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Alan Seal

Alan Seal

Alan Seal is the Director of IT at vXchnge. Alan is responsible for managing teams in IT support and infrastructure, app development, QA, and ERP business systems.

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Security

What is Cryptojacking and How to Detect It

By: Alan Seal
January 14th, 2019

Hackers have developed a variety of ingenious methods for profiting from security breaches over the years. In most cases, their efforts involve the active theft of valuable data (such as financial or other personal information) or some form of deception that causes people to unwittingly compromise their security (such as email phishing scams). These security threats can take a number of forms. Ransomware, which generally involves the unauthorized access and encryption of data until the victim pays a ransom to unlock it (usually without success), has made headlines on numerous occasions recently while distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks become larger and more numerous every year.

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Cloud | Colocation

4 Data Storage Methods for Businesses

By: Alan Seal
January 10th, 2019

Determining the best data storage method is one of the most important issues a company must resolve. And that data is much more than mere information. Today’s organizations rely on their proprietary data assets to make critical business decisions, utilizing powerful algorithms to derive invaluable insights from the unstructured data they’ve gathered from customers, researchers, and competitors.

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Data Center Migration Checklist

Data Center Migration Checklist

Use this checklist to help protect your investment, mitigate potential risk and minimize downtime during your data center migration.

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Data Center | Service Level Agreement (SLA) & Uptime

How to Maximize Uptime With 5 Proactive Strategies

By: Alan Seal
January 1st, 2019

Server downtime has the ability to cripple a business, inflicting serious financial costs as well as doing long-term damage to its brand reputation. It’s no wonder, then, that companies scrutinize their data providers’ service level agreements (SLA) to understand how often they can expect the information and platforms they need to be available. Since every moment of downtime carries quantifiable costs, it’s important for them to understand just how much risk their SLA presents (for a detailed breakdown, check out vXchnge’s SLA Uptime Calculator).

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Data Center

4 Best Practices for Your Server Refresh Cycles

By: Alan Seal
December 31st, 2018

Nothing lasts forever. This is particularly true in the world of IT infrastructure. Servers in a data center undergo a great deal of stress, delivering high-level performance around the clock. Eventually, servers and other hardware wear out or become too outdated to provide the services data center customers demand. The length of time between a server’s installation and the time it needs to be replaced is called the server refresh cycle. Managing these cycles is critical to keeping a data center operating at peak efficiency.

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Cloud

Best-of-Breed vs. Single Vendor Networking: How to Decide?

By: Alan Seal
December 26th, 2018

As organizations shift their IT focus to subscription based-services and cloud-based applications, they have many decisions to make when it comes to implementing their networking infrastructure. One of the biggest choices they face is whether to use a single vendor for services or turn to a variety of best-of-breed solutions. Fortunately, the range of options available are growing every day. As companies try to decide what solution will work best for them, it helps to understand the differences between single vendors and best-of-breed providers.

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Industry Trends

vXchnge’s List of Top 10 IT Trends for 2019

By: Alan Seal
December 21st, 2018

As 2018 winds down to a close, vXchnge is already thinking about the future trends and innovations that will be dominating the headlines next year. Here is a quick snapshot of 10 things to watch out for in 2019.

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