An annual report by MSPmentor.net
ranked Claris Networks #45 of the top 501 Managed Service Providers in the world. The MSPmentor 501 Global (formerly the MSPmentor Top 100) uses metrics such as managed services recurring revenue growth, network devices managed, end-user devices managed, profitability per employee, etc. This marks Claris’ fifth consecutive year Claris has made the list. Additionally, Claris is the only managed service provider in any of the markets in which we serve (primarily Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville) or the entire state of Tennessee to make the list. We are very grateful for the recognition and, as always, thankful to our clients and staff who encourage this company toward excellence daily.
Claris Networks’ Chief Operating Officer Becky Finnegan has been honored on the MSPmentor Top 250, a global ranking of the most influential professionals in the Managed Service Providers industry. Becky’s accomplishments at Claris have been significant, contributing to unprecedented financial and operational excellence.
Her feature in the list reads, “Finnegan’s keen operational and financial aptitude has strategically positioned Claris through a time of immense growth and market saturation. She has led the company through a process of operational standardization, enabling scalable excellence in customer service delivery.”
Dell EqualLogic SAN-to-SAN replication is the most efficient and thorough way to ensure the continuity of a business’s data should a physical disaster hit its main facility. As part of the Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity plan you lay out with your IT service provider, ask if they offer a full “Hot-Hot,” SAN-to-SAN replication. When evaluating one of the replication services Claris Networks would implement, the decision was easy. “Since so many businesses already haveDell EqualLogic SANs, this platform was one of the obvious choices,” says Claris Networks’ CEO Larry Bodie. “It is the most efficient way to enable businesses to have a live, real-time, offsite replication of their data.”
There are new scams every day on the web and it’s important to be on top of them. As web users, we have a responsibility to safeguard our personal and corporate data.
Fake Calls from Microsoft
: People posing as Microsoft customer service reps calling you, saying you need to install antivirus software to get rid of a virus or speed up your system. Of course, they NEED your credit card number to validate the transaction. More than likely these calls will evolve from Microsoft employees to your bank, a credit consultant or even IT support, says Techadvisory.org.
What to do
: Never give your credit information over the phone in an emergency. Microsoft will NEVER call unless you ask them to.
Ironically, a prominent reason many small and medium-sized business are joining the cloud is the same reason many are hesitant to: security. A common myth is that as a company transitions to a cloud solution, they take a hit in the security of their data assets. In fact, the opposite is true. It’s a simple economies of scale argument: a specialized IT provider has more resources to devote to security than a small business. Instead of a single IT guy/Jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, your business receives a team of masters.
A September article
in the Wall Street Journal points to other reasons for the transition. “Basic security tasks that often don't get done at a small enterprise—updating antivirus programs or applying patches to software—are usually part of the plain-vanilla package in the cloud.”