Team 29B understands that IT resources are under constant pressure to meet the changing needs of internal and external customers. We can help you design and implement a solution that balances those needs against the need to reduce risk and exposure within the confines of a budget. Let us help you design a solution that makes sense for your business.
Whether it be virtualizing your network and server infrastructure or introducing virtual desktops and applications, we can help you deploy scalable virtual solutions to accommodate your changing needs.
Types of Virtualization
- Server/Compute: VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V – allow for many virtual machines to run on one physical server
- Desktop: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)- vendors such as Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop, VMware Horizon – allow for secure mobile access to software applications; easier maintenance than individual PCs; reduced cost in hardware and software licensing. Storage: VMware vSAN, Cisco Hyperflex, and other HCI solutions
- Network: SD-WAN – Software Defined Wide Area Network
- Storage: vSAN – virtual Storage Array Network – can help with performance and add redundancy and scalability
EXAMPLES OF VIRTUAL SOLUTIONS
- Active DR: Active Disaster Recovery
- Data Center Virtualization
Having a virtualized environment makes implementing an Active DR solution, or migrating to a virtual data center, possible.
We have the expertise to capitalize on these powerful technologies, and to design and implement a solution that fits your organization.
Benefits of VDI
Simplify, centralize, and automate device maintenance
- Including updates to operating systems and applications
- Golden images allow for simplified administration and the elimination of issues affecting single users
- Allows for the elimination of endpoint management
- Save on licensing costs by leveraging thin clients or zero clients
Scale up and scale down instantly
- Quickly adapt to your company’s needs
- Add 1 desktop, or 100, in only a few clicks
- No more device imaging or endpoint management
Support compliance regulations
- Secure sensitive data
- Define policies to control what tasks users can do and what data applications can access
- If device is lost or stolen, sensitive data is protected because none of your data is stored on endpoints
- Supports a myriad of multi-factor authentication options
- Allows for granular blocking of devices, such as USB flash drives and external disks
Supports bring your own device (BYOD)
- Access virtual desktops from any device, anywhere
- BYOD is optional
- Allow for secure remote access to resources without granting direct network access. Only image data is sent across the network, which means you no longer need to ensure endpoints are secure.
Active Disaster Recovery
Consumers have an expectation of anytime/anywhere service. To meet those demands, you need to have an “always on” approach when designing your disaster recovery plan. Our Active DR solution provides a failover option that is faster than the flip of a switch. Combined with high bandwidth network connectivity and a virtualized infrastructure, the Active DR solution offers a complete replication of your environment and the ability to scale up, or down, as your needs change.
Failover that is faster than the flip of a switch.
Goals of our Active DR Solution
• Design a cost-effective, highly-available business continuity and DR solution
• Be an always-on location (dynamic routing) – provide useful work, not just DR
• Predictable and cost effective
• Instantly scalable during outages
• Allow for replicated VMs and long-term data backup retention
Benefits of our Active DR Solution
• Low entry cost
• No hardware maintenance or refreshes
• Scalable in minutes
• Contributes always-on resources
• A known ready site for DR recovery
• Can grow to become primary site
• No long-term contracts – add and subtract resources when needed
• NFS storage — key to right-sizing VMware storage
• Storage servers for backup repositories with included vRack replication
• Dynamic routing allows VMs to be recovered without IP address changes
• Satisfy regulatory compliance
Backup and Recovery
Veeam and Zerto are some of the best-in-class solutions we’ve partnered with to achieve the goals of Active DR. But they can also be used to design a more standard backup and recovery solution that meets regulatory audit requirements. Let us help you design and implement a solution that works for your business and protects you from the inevitable problems that all IT departments face.
Highly regulated organizations such as hospitals, banks, and credit unions are constantly under audit to ensure compliance with cybersecurity requirements. Our team of engineers has decades of experience hardening the computing environments of credit unions in order to meet the constantly changing audit requirements of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Some of the more common tasks we encounter include:
- Disabling Plain-text protocols such as FTP, Telnet, SNMPv1/2, and LDAP
- Implementing a consistent update schedule utilizing WSUS and third-party tools
- Disabling weak ciphers, SSLv2/v3, TLS 1.0
- Implementing 802.1X Certificate-based authentication
- Implementing Multi-factor authentication for remote access
Whether you need assistance with the above tasks or something else, our team of engineers is equipped to remediate any and all audit findings. Don’t let the NCUA or PCI compliance be a road-block to your organizations success.
Workforce Collaboration is what enables your teams to work together even when they are apart. There are many technologies and tools available that make promises of bringing your workforce together. Cisco Webex and Microsoft Teams are two of the leaders in this space.
Team 29B has the experience to help select and integrate the right tools into your network to enable your teams to communicate AND collaborate across the aisle, across town, and across the globe.
Technical tasks and areas where our engineers can help your IT staff:
- Unified communication and collaboration
- Improve/enable productivity by facilitating collaboration
- Improve flexibility and responsiveness
- Reduce costs (travel/ logistics)
- Improve customer satisfaction