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  • Jan
    10
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    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
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    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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  • Feb
    03
    Podcast HPE Helion Comport

    Podcast with Comport and HPE Helion

    Comport’s Director of Enterprise Architecture, Erik Krucker speaks with the HPE Helion group about customer trends we are seeing in the hybrid cloud marketplace. Erik manages Comport’s team of highly-respected Solution Architects. Erik deeply understands IT challenges and the pressures of today’s changing landscape, and provides thought leadership to support and drive business results. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVBlxkVs-zQ Hewlett Packard Enterprise article: http://ow.ly/XUyub

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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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  • Apr
    30
    Managed Print Services Comport

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

    In my role as CIO 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. Having been through more than my...

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  • Mar
    17
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    A Tight-Rope Walk: Explosive Data Growth and IT Budgets

    What are your data storage needs for the next 3 years? Most trend reports show that data storage use has increased by 400-500% over the past three years, driven by an explosion of unstructured data – images, audio, video, etc. It is true that storage costs are going down – but not proportionally to increased growth. Storage costs have been declining at a rate of about 37% annually - a linear trend. Data requirements are increasing at near exponential rates. The real consideration has less to do with the last three years and much more to do with the next three. There is no reason to think that this dramatic increase in data has...

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  • Feb
    26
    Cloud Comport Blog

    Is ‘Cloud’ The New Dirty Word?

    Many of our clients are confused and frustrated by the multiple definitions and promises of “Cloud.” Speak to 10 people in IT and you will get 10 different answers about what Cloud is and what Cloud will do for you. Talking to vendors adds to the confusion, as they jockey for position within your organization. What I have seen in working with my clients is a need to simplify - a need to break down “Cloud” into a manageable journey with real benefits. ‘Cloud-Talk’ offers a Shangri-La where all you do is point and click and voila! A resource pool is provided. Unfortunately this is not the case, as today vendors do part of the...

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  • Jan
    20
    HP 3Par StoreServ Comport

    The Flash Revolution: Why HP 3PAR StoreServ?

    I have two questions for you: Why should you choose HP 3PAR StorServ with flash as part of your storage solution? And what makes our HP 3PAR StoreServ approach so unique and more effective, when compared to the many solutions available on the market? The answer is simple: architecture. When you look at the all-flash architecture (AFA) landscape, you’ll see that the majority of the vendors offer a non-scale-out active/passive modular approach. This approach is counter to the value proposition of flash – where the ROI comes from consolidating multiple workloads on a shared platform that can deliver hundreds of thousands of IOPs at...

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  • Jul
    16
    Windows Server 2003 End Comport

    End-of-Life: Curtain Call for Windows Server 2003

    Time is running out for Windows Server 2003.  There is exactly one year left on the clock until Microsoft’s extended support date - July 14, 2015.  Your organization needs to be planning the migration now to remove the risk of an unsupported operating system running critical business applications. Comport can jumpstart your Windows Server 2003 migration with a proven methodology and the leading technology partners in this specialized area.  From discovery to migration, we help plan and execute your migration from Server 2003 and position you to take advantage of modernized platforms, including HP and various cloud options.  We can...

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  • Jul
    14

    Storage & Backup Trends: Report From HP Discover

    Perhaps you didn’t attend HP Discover.  In about 15 minutes take advantage of the live trends recap in Storage and Backup from Discover 2014, by Craig Nunes, HP Storage VP Marketing.  Topics include Software Defined Storage, Flash Storage, Cloud, and Backup. Watch the video here:

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  • Jan
    20
    Jim C

    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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  • 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
    27
    All Flash Storage Comport

    All-Flash: Worth the Wait

    Recently, I was in a meeting with HP executives discussing appropriate storage tiers for healthcare applications. The ever-increasing demand for healthcare storage is a huge challenge. The importance of not only storing PHI, but protecting it, archiving it, and ensuring it is highly available continues to be an industry-wide challenge. A challenge that is essential to get right, and excessively expensive unless properly fine-tuned. Suddenly, during the conversation, a revelation! “Our All-Flash solutions at the same price point as HDD solutions will change everything that we are discussing”. And so it will. The benefits of flash based...

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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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  • Jan
    05
    HIPPA Risk Failure Patch Comport

    The New HIPAA Risk: “Failure to Patch”

    One more thing to worry about…with so much emphasis on new initiatives like ACOs, big data, MU, etc., it is easy to lose sight of the ‘old’. However, based on the first major fine levied as a HIPAA violation for ‘failure to patch’ and ‘running outdated, unsupported software’ it is essential to have a firm grasp on the inventory of legacy platforms and systems that make up your infrastructure. The exposure of operating systems and appliances that are not updated – or worse, that are no longer supported – is fast becoming a recurring theme on annual risk assessments. A perfect example is the July 14, 2015 End-of-Life for...

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  • Jul
    08

    CDC on EHR errors: Enough’s enough

    Healthcare IT News, 7/8/14: This article about EHR deployment problems opens a dialogue about ensuring that technology and infrastructure are not risk factors for EHR implementations….a topic aligned with Comport’s mission and expertise. Problems go way beyond outdated software The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not routinely get involved in telling hospitals how to run operations, but with increasing reports of EHR deployment problems, the Atlanta-based operation now sees the need to act. "Some hospital laboratories have legacy information systems that do not even have the ability to use current coding," said Megan...

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  • Jul
    03
    Healthcare CIO Comport

    The Overloaded Healthcare CIO

    In an environment that is constantly moving and pretty much overwhelming for healthcare CIOs, it would seem that the last thing a CIO would want or need would be additional responsibilities.  Having worked in the field of Health information Technology for the past 26 years (11+ as a Health System CIO), I have seen the role of the HIT leader change over time.  Yet recent conversations with CIOs that have taken on new areas of responsibility raise the question:  How much can be taken on and still remain effective? (and sane for that matter). In recent years I have witnessed movement of Telecommunications, Decision Support and Bio-medical...

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  • Jun
    26
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    HIPAA Enforcement: A Reality Check

    Healthcare Info Security, 6/30/14: This article provides a welcome, data-driven reality check on HIPAA compliance measures and the enforcement realities.  Comport can arrange a conversation with HP’s hospital IT security team; the HP IT security suite is comprehensive and very good protection. While HIPAA settlements with large financial penalties grab headlines, the vast majority of such settlements tied to breaches and other complaints call for no such penalties, the Department of Health and Human Services confirms. Instead, they simply spell out corrective action plans or offer technical assistance. And some 60 percent of HIPAA...

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