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ecommerce digital storefront
Design & Development

Five Tips on E-commerce Data Migration

Five Tips on E-commerce Data Migration for a Successful Digital Store Front Over the years, AISN team members have designed, built and optimized multiple e-commerce …

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Critical State, Federal & Commercial Data
Blog

Critical State, Federal & Commercial Data — Protected & Compliant

Building Robust, Secure, Compliant Systems With High Uptime The challenges facing senior IT leaders in state, federal and commercial organizations are numerous. With complex systems …

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Juneteenth - Freedom Day
Blog

What Is Juneteenth?

June·teenth /jo͞oːnˌtēːnTH,ˌjo͞onˈtēnTH,jo͞o:nˈtē:nTH/ To fully understand the origin of Juneteenth, we must go back to Galveston, Texas, in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the …

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Payment Gateways for eGovernment and Ecommerce
Blog

Payment Gateways for eGovernment and Ecommerce

In the 21st century, easy payments have become a critical and expected part of the digital customer experience, because today’s consumers are now accustomed to buying …

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A Tribute to AIS Network Founder Dan Lundahl
Blog

A Tribute to AIS Network Founder Dan Lundahl, 1955-2022

The AIS Network Team wishes to pay tribute to founder Dan Lundahl, who passed away on February 7, 2022. Deeply respected by those who knew …

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Tax Season Tips 2022 QuickBooks
Education

Generating 1099 Reports Via 2022 QuickBooks

It’s tax season and below is a tip that I learned for QuickBooks. Tax season is in full swing, and we wanted to share an …

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Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap
Security & Privacy

Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Advancing Cybersecurity Training and Skills in an Industry Faced With a Talent Shortage The cybersecurity skills gap is a real and growing challenge in the …

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7 Cybersecurity Tips for Your Organization
Information Security

7 Cybersecurity Tips for Your Organization

Last month was Cybersecurity Awareness Month. How did you recognize it at your organization? If you didn’t know about it, don’t worry. It’s never too …

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Incident Response Plan
Information Security

Why an Incident Response Plan Is Important

Having an Incident Response Plan is the first step to keeping your company, employees, and client information safe. Learn more today!

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SSL Certificates
Compliance

SSL Certificates: Why Are They Important?

Does your website have a current SSL certificate? You may have noticed a little closed padlock icon next to the domain name of the website …

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AISN Joins the Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Information Security

AISN Joins the Cybersecurity Awareness Month Campaign

Every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across the United States. Led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security …

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Tech Support Scam Red Flags
Blog

Tech Support Scam Red Flags

Protecting Yourself From Seven Tech Support Scams October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, so it’s time to remind folks that the FTC is warning of a …

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How Do Tech Support Scams Happen
Blog

How Do Tech Support Scams Happen?

Tech support fraud involves criminals claiming to provide technical support to fix problems that don’t exist. Their methods include placing calls, sending pop-ups, engaging misleading …

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Tech Support Scams Are Rampant
Blog

Tech Support Scams Are Rampant – Just Ask My Dad

Tech support scams are rampant these days, and tech scammers are obnoxiously brash. How do I know? Because it hits close to home. My elderly …

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More Than a Decade of AISN Internships
Blog

More Than a Decade of AISN Internships

At AISN, internships have always been a part of who we are. We love offering opportunities to students who want to learn and grow in …

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Prevention Against Ransomware
Security & Privacy

5 Tips for Protection and Prevention Against Ransomware

If you are looking for tips for protection and prevention against ransomware, then you’ve come to the right place. In last week’s blog, we defined …

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What Is Ransomware
Security & Privacy

What Is Ransomware and Why Is It a Threat?

What Is Ransomware? Ransomware dominated the news cycle this past week with cybercriminals’ attack on the Colonial Pipeline, which resulted in a disrupted gas supply …

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Ransomware Best Practices
Security & Privacy

Ransomware: Best Practices for Critical Infrastructure Companies

This month, the Colonial Pipeline paid a $4.4 million ransom to malicious cyber actors who hacked their information technology network to steal data. Would you …

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Why You Need Pen Testing
Security & Privacy

Ransomware Is Getting Worse. Here’s Why You Need Pen Testing.

Ransomware just became all too real for the whole East Coast. And it’s about to get worse. The fuel giant, Colonial Pipeline, was hacked on …

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New Data Security Regulations to Watch
Blog

New Data Security Regulations to Watch

The proliferation of data security regulations has increased in recent years, galvanizing privacy concerns worldwide. According to industry analyst Gartner, by 2023, nearly two-thirds of …

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Avoiding Data Breaches
Information Security

What You Need to Know About Avoiding Data Breaches

What’s the secret to avoiding data breaches? The key is to understand them and recognize where you’re vulnerable. Read on and find out more.

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Running Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure
Cloud Enablement

Benefits of Running Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure

Successful cloud migration begins with a series of key decisions and simple steps forward such as choosing to run Windows Server and SQL Server on …

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Why Your Clients Really Need Cyber Forensics
Information Security

Why Your Clients Really Need Cyber Forensics

To protect your clients from the damages associated with data breaches, you need to partner with a cyber forensics expert. Learn more.

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Business Benefit From a vCISO
Information Security

Could Your Business Benefit From a vCISO?

As your organization grows, so do your risks. A vCISO can help your organization move forward safely as you embrace technological developments.

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Security Benefits Penetration Testing
Information Security

You Need the Security Benefits Penetration Testing Can Offer

Regular penetration testing can help ensure your systems are strengthened against threats and your data is secure. Learn more now.

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Network Firewall Security
Compliance

Network Firewall Security: Are You Compliant or Are You Secure?

Your router and network firewall security were fully compliant with industry and government standards, but does that mean your data is safe and secure?

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Cybersecurity Incident Response
Information Security

5 Cybersecurity Incident Response Steps You Need to Know

Data breaches happen daily. Are you ready? In this post, we’ll explore what you need to consider when developing incident response steps.

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Disaster Recovery Plan
Information Security

How to Protect Your Assets With a Disaster Recovery Plan

Any plan is better than no plan at all, and developing an availability and disaster recovery plan doesn’t have to be complex. Learn more now.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Training Program
Information Security

How to Implement a Cybersecurity Awareness Training Program

Creating a program of regular cybersecurity awareness training should be a key part of your information security program. Read on and learn how.

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Cybersecurity Governance
Information Security

Why Cybersecurity Governance Matters to Your Organization

Find out how a cybersecurity governance plan will help decrease the risk your organization faces as system complexity increases.

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Information Security Program
Information Security

How to Develop an Information Security Program

In this post, we’ll examine how to develop an information security program that minimizes the risk posed by IT threats and vulnerabilities to your business.

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How to Perform an IT Risk Assessment
Information Security

How to Perform an IT Risk Assessment

Cybersecurity incidents regularly affect organizations of all sizes. In this post, we’ll outline the main steps to conduct an IT risk assessment.

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Cybersecurity Risks of Remote Work
Information Security

Are You Prepared for the Cybersecurity Risks of Remote Work?

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a security vector often overlooked by many businesses: the cybersecurity risks of remote work.

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What Is Information Risk Management
Information Security

What Is Information Risk Management Really About?

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the threats facing your business, as well as the consequences of not taking information risk management seriously.

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Cloud Migration Pitfalls
Cloud Enablement

How to Avoid 4 Common Cloud Migration Pitfalls

In this post, we’ll examine a few cloud migration pitfalls, what causes them, and how to mitigate the threat they pose to your transition.

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Cloud Enablement Services
Cloud Enablement

How to Get the Cloud Enablement Services You Really Need

Cloud enablement services aren’t just about planning, designing and building your cloud solution. Read on and find out more.

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Cloud Readiness Assessment
Cloud Enablement

How to Conduct a Cloud Readiness Assessment

In this post, we’ll discuss what kinds of workloads are best suited to cloud migrations and how to perform a cloud-readiness assessment for your business.

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Successful Cloud Enablement Strategy
Cloud Enablement

4 Things Every Successful Cloud Enablement Strategy Needs

In this post, we’ll offer you 4 tips on developing your own cloud enablement strategy: what to look for in a partner and how to prepare for your migration.

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Cloud Migration Strategy
Cloud Enablement

What You Need to Know for Your Cloud Migration Strategy

Thinking about moving to the cloud? This post will guide you through how to develop a successful cloud migration strategy for your organization.

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What Is Cloud Enablement
Cloud Enablement

What Is Cloud Enablement and Why Should You Care?

What is cloud enablement? It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot in tech circles. But if you’re not already taking advantage of it, it seems sort of vague and mysterious.

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FERPA-Compliant Cloud Storage
Cloud Solutions

How To Get FERPA-Compliant Cloud Storage

Aging IT infrastructure presents many challenges for an educational institution, not the least of which is ensuring compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy …

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Benefits of Cloud Computing in Accounting
Cloud Enablement

Benefits of Cloud Computing in Accounting: 4 Key Points

Looking to switch your accounting firm to cloud computing? We take a look at some of the benefits specific to accounting firms using Cloud computing.

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COVID-19 and Security Best Practices
Security & Privacy

COVID-19 and Security Best Practices

The impact of this biological war, COVID-19, on our commercial and government agency customers has been immeasurable. Among a litany of concerns, they are facing …

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Cloud Backup vs. Traditional Backup
Cloud Solutions

Cloud Backup vs. Traditional Backup: Which is Better?

Cloud backup vs. traditional backup: Which one is better? We take a look into each of the Pros and Cons and the various technologies used. Find out now.

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Azure Cloud Enablement
Cloud Solutions

What You Need to Know About Azure Cloud Enablement

What is the biggest barrier most companies face when considering Azure Cloud enablement? Read on and find out more.

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ROI of Microsoft Azure IaaS
Cloud Solutions

ROI of Microsoft Azure IaaS

Considering ROI for Microsoft Azure Iaas? You can gain significant TCO efficiencies by migrating VMware environments to Azure.

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Secure your Site
Security & Privacy

Secure your Site & Protect It From Threats

Current content gives your readers confidence and builds audience trust. If it falls short, you’re at risk of losing credibility. Read how to secure your site.

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Why Migrate to Microsoft Azure
Blog

Why Migrate to Microsoft Azure?

With Microsoft Azure, you get always-on, up-to-date security that keeps your organization running. No need to worry about compromising business-critical application data and files across …

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Why Cybersecurity Attorneys Use Our Consulting Services
Security & Privacy

Why Cybersecurity Attorneys Use Our Consulting Services

Why would cybersecurity attorneys use a team of cybersecurity engineers to consult for them? I’ll explain. In today’s technological world, the business executives who are …

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Windows 7 Support Going Away
Blog

Windows 7 Support Going Away in January

It’s gonna be a new decade soon. Are you ready for an upgrade? As announced previously, Windows 7 will be out of support after January …

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Technology’s Benefits and Challenges
Blog

Technology’s Benefits and Challenges

By now, you know that technology brings numerous advances in communication for your teams, but are you familiar with the most specific benefits teamwork technology …

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Windows Server and SQL Server Customers Choose Azure
Cloud Solutions

Windows Server and SQL Server Customers Choose Azure

Ever wonder why Windows Server and SQL Server Customers choose Azure? Over the last quarter century, companies of all sizes have been trusting Windows Server …

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Cloud Solutions

Customer Story: Azure Achieves Innovations

“We realized we were leaving too many good ideas on the side” — Aaron Phillips, President and CEO, SitePro. The ability to innovate is what …

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Windows 10/O365 Increase Productivity
Cloud Solutions

Windows 10/O365 Increase Productivity, Security

With end of support for both Windows 7 and Office 2010 rapidly approaching, now is the time to help our customers get modern and move …

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Cloud Solutions

Utilizing Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Not ready to give up on your on-premises SQL Server licensing investment but eager for the benefits of the cloud? Get the best of both …

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Why Use Microsoft 365
Blog

Why Use Microsoft 365?

Why use Microsoft 365? Marketplace and digital trends increasingly shape the way we work and do business. That’s true at AIS Network, which is why …

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Cloud Solutions

Three Reasons for Migrating to Azure

We’re seeing heightened customer interest in Azure migration. Those customers are continuously asking us to articulate the reasons for migrating to Azure — especially since …

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Cloud Solutions

End of Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2

End of Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2   Been avoiding upgrading? With end of support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, …

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Government

Welcome, Eddie McAndrew

A big welcome to Eddie McAndrew, AISN’s new chief operating officer. In Eddie, we have a seasoned and trusted leader who consistently delivers results. He’s …

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Is Azure Backup All That
Cloud Solutions

Is Azure Backup All That?

Is Azure backup all that?  Yes, in fact. Azure backup helps you retain rapidly increasing amounts of data while keeping storage costs low. And, it …

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Cloud Readiness Assessments
Cloud Solutions

Cloud Readiness Assessments

In support of the Governor’s Executive Order Nineteen (EO19, issued on September 17), AISN is able to deliver Cloud Readiness Assessments to help Virginia’s agencies …

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AISN Data Centers Prepared for Hurricane Florence
Blog

AISN Data Centers Prepared for Hurricane Florence

Due to upcoming severe weather related to Hurricane Florence, which has been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, AISN is monitoring the storm closely and …

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AISN Data Centers Prepared for Hurricane Florence
Security & Privacy

What to Expect From a Penetration Test Report

Let’s face it. There are a lot of bad actors out there, and they are working to breach yet another organization’s infrastructure each and every …

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Why Is Pen Testing In Demand
Infrastructure

Why Is Pen Testing In Demand?

Why is pen testing in demand? Well, these days, criminal hacking has become an automated process. It’s no longer a matter of if you get …

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Defend Your Business From Cyber Threats
Government

Defend Your Business From Cyber Threats

Cyber threats continue to be a major concern for business owners. You must defend your business from cyber threats. Not having a cybersecurity strategy in …

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Risk Assessments Can Save Your Business
Government

Risk Assessments Can Save Your Business

Risk Assessments Can Save Your Business Think risk assessments can save your business? You’re right. A risk assessment is a critical component of any organization’s …

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Employee Cyber Security Training
Managed Services

Employee Cyber Security Training

Employee Cyber Security Training Do your employees lack cyber security training? Human error is one of the greatest threats to organizational security – after all, …

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Ensuring Security and Compliance
Compliance

Ensuring Security and Compliance

Most organizations tend to focus on becoming compliant rather than being secure. And while meeting client requirements and industry regulations is very important, it does …

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Information Security Program Is Critical
Education

Information Security Program Is Critical

An information security program is a critical component of any organization regardless of the size of your business or the industry you’re in. A good …

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KRACK Security Flaw Protection
Education

KRACK Security Flaw Protection

Researchers have discovered a new weakness found in the WPA2 protocol (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2), the security method which protects all modern Wi-Fi networks, known …

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Steps to Avoid a Pricey Data Breach
Blog

Steps to Avoid a Pricey Data Breach

Are you swimming in information security concerns? Avoid a pricey data breach by reading further. Recent and startling new malicious attacks are causing organizations to …

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What’s Driving Your Cloud Initiatives?
Infrastructure

What’s Driving Your Cloud Initiatives?

What business goals or objectives are driving cloud initiatives at your company? Could they be among these? Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) Improving customer …

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Our Site Was Not Hacked
Blog

Our Site Was Not Hacked

No. Our site was not hacked. Period. Yesterday, a customer Googled us only to find this — under our name, a notation from Google, which …

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Passing Your SOC 2 Audit
Compliance

Passing Your SOC 2 Audit

How should you prepare for passing your SOC 2 audit? The pressure is on as more and more service providers and service organizations are being …

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WannaCrypt Ransomware Defense
Security & Privacy

WannaCrypt Ransomware Defense

Looking for WannaCrypt ransomware defense? On Friday, May 12th, a large ransomware attack was launched, known as WannaCrypt (a.k.a. WannaCry). It infected more than 230,000 …

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Design & Development

Award-Winning Website Development

We’re over the moon this week. Award-winning website development is always what we aim for, and our latest project has done just that. The Virginia …

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Cloud Solutions

Tips for Moving to the Cloud

Tips for Moving to the Cloud   When companies move to the cloud, there are undoubtedly numerous challenges that must be overcome. For example: integration …

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Cloud Solutions

Will Moving to Azure Require Redesigning Apps?

Will Moving to Azure Require Redesigning Apps? Will moving to Azure mean that we need to redesign our applications? That is one of the frequently …

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Cloud Solutions

Azure or AWS? Isn’t the Cloud the Same?

Azure or AWS? Isn’t the cloud the same regardless of whom I choose? Azure or AWS? Isn’t the cloud the same regardless of whom I …

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Azure Government cloud platform
Cloud Solutions

Government Data Scientists Be Glad

Government data scientists spend inordinate amounts of time each day manually scrubbing terabytes of operational data for advanced analytics and business intelligence. Well, now they …

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AWS S3 Outage Did Not Help Alleviate Doubt
Cloud Solutions

AWS S3 Outage Did Not Help Alleviate Doubt

Unfortunately, the recent AWS S3 outage did not help alleviate doubt that some people already have about the cloud. AWS apologized, of course, explaining that a …

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School Report Cards for Virginia
Education

School Report Cards for Virginia

The school report cards for Virginia’s schools, school divisions, and the state never looked better! Today, AIS Network announced that we’ve wrapped up development work on …

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Health Care

Avoid a Data Breach: What a Health Care Org Should Do

Avoid a Data Breach: What a Health Care Org Should Do There are three things that a health care organization should do immediately to avoid …

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Debt Collection and Audits for Collection Agencies
Financial Services

Debt Collection and Audits for Collection Agencies

Debt collection agencies with sensitive data need to be familiar with how PCI, FISMA, SSAE 16/SOC 1 and SOC 2 apply to them. If you’re …

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Compliance

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirements and What’s New

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirements and What’s New PCI DSS 3.2 includes some changes about which you should know. Many thanks to our auditor, KirkpatrickPrice, for …

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Managed Services

Penetration Tests and Their Benefits

Penetration tests and their benefits on the brain? If performed regularly, penetration tests are key to your overall security posture. It’s an important practice that …

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Becoming PCI Compliant for the First Time
Compliance

Becoming PCI Compliant for the First Time

Becoming PCI Compliant for the First Time Becoming PCI compliant for the first time? Becoming PCI compliant can be an overwhelming undertaking if you are …

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Managed Services

Strategies for Mitigating Cyber Intrusions

Strategies for Mitigating Cyber Intrusions Cyber intrusions worrying you? Looking for some basic strategies that your IT team can use to mitigate cyber intrusions? Here …

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Olympic Games Using Cloud Technology
Cloud Solutions

Olympic Games Using Cloud Technology

This year’s Olympic Games in Rio outshine all the others with the most advanced and innovative technology ever seen. Rio’s adoption of cloud capabilities will forever …

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Universities That Have Deployed Microsoft Azure
Cloud Solutions

Universities That Have Deployed Microsoft Azure

Should you join the other 750 universities that have deployed Microsoft Azure? The answer is a definite yes. Azure is a complete cloud platform with …

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Compliance

Penetration Tests Help Avoid a Data Breach

Penetration tests and vulnerability scans, if performed regularly, will help your organization avoid a costly data breach.  Did you know that? So why don’t more companies get on …

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Managed Services

Azure Storage Bridges the Gap

Azure Storage Bridges the Gap Between Your Budget and Your Needs Azure Storage is a common interest for those exploring the benefits of Azure Managed …

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Cost of Downtime
Applications

Cost of Downtime

Cost of Downtime Ever calculate the cost of downtime? A major new survey by Veeam Software did, and the results reveal that there’s far more …

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Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Prep
Compliance

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Prep

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Prep Phase 2 HIPAA Audits have officially begun. You may know that the OCR is gathering information to determine which covered …

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Cloud Solutions

Azure’s Growth Is Explosive

Azure’s Growth Is Explosive   This week marks the annual Microsoft Cloud and Hosting Summit, and I must say they’ve started off with a bang …

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Applications

Upgrade to SharePoint 2016

Why upgrade to SharePoint 2016? SharePoint 2016 (SharePoint 2016 download guide) achieves general availability on May 4, so it’s time to decide about upgrading. What’s the …

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Education

When Hackers Strike

When Hackers Strike “The battle against terrorism is not only a military battle, but primarily a battle of information” -Ahmed Chalabi   In today’s globalized …

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Cloud Solutions

All About the AISN Cloud Upgrade

All About the AISN Cloud Upgrade   Want to know all about the AISN Cloud upgrade? Over Easter weekend, we implemented a pretty major upgrade …

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March Is Governmental Purchasing Month in VA
Government

March Is Governmental Purchasing Month in VA

March is Governmental Purchasing Month in Virginia! Just last week, Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued a proclamation to recognize March as Governmental Purchasing Month …

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Applications

Happy Birthday SharePoint, Fifteen Years!

Happy Birthday SharePoint!  Fifteen years!  Wow! Get ready for March 2016! It’s Happy 15th Birthday SharePoint! If our good wishes are several weeks early, it’s because …

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Applications

SharePoint 2016 New Features

We’ve been hosting and developing around SharePoint since SharePoint Team Services 1.0.  That’s a loooong time!  That’s why we are excited about the SharePoint 2016 …

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Compliance

Creating a Compliance Culture

Wondering how to create a positive compliance culture within your company?  We’re here to help companies make managing compliance, well, manageable. We’ve defined the role …

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Security Awareness Training
Compliance

Security Awareness Training

Security awareness training for employees is a critical component of compliance and security in your organization. The risk of an employee not understanding the potential …

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Cloud Solutions

Cloud Contract Review Questions

It’s cloud contract review time. You should know the right cloud contract review questions to ask, right? Well, first, take a good look at the …

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Managed Services

Hurricane Preparedness: Protect Your Data

Hurricane preparedness should always be top of mind at this time of the year. While those of us living in the Commonwealth of Virginia narrowly …

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March Is Governmental Purchasing Month in VA
Compliance

Securing PII Under FERPA

With a vast amount of personal and private data available on networks throughout the world, it’s easy to understand just how necessary and important securing …

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Applications

Secure Web App Best Practices

Maintaining a secure web environment is extremely important in today’s technological climate. So, let’s look at secure web app best practices. Performing regular scans and …

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Applications

PCI DSS Requirements 3 and 4

Questions about PCI DSS Requirements 3 and 4? You’ve come to the right place. As you may know, AISN is a PCI compliant cloud hosting …

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Compliance

Avoiding a Data Breach Caused by Medical Devices

In headlines of late, the terms “data breach” and “healthcare organization” aren’t strangers, and now relative to that, avoiding a data breach caused by medical …

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Call Monitoring Compliance
Compliance

Call Monitoring Compliance

It’s important to analyze and fully understand the areas of risk as the CFPB continues to closely supervise the collections environment and call monitoring compliance. …

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Cloud Solutions

Microsoft Cloud Platform FAQs

Microsoft Cloud Platform FAQs So what are the most frequently asked questions that we get about our new offering? Here’s a sample: Q. I operate …

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Payment Card Security
Compliance

Payment Card Security Data Flow

DATA FLOW DYNAMIC OF PAYMENT CARD SECURITY In March, the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), a global association which represents those in the payments space, announced a …

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IT Regulatory Standards
Compliance

IT Regulatory Standards Are an Alphabet Soup

IT Regulatory Standards Are an Alphabet Soup IT regulatory standards got you down? If you work in IT or IT compliance, you’ve probably heard of the …

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PCI DSS Requirements 1 and 2
Compliance

PCI DSS Requirements 1 and 2

Questions about PCI DSS Requirements 1 and 2? You’ve come to the right place. As you may know, AISN is a PCI compliant cloud hosting …

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Cloud Solutions

Note About Our Virginia eGov Contract Vehicles

AISN is your One-Stop-Shop for eGov services, so I thought I’d post a brief note about our Virginia eGov contract vehicles. Our team currently supports …

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Compliance Mistakes
Compliance

Compliance Mistakes: 5 Killer Errors

Compliance mistakes can be costly. Very costly. The fines associated with non-compliance and/or data breaches are stiff and punishing in multiple ways. Sarah Morris of …

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Applications

Talking Points: Moving Legacy Applications to the Cloud

Are you thinking of moving legacy applications to the cloud? Earlier this month, I posted a blog about why organizations should move legacy applications to …

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Applications

Move Legacy Apps to the Cloud

Frequently, we’re asked, “We need to move legacy apps to the cloud. How can I make the case to management?” The changing trends in business …

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Compliance

CFPB Vendor Compliance Management

When it comes to CFPB vendor compliance, companies must “oversee” their vendors “in a manner that ensures compliance with Federal consumer financial law…The CFPB’s exercise …

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Security Best Practices for Social Media Users
Security & Privacy

Security Best Practices for Social Media Users

Users of popular social media sites may not realize the potential risks to which they expose themselves while using and participating in social networking. Most users develop …

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Compliance

Hospital Network Security: 3 Key Principles Illustrated

Today, I’d like to talk a little about hospital network security and point to a story about a hospital incident in which three key principles …

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Applications

Microsoft Cloud Platform Powered by AIS Network

The Microsoft Cloud Platform Delivers! The Microsoft Cloud Platform delivers, and AISN is excited to roll it out early in 2015. And, although we’ve built an …

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Applications

Six Tips to Secure Healthcare Data, Ensure HIPAA Compliance

It’s one thing to suffer one data breach – there is room to recover. Will Anthem survive a second breach? Don’t let this happen to you. …

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15 Common PCI Compliance Gaps
Applications

PCI DSS: 15 Common PCI Compliance Gaps

Common PCI compliance gaps?  You bet!  We can identify 15 of them. The need for enhanced security is becoming more and more obvious every day. As …

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Compliance

Avoid Becoming the Next Anthem Breach: 3 Tips

The recent Anthem breach is potentially the largest data breach to date in the healthcare space. When your CEO or your largest clients ask you …

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Applications

Microsoft BizSpark FAQs

AIS Network has participated in the Microsoft BizSpark program since it began about 5 years ago. We love our BizSpark friends, the program and everything …

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Applications

Sitecore Named Leader in the Forrester Wave for WCM

Some very good news for the .NET ecosystem… Our partner, Sitecore, was named a “leader” in The Forrester Wave for web content management (WCM) systems …

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Mastering a Risk Assessment
Compliance

Mastering a Risk Assessment

In light of the recent news of the data breach at Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, risk assessment is our theme today. We welcome this guest …

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Applications

Guaranteeing Hosting Compliance

Guaranteeing hosting compliance.  It’s pretty much something that AIS Network has always done, and it’s a clear service benefit.  Our compliance with multiple security and …

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Compliance

Security Trends in 2015: Five Tips

If information security trends from last year are at all telling, 2015 will be a very important year to pay close attention to the security of …

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Security & Privacy

National Data Privacy Day

It’s National Data Privacy Day! Did you know that data privacy is so important that it gets its own very special day — annually?  Well, perhaps …

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Compliance

Compliance Analytics

Are you effectively gathering and making use of compliance-related data? What kind of story is your data saying about your organization? Ask yourself the following questions: …

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Compliance

Framework Updates for HIPAA, ISO27001, FISMA, PCI

Framework updates for HIPAA, ISO 27001, FISMA and PCI DSS have been the hot topic of discussion over the last year. As the world continues to …

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Compliance

Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program

Did you know that Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program is expected this year? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for …

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Cloud Solutions

Secure Online Backup and Recovery Ensures Business Continuity

Each year, businesses and governments lose billions of dollars due to data loss. Sadly, these organizations could have prevented their losses if only they’d had …

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Cloud Solutions

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel

Preventing PHI Breaches: Five Tips to Ensure They Don’t Become Your Achilles Heel This article first ran as a featured guest post in Electronic Health …

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Design & Development

Traditional Colocation or Managed Colocation?

Sometimes hassling with your own servers no longer makes sense. Keeping your server room environment cool, secure and outage-free is challenging.  The capital expenses, the …

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Design & Development

Benefits of Colocation

Why would anyone choose colocation? What are the benefits of colocation? Colocation services provide the flexibility, control, security and services that you need—plus expert managed …

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Cloud Solutions

HIPAA Compliant Private Cloud Delivers Life-Saving Assistance

National Health IT Week 2014, which is this week, celebrates the value of IT and its contribution to healthcare providers, associations and non-profit organizations, state …

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Applications

Disaster Recovery: September Is National Preparedness Month

By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications FACT:  Every year, businesses lose billions of dollars due to data loss. Since 2004, National Preparedness Month …

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Cloud Solutions

Is It Cheaper to Host In House?

By Laurie Head AIS Network VP Isn’t it cheaper to host in house (on premises)? Yes, there are times when do-it-yourself, in-house hosting makes absolute …

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Managed Services

AISN Debuts Azure Managed Services

By Bill Peters AIS Network Director of Business Development As of August 1, Microsoft reseller partners like AISN can begin providing Azure* cloud services and selling …

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Cloud Solutions

Health Care Infographic: Why It’s Moving to the Cloud

By Donna Hemmert AIS Network VP, Strategy   We are proud to share our new infographic on why health care is moving to the cloud.  With so many …

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Cloud Solutions

HIPAA BAAs and HIPAA Cloud Hosting

All HIPAA/HITECH-regulated organizations in the process of selecting a HIPAA-compliant cloud hosting provider should expect their chosen vendor to sign a HIPAA/HITECH Business Associate Agreement …

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Cloud Solutions

Most Health Care Orgs Embracing the Cloud

Our CEO, Jay Atkinson, had the opportunity to attend the annual HIMSS conference in Florida earlier this year and found it entirely exciting and educational.  For …

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Cloud Solutions

Private Cloud Drives the Cloud Storage Market

Cloud storage of interest? You bet! The total cloud storage market is expected to reach $46.8 billion over the next four years with a CAGR …

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Blog

Mesh Networks: Bridging the Gap with Smartphones

  By Donna Hemmert AIS Network VP, Strategy Trends like the Internet of Things are bringing more and more devices online and at breakneck speed.  Have you ever wondered how …

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Applications

SharePoint and the Crypto Locker Virus

  By Terry Engelstad AIS Network VP, Network Operations   Last month, a client emailed with the following question, “We have had reports of one …

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Applications

Understanding Azure and SQL Server

By Terry Engelstad AIS Network VP, Network Operations   For those of you who are considering using Microsoft Azure, you should know that Azure does …

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Applications

We’ll Have to Wait Until 2015 for SharePoint 2015, but Have a Look at SharePoint’s New Service Pack

  By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications   The word on the street is that folks are going to have to wait until …

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Cloud Solutions

Private Cloud Interest Accelerating in the Market

One thing we have noticed change over the last 3 years is that we no longer have to sell people on cloud computing.  A few years …

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Compliance

Disaster Recovery Key to Higher Ed at 2014 ACCS Conference

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO   We exhibited at the 2014 ACCS Annual Conference (Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia) in Charlottesville last week and it …

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Security & Privacy

What Are the New PCI 3.0 Requirements?

GUEST BLOG By Sarah Morris, KirkpatrickPrice Are you aware of the changes to PCI 3.0? The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Council has developed new changes …

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Cloud Solutions

Cloud vs. VPS

By Donna Hemmert AIS Network, VP Strategy  Cloud vs. VPS? We often get the question of what is the difference between Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and …

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Cloud Solutions

AISN Sponsoring the VACo Conference This Weekend

By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications Well, it’s off to Bath County to sponsor the 2013 Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of …

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Compliance

Assuring HIPAA Compliance for PHI

GUEST BLOG By Sarah Morris, KirkpatrickPrice If you’re hosting data classified as patient health information (PHI), it’s always your responsibility to assure HIPAA compliance for …

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Cloud Solutions

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning Checklist

Business continuity is a big deal these days, and disaster recovery plans are a key component of business continuity. Below is a brief checklist to …

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Infrastructure

Business Continuity Plan Helps Business Prepare for Natural Disaster

GUEST BLOG Think business continuity plans are not important? Think again. In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy left devastation in parts of the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic …

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Health Care

September 23: HIPAA Rules Kick in, Impacting Your Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO If you’re a company in the health care industry, you have just 47 days to get your act together …

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Cloud Solutions

How Does Cloud Backup and Recovery Work?

By Joshua Darrin AIS Network Director of Operations Replicating your entire infrastructure to a remote, disaster resilient location designed to be “always on” is not …

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Cloud Solutions

Cloud Based Disaster Recovery Offers Significant Benefits

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Last October, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the United States, severely impacting millions of businesses and governments and displacing …

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Blog

WPC 2013 Discussion Focuses on Emerging Opportunities

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Yesterday was Day 2 of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2013 (WPC 2013) in Houston and time for My …

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Infrastructure

IT Disaster Recovery Plan Should Top Hurricane Prep List

If your servers are knocked out, how much unplanned downtime can your business sustain? Think about it. Data loss can cripple a business. Downtime results …

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Blog

Opportunities to Accelerate Abound at WPC 2013 in Houston

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Microsoft says it”s been a year of “amazing launches” and they say that their partners, like us, have certainly …

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Blog

Microsoft Hosting Summit 2013 Helps Build Strong Partnerships

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Once again, I am honored to attend the annual Microsoft Hosting Summit, which is being held this week in …

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Cloud Solutions

PRIMER: How are Disaster Recovery and Backups Different?

So, you are working through your go-forward IT strategy and need to make sure that you have things covered should something go wrong. Pretty quickly, …

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Applications

Hosting SharePoint 2013 Saves Money

By Laurie Head AIS Network VP, Marketing Communications   In-house IT costs are soaring. Why spend money on SharePoint servers? Hosting SharePoint 2013 saves you …

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Blog

The Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Workplace, Part 2

    GUEST BLOG By Daniel Dimov InfoSec Institute In Part I of this two-part blog exploring the pros and cons of social media in …

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Blog

The Pros and Cons of Social Media in the Workplace, Part 1

  GUEST BLOG By Daniel Dimov InfoSec Institute Employees using social networks such as Facebook and Google+ may not only waste a lot of their …

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Applications

Windows Server 2012: Navigating the New Licensing Structure

By Bill Peters AIS Network Director of Sales Windows Server 2012, which was released last fall, is the latest among Microsoft’s Windows Server product offerings, …

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Cloud Solutions

What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?

By Donna Hemmert AIS Network Vice President, Strategic Development If you don’t want to own the equipment that supports your operations, and want increased flexibility, …

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Blog

Hosted Private Cloud Services to Surpass $24 Billion in 2016

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Good news from IDC yesterday — at least for those of us engaged in private cloud hosting. The …

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Blog

10 Dangerous Risks to Your Server Security

Server security. That’s usually the first thing on the minds of those in the IT world. To keep up with changing technologies, we are constantly …

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Compliance

Top 10 Security Risks Found by Your Auditor

Want to know the top 10 security risks at an organization? We strive to provide the proper assurance and resources to help our clients maintain …

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Blog

Disasters Happen. Is Your Business Ready?

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Preparing for an emergency is a key factor to business continuity after a disaster. Wherever the threat comes …

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Blog

What Do Our Microsoft Competencies Mean?

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President What do our Microsoft competencies mean? They are something we’ve worked very hard to achieve and we’re quite …

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Blog

Is the Big Data Market Growing by Billions? You Bet!

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Big data, big data, big data.  It may sound like an overused buzzword of the day, but it’s …

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Blog

Welcome, Josh Darrin!

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO If you’ve seen a new face at AIS Network, be sure to welcome him.  We have added Josh Darrin to …

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Blog

Congratulations to Terry Engelstad, New AIS Network VP

By Kurt Baumann AIS Network Chairman and CTO Congratulations to Terry Engelstad on his promotion at AIS Network. Today, we announced the promotion of Terry …

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Applications

Understanding AISN’s SharePoint Hosting Plans

By Bill Peters AIS Network, Director of Business Development Whether you choose cloud hosting or more traditional managed hosting for your SharePoint, you should feel …

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Blog

Welcome, Ron Cornelison, to the AIS Network Advisory Board

Ron Cornelison, respected tech executive and recent CEO of AMCAD has joined AIS Network’s Advisory Board.

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Blog

Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s Governor, Calls for 4% Reduction in Agency Budget

Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s Govenor, has called for a 4% reduction in agency budgets. Tstrategies in IT that definitely allow you to cut costs without cutting service – Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS).

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Blog

Understanding Cloud Deployment Models

What are the different Cloud Deployment Models? Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud or Community Cloud?

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Blog

Federal Government is Pushing Cloud to the Agencies in its “Cloud First” Policy

Just two years ago, the Office of Management and Budget implemented a “Cloud First” policy. Since then, several agencies have already transitioned.

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Blog

Cloud Events: Where Can I Find Them?

By Donna Hemmert AIS Network Vice President, Strategic Development If you are looking for events at which to network and learn more about the Cloud …

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Blog

The Datacenter Tiers – What Are They?

The datacenter tiers help people understand the capabilities of a datacenter by describing the availability of data from the hardware at the datacenter.

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Blog

The Thing About Ping

By Joshua Darrin The thing about ping is this It’s handy for computers to say hello But in order to diagnose problems We need to …

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Blog

Congratulations to Bill Schrader, New CEO of LeaseWeb

By Kurt Baumann AIS Network Chairman and CTO This week, the AIS Network team congratulates, Bill Schrader, who has been appointed CEO of LeaseWeb USA, …

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Blog

AISN Attends COVITS 2012

We met with many State and Local people who were focused on a variety of issues. We also saw a lot of interest around the Cloud (especially Private Cloud) and Bring Your Own Device.

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Blog

SharePoint 2010 Hosting vs. In-House Deployments? What Is the Cost Benefit?

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President SharePoint managers everywhere are asking themselves, “Why should I spend money on SharePoint servers?” Well, with on-premise IT …

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Blog

IT Outsourcing Services Spending to Top $251 Billion Globally in 2012

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President In their latest outlook issued just two days ago, Gartner, Inc., says that worldwide spending for IT outsourcing …

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Blog

Going Green with Cloud Computing

By Julia Uglietta Associate, Marketing and Sales “Going green” is a phrase that has become increasingly popular over the last decade.  Among many businesses, it …

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Blog

Why Email Archiving?

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Why email archiving?  Well, from the knowledge management perspective, valuable information is contained within our everyday email conversations, …

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Blog

Consumer Electronic Sales Bode Well for Cloud

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President If consumer electronic sales – and particularly those of mobile connected devices (which leverage the elastic resources of …

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Blog

Private Cloud Success Trends Upward

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President How successful are private clouds, anyway? That’s the question asked by a recent research report from Information Week.  …

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Applications

Cleaning Out the SharePoint Site Recycle Bin

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager Recently, a SharePoint hosting customer asked us to perform routine maintenance on …

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Blog

What Is Big Data and Why Is It Becoming Bigger Data?

By Julia Uglietta Associate, Marketing and Sales Big data is a consequence of the new world of technology that we have created, where everything is …

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Applications

Slow SharePoint Server? Your SharePoint Server Loads Slowly, and This May Be Why.

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager Your SharePoint Server loads slowly?  Running just a bit slow? Recently, a …

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Blog

AISN’s Redundant Power and Connectivity Protect Customers From Power Outages in Aftermath of Massive DC Storm

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Can the AIS Network data center reliably maintain data availability when a massive storm hits? Yes! Last night, the …

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Blog

SharePoint Users: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Solves Common Business Challenges

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is here now. How much do you know about it? If you’re using Microsoft SharePoint …

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Blog

Cloud Security and Privacy for eGov

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President As we embark on a path toward cloud hosting for state government, I’ve been in search of solid …

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Blog

SharePoint 2010 Security: Adding an SSL Certificate to Your Hosted SharePoint Site

By Bill Peters AIS Network Director of Sales SSL certificates create secure (HTTPS) connectivity between your Web server and your visitors’ browsers. If you are …

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Blog

Outsourcing Hosting: Talking Points for the C-Suite (Part II)

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President We are often asked, “How do I make the case to upper management that outsourced hosting of our …

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Blog

Outsourcing Hosting: Why Outsource IT Hosting? (Part I)

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Do you remember what you were doing in 1993? We do. AISN started its hosting business back in …

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Blog

Cloud Computing Fosters Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry

By Ali Giancarlo AIS Network Associate, Marketing and Sales Google “pharma innovation,” and you’ll find that the results reveal a blaring need for a reform …

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Blog

Choosing a Hosting Provider: 20 Questions to Ask Yourself

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Choose a provider based on its ability to provide a cost-effective architecture and high-quality customer experience for your …

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Blog

HIPAA-Compliant Cloud: Why Health Care CIOs Are Moving Toward Cloud Computing for EMRs

By Desaray Granzow AIS Network, Director of Sales Cloud computing (or shared computing resources) is becoming more and more attractive to the CIOs of health …

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Blog

Why Is Compliance in the Cloud Important?

Cloud hosting providers must be in compliance with all applicable privacy laws when it comes to keeping data secure during the collection, storage and use of your sensitive information.

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Blog

Top 6 Benefits of AIS Network’s Managed Private Cloud

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO You want to spend more of your IT dollar on the innovation that your customers expect. So in order …

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Blog

IPv6? What is it? And Should I Care?

We, the citizens of the Internet, have a problem. Not unlike in 1947 when we were running out of phone numbers and added area codes to expand the raw number of phone numbers available, we have actually run out of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses . We have already exhausted 4.3 billion IP addresses from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) pool that are part of the first major deployment of IP addresses, Internet Protocol Version 4, IPv4.

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Blog

SQL Server Virtualization and Why It May Not Be a Good Idea

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager It’s very tempting to move Microsoft SQL Server instances to a virtualized …

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Blog

Does Third Party Hosting for SharePoint 2010 Make Sense?

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO “To cloud or not to cloud?” is rapidly emerging as the technical question of the decade. Industry analyst Gartner, …

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Blog

Virtual or Physical? Data Storage Configurations Using SQL Server

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager On a data storage configuration project involving Microsoft SQL Server, a colleague …

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Blog

Why Use SharePoint? Microsoft’s User Adoption Resources

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Looking for some good use cases for SharePoint or for some user adoption resources? Last year, Microsoft launched …

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Blog

Cloud Usage Surging for Small and Midsize Businesses

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Move over enterprise.  The cloud is where it’s at for small business too. New research, announced today by …

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Blog

Private SharePoint Cloud: For Large Enterprises, It’s the Way to Go

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Just last week, we made a bold statement that has captured quite a bit of attention within the SharePoint …

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Blog

SharePoint and SQL Server: Give It Memory

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager If you are not familiar with how SQL Server works, you should …

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Blog

Cloud Computing Is Spurring Worldwide Job Creation

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President The cloud will have an enormous impact on job creation. It’s a disruptive technology that will transform the …

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Blog

SQL Server 2012: What’s New?

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President What is SQL Server 2012? When will it be here? What’s new in it? SQL Server 2012 is …

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Blog

SharePoint 15, SharePoint 2012, SharePoint 2013? Whatever. When will it be released?

We love SharePoint 2010 but we are still keen to know, “When is the next edition of SharePoint scheduled for release?” It’s still unknown whether …

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Applications

SharePoint 2010 Loopback Checking

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager There is a security feature in Windows 2008 called Loopback Checking. It’s …

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Blog

Facing Rapid Growth, AIS Network Turns to Its Advisory Board

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President In today’s fast-paced tech environment (and withered economic climate), positioning a cloud computing business for rapid growth can …

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Blog

Demand for Cloud, Partner Program Is Driving Growth at AIS Network

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO More companies are shifting from on-premise computing to cloud-based services, and that means cloud providers are attaining sales goals …

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Blog

What Is Microsoft Office 365? What Is SharePoint Online? (Part 2 of 2)

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President To review: In June 2011, Microsoft released Office 365, which is essentially bundled online software hosted in the cloud. …

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Applications

What Is Microsoft Office 365? What Is SharePoint Online? (Part 1 of 2)

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President What is Microsoft Office 365? In June 2011, Microsoft released Office 365, which is essentially bundled online software …

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Blog

Setting Performance and Latency Expectations for International Hosted SharePoint Deployments

GUEST BLOG By Michael V. Velotta Founder, Intelishift Technologies Last month, a prospective client asked a very good question related to the performance of his …

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Blog

Financial Services Firms Like SharePoint 2010

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President We’ve blogged about CPAs and the cloud and how IT literacy is important within the financial services sector, …

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Blog

Tribute: Remembering Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Randall L. Ford

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO This week, we remember Randall Ford, who succumbed to a lengthy battle with cancer on Sunday. He believed in …

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Blog

Web Design and Development: Best Practices in Production, Staging and Development for Web-Based Companies

GUEST BLOG By Gaige B. Paulsen Board of Advisors, AIS Network For companies that primarily do business through their public-facing Internet site, best practices for …

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Blog

Why SharePoint 2010 Is Ideal for Associations and Nonprofits

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President ASAE’s Technology Conference and Expo is here in Washington, DC, from December 6-8, 2011. It sparked an idea …

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Applications

SharePoint Migrations: How Long Does a Migration and Upgrade to SharePoint 2010 Take?

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager Recently, a visitor to our website asked an excellent question about SharePoint migrations. …

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Blog

SharePoint 2010: Most Popular Third-Party Apps

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President In Anaheim, at the Microsoft SharePoint 2011 Conference, Rob Koplowitz, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester, unveiled …

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Blog

SSAE 16 Type II Compliance: The New High Bar for Hosting

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Goodbye, SAS 70. Hello, SSAE 16. SSAE 16? That’s somewhat new terminology among hosting providers and their customers and …

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Blog

Law Firms Like Hosted SharePoint 2010

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President Wondering whether your law firm’s new hosted SharePoint 2010 deployment will be disruptive to the office culture?  Significant …

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Blog

Boosting PR Agency Productivity: Cutting-Edge IT Tools and Cloud Hosting

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President, Marketing Communications I’m hooked on the idea of boosting PR, marketing and advertising agency productivity through unified communications, …

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Infrastructure

What Is the Value Add of Managed Hosting in Today’s Market?

By Laurie Head AIS Network, VP Marketing Communications By 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets. —projection from Gartner, Inc., “Gartner’s Top Predictions …

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Blog

Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 Is a Sell-Out Event

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO The Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011 has officially kicked off! For those who are unfamiliar with it, the conference has …

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Blog

Outsourced Hosting: SharePoint in the Cloud

By Michael Emrich – Associate, Marketing & Sales. Undoubtedly, cloud computing is the future. According to the “2010 IMB Tech Trends Survey” published in October …

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Applications

SharePoint Failover Scenarios

I recently published a blog post entitled, “SharePoint and Disaster Recovery Options,” but it did not specifically address SharePoint failover scenarios. I began to give …

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Applications

SharePoint Disaster Recovery Options

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager The complexity and diversity of the Microsoft SharePoint platform also applies to …

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Blog

HostingCon 2011: Building a Meaningful Content Marketing Program

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President, Marketing Communications The hosting industry”s premiere conference, which was held last week (August 8-10) in San Diego, was …

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Applications

Examining SharePoint Data Integration

By Terry Engelstad MCP, MCSE, CCNA, MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP AIS Network Operations Manager This week, we were contacted by a vendor for a new software …

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Blog

SharePoint Saturday in DC a Big Success

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President, Marketing Communications Last week’s SharePoint Saturday The Conference in DC (August 11-13) was a terrific success. This community-organized …

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Blog

SharePoint Hosting White Paper Rolling Out on Thursday

AIS Network has released a new white paper, “To Cloud or Not to Cloud: SharePoint 2010 Hosting Options…and Which One Is Right for You.” By …

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Blog

Internet Pioneers Series: Episode 2, Kurt Baumann on the First Japanese ISP

This micro-episode features Kurt Baumann, serial entrepreneur and Chairman of AIS Network. He has founded many successful Internet companies. In this episode, Kurts talks about starting the first commericial ISP in Japan.

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Blog

AIS Network to Present “Content Is King” at HostingCon 2011

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President, Marketing Communications If you have to ask what content marketing is, it’s more than likely that you’re not …

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Blog

How License Mobility Removes Barriers to Going to the Cloud

By Bill Peters AIS Network Director of Sales Thinking of moving to the cloud, but don’t want to see your Microsoft software with Software Assurance …

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Blog

Conversation With Jim Cheng, Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade

By Jay Atkinson AIS Network CEO Yesterday afternoon, I met with Jim Cheng, Virginia’s outstanding Secretary of Commerce and Trade, to find out first hand …

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Blog

AIS Network Continues to Expand and Upgrade

AIS Network staff spent the holiday weekend building our latest cloud to keep up with demand.

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Blog

Internet Pioneers Series: Episode 1, Doug Humphrey on the Cloud and Entrepreneurship

Welcome to the Internet Pioneers Series. We believe there are many untold stories of the history of the Internet and we want to help get them out there. This micro-episode features Doug Humphrey, founder of Digex.

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Blog

Need SharePoint, but Do Not Need a High Level of Flexibility? Microsoft Now Has You Covered.

By Michael Emrich – Associate, Marketing & Sales Today, Microsoft is rolling out its latest service package, Office 365. In what is essentially Microsoft’s follow-up …

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Blog

SharePoint Hosting for Health Care Companies

By Laurie Head AIS Network Vice President, Marketing Communications If you are running a business in the health care industry, your primary goal is to …

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Blog

Microsoft SharePoint For Small Businesses

Guest Blog By Steven Nichols, Mission Critical Systems Many small businesses have found huge gains in using SharePoint to address specific business problems with measurable …

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Blog

Why You Should Care About SharePoint 2010 Administration

Guest Blog SharePoint 2010 is a very complex system… not only for a developer or consultant. It is also very complex for an administrator and …

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Blog

Welcome, Doug Humphrey, Web Hosting Pioneer

We are proud to announce that Doug Humphrey has joined AISN’s advisory board. Doug is well known in Internet history and it could be argued …

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Applications

Happy Birthday SharePoint! A Decade of Success

Happy Birthday SharePoint! It’s a Happy 10th Birthday this week for Microsoft SharePoint, and we at AIS Network are proud to have hosted Microsoft SharePoint …

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Applications

SharePoint 2010: Configuring an Installation

So, you know your organization needs hosted Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010. What are the next steps? Which version of hosted SharePoint 2010 is best for your …

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Applications

SharePoint Conference.Org in Baltimore a Hit

Great time at the SharePoint conference presented by SusQtech this week. The presentations were varied — from technical to business function to design, which kept …

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Blog

Bill Schrader, Welcome

Bill Schrader is a decisive business leader who understands strategic risk, international business, business during boom times and in downturns.

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Cloud Solutions

What Is Cloud Computing?

What is cloud computing? Cloud computing is no longer just hype or a buzzword for the times. It's here to stay and it's reshaping the IT marketplace as we know it. BSA helps us answer this very important question with the debut of a new video.

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Applications

SharePoint Composites Enables Custom Solutions

What’s SharePoint Composites?  SharePoint Composites is the new set of capabilities available in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. So, why would you need it? Well, are …

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Applications

What Is Lync 2010?

Last week, Microsoft announced the availability of Lync 2010, the latest release of its “converged communications platform” – essentially, the next generation of Microsoft’s Office …

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Blog

Customer Service…We Can!

I was raised at a time “when the customer is always right.”

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Applications

SharePoint 2010 Adoption and Usage Best Practices

SharePoint 2010 adoption concerns fall into two categories: technical and non-technical. Technical adoption hurdles include concerns about logical architecture, physical architecture, network bandwidth and content …

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Applications

Solving the SharePoint Foundation 2010 Search Dilemma

Here’s a little goodie that I discovered recently. It’s related to the “Search” capability in SharePoint Foundation 2010. Solving the SharePoint Foundation 2010 Search dilemma …

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Blog

Using Web-Based Marketing/ PR Tools to Increase Efficiency

Love new marketing/ PR tools that will help grow your business and make it more efficient? There is a plethora out there and it’s tough …

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Blog

IT Literacy for CPAs Enables Conversations About the Cloud

As a CPA and someone whose hosting company recently underwent a SAS 70 Type II audit, I found this year’s American Institute of Certified Public …

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Blog

To Tweet or Not to Tweet—That Is the Question

I have been on Facebook for a few years and use many social media sites. But, I have to admit that the first time I …

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Cloud Solutions

Cloud File Storage

The iPad all of a sudden seems to have shed some light on storage services that were previously available and, all of a sudden, seem shiny and new.

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Cloud Solutions

A Bright Future for the Cloud

The beauty is that cloud computing, by its nature, is a technology solution that offers a clear business benefit. It lowers the high “fixed cost of IT” while increasing the agility, flexibility and scalability of a business’ mission-critical IT infrastructure.

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AIS Network’s New Blog: Welcome!

I’d like to use this opportunity to give you a look at some of the changes that 2010 is bringing for AIS Network.

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At AISN, we don’t believe that “one size fits all” is the way to offer cloud solutions. Our business model is built on the belief that our clients deserve customized cloud platforms designed to meet their specific compliance, security and operational needs. If you have questions about the cloud or cloud enablement services, we have answers. Our experts are always happy to discuss your needs, so get in touch with us today.