Clay Ostlund

Clay Ostlund is the Consulting Systems Engineer Lead at Marco, a technology services company founded in 1973. Clay received his Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from North Dakota State University in 2006. Before joining Marco in 2009 as a Senior Systems Engineer, Clay worked as a Senior Systems Engineer at Corporate Technologies LLC for three years. Clay specializes in Cisco Unified Communications, Cisco Borderless Networks, Cisco/IBM DataCenter, Enterprise Storage and VMware vSphere. He is a certified Cisco Network Professional, Cisco Voice Professional and VMware Professional.
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WiFi vs Ethernet & Wired vs Wireless Networks: What You Should Know for Business

With mobility and flexibility becoming increasingly important to your business and its employees, have you taken time to consider what sort of network best suits your needs? Should you continue to...

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Topics: Networking, Wireless, Mobility, flexibility

Managed IT Statistics Today's Businesses Will Want to See

Some businesses realize the value of Managed IT through personal accounts and customer case studies, and others realize it when they learn about the customer care, support and features that come...

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Topics: Business IT

3 Things to Know about the IT software lifecycle

People like to hang onto old software. They are comfortable with their software, they know how it works, they know the shortcuts and they don’t really want to change simply because “it’s new.”


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Topics: Business IT, Managed IT Services

Protecting Businesses in the Cyber Era with IT Security

Did you know roughly 80 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses? You may think that large businesses are the most popular target because they have the most to lose, but it has been found...

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Topics: Cloud, Security

How do I Know if I need Managed IT?

The majority of my customers have a lot of the same questions about Managed IT. They struggle with a lot of the same IT-related issues too. This isn't to say all businesses or customers are the...

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Topics: Managed IT Services

4 Ways Business IT Services are Changing in 2017

IT Services as we know them are constantly advancing and evolving. Below I've included a few ways you're likely to see Business IT Services changing in 2017.

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Topics: Business IT

A Guide to the IT Lifecycle: What it is & What You Need to Know

Everything has a useable lifespan, even computers and network hardware ... let me rephrase that, especially computers and network hardware. In terms of business technology, knowing when something...

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Topics: Business IT

What You Should Know about the IT lifecycle

Computers and network hardware wear out. It’s a fact. Trouble is, it’s difficult to know when they've reached the end of their useful life. 

Human nature tends to embrace the adage “if it...

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Topics: Business IT, Security

The Truth About Meetings and Cisco Spark as a Solution

How effective was your last business meeting? No, it’s not a rhetorical question – think back to your last meeting, whether it was in-person, via conference call or over telepresence. How would...

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Topics: Cisco, Enterprise