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Nashville Cisco Engineer: A Day in the Life

By jjrosen|December 20th,2014|Atiba Behind the Scenes,Cisco,Client Services,Connectivity,IT,Security|No comments

As part of Atiba’s Day in the Life series each of our engineers has been keeping a journal of what they do on a typical work day.

Welcome to the behind the scenes of working as a Cisco consultant for Atiba out of our home office in Nashville:

7:00 am  – Heading out to a client’s office in Bowling Green, KY.   Starbucks in hand, going to setup a VPN

8:45 am – Quick meeting with the IT director, we went over plans for setting up their Cisco VPN,  reviewed Visio diagram I did yesterday

9:01 am – Backing up existing config

10:15 am –  Done!   Was actually a pretty easy one.  Client was using Sonicwall VPN before, was working fine but was ready for an upgrade so they decided to go with Cisco with their new routers and switches.   So with relatively clean install this one was easier

1:00 pm  – Back in Nashville, at desk at Atiba office.   Starting to put project plan together for a Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN for one our clients we have been migrating to the Amazon cloud.  Have only done one of these before,  going to do a practice run this afternoon to make sure all will work before going onsite to client office.

1:30 pm – Test lab version working fine.   Ready to go!

3:30 pm – Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN live.    Pulling in one of Atiba’s Microsoft guys to configure SQL Server over the VPN.   Goal is to connect internal application to SQL Server hosted on Ec2.

6 pm – taking a break!

8 pm – Some lite studying for Cisco certification updates…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can you trust the cloud with your data? Key questions to ask yourself and your IT vendor

By WillD|May 6th,2014|Client Services,Connectivity,IT,Security,Uncategorized|No comments

Question:  Is the cloud safe?  Since the term “Cloud Computing” was coined 15 years ago that’s the question we are asked most frequently. 

Answer:  Given our imperfect world, safety is a relative concept, so we manage risk.

An alarming number of companies have only one copy of their data, leaving them a tornado, flood or fire away from complete loss. I’ve seen backup operators store “offsite” tapes in the trunk of their car!  Safety is relative.  Is the Cloud more safe than your trunk or the office’s storage room?  Most likely.

Cloud services offer tremendous opportunities for individuals, small and medium-sized businesses to access high-performance software and infrastructure at budget-friendly costs. And fees are shrinking, making this option even more appealing.

Of course, due diligence is an important step in answering our question. Below are ten questions to ask of yourself and cloud vendors before you store data in the cloud:

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I know my data? Meaning, what types of data does my company create?
  2. Do I know who has access to my data now?
  3. Do I know my plan for dealing with data loss or breech?
  4. Do I know if I can keep a local copy of my data synced with what’s in the Cloud?

Questions for your vendor:

  1. Do I know the cloud vendor’s policy for dealing with data loss or breech?
  2. Do I know if and how my vendor encrypts data?
  3. Do I know where a vendor stores data?
  4. Do I know how a vendor controls internal access to data?
  5. Do I know what happens to my data if my vendor goes out of business?
  6. Do I know what my vendor does with my data if I stop using them?

Vendors should be able to answer these questions.  If they can’t, mark them off the list.

Knowing your own data and risk levels along with the policies and risks of a vendor will let you match your risk profile to the right service.  If you have further questions about the Cloud and need help answering these questions, please contact us at (615) 353-1921 ext 200. We are “half geek. half human” and can translate your business needs into engaging solutions.

 

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Atiba Adds Seasoned Technology Pro, Jud Baldock

By WillD|April 24th,2014|Atiba Behind the Scenes,Client Services,Connectivity,Disaster Recovery,IT,Lync,Managed Services,Mobile,Security,SharePoint,Unified Communications|No comments

Atiba continues to see expansion in the use of scalable and virtualized networks, team collaboration, and sophisticated business intelligence throughout the Southeast. To meet these growing needs, we’re proud to add Jud Baldock as Senior Systems Analyst to the team.

Businesses now have a wider variety of effective network solutions to choose from:  “Sophisticated network services lay the foundation for a successful business today. From secure and scalable hosting, cloud computing, efficient team collaboration tools, and world-class business intelligence and “big data” management: we are working with our clients to establish strong frameworks to prepare them for future growth and fortitude.  Our newest member to the team, Jud Baldock, helps to implement these strategies.  Jud is a Nashville native, with deep roots in the IT community here, having led IT initiatives for Williamson County Schools for 11 years as well as working at Dell and HCA.  We are excited to have Jud on board to partner with our clients and help their businesses thrive.” said Ricardo Anders, President of Atiba Network Services.

Jud has a M.S. in Information Technology Management and B.A., both from Lipscomb University.  He is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and brings a well-rounded background to the Atiba team.

Jud and Atiba consultants are “half geek, half human” enabling them to translate real business needs into engaging solutions. For more information or to speak directly to a consultant, please call (615) 353-1921, ext. 203.

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