commonly associated with enterprise-class organizations, the cloud model is equally as good a fit for small and mid-sized businesses—allowing them to accomplish more, faster, with fewer resources thus—outmaneuvering their competition.
View the previously recorded webinar, hosted by Mike Salviski, Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions at EarthLink. Mike explains how cloud computing is allowing businesses to make quick IT changes — and why that is more important than ever. Co-presenter Seth Bostock of independence IT shares his experience for implementing and using a cloud computing solution.
Available for download is the accompanying whitepaper where you will learn how a leading cloud software and platform services company enjoyed a successful migration to cloud computing and were able to keep their IT people very focused on strategic profit-generating product advancements, while also reducing management complexity, business risks, and operational costs—which have fallen a remarkable 16%.
Cloud Applications: An Edge for Today's Competitive Businesses
Learn the basics of Cloud Applications to find out how they can benefit small and medium businesses.
There are many different definitions of cloud applications and services. In simple terms, this Solution Brief explains how cloud applications can benefit your business. Hosted PBX and Hosted Email services are just two examples of cloud applications that can provide significant benefits to companies. This Brief presents a hypothetical business case where a small business owner leverages Hosted PBX and Hosted Email to improve operations, communications and minimize any potential business risks - all while saving time and money, which made the company more efficient and competitive.
Security in the Cloud: Mitigating Risk Outside Enterprise Boundaries
Move to the cloud while ensuring IT security and regulatory compliance.
Traditionally, sensitive data and applications have been deployed, managed, and accessed within the trusted boundaries established by IT. This whitepaper outlines the benefits and risks associated with moving to the cloud and provides a framework for working with vendors to mitigate those risks.
Achieve a 24x7, Scalable SMB Data Center via Hosted Services
Learn how to increase productivity and reduce IT costs through hosted services.
IT leaders at small to midsized businesses (SMBs) face challenges that are largely the same as those of their enterprise counterparts. Learn about data center challenges in detail, how to ensure continuous operation and positive user experience, and get the criteria to use in the selection of a hosting provider.
Author and presenter, Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst with ZK Research.
End-to-End IP Powers Business in the Virtual Computing Era
Learn how to create an agile, dynamic and scalable organization with end-to-end IP.
As computing technology advanced from mainframe to client server to personal computers to mobile devices and almost-everywhere IP connectivity, corporate IT has adjusted and grown, but also holds on to its traditional model of operational environments. This whitepaper explains the importance and advantages of end-to-end IP architecture, and illustrates how the network is no longer just a tactical, low-value resource, but key to gaining competitive advantage in an increasingly fast-paced business climate.
Author and presenter, Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst with ZK Research.
Hosted Unified Communications & Collaboration Will Accelerate Adoption
See how Unified Communications can help your organization grow.
Download this paper to see how Unified Communications (UC) brings all communications and collaborative tools together by improving the manageability and effectiveness of the ecosystem to enable competitive advantage. See how UC has the power to change the way work is done today, streamline business processes and raise corporate productivity to new levels - all at a dramatically lower cost than traditional communications methods.
MPLS: Key Factors to Consider When Selecting Your MPLS Provider
Understand the benefits of MPLS in comparison to your existing network infrastructure.
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), once the sole domain of major corporations and telecom carriers, has gone mainstream. MPLS enables companies to converge voice, video and data on a single network. This paper details how MPLS-based WAN services help organizations to reduce costs, increase productivity, support more applications, and ramp up security.
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