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Turnkey Network Solutions with LTE Failover

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When the health of the network is on the line, the last thing any business needs is a complicated solution.

With a turnkey wireless solution for failover and Out-of-Band Management, your organization has total uptime.
Are you ready for the next generation of business continuity for forward-thinking voice and data solutions?

Netcom Enterprises has the total solution.  Contact us at info@netcomcloud.com

Netcom is migrating to Proofpoint Essentials Business

As Intel Security exits the email security market, small and medium businesses find themselves in need of a state-of-the-art alternative. Proofpoint Essentials delivers an immediate and seamless transition to better email security. McAfee Email Security customers affected by the end-of-life of their email security solution can upgrade to Proofpoint Essentials today.

Delivered through 4 tailored packages, Proofpoint Essentials protects enterprises from email threats including phishing, malware, spam, and other forms of objectionable or dangerous content with an email security solution designed for SMEs. This cloud based enterprise-class Email Security, Continuity, Encryption & Archiving product is backed by Proofpoint’s best-of-breed security & infrastructure and provided at a price that delivers value and cost-savings.

Proof Point Essentials

 

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Windows 10 arrives in about 6 weeks! (July 29th)

All of us here at Netcom are excited about the OS for it’s new features and of course the free price tag.

There are lots of appealing new additions in Windows 10 and unless you’ve been reading the articles, you might have missed a few.

Here are 10 things to know about Windows 10:

 

  1. Free OS upgrade to Windows 10

The big news…  the upgrade to Windows 10 will be free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users (except for those with Windows Enterprise Edition) for one year after the launch date (July 29th, 2016). And to make things easier, you can upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update if your OS is up to date. This enticing offer will surely speed up adoption, For more information on whether your systems qualify for a free upgrade, check out the following Windows 10 licensing guide and Upgrade Paths article.

 

  1. The Return Of The Start Button

The one thing that everyone disliked about Windows 8, it was the removal of the start button in favor of the Metro / Modern UI. This drastic change to the interface was the top complaint of the otherwise very robust operating system. Microsoft listened to the feedback and they brought a semi-start button back in Windows 8.1… but not the same one that everyone was used to. So, the return of a more familiar start button experience in Windows 10 is highly anticipated indeed.

 

  1. Universal OS and apps + doc syncing

Microsoft “promises” that Windows 10 will be the same OS across PCs, supported tablets, and smartphones – all of which can run the same (select) universal applications. On top of that, Windows 10 device integration with OneDrive and Azure active directory should produce a consistent, seamless experience to users by providing the same access to files, apps and preferences no matter where they are or what Windows 10 device they’re using. That’s a big promise but it could be amazing.

 

  1. Enhanced Security

In this time of seemingly endless security breaches, Microsoft wants to better protect us against these threats. With Windows 10, Microsoft will deliver security features including multi-factor authentication built into the OS, secure containers based on Hyper-V, integrated data loss prevention solutions, automatic encryption of sensitive data, improved policy based access control to specific information even after it’s left the network, better ways to separate personal and work data, granular control over which apps are allowed VPN access and improved controls over which applications users can install.

 

  1. Faster update cycle + more options for delivery

With Windows 10, it’s time to say goodbye to Patch Tuesday. Updates and new features will be available more frequently than once a month, and patches will be pushed to home users as soon as they’re ready. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users will have more control over when updates are applied through either Windows Update, WSUS, or System Center. You can choose to keep pace with the latest through the current branch for business (CBB) program or wait longer for less frequent roll ups using the long-term servicing branch (LTSB) option.

 

  1. Multiple Desktops (Virtual Desktops)

If you’re like me and are always looking for ways to be more organized, Windows 10 offers a built-in way to separate your running applications into multiple virtual desktop views.

For example, you can set up one virtual desktop for emails, another for productivity software and yet another for web browsers. You can then arrange windows in each view and the OS will remember their position within each desktop. This feature is especially handy if you don’t have multiple monitors, if you are a big multi-tasker, or if you’re using a device with limited screen real estate. While this sounds very innovative, Mac and Linux users have had this feature available for years…

 

  1. Facial, biometric, and voice recognition

Microsoft has stated that they are on a “journey to eliminate the use of single factor identity options like passwords. One big part of this strategy is Microsoft Hello, which can recognize your face, iris, or fingerprint as an authentication factor. Of course, a supported fingerprint reader or an infrared camera are required to use Hello. Windows 10 can also recognize your voice through Microsoft Cortana, a personal assistant that can do things like answer questions, set reminders and appointments, and take notes. Cortana has been on Windows Phones for a while now, and she’s now making the jump to PCs with Windows 10 (not to mention Android and iOS devices too).

 

  1. New Web browser – Microsoft Edge

After many years with Internet Explorer (the first release came out in 1995), Microsoft will launch with a brand new default web browser called Edge (formerly known as project Spartan) with Windows 10. Characteristics of Edge include a new rendering engine, dropping of legacy support that arguably held IE back, better adherence to HTML standards, faster page load times, support for 3rd party extensions and the ability to write shareable notes on top of web pages.

 

  1. This is the “last” version of Windows, and it’s going to be huge

Microsoft has indicated that Windows 10 will be the last numbered version of the OS. Windows 10 will see a move towards an OS model that will provide more frequent, incremental feature rollouts to the same OS instead of the periodic OS launch cycle that we’ve become accustomed to for more than two decades. Microsoft expects that most Windows users will upgrade to Windows 10 within the first year of launch. Their goal is to reach 1 billion devices running Windows 10.

 

  1. Many questions around the operating system still remain

While Microsoft has made many things about Windows 10 clear, many questions are still unanswered. For example, Microsoft has not clearly defined what their stated “Windows as a Service” model will look like in the future, so IT pros (such as us) are struggling to fill in the blanks and figure out what the implications are for customers. For example, “as a service” implies a monthly fee for using a product to many, but at the same time, Microsoft employees have stated that Windows 10 will not require an annual fee. Also, Microsoft also muddied the waters when they said that they’ll continue to update Windows 10 for free for the “supported life” of a device, implying that updates might potentially stop at some point. Still more questions about OEM and volume licenses remain as well.

The i7 NUC from Intel has arrived!

For months, people have been asking about the highly anticipated release of the core i7 version of the Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing). The wait is finally over! The i7 NUC brings many high-end advantages to your customer offering and product line-up. In addition to the small form factor, it gives you the ability to play, create, entertain, and transform YOUR way, and without limitations. The i7 NUC has brought a new level of excitement around both business and personal computing.

Contact us now to find out how this beautiful unit can enhance your organizational needs!

info@netcomcloud.com

Use these Content Types to Drive More Business to Your Website

With seventy percent of business-to-business (B2B) marketers creating more content than they did one year ago, brands on both sides of the B2B and business-to-consumer (B2C) fence are exploring ways they can improve the content they develop to ultimately influence their audiences. 

Popular content types include social media, eNewsletters, blogs, infographics and more. According to 2015 data from the Content Marketing Institute, social is the top B2C content marketing tactic used, followed by eNewsletters. The same report details what survey respondents believe are the most effective tactics (see image).

content typesPerhaps you need help marketing your brand?  This is where Netcom can help you put together an effective strategy for winning in the world of content.

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Email Archiving Executive Summary

In today’s complex business, legal and regulatory environments, basic email archiving functionality is not enough and may end up costing an organization more than expected.

Office 365, POP/IMAP Mail, and Free/Generic Email does include several built-in general-purpose email archiving capabilities and some basic functionality, such as simple eDiscovery and high-level retention capabilities for regulatory compliance. However, for many, these simple capabilities may not be enough. For example, the search capability built into email presents several important limitations that many will find difficult to accept, especially for those trying to respond to discovery requests.

Key Takeaways

  • The legal, regulatory and business requirements for email archiving continue to grow and are becoming more complex.
  • The risks and costs associated with inadequate email archiving capability continue to rise.
  • In today’s legal and regulatory environments, a powerful and comprehensive search capability is a must. Known email search limitations pose additional risks and costs not found with more powerful third-party archiving solutions.
  • Many standard email archiving solutions only provide limited basic archiving capabilities, but do not meet the additional eDiscovery and regulatory requirements with which many organizations are faced.
  • Netcom Enterprises email archiving solutions were designed around solutions to meet the most stringent and complex email archiving requirements.

Where Most Email Still Falls Short
See the specific limitations and their potential business implications:

  • General Usability Issues
  • Storage Management
  • Lack of Granularity in Retention / Disposition
  • Archive Mailbox Issues
  • Defensible Disposition
  • Productivity/Search
  • eDiscovery
  • eDiscovery Search and Indexing
  • Protection of Archived Content
  • Longevity of Archived Email

 

Netcom Enterprises Cloud Email Solutions with Archiving Addresses All Of Today’s Business Email Needs In A Simple Cost Effective Platform

4 Signs Your Website is Doing A-Ok

It’s easy for website owners and those who manage digital presences to get wrapped up in what their site does not have. This is because if they can imagine a bell or whistle, there’s a big chance the ‘Net offers it or there is someone who can implement it.

The digital grass is, of course, greener on other sites, but there is reason to believe that your Web design is A-OK (and likely better than you think). Let us explore four reasons why.

IT PASSES GOOGLE’S MOBILE-FRIENDLY TEST

Anyone worth their virtual salt understands consumers’ propensity toward navigating the Web on their smartphones, which is why they have ensured their site renders properly regardless of the device in which a user is accessing it on. Whether the site offer responsive or adaptive design or an m.dot site, if it passes Google’s mobile-friendly test, it’s doing alright. Could it do better? Maybe, but the point is, sites that pass Google’s mobile-friendly test are not only ahead of the curve (remember more than half of businesses still do not have websites at all), but they are also in the good graces of Google (at least in regard to this requirement), which as of April 21, 2015 will be expanding its usage of mobile-friendly factors in its search algorithm. In other words, businesses without mobile-friendly websites will not remain competitive in Google’s search engine result pages, as they will not receive a mobile-friendly label, which will result in SEO repercussions. If there’s no other digital improvement made this year, let it be getting a mobile-friendly website immediately.

IT INSTANTLY TELLS A USER WHAT IT OFFERS

Whether a first-time website visitor arrived on a site from an ad or a search result, there’s a significant chance that they are very unfamiliar with what the company offers. They may have a slim idea as to what it does, but brands have to sell themselves – and very, very quickly. In fact, a recent Monetate E-Commerce Quarterly report indicates that it’s within the first minute of an online shopping session that brands lose 30 percent of their site visitors.

Letting users know what a website offers in about 5 seconds isn’t easy. Not only does the website need to have strong, clear copy, but the design cannot distract from the message. Five-Second Test is an online user-testing tool where businesses can upload a screenshot of a landing page or a mockup, set questions they want to have answered and get user feedback. By completing tests for other companies, businesses can earn free responses for their own tests, otherwise plans range from $20-$200 a month. Anyone can head over to fivesecondtest.com to provide feedback for other websites, which can be a learning process all in itself (as they see sites from a user’s perspective). Check out this example test (to zoom in, click on the images):

IT LOADS QUICKLY-ISH

Today’s website visitors want a website to load in less than 2-3 seconds, yet today’s top e-commerce pages do not meet these expectations. In fact, according to 2015 data from Radware, the median time to interact for a top 100 retail site is 5.2 seconds. Radware also reports only 14 percent of the top 10 retail sites rendered feature content in less than 3 seconds. Page size and complexity certainly contribute to these less-than-ideal load times, as do un-optimized images. As with almost anything, its top brands that set users’ expectations. This isn’t to say companies should give up on decreasing their Web pages’ load time (as long load times can lead to higher bounce rates, less conversions and even a hit on SEO efforts), but if they are loading in less time than top retail sites, they are doing better than they think. To test load time, check out Google’s PageSpeed Insights or pingdom’s Website Speed Test. Keep in mind, however, that top brands do have the benefit of the doubt, as consumers have background information on them.

IT DEMONSTRATES CREDIBILITY

Just like user reviews provide consumers and business buyers with more (and often seen as better) information to use in purchasing decisions, so too do client lists, security seals, testimonials, etc. Brands who let website visitors see these types of social proof at a quick glance are poised for higher conversions, as they are more deemed more trustworthy than what a brand says they have to offer (although it’s important to share that too). 7Search.com, for example, provides highlights of its clients list directly on its homepage, adding instant credibility to its services.

Adding client lists, testimonials and more definitely requires a designer’s eye and experience to ensure they add to the message and not just clutter a Web page. Another worthy example is Zendesk, demonstraing (again on its homepage) that more than 45,000 businesses trust it for their customer service needs.

There are certainly dozens of other elements that can indicate to a company that their Web design may be better than they think it is, but those who have mastered these four points are certainly well on their way to digital success. Of course mediocrity is never acceptable, but it’s important to remind ourselves that if we care enough to worry and are doing our best to improve our site’s design, we’re doing A-OK!

– See more at: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2015/03/26/4-reasons-your-web-design-is-a-ok.aspx?utm_source=websitemagazine&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter#sthash.f204pxv7.dpuf

Mini PC—Intel® NUC Kit NUC5i7RYH – Shipping in April

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Equipped with a 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7-5557U processor, NUC5i7RYH is the highest performing Intel® NUC ever. Iris™ graphics 6100 delivers amazing multimedia experiences and makes NUC5i7RYH perfect for immersive gaming. A replaceable lidprovides plenty of options to extend system capabilities or add personal style. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.01 delivers performance that adapts to your needs. Add a 2.5-inch HDD or an M.2 SSD for more storage. Complete with Wi-Fi* 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth*, and 7.1 surround sound, NUC5i7RYH is ideal for home theater PCs, media server PCs, and home hubs.

Here are the specs for i7 NUC.

https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/nuc/nuc-kit-nuc5i7ryh.html