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Technologies Review | March 23, 2018

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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

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

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

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

How VPS Hosting Can Save You Time and Money

July 24, 2013 |

Information technology is expensive, so the business manager needs to shop around for cost effective solutions. The popular personal solution, shared hosting, is not much of a solution for larger businesses, so the other two remaining options are a dedicated server or a virtual private server (VPS).

Although the business has a similar environment to that of a dedicated server, a VPS solution that shares the same physical server with other users has a reduced cost than a dedicated server. This makes VPS solutions great for a growing business with a limited IT budget that needs something better than shared hosting.

Cost Savings for IT Budgets

VPS have several cost savings that transfer to the business. Some of them are direct savings associated with server management and support, but other savings are indirect, such as cost savings in server upgrades and hardware costs.

VPS is not as cheap as shared hosting … Read More

5 Benefits Of Outsourcing Database Management To The Cloud

July 11, 2013 |

The benefits of managing data in the cloud go well beyond infrastructure.

Industry is becoming increasingly more comfortable with the adoption of cloud as an IT model, especially for IaaS, as it looks for the next set of innovations.

“Beyond flexibility and cost saving, the cloud now offers enterprise users the ability to convert large volumes of raw information into knowledge and actionable insight, easily and quickly,” said Dr. Prasad Saripalli, recently appointed chief technology officer at OneOcean and former chief architect for IBM’s SmartCloud Enterprise. “Mobile computing, big data and analytics are three promising areas in this regard for IT management, where unprecedented innovation becomes possible with the cloud.”

However, cost savings is still one of the primary benefits of outsourcing database management to the cloud. Along with cost, other benefits include ease of data migration, performance, better ROI, and no more maintenance. What makes them … Read More

Branding Through Web Design

April 1, 2013 |

By now most business owners have realized the importance of developing a website for their company. These websites help new clients find the company, allow the company to communicate directly with their consumer base and are a great form of advertising. Creating a successful website is not as simple as throwing some words on a Web page, however. A well-developed website will attract more readers, engage people and encourage more business. Whether you build a site yourself or contract a Web design professional, here are some of the most relevant emerging trends in website design for 2013 for business owners to keep in mind as they start working on their own website.

The Importance of Responsive Design

Responsive design really became popular in 2012, and it’s likely to continue growing into 2013. This design makes it easier for websites to be displayed well regardless of the device. This means that whether a potential customer is using a … Read More

Kicking the Wires: What Makes a Cloud Web Host Reliable?

March 13, 2013 |

By Jennifer Marsh

Jennifer Marsh is a software developer, programmer and technology writer and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

Gone are the days of searching backups and digging up old tape drives. With the cloud’s reliability, webmasters and IT managers can back up, restore and serve thousands of customers without any worry. On top of that, it can save the company thousands of dollars in revenue if implemented correctly.

Here are some options to consider when choosing a cloud web host.

Bandwidth Allowance

First ask: How much bandwidth does my business need? Is bandwidth only used by customers or will internal employees use also consume bandwidth? These are all important requirements to consider.

Bandwidth is measured in gigabytes in most host contracts. 500 gigabytes of bandwidth usage is standard. Cloud hosts will offer a standard monthly allowance, and then additional bandwidth comes at a premium price, so be sure to check your contract for the allotment.

Cost and Storage … Read More

Cloud Practices Initiating Change

March 12, 2013 |

It’s no revelation that the cloud has changed the way businesses operate. Odds are you’ve heard the term “cloud computing” thrown around in blog posts, advertisements and even TV shows. Yet, when you sit around your office selling your small staff on this new technological advancement, definitions start to get a little cloudy. As more companies deliver their services over the Internet, it makes sense for small businesses to ditch their traditional business processes for more Web-oriented services.

Navigating the world of cloud services

Cloud services fall into one of three categories: infrastructure as a service, platform as a service or software as a service. The big idea, and real draw of cloud services is access. In the cloud you’re not paying for ownership, but rather the ability to access and use powerful computing services on a subscription basis. Here just a few of the most common types of cloud services that are changing the way … Read More

How the Cloud Can Help Digital Artists

December 11, 2012 |

Image courtesy of Adam Glasgow

Cloud computing was once a tool used predominantly by businesses. It is now evolving into something that can be used by many interests including artists and graphic designers. Hardware and software follow a consistent growth model: As capabilities increase the costs decrease. We are at the point where individuals, entrepreneurs and creative types can make use of the cloud to save time and improve their own businesses.

We can look at the cloud overall as a tool to help manage information. But it also consists of the applications that are used, some of which are evolving to match the cloud’s capabilities. Again, following a similar hardware/software growth curve, applications were initially modified to work from within the cloud. The next generation of applications will be built native to the cloud technology.

A place to keep things

Keeping files on a DVD/CD or flash drive is convenient. But you have … Read More

Backup Software for Hedge Funds

December 6, 2012 |

All businesses in this technology driven world are subject to the potential disaster of data loss. Organizations that work with other people’s money, like hedge funds and banks, have to be particularly guarded against cyber attacks.

Remember how easy it was for Bane to rip off the Gotham stock exchange in The Dark Knight Rises? That scenario isn’t too far removed from real life, minus the psychopathic masked assassin. Due to the nature of the money that hedge funds manage (pensions, university endowments etc.), they must be particularly mindful of potential attacks and data loss; in the hedge fund game one mistake could mean the loss of millions of dollars. As a result, hedge funds have had to move toward many diffuse and layered forms of digital security. Backup software is always a good idea for people who hold sensitive information, and an essential safeguard for organizations that work in the digital transfer of money.

The Role of … Read More

Rackspace Cloud Tools: Marketplace For Small Business Owner

November 28, 2012 |

Recently, RackSpace announced and unveiled their CloudTools platform. The best way to think about it is as an app store for cloud data and resources. These apps range from data monitoring to analytics to platform management to application deployment and just about everything in between.

Some analysts view the platform as nothing more than a cloud aggregator — offering a bunch of on-demand cloud-based management solutions for developers and other IT professionals for a single, easy-to-use portal. While there is truth to that claim, it is much more than a simple aggregation platform. Just as with any type of application or solutions marketplace it can be hard to navigate the different solutions. With the CloudTools stable of solutions growing at a rapid pace, users need to be able to cut through the fat and find the right cloud solutions that fit their needs. Here are a few of the most widely used and talked-about cloud … Read More