Celebrating Ntirety’s First Anniversary

Time flies when you are working hard (and having fun!) and we are excited to celebrate our first birthday as Ntirety.

Hello, Ntirety!

In September 2019 when we officially announced the launch of Ntirety as our new name and brand as a culmination of the integration of Hostway and Hosting as one company, we could not have imagined everything that would be in store for our company. Our mission as Ntirety is to “enable business to move faster with less risk,” and thanks to the teamwork of our employees and partners, we have been able to provide premier-level services, guidance, and security for our clients through every new challenge.

“As we celebrate our first birthday as Ntirety, and amidst all the challenges that this pandemic has brought, I am very proud of our team and progress in this past year,” Ntirety’s CEO and President Emil Sayegh says. “I am pleased to welcome new customers that have trusted us with their mission critical applications even during these uncertain times. Our team has stepped up to the plate every time, helping customers manage their hybrid infrastructure needs, securely and economically.”

Greater Focus on Cybersecurity

The introduction of the new Ntirety Managed Security Services suite could not have come at a better time for clients as IT threats increased and evolved with the pandemic and the shift to a more remote workforce.

“It is refreshing to work with a group that takes our issues as seriously as we do and to go as far as we would go to get them resolved. This type of attitude and collaboration is one of the main reasons we chose Ntirety,” shares client Daxko, a software solutions provider for health & wellness facilities.

With the opening of the 100% US-based Ntirety security operations center, our clients gained greater peace of mind in the fast-changing business landscape. Our team of security experts proactively identify, investigate, and mitigate many types of mission-critical threats before they become serious problems, including:

  • Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability Detection
  • Information Disclosure Vulnerability Detection
  • Authentication Failure Alerts

“The client’s journey has and always will be the focus of Ntirety. Enabling their business goals while reducing risk – that’s maturing their security program holistically,” shares Ntirety Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Chris Riley. “Our clients immediately benefit from a security-hardened, fully monitored and managed environment for their enterprise.”

Rapid Expansion

Along with reducing cybersecurity risks for clients with the new Ntirety Managed Security Services, we experienced a lot of positive growth despite the Covid-19 pandemic. This year we welcomed new clients from across industries, including healthcare, education, and manufacturing, as well as strengthened our existing relationships.

“We interviewed various companies while searching for a partner. We felt a strong connection with the team at Ntirety and we felt confident in their ability to help us,” shares Tabatha Newman, Management Analyst at Olympia Orthopedic Associates.

We expanded our network of partners, working closely with channel partners to bring Ntirety’s new Managed Security Services to the organizations in need, along with our high-availability managed cloud services, cloud migrations, database services, and more.

“Ntirety has proven to be a leader in the managed cloud services and cybersecurity space for enterprises,” Philbert Shih, Managing Director of Structure Research, explains. “As they expand their portfolio of innovative products and services Ntirety also continues to focus on delivering proactive customer service and guidance, dedicated to pushing businesses and the industry forward.“

Life at Ntirety Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond

Along with welcoming new clients and building on our partnerships, we have been fortunate to add 60 new highly skilled members to the Ntirety team. Thanks to the growing team, we were able to support all of our clients and partners throughout this pandemic helping each one of them with their IT and security challenges.

“In the IT industry, we believe it’s the people that make a company truly stand above the rest, and our amazing team is one of our greatest assets here at Ntirety,” shares Natasha Gordon, Vice President of Human Resources. “We have been fortunate to have so many exceptional employees join Ntirety, and even if it’s been a bit unconventional with social distancing, it has been wonderful to watch our team grow.”

As the company continues to welcome new clients and expand services, we always looking for talented individuals to join our team – see our Careers page for current job listings, which are updated daily.

We are thankful for the immense support and loyalty our clients and partners have shown us not just this past year, but from our legacy days as Hostway and Hosting as well. We will always to strive to deliver the entirety of secure, managed IT and cloud solutions for our clients today and in the future.

Cloud Migration Success Stories: Optimizing Cost and Improving Agility in the AWS Public Cloud

Optimizing Cost and Improving Agility in the AWS Public Cloud

For any business to maintain a competitive edge, cloud migration is no longer a question of if but when – and now even more importantly, it is a question of how to migrate efficiently, effectively, and securely.

Whether migrating some or all of their workloads from traditional data centers to public or private clouds, or opting for hybrid or multi-cloud solutions, 52% of the early-stage cloud users choose Amazon Web Services (AWS). Businesses find the extensive set of cloud services from AWS can offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Optimized IT costs
  • Increased business agility
  • An overall competitive edge

But cloud migrations are often complex and take time, expertise, and planning to be successful. Top challenges standing in the way of businesses making the move, according to the Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report, include understanding the IT dependencies involved (63%), assessing on-prem vs. cloud costs (41%), and even determining if it’s feasible for their IT systems to migrate (47%).

But even if migration seems like a formidable task, it doesn’t have to be overwhelm internal teams or slow down other business initiatives when pair with the right IT partner – especially one with experience not only migrating companies to the AWS cloud platform, but providing ongoing support and implementation of AWS tools and services.

Take an insider’s look at how two companies overcome various challenges and pain points during migration with Ntirety guiding them through a smooth digital transition with AWS to become future-ready enterprises.

Engineering Firm Optimizes IT Costs Migrating e-Commerce Site to AWS

For over 50 years, engineering firm K&N has been a leader in automotive industry, offering products to increase performance and longevity in vehicle applications worldwide. Although serving a global market, K&N had been storing their severs in a closet before Ntirety helped them make the switch from internal servers to a local data-center. This move would be the first leg of the engineering firm’s digital transformation.

From the success of that initial transition, K&N decided to optimize further by moving their e-commerce site’s development environment over to AWS. By offloading this specific workload into the cloud, Ntirety helped the firm ensure that continued development of their public-facing e-commerce site would be able to scale without forcing costly data center expansions.

The smooth transition to AWS demonstrated to K&N that Ntirety possessed not only extensive expertise in cloud migrations, but specifically with AWS. The firm engaged Ntirety to take over the monitoring, DevOps, security, and management of the e-commerce site’s AWS environment. Keeping Ntirety as an extension of their internal IT team allowed K&N to focus on desired business goals, rather than trying to keep up with their new AWS instance.

Migrating a specific portion of K&N’s business IT to the cloud proved to help make their budget go further while simultaneously optimizing it. Overall, K&N found a better pricing model in this hybrid approach, as well as greater peace of mind knowing they had an expert partner fully managing their AWS environment.

Financial Services Firm Migrates to Scalable AWS Environment to Support Expansion

While rapid growth is often viewed as a good thing for businesses, quickly outgrowing IT applications and infrastructure puts a strain on resources, bandwidth, budget, and the ability to continue positive growth – as was the case for one financial firm.

Originally, this financial firm’s application was designed to run on dedicated servers but then moved to streaming. The move caused sprawling infrastructure and spiraling costs, as well as inconsistencies in deployment, configuration, and security policies. The firm turned to Ntirety to help migrate their application to a cloud environment that could scale to manage their business growth and better service their customers.

Scalable and security-focused, Ntirety designed the new environment for the application entirely as code using AWS Cloud Formation. This implemented design allowed the financial services firm to easily add customers on the fly in a matter of minutes versus the 40-plus hours it took to manually add a customer when the application was in the SaaS environment.

Together with Ntirety, the firm successfully moved their production workload over to the AWS model and began offering the platform to new customers. With plans to continue expanding globally, the AWS environment provided the flexible, scalable architecture the firm needed to support ongoing new growth.

Find Your Answers to When and How

From SMB to enterprise, IT professionals now “view cloud [migration] as inevitable,” Gartner reported in 2019. “The focus is now on how to do it well versus on whether to do it at all.”

As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, Ntirety is equipped to do just that for clients. With a proven track record of helping organization across industries plan, migrate, and optimize their business IT with AWS, Ntirety offers a portfolio of cloud migration services designed to meet every business’s needs. Whether moving everything or designing a hybrid solution, companies can find a true IT partner with Ntirety.

Ready to start your digital transformation? Start with a consultation and cloud migration assessment with one of Ntirety’s trusted cloud experts today.

Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh Interviewed by Cisco Cloud Unfiltered Podcast

Cisco Cloud Unfiltered Podcast
Episode air date: July 24, 2020

In a new episode of the Cisco Cloud Unfiltered Podcast, hosts Ali Amagasu and Pete Johnson interview Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh about the current state of cloud technology and where he predicts it is heading given the rapidly evolving business landscape. A leading technology-focused podcast, Cloud Unfiltered episodes feature interviews with professionals working to move cloud and IT implementation forward.

Host Ali Amagasu is an enthusiastic marketer who seeks to help the podcast listeners understand the value and implications of emerging products and solutions in the cloud and networking arenas.

A friend and former colleague from Sayegh’s time previously at Hewlett-Packard, Pete Johnson is now a Principal Architect covering Cloud and Programmability for the Global Partner Organization at Cisco Systems Inc and frequent co-host with Amagasu for the Cloud Unfiltered podcast.

Listen to the Cloud Unfiltered interview with Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh here »

“Fifteen years later, the cloud is still going strong,” Sayegh begins, sharing his perspective as one of the pioneers of cloud computing and looking at what is happening in terms of cloud technology today and what industry experts expect in the upcoming years.

Over the course of the interview, Amagasu and Johnson explore several key questions with Sayegh, drawing from his July 14, 2020 Forbes article A New Cloud Race Looms Amid The Covid-19 Industry Boom, including:

  • Will the Big 3 public providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Google – have a price war?
  • Is further industry consolidation expected?
  • Are the Big 3 currently differentiated, and if so, which elements of their offerings are unique?

Listen to the Cloud Unfiltered episode to hear Sayegh’s answers to these and many more critical cloud questions, along with his insider’s insights on the industry’s direction through the pandemic and into the economic recovery.

Listen to the episode here »

Navigating the Shifting IT Landscape: On-Demand Webinar

A renewed competition in the cloud is coming, and businesses need to be ready to navigate the new IT landscape – or get left behind by the competition.

In this on-demand webinar, Navigating the Shifting IT Landscape, Managing Director at Structure Research Philbert Shih, Ntirety CEO and Forbes contributor Emil Sayegh, CISO Chris Riley, and CRO Kevin Smith share the latest cloud IT trends and how to leverage them effectively.

In this webinar you will learn how:

  • The market landscape is shifting rapidly from pure infrastructure to managed services
  • IT organizations and CIOs can take advantage of cloud technologies such as hyper scale public cloud, cloud operations, DevOps, and data management, including BI, AI, and machine learning
  • The emerging ecosystem bridges gaps between IaaS and the services needed by the enterprise
  • Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Cloud Service Providers are changing today’s hybrid IT landscape

Watch the on-demand webinar Navigating the Shifting IT Landscape now.

Ready to take your business to the next level? Schedule a consultation with one of Ntirety’s experienced cloud experts today.

Cybersecurity in a Time of Crisis: On-Demand Webinar

Regardless of industry, location, or company size, IT security is a top priority for all businesses, especially as the security perimeter expands with the shift to a more remote workforce.

Now more than ever it’s critical to understand how the evolving threat of cybercrime affects organizational data at every level. Staying up to date with cybersecurity information not only helps protect data and IT systems through a time of crisis—it helps keep a company competitive in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

In a new on-demand webinar, Cybersecurity in a Time of Crisis, Ntirety CEO and Forbes contributor Emil Sayegh, CISO Chris Riley, and CRO Kevin Smith share the latest IT threats and how to combat them effectively. Watch the on-demand presentation here.

In this comprehensive webinar, learn how to recognize, resolve, and defend against cybercrime by:

  • Defining cybercrime in today’s business landscape
  • Breaking down the true costs of cyberattacks
  • Debunking traditional cybersecurity misconceptions
  • Understanding how to better manage the IT threat lifecycle
  • How to pair security needs with business objectives

Ntirety is committed to providing the insights, services, and support necessary to make it through any crisis or future challenge together. Watch the on-demand webinar Cybersecurity in a Time of Crisis now to learn more.

Ready to better protect your IT systems and optimize the cybersecurity of your business? Schedule a consultation to talk to one of Ntirety’s IT security experts today.

Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh Interviewed by ForbesBooks Radio Podcast

ForbesBooks Radio Podcast
Episode air date: May 28, 2020

In a new episode of ForbesBooks Radio podcast, Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh sat down virtually with host Joe Pardavila to share experiences from his early days making a mark in the cloud computing world to what it’s been like leading an essential business through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to being the host at ForbesBooks Radio, Joe Pardavila is a well-known broadcaster, actor, writer, director, and producer born and bred in New York City. Joe was a radio personality at the legendary New York City radio station 95.5 PLJ, where he was part of their successful morning show for over 15 years with over a million listeners daily in the metropolitan area.

While at ‘PLJ he interviewed everyone from musical artists like Ed Sheeran, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, and more. He also spoke with entertainers and newsmakers that include Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Mike Tyson, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Kim Kardashian.

Listen to Pardavila’s interview with Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh here »

Traversing Sayegh’s history as an early pioneer of cloud computing through his more than 15 years in the IT industry, Pardavila and Sayegh laugh about how archaic flash drives are in a world that operates so heavily in the cloud today. But Sayegh is quick to point out that for disaster recovery purposes, businesses should still always keep a local copy of data.

As a leader in the cloud industry, Sayegh proves to always be thinking a step ahead – even if it’s helping clients prepare for a disaster with IT solutions outside of the cloud. An equally important element when it comes to protecting data, Sayegh explains, is the human element operating the technologies.

“Are we changing our passwords? Are we using safe passwords? Are we sharing our passwords? Are we using dual-factor authentication? Are we using those in a consistent, safe way?” Sayegh asks. “Because if you’re not and you allow yourself to be hacked, then of course [the cloud] is not safe.”

Diving deeper into the growing trends of cybercriminals, Sayegh shares how hackers use personal information to attack through social engineering, phishing, and ransomware. While every individual must put forth his or her due diligence to protect personal data, teaming up with experienced cloud security partners like Ntirety gives businesses the boost needed to defend against cyberattacks.

“We have implemented the latest and greatest AI technology to prevent hackers from infiltrating our customers,” Sayegh says, explaining how leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning in combination with the human expertise make Ntirety a leader in cybersecurity.

As he shared the importance of having real people paired with these advanced technology tools and systems, Sayegh detailed his experiences leading an essential business through the COVID-19. While Ntirety’s office employees made the transition to productively working from home during quarantine, team members working at Ntirety’s 14 data centers had to diligently follow increased safety protocols to make sure clients’ systems remained up and running in-person.

“You have thousands of computers that are running in each data center so someone has to go in and unplug a computer that’s acting up, add new capacity,” Sayegh explains. “A human being has to do that.”

Reflecting on the new business landscape we are all working in, Pardavila and Sayegh shared perspectives on what to possibly expect moving forward. Find out what Sayegh predicts for modern businesses and workplaces to thrive in this post-COVID world by tuning in to his interview on ForbesBooks Radio podcast now.

Listen to the episode here »

The Cloud Talent Drought Continues: Forbes Article Series by Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

The Cloud Talent Drought Continues

Originally published in Forbes in early March 2020, our CEO Emil Sayegh examined the IT talent drought businesses across all industries were facing even before the full onset of COVID-19 hit. IT professionals with cloud experience that are also at the forefront of emerging technologies have been hard to come by well before remote workforces became the norm.

As time progresses and businesses face ongoing adjustments to maintain productivity and security, the cloud talent drought continues. Emil’s deep dive to the IT talent shortage and strategies to navigate it are more insightful than ever for the current business landscape.

Read Emil’s combined article series below or read each article separately on Forbes The Cloud Talent Drought Continues (And Is Even Larger Than You Thought) and 3 Steps to Address the Cloud Talent Drought.

The Cloud Talent Drought Continues (And Is Even Larger Than You Thought)

We are in the midst of a talent drought within the IT market that is plaguing enterprise organizations, causing business bottlenecks, competitive disadvantages, security issues, and compliance risks. This drought is only amplified by the industry-wide movement to cloud-native technologies — a trend that is not getting smaller. Global spending on IT is projected to reach $3.9 trillion in 2020, an increase of 3.4% from 2019 (Gartner).

Advanced cloud and security skills are in higher demand than ever before; however, there is a significant lack of qualified, skilled professionals to support this movement towards innovation, especially in non-tech related industries such as manufacturing, transportation, travel, and education. Recent data shows that 63% of U.S. organizations anticipate the IT skills gap to widen, and 59% expect this talent shortage to continue in the next two years (Ceredian). The bottom line is that companies in non-tech-industries are crunched for qualified cloud and IT talent to meet their expansion goals, and the outlook is not optimistic. According to a recent 2020 Challenges in Cloud Transformation survey report, the IT talent shortage is a leading corporate concern, with 86% of respondents believing it will continue to slow down cloud projects.

Here, I’ll examine the industry forecast that expects this shortage to affect business for years to come.

The 2020 Skills Shortage

Recruiting and retaining technology staff has become increasingly complicated, particularly in non-tech industries such as manufacturing, fossil fuel, and transportation. These businesses suffer from a double whammy: not only are they dealing with a shortage of IT skilled talent, but they are offering positions in industries considered “unattractive” for prospective tech talent looking to build an IT career.

Gone are the days where a steady base of skilled IT talent can meet an organization’s technology needs for years on end. Tech giants, such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon, are creating a giant vacuum for talent, offering attractive, super-competitive benefits packages. Furthermore, even if a business were to find a pocket of smart, qualified IT talent, the pace of cloud innovation, new business pressures, and the need to evolve have made the ability to keep that talent relevant over time an impractical reality.

Fueling Business Transformation

As part of the digital push, non-tech businesses are trying to transform their IT systems in every way possible, embracing new, cutting-edge cloud technologies that promise greater efficiency and value. While these new technologies underpin a wave of business advantages, without the proper talent to keep things running and support this new infrastructure, companies are left idling on the sideline, wondering how to better participate in this era of digital transformation.

New roles and skills expectations are appearing faster than recruiting can keep up, with organizations under compliance requirements, like HIPAA and PCI, facing even more significant challenges. The recently enacted California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a blaring example of a technology regulation that California companies across all industries must quickly understand and comply with, at the risk of facing penalties. Unfortunately, most are still operating with internal IT teams unfamiliar or unprepared to do so.

The IT skills required by a given organization are usually unique. Still, nowadays, most non-tech businesses need a minimum set of technical talent to cover the following core mission-critical skill sets:

  • Cloud Computing and Architecture
  • Cybersecurity
  • IT Governance and Compliance Management
  • Business Intelligence and Database Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation
  • DevOps
  • Virtualization
  • Artificial Intelligence

The skills required by a given organization are usually unique. Some organizations may even need talent well-versed in all these skills while still requiring as little staff as possible.

The latest IDC 2020 projection indicates that the time for action is getting short for CIOs in the digital era. Execution struggles, competition, and market forces add to the struggle to emerge as a transformed business. But there are three strategies that organizations are employing to help alleviate this increasingly prevalent issue of finding skilled IT professionals to cover those core mission-critical skill sets, and support their business objectives.

3 Steps to Address the Cloud Talent Drought

The digital era has created a plethora of projects, along with a deadline compression for CIOs. In addition, a recent CIO survey shows that 65% of respondents feel that hiring challenges are hurting them and their industry.
Lost opportunities continue to pile up, along with lost revenue and rising costs. So, what can CIOs do to manage this growing talent deficit?

A balanced, three-pronged solution is in order, taking into account serious investment in the training and retention of critical-skilled tech employees, automation, and a modern outsourced services strategy. This approach enables businesses to embrace the changing landscape and invest in their internal talent while simultaneously intelligently leveraging outside resources.

1. Upskill
A new practice called “upskilling” — the process of teaching current employees new skills to minimize talent gaps — has become an increasingly critical solution for employers looking to boost the capabilities of their teams. With thousands of new product and feature releases per cloud platform emerging each year, tuning up and updating cloud skills is essential to employee success.

While these programs take time to set up, the industry is witnessing positive pushes to manage workloads and advance technologies in critical situations via training programs that aim to upskill existing talent. Another often overlooked benefit of upskilling is that it creates a positive culture of learning in the organization.

2. Automate
From the days of Henry Ford, automation remains an eternal companion to repetitive low-value tasks. Ford transformed the way automobiles were assembled, standardizing, and then later automating the entire process. The world of IT reached this inflection point with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI), with AI technology focusing on repeated actions and results, creating an opportunity for scalable and less people-intensive operations to take hold.

Automation and AI are tantalizing solutions for standardized tasks, although they are also crunched due to lack of talent. Industry reports speculate that there is a market demand for millions of AI professionals, while just a few hundred thousand individuals exist worldwide. As crazy as that disparity seems, it reflects a valid deficit, highlighting an opportunity for skilled AI and outsourced service providers to close task gaps.

3. Outsource
Modern IT outsourcing offers a seamless extension of the internal IT team, contracting out projects to experienced providers that are better-equipped and up-to-date with skills supporting the newest IT technologies such as cybersecurity, infrastructure management, AI, and database management. To be trusted, third-party providers must have a thorough understanding of the expectations of non-tech based clients and should operate with customer-centricity, transparency, and trust. Aside from being adept with a broad spectrum of technologies, outsourced providers should also be prepared to transparently share risks with their clients, as this is the key ingredient to a successful partnership.

The enterprise is already doing some of the obvious, with basic training and efforts to retain current staff. However, the IT industry must continue to step up to the realities of talent shortages by rapidly expanding their training to include cloud technologies, while also investing in cloud automation and outsourcing critical IT skills to trusted cloud ecosystem partners.

Cloud Talent Opportunities

As the industry adapts to the technology skills environment, changes will continue to emerge. The enterprise is already on track with training and retaining staff; however, building a culture of rapid development and rewards and strategically partnering with expert service providers like Ntirety are two important parts of an intelligent approach to help achieve better technology outcomes.

Discover how Ntirety can fill in expertise gaps and optimize your business. Schedule a consultation today.

Interested in a career in the cloud? Ntirety offers a competitive salary and benefits, including paid time off, free medical to employees, dental, retirement plans with 401(k) match, and much more. If you are interested in joining a profitable, growing, and dynamic company, check out Ntirety’s current job listings.

The Great Disruption No One Planned For: COVID-19

Understanding the pillars to business continuity and cybersecurity is more important than ever through the lens of COVID-19 and the new “normal” that has followed.

Companies have undergone significant transformations—changing how employees communicate and interact, as well as how organizations operate. With millions of employees now working remote, more companies are facing major business and technical challenges to business continuity, productivity, and security postures.

In a new on-demand webinar The Great Disruption No One Planned For: COVID-19, learn lessons and IT strategies for operating through the COVID-19 crisis and being prepared for what the future may hold. Watch the on-demand presentation here.

Hosted by Ntirety CEO and Forbes contributor Emil Sayegh, CISO Chris Riley, CRO Kevin Smith, and CFO John Faulkner, Ntirety’s executive team offers insights on IT and Security readiness and preparedness against this pandemic.

  • Learn about the most pressing topics businesses face with coronavirus, like:
  • How leading organizations are adapting their IT infrastructure and security postures to COVID-19
  • Best practices in crisis communication, IT infrastructure, and security postures
  • How to ensure that your company can continue to be productive and secure through this and in a future crisis

Ntirety is committed to providing the insights, services, and support necessary to make it through this pandemic together. Watch the on-demand webinar The Great Disruption No One Planned For: COVID-19 now to learn more.

Ready to take action to prepare and optimize your business for COVID-19 and future crises? Schedule a consultation to talk to one of Ntirety’s IT experts today.

Forbes Article by Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh: In the Era of the COVID-19 Crisis, Look Up to the Cloud(s)

Effects of COVID-19 coronavirus are felt everywhere, including the business world.

With its far-reaching effects, business continuity plans are tested in this pandemic crisis – and Ntirety is no different. But with years of experience designing and implementing disaster recovery plans for clients, we are practicing what we preach with Ntirety’s Response Plan to Coronavirus and our experts are here to help prepare your business IT to survive any disaster, from data breaches to hurricanes to coronavirus.

Published in Forbes on March 6, 2020, our CEO Emil Sayegh shared not just what the state of business looks like in this ongoing time of crisis but how cloud technologies and proactive IT planning is allowing organizations to stay up and running.

Read Emil’s full article below or on Forbes.com here.

In the Era of the COVID-19 Crisis, Look Up to the Cloud(s)

One of the biggest stories of the year is the growing impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus contagion. The global response is mind-numbing; the public is scrambling, the stock market is all over the place, and there are hundreds of stories published each day discussing the changing death rate, new cases, and even new strains of the virus. Making matters worse, the novelty of the virus, combined with the wildfire spread of emerging news, has made reliable information hard to come by. This historical episode is disrupting lives and business, and great worry is setting in about the ramifications that lie ahead.

Protect Yourselves and the Public

As individuals, we can do our best to protect ourselves by washing our hands, covering our coughs, and changing our habits as we live within our communities. Behavioral changes help us reduce the spread of this virus, but also future potential outbreaks. It has been projected that the impact of widespread infection may overwhelm our healthcare services and infrastructure due to the sheer number of people that will require advanced care. The fact is that the more we can do to reduce the spread, the better positioned we will be to deal with its impact on the healthcare system.

A World of Business Changed

The virus is also changing the nature and priorities of how we work. Travel restrictions and canceled events – including Mobile World Congress, Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit, and more – are affecting airlines, sales opportunities, and the bottom line for many companies. The stock market had its worst week since the start of the 2008 recession due to fears associated with the coronavirus and supply chain disruptions.

Cloud Is Helping Already

The coronavirus has ignited what Bloomberg calls the “world’s largest work-from-home experiment.” Companies are suddenly having to enable an increasingly mobile workforce. Rife with technical ramifications and considerations, the notion of remote work has emerged a necessity, requiring businesses to consider:

Which employees must remain in an on-site presence

How to protect these employees

What, if any employee functions can be deferred

Technical discovery and requirements for remote work, including bandwidth surveying

Dependable, secure remote work technology has been available for years, and the cloud has pushed the scalability, availability, and security of these solutions to new heights. Thanks to cloud technologies, a world of web-based apps, virtual desktops, endpoint encryption, conferencing software, Virtual Private Networking (VPN), and other cloud-enhanced tools make remote work possible from nearly any device, anywhere in the world.

Cloud Can Help Even More

Remote work is not the only shift on the horizon. Many organizations recognize that the virus’s impact is testing the ability for businesses to respond to crises that may affect their local back-office IT operations, such as local data centers or colocation facilities. History will undoubtedly highlight the importance of distributed Cloud IT systems in disaster recovery situations. The cloud’s distributed nature is a natural fit and will be the hero in a future landscape that features survivors and victims. Those businesses that rely on cloud capabilities for their IT systems and back-office will benefit by not having to worry about personnel going into their data centers to check, maintain, and monitor their server and storage installations. Businesses using the cloud effectively will benefit the most by quickly leveraging the ability to create resilient and disaster-averse systems anywhere around the world protecting data and business application integrity, as well as support an increasingly remote workforce.

Today, more than ever, the cloud is a partner to business, and cloud technology enables our economies to function by relying less on local conditions. A widespread epidemic validates the need for the maintenance of corporate functionality based on cloud technologies. As companies position to maintain productivity, pushing the corporation into employee homes, and evaluating what to do in general when disaster strikes, it is imperative to rethink disaster recovery plans and explore cloud offerings as mitigation to local disasters.

The California Consumer Privacy Act: Not Just “America’s GDPR”

Insights from 451 Research brought to you by Ntirety

In January 2020, California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a set of requirements for applicable businesses designed to advocate and support consumers and their privacy, similar to the European Union’s GDPR mandates. Although there is overlap between CCPA and GDPR measures, the differences mandate the enforcement of new compliance strategies.

Both CCPA and GDPR are designed to meet the growing concern amongst consumers around how personal data is being collected, who has access to it, and how they can gain control over their personal data. But the fine print details reveal variations between each law, and those variations can come with hefty consequences if they are overlooked and inadvertently ignored. Businesses that already meet GDPR compliance cannot assume that they will automatically meet CCPA requirements and must conduct the same thorough due diligence for this latest compliance regulation.

In a new comprehensive whitepaper, The California Consumer Privacy Act: Not Just “America’s GDPR,” Ntirety and 451 Research examine the two compliance standards to highlight their commonalities and expose the gaps that can leave companies open to potential penalties.

Download the Whitepaper »

Find out what your enterprise needs to meet to CCPA and how Ntirety can optimize your compliance strategy to be ready for the next evolution of data privacy. Schedule an assessment today.