Join RKON and Citrix for “From Wow to How” and discover how to enable flexible workstyles—without compromising management, security, or control on Tuesday, June 14 at River East 21 in Chicago or AMC Yorktown in Lombard. Afterwards, enjoy a private movie screening of Superman “Man of Steel.”
This double-feature event will show you how you can:
- Give users device and app choice without impacting compliance requirements
- Deliver internal and third-party mobile apps directly to users’ devices
- Provide self-service, single-click access to mobile, web, SaaS or Windows apps
- Increase user productivity with secure email, web browsing and data sharing apps
- Selectively wipe corporate apps and data to maintain iron-clad security
Afterwards, enjoy a private movie screening of Superman “Man of Steel” compliments of Citrix. Hurry! Seating is limited.
Friday, June 14, 2013
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT
AMC Yorktown 17 with IMAX
80 Yorktown Shopping Ctr
Lombard IL 60148
River East 21
322 E Illinois Street
Chicago IL 60611
Get the latest events, news, and whitepapers in RKON IT Newsletter: May 2013.
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Virtualization + Cloud = Perfect Storm for Disaster Recovery Services Whitepaper - read more
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Thursday 6/20 – CampIT Enterprise Security / Risk Conference
Thursday 6/13 – Illinois Legal Technology LegalSEC Summit
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RKON CTO Marc Malizia’s article “Virtualization + Cloud Equals Perfect Storm For Disaster Recovery Services” appeared on CloudTweaks, a leading cloud community for cloud news, analysis, infographics and more. Click here to read the full article.
Not very long ago disaster recovery was a luxury afforded by only the very large companies due to the prohibitive cost and effort required. Frequently even these large companies were unable to justify the investment and went without a disaster recovery plan. Today, virtualization and cloud enables companies of all sizes to implement a scalable, highly efficient disaster recovery plan without a huge investment.
Costly and Resource-Intensive Disaster Recovery of Yesterday
At one time, investment in disaster recovery came in one of two forms: build a replica or subset of the production-computing environment at a secondary site or contract with a disaster recovery provider. These disaster recovery providers maintained data centers equipped with compatible computing platforms upon which a company could restore their environments when a disaster was declared. The latter was often the more feasible solution since the service provider was able to leverage their hardware investment over a pool of customers thereby lowering their per unit cost and passing some of the savings along to their customers. Though, I have heard many companies complain over their $50,000-$400,000 monthly costs to maintain their contract for a secondary site disaster recovery location. These exorbitant fees did not even cover the customer’s annual testing costs to simulate a disaster and test their recovery process that often included IT staff members rolling through airports with cases of backup tapes…
Click here to read the full whitepaper.
Threatpost.com reported that an organization on average experiences a malware-related event every three minutes, often involving business-related spear phishing and targeting technology companies. Those findings were included in a new report on advanced persistent threats released by researchers at the FireEye Malware Intelligence Lab and drawn from 89 million events the company’s appliances gathered worldwide during the second half of 2012. Click here to read the full article.
RKON provides a full suite of threat management and security assessment solutions. Learn more about how to protect your organization by having a vulnerability assessment conducted by one of our security engineers.
Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd., the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced a new Threat Emulation Software Blade that prevents infections from undiscovered exploits, zero-day and targeted attacks. This innovative solution quickly inspects suspicious files, emulates how they run to discover malicious behavior and completely prevents malware from entering the network.
Check Point Threat Emulation prevents threats by vetting downloaded files and common email attachments such as Adobe PDFs and Microsoft Office files. Suspicious files are opened inside the Threat Emulation sandbox and are simultaneously monitored for unusual system behavior, including abnormal system registry changes, network connections or system processes – providing real-time assessment of the file’s behavior. If files are found to be malicious they are blocked inline at the gateway.
Check Point Threat Emulation provides customers with flexible deployment options within either dedicated appliances or through cloud-based service. Emulation and reporting can be managed using Check Point’s management console from any gateway, with local device management available for dedicated appliances.
Click here to read more.
Chicago-based RKON Ranked 98th on MSPmentor’s North America 200 and 128th on their Global 501 Report of The World’s Top Managed Service Providers (MSPs)
Chicago, IL, February 28, 2013 — RKON, Inc., leading cloud and MSP provider, landed on the sixth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition and the MSPmentor 200, North America Edition, distinguished report identifying the top managed service providers (MSPs).
“We thank our strategic partners Check Point, Citrix, F5, and Riverbed for the technology that enables us to deliver best-in-class managed and cloud solutions to enterprises worldwide.” Jeff Mullarkey, RKON CEO stated. “We also thank Nine Lives Media for recognizing RKON as one of the top MSPs—giving us external validation of the high-quality work our team is doing as we continue on a path of IT excellence for our clients.”
MSPs on this year’s global 501 list lifted their combined annual recurring revenues 24.5 percent to $2.54 billion. Together, those MSPs now manage more than 5.6 million PCs and servers, and nearly 400,000 smartphones and tablets, according to Joe Panettieri, editorial director, Nine Lives Media.
“MSPmentor congratulates RKON on this honor,” said Amy Katz, president of Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media. “Qualifying for our MSPmentor 501 Global Edition puts RKON in rare company.”
The MSPmentor 501 report is based on data from MSPmentor’s global online survey conducted October-December 2012. The MSPmentor 501 report recognizes top managed service providers based on a range of metrics, including annual managed services revenue growth, revenue per employee, managed services offered and customer devices managed.
ABOUT RKON, INC.
RKON is a leader in managed cloud solutions that empower enterprises with complete access, control, security, and scalability. Clients turn to RKON to deliver best-in-class technology-enabled solutions to solve their toughest challenges from Hosted Virtual Desktops, Disaster Recovery, Managed Security, to Managed Virtualization. Our passion around early adoption, innovation and high quality design and implementation has been the cornerstone of our culture since our founding in 1998.
ABOUT NINE LIVES MEDIA
Nine Lives Media, a division of Penton Media defines emerging IT media markets and disrupts established IT media markets. The company’s IT channel-centric online communities include MSPmentor, The VAR Guy, and Talkin’ Cloud.
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Did you know that misconfigurations in your Riverbed Steelhead environment could impact the effectiveness and speed of your WAN Optimization?
RKON can provide a complete health assessment of your Riverbed Steelhead environment. We will check your configuration to determine if your WAN connections are properly configured, following industry best practices, and taking advantage of the newest Riverbed Steelhead code releases. Your current operating firmware will be checked against what is offered in the newest stable build to see if you are missing out on new features and improvements.
Click here to ensure optimal performance from your WAN.
Krebs on Security recently reported that a variety of the latest firewall, spam filter and VPN appliances sold by Barracuda Networks Inc. contain undocumented backdoor accounts. While the backdoor accounts are apparently set up so that they would only be accessible from Internet addresses assigned to Barracuda, they are in fact accessible to potentially hundreds of other companies and network owners. Click here to read the full article.
If you are looking for network solutions for your company, contact RKON. We provide network, security, and virtualization solutions, support, and managed services.
On Thursday, March 14, RKON is one of the sponsors of the Cameron Rocks On Benefit—a night of fun and heart-felt giving to help kids with developmental disabilities and to support Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Patient Emergency Fund and the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. Click here for more information about the event.
RKON is dedicated to giving back to the communities where we live and work. Click here to learn more about our community involvement and giving.
Check Point Experience (CPX)—the annual conference to discuss the latest technologies and solutions surrounding the hottest topics in Internet security—takes place April 24-26 at Gaylord National Harbor in Washington, DC. Click here for more information and to register.
Because RKON is a platinum Check Point partner, integrator, and managed services provider, we can extend you discount on your CPX registration fee. Contact RKON to learn more.