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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.

Finding a True Cloud Contact Center

May 12, 2016 No Comments

Cloud Technology is one of the most misunderstood concepts of our time.

Maintaining Compliance for the Cloud Generation

May 12, 2016 No Comments

Learn the critical steps to prevent data leakage.

Innovation for the Cloud Generation

May 12, 2016 No Comments

This guide helps you identify and address the unexpected risks of the “cloud generation.”

Finding a True Cloud Contact Center

May 10, 2016 No Comments

Cloud Technology is one of the most misunderstood concepts of our time. Although delivering software as a service (SaaS) from the cloud has distinct advantages, the market is so filled with hype, it is difficult to decipher between what is myth and what is reality.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: Steps for Successful VDI Implementation

May 6, 2016 No Comments

with Jeremy Moskowitz, Founder and CEO, PolicyPak SoftwareIn this interview, Jeremy Moskowitz, founder and CEO of PolicyPak, speaks with IT Briefcase on the challenges and opportunities of using a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI.)Read More >>>

10 Tips for Protecting Data in the Cloud

May 3, 2016 No Comments

DON’T GET LOST IN THE CLOUD – You can’t just write off cloud services due to security concerns. Get solid advice here.

Cloud Security Report

May 3, 2016 No Comments

In this report, you will gain a greater understanding of how industry and online presence drive your threat profile, how the Cyber Kill Chain construct drives understanding, and get recommendations on how to improve your security posture.

Top 5 Businesses that Can Benefit Most from Cloud Computing

May 2, 2016 No Comments

As time goes by, Cloud computing is taking on greater roles in the world of business which leads many to wonder why more companies aren’t taking advantage of the many benefits inherent in this type of technology. Unfortunately, the reason for this is probably based on the fact that few people actually have a sound understanding of what it means to work in the Cloud.

Forrester Market Overview: Use Project Services To Accelerate Infrastructure Transformation

May 2, 2016 No Comments

The pace of digital transformation and cloud migration is forcing IT professionals to review their current infrastructure and force change to accommodate new business demands brought on by the age of the customer. Many organizations are motivated by fear, such as of the potential business disruption in their industries from new digital startups like airbnb or uber; more optimistically, they’re motivated by the opportunities brought by digital technologies to improve their customers’ experience.

Scale-Out NAS: Best Practices to Implement Tomorrow’s Storage Today

April 29, 2016 No Comments

by Stefan Bernbo, CompuverdeAs the data deluge continues on unabated, vertically scaling legacy approaches to storage are falling short. Organizations need to find a way to store high volumes of data without busting the budget, all while maintaining high levels of performance… Read More >>>

Gartner MQ on Disaster Recovery as a Service

April 29, 2016 No Comments

Among providers of disaster recovery as a service there is wide variance in experience and service quality, together with other key differentiating factors. Data center managers should use this Magic Quadrant to help them evaluate providers of DRaaS services.

IT Briefcase Exclusive Interview: The rise of cloud application control technology

April 26, 2016 No Comments

with Ed Macnair, CEO, CensorNetIn this interview, Ed Macnair, CEO of CensorNet, speaks with IT Briefcase on how security technologies needs to evolve to meet the challenge and opportunities of cloud computing.Read More >>>

The Forrester Wave™: Hybrid Cloud Management Solutions, Q1 2016

April 19, 2016 No Comments

In Forrester’s 40-criteria evaluation of private cloud solution vendors, we identified the nine most significant software providers — BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat, and VMware — in the category and researched, analyzed, and scored them.


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