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  • Jul
    17

    3 Ways to Upgrade Your Technology Platform Without Increasing Costs

    As of 2017, virtualization is still among the top ten IT priorities for small and medium businesses. During the first wave of wide-scale VM adoption, smaller companies found challenges with virtualization technology—licenses were expensive, and management was difficult. If you looked at virtualizing your data center a few years ago, it may have made sense for you to wait—but not anymore. Virtualization technologies have now matured to the point where they make more sense for the average SMB. The benefits to the business are more fully realized, and easier to achieve. As a result, budget for virtualization were forecast to grow during...

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  • Jul
    07

    3 IT Strategies that Boost Business Productivity

    Small and midsize businesses find themselves in an interesting place. There are tools available that can put SMBs on an even footing with massive enterprises, but the proliferation of the cloud, and associated buzzwords, can present a confusing environment for businesses. How do you separate the critical infrastructure from stuff that's just nice to have? Here's one way to think about it. For new applications and software products, time-to-market is crucial. Cloud strategies that can increase your investment and allows SMBs to deliver applications with the same speed and scale as larger enterprises might just be worth the investment. 1....

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  • Jun
    15

    The Top 5 Benefits of Flash Storage Arrays: What You Need to Know

    The overall flash market was estimated to be approximately $15 billion in 2016 and is expected to be nearly $20 billion by 2020, with the all-flash segment growing at a nearly 17 percent compound annual growth rate, according to HPE. So why is everyone jumping aboard the flash storage bandwagon? Well, first, understand that not all flash storage arrays are created equal. Hybrid arrays are cheaper than all-flash arrays, a hybrid option with auto-tier functionality can accelerate application speed at a minimal incremental cost. Combining a flash tier in addition to spinning disk, data centers can far better achieve better performance...

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  • Jun
    09

    7 questions to ask your vendor before moving to an enterprise flash storage solution

    You’ve heard the statistics related to flash arrays: Experience 99.9999% uptime. Reduce your storage footprint by 80%. And, within the next two years, the number of organizations using at least 50% flash storage is expected to triple. There’s no doubt enterprise flash storage drastically improves performance, and some offer features and benefits that can allow for much easier disaster recovery, high resiliency, and unparalleled data mobility. But before you commit to a specific product or vendor, you should assess your organization’s business needs and data strategy to separate the “nice-to-haves” from the critical...

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  • Jun
    06

    The IoT is happening: How do you protect it?

    Faced with the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, administrators struggle to inventory devices on their network and identify potential security risks. Imagine it: Having a clear understanding of the devices on your network is the first pillar of information security, but IoT devices are so numerous as to escape audits. So how do you secure an environment if there's a risk? Reasons to secure the IoT According to a recent study by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, 56% of enterprises have already adopted the IoT—but of those, 84% have already experienced a security breach. Why this happens depends on a number...

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  • May
    16

    Ransomware: Avoiding the Nightmare Scenario

    Just when we thought the job could not get more stressful…ransomware hits our environments with a vengeance. This weekend’s attacks showcase the increasing threat of ransomware and the disruption it can cause. More than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred every day since the beginning of 2016. That's a 300% increase over 2015, where 1,000 ransomware attacks were seen per day. Something dark and dangerous is lurking in the ether; an unthinkable nightmare scenario that sounds more like science fiction than the next challenge in IT. An invisible, untouchable enemy has rendered hospitals, large freight companies, retailers and more...

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  • May
    11

    An Influential Technology Executive Benefits From “Mom Skills”

    It’s Mother’s Day, and we think Moms in Technology are pretty special.  Some words from a fast-moving Mom in Technology, Helen Waters, an Executive Vice President of MEDITECH who has been on the cutting edge of technology for over a decade.  During our conversation we found a lot of insights that we think other mothers in technology could relate to as well as some advice for younger women. Women in the field of technology are definitely in the minority, so why did you decide to pursue a career in tech? I came out of college with interest in software because it was booming in the 80’s. When I arrived at my first company, I...

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  • Jan
    10

    How to Reduce Costs & Lower IT Risks with Hyper Converged

    In today’s IT environment of always-on business and a constant need to reduce costs, you can’t afford even a single hour of downtime. This is especially true, considering that just one hour of an infrastructure failure can cost your company up to $100,000 per hour.[1] How can you manage increasingly smaller budgets while also working to lower the risk and TCO of your most critical workload solutions? Your answer: Working with Comport Technology Services and HPE Hyper Converged 380, powered by Intel® Xeon® Processors . With the help of HPE Hyper Converged 380, you’re able to get firmly on the path to composable infrastructure,...

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  • Jan
    10

    Virtualization Made Simple and Fast

    Virtualization brings huge efficiencies to any modern IT environment. When you have the ability to replicate servers instantly, provide redundant systems for immediate fail-over, and provision required hardware as needed, you are able to create an environment that is both protected and cost-effective. But, not just any virtualization solution will do. In this idea-driven and cost-reduction economy, you need a simpler, faster virtualization solution –  one that can be managed by just one IT generalist vs. numerous IT specialists in order to help you further reduce costs. With the help of Comport Technology Solutions and partnering...

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  • Jan
    10

    Hyper Converged & Your Infrastructure: 5 Keys to Success

    IT departments in modern companies can face significant challenges, including virtual machine (VM) sprawl; an infrastructure that’s difficult to deploy and manage; and trying to keep pace with changing business demands with a limited IT staff; let alone keeping costs under control. It’s clear that most organizations will greatly benefit from an easy-to-manage and highly scalable appliance that tightly integrates your compute, storage, and virtualization resources to dramatically simplify deployment, management, and support of your virtualized IT infrastructure. Hyper convergence solves these challenges and provides a pathway to...

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  • Jun
    23

    3 IT Strategies that Boost Business Productivity

    Small and midsize businesses find themselves in an interesting place. There are tools available that can put SMBs on an even footing with massive enterprises, but the proliferation of the cloud, and associated buzzwords, can present a confusing environment for businesses. How do you separate the critical infrastructure from stuff that's just nice to have? Here's one way to think about it. For new applications and software products, time-to-market is crucial. Cloud strategies that can increase your investment and allows SMBs to deliver applications with the same speed and scale as larger enterprises might just be worth the investment. ...

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  • May
    30

    Healthcare Ransomware Attacks – Podcast with TechNative

    Healthcare data is the holy grail for hackers Healthcare ransomware attacks continue to make headlines and while security vulnerabilities exist, there’s no sign of them slowing down. However, some entities are more at risk than others, and hospitals present a tempting target for attackers. “When a hacker attacks a financial institution and gets your credit card, that information is valuable to them for a certain amount of time” says Erik Krucker, CTO at Comport Consulting. “If they have your personal information such as your healthcare information, where you were born, your social security number, those things are much more...

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  • May
    11

    An Influential Technology Executive Benefits From “Mom Skills”

    It’s Mother’s Day, and we think Moms in Technology are pretty special.  Some words from a fast-moving Mom in Technology, Helen Waters, an Executive Vice President of MEDITECH who has been on the cutting edge of technology for over a decade.  During our conversation we found a lot of insights that we think other mothers in technology could relate to as well as some advice for younger women. Women in the field of technology are definitely in the minority, so why did you decide to pursue a career in tech? I came out of college with interest in software because it was booming in the 80’s. When I arrived at my first company, I...

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  • Apr
    14

    ‘The In-Between State of Mind’ versus Taking Action

    US Healthcare continues to be in flux as political parties battle back and forth.  The only certainty is that more change is coming.  The repercussions of these changes are as complex as the politics that led us to this point.   One emerging danger in the current situation is the wait and see attitude.  Many providers are living in ‘the in-between state of mind’, and they are falling behind as a result. As we are seeing, there is no fast and comprehensive reboot of US health law.  Healthcare laws such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare), Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and the 21st Century Cures Act...

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  • Jan
    20

    When Faced with Uncertainty

    Just when momentum is perhaps building around reform initiatives, new value-based payment formulas, interoperability and a generally continuous focus on improving our healthcare system… the unexpected happens. I am not going to venture into the ugly realm of one party’s approach over the other, as my deepest concern is the politicization of health reform.  When we pick sides and draw lines and only discuss ‘right’ vs ‘left’ and not the multitude of specific issues facing our nation’s healthcare system, we all tend to lose. In the weeks that followed election night, much speculation about what might happen has been the...

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  • Jan
    10

    Why Healthcare Needs Hyper Convergence

    Robotic surgery. Sensor-laden pacemakers. Confidential electronic health records (EHRs). Telemedicine. Electronic prescription software. Numerous important aspects of healthcare delivery require always-available technology. The information recorded through these technologies resides in databases, which also need to be highly reliable. If the technology is unavailable or the corresponding databases don’t have continuous uptime or reliability, non-responsive systems can negatively impact physicians, administrators, and most of all patient care. Plus, IT departments in general are notoriously understaffed, leaving not enough time to do...

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  • Feb
    22
    Ransomware Comport

    Ransomware: Avoiding the Nightmare Scenario

    Just when we thought the job could not get more stressful…we took on Meaningful Use, Omnibus, ICD-10, EMR upgrades, breach avoidance and risk assessments. We’re gearing up for population health management, ACOs, value-based purchasing, MACRA, market consolidation and the unknown frontiers of health reform. No problem. Suddenly, something dark and dangerous is lurking on the west coast; an unthinkable nightmare scenario that sounds more like science fiction than the next challenge in healthcare IT. An invisible, untouchable enemy has rendered an entire hospital effectively ‘down’ from an IT perspective. After almost two weeks under...

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  • Oct
    22

    Winners and Losers: Our Point of View on Dell-EMC

    The Dell-EMC deal will create waves for sure (and a tsunami might not be overstating) that will impact their customers over the next few years. There will be winners and losers at multiple levels – partnerships, products, employees, sites, etc. Stark differences in IT vendors are shaping up. It’s important to understand underlying dynamics to make good, informed choices going forward. Our bottom line: perfect time to catch up on HP’s updated, clear roadmap and strategy. Comport will facilitate your executive briefing. Dell-EMC - Financial This acquisition is not “Michael Dell buying EMC”.  It’s a huge pile of private...

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  • Jul
    07
    Clinical Data Silos Comport

    Silos: Great for Grain. Not for Clinical Data.

    I talk to lots of hospitals. In fact, it’s pretty much all I do, as they are my customers and I've been doing this for about 20 years now. Conversations often go like this: Me:   “So what storage platform do you currently use to store your critical data?” CIO: “Well that depends – you see we store our MEDITECH data on an ABC Company array because that’s what our MEDITECH systems integrator recommended for performance. We store our PACS data on an XYZ array because that’s what our PACS vendor recommended for reliability. We also have a VDI implementation that we store on an XXX company array, because it has flash. And...

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  • Apr
    30
    Managed Print Services Comport

    Times are Changing: New Reasons to Look at Managed Print Services

    In my role as CIO of a 1000+ bed health system, it had become fairly routine: every few years the CFO would catch wind (usually thanks to our copier vendor) that mega-bucks could be saved by consolidating printing, eliminating printers, utilizing more efficient multi-purpose devices, etc. Yes, if our cost per page could be reduced by 2 cents and our organization is printing 20 million copies each year, we were talking about real money. The conversation, and the scope of the project takes on the notion that people just print too much anyway, so while we’re at it, let’s go green and try to reduce printing by 20% across the board. ...

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