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Letter from the President
In an industry-wide effort to facilitate and accelerate enterprise adoption of hybrid cloud, major partners including Google, Lenovo and Hewlett Packard Enterprises recently announced a partnership to run Anthos (formerly Google’s Cloud Services Platform). Officials announced that Anthos will also run on Cisco Systems, Dell EMC, VMWare and Intel hardware. This partnership allows the OEMs to run Google Cloud applications and services within their own data centers.

These integrated hybrid solutions allow faster deployment of on-premise hardware while facilitating easy mobility for applications and workloads to the cloud without redeveloping and retesting. Hybrid cloud solutions are in demand– 58% of respondents to RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report (Flexera) are utilizing multicloud strategies with hybrid clouds, a 7-percentage point increase from 2018. 

In addition to Google, HPE also announced a partnership with hyperconverged software provider Nutanix to deliver IT hardware via HPE’s GreenLake, a consumption-based, pay-per-use model. HPE will partner with Google to develop two Validated Designs for Anthos, which will enable customers to deploy and manage services both on-premises or in the cloud atop HPE’s SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure, Nimble Storage hardware and ProLiant servers. This will allow management of public cloud and on-prem environments via Anthos while leveraging consumption-based model on-prem with GreenLake.

There’s never been a better time to move toward hybrid cloud solutions. As you can see, it’s no longer a one-size-fits-all market; there are many options to ensure the right mix for your business. If you’re ready to explore cloud or hybrid cloud, let us know – we’d be happy to provide you a plan to meet your objectives.

From all of us at Networking Technologies,

James Bahm
President, Networking Technologies

Scammers and Your Notre Dame Donations
used with permission from FTC.gov
by Rosario Méndez
notre-dame donations scamFollowing last week’s devastating fire that destroyed much of the famous and historically important Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, fundraising efforts have begun. Many generous people may decide to donate money toward rebuilding efforts – and scammers know that. They’re ready to take donations, too, so here are some things to consider before you give to an organization or a crowdfunding project:

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Don’t Be Afraid
used with permission from HP Tech@Work
6 ways faceprint tech is making a better world

Male using latest smartphone technology for a biometric facial rYour face is getting a lot of attention—whether you want it to or not. Facial recognition technology isn’t new, but it is rapidly becoming one of the most robust forms of biometric identification that can be used to determine who you are.

It’s highly likely that you’re already using your faceprint as an ID.

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So You Want to Work Remotely
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Here’s how to make it easier

group of business people working in office including remote work

Working remotely is appealing for a lot of reasons: You don’t have to commute, you’re in charge of your daily routine, and you can work for a company you love that just happens to be in a different city. (If you’re a remote worker in Vermont you can even get a cash bonus for being so awesome.) According to research by HR consulting firm Robert Half, 77 percent of employees say they would take a job that allows telecommuting at least some of the time. And since 75 percent of managers say they are open to their employees telecommuting, it’s no surprise that working from home is a commonly-used perk used to attract new hires.

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How Wi-Fi 6 Will Change the Way You Connect in Big Venues
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by Stephanie Chan
wifi-6The next wireless standard will make your network connections seamless.

Tired of being in-and-out of Internet at large arenas? The struggle of trying to upload clips of your favorite musician to Instagram Stories or trying to find your friend who left for the bathroom may soon be over.

Many are saying that Wi-Fi 6 will truly change the way we access the Internet—with higher speeds, lower latency, and greater density. 

Technology Certifications – April 2019

Congratulations to the following Networking Technologies, who earned certifications recently.

Karen Butts
Barrauda Networks: BT10 Barracuda Certified Sales Partner
Steve Metzler
Extreme Networks: ECS – Campus Fabric Switching & Routing
Allen Minns
Barracuda Networks: BT165 Barracuda Essentials for Office 365Certified Sales
Chris Schultz
Extreme Networks: ESS – Overview
VMWare: VTSP – Foundation
Jim Segal
Extreme Networks: ECS – Extreme Wireless

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Multiple Computer Monitors: Advantages and Disadvantages
used with permission from SBA.gov
by Anita Campbell

Modern home office - a desk with dual monitors setup, Toned imageAre you looking to increase productivity in your small business? Some entrepreneurs and professionals find it helpful to have access to multiple computer monitors. This type of setup can potentially improve collaboration, productivity and even location flexibility. But there are also some potential drawbacks, from money and space constraints to the potential for distractions. If you’re considering investing in dual monitors for your own office, here are some of the pros and cons to consider.

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The Importance of Data Backup
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Christina Schubert

modern laptop on work desk with Cloud Backup concept

What’s the secret to maximizing productivity and efficiency? There’s no single silver bullet, but one sure-fire way to make gains is with calendar tricks that will keep you organized and focused. From scheduling “no meeting” time blocks to integrating mobile so you never miss a meeting—the art of calendar optimization is crucial.

Here are seven simple calendar tricks you can use to bring your productivity to the next level:

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