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    Clay Ostlund

    Clay Ostlund

    Clay Ostlund is the Consulting Systems Engineer Lead at Marco, a technology services company founded in 1973. Clay received his Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from North Dakota State University in 2006. Before joining Marco in 2009 as a Senior Systems Engineer, Clay worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at Corporate Technologies LLC for three years. Clay specializes in Cisco Unified Communications, Cisco Borderless Networks, Cisco/IBM DataCenter, Enterprise Storage and VMware vSphere. He is a certified Cisco Network Professional, Cisco Voice Professional and VMware Professional.
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    7 Added Benefits of Cloud Storage

    By: Clay Ostlund
    September 18, 2019

    The cloud can be so much more than just a place to store files. Storage is often the first need companies identify that brings them to cloud storage, but the additional benefits of cloud computing extend far beyond simply storing data.

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    A Guide to the IT Lifecycle: What it is & What You Need to Know

    By: Clay Ostlund
    August 27, 2019

    Everything has a usable lifespan, even computers and network hardware. Let me rephrase that ... especially computers and network hardware. In terms of business technology, knowing when something no longer serves its intended purpose is akin to knowing when its life cycle has run out. In this blog, I will be covering a few important things to know about the IT life cycle.

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    WiFi vs Ethernet & Wired vs Wireless Networks: What You Should Know for Business

    By: Clay Ostlund
    November 28, 2018

    With mobility and flexibility becoming increasingly important to your business and its employees, have you taken time to consider what sort of network best suits your needs? Should you continue to rely upon a wired network, or is it time to go wireless? The WiFi vs ethernet discussion is one had more often than you might expect. Both wired and wireless networks come with pros and cons for your business, but understanding the differences will help you make the right decision. Let’s bring clarity to the pros and cons of each networking option. 

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    Managed IT Statistics Today's Businesses Will Want to See

    By: Clay Ostlund
    July 19, 2018

    Some businesses realize the value of Managed IT through personal accounts and customer case studies, and others realize it when they learn about the customer care, support and features that come with it. But that's not all. For some business, it's the facts and figures that truly help them understand how Managed IT Services can help their organization. 

    So, why do organizations need Managed IT? Let's take a look.

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    3 Things to Know about the IT software lifecycle

    By: Clay Ostlund
    January 8, 2018

    People like to hang onto old software. They are comfortable with their software, they know how it works, they know the shortcuts and they don’t really want to change simply because “it’s new.”

    Who can blame them? They have work to do, and learning new software may seem like extra work. 

    On one hand:

    1. Employees feel their software works well enough to get the job done.
    2. Management doesn't want to invest money in unneeded, new software.
    3. Employees resist changing current processes.

    On the other hand:

    1. New software is generally more reliable.
    2. New software is more resistant to security breaches.
    3. New software has new features that could improve employee productivity.
    But the IT lifecycle doesn't have to be scary - or cause extra work or a headache for your team. 
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    Protecting Businesses in the Cyber Era with IT Security

    By: Clay Ostlund
    October 18, 2017

    Did you know roughly 80 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses? You may think that large businesses are the most popular target because they have the most to lose, but it has been found that small businesses are a much easier target due to their lax security measures. Without processes and procedures in place to keep your small business safe, it remains vulnerable to malware, phishing and other forms of cyber attack.

    Here's what you can do to protect your business.  

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    4 Ways Business IT Services are Changing in 2017

    By: Clay Ostlund
    April 19, 2017

    IT Services as we know them are constantly advancing and evolving. Below I've included a few ways you're likely to see Business IT Services changing in 2017.

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    6 Email Security Best Practices for Today's Businesses

    By: Clay Ostlund
    April 12, 2017

    In a digital world, email security is important. It has historically been the most common medium we use in everyday operations to send important information. If emails are compromised or intercepted, you could be at risk for serious repercussions. The good news is, it is possible to prevent most unfortunate email security circumstances - by setting email security standards for your business. Here are some of the email security best practices to include on your list of standards:

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    What You Should Know about the IT lifecycle

    By: Clay Ostlund
    November 30, 2016

    Computers and network hardware wear out. It’s a fact. Trouble is, it’s difficult to know when they've reached the end of their useful life. 

    Human nature tends to embrace the adage “if it isn't broke, don’t fix it.” While that sounds good at a gut level, it’s not the best way to run a business or an IT department. More than almost any equipment your company uses, IT hardware gets outdated very quickly by advances in technology and ever-more-demanding software applications. So paying attention to the lifecycle of your IT infrastructure is key to staying secure and productive as an organization.

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    The Truth About Meetings and Cisco Spark as a Solution

    By: Clay Ostlund
    August 1, 2016

    How effective was your last business meeting? No, it’s not a rhetorical question – think back to your last meeting, whether it was in-person, via conference call or over telepresence. How would you describe it?

    Do words like useful, timely, efficient, productive or valuable come to mind? Or are you thinking more along the lines of: interruptive, boring, inefficient and wasteful? If you resonate with the latter, you’re in the majority. Although in this case, being in the majority isn’t really a good thing.

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