The Cloud: A Place For Your Stuff Comedian George Carlin was not far off the mark when he dismissed the modern home as “a place for your stuff”. A place to keep your stuff, your personal files and data, is an important part of day to day personal computing. For those of us who do not work with IT professionals on a daily basis, our first introduction to Cloud Computing is often taking advantage of free or cheap on-line storage of our data, our “stuff”. Cloud storage presents a number of advantages as well as a few pitfalls for the
Microsoft Steps Up to the Ring with Windows Azure in Direct Competition with Amazon Web Service The land of Infrastructure -as-a-service (IaaS) shook a little bit more this week as another titan rose in competition for the enterprise’s bustling pot of gold. Microsoft has finally delivered their promised revamp on the Windows Azure services which also serves as a direct reply to the already in-motion Amazon Web Service (AWS). AWS, with its long head start dominates the IaaS market with an estimated $1.8 billion in revenues for cloud services alone in 2012. It is projected to skyrocket to $20 billion by 2020
What Would Be On A Superhero’s Cloud? Summertime is approaching, which may be more prevalent to me than others since I live in Atlanta and it has already reached 80 degrees in mid April. So as I wiped the sweat from my face using my shirt because I don’t have any dignity or a towel nearby, I am left thinking about when I am going to find the time between nothing and nothing to get up and fix the air conditioning and summer superhero movies. Fortunately for me, I have a case of beer and I am a proud American, so
Cloud Infographic: The Future Of Open Source There has been much discussion in Open Source Cloud and a growing need to best learn how to utilize the opportunities and technologies available. Included is an Infographic courtesy of BlackDuck Software which sheds a little more light into this growing field. Infographic Source: BlackDuck Software
CIA Demolish Cloud Security Concerns: All Systems Go It’s been one of the last mountains to climb for cloud computing. With the technology’s steady implementation over the last few years, as it has exponentially grown in size and popularity, it seems that one by one each drawback or wide commercial concern has been unceremoniously knocked down. As a result, more and more companies have headed cloudwards. Despite this though, many cloud skeptics still pace the floor and stroke their chins raising worries and issues chiefly regarding security; after all, storing your entire company in something that is not defined by a physical
Dropbox Will Soon Offer SSO for Business Users Cloud computing is all about collaboration and backup, and what better application to use for file sharing and backup than services like Dropbox. But companies have been reluctant to adapt the service for business use because of security issues pertaining to the personal nature of the accounts. But all that changed when Dropbox for Business was introduced. Features were adapted for business use and the management of a remote and geographically distributed team. What was once a nightmare for the IT guys became a little bit more welcome. Dropbox recently added a
Unified Communications as-a-Service (UCaaS) Unified Communications has evolved in the last few years to the point where it is integrated with emerging elements of cloud services, which led to Unified Communications as-a-Service (UCaaS). UCaaS has become immensely popular amongst small businesses because it helps them to avoid the capital and operational expenses which they should be paying when deploying a unified communication solution on their own. UCaaS technologies integrates enterprise messaging, presence location technology, telephony and video conferencing, online meetings. The technologies mentioned above are outsourced to a third-party supplier by using UCaaS and then delivered over the public Internet.
The Magnificent Seven: Benefits of Private PaaS Enterprises are often disappointed when they move to the cloud. They expect efficiency, flexibility, and productivity gains from virtualization, and it doesn’t happen. They still run into the same IT roadblocks. That’s why they come to us. Private PaaS is a critical component for companies wanting a complete cloud solution and to fully extract the value from their cloud. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what I think are the seven key value propositions for private PaaS as our customers have told us. Virtualization is not the problem. The real issue is that enterprises