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GBS - Honoring Those That Gave The Ultimate Sacrifice

Posted by Alex Perkins on 5/26/17 12:48 PM

Join GBS this Memorial Day holiday as we pay homage to those who served in our armed forces and have sacrificed everything - their lives - in the pursuit of the ideals and values that make America great.

At GBS, we're a proud supporter of those that have served and those currently in the armed forces. In fact, three GBS engineers are current/former military:
- Chris Van Dyke, Cloud Engineer (Sergeant, actively serving in the US Army Reserve)
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- Jonathan King, Remote Support Engineer (US Marine Corps)
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- Darrin Riley, Network Engineer (US Navy) 
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#GodBlessAmerica  

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GBS & Barracuda Networks - Hot Laps and Drinks all to Prevent Ransomware, May 18, 2017

Posted by Alex Perkins on 5/22/17 4:41 PM

Last Thursday, May 18th GBS and Barracuda Networks hosted the first of two SuperCharged IT Learning Events. 
"Preventing Ransomware" was a literal hit & a hoot as rookie drivers took turns spinning each other out at Xhilaracing in Florence, Kentucky.

Before the hot laps started, GBS Cloud Engineer - Chris VanDyke and Barracuda Networks Systems Engineer, Gus Fernandez presented how our technology solutions Detect - Prevent - Recover when your organization confronts sinister malware, like the most recent WannCry outbreak.

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GBS counting on Cloud Computing, of course!

Posted by Alex Perkins on 5/22/17 12:06 PM

As a matter of course - there is only one horse any self-respecting IT/Technology firm should be betting on to win the Belmont Stakes - that's CLOUD COMPUTING! GBS calculates Cloud Computing will take the Stakes - pun intended.

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ARE WE AT A TIPPING POINT FOR CLOUD COMMUNICATIONS?

Posted by Alex Perkins on 5/19/17 3:04 PM

Global Business Solutions, Inc. is a proud Champion-level partner with ShoreTel. GBS has the expertise and tools to unify your communication system with ShoreTel Connect.
- Compliments to ShoreTel author, Pam Bednarczyk

Expectations for cloud communications have been high for several years, and for good reason: Benefits include increased productivity, greater collaboration and lower costs, just to name a few.

Cloud adoption rates support the hype. Businesses have been moving steadily and consistently toward cloud-based unified communications, driven by their interest in SaaS. For example, in a recent survey of 800 CIOs, McKinsey found that 48% of large enterprises already have at least one project running with a large-capacity cloud provider, and they expect this percentage to rise to 80% by 2018.

Others see rapid cloud adoption as well. For example, Forrester predicts the global public cloud market will accelerate to $236 billion in 2020, up from $146 billion this year, as large enterprises embrace online computing solutions.

What other changes might cause cloud communications to tip in 2017? Let’s look at three trends that are showing strong momentum.

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Microsoft releases emergency patch for 'crazy bad' Windows zero-day bug

Posted by Alex Perkins on 5/11/17 1:43 PM

By for Zero Day

The vulnerability has been dubbed the worst Windows remote code execution flaw in recent memory.

Microsoft has released a patch rapidly developed to combat a severe zero-day vulnerability discovered only days ago.

Late Monday, the Redmond giant issued a security advisory for CVE-2017-0290, a remote code execution flaw impacting the Windows operating system.

The security vulnerability was disclosed over the weekend by Google Project Zero security experts Natalie Silvanovich and Tavis Ormandy.

On Twitter, prominent vulnerability hunter Ormandy revealed the existence of a zero-day flaw in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MsMpEng), used by Windows Defender and other security products.

The researcher deemed the find a "crazy bad" bug which may be "the worst Windows remote code exec [execution flaw] in recent memory."

If you have questions about the patch, or your system's vulnerability - 

Contact a GBS Expert

or call the GBS HelpDesk 859.491.5900

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4 WAYS CLOUD COMMUNICATIONS CAN HELP CIOs MEET PRIORITIES IN 2017

Posted by Alex Perkins on 5/10/17 10:29 AM

Global Business Solutions, Inc. is a proud Champion-level partner with ShoreTel. GBS has the expertise and tools to unify your communication system with ShoreTel Connect.

The below article was written by Pam Bednarczyk, ShoreTel 


What’s high on the CIO’s priority list for the coming months? According to the 2017 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey, it’s digitization – the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities.

Gartner gathered data from 2,598 CIO respondents in 93 countries and all major industries, representing approximately $9.4 trillion in revenue/public-sector budgets and $292 billion in IT spending. As the results of the survey reveal, creating a digital ecosystem will be the top priority, followed by business intelligence, analytics and enterprise resource planning.

Cloud communications can help CIOs accelerate progress against their goals by streamlining and simplifying daily workplace activities. Thus, deploying a cloud communications solution may be the most effective – and expedient – first step a CIO can make. Here are four reasons why this idea makes so much sense.

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Topics: business phone system, cloud communication, unified communication

"Preventing Ransomware" Learning Event - Hello Indy 500

Posted by Alex Perkins on 5/3/17 12:01 PM

EVENT 1: High-Performance Cyber Security - "Preventing Ransomware" Learning Event with Racing & Wine Tasting powered by Barracuda Networks 
Ransomware is the #1 Cyber Security threat today. Barracuda and GBS engineers will present how new technologies help protect your business from getting ransomware.

REGISTER / ATTEND / YOU MAY WIN

2 Tickets to the Indianapolis 500
May 28, 2017

TOTAL PRIZES*: 2 Winners each includes 1 Guest

- Two (2) winners and their guest will join GBS President - Gaby Batshoun & Marketing Director - Alex Perkins for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 

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Topics: data backup, cloud, Managed Services

2 Super-Charged IT Learning Series Events powered by GBS

Posted by Alex Perkins on 4/26/17 11:06 AM

Series Overview
All-new Learning Series tackles two of the most critical IT issues impacting organizations today - Ransomware and Data Storage/Disaster Recovery. Global Business Solutions, Inc. welcomes some of the brightest IT minds to Greater Cincinnati for two unique events.

EVENT 1 - Limited Seating Available - Reserve Your Spot
High-Performance Cyber Security -
Racing, Wine Tasting & Learning Event - "Preventing Ransomware" powered by Barracuda Networks 
Ransomware is the #1 Cyber Security threat today.  Barracuda and GBS engineers will present how new technologies help protect your business. 

When: Thursday, May 18
             2:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Why: REGISTER to:
1. Learn the lastest tools GBS & Barracuda Networks deploy against Spearphishing and other ransomware threats.

2. Race - The high-performance fun starts with wheel-to-wheel, heart-pounding driving excitement at the only indoor, all-electric karting track in the tri-state - XhilaRacing.

3. Quench your thirst (after the racing of course) with a Wine Tasting, featuring great wines from around the world and tasteful culinary pairings. 

Where: Xhilaracing Indoor Karting
              24 Spiral Drive

              Florence, Kentucky 41042

Who: Barracuda Networks - Engineer, Gus Fernandez & GBS - Cloud Engineer, Chris Van Dyke


   CYBER SECURITY EVENT  REGISTER NOW

 

 EVENT 2 - Limited Seating Available - Reserve Your Spot

High-Performance Data Storage & Disaster Recovery Happy Hour powered by NimbleStorage
All organizations run on information. Secure access to critical data when and where you need it is among the most important IT issues today. Join us for an interactive session with Mark Smith - NimbleStorage Senior Systems Engineer, and Christopher Van Dyke - GBS Cloud Engineer present the latest data storage and disaster recovery solutions.

When: Thursday, June 29
             2:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Why: REGISTER to:
1. Learn - Data Storage experts from NimbleStorage will discuss the critical nature of data recovery and storage.
2. Enjoy a couple drinks, hors d'Oeuvres and opportunity to network with industry peers.

 Where: Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse
              Kentucky Speedway Room 
              925 Riverside Drive

              Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Who:  NimbleStorage Senior Systems Engineer, Mark Smith & GBS - Cloud Engineer, Chris Van Dyke

DATA STORAGE EVENT  REGISTER NOW

 

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Topics: IT Business - Leadership

GBS' TOP 11 - Ways Cloud Technology is Changing our World

Posted by Alex Perkins on 4/24/17 5:15 PM

John Hales, Global Knowledge Instructor recently wrote an entertaining article detailing how Cloud Computing is changing our  world.

Global Business Solutions, Inc. agrees with the author's perspective - we'd like to simply list these in the order we believe are impacting the technology sector most - now and for the next five years (1 being the most influential). In fact, we've added an eleventh sector being transformed by cloud computing.

GBS' CLOUD TOP 11

1. Internet of Things (IoT)
2. Backup and Disaster Recovery
3. File Storage and Sharing
4. E-Commerce
5. Systems Entertainment (Audio Video) - did you know Audio/Video Integration is one of our core areas of expertise?
6. Telephone Communications
7. Mobile Apps
8. Social Media
9. Home Security
10. Education - and 
11. Health Care

Read John's full article

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Topics: cloud

Retail: Enjoying the RollerCoaster Ride

Posted by Alex Perkins on 4/14/17 3:37 PM

GBS Synopsis:
- The global retail environment has recently been characterized as "brutal". In his Blog post, Frederic Gillant, Vice President of Asia Pacific, ShoreTel touches on these struggles, but more importantly, shines light on how successful retailers are using Unified Communications to deliver exceptional Customer Service - a real differentiator. 

Full Article - Frederic Gillant, Author

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Topics: business phone system, hybrid phone system, onsite phone system, business phone newport, ky

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