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UTG Claims a Spot among the World’s Top 200 Managed Service Providers

  
  
  
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We are honored that UTG has been officially ranked as one of the 200 best Managed Service Providers (MSP) in the world by MSPMentor.

Produced by Nine Lives Media, MSPMentor is the ultimate guide to managed services and the leading global destination for managed service providers.

UTG has also been featured on the Inc. 5000 list for three consecutive years as one of America’s fastest growing companies. Inc. Magazine has published the list since 1982 as a, "distinguished editorial award, a celebration of innovation."

R.I.P. Windows XP and Office 2003

  
  
  
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Today is the day that we say goodbye to Windows XP and Office 2003! After 12 years of support, Microsoft will no longer be offering automatic updates, security patches or technical support for Windows XP.

Since the end of mainstream support for Office 2003 in 2009, Microsoft has offered extended support for companies that have been hesitant to upgrade, which also comes to an end today.  This marks the end of the end for Windows XP and Office 2003, both of which are surprisingly still used by many companies.

Why IT Needs to Better Understand the Pervasiveness of the Cloud

  
  
  
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If you've read UTG's blog before, you know that the Cloud is kind of a big deal. And the truth is that most IT departments, most CIOs, and most technicians know it, too. But just how big of a deal is the Cloud? How many people are using it, for what, and on what scale? Even if you're in-the-know and on the front lines, the answers to these questions might surprise you.

Why Businesses Are Choosing Managed Services

  
  
  
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Business owners are always looking for more efficient ways to conduct their everyday business activities. Whether it’s through the use of cloud computing and storage solutions, the BYOD trend, or by hiring remote employees; leveraging these solutions are making everyday operations easier to tackle.

Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Solution

  
  
  
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As IT pros, you fully embrace the public cloud in your business, but management has been making noises about security concerns — they may not realize that the public cloud is probably better at security than the server farm shoved in the smallest possible room.

What Smaller Cloud Providers Can Offer That Large Corporations Can’t

  
  
  
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As Cloud computing becomes more and more prevalent in the IT industry, the lineup of providers is getting a little crowded. Many big monster companies (Amazon, Rackspace, etc.) are now offering Cloud storage solutions on a huge scale. However, while pairing with one of these big names might sound like a good idea, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

UTG's Top Trends to Watch in 2014

  
  
  
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IT is one of the most challenging and dynamic professional realms in the world because it is constantly changing and developing. IT professionals need to have a huge range of knowledge about computers and devices, but they also have to be able to learn quickly and adapt to the IT industry’s ever-changing trends and nuances.

Why Cloud Computing Can Be More Secure Than You Think

  
  
  
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Cloud computing gets a bad rep. The misconception is that you’re handing over your data blindly to a third party with a password-protected access point, and you’re supposed to trust that it will be safe. For example, many companies think that they would move from storing everything onsite at their Atlanta office to being corralled in some Area 51 data farm in the middle of nowhere — or worse, overseas somewhere. But that’s just not the case.

How to Know When You’ve Outgrown Your IT Provider

  
  
  
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Growing pains hurt. It’s true as we’re growing up, and it’s true as our businesses are growing, too. Growing pains are, of course, a good thing, as they signify growth. But that doesn’t always ease the pain. If your business is growing, you might experience some pains. Maybe they take the form of relocation or mass amounts of hiring. But sometimes our growing pains take the form of the partnerships we have formed. Sometimes those partnerships just don’t match any longer with our business goals and objectives. Like our favorite pair of sneakers when we were kids, we’ve outgrown them.

UTG's Top Tips for a Better 2014

  
  
  
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This year has, like all years before it, had its ups and downs. But your business is still kicking, and that’s an amazing success in and of itself. Whether you’re nearby in Atlanta or Augusta or halfway around the world, and no matter your situation, today marks the end of a year that has been full of opportunities — taken or left alone — and firsts. As we enter 2014, we’d like to offer some IT resolutions for your new year that we think will help make it your best year yet.

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