Storcom is a subject matter expert in compute platforms and servers
Storcom knows that servers are the heart of IT infrastructure. We are a storage-centric solutions integrator and consulting company headquartered in Chicago with a presence in the Midwest and Southeast United States who provides cutting-edge technologies in compute platforms. From x86 and mainframe technologies to entry-level servers, Storcom has an array of server options to suit our clients’ IT environments.
Storcom provides a comprehensive compute platform solution, from server analysis, procurement, and installation to ongoing managed services and 24/7/365 support. We can design and deploy customized solutions that will pay dividends on an organization’s initial IT investment by providing a tremendous business value. Storcom’s strong partnership and investment in skills and training for our staff means that we are able to service and support the technologies that we provide. Storcom provides innovative IT solutions backed with the expertise and white-glove approach to customer service that our customers for over 20 years have found invaluable. We are experts in servers, and our subject matter expertise elevates us above the competition.
Why Choose Storcom for Compute Platform Solutions?
We offer the best data center technologies from our partners to our clients.
Unlike our competitors, we are extremely invested in the success of the compute platform solutions we provide. We know the products we sell inside and out, since we use them in-house and in our own data center.
We offer 24/7/365 support for our clients. You can rest easy knowing that you will always reach a dedicated Storcom team member in your time of need.
Storcom offers the best-in-class technologies to our clients including: entry-level micro servers, X86 servers, mainframe servers, virtualized solutions, converged infrastructure solutions, hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, public cloud solutions, private cloud solutions, hybrid cloud solutions, rack solutions, UNIX-based servers, and RISC-based servers.
Storcom also offers power systems and management solutions for monitoring, controlling, and conserving IT spend and energy consumption, operating system deployment, configuration, and software deployment across server platforms and different operating systems, server management systems for controlling and viewing server hardware and software, ongoing managed services, support, and maintenance services.
Provided Full Managed Services for Entire On-Premises and DR Site Infrastructure for Large Chicago-based Manufacturing Company Specializing in Custom Commercial LED Lighting and Design.
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Designed and Implemented an Entire Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution for a large global event production company.
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Learn about how storage has evolved throughout the years.
Hard disk drives (HDDs) were invented in the 1960s, and this spurred the era of digital storage capacity today. Over the course of the next six decades, storage architects and administrators have built and honed the performance and availability of enterprise storage environments. Since the lifecycle of an enterprise storage cycle is 3-5 years of complex designing, evaluating, and then replacing the systems, enterprise storage is a costly endeavor for many small-to-mid-sized businesses and enterprises. The expenditures for a storage refresh can cost tens of thousands of dollars for a smaller organization and into the millions for large enterprises.
As a result, companies around the globe started searching for an alternative to costly and unreliable HDDs, so it was no surprise when Amazon introduced Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) in 2006. Amazon’s AWS offering encompasses cloud computing, storage, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and IaaS was the first to go hyperscale to deploy and manage data center infrastructure. This set the stage for cloud computing today. In the past thirteen years, the Cloud has expanded exponentially. There are now other “Tier 1” public cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, and Google Cloud Services, and thousands of “Tier 2” and “Tier 3” public and private cloud vendors as well.
Service providers, data centers, and IT professionals around the world have been evolving with this new way of storing and accessing data, software, and enjoying risk-free IT infrastructure. Although the Cloud is a great resource for most companies, many organizations supplement cloud computing with keeping some IT infrastructure on-premises that works with IaaS in the public cloud. This is known as the “hybrid cloud” model.
IaaS is not a service that you can visibly see, since customers are removed from the inner workings of a data center (servers, software storage, network), but it is important that customers are well-informed about their service-level agreement (SLA). Storcom can help organizations navigate the tricky and often complicated cloud storage environment to ensure that the details of the SLAs are benefitting their company instead of hindering it.
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To put it simply, effective DR/BU is complex: it is not just about restoring VMs. It’s about the applications and the “what, where, and how” users will use these applications.
The data is off-site but does not provide the necessary capabilities to recover applications and meet SLAs.
Traditional legacy backup software falls short in today’s IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) and virtualized environments.
Since ALL tape backups will fail at some point in time, organizations are quickly learning that tape is not always an adequate form of data backup. Tape drives can malfunction without showing warning signs, become corrupted due to accidental misformatting, mishandling, heat, or being hit by a virus, and this can make it impossible to recover your data. The best way to prevent tape backups from failing is to have a remote backup solution in place. Also known as “offsite backups” or “managed backups,” your data is secure and safe in a location that is not your office or data center.
It is more important than ever for companies to have a solid disaster recovery plan and data recovery strategy and an executable solution in place in order to prevent data loss.
“Business continuity” is the way that a business can maintain regular operations during an outage or systems malfunction. “Business continuity” should not be confused with “disaster recovery.”
“DR/BU” is short for “backup and disaster recovery.” Backup and disaster recovery is also often referred to as “BU/DR” or “DR/BC” (disaster recovery and business continuity).
“Disaster recovery” is the way in that data, servers, files, software applications, and operating systems are restored following a disastrous event or systems failure. It should not be confused with “business continuity,” although the two phrases are usually used in the same breath.
Passwords are typically chosen by employees, and there is a lot of room for error in this since humans believe that passwords must be easily remembered. People tend to choose passwords based on information about themselves or their lives, and such passwords are more popular because they’re easier to remember than a string of nonsensical numbers, characters, and letters. These are known as “popular passwords.” The use of popular passwords poses a risk to employers and the security of an enterprise’s networks, applications, and systems since they are easily guessed by intruders and an organization’s data is put at greater risk.
Although it sounds somewhat ridiculous, hackers are extremely adept at exploiting the good and trusting nature of other human beings in order to con someone into giving them their passwords. This technique is defined by the term “social engineering.”
The most common way of utilizing this technique is when a hacker simply asks for a person’s password. A victim can be told an entirely believable story that would con them into giving up this critical security protection. A common way that facilitates social engineering for attackers is having staff directories with staff members’ names, phone numbers, email addresses, and other personal information.
By far, social media sites are the easiest places for social engineers to find information to use against their victims. Bad guys can learn personal information about you and concoct stories that seem entirely possible, but they are just using information that you post about yourself and information that others share about you to their advantage in order to scam you.
Authentication bypass is when someone is able to access a system or application without being authenticated. Since the whole foundation of authentication is based upon making sure that authorized users are the only ones accessing an application or a system, it is paramount that the system or app has authentication status of a user. If a user is able to gain access to any feature without having to be authenticated first, then this is a weak authentication vulnerability.
Authentication is the process of having to prove your identity to an application or system in order to demonstrate that you are who you say you are. Weak Authentication describes when in the strength of the authentication mechanism is relatively weak in comparison to the value of the assets that are being protected. It also describes situations in which an authentication mechanism is flawed or vulnerable. Weak authentication is a way that attackers and malicious insiders can take advantage of unsecured and older operating systems that do not require a password upon login. This applies to phones, tablets, and computers.
Intruders are also able to bypass authentication in operating systems that are configured to bypass the login screen. Once they are able to gain access to the OS, the bad guys are able to find passwords that are already stored on the computer. This method a stepping stone for network-based password attacks as well.
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