Cloud Technology Services

Top 5 Infrastructure Trends for 2019

We’ve bid 2018 farewell and welcomed 2019 with open arms. So what's next? What’s going to happen in 2019 from an infrastructure perspective? The answer for 2019 is similar to that of recent years. Cloud and security are still the top priorities. Let’s take a quick look at what may impact your infrastructure focus. 1. Exchange Migration Migrations from Exchange on-premises to Exchange online and upgrades from older versions of Exchange to the latest version are both projects going strong in 2019. We continue to support our clients who are going through these Exchange migration and upgrade processes and predict that Exchange migrations, upgrades, and support will continue to be a trend with our clients. 2. Multi-Factor Authentication To add [...]

Migrating to Azure with Confidence

You’ve already envisioned the benefits: you know migrating to a cloud-based hosting platform can boost the performance of your organization’s computing infrastructure. You can see how it’ll improve efficiency, save time, and reduce costs. And you’re prepared to join the hundreds of thousands of other businesses, large and small, that have already chosen Microsoft Azure for its service quality, security, reliability and global reach. But there’s no getting around it: migrating to the cloud entails significant organizational change. To make the best possible use of the Azure platform, you need to understand its unique attributes and keep them front-of-mind throughout the migration process, and beyond. Fortunately, Microsoft offers an extensive set of tools and services that can help ease and [...]

Red Letter IT Newsletter – November 2018

MEET THE TEAM:  Helpdesk Manager, Hayley Sargent  Hayley Sargent leads Red Level's Helpdesk team as they wrangle technical issues and support the IT needs Detroit area business. TECH NEWS:  What is Cloud Computing? If you aren't taking advantage of cloud computing, or don't know how best to implement it, we've written this guide to help you. THANKSGIVING:  Happy Thanksgiving from Red Level A few members of our team of IT pros at Red Level sit down to share their favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner plus some of the reasons they are feeling thankful this year. DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION:  What Digital Transformation Means for Your Business Mike Balatzis, Red Level's Microsoft Manager, talks Digital Transformation and what it really means for business owners [...]

VMWARE VSPHERE 5.5 REACHES END OF LIFE – AND IT’S TIME TO MOVE

VMware’s vSphere 5.5 has served countless businesses, and many Red Level clients, exceedingly well. As a cloud computing virtualization platform, vSphere 5.5 placed features and functions that were undreamed of previously, and made managing complex hybrid cloud environments incredibly easy and effective. Our clients reported outstanding stability and security, and they came to count on vSphere 5.5 to a remarkable degree – and many have been more than a little reluctant to let it go. […]

Red Level’s Kyle Hildebrand is Unstoppable!

Our very own Kyle Hildebrand was recently promoted to Network Administrator from his previous role as a Senior Helpdesk Specialist to meet our clients growing needs.  He's unstoppable as he also won the Red Level 2017 Professionalism Award where he demonstrates enthusiasm, openness, diversity, teamwork, accountability, and a sense of purpose for the company. Kyle received high praise for his Office 365 migration project including OneDrive and Skype for Business training with a prominent automotive and aerospace organization. Some of his expertise includes: Support relating to complex technical issues involving Microsoft’s core business applications, especially Office 365 and directory synchronization Support for backup systems/disaster recovery solutions Support of peripheral devices/technology such as printers, copiers, scan-to-email/folder Mobile device support for various platforms [...]

Checklist For Evaluating Managed Services Providers

Think of the last business partner you selected for your company. Was it your accountant, attorney or financial advisor? Evaluating your IT consulting firm and even more specifically, your managed service provider is one of more important business decisions you'll make. The right managed service partner helps tobuild reliability and performance into your company’s IT environment – and takes problems and support costs out. A study by SpiceWorks done in November 2017, shows the budget breakdown by company size which states smaller companies are more likely to shell out more for managed hosting, while larger companies are more likely to invest in managed cloud infrastructure in 2018.  Here is the Managed Services budget portion breakdown for 2018: Managed hosting (12%), managed storage/backup [...]

Eight is Great!

Red Level named as one of "Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" for eighth consecutive year Not to be arrogant, but we kinda thought this might be coming. For the eighth year in a row, Red Level's been named to the National Association of Business Resources' Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list. That makes us very happy, just as it has for each of the last seven years - even if we aren't completely surprised. In all honesty, any well-run business should have at least some idea as to how well it's performing according to a variety of metrics beyond dollars and cents. To our way of thinking, one of these has to [...]

For the 6th Time, Red Level Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Posting Three-Year Sales Growth of 50%

Novi, Michigan-August 18, 2017 – Inc. magazine today ranked Red Level at NO. 4648 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. “We are certainly tremendously pleased to find ourselves included in the Inc. 5000 again,” says Dave King, Red Level CEO. “Recognition such as this is certainly a badge of honor, coming as it does from a publication that’s [...]

Smoothing the (Sometimes) Bumpy Path to the Cloud

For all of its entrepreneurial spirit and historical legacy of innovation, Southeast Michigan isn't Silicon Valley. This region built its business foundation on hardware, in the truest sense of the word - big factories, big machines, big cars - and lots of it. Given our mindset, a transition from a self-run, in-house IT infrastructure to the new and seemingly nebulous Cloud environment doesn't seem like the most natural move for many. Nonetheless, that's what Michigan businesses are doing - and they're doing it in droves. For many if not most companies, the Cloud question has become a matter of 'when,' not 'if.' Businesses are looking past their crowded, cable-filled server rooms and envisioning a future of fast, secure, accessible-anywhere applications, [...]

RED LEVEL AWARDED CORP! MAGAZINE “MICHIGAN’S ECONOMIC BRIGHT SPOTS” HONOR FOR SECOND SUCCESSIVE YEAR

The Warren-based business magazine Corp! has selected Red Level as one of its “Michigan Economic Bright Spots” for the second year in a row. The award is given to acknowledge businesses whose growth, profitability, and increasing employee levels distinguish them in their fields and as contributors to their communities. Corp! honors a wide range of companies in virtually all industries with “Economic Bright Spot” honors, with sizes ranging from small family firms to Fortune 500 enterprises. Corp!’s panel of independent judges reviews hundreds of area businesses’ nominations to identify a select number of standout companies. The award is a distinction shared by a only a small number of Michigan technology firms. Red Level CEO David King is especially pleased to [...]