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  • There has been a big buzz around cloud computing for a few years now, although the technology has been around for a while it is not until recently where it has advanced into a much useful tool. You may not even know that you are using a cloud computing service, if you use Google Mail for example, then you are in fact using a cloud service as your emails are handled by an external source. In certain circumstances, cloud computing can be the best thing for your businesses as it has the capacity to allow your business to grow. In addition to this, cloud computing may not be the right type of service for your company, this article shall point out the benefits of each of the main cloud computing services so that you can assess whether they are right for you – although you can contact IT specialists such as these that can outline the cloud computing services to you. The use of managed servers There are many circumstances where having a managed server will benefit your business, if your business agrees with the following points then investing in such a service can be beneficial to growing your company. It is not uncommon now for you to have offices in several different locations, and this is where managed services can help your offices to all work as if it was one big hub. This is also extremely helpful if you’re going to be constantly on the go as you can therefore access all of your applications and files when you are outside of your office. These external servers can be hosted outside of the office too in IT centres which means that you can save on space and have undisrupted maintenance. However, if you have a big office with...
  • When considering VoIP in business, it is important to make sure that cloud based services integrate well with each other and are ready to operate smoothly. As businesses continue to integrate Cloud to their business VoIP, users have found that key enterprise software are easily working together to streamline the office space. Business VoIP is helping companies to achieve maximum potential. With business VoIP, cloud integration is simple and businesses will find they can continue succeed and expand with all of the right tools and components. Below are a few key points to consider when integrating Cloud with business VoIP. Helps with Two Crucial Types of Integration When it comes to integration, there are two types that enterprises are looking for: unified communications and collaboration. Users want to be able to have features that they need in one place with collaboration options to help support the needs of the company. Such services include: Phone service Fax Chat Meetings Call centers Contact centers Unified communications and collaboration should work together seamlessly with the other services the company uses so that the day to day dealings can be completed smoothly. Brings CRM and Call-Center Integration to Midsized Enterprises With business VoIP, midsized enterprises can have CRM and Call-center integration all in one place. With unified communications and collaborations each option is under one area so that each employee can use any device to access the network. Productivity is increased without harming the IT of the company and every aspect is handled in one place from phones to customer service and even meetings. With easy integration, the cloud services can work together with other options such as NetSuite to provide maximum value for employees. With an integrated system, employees can have the power of specialized features to help with the monitoring and management...
  • November 8, 2013

    Hybrid Cloud the Trend of the Future

    Over the last few years, we have seen cloud computing becoming an everyday concept and an important asset of most business and IT discussions. Even though the cloud generally has many possible interpretations and applications, most IT experts seem to agree that hybrid cloud is one of its most viable incarnations and a model that is to become a norm in a growing number of companies. Possibilities with hybrid cloud Hybrid cloud models are forms of customized deployments of both private and public cloud servers. Therefore, they are frequently seen as the easiest ones to implement and manage. With hybrid cloud, companies have a greater freedom to distribute their IT applications across multiple servers and are in charge of their data security. Public cloud has never been an option for every company but it does offer lots of perks for those who learn how to make use of this cost-efficient platforms. The best practices related to implementing public cloud solutions in business processes are definitely related to hybrid cloud because it is a mediate solution between traditional infrastructures and public cloud innovation. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the hybrid cloud is seen as the fastest growing cloud market and that cloud experts increasingly regard it as a future of the IT. 60% of companies see the future in hybrid cloud One of the latest studies into current cloud practices reported that the greatest number of companies in the US and the UK see their future in hybrid cloud. The Rackspace study conducted by Vanson Bourne carried out 400 interviews with IT decision-makers in these two countries and found out that 60% of them have either moved or are thinking of moving their mission-critical applications to public cloud. Interestingly, 19% of respondents said they’d move their IT infrastructure...
  • Microsoft is relying even more on the opportunities provided by the cloud technology. Microsoft is said to be working on come up with a cloud operating system that is specially meant for government purposes. From what we know the name of the Operating System will be Fairfax. Government agencies already use two of Microsoft’s basic cloud products Windows Azure and Windows Server. A Microsoft government cloud OS would be, in some ways, similar to the Office 365 for Government offering which Microsoft rolled out a year ago. Office 365 for Government is a multi-tenant service that stores US government data in a segregated community cloud. This Cloud OS for government would not run in Microsoft’s datacenters, instead, it would be a customized variant of Windows Server, with physical servers residing on site at government locations. A cloud operating system designed for governments agencies would not only give Microsoft a serious advantage over the competition but will also contributed to the increase of company’s authority in its field. Google tried something like this years ago with Google Apps for Government. Google did have quite a few entities move over to the cloud system Boston replaced Microsoft Exchange with Gmail and the Governor’s Office of Colorado now uses Google apps for government. At Berkeley Labs, which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, the labs have migrated more than 4,000 users to Gmail and expect to see $1.5 million to $2 million in savings over five years, Google officials said. The National Archives and Records Administration has become the latest federal agency to move to cloud-based email and applications. Companies like Unisys have become full fledge consultants migrating government agencies from existing environments to Google apps. The National Archives and Records Administration has become the latest federal agency to move to...
  • February 28, 2013

    How to Determine Your Cloud Usage

    Cloud adoption rate is at all time high right now. Irrespective of sizes and industry, enterprises are embracing cloud based technology for leveraging business by adding dimensions of flexibility, portability and agility to it at reduced cost of IT. Cloud now offers commercial solutions for data storage, developments and testing without additional costs of hardware and infrastructural modernization. It has liberated organizations from expensive licensed software, hosted in internal servers. With as a service solutions hardware and infrastructural expenses are born by the service provider, who is also responsible for upgrading the levels of available services in a timely manner for the benefits of users. Cloud is also flexible, which means that the capacity can be increased or decreased as required. So, adding new users is relatively easy for hosted services. Further, cloud services are accessible from any part of the world – a desirable advantage for modern global organizations. Nonetheless, it can also prove expensive if its usage isn’t monitored the right way. Your cloud performance will be measured on two parameters: Return on Investment (ROI): It is based on up-front calculation of business needs, organizational maturity, data control requirements, regulatory considerations and measurements of benefits against costs associated. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): It measures the direct and indirect costs associated with cloud adoption. It helps determining your cloud performance. The costs of cloud adoption can increase by leaps and bounds if not monitored the right way. The complexities of services offered and multi-vendor situation often make it difficult to measure cloud usage of an organization. Moreover, many organizations aren’t sure of how to optimize their cloud capacity. If you are planning to adopt visualization in your organization you’d need a clear cloud strategy. Your success will depend upon successful determination of your current requirements and successful prediction...
  • July 17, 2012

    Cloud Based E-mail Hosting Concerns

    A recent report by Gartner listed The Cloud saying you cant trust the cloud providers to protect your data. Those that know me are aware that I don’t trust cloud providers with all my data. I have expressed questions such as; What happens when the company goes under like megaupload? What happens when you dump the cloud provider? Do they erase your stored data or does it still exist some place? The part that keeps me up at night is who has access tot he data center? Who has root access to the servers where my data is stored? Can they be trusted? What kind of background checks are done on there employees? Security remains a top concern for companies looking to deploy a cloud strategy.  There is an interesting word cloud strategy well as most of you know companies like Microsoft and HP want to get away from internal storage. Companies like HP are pushing for cloud bases systems management to allow ease of out of band management. Microsoft wants to stop housing e-mail servers internally and allow Microsoft to host your e-mail at a discount rate.  This is a great way for Microsoft to cut there support cost and for you to save licensing.  Now most people look at 2 thinks money and down time.  What if we loose our network connection well we can risk it because of the money we are saving on not having an e-mail server.  But they never factor in the risk factor of someone reading there e-mail. What if someone should read your e-mail to the patine office? What if they read your trade secrete e-mails? Remember if your e-mail is hosted outside your company even internal e-mails can be read by the root password owner or the administrator. What about security breaches how...