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Simplifying Cloud Migration with CentreStack

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  Cloud computing is not a new trend for small businesses, although it is a fast-growing one. According to Cisco, Cloud data center traffic is expected to represent 95% of total global data center traffic by 2021. And, as more businesses open up to full cloud migration, many feel the need to engage managed services providers to cater to their IT needs. These needs differ so it is vital to understand the client’s IT infrastructure and workload requirement in order to deliver on a cloud solution that fully supports their business.  But cloud migration doesn’t have to be a nightmare for either party. So in this article, we will share ways to eliminate migration complications as well as how MSP partners can completely simplify the process for their SMB clients. Background One Drive and SharePoint are two reputable cloud service platforms, however, they do have scalability limitations. For example, the problems below were experienced by an MSP partner reselling both Dropbox and

How To Save Money on Amazon Workspace GPUs and Solve the 2 Biggest Challenges of Amazon WorkDocs

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For  many  companies, Amazon WorkDocs and WorkSpaces are two of AWS’s most interesting options for cloud collaboration and computing. Amazon’s Desktop-As-A-Service (DaaS) solution, Amazon WorkSpaces , enables engineering teams to work without workstations. It provides a cloud-based virtual desktop and has WorkSpaces bundles that meet the requirements for running design and engineering applications such as AutoCAD.  Unfortunately, there are some painful limitations that accompany file server migrations to these services. For instance, Amazon WorkDocs aims to address network file share migration but fails to preserve file ownership and permissions. Workspaces, on the other hand, can become very expensive for graphically intensive workloads  This article explains how to navigate these migration problems using architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) firms as a reference example.  File Server Migration to Amazon WorkDocs   Amazon WorkDocs offers a default W drive that allow

Google Drive 101: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What is Google Drive? Google Drive allows you to store, share, and access files on Google servers. These files range from documents, presentations and spreadsheets to photos, audio, and videos. Data stored in Google Cloud is encrypted at the storage level by an AES256 or AES128 encryption. Google Drive can act as a backup solution for your files, allowing you to free up some of the storage on your computer. When you upload your files on Google Drive, you can access them from anywhere and from any device. Offline access is also available. To view your files offline, you need to right click on the file and turn on "Available offline” option. Google Drive allows you to cross collaborate and share files with your team. All files are private unless you provide access to other viewers, who can then edit, suggest, comment, or download those files. Google Drive’s standard plan is the free plan that allows 15GB storage. This is enough if you plan to use occasionally to store so

The Ultimate Solution for Data Centralization in Real Estate

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With the growing trend of remote working caused by the COVID pandemic, companies have found ways to navigate the operational switch to an increasingly online environment. But each industry may face a unique set of challenges. Architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms, for example, have engineers, designers, and architects who rely on heavy-duty applications which require more powerful hardware. This can make cloud migration prohibitively expensive. Amazon, for example, charges $755 - $1000 per month for hosted desktops with GPU processors. They can also face challenges sending large files over low bandwidth, high latency links, sharing files, or maintaining data control and security. Of course, there are solutions to these problems, but they are found in different applications. In this article, we'll discuss how CentreStack addresses data security, compliance, and control for a real estate company.  Problem Statement (Real-life case study)  A real estate company used

Delight Users By Solving Their Problems with CentreStack

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In a recent conversation, a valued channel partner wanted to talk about generating more interest in CentreStack. They sent thousands of pieces of collateral, had hundreds of meetings but were a little disappointed with the 5% conversion rate. After reviewing the collateral together, we quickly identified the problem. Turns out they were focused on promoting CentreStack features instead of identifying customer problems.  This approach worked fine when a customer was already in an advanced stage of their "buyer's journey" and had already done the pain translation work; but, more often than not, the customer was still in the earlier stages of their journey and didn't even realize they had a problem that CentreStack could solve.  In an effort to make it easier to identify common pain points, we are working on a new set of videos, PowerPoint presentations, and brochures that ask direct questions about pain points that have compelling solutions from CentreStack.  This appro

7 Biggest Limitations of SharePoint Online And How to Fix Them

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SharePoint benefits encourage businesses to migrate their file server data online. However, there are at least 7 limitations of SharePoint Online and OneDrive that need to be effectively addressed to reduce migration costs and eliminate OneDrive sync failures. In this article, we'll identify some of the common issues that complicate SharePoint migrations and ways to simplify the migration and solve the issues. Here's a list of common issues: 5,000 item limit in a document library 100,000 item sync limit for the OneDrive client NTFS permission reorganization requirements Maximum name length limitations Prohibitive costs of data reorganization 93 day recycle bin threshold Lack of support for legacy application data (databases, etc…) Obviously, you may not hit every issue in each migration but migrator beware if there's a lack of awareness of how these limitations could impact user experience, productivity, and cost. A Real-World Example Before we discuss each of these items