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How to Defeat IT's Worst Enemy

 In a world where businesses are rapidly growing and progressing, stagnant technology is enemy #1. If infrastructures are running on out-of-date systems, they risk their environment being susceptible to low performance, errors, and complex management. Not to mention, executives waste thousands of dollars trying to many solve many of the issues that occur day to day.  Procurement, configuration, heating/ cooling, and secured facilities are just some of the things keeping IT professionals up at night.

How do IT leaders fight the battles of today’s IT challenges? They innovate. Innovation delivers the means to do things faster, better and smarter.

Where in the world does an IT professional even start their search for more innovative technologies? Before taking cold calls from overzealous tech sales reps, take advantage of the resources around you cater to your business needs. Converse with other IT professionals that have gone through or are going through the same process of IT transformation. Learn from seminars, IT panel discussions or fireside chats with market leaders that talk about the latest trend that is shifting the way people do business.

 

What are the topics of innovation?

Cloud Computing

IT infrastructures that aren’t in the cloud lack agility. Maintaining hardware footprints cost thousands of dollars, while requiring an overwhelming amount of resources to deploy and maintain legacy systems. With cloud computing, IT management is simplified through “anything as a service.” This includes infrastructure as a service, Desktop as a service, DR as a service, and much more. The technology is scalable and can be paid by consumption. The technology also adapts quickly to fluctuating business demands.  

Unified Communications as a Service

Communication is such a crucial element in every business, in any industry. If there is no seamless transition between voice, video, messaging and content sharing, organizations sacrifice the productivity to be successful. Living in a mobile, “on-the-go” type of work environment, it’s important that to have a reliable communications system that delivers enterprise voice, modern messaging devices, HD Audio/ Video conferencing, modern group messaging, skill-based call routing, workforce management, and platform analytics. Imagine possibilities with all of these in a single platform.

Contact Center as a Service

Empowering customers and employees is a key element of success for organizations looking to accomplish their company goals. In addition to Unified communications, contact center as a service is a huge initiative that increases productivity of any organization. Discover how best-in-class Omnichannel routing, analytics, workforce optimization, automation and AI are innovating customer and employee experiences. Learn how purpose-built, best-of-breed unified applications can optimize operations.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

IT administrators are staying up late or working over weekends to complete tasks. They are also spending hours calling multiple vendor support lines to troubleshoot a single issue. If a company wants to do more with their data center with less resources, Hyperconverged infrastructure delivers automation that applies patches and updates with almost no downtime and can be done anytime. It can eliminate replacing failing hardware components while adding capacity with unprecedented ease for future growth and expansion.

 

MR2 Solutions encourages you to join in on this discussion and to share experiences with each other. Together, IT leaders can form a plan of action in order to defeat enemy #1. Executives and IT management will be able to band together to defeat stagnant technology.

 

As IT advisers, we want to give IT leaders enough information and research for their IT battles. This is why we partner up with industry leaders to hold technology discussions to explore how innovation can transform their business. Join us as we host IT discussion panels in Orange County & Los Angeles. We will be covering these exact topics of innovation with IT experts from RapidScale, Fuze, NICE InContact, iLand and Scale Computing. Network with us during hour happy hour and catch an exclusive screening of the new Avengers EndGame. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be available.

 

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THE END GAME WITH CLOUD MR2 Fireside Tech Chat & Movie Premiere: Avengers End Game

Thurs. April 25, 2019 | 5PM PST

Orange County - AMC Tustin District Theater - 2457 Park Ave. Tustin, CA 92782

Fuze, NICE InContact, & RapidScale

>> REGISTER HERE <<

 

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MR2 LB Movie Premiere & IT Discussion: Avengers End Game

Fri. April 25, 2019 | 5PM PST 

Long Beach - Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX - 7501 Carson Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808  

Scale Computing & iLand

>> REGISTER HERE <<

Ways to stay innovative with Hyperconverged Technology

 

 After partnering up with Scale Computing, we've recognized that there have been major updates and changes in the hyperconvergence space that ultimately benefit our customers. Flash storage has added greater capacity in CUP, RAM and storage across a number of new solutions in our portfolio, in particular in the HC3 solution by Scale Computing. To satisfy the needs of more storage hungry data centers and in response to our customers in the market, we are pleased to announce recently updated features in the HC3 system. 

 

Storage Deduplication and Improved Detail

To reduce the storage footprint of data stored on virtual machines, HC3 has added storage deduplication. Virtual disks are deduplicated, post-process to eliminate duplicate data blocks and free up storage with minimal impact to running VMs. Deduplication allow disks to hold considerably more data than previously allowed within the same physical disk capacity. Storage details available in HC3 Web interface have dramatically improved with more information on utilization and efficiency.

 

Multi-Cluster Remote Management

This new update also includes the ability to monitor multiple clusters within the HC3 Web interface. The easy to use design shows the status of multiple clusters that can be local or remote to keep tabs on your entire enterprise of HC3 nodes and clusters. Whether they are single nodes in remote offices or DR targets, or multi-node clusters, the new multi-cluster view provides at-a-glance monitoring of all your HC3 assets.

 

Multi-User Administration and Logging

Multi-user login and administration is another update that will help companies better manage multiple admins. Multiple users may login with their own credentials to perform their own administrative functions. Logging keeps track of administrator access to assist in management and troubleshooting. 

 

Disaster Recovery Planning Service

MR2 will work with you in putting together a comprehensive disaster recovery plan including planning, identifying dependencies, prioritizing workloads, and DR testing. This service is now available to make sure you are meeting or exceeding your SLAs for recovery and minimizing data loss. It never hurts to have expert help when planning for disaster. 

 

Premium Installation Service

MR2 Solutions loves to work with technology partners that keep it simple for our customers. For those who want to hit the ground running the HC3, we offer a Premium Installation Service facilitated by our highly qualified support engineers. This service includes planning, prerequisites, priority scheduling and deep-dive technical training. This will enable you to manage your new solution in no time. 

 

Single Node Appliance Configuration

Now, a single appliance can be deployed all by itself. While a cluster is preferable for high availability and primary production, a single appliance can be more sufficient for disaster recovery, remote or branch offices, or even the small "s" of the SMB. 

 

And More!

 

Discover more updates on the latest Hyperconverged technology with MR2 Solutions at our upcoming educational seminar and free comedy show! 

Join us at Irvine Improv Comedy Club on Thur. Feb. 21, 2019 at 5PM to network with IT professionals and IT experts from Scale Computing. Enjoy a complimentary happy hour, dinner and comedy show on us! 

With limited seats available, RSVP now! 

 

MR2 LAUGH & LEARN: HC3 with Scale Computing

Thurs. Feb. 21, 2019 | 5PM 

Irvine Improv Comedy Club

REGISTER HERE

Why you need Managed Cloud services in your Data Center

 

As local IT consultants, we are seeing many IT departments struggle with limited resources while dealing with regulatory compliance requirements or intellectual property. Many of our customers also have security concerns as they are expanding locations and are going through a server/ desktop refresh. MR2 Solutions has partnered with Rapid Scale, a managed and hybrid managed cloud computing provider, that provides world-class secure and reliable suite of cloud solution to businesses of all sizes and across all industries. 

 

Here are some key differentiation factors that we've seen with this company out in the market: 

  • Full managed cloud services
  • Hybrid managed cloud services
  • Specialize in Desktop as a Service
  • Citrix partner of the year
  • First DaaS and SD-WAN Certified Global Citrix CSP
  • 24x7x365 White-Glove Global Support and Help Desk tickets
  • 100% uptime SLAs
  • Compliance: HIPAA, SOX, PCI, etc. 

Join us online for an educational webinar and learn more about this new dynamic in business and how solutions like Desktop as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Disaster Recover as a Service are helping IT teams meet user requirements while maintaining reliability and security.

 

[MR2 WEBINAR]: Cloud Computing with Global Leader, RapidScale

Friday Feb 1, 2019 | 9:00AM PST

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/MR2Web_CloudRS 

Discover why your Network is Inefficient and How you can Solve it

With today's explosive data growth in real time applications, distributed work forces and cloud computing, a business's productivity and customer responsiveness is more dependent on a wide area network infrastructure. As more companies are focusing on WANs and cloud access networks, it's crucial to have enough strong bandwidth to support increased demand and predictable reliability to ensure continuous application availability. Cloud is rapidly changing demands on enterprise IT legacy resources. MPLS circuits and enabling devices, often augmented by separate WAN-Op and firewall equipment, no longer offer the necessary requirements for cost savings, flexibility, bandwidth, manageability performance and reliability. Check out our 2 min video on SD-WAN and how it can solve today's IT challenges. 

 

This month, you'll have the opportunity to connect with technology experts on SD-WAN, our partner Talari. Join us for a Holiday Cruise Luncheon on Newport Beach harbor on Dec. 18 to learn from industry leaders and to network with other IT professionals in the area. With limited seats, REGISTER NOW! 

 

MR2 HOLIDAY CRUISE LUNCHEON

Tues. Dec. 18, 2018 | 11:30AM

Hornblower Cruises Newport Beach - 2431 W PCH (South Location)

REGISTER HERE

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Quick Tips for a Cloud Based DR Strategy

You are jeopardizing your IT environment and your job if you don’t have a strategy for disaster recovery. Whether you are ready or not, unexpected outages will occur and if you don’t have a protocol in place, data loss will cost millions of dollars or even bring your company to failure. Forward-thinking IT leaders are increasingly turning to cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) as a simple and cost-effective solution for protecting IT resources, ensuring high availability and having a plan to fully regain operations.

Here are some quick tips and benefits of including a managed cloud solution in your DRaaS option and how it can make it easier to economically protect your most valuable asset: your data.

 

1.        Cloud availability can eliminate human error and costly downtime

Cloud based DR prevents inaccuracies and flaws associated with traditional offline backups while improving visibility into file stores and virtual machines. This solution plays a heavy role in Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs), Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and regular testing and updates. Cloud technology has the robust capability to get you back into business within minutes of an incident.

 

2.       Cloud can do more than just back up

Traditional DR is often difficult to operate, hard to configure and quickly becomes outdated. Often times it’s out of financial reach for many organizations. Therefore firms solely rely on back up for their disaster recovery, however it doesn’t cover documented policies and procedures, application prioritization, RTOs and RPOs. Fortunately, cloud computing reduces the need for on-prem data center space, IT infrastructure and resources. It simplifies management of backup configuration and media.

 

3.       Cloud based DR can bring tremendous cost savings

The world is depending on 24/7 availability of data and applications, unanticipated downtime can be devastating. Outages now cost organizations an average of $140k to $540k per hour, and $5,600 per minute. What is even more alarming is that 25% of businesses never recover from disaster. Cloud has the flexibility of using operational budget rather than a large upfront capital expenditure to implement or expand a protection plan, as well as scaling up or down as requirements dictate.

 

For those who had already known the benefits of cloud and are well on your way to adopt a fully comprehensive solution, it now all comes down to finding the right managed cloud service provider with the right mix of solutions to meet business needs. With hybrid, multicloud IT infrastructure becoming the norm, organizations are increasingly dependent on multiple tools for data protection as part of their DR strategy. As you evaluate DRaaS providers, MR2 is here to highlight how our industry-leading partner, Navsite is a reliable cloud provider with managed cloud solutions to solve any of your IT needs. Benefits of working with Navisite include:

  • Reliable cloud provider that delivers excellent customer service, offers a high level of customization ability and meets any require certifications
  • Its cloud-based solution is easy to configure, manage and test
  • Takes a tailored, application-centric approach to DRaaS Tier 1, 2 and 3 applications, infrastructure and/ or business units may require separate tools to meet different RPOs and RTOs
  • Makes business continuity easy and simple, offering a portfolio that’s flexible, scalable, and feature-rich offerings, including vCAv, which makes it possible to get back to business a few minutes and a few clicks after disaster strikes

 

To learn more, contact a MR2 Solutions specialist today 949-474-4495 or email – michael@mr2solutions.com.

 

If you’d like to connect with experts from Navisite directly, come out to our Magic & Wine show event. Meet with them and other IT professionals in the area while enjoying a cocktail reception and complimentary magic show. Register now below:

 

MR2 Magic & Wine Show Event

Friday Nov. 9, 2018 | 6PM

Majestic Garden Hotel Anaheim

REGISTER HERE