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VDI vs VPN Part II- Do I Need a Virtualization Solution?

by on Jul.16, 2015, under Cloud Services, Unified Communications

Last week we kicked off our VDI vs VPN blog series with a high level overview of the importance of virtualization and it’s place in the modern office. This week we’ll tell you the key benefits of both to help you see how a virtualization solution can benefit your business.
So…What is VDI?
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure also known as VDI is a form of virtualization that hosts a desktop operating system with a virtual machine (VM) that runs on centralized servers through the cloud. It allows applications such as Outlook, Office and Internet Explorer to be stored on a central server rather than on the clients physical machine. This, in turn, allows users to access all the network resources giving the business centralized management, increased security and reduced overhead costs.
What is so great about this? VDI has many advantages including centralized management, increased security, and reduced costs.
Let’s break it down.
Centralized Management: Adding RAM, pushing out new software, or disabling temporary and former employees can be deployed at the server level in the administrative location saving IT departments countless hours.
Increased Security: All valuable data of the business would now be stored and located in the data center instead of the local device. This translates into fewer chances of data leaks via malware and viruses.
Reduced Costs: Businesses can now look forward to less upfront costs by not purchasing equipment, software and licenses. This in turn lowers the number of IT staff who provision virus removals and configuration issues.
Now that we’ve learned a little about VDI, let’s dive into VPN…
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private extension of the Local Area Network (LAN) available over the Wide Area Network (WAN). This is designed to provide a private encrypted tunnel connection to ensure privacy of information that is transmitted between the two locations.
What is so great about this? VPN’s advantages include online anonymity, the ability to unblock websites and bypass filters, and secured Wi-Fi hotspots.
Let’s break it down.
Online Anonymity: VPN allows browsing with complete anonymity. This allows the IP address connected to a desktop computer, laptop or any other mobile device to be hidden from privacy invasion or hackers.
Unblock websites and bypass filters: This is an advantage for those who are doing business with countries who have firewalls and restrictions on what content their residents can see or exchange with other countries.
Secured Wi-Fi hotspots: When using any Wi-Fi hotspots, the VPN will create an encrypted firewall link for your mobile device so that browsing is completely privatized.
Now that you know the benefits of each, which do you think is right for your business? Next week we’ll conclude this blog series with a discussion on the key differences between VDI and VPN. Interested in learning more now? Click here for a free demo of VPN OR here for a free demo of VDI.

iCore Receives 2015 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award

by on Mar.06, 2015, under Awards, iCore News

Top Unified Communications Product
iCore Networks was recognized by leading IT trade publication ,TMCnet, as a 2015 Unified Communications Product of the Year Award winner. We received the honor for our all-in-one® business communications suite, which combines top cloud and unified communications services for a complete IT solution. The first cloud solution of its kind, iCore all-in-one® launched in January 2015 along with our iCore-one® packages for voice, email, and web conferencing.
“It gives me great pleasure to honor iCore Networks as a 2015 recipient of TMC’s Unified Communications Product of the Year Award for their innovative all-in-one® solution,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMCnet. “Our judges were very impressed with the ingenuity and excellence displayed by iCore Networks in their groundbreaking work with the all-in-one® solution.”
As a 2015 Unified Communications Product of the Year winner, iCore is ranked among the top UCaaS solution providers for their services that allow organizations to create a cohesive, collaborative and unified experience across multiple devices for end-users. We are the first and only provider to bring customizable UCaaS and cloud services together and all-in-one® is the only tool of its kind that can meet all of the communications needs of today’s increasingly dispersed workforce.
“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to lead and advance UCaaS technologies and solutions for businesses of all sizes,” said James Rogers, Chief Marketing Officer of iCore Networks. “The idea that a business needs to be confined to an office or desk to grow in today’s world no longer holds true. With our all-in-one® suite of collaboration tools and mobile support, our customers can be closer to their own clients and truly collaborate without boundaries.”
To learn more about iCore all-in-one® click here.

iCore CEO Chairs UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball

by on Mar.05, 2015, under Events, iCore News

We’re excited to announce that iCore CEO & Founder, Stephen G. Canton, is a proud Chairman of the 2015 United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Mayor’s Masked Ball! The annual affair features a host of Washington’s top dignitaries and celebrities in support of UNCF’s commitment to providing education to underserved youth. The event is set to take place in major cities across the United States with the Washington, DC installment taking place Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium.
As the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, UNCF provides increased educational opportunities to underprivileged youth in minority communities. iCore’s five-year partnership with UNCF largely stems from Mr. Canton’s intrinsic belief in the value and necessity of a diverse workforce to drive business forward and positively impact the community at large. Over the years, iCore has donated technological tools and equipment as well as participated in the organization’s numerous drives and events to support its mission. Operating under the mantra of “giving hope to people all over the world who aspire to use their intellect to better themselves and their communities,” the UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball promises to be an evening of inspiration and energy, harnessing the power of the local business community to engage the area’s underprivileged minority youth.
The Mayor’s Masked Ball will feature a VIP award gathering, entertainment, elegant dining, and a silent auction.

iCore Networks Helps Students Find Careers With FirstGEN Fellowship Program

by on Jul.17, 2014, under Achievements, iCore News

Earlier this month, iCore’s Chairman  & CEO, Stephen G. Canton, announced our partnership with The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law solidifying our commitment to uplifting communities in the Washington, DC area and across the nation.  iCore and The Lawyers Committee have had a long standing, positive relationship which became official on July 2 of this year with the formation of the FirstGEN fellowship program co-sponsored by iCore.

Stephen G. Canton, Roger Woodward, and Amina Sharif present The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with donation for FirstGEN fellowship.

Stephen G. Canton, Roger Woodward, and Amina Sharif present The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with donation for FirstGEN fellowship.

Mr. Canton proudly presented Joe Moore, Deputy Director and Chief Administrative Officer of The Lawyers’ Committee, with a donation to kick-start the fellowship program, which is exclusively available to undergraduate students pursuing an education in social justice who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education.

Our VP of Operations, Chuck Canton, expressed his excitement about the new partnership, “At iCore Networks we have been dedicated to giving back to our community and the industry since day one, and becoming a key sponsor of the FirstGEN Fellows program allows us to continue this important value. We are thrilled to support first-generation college students.”

The best part about the fellowship is that it will empower young students across the nation through real world experience as policy interns in the heart of Washington, D.C with frequent work on Capitol Hill!   iCore is excited to be working with The Lawyer’s Committee in promoting equality and education among students and looks forward to taking part in their efforts of upholding civil rights.  For more iCore news click here.

Know anyone who’d be interested in the scholarship?  Contact  firstgenfellows@lawyerscommittee.org.

Top Companies are Utilizing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to Improve Efficiency

by on May.21, 2014, under iCore News

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows users to effortlessly retrieve their Windows environment from any device. VDI has taken over the business world because of the accessibility and ease it has on employees.  You can essentially be anywhere in the world and not only have remote server access but faster processing speed, unprecedented uptime with no loss of data and much more! Download  iCore’s VDI whitepaper now to see how organizations are transforming the way their IT department functions by eliminating the need to maintain servers on premise and increasing uptime while also providing security.

Download the Complimentary VDI Whitepaper now:http://www.icore.com/vdi/