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Cloud Computing

Pertaining to applications provided as services through the Web.
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XaaS: Today and Tomorrow

March 22, 2015 by Beata Green

Everything as a service.

You may have heard the terms SaaS (software as a service), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or PaaS (platform as a service). However, what about XaaS? This acronym stands for “anything as a service.” Simply put, XaaS stands for software, infrastructure and platform as a service when they are all delivered in a single package. When put together, these three services replace those that traditionally were provided by one or more IT departments or companies.[read more]

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5 Non-Standard Ways to Use Cloud Storage

March 21, 2015 by Terry Smith

Cloud storage.

We all get used that cloud storages like Dropbox and Google Drive serve one definite purpose: to keep our data online. Thus, we can easily add, remove, share access, open, or edit files and rest assured that the storage would backup and synchronize all our changes. This is a standard way to utilize a service like this. However, more advanced users are constantly finding new ways to benefit from certain cloud storage options. Have a look at five most non-standard tricks you can do with your Dropbox or Google Drive.[read more]

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Are You Prepared for Multi-Cloud Challenges?

March 20, 2015 by Jared Jaureguy

Cloud computing.

There’s little question that cloud computing can provide you with innovative and helpful new applications designed to increase your company’s capabilities and productivity. Many businesses end up using multiple services to reach the potential that the cloud promises.[read more]

How Cloud Is Creating Employment for the Blind and Disabled

March 4, 2015 by Natalie Lehrer

It’s no secret that adults who live with a disability frequently struggle to find their place in the workforce - not because of their impairment, but frequently because of the lack of jobs that can accommodate their challenges. Over the past several years a significant amount of money, time and resources has been dedicated to developing technologies that improve the quality of life for disabled individuals, from the ibot stair climbing wheel chair to Apple’s VoiceOver.[read more]

Cloud Ethics: Where’s the Line?

March 3, 2015 by Natalie Lehrer

Cloud ethics.

Ultimately, cloud ethics are fluid principles, which change along with emerging technologies. A paper from the University of Delft, The Ethics of Cloud Computing, suggests making use of the “precautionary principle”, which focuses on anticipating consequences without limiting investment.[read more]

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How Big Businesses Can Benefit from Investing in the Cloud

March 2, 2015 by Rick Delgado

The cloud.

Energy savings, improved globalization efforts, and experimental flexibility--these are just a few of the valuable benefits that cloud computing could provide your enterprise.[read more]

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How to Really Make Cloud Computing Work

February 27, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Cloud computing.

Cloud computing is only a tool, albeit a tool with man different functions. Figuring out the best ways to make the tool work for you requires practice and patience. Though it may take a while, starting small and eventually growing into it will help you better take advantage of all that the cloud has to offer. By working diligently with the cloud, you’ll be able to understand more and increase everything you’re capable of as well.[read more]

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The Economic Impact of Cloud Goes Beyond Business Cost Savings

February 26, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

Cloud computing.

RingCentral published a report last year in conjunction with Forrester that looked into the economic impact of adopting cloud. According to the study, enterprises, with an average size of 600 employees, tend to save as much as $512,000 over PBX systems, another $95,200 over CRM system integration and could potentially increase revenue by as much as $5.3 million.[read more]

The TCO of Analytics in the Cloud and the Mid-Market Advantage

February 21, 2015 by Lyndsay Wise

Within analytics specifically, SMBs have been hard pressed to take advantage of solutions that required new hardware and large up front investments. Although many solutions now provide offerings targeted specifically to this market, the reality for many is that without a data centre or dedicated analytics and data warehousing expertise in-house, the ability to build complex applications becomes a challenge.[read more]

The Architecture After Cloud

January 27, 2015 by MIKE20 Governance Association

After cloud?

I think that Zach Nelson (Netsuite’s CEO) was wrong when he said that “cloud is the last computing architecture” but I also believe that his quote is a healthy challenge to take computing and business architectures to a new level.[read more]

Aligning Big Data

January 18, 2015 by Martyn Jones

Aligning big data.

This is an overview of the realignment and placement of Big Data into a more generalized architectural framework, an architecture that integrates data warehousing (DW 2.0), business intelligence and statistical analysis.[read more]

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Cyber Security: Locking Out the Grinch from Your Application Network

December 18, 2014 by Bob Dvorak

Security.

How do you leave your chimney open for Santa while keeping the Grinch safely locked out? The right application management strategy can help outline where vulnerabilities lie and how to fix security weaknesses, minimizing your organization’s overall attack surface.[read more]

Signs the Cloud Isn’t Right for Your Business

December 17, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

What's different about you?

When you work on files in the cloud that are very large, it can be difficult to work on them through a browser or remote connection. Companies that do graphic design or deal with big data can sometimes have this difficulty and may want to reconsider the cloud for their organization.[read more]

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Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb

December 9, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

While big data technologies have enjoyed plenty of hype, there’s a new reality setting in regarding getting more value from big data investments. With this in mind, it's OK to step back for a moment, pause your programs for a time if necessary, and—yes, even change your mind about big data.[read more]

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3 Cloud Misunderstandings That Can Hamper Migration

December 8, 2014 by Suraj Kumar

Cloud.

Like any other technology, the cloud has strengths and weaknesses and it’s important not to forget this. Problems can occur when your sole focus of attention is on the benefits the cloud can bring to your business, and you choose to ignore the weakness of the cloud model you have chosen.[read more]