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Re-Tooling Skillsets to Keep Up with the Evolution of IT

With the IT industry evolving at a break-neck pace, it’s easy for even the most seasoned IT professionals to fall behind industry growth.

Automation has taken over the routine and repetitive tasks that have a focal point for many workdays, and now more than ever it’s crucial for IT pros to be on top of their game. 

Hardware purchasing, racking, stacking and configuring routers are all at risk of becoming obsolete, thanks to innovation in virtualization and cloud computing. 

So, what’s an IT person to do in order to keep up with the evolution of IT?

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ThrottleNet’s Christopher Montgomery Named One of the Best Bosses in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly

Montgomery’s Recognition Adds Another Honor to an Award-Filled Year for ThrottleNet

ST. LOUIS, MO – July 31, 2017 – ThrottleNet’s Director of Sales, Christopher Montgomery, has been named one of the Best Bosses in St. Louis for 2017 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. Montgomery joins a select group of just nine others to receive this honor which includes owners, managers and supervisors throughout the St. Louis region.

Small Business Monthly, a magazine providing educational information and articles for CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs, asked its readers to nominate a boss who has had a major impact in their lives and careers. Company employees submitted stories, comments and feedback. Only the 10 best nominations were selected. The honorees will be featured in the August, 2017 edition of the publication.

“Chris has done an outstanding job and had a huge impact on the growth of not only our company but also the lives of our employees. He is well deserving of this recognition as he helps lead a staff committed to providing the latest, most up-to-date technology solutions to help companies achieve their business goals,” said George Rosenthal, President of ThrottleNet.

Montgomery’s honor comes as ThrottleNet celebrates an award-winning year that includes being named the #1 IT Firm in St. Louis for the second consecutive year by Small Business Monthly and MSPmentor Top 501 company recognition as a worldwide leader in Managed Network Services by Penton Technology.

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Google Steps Up to Help Get Companies in the Cloud with Transfer Appliance

The biggest irony of storing loads of data in the cloud is that it has to get there first. For some companies, that means their data takes a cross country road trip. 

Today’s destination? Mountain View California. 

Google has stepped up it’s cloud migration game, recently introducing the Google Transfer Appliance (GTA), which is essentially a shippable network connected hard drive capable of storing 100 TB or 480 TB of raw data before it’s uploaded to Google’s Cloud Servers. Essentially, GTA is Google’s answer to Amazon Web Service’s Snowmobile, minus the truck.

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ThrottleNet Once Again Named #1 IT Firm in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly

ThrottleNet has been named the #1 IT firm in St. Louis for 2017 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. This is the second year in a row the firm has received this special honor.

ThrottleNet has appeared on the Small Business Monthly list of Best IT firms for seven consecutive years. The firm also been recognized by the magazine as a Best In Reliability company for providing high value with outstanding service to its customers.

"It is once again a great honor to be recognized as the Best IT Firm in St. Louis.  The recognition highlights our commitment to provide the latest, most up-to-date technology solutions to help businesses enhance their growth,” said George Rosenthal, President of ThrottleNet.

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10 Tips for Improving Small Business Cyber Security

Cyber security should never be taken lightly; even at the smallest of companies. 

At ThrottleNet, we understand the challenges it takes to run a business, because at the end of the day, we’re a business, too. We know that for some, staying up-to-date on the latest trends in small business cyber security while keeping track of everything else is difficult.

However, in light of recent ransomware attacks like WannaCry and the growing sophistication of phishing attacks, all small businesses owners should have a basic understanding of cybersecurity and the measures they can take to prevent a breach from hurting their business. 

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ThrottleNet Once Again Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by Penton Technology’s MSPmentor

St. Louis, MO - Jul 17, 2017 - ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO, once again ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to Penton Technology’s 10th-annual MSP 501 list and study. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds.

 

Taken as a whole, the companies on the 2017 MSP 501 list amassed a combined $14.48 billion in total revenue (based on 2016 results), up more than 15 percent from a year earlier. Of that figure, $4.30 billion was recurring revenue, an increase of nearly 13 percent from $3.81 billion in 2015.

This is the third consecutive year ThrottleNet has made the MSP 501 ranking. It improved its ranking to #188 in the 2017 survey, moving up 49 spots from the 2016 survey. The complete 2017 MSP 501 list is available at MSP Mentor.

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ThrottleNet To Sponsor 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

ST. LOUIS, MO – July 11, 2017 – ThrottleNet announces it will sponsor the 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, 8:40am, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis. The event is hosted by St. Louis Urological Surgeons and Arch Cancer Care.

ThrottleNet will have its own team at the event which features a 5K run/walk, Kids' Superhero Dash for Dad, a virtual Snooze for Dudes program and a family-friendly post-race celebration. Participants will receive tech shirts, free food, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer.

The funds raised from 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - St. Louis are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer.


 

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Knowing your IT Staff and their Practices!

By Aaron Oliver

So last month I touched on the fact that having your employee rosters and contact info on your website can be a treasure for someone looking to social engineer their way into your companies network. I had some feedback asking for ways to mitigate this risk if the information had already been out there. Well there are probably a few things that every company should be doing to help educate their employees to protect against these Social Engineering and Phishing attacks. The easiest way to protect your organization whether you have an internal IT staff or an outsourced managed services provider, is to educate your users on who does the IT support for your organization.

If you're using an internal IT staff, your users should be aware of the names of the IT staff, as well as the extensions and phones numbers that these support personnel would be calling from. Your employees should also know how their IT support team connects to their systems for remote support. If the users in your organization know that your IT support uses the Logmein tool, it should be a red flag if someone posing as IT support calls and tries to get a remote session in some other way like Teamviewer, or some other third party tool!

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Where Can I Take Old Computers? Out with the Old & In with the New During a PC Replacement Cycle

Business hardware is a significant investment, but technology evolves & business needs change to keep pace. Because of this, every business should be mindful of an upcoming PC replacement cycle – whether that occurs because of performance, time or a hardware emergency. 

While most companies inherit the mindset of replacing only when something is broken, a best practice is to conduct a PC replacement cycle every 3-4 years. 

When it’s time to conduct a PC replacement cycle and the excitement over the new technology wears off and the bill gets paid, often business owners are left with a pile of old, outdated hardware that sits in a closet somewhere to be forgotten. 

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Apple Responds to Market with New Products

New products are on their way from Apple. The tech firm made it clear they have lots of items in their pipeline at their WWDC Conference this month.

First off is the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home called the HomePod. It is a seven inch device that will integrate Siri into an Echo/Home like case. You can use it to check the news, weather and control your smart home devices.

HomePod will offer an enhanced music experience. A feature called “Musicologist” will work with Apple music and stream the songs you request from Siri. The sound is designed to fill the room and take it to a level beyond what Amazon and Google are offering.

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