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PaaS Adoption Inevitable for Most Applications

September 14, 2016 No Comments

I am increasingly convinced that the eventual adoption of Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings is inevitable for most applications even if the number of applications built on top of PaaS offerings is relatively low today. What do I mean by PaaS? Services that sit above the more traditional Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) that most people today equate with cloud computing.

What is Cloudpaging and How Does It Save IT Resources?

September 14, 2016 No Comments

The demands and pressures on today’s IT departments continues to grow. Access to applications is essential to almost any business, and it is a difficult balance for today’s companies to pit reliable, efficient applications access against the need to keep IT costs from raging out of control.

Infographic: 10 Questions CIOs Should Ask Before Moving Operations to the Cloud

September 8, 2016 No Comments

In the next few years, many enterprise-level companies will be moving their legacy IT operations to cloud environments. The companies that develop migration onboarding and objectives for their migration will see a much smoother transition. The reality is, if companies are ill-prepared for the transition, their cloud deployment can cause more problems then they solve. The infographic below, created by SingleHop, features 10 questions that should be asked to ensure your migration goes as smoothly as possible.

Fog Computing: Is it the Future of Cloud Computing?

September 1, 2016 No Comments

It is the harsh truth in this day and age of living with modernity that you need to constantly evolve and not just keep up with the trends but sometimes have to be ahead of trends to seize the big opportunities coming your way. Something similar is brewing in the ‘cloud’. ‘Fog’ is the newest kid on the block and is giving the good old cloud a real run for its money.

On Storage: A Conversation with IBM Experts

August 30, 2016 No Comments

Big data, analytics, and especially mobile are disrupting the marketplace, and your customers need to understand the implications and opportunities inherent in the new marketplace. This webcast outlines ways to become a trusted source of knowledge and information on storage options for your customers.

Data, Backups, and You: A Cautionary Tale in Business

August 29, 2016 No Comments

Believe me when I say I’ve had my share of disruptions when it comes to operating an online business over this past decade. I’ve seen minor setbacks such as accidentally overwriting important files to catastrophic disasters like when my laptop bricked after falling out of my bag. When all of your work is done through a computer – it becomes apparent that you need to take precautions to keep your business files safe and sound.

Register now for the webcast – Data Defense: An inside look at your secure cloud

August 29, 2016 No Comments

Join us for the season premiere of Modern Workplace, Data Defense: An inside look at your secure cloud, airing September 13th, 2016, at 8:00 AM PDT / 3:00 PM GMT. In this episode, get an exclusive look inside the new generation of Microsoft datacenters and see firsthand how they seamlessly make trillions of transactions every day to help make your organization safer and more efficient by leveraging the power of cloud computing.

To Converge or to Hyperconverge: Why Not Both?

August 24, 2016 No Comments

It’s no big news that enterprise data center environments are in the midst of multiple transformations. Intersecting trends like mobile, Big Data, advanced virtualization and cloud computing have caused many IT organizations to rethink how they can deliver their IT services faster, better and more affordably to both internal and external users. As part of these efforts, many have chosen to redefine their data center’s traditional hardware “stack” of underlying compute, network and storage resources. This involves the increasing use of converged infrastructures (CI) and hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI).

How Cloud Based Softwares Can Help Your Business

August 22, 2016 No Comments

The cloud isn’t just a buzzword. It is a revolution in internet technology that has changed how businesses manage data and use software. Adoption of the cloud by companies has soared in recent years. 93 percent of companies now use cloud computing within their organizations. There are a lot of ways a business can benefit from the cloud. Below are just a few.

Hybrid IT and the Database: The Key to Cost Savings is Performance

August 16, 2016 No Comments

With hybrid IT paving the way to the cloud, organizations have more options than ever before to provision and deploy workloads in a way that will best benefit business and end-users. However, IT budgets are expected to decrease throughout this year, according to Gartner, and as IT professionals look for the best place to host their application workloads—whether on-premises, in the cloud or both—it is critical to strategize around maximizing available funds to realize the full benefits of a hybrid approach and leave money for other important projects.

Global Load Balancing: A Reliable Solution for Conquering Cloud Computing Challenges

August 8, 2016 No Comments

Want to ensure that your systems remain up and running smoothly all the time? Is downtime making it difficult for you to align your computing resources with growing business demands? If you are managing multiple data centers and have a cluster of servers then employing a load balancing software will divert all your incoming connections to the healthiest cluster while ensuring compliance with region-specific laws. The benefits of global load balancing extend across several app deployments offering an end-to-end view into delivery and SLAs for the efficient handling of workloads and improved end-user experience.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The Rise of Machine Learning Analytics

July 28, 2016 No Comments

with Jerry Melnick, SIOSIn this interview, SIOS Technology President and CEO Jerry Melnick speaks with IT Briefcase about optimizing infrastructure operations and application performance in complex VMware environments. Read More >>>

3 Productivity Killers That Wreak Havoc On Your Workflow

July 28, 2016 No Comments

Automation, cloud technology, and mobile business solutions are the latest tech tools in the corporate arsenal for streamlining operations, improving efficiency, and holding the line on skyrocketing costs. The proliferation of content management systems (CMS), customer relationship management (CRM), marketing automation, and integrated applications reflect the widespread belief that companies who embrace innovative business tools will gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

How To Conquer Enterprise ‘Cloud Phobia’

July 21, 2016 No Comments

We humans have a natural fear of the unknown where things feel insecure and unsafe. Just think about it, how many times as a kid were you scared to sleep with the lights off because of what potentially hid under the bed? Or how about the time you wouldn’t go in the ocean because you were convinced the great white shark from Jaws was lurking, just waiting to devour you as a midday snack?

Why Good Apps Are Not Good Enough

July 18, 2016 No Comments

This paper examines the evolution of cloud technology with services such as platform as a service (PaaS), mobile backend as a service (MBaaS), API services, microservices, and analytics, all of which enable next-generation mobile applications.

5 Mobile Development Pitfalls – and How to Avoid Them

July 6, 2016 No Comments

The mobile web is going through an exciting growth phase as consumers and businesses shift their interests toward the “second screen.” Even the media is taking notice of the trend: Forbes declared 2015 the “Year of the Mobile Web.” If your business is not yet treating mobile web and app development as a priority, now is the time to start. But do not get swept away by the excitement: Your business should not build an app just for the sake of having one.

Recruiting Software: A Game Changer for Small Business

June 28, 2016 No Comments

Finding top talent has become something of a surgical process in the modern tech era. Fortunately, recruitment tools have come of age. With numerous helpful features and putting an organized spin on recruitment efforts, the benefits of operating with recruitment software far outweighs flying blind as an employer. To help you better appreciate why recruitment software is right for your small business hiring needs, here are a few points to consider.

3 Questions to Drive Your Enterprise Cloud Architecture

June 27, 2016 No Comments

If you are thinking of moving your business to the cloud, you must consider the unique challenges your company faces. Cloud technology in all its mutations is supposed to increase efficiency in your operations, protect your company’s data and also improve your bottom line. However, this only works if you have in place a solid strategy to drive your enterprise cloud architecture.

Choosing IaaS Or A Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

June 27, 2016 No Comments

We are all familiar with the old saying “That’s like comparing apples to oranges” and though we learned this lesson during our early years we somehow seem to discount this idiom when discussing the Cloud. Specifically, IT buyers often feel justified when comparing the cost of a Cloud IaaS or SaaS provider with that of a Cloud-Enabled Hosting Provider. These types of providers are very different and while each services a particular need effectively and efficiently; by no means should their solutions be compared from a price perspective. A simple illustration is when the costs of Azure or AWS are compared with those of a true Cloud-Enabled Hosting Provider.

5 Things You Need to Know About Hybrid Cloud

June 15, 2016 No Comments

We live in a post-cloud era, where the vast majority of customers and businesses have already gotten used to the cloud and all the benefits it brings. Now, there’s a new buzzword on the rise – one that is believed to take us into a future powered by the Internet of Things and help businesses and organizations across the globe reach new milestones. We are talking, of course, about the hybrid cloud technology.

Going Up? What To Look For In A Cloud Provider

June 6, 2016 No Comments

Considering a move to the cloud? You’re in good company — according to RightScale’s recent survey, hybrid cloud adoption has reached 71 percent while private solutions hit 77 percent this year. Yet moving to the cloud isn’t enough; small businesses need the right provider to ensure services are always available, resources are truly “on demand,” and spending is justified by measurable ROI. Here are five key characteristics of a great cloud provider.

What Cloud Storage Does For You

June 1, 2016 No Comments

You have probably required a service model in which you can maintain your data remotely to users in a network. You get this type of service when you enlist cloud storage services to store your data. Naturally, this data is stored online. This type of storage is paid for on a monthly rate per consumption. There are operational costs as well as per-gigabyte cost. There are three types of cloud storage; private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud.

5 Key Considerations for Choosing a Managed Hosting Provider

May 24, 2016 No Comments

Selecting the right Managed Hosting provider is a business-critical decision. Before you short list providers or sign a contract, understand the 5 universal principles for choosing the best partner for your business and best servicesyou’re your application portfolio.

The Low Down on High Availability in the Cloud

May 24, 2016 No Comments

Whether it’s Public Cloud, bare metal or hybrid, there is no magic recipe for achieving high availability.

Switching to Cloud Storage to Ready Our 80-Year-Old Photography Company for the Future

May 24, 2016 No Comments

We’ve been serving the still photography needs of businesses in the Boston area since the 1930s, all the while constantly adapting to keep up with new technology. Whether it’s transitioning from film to digital photography and computer applications, to pivoting away from phone sales and into building an effective web presence, a lot has changed since FayFoto’s beginning (and not just that the Red Sox have won a few World Series).

5 Best Practices for Cloud Security

May 24, 2016 No Comments

Use these 5 best practices to ensure your provider has you covered.

Six Things You Didn’t Know About Your Company’s Cloud Apps

May 23, 2016 No Comments

When building a cloud app security strategy, it’s easy for most IT leaders within a company to assume that blocking all risky file sharing apps is the answer. It’s an understandable assumption to make, given that 91 percent of apps aren’t enterprise-ready and lack in important areas like security and privacy, according to Netskope’s latest cloud report.

Is the Cloud Ready for Your Most Sensitive Workloads?

May 20, 2016 No Comments

In the minds of most IT professionals, the debate about the value and appropriateness of the cloud for most workloads is long over. Any remaining resistance is typically overcome by the recognition that in the absence of a sanctioned cloud solution, user-created workarounds for sharing content introduce major points of risk. But there are some areas where caution still holds sway and adoption has been slower, including professional services firms and corporate IT serving legal, financial services, healthcare and other sensitive and regulated domains.

How To Do Enterprise Security like Bond…James Bond

May 17, 2016 No Comments

In the era of crippling state-sponsored hacks, cybercrime rings and data breaches, businesses are looking at all forms of preventative measures to keep attackers at bay. Even a modern-day James Bond would find it challenging to keep his data, and identity, a secret in the Information Age. And unlike in the famous films, the real-life ‘villains’ capable of stealing trade secrets, personal information and other forms of sensitive data are oftentimes anonymous and numerous. Reports estimated more than 317 million new pieces of malware were created within 2015 alone. Imagine what they can do today!

4 Steps to a Successful Cloud Contact Center

May 12, 2016 No Comments

This white paper outlines how today’s most modern enterprises are evolving their contact centers to achieve strategic organizational goals, from revenue retention to sales growth, and more.



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