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Digital Solutions / August 12, 2020
Is Your Head in the Cloud(s)? Choosing Between Private Cloud or on-Premises for Deploying Enterprise Meetings Solutions
The decision about whether to deploy on a private cloud or on-premise storage is important — choosing the wrong enterprise deployment can have a dramatic impact on your entire business. Getting it right for your company starts with knowing the basic strengths and weaknesses of each option, and how they’d fit or not within the goals of the organization. You need to become familiar with the difference between private cloud and on-premise storage right now.    What is private cloud storage?  Cloud storage relies on external servers to store data, connect employees, and generally keep all manner of business operations flowing smoothly. These servers are managed by a third-party company which assumes the responsibility of maintaining service, installing new updates and software, and troubleshooting. The private cloud is popular for several clear reasons.   Advantages of a private cloud for enterprise meetings and chat solutions  Reduces IT responsibility. The cloud frees up a company’s IT staff by placing the burden of managing the data storage on the third party hired to do so. This allows employees to prioritize other work and avoid admin headaches entirely.   It’s cost-effective. Companies are able to save money by not having to buy, install and maintain expensive equipment to house all the data. The cloud also gives companies added budget flexibility by offering plan options to fit their storage needs. That way you only pay for what you need and are not locked into a payment system that doesn’t make sense.  It’s scalable. Cloud-based storage is built to scale, meaning companies can easily upgrade how much storage they use based on their needs. This gives fast-growing businesses the ability to quickly scale up (automatically) to handle increased usage and velocity.  Regular data backups. The cloud does data backups quickly, ensuring that any temporary tech issue in the office won’t endanger data that’s kept on the cloud.   What is on-premise storage?  On-premise storage boasts its own set of distinct capabilities. On-premise utilizes physical infrastructure that stores and manages data at the company’s physical site, which does require investment in...
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Digital Solutions, Sametime / July 16, 2020
Are Work Video and Chat Platforms Safe? How Virtual Meetings Can Become Very Real Headaches.
Virtual workspaces are now a common feature in business communication. Having a secure video and chat platform is vital, as it gives teams the power to connect and innovate within a safe digital environment. But how safe are these tools, and how important is that safety to the employees and overall operations of enterprise companies?   Why the experience platform is necessary  Having a smart and flexible platform that supports all enterprise communications is absolutely vital — and it needs to be safe from any security risk.  Modern enterprises must offer their teams the tools to communicate anywhere using any device, and if the Coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted one business trend that will certainly continue, it’s the dramatic increase in online meetings and the digital office.    There’s no going back to a workplace that doesn’t prominently include video conferences, virtual staff meetings, remote check-ins, and web-based chat.  The benefits of modern enterprise software are many and important.  The question, then, isn’t whether video and chat tools should be optimized, it’s how to do it safely and effectively.  The risks are real if your communication isn’t secure  The recent security breaches on meetings prove that virtual meetings can go dramatically wrong if not properly protected.  Personal information can be shared, your meetings could be hijacked from outside, sensitive data could be stolen, and time, money, and your organization’s reputation can be squandered. Such disruptions have plagued a spectrum of virtual spaces including online classes, local government meetings, and religious gatherings, garnering an FBI warning and putting the question of security in the spotlight in the process.     In the case of Zoom, numerous cases of “Zoombombing” exposed holes in both the company’s software and their messaging around privacy protection, putting a dent in what has been a narrative of amazing growth for the company.     For enterprise companies, the scope of risk extends beyond individual privacy and impacts the level of service they can provide to the industries they serve, which demand...

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