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Cloud Computing Benefits Realized by Increasing Number of Companies

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Successful companies turning to cloud technology

Citing Arjan de Jong, Marketing Manager, Jitscale, Guest Author for Cloud Times.

The adoption of cloud computing services has been swift for both large and small companies and satisfaction with cloud computing is very high, according to a recent study conducted by the Cloud Industry Forum in the UK www.cloudindustryforum.org. The study indicates that companies of all sizes are incorporating cloud computing into their overall IT strategies. Key drivers of this change seem to be flexibility, agility and cost savings.

More than 80 percent of the companies already using cloud services indicated they would likely increase their use of the cloud during the next year. This indicates a high level of satisfaction with cloud services by adaptors of the technology. Business applications companies are likely to move to the cloud are: email management, data back-up and disaster recovery, storage and web hosting services. Additional activities that users will move to the cloud are accounting, service management, CRM, security, and unified communications.

Businesses indicate that agility to deliver new services is their primary driver to adopt cloud computing. Companies are moving to the cloud because it offers them the flexibility they need to adapt to the ever changing business climate. The cloud makes it possible to access technology quickly and to offer solutions that they did not already have. At the same time, companies avoid the expense and hassle of owning and managing their own hardware.

Of the businesses surveyed that were not yet using cloud computing, nearly a third indicated that they anticipate adopting cloud services within the next year. It also appears that larger organizations are most likely to adopt cloud computing. Only 20 percent of companies with fewer than 20 employees are considering using cloud computing.

Within the IT Channel, cloud services are increasingly considered important, according to resellers surveyed. A large majority of resellers believe end users are ready to move to the cloud and the resellers are active in selling and supporting cloud services. There is still room for growth in this market, however, as almost one third of the resellers still do not actively engage with their customers about the relevance of cloud services versus on-premises technology.

In spite of the overall satisfaction of current cloud users and the number of companies that are considering adopting cloud services, there are still concerns that limit the growth of cloud computing. The issues that continue to create anxiety revolve around data security, privacy and the physical location of the data.

Because of these concerns, the vast majority of companies surveyed do not intend to move employee or customer information and accounts or financial data services to the cloud in the foreseeable future. Furthermore, regarding the location of data, companies feel more confident if their data is stored locally or nationally, as they are concerned about the potential impact of another country’s laws on data storage. It appears companies are more confident when data is maintained in their home country where the laws and legal system are familiar.

In response to these concerns, cloud computing providers must stress the security measures they have in place to protect data and educate current and potential customers about the actual, rather than perceived safety, of the cloud. When it comes to the location of data storage, cloud computing providers must offer variety and choices to customers. Clearly, a one-size for all, single location data center SaaS or IaaS solution, however attractive from a cost stand point, probably won’t deliver what the customer wants. Cloud computing customers do want value, but the savings should come from the hardware and redundant storage side of the equation, not at the expense of confidence and security.

Events such as the recent failure of Amazon Web Services’ European cloud due to lightning strikes can also cause some businesses to doubt the benefits of cloud computing or to believe that it is not a safe or reliable method of hosting data. Cloud computing providers must reassure potential customers that they are taking all the necessary steps to mitigate these types of disruptions.

Base on this important survey from the Cloud Industry Forum, cloud computing is gaining momentum fast in organizations of all types and sizes. There are major opportunities for expanding the cloud market alongside on-premise solutions, by encouraging companies to adopt cloud computing and guaranteeing safe storage of even more data and IT functionality into the cloud. Cloud computing companies need to be more than mere service providers but industry advocates dispelling misunderstandings and communicating to companies the very real benefits of being in the cloud.

Blackberry 10 Is Here: New Platform, New Name, New Ambitions

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Citing Allison Boccamazzo, MobilityTechzone Web Editor, Guest post written by Rick White

 

 

Yep. You heard right, after all the buzz, predictions and analysis, it’s time for the heavy curtain to fall and  the new BlackBerry 10 to be revealed in all of its glory. What we originally thought would just be a new device reveal quickly became realized as a 100 percent transformation of not only RIM [or now, BlackBerry], but what the company promises will be a completely new mobile communications and computing experience as we know it.

Let’s cut straight to the chase, shall we? After a suspenseful countdown, relatively new Heins, joined by his 12,000 BlackBerry employees, counted down to the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 – both which feature new, simple, elegant and truly advanced features. Heins describes this as a “new day in the history of BlackBerry,” and he seems to be very right.

After some hard deliberation, CEO Thorsten Heins explained that they made “the tough call to do it alone,” meaning RIM had made the decision to build a new and secure operating platform from scratch. Even more, Heins proudly revealed that RIM is becoming BlackBerry. Yes, one brand and one promise under one new, unified name.

These phones promise the simplicity of having everything in one place, boasting a seamless integration from app to app and feature to feature. Heins assured that BlackBerry 10 will promise the hyper-connected social experience users crave and need in both their personal and professional lives. In other words, BlackBerry 10 will keep us moving in our rapidly evolving lives.

Its advanced new hub, flow and peek features truly ensure all of your activity and engagement in one single place and in real-time. While we’ll get into this in more detail in our further analysis, you can for example, while in your hub, with one single gesture and swipe of your thumb, pull the screen down to reveal what’s to come in your schedule. In other words, users can see both the present and future all in one place.

The BlackBerry Z10 boasts a beautiful display with a 4.2-inch screen, 356 PPI and that is clear, sharp and incredibly vivid to provide a truly cinematic experience. The back is also textured for increased ease and comfort. The browser is incredibly fast and intuitive, fast and elegant – all developed to integrate social communication.

The Q10, on the other hand, is the first BlackBerry smartphone to have a physical keyboard. Heins describes it as “the absolute best typing experience in the industry period.” It also boasts a thinner, lighter and stronger material than plastic.

For a firsthand look at the BlackBerry 10 and to hear from thought leaders in the industry on this and a number of other important topics be sure to head over to the Miami Convention center this week for ITEXPO. RIM will be in attendance to showcase the new BlackBerry 10 at the event. Also be sure to check back here for lots more analysis and information on this new release as it becomes available.

5 Technologies that Give SMBs an Enterprise-Class Advantage

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It’s no secret that large corporations spend big budgets to ensure they have the latest technology for continued growth, efficiency and to stay competitive.  Where does this leave the Small to Medium Size Businesses (SMBs) who have the same aspirations but on a limited budget?  How can they compete?

The answer is by choosing a trusted company who can eliminate costly IT expenses and deliver enterprise-class solutions for a fixed monthly charge. Webhosting.net makes this possible by absorbing the fees of ownership and allowing SMBs to simply rent high-end corporate technology worry-free.

Below are five intuitive technologies that offer SMBs an affordable enterprise-class advantage.  I chose to  omit the technical details and specifications of the products to emphasize the point that you don’t have to be technical for your company to benefit. If you are interested or have questions about the technical details please contact us through our web site: www.webhosting.net. We have a team of experts waiting to discuss your technical questions.

1. Hosted Microsoft Exchange 2010 Mailbox with Unlimited Storage.  Your company can have Microsoft Outlook with unlimited access to your company emails, calendars, attachments, contacts, and many more options retrievable from any virtual device.

2. Hosted Microsoft SharePoint Plans. Hosted Microsoft SharePoint centralizes a point for sharing documents, file management, intranet portals, team projects, business intelligence and whatever else your business needs. SharePoint is easily accessed through desktops, smartphones and tablets.

3. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or  VDI. I am particularly fond of this product, VDI substantially cuts traditional computer costs while keeping your company virtually connected. VDI is simply a desktop in a secure cloud. Your employees can access their desktop virtually through an internet connection and a device by simply logging in with a password. This is also a great way to protect your business intelligence because no data is stored on the desktop.

4. VPS. To secure your company in a hosted environment without purchasing, housing and maintaining a costly infrastructure. Choose a Virtual Private Server (VPS)  (sometimes referred to as Virtual Dedicated Server – VDS). VPS allows you to store your company applications in your own secure cloud with an exclusive file system, CPU power, bandwidth, memory and more.

5. Disaster Recovery.  An invaluable technology that offers your business data backup.  Most companies have their core business intelligence on their network. Disaster Recovery properly backs up your data while  protecting  your vital information, especially during times of adversity.

There is no need to learn a new technology just to manage one of these solutions. A team of experts is ready to assist with your questions, set up, and beyond so you can focus on what is important to you – your business.

I  am interested in your feedback; especially if  there is a technology listed that would help your business elevate to the next level.