2019-05-21T11:52:00-04:00May 21st, 2019|Microsoft 365, Office 365, SD WAN, WAN|

Make every experience a great one

As branch and remote offices rise become even more pervasive, organizations are rapidly adopting Microsoft Office 365 to lower infrastructure costs and increase flexibility around these distant locations. Users, for the most part, love the portability and easy accessibility of these apps because they can open their secure digital workspace and do their work from anywhere.

The bad news is, these same users often don’t get the performance they’re used to in a traditional office. That’s because many branch locations are still supported by legacy WANs and outdated MPLS connections. These common solutions rely on the “perimeter style” approach to networking, where vital app and data traffic is funneled back through centralized datacenters and subject to latency from inefficient network paths, inspections and other factors.

Fortunately, Citrix and Microsoft have come together to create a more modern and better  solution. Like other software-defined WANs, Citrix SD-WAN uses inexpensive Internet connections to route SaaS traffic directly from remote or branch locations to their intended destinations—bypassing the traditional network perimeter and its centralized datacenters.

But that’s where the similarity ends. Citrix and Microsoft have worked closely together for more than 20 years. As part of this commitment, Citrix provides support for the Microsoft Office 365 Connectivity Principles to help ensure optimal user experiences.

What does this mean? Basically, it enables Citrix SD-WAN users to tap into Microsoft’s worldwide network of 130+ edge nodes and get Autobahn-style traffic routing for your Office 365 traffic!

How it works is simple. Citrix SD-WAN identifies and prioritizes Office 365 traffic and redirects it automatically to the nearest Office 365 “front door” (versus a regional Microsoft data center). Since these 130+ entry points don’t need to be where back-end Office 365 servers are, they can be as close to your individual office locations as possible to provide the optimal network performance.

For your users, this translates into dramatically faster performance for Office 365 apps. In fact, at a recent Microsoft Ignite conference, Citrix SD-WAN customers were reporting performance improvements like:

  • 2x-5x faster upload speeds
  • 3x-10x faster download speeds
  • 55% faster opening of Word docs in Office Online
  • 40% faster opening of PowerPoint documents in Office Online

That’s an experience that everyone wants. And you can give it to them…if you have a modern network. To learn more about how you can deliver the ultimate Office 365 experience for your branch-office and other remote users, take a look at our solution guide. Download it here.

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3 ways online collaboration tools can boost company productivity

2019-04-10T16:01:30-04:00April 10th, 2019|M365, Microsoft 365, O365, Office 365|

Online collaboration tools help employees with prioritization, decrease travel expenses, and improve work-life balance. But the biggest benefit is the increase to productivity. With extensive online collaboration tools, you can host webinars, engage with customers easily, and more.

At Coretek Services, we specialize in helping businesses implement online productivity solutions and modernize their IT strategy. Contact us today to find out how we can help.

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Nonprofit Changes Lives with Help from Office 365

2019-04-09T10:19:43-04:00April 6th, 2019|Digital Transformation, Modern Workplace, O365, Office 365|

Nonprofits are just like any other business–they want to grow and reach a larger customer base. Just ask Operation Smile. It plans to use Microsoft and Azure cloud-based tools to ease the burden of surgical mission coordination and increase the quantity and quality of its training efforts. By embracing the cloud, Operation Smile can make a dramatic difference and reach more children across the globe. Watch this clip and contact Coretek Services for more information.

Customer story: AIA Group

2019-04-09T10:27:24-04:00April 1st, 2019|M365, Microsoft 365, Modern Workplace, O365, Office 365|

As markets evolve, it’s important to present new ways for employees to collaborate and communicate. That’s why AIA made investments in productivity tools to improve the way their employees work together and serve their customers. At Coretek Services, we know how important your employees’ tools are. That’s why we want to help you upgrade your assets with the latest modern desktop solutions on the market. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

Office 365 keeps your business compliant – around the clock

2019-04-09T10:25:46-04:00April 1st, 2019|Compliance, M365, Microsoft 365, O365, Office 365|

While implemented with the best of intentions, remaining compliant with data security requirements can be a massive burden on businesses, especially those in highly regulated industries. That’s why Microsoft ensures that the security provided through Office 365 is always on the cutting edge of compliance, so your business can focus on delivering the best experience to your customers.

Three reasons why Windows Server and SQL Server customers continue to choose Azure

2019-03-14T15:44:26-04:00March 14th, 2019|Azure, Azure Architect, Azure Expert MSP, Cloud, Cloud Architect, End of Service, End of Service SQL 2008, Microsoft Azure Expert MSP, Microsoft Cloud Service Provider, Microsoft Infrastructure, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, Office 365, Windows 10|

For the past 25 years, companies of every size have trusted Windows Server and SQL Server to run their business-critical workloads. In fact, more than 70 percent of on-premises server workloads today run on Windows Server.

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Announcing new options for SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support

2019-02-28T12:26:21-04:00February 28th, 2019|Azure, Desktop Management, Desktop OS, Domain Integration, End of Service, Exchange, Microsoft, Microsoft Infrastructure, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, Office 365|

We get it. Change is scary. If you’ve been running the same operating system for many years, a large-scale overhaul is understandably intimidating. But it’s time. To continue their focus on progress and innovation, Microsoft is ending support for some popular 2008 products, including SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. If you are still running either of these, don’t panic! Microsoft has put options in place to give you the time you need, and we at Coretek Services, are here to assist you with a smooth transition. Check out this article and contact us for more information.

Coretek and Microsoft have Paved Your Way to Digital Transformation

2018-11-05T16:26:56-04:00November 1st, 2018|Announcements, Azure, blog, Citrix, Cloud, End of Service, Microsoft, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, News, Office 365, Server Migration|

Wherever you are on your Digital Transformation journey, Coretek is here to help.
And with these FREE offers to get you started…what are you waiting for?

  • Data Center Migration:
    A Comprehensive Azure Migration Strategy
    Limited Time Offer: FREE Migration to Azure
    Migration  to Microsoft CSP Includes:
    • Assessment of applications and workloads for cloud readiness
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    • Migrate your applications and infrastructure to Azure

  •  Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on Microsoft Azure: 
    Limited Time FREE OFFER: Test Drive Your Cloud VDI in One Week

    Test Drive Includes:
    • Configure One Site-to-Site VPN if necessary
    • Citrix Cloud Subscription Configuration
    • Deliver up to 10 Shared Virtual Desktops
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    • Office Pro Plus Integration

  • Extend Your Security for 2008 Windows and SQL Servers:
    Limited Time Offer FREE MIGRATION: Lift and Shift Your EOS Infrastructure
    • Free Migration of your End of Service infrastructure to Coretek’s Cloud Service Provider (CSP) instance.
    • Provide day-to-day support, patch and upgrade management.
    • Manage and monitor your consumption with Coretek’s Azure Management Suite (AMS) dashboards

  • Securing your Identity Workshop:
    Limited Time Offer: FREE Half-Day Securing Your Identity Workshop
    What to expect:
    • Discovery session to understand Identity and Security Landscape
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    • Recommended follow-up 1 week POC/Pilot 10K cost may be covered by Microsoft

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