Chi Connect is a newsletter designed for tech professionals who want quick updates on news that pertains to data networking, security, backup, storage, disaster recovery, and virtualization. That’s a lot of information to cover in a newsletter, so each edition will have a different focus and we encourage your comments and input. If you have a story, news or blog you’d like to share on Chi Connect, please contact our editor, Christine Thome, at cthome@chicorporation.com.

Below is the February 2021 edition – enjoy!

6 Must-Have Ransomware Protection Features (And One Nice-to-Have)

“Never pay the ransom” is easy to say if you’re not the one whose data is being held hostage.

You may think bolstering endpoint security is a good strategy since that’s where most ransomware attacks originate, but the reality is that 77 percent of organizations that have been infected with ransomware were running up-to-date endpoint protections.

Since it’s almost impossible to prevent every ransomware attack, what you need is a backup and disaster recovery solution that lets you bounce back from an attack, as unscathed as possible. We suggest you consider the following features when shopping for such a solution.

Edge Computing Solutions and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): A Perfect Pairing

On paper, the idea for VDI was simple and brilliant—virtualizing desktops would reduce hardware costs, break the three-year refresh cycle, simplify desktop management and ultimately save businesses lots of time and money.

Unfortunately, the backend infrastructure was bulky, complex and expensive. VDI software was typically accompanied by hefty licensing fees and lock-in to vendor hardware that pushed up adoption prices.

However, in the last few years, edge computing and hyperconvergence have disrupted the VDI market and opened deployment opportunities to more businesses.

Three Things to Keep in Mind Before Fully Upgrading to Wi-Fi 6

With everything from laptops and phones, to printers, meeting rooms and even the occasional vending machine being a connected device, a strong networking backbone is needed to ensure reliable performance.

Yet, these powerful devices all too often aren’t supported by an equally robust network, meaning businesses are not able to enjoy the full benefits of their tech investments.

In fact, 48 percent of employees say they waste three or more hours a day due to inefficient systems.

With this in mind, here are three things to consider before fully upgrading to Wi-Fi 6

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