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  • Azure’s Hybrid Use Benefit Offers Deep Discount on Windows VMs

    If you run Windows Server VMs in Azure, then you know that the cost of the licensing alone accounts for as much 40 percent of the total bill. However, with the introduction of Azure’s Hybrid Use Benefit (HUB), eligible Microsoft customers with Software Assurance (SA) can extend their on-premise licenses to the cloud, often reducing the cost […]

  • Do I buy Azure Direct or through a partner?

    Applied Innovations has always been on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to the Internet, Cloud Computing and Microsoft technologies, so it’s no wonder that Applied Innovations was among the earliest managed services provider to deliver services on top of Microsoft Azure.  Over the past few years, we’ve seen a growing interest in […]

  • Should You Migrate Your Data to Azure or AWS?

    Businesses are moving to cloud services in large numbers. The move promises flexibility, reliability, and economy. It saves having to maintain and upgrade an on-premises server, and it allows unlimited growth without having to acquire new hardware. Cloud data storage is especially attractive, since it’s scalable, accessible from anywhere, and protected against data loss. The […]

  • Which is better: WooCommerce or Magento?

    With the growing popularity of e-commerce for business, many online shopping platforms have risen to meet the needs of growing companies. Two e-commerce platforms, in particular, have managed to stand apart as forces to be reckoned with in the world of online shopping. These e-commerce platforms are WooCommerce and Magento. If you are looking to […]

  • Creating an Highly Available, Reliable and Safe Cloud Environment on Azure

    There have been concerns surrounding cloud computing and services for quite some time. All the while more organizations have been employing the use of the cloud environment and its technologies. One survey reported these statistical indicators: The primary cloud computing concern, lack of expertise and resources, fell to 25% down 7 percent from 2016. Only […]

  • 5 Steps to Make Your Website Accessible and Avoid a WCAG Lawsuit

    More than 100 businesses—including Home Depot, Footlocker, Brooks Brothers and Sears—have been successfully sued in federal court and forced to pay expensive settlements because their websites were not accessible to people with disabilities.  According to Accessibility Works: “Website accessibility lawsuits and threatened claims have become big business…More law firms are filing lawsuits or sending demand […]

  • Google Services You Can Take Advantage of as a Nonprofit

    If you’re involved in running a non-profit in some fashion, you should know that Google Cloud and Google Cloud Platform has some resources that could give you serious aid. Here’s an outline of these resources including how they can help, as well as how and why you might want to use them. Google for Nonprofits […]

  • Applied Innovations does Windows and a whole lot more.

    Most of our clients know us because of our close relationship with Microsoft and the fact that we’ve been a recognized leader for hosting Microsoft technologies in the Cloud for the past 18 years, but few people know that we do a whole lot more than just Windows. Over the past few years we’ve built […]

  • How to Protect Your Company from the Rogue IT Ex-Employee

    It’s become fairly common to hear horror stories of the ex-employee who decided to “take the company down in flames” as they exited. Be it extortion, like what happened in Indiana in January,  or the ex-employee who maintains a backdoor account and proceeds to hack your data. It is important in this day and age […]

  • Which Azure Region is the Best?

    Which Azure Region is the Best?

    When looking at hosting on Azure, the first question you’ll undoubtedly have is which region is the best? The fact of the matter is there are some 26 different regions you can host in Azure and not all regions are equal.  Here’s a quick 5 step approach to help you decide which Azure Region is […]

  • 5 Aspects of Implementing a HIPAA Compliant Cloud You Need to Know

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been in use for 20 years now. It enforces a standard that helps protect medical records and other personal health information. Basically, it ensures healthcare organizations implement specific security measures when it comes to electronic data. That’s why working with a HIPAA compliant cloud – that respects the law’s […]

  • Cloud Backup: Why It Works and Why You Should Use It

    Cloud backup is rapidly becoming the go-to method of backing up data. It is significantly more efficient than other options. Disaster recovery methods have improved over the past few years. But they are not yet at a level where you can say you no longer need a backup solution. We wanted to showcase exactly why […]