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Technologies Review | January 18, 2017

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Posts By Josephbker

Predictions About The Cloud Came True [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 10, 2014 |

The cloud–as we are all well aware–is a massive, physical collection of interconnected information technology servers that are easily accessible by a user through a network, allowing for servers to essentially be outsourced.

We’ve all been hearing about the cloud since 2011, if not before. But do you have a grasp on how the prophecies experts were spouting in 2010 have come true? Check out these stats.

-80% of CIO’s have some form of infrastructure delivered through a cloud network.

-84% of CIO’s who have moved to the cloud have cut down on application costs

-21% is the average amount of annual savings for users who move applications to the cloud

-33% if IT budgets were estimated to be spent on cloud computing in 2013

The predictions of the IT industries best minds in 2011 have all come true in 2014. … Read More

Developing A Strategy For The Private Cloud

December 30, 2013 |

With all the hype surrounding cloud computing in the IT world, it can be hard to know the best way to go about taking advantage of the many benefits the private cloud has to offer. Many vendors are looking to capitalize on its popularity but are offering solutions that are cloud services in name only, making it even more difficult to understand what a private cloud really entails. In order to succeed, IT leaders must understand what the private cloud is, what it can provide and how it can help them meet specific business goals.

What is the Private Cloud?

This cloud option is a shared model for operating an IT infrastructure, characterized by self-service, broad network access, pooled resources, rapid elasticity and measured services. Like other forms of cloud computing, the private cloud is a new way of running an IT infrastructure that can help lower costs, improve efficiency and automate processes.

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Cloud Computing In 2014 & Beyond

December 17, 2013 |

With cloud computing being adopted by more and more industries as a way to store and access information, 2014 is being predicted as the year of the cloud. The consequences of this new innovation have the potential to change the gentle acceptance of cloud computing taking place now into a shockwave that will affect the IT landscape as well as business computing for years to come.

Personal Cloud Computing

Google — with its Chromebook, Android OS and Google Play store (where thousands of apps are free) — has already committed to personal cloud computing. All its hardware entries are cloud-centric and none use the typical hard drive configuration. Microsoft and Apple are also gearing up for the cloud revolution, with Windows 8 and Apple OS X (Mountain Lion) having woven the cloud into the next generation of desktop and laptop computers.

The only factor throttling back the cloud revolution is … Read More

What Questions To Ask When Moving To The Cloud

December 16, 2013 |

While many small businesses are rushing to the cloud to realize cost savings and improved infrastructure, some are doing so without thinking through the hard questions that should accompany a major change such as this. If you’re contemplating a move to the cloud, slow down and ask any potential cloud vendor how they handle security, customer service, and cost associated with the cloud.

Security

Particularly if you are considering moving to a public cloud, where your enterprise data co-locates with that of other businesses, you will need to ask any potential cloud provider several questions about their security. These include:

  • Who can access the data center and what internal access controls they use?
  • What sort of active threat monitoring do they perform?
  • What level of security does the organization need from a data center?
  • What type of encryption, if any, does the cloud provider use with the organization’s … Read More

The Benefits Of The Public Cloud In Enterprise

December 9, 2013 |

Organizations using the public cloud to store data include Netflix, which uses Amazon cloud services to stream media from data centers near the users. This helps users access streaming media during peak times with fewer delays in service. If you’ve been considering a move to the cloud, learn more about the benefits that public cloud hosting services can offer enterprises.

4 Great uses for the Public Cloud · One-time Major Projects:

When you’ve got a huge project that needs major server space, the public cloud can deliver cost-effective, scalable and flexible resources. The New York Times utilized the public cloud to convert all of its newspaper archives into PDF format. Using 100 cloud servers, the Times completed the job in just 24 hours. It clearly would not make sense for the Times (or another business) to purchase so much server space for such a short-time need or to purchase some capacity and draw the … Read More

Storage Fueling A Positive Customer Experience

December 4, 2013 |

People don’t like waiting. You hear that all the time, and usually the speaker says our modern culture is the impetus for our lack of patience. What those people fail to realize, however, is that the sentiment of some new technology or culture shift destroying society’s ability to wait is a common refrain throughout history. Every advance that reduces travel time—steamships, trains and planes—is met with skepticism. How fast do people really need to travel? Nobody needs to be able to travel across the Atlantic Ocean in less than two months.

Technological advances don’t make people impatient; the existing lack of patience is what drives innovation. University researchers didn’t want to have to mail papers to one another anymore, so they created ARPANet, the precursor to the Internet.

The trend continues. People continue to want faster access to data, and they want to be able to network with people across the world instantly. … Read More

Doing Your Own Installations

December 4, 2013 |

For small-business owners, maintaining a budget is a critical step in ensuring that the business is successful. Saving money whenever and wherever you can help keep finances in check and maybe even ahead of the game. One area where you can reduce spending is installation of various appliances in the office.

While having a professional install appliances is more convenient, it’s more costly, and you can often do this part yourself. Before hiring a professional, put your handyman skills to work when installing these items:

Handle Small Repairs

Changing a light bulb, updating a door handle, hanging new blinds – these are all simple tasks you can accomplish without hiring someone else to do them for you. As long as you know where the hardware store is, you can make small repairs like these around the office. Keep a tool kit filled with essentials – like a hammer, wrench, … Read More

The Marriage Of Marketing and IT

December 3, 2013 |

As technology opens up new means of solving IT and communication challenges, marketing opportunities simultaneously emerge. Forrester Research recently reported that 87 percent of online retailers plan on optimizing their mobile email communications with customers this year, while 70 percent intend to optimize their paid search campaigns for smartphones and tablets. So what else do companies stand to gain, and how could one implement these tactics into a professional setting?

Benefits of Increased Collaboration

The most obvious benefits of combining marketing and IT include improving target market accuracy and increasing marketing efficiency. Increasing one’s mobile presence can be an excellent way to attract a generation that’s attached to smartphones, especially when a company’s target audience is a young crowd. More exposure leads to more data collection, which results in more efficient marketing through data-driven content production. Putting two different departments in the same room is a breeding ground for innovation, with each … Read More

How Hard Is It To Manage A VPS?

November 5, 2013 |

If you’re considering adding a virtual private server (VPS) to your company’s IT infrastructure, its price is comparable to shared hosting and it provides many of the benefits of dedicated hosting, including the freedom to install any operating system and upgrade security. Although its ability to customize is advantageous for businesses, a VPS requires some management that’s standard with shared hosting. For companies without an IT staff, this management might be a challenge, and even with an IT team, opting for a managed hosting service can often be a wise decision.

What Skills do I need to Manage a VPS?

Anyone who knows how to manage an on-site server has the necessary skills to remotely handle a VPS. Generally, that means someone with a background in IT. All the typical server tasks must still be taken care of, from initial installations of the operating system and applications to … Read More

Hospitals Get An Easy Win With VDI

October 9, 2013 |

Hospital IT concerns are carefully balanced on a scale of cost savings and patient responsibility. Often, these are opposing needs. The best in medical tech isn’t the cheapest. It’s a sad reality that much of what’s best for patients isn’t what’s best for keeping hospital doors open. And so, doctors and administrators have to weigh priorities and make tough decisions to balance budgets.

But occasionally something comes along that’s both cost-effective and great for patients. In today’s tech environment, that’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This technology runs a desktop environment through any computer, tablet or smartphone with access to it.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is BYOD’s more responsible older sister. Instead of weighing hospital employee devices down with unnecessary apps and slow-moving programs, VDIs give employees a way to access information without having any native programs on their devices.

This alleviates employees’ concerns about privacy and … Read More

Your Database As A Service Provides A Quality Customer Experience

October 1, 2013 |

A Database as a Service platform gives your company access to enterprise data and external data immediately, so that it can be used most effectively. Immediate associations to customer, product and sales information can make your clients and customers return repeatedly for the context rich information they receive on your site such as ratings, reviews and even purchases. Cloud database hosting can give your company a distinct advantage by allowing you to place your focus on a quality customer experience that shows relevance to their preferences as well.

Database as a Service Provides Secure Information at the Right Price

Data is doubling in size every two years. There has also been a substantial increase in transactional data. Data-driven business decisions, business analytics and databases are more important than ever. Organizations that have implemented Database as a Service (DBaaS) have seen operating costs cut in half and a tenfold increase in … Read More

Advantages In The Public Cloud For Businesses

September 5, 2013 |

It’s undeniable that cloud computing is becoming the IT way of the future for various industries. The easy accessibility of data makes a cloud strategy advantageous to many companies, and since cloud services are kept up-to-date by the provider, switching from location-based operations to cloud-based applications gives businesses the benefit of always working from the newest software.

Cloud technology has its share of growing pains, though, and when these pains occur, they generally pass from the host to the customers relying on the cloud services. For many small business owners, concerns about cloud hosting don’t supersede the benefits of doing business in the cloud. For every concern, there’s an advantage that makes it worth relying on cloud services. Here we’ll address some of the main concerns surrounding public cloud strategies and clarify the advantages they provide.

Concern 1: The Public Cloud Limits My Control Over My Business.

When business … Read More

Technology For Truckers: Keeping Drivers Safe (and Less Bored) On The Road

July 30, 2013 |

Truck drivers spend a lot of time away from home. It’s not uncommon for new drivers to be away from home up to a month at a time; with no friends and family around, it can be a pretty lonely existence. But technology is making those long-haul journeys a little more tolerable … and safer.

From smartphone apps to online safety courses, there are plenty of technological resources available that can help truckers on the open road.

No-hassle Truck-weighing

Truck drivers don’t like to waste time on the road, but when they stop at busy weigh stations and have to wait for a paper ticket showing their truck’s weight, they can lose an hour out of their day. Now, CAT Scales – which has 1,450 weigh stations nationwide – makes it easy for drivers to get in and out of weigh stations quickly.

With … Read More