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March 27, 2020

Industry News: March 23-27 – Microsoft Prioritizing Emergency and First Responders, the Advantages of a Hybrid Security Model and More

Chris Patterson

Every week we highlight cloud computing and technology news of interest. This week, we’re covering Amazon and Microsoft’s efforts to combat COVID-19, balancing outsourced security, insight on hybrid security models from AWS, how Microsoft is prioritizing first responders and advice from IT Pro on supporting a remote workforce.

Let’s get started…

With new cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed every day, scientists and researchers are working around the clock to expand testing and discover potential treatments. As FierceHealthcare explains, tech giants Amazon and Microsoft are committing millions of dollars, as well as offering up their latest technology, to help combat this pandemic. Learn more about their efforts here.

For many IT professionals the question of choosing an in-house security option or outsourcing operations, to the public cloud for instance, is an either-or decision. As Data Center Knowledge points out, the best solution may be a hybrid security model. Read their advice on how to choose the right model here.

When it comes to hybrid cloud models, companies face a balancing act—from scalability to flexibility and, most importantly, security. As a member of Amazon Web Services writes, securing a hybrid architecture presents challenges. Checkout his top issues when considering a hybrid approach by clicking here.

As millions across the globe adjust to working from home, Microsoft Teams has seen a 40% increase in activity. That surge has led the company to prioritize its cloud-based Azure systems for emergency responders. Learn more about how the company is making sure that critical infrastructure isn’t cut off, by clicking here.

Many IT professionals are also having to quickly adapt to a large contingent of employees working remotely. But how do they support a workforce that didn’t have time to test out technology before setting up their home offices? IT Pro Today spoke to an expert to find out how IT staff can help in this shift away from the office. Read more here.

If your company is looking for a secure, cost-effective and scalable solution to support employees working from home, consider the benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). To learn more, read our eBook: 4 Facts You Need to Know About Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to Support Remote Employees.

About Chris Patterson

Leveraging his technical background and consulting skills, Chris Patterson was a key player in building Navisite’s cloud computing platform, NaviCloud, from the ground up and is responsible for overseeing its continual upgrades and improvement making sure it meets clients evolving needs from both a technical and business perspective. In addition he oversees the development and implementation teams for Navisite’s Desktop-as-a-Service and NaviCloud Intelligent Storage solutions. Prior to joining Navisite, Patterson spent nine years at MTM technologies as the Director of Information Security Services, where he gained extensive experience developing and consulting on security policies in a variety of different industries including financial, retail, legal, health care, and public sector. Chris holds a Bachelors of Science in nuclear engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and currently lives in Delaware.