NetEnrich at Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2017

Agile. Scalable, Customer Value Delivered; Experience the NetEnrich Azure difference.

In today’s competitive marketplace, top performing companies understand and appreciate the importance of a strategic partner. They leverage these partnerships to increase market awareness, extend value to customers, and drive bottom-line impact.

This year, we invite you to meet us at the Ingram Micro Cloud Summit 2017, where you will learn how NetEnrich is helping MSPs across the country, revamp their ability to drive recurring services into their client base more effectively.

Regardless of whether you are a SI, MSP, or CSP, we can provide the tools and resources that transform your Azure practice into a healthy, sustainable business. The lynchpin is the assessment. It helps us to accurately understand, assess, and align to your customer’s business priorities. It’s best-in-class. You get a migration framework roadmap. Your customers will understand what needs to move to the cloud, when and why. Secondly, we provide you with a ROI Roadmap so your customers understand how they recoup the return on their investment.

Need help with migrating your customer to Azure? Covered. You don’t want to invest additional dollars for support. Don’t worry. We provide 24 X 7 X 365 Active Management. Active Management also includes a single pane of glass reporting and managing/monitoring of public, hybrid, or cloud environments.

We are your Azure Wingman; we deliver.

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Migrating AWS VMs to Azure – Make an informed decision

Since you are already on the Cloud, you should be aware of what can be accomplished on-premise and what is possible on cloud, be it Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.

When you plan to migrate between AWS to Azure or vice-versa, it is imperative that you understand what each has to offer and make an informed decision accordingly. Understand where the similarities end and what you need to brace yourselves for.

Availability Model & how your application has been developed

Both AWS and Azure have quite a few similarities. Microsoft Azure has resources available online that list the equivalent services in Azure, to those available in AWS.

When moving an application to AWS or Azure, you need to understand how it has been developed. The difference in the availability model of AWS and Azure is critical to your decision. AWS is based on availability zones, to manage uptime of applications and their components. Azure is based on availability at two levels – locally via availability sets and geographically through regions.

Platform of your application

What your target cloud architecture will look like, should be based on your understanding of the integration points your application has and the SLAs it must meet. It is also key to take into consideration the underlying platform services in use. In case you are re-platforming your application, you need to review your existing deployment processes. In this, Azure has an edge, with its ability to leverage features available for modern Continuous Deployment (CD) scenarios.

Data requirements

In the present data driven landscape, how you handle data during the migration between AWS and Azure is of utmost importance. You need to decide if you want to leave it where it is, migrate via physical shipping or migrate via logical transfer. You also need to decide how much data you will transfer and what, if any, and its impact on existing network services.

IaaS offerings

AWS groups its Infrastructure as a Service offerings into the four categories of Compute, Storage and Content Delivery, Database, and Networking. It has management tools like Amazon CloudWatch, AWS Cloudtrail for tracking user activity and API usage, and AWS Config to monitor infrastructure resource usage. Azure uses the nomenclature of Compute, Data Management (which includes database) and Performance, and Networking. It has a number of services and integrations for in-depth monitoring and alerting on infrastructure performance metrics and logs.

Ease of licensing

The simplicity of licensing is a component that also plays a big role in the decision regarding the move to AWS or Azure. Azure offers license mobility. It is important that you find out if your application is eligible for license mobility. Also keep in mind that Windows Server itself is not eligible for license mobility.

Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft allows seamless hybrid cloud interaction with platforms like Azure StorSimple, Hybrid SQL Server, Azure Stack and others. Amazon offers a few hybrid solutions like Storage Gateway, DynamoDB Local, and OpsWorks.  For now, Microsoft has an upper hand.

Open Source

In the Open Source cloud hosting space, Amazon AWS has a significant lead over Azure. AWS has been Linux-friendly from the start. Amazon’s upper hand with open source can be attributed to its long association with open source. Azure does work much more seamlessly with Microsoft development tools than without them. Azure and Microsoft, are trying to embrace open source in a big way. The gap in this regard is fast closing.


It would mostly depend on user behavior. Both AWS and Azure provide cost calculators that you can use to get a better understanding of what it would cost.

NetEnrich will help you through the various tough decisions you may need to take, to limit downtime and make the most of either an AWS or Azure investment, as quickly and effectively as possible.

Challenges of moving Virtual Machines to Azure

With cloud computing taking on the speed of a typhoon, virtual machines (VMs) and talk about them has become ubiquitous. For the rest of the organization, it is just something the IT folks have to deal with. But for the IT team, it has to do with being aware of the challenges involved and finding solutions to the challenges.

A virtual machine is a software computer that runs operating systems and applications, much like a physical computer. It has a set of specification, configuration, virtual disk, NVRAM setting and log files stored on a supported storage device, and virtual devices that function much like physical hardware with the added benefit of portability, manageability, and security.

Challenges of moving VMs to azure

Bandwidth: It is the initial road block to cloud computing that everyone has to surmount. Your present internet connectivity may meet the demands of your everyday requirements such as email, browsing, moderate data transfers and to use Software-as-a-Service products. But it is sure to crash under the weight of moving your complete computer data to the cloud, unmanaged. Performing serialized uploads and implementing Quality of Service are a few solutions to the problem. But it will definitely take longer to migrate individual VMs to Azure. When you decide to move your VMs to Microsoft Azure, you need to be prepared with a substantial bandwidth, to ensure your business is not affected adversely.

Varied Platforms: You need to be aware that legacy systems and those that have previously moved to AWS will need a detailed configuration map and plan, to ensure the migration happens with minimal downtime.

Downtime: This is something the whole organization is going to detest. You need to be aware that a minimal downtime may be necessary and plan it meticulously to ensure your business services are not affected or the affect is manageable.

Subscription Deadlines: In most cases, the decision to migrate to Azure would have been made by a boss on top and a deadline set for the migration. So it is a race against time and that which you have to deal with graciously.

With all these challenges it is understandable that you may think if the decision to migrate to Azure is right, in the first place. Believe me, things will settle down.

NetEnrich will lead you through the various tough decisions you may need to take, to limit downtime and make the most of an Azure investment as quickly as possible. But it is important that all the stakeholders are aware of the reality of each of the challenges and the solutions being considered and implemented.

Migrating Physical Servers to Azure

Organizations looking to reduce computing costs and improve efficiency are finding the benefits of cloud computing to be increasingly appealing. Microsoft Azure helps businesses take advantage of one consistent platform regardless of where the workloads are running. Windows Azure is Microsoft’s application platform for the public cloud.

Windows Azure is used to:

  • Build web applications which run and store data in Microsoft datacenters.
  • Store data while the applications continue to run on-premise (outside the public cloud).
  • Create virtual machines to develop and test, and run other out-of-the-box applications.
  • Develop massively scalable applications.

With Azure, the focus is on the development, not the infrastructure. Key benefits of hosting applications in Azure include:

  • Minimal focus on the infrastructure.
  • Eliminate the need to buy and maintain infrastructure.
  • Easy scale-up and scale-out options available with ‘Pay-As-You-Go’ model.
  • Azure provides SLA 99.95% for the hosted applications.

Typical implementation models available in Microsoft Azure are virtual machines, cloud services, websites and mobile services. Several things have to be considered while moving an application to Azure. Significant questions that need to be addressed are:

  • Application compatibility – Is the application architecturally fit for Windows Azure before moving?
  • External or internal dependencies – Are there any external application dependencies and are those accessible through Azure?
  • Application class – Verification of how the application is classified in the business. Business critical and LOB applications demand high availability.
  • Compliance requirements – Are there any enterprise compliance and regulations that govern whether the data can be moved or stored outside the enterprise’s control?
  • Cost – Is moving the application cost-effective for the enterprise?
  • Security – Can the same level of security be provided after migrating to Windows Azure?
  • Application integration – Is the candidate application integrated with other on-premise applications and shared services?
  • Database compatibility – Is the existing database is best fit to migrate to Azure?
  • Scalability and elasticity – Does the application design support scalability as Azure supports it?

Key steps in migration to Azure:

Infrastructure Assessment

  • Discover and assess the on-premise infrastructure, server roles, applications, data size, and folder structures

Setup on Azure

  • Provision Azure instances
  • Setup network and VPN
  • Join Azure instance to domain
  • Install and configure applications

Migration, QA, and Go-Live on Azure

  • Migrate data, servers, application and database
  • Do application health check
  • Test accessibility and performance of applications
  • Cut-over to new server
  • Perform QA of migrated server to validate configurations
  • Fine-tune configurations

For the past five years, NetEnrich has successfully helped enterprises of all sizes build and execute on a cloud strategy. NetEnrich services include IaaS migration of on-premises servers or VMs and refactoring of legacy applications to Azure PaaS. A Microsoft Gold Cloud Partner, NetEnrich has an army of, highly skilled Azure Certified engineers.

Best practices for getting started with Azure assessments

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing service created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centres.

How do you prepare for your migration to Microsoft Azure?

The saying about tailoring, Measure twice, cut once; holds true for migrations to Microsoft Azure too. Many pertinent decisions have to be made before you can rush through the migration. What are the workloads that will be adversely affected by internet latency, if the workloads you want to migrate are supported by the operating systems on Azure, the size of the workload you wish to migrate and many more such decisions need to be made.

Your goal to migrate might have been prompted by the promise of cost-efficacy, flexibility and accessibility or the ability to scale beyond your data centre’s limits easily. Make sure your plan is consistent with the goal you choose. And prepare after you plan!

Prepare a list of:

  • Physical and virtual computers available
  • Operating systems and versions on each of them
  • Software updates on each computer (information about service pack versions and other modifications)
  • The function of each computer, applications and programs on devices
  • The ownership and contact information of each device
  • The assets available and their relative value, to determine the priority in terms of attention and protection needed
  • Known security issues and procedures in place to identify new security issues or changes in security levels, if any
  • Countermeasures deployed to secure the environment
  • The workloads to be moved
  • The destination of the workloads
  • Processes required to ensure the workload is ready for migration

Cloud Assessments

ROI Assessment: Helps IT Executives quantitatively calculate long term ROI of Cloud (Including ROI for legacy applications that are more complex than Email and CRM).

Capacity Assessment: Provide a summary of current infrastructure storage and network metrics, along with alignment of on-premise infrastructure to cloud target resources with sizing for all components.

Backup Assessment: Provide a summary of backup requirements, along with recommendations for better backup and an understanding of the advantages of Azure Cloud Backup.

Application Assessment: Provides extensive discovery & assessment of client environments.

Cyber Security Assessment: Provides a benchmarked review of vulnerabilities against the OWASP (Open Web Application Security) top ten list, integrated with remediation and compliance management recommendations.

NetEnrich provides a comprehensive suite of services for assessment, setup, migration, and management of assets on Azure. Our services inlcude:

  • Backup
  • Disaster Recovery (ASR)
  • VM Instances
  • IaaS
  • PaaS
  • Business Application Workloads
  • Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

NetEnrich’s automated Azure assessment services are delivered to tight deadlines, high SLAs, and unbeatable prices. End-clients and partners get 24×7 support for service requests, queries and visibility into the status and health of applications and workloads.

Partner MSPs and CSPs benefit from NetEnrich’s white-labelled IT infrastructure management services that are a combination of:

  • Comprehensive solutions for the hybrid cloud, along with the technology, processes, and remote operations scale that differentiate you in the market place and ensure you deliver superior value to end-clients, at all times.
  • Possibility of recurring and multiple revenue streams, as you break into new service lines and increase win rates.
  • Highly automated, industrialized services offerings that ensure up to 40% higher margins.
  • Single pane view and control of end-clients using NetEnrich solutions that are co-managed with you.
  • Accessibility to experienced technical and marketing collateral as part of partner enablement.

Outcome based self-service, the new reality – Are you reaping the benefits?

Change is the only constant, and business is all about keeping up with changing times. And real change doesn’t happen in discrete annual increments. It creeps up on you.  If you are an IT service provider – either within your organization or for your clients, your survival depends on your ability to adapt to this change.

Computing and network technology provided the initial impetus to outsourcing about two decades ago. And outsourcing itself changed the socio-economic demographics of a generation in India, Malaysia and several other South American and East European nations, across the globe. Rapidly changing technologies such as cloud computing, edge or fog computing, automation and disintermediation and changing global politico-economic environments are radically changing the face of the outsourcing business.

Companies are no longer willing to turn over the keys of their IT departments and be bound by multi-year contracts. They want self-service and cloud computing and SaaS to handle most of the work, instead of building or buying those capabilities. More flexible, multi-vendor strategies can give companies more control and less risk – as they swap providers as needed. This best-of-breed, functional outsourcing model is also cost effective and targeted to business needs, across networking and storage, application development and security. It helps IT departments quickly bridge the divide between older legacy technologies and the steady stream of new technologies, from cloud computing to IoT.

According to Markets and Markets, the managed services market is estimated to grow to $242.45 billion by 2021 and the global IT infrastructure monitoring market to $34.1 billion by 2024, signalling growing need for highly reliable and secure networks and systems.

Technology companies of all stripes want to grab a piece of the cloud, SaaS and data center markets. They engage with organizations through a self-services-based model, to help modernize their IT departments that need highly efficient and high-performing infrastructure to launch new business initiatives and drive growth. Companies don’t want to overcommit or purchase rigid, predefined custom services with binding, multi-year contracts for IT infrastructure, cloud computing, data center management, or security services.

If you don’t want to do it, you are not alone.  Here’s what’s driving self-service.

Cloud Computing and cloud based tools has changed how customers view their outsourcing needs. Both IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing need to change as a result. With more infrastructure capabilities, applications and software being delivered and managed through cloud, outsourcing will be more transaction based for services, with minimal commitments and high flexibility of services.

Automation & Disintermediation are changing the face of outsourcing. In some cases they are altogether doing away with the need for outsourcing – both IT and business process.  Sixty percent of airline call center work has been eliminated by providing services through self-service online systems (think of booking flights, selecting seats). Banking, Retail and Insurance provide more examples. As smart phone penetration and access to internet increase, coupled with IoT complemented by edge or fog computing, disintermediation is bound to make itself more evident.

The NetEnrich advantage for this new outcome based self-service encompass:

  • Vistara to centrally manage hybrid IT environments across public and private clouds and internal data centers
  • Support for all cloud providers – Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, AWS and Open Stack, major networking, security and UC vendors
  • Industrialized service factory automation software, algorithms, tools, templates, and methodologies
  • Big data analytics, including use of Hadoop, Cassandra, etc. to enable high-quality decision making pertinent to the changing business environment
  • Intelligent routing of issues and incidents to the most optimal and lowest cost resources
  • Artificial intelligence and bot software to automate menial tasks and processes

NetEnrich is a company that has proven experience in infrastructure management and cloud services across verticals, and focuses squarely on simplifying the hybrid IT management challenge through smart automation and focused expertise.

NetEnrich brings industrialized, automated services and products, not costly, custom-made IT. We are singularly focused on helping IT service providers, both within an organization and for organizations, become outcome-based service providers to the business and drive market value from technology – not just data and uptime. We deliver expertise in networking, storage and security across cloud and on-premise environments, with NOC and SOC services for hybrid IT infrastructure, coupled with flexible  pricing.

Why should you use an MSP for your NOC?

At NetEnrich, we take IT Operations services to the next level to establish a high-value, turnkey managed IT service offering that drives meaningful results for you.

Choosing the right Network Operations Center (NOC) MSP, enables you to scale with lower cost and investment, than would be required to scale the business in a DIY scenario. MSPs can free up high-priced engineers to focus on more strategic projects and deliver solid value to clients, vs. fighting low-level fires and wasting time on technical tasks that do not provide a return for the cost of the engineer. And, last but not least, the right MSP can provide the ability to manage complex hybrid IT environments, drive high value around the automation of IT services, and offer greater predictability and consistency around SLAs.

NetEnrich Video Blog – Why should you use an MSP for your NOC?

In our latest video blog, we talk about how the NOC is a critical component of managing complicated internal IT systems. Utilizing a managed service provider (MSP) enables you to leverage their knowledge, while combining it with the expertise of your staff.

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NetEnrich Insights: Microsoft Azure Users Lean on Channel for Support

According to IDC, the Cloud market, including cloud services, hardware, and software, will grow from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019. Software as a Services (SaaS) will continue to be the dominant cloud computing type, gaining more than two thirds of all public cloud spending. This isn’t very surprising as most customer demand is at the application level. Spending on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) are projected to grow at a faster rate than SaaS with five-year CAGRs of 27% and 31% respectively. This effectively means that cloud will change the fundamental nature of computing and will continue to do so through 2020.

Microsoft announced that its public cloud platform, Azure, was generating around 120,000 new customers every month. This was a certain increase over the 100,000 new customers per month the company had boasted one year previous – a clear indication that enterprise clients are finding the benefits of Azure environments and are latching onto the opportunity to optimize their IT infrastructure by deploying in the public cloud. This creates a huge opportunity for MSPs and CSPs.

NetEnrich conducted a survey of 80+ IT professionals in large and midmarket companies. A key takeaway was that Azure use is high — 46% of respondents are running at least half of their IT infrastructure and workloads on Microsoft’s cloud service — and companies are relying on channel providers to help them achieve various business and technical benefits.

Press Release: Microsoft Azure Users Lean on Channel for Support

Click below to view & download the survey infographic.

NetEnrich Survey Featured – We’re very pleased to announce that the NetEnrich Survey on Microsoft Azure has been published by major technology news websites and blogs. Here’s a list of the publications, and excerpts from the posts.

Yahoo Finance

Despite hefty competition in the public cloud infrastructure space, Microsoft’s Azure unit realized revenue of $6.9 billion in the last quarter, and Microsoft estimates Azure compute usage more than doubling year over year, according to some reports. NetEnrich is a Microsoft Technology Partner for Azure. The firm has hundreds of partners that white label and leverage NetEnrich to support more than 1,400 end-clients, including top brands. Its partners include top distributors such as Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Westcon, Softbank (Japan), and Synnex.

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Microsoft Azure, the cloud platform as a service used by businesses of all sizes to provide their computing infrastructure and run important applications, is growing fast, according to a new survey from cloud services company NetEnrich. In its survey of more than 80 IT professionals who work for large and midmarket enterprises, NetEnrich found that many companies are running at least a part of their computing infrastructure on Azure. They also report that they’re increasingly relying on Azure to support mission-critical solutions. Those companies have found Azure provides cost savings and business-continuity features that are invaluable for their operations.

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Microsoft Azure customers are “very likely” to work with an MSP over the next year, data released this week by master MSP NetEnrich finds. Many survey respondents cited channel companies as key to their use of and success with Microsoft Azure. Sixty-seven percent said they were “very likely” to engage a Managed Services Provider (MSP) in the next year to migrate to Azure or to manage their cloud and/or on-premises environment.

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The biggest perceived benefits of Azure were a reduction in total cost of ownership, on-demand availability and business continuity, according to 47% of respondents. Despite leaning on MSPs, almost two thirds (64%) said they plan to purchase tools in the coming year to help with Azure migration and management. “Microsoft Azure is clearly growing its position in the public cloud market as companies of all sizes look to modernize infrastructure, deploy new services quickly and reduce costs,” said NetEnrich senior VP Justin Crotty.

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Channel Partners Online

The NetEnrich survey found that the biggest benefits from getting MSP assistance are security, backup, and disaster-recovery planning, followed by the discovery and inventory of IT resources. The biggest challenges that Azure adopters face, according the study, are data security and privacy, and budget limits.

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Channel Times

A NetEnrich survey of IT professionals in large and medium-size businesses highlights that 62 percent of respondents use the cloud service in some ways. Microsoft Azure is growing, registering revenue of $6.9 billion last quarter. “Microsoft Azure is clearly growing its position in the public cloud market as companies of all sizes look to modernize infrastructure, deploy new services quickly and reduce costs,” said, Justin Crotty, Senior VP and GM for Channel Sales and Marketing at NetEnrich.

“We are hearing this from our channel partners all the time. Their customers are moving aggressively to public cloud and they need support from partners to migrate and manage workloads and applications. We’re able to help distributors, resellers and MSPs by getting them trained on best practices for setting up, monitoring and managing Azure instances,” added Crotty.

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Read IT Quik

Other key findings from the NetEnrich 2017 Microsoft Azure Survey include:

  • 62% of respondents operate a multi-cloud environment including Azure
  • 47% of respondents say the top expected benefits of using Azure are reduction in TCO, on-demand availability, business continuity and geo replication
  • 35% of respondents say the greatest benefit of using Azure 1-2 years from now is cost savings, so IT can dedicate more time to business projects
  • 30% of respondents say the greatest challenge with Azure adoption is data security and privacy concerns; the second biggest challenge (28%) is budgetary constraints
  • 64% of respondents said they plan to purchase tools in the next year to help with Azure migration and management; 57% said they plan to purchase cloud analysis and optimization tools; 56% will buy cloud monitoring tools
  • 37% of respondents said the most important use of Azure in the next year would be to support development and test environments; 35% said the most important use would be to support data center or database modernization
  • 72% of respondents said that third-party tools and services either had “already paid off” or will occur in terms of achieving a fast ROI on Azure
  • 79% of respondents said the interconnect of Azure with other Microsoft products such as Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite is “extremely important”

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IT Best of Breed

Azure use is climbing and businesses are relying on channel partners to help them squeeze out the various business and technical benefits that Microsoft’s cloud service can deliver, according to an online survey by Microsoft partner NetEnrich.

“Microsoft is leveraging its partner ecosystem quite heavily in the cloud,” better than two other public cloud giants, Amazon Web Services and Google, said Chris Joseph, vice president of product management and marketing at NetEnrich, based in San Jose, Calif. “We are seeing some of the fruits of those investments.” Joseph defended Microsoft’s efforts to improve Azure’s security, saying the vendor has done a “very good job.” Rather, he points to a continued belief among businesses about the security of public cloud.

“They probably still feel the public cloud is not quite there,” he said.

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Beta News

Among other findings from the NetEnrich survey are that 62 percent of respondents operate a multi-cloud environment including Azure. 30 percent say the greatest challenge with Azure adoption is data security and privacy concerns, the second biggest challenge (28 percent) is budgetary constraints.

A majority (64 percent) say they plan to purchase tools in the next year to help with Azure migration and management. In addition, 57 percent say they plan to purchase cloud analysis and optimization tools and 56 percent will buy cloud monitoring tools.

The ability to interconnect Azure with other Microsoft products such as Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite is extremely important for 79 percent of respondents.

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A day in the life of a NOC technician

It’s never a good day for MSPs when the network goes down. But if your team isn’t on top of it, and learns about the outage from the client, it could be a nightmare.
Staying on top of the day-to-day IT grind requires end-to-end visibility.  To effectively and proactively manage IT from the core to the edge requires Network Operations Center (NOC) technicians and experts.

NetEnrich Video Blog – A day in the life of a NOC technician

In our latest video blog, we discuss about the daily tasks and activities of a NOC technician. The bulk of the time is spent on detecting and troubleshooting network errors, in order to maintain smooth operations. A NOC technician also supports your staff by distributing software and updating computer systems.

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How do you know when you have an effective Security Operations Center (SOC)?

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, six out of 10 SMB businesses that suffer a security breach go out of business after 6 months. How many of your customers have been victims of a security breach? If you are able to help save them, it means you are now deploying resources to reactively remediate the situation. Not really the best use of your resources. Or worse, their business closes which has an immediate impact to your bottom line.

NetEnrich Video Blog – How do you know when you have an effective SOC?

In our latest video blog, we talk about how an effective SOC should function. Network monitoring, threat detection and investigation are the usual priority tasks for any SOC, however for a SOC to be truly effective it needs to be proactive. To fight intrusions, it’s very important to have more eyes on the system, with stringent monitoring protocols.

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