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Gartner: Top 10 cloud storage providers

According to a Gartner survey. about 19% of organizations are using the cloud for production computing, while 20% are using public cloud storage services.

That means there’s a pretty good sized market for the cloud, and specifically cloud storage. Gartner predicted in 2012 $109 billion was spent on cloud computing. a 20% increase from the year before.

But the cloud is a big industry too, with a lot of vendors seemingly having a cloud strategy today. So where do potential customers start? Recently, Gartner released a list of the top 10 cloud storage providers, based on enterprise capabilities. Below is a description of each, based on pros, cons, strengths and weaknesses.

Amazon Web Services

Like many other aspects of cloud computing, Amazon Web Services is considered a market leader in cloud storage. It’s been an early and aggressive player in the market and its services drive offerings from competitors, Gartner says, while its pricing is the “industry reference point.” Its Simple Storage Service (S3) is the basic object storage, while Elastic Block Storage is for storage volumes. AWS keeps innovating too. Earlier this year AWS announced Glacier, a long-term, low-cost archival storage services. More recently, at its first-ever user conference, AWS announced Redshift, a cloud-based data warehousing service.

AWS has challenges though, Gartner notes. While it has a tool to link on-premise data to its cloud, named AWS Storage Gateway, the ability to create hybrid storage architectures that span both on-premise storage options and AWS’s cloud is still largely a work in progress, Gartner says. AWS is an innovative company that continues to release products and services to round out its already-market leading position though. With services geared to specific vertical industries, most notably the federal government agencies with its GovCloud service, it has a wide breadth and depth of cloud storage features and services.

AT T’s Synaptic cloud storage service is aligned closely with EMC’s Atmos storage service, which is used as an on-premise storage system. This creates an opportunity for AT T to sell into the strong EMC customer base, and gives customers hybrid cloud capabilities with a leading storage vendor. Gartner says this has been focused mostly on small and midsized businesses though. Still, AT T claims it has recorded double-digit growth in its service, with several billion objects stored in its cloud. AT T Synaptic already spans multiple regions, which customers can choose to take advantage of, with plans by AT T to expand the service globally, with Europe being the next stop. Customers using AT T’s VPN service are freed from ingress and egress charges when using the company’s cloud service.

Google Cloud Storage

Launched in 2010, Google Cloud Storage is the underlying storage service for the company’s other cloud products and services, including Google App Engine – the application development platform – Google Compute Engine, and BigQuery, which are cloud-based virtual machines and a big data analysis tool, respectively. Customers access Google Cloud Storage through a restful API and the service is available in both the U.S. and Europe. Holding the company and its cloud storage platform back though is a relative lack of significant sales and support targeted at enterprise customers, Gartner notes. That leaves Google Cloud Storage ideally suited for sophisticated customers willing to set up and manage the deployment, and specifically developers looking for large storage capacity for Google applications.

HP announced the public beta of its cloud storage platform debuted in May of 2012 and it’s meant to work in tandem with both its compute and content delivery network (CDN), which it recently partnered with Akamai on. The storage platform is based on OpenStack technology and HP offers free 24/7 call and chat support on top of 99.95% availability guarantees. “Among OpenStack-based cloud storage providers, HP is well-positioned to understand enterprise IT storage requirements, due to its extensive hardware, software and service offerings,” Gartner notes. “However, since HP Cloud Object Storage is new, HP must evolve and refine its architectural, geographical and service offerings.” The system automatically replicates data across three availability zones for resiliency (which customers can choose to do in Amazon’s cloud), and HP says having information running on its hardware both in the public cloud and on customers’ premises makes for easy hybrid cloud setups.

IBM’s cloud storage is part of its SmartCloud Enterprise offering, which includes other services such as cloud-based application development and infrastructure. Gartner says the biggest deficiency is the lack of integration among the various aspects of IBM’s SmartCloud offering though. For example, IBM markets its cloud for backup and recovery, but those services do not use IBM SmartCloud Object Storage on its backend. Part of this could be because IBM partners with Nirvanix, another cloud storage provider, to run the SamrtCloud Object Storage. The disparate nature of these services under the IBM SmartCloud umbrella could create “silos of capabilities” for various services, Gartner warns. But, IBM has committed to more tightly integrating its products and services together. Its experience in selling to major IT enterprise shops gives it a significant advantage in becoming a major player in the large enterprise cloud storage market.

Internap’s history is as a managed service and collocation provider, but it has more recently emerged as a cloud player as well. Its AgileFiles cloud storage system is based off of the OpenStack Swift storage platform and is available in the U.S. Europe and Asia, with plans for future expansion. To differentiate its service, Internap has attempted to layer on advanced networking features to the service, such as a Manager Internet Route Optimizer (MIRO), which analyzes the performance of the possible routes to deliver content and chooses the best one. Gartner says its lack of enterprise presence is the biggest limitation holding the company back.

Behind Amazon Web Services, Microsoft’s Windows Azure Blob Storage may be the second most widely-used cloud storage service, Gartner predicts. It now boasts more than a trillion objects and is growing at 200% per year, Gartner says, while supporting a broad range of features including object storage, table storage, SQL Server and a content delivery network (CDN). Azure’s Blob storage is in a pricing “race to the bottom,” with Amazon, Google and Microsoft each dropping prices consistently during the past year to offer the most competitive prices among the three competitors. Gartner calls Microsoft a “fast-follower” of feature roll outs behind Amazon as well. Its tiered support options are appealing to large enterprise customers, Gartner says, providing customers a hands-on fee-based support team. Microsoft has bulked up its storage chops too by recently purchasing cloud storage gateway vendor StorSimple.

A pure-play cloud storage provider, Nirvanix is solely dedicated to this market. Gartner says that’s great for companies looking for data-intensive storage needs, but could be a drawback for customers looking for an all-inclusive vendor that would provide compute services on top of a storage platform. Nirvanix has some appealing characteristics though, including the ability to have public, hybrid or on-premise Nirvanix-powered storage services, and an all-inclusive monthly billing cycle with premium support options, a clear aim for enterprise customers, but one that may turn away small and midsized businesses that may prefer the a la carte pricing.

Rackspace is another major player in the cloud storage ecosystem, with its Cloud Files service augmented by a robust set of accompanying services, including compute infrastructure and a CDN network powered by Akamai. For high-performance storage needs, it has Cloud Block Storage, which has high input-output capabilities. Rackspace works heavily on the OpenStack open source project and its services closely follow OpenStack developments. Because of its work in the OpenStack environment, Gartner says Rackspace public cloud storage services integrate nicely with OpenStack-powered on premise clouds, creating hybrid cloud services for customers.

Softlayer’s Cloudlayer object storage system is based on the OpenStack Swift platform that accompanies a range of other services offered by Softlayer, including compute and CDN. Softlayer also has a storage-area network (SAN) offering and an international presence, with data center locations in its headquarters of Dallas, along with Amsterdam and Singapore. Its lack of support and turnkey deployment cycles, Gartner says, has meant that the product has not caught on wildly with the enterprise market yet though.

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2016 Finish Times are now on the “Finish Times” tab.

Nice words from our runners

I would like to take a quick moment to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone involved in this morning’s Crosstown Campus 10K Run.Everyone did a wonderful job and I really appreciated all those people who volunteered to direct us on the course and protect all of the runners at the intersections. The arrows painted on the ground were a big help – a thank you goes out to the person (or persons) who did this also. Your course was just beautiful, your event was beyond well organized and I really appreciated the shuttle bus ride back to West High School. Hands down one of the better events I have participated in this year – job well done!Thank you,Greg

Awesome job. Great Race! My absolute favorite! Can’t wait for next year. Holly

Super amazing volunteers. Not only directing runners traffic but cheering us on, too! THAT’S how it’s done right! Kristen

Great fun, you guys. Thanks to all who work so hard to get this race off the ground – and the volunteers who were so enthusiastic this morning! Awesome! Mark

Crosstown Campus 10k 5k Saturday, May 7, 2016
On Saturday, May 2 Traverse City Area Public Schools Alumni encourage participation in the second annual Crosstown Campus 10k 5k. Starting at 8:00 am at West Senior High, the run traverses the town through the Grand Traverse Commons, past the original district high school that s now Central Grade School, along West Grand Traverse Bay with a finish on the campus of Traverse City Central High. ALL RUNNERS WELCOME!We are working on the 5k route. Stay tuned.

All proceeds of the 2016 Crosstown Campus 10k 5k will benefit STEP- Students in Transition Empowerment Program (Click here to learn more about STEP) . The STEP program helps students in TCAPS (and around the region) in transition – without a fixed, regular and adequate (electricity, water, bed, bath) living situation. There are currently over 500 Pre-K through 12th grade students in TCAPS who experience periods of homelessness or do not have access to permanent housing.

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Sozo Hosting Managed Windows Cloud Server and Cloud Server Hosting Solutions


Windows Cloud Server Hosting

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Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager

Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager are available for download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud or Oracle Technology Network.

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Customers with an Oracle support plan covering Oracle VM may download the latest releases, including the latest software ISO releases, drivers, tools or utilities, from My Oracle Support or Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN).

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Oracle VM Server for SPARC

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  • Oracle Solaris 10 OS or Oracle Solaris 11 OS
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Please refer to Oracle VM Server for SPARC Release Notes for specific details of required and minimum software and supported platforms.

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    • 3.1.1 release has been integrated into Oracle Solaris, which replaces (Solaris and 3.1 (Solaris Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1501435.1 ].
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    • 3.1 release is also available on Oracle Solaris 10, search patch ID 17291713. The patch is 150817-04.
    • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.0 software has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU, refer to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1501435.1 ]. For Solaris 10, search patch ID 15682381, and apply the latest ldmd patch 150011-03 .

My Oracle Support Download Instructions
Visit My Oracle Support – under the tab Patches Updates, choose LDOMS in the field Product or Family (Advanced Search) or search the patch number.

Visit Oracle Technology Network Patching Center to obtain required system firmware patches, Solaris OS patches, and any Oracle VM Server for SPARC software patches.

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

  • Download Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.2.2 from My Oracle Support. search patch ID 24849670.
  • Download Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.2.1 from My Oracle Support. search patch ID 23564248.
  • Download Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.1.1 from My Oracle Support. search patch ID 22185511.
  • Download Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.0.5 from My Oracle Support. search patch ID 21288160.


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Cloud Computing for Small Business – GCInfotech IT Solutions #cloud #it


Cloud Computing for Small Business

“The Cloud” has become a confusing and misunderstood technological development for most small business owners. The term has become overused and spans a number of different services and applications. What’s surprising is despite the ubiquity, availability, reliability and affordability of Cloud solutions, many small business owners are still not making the move. From what we hear, there is still a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding about how cloud computing can fit small business and be cost efficient.

Larger businesses use the Cloud everyday for common services. Software as a Service, or SaaS, is the most common form of software utilization. With the Cloud model, there is not installation on the user end and the user never actually owns any software: rather than buying a product, the company is renting a service. The number of cloud-based services in the marketplace is massive – and in many cases, small businesses are already using one of these services and may not even be aware that they fall into the cloud service category.

One of the issues related to cloud based services for small businesses is that the typical small business model for IT support does not best suit a drastic move to newer platforms. Most small businesses still rely on localized, or hard-drive/server-based storage and data programs coupled with a full or part time in-house IT person. This set up does not provide them with sufficient knowledge or resources to make a move into a cloud-based IT environment. While cloud services have become common-place, making the initial switch can be a complex undertaking that requires the help of an outside expert.

So, what are the benefits to small businesses? There are many:

1) Low Maintenance: With Cloud services, there is no internal technology to worry about. Much like renting a car, the maintenance, repairs and breakdown assistance are all taken care of by the rental company. The same dynamics apply to cloud services: when a customer signs up, he should be able to use the software without concerns related to maintenance, updates or security. Additionally, there is no need for storage or other investments that downloadable software programs typically require. All of these issues are taken care of by the service provider.

Also, with Cloud services, small business owners can offset the operational IT work to someone outside of the organization. This puts the onus on the cloud provider for service, upkeep, and costs – and away from the business, which is a where it should be. Cloud computing outsources the technology, reduces the risks and unexpected expenses associated with your in-house IT.

2) Financial Benefits: The financial benefits from The Cloud are by far the best. Returning to our earlier car rental analogy, purchasing your own vehicle requires a large upfront investment. In this model, the amount of usage is not applicable to the cost. If you only use your car two times a week, you pay the same price as someone who uses the car every single day. Plus you don t get your full investment back even if you sell the car to someone else. Vehicles depreciate as newer; better models come into the marketplace. So as time passes, you own an old car that is outdated, and has accumulated usage and damage that will require repair. A rental car, however, is always a current model, and only incurs a charge when it is needed and used.

This is the same with cloud services. In the vast majority of cases, there is no upfront fee. Most services charge a manageable, predictable, flat rate monthly fee per user for the software. This allows users to scale up or down as their business requirements dictate. This also allows for easy scalability. As companies take on new staff, it’s simply a matter of switching on a new license to extend to a new user, and similarly turn off the switch when you scale down.

Like the car rental analogy, you will always be using to the latest, greatest version. And those upgrade are seamless. As new versions or upgrades to a service are released, they can be instantly made available to all subscribers, allowing access to the best in class tools – keeping your business competitive.

Work from anywhere: Locally installed software that runs only on a computer hampers ones ability to work remotely. In today’s digitally connected world, having access to your services from any location is a must-have option. Today s small business owners work from hotels and airport lounges as well as the office. Cloud services offer 24-hour access from any internet-connected location.

Collaboration and Communication: Cloud services offer another unique benefit in the way of collaboration enablement and more effective communication. Most if not all Cloud services allow real-time workflows that let multiple users view the same file, document, presentation or spreadsheet at the same time. This aspect of the cloud is one of the most important developments in the last 5 years. Now, companies, via cloud-based tools, can get things accomplished in hours instead of weeks.

Crisis and disaster recovery: Security measures are costly. One great benefit of the cloud is the economies of scale that the service provider can pass on its customers. Any good cloud provider will have invested heavily into security and crisis control – far greater than any small business can ever afford. The nature of their business demands that they store your valuable data securely – so they invest heavily into these aspects of the business.

Is cloud computing secure?

Security seems to be the biggest concern among the uninitiated. This is understandable for small businesses that are not accustomed to storing their data with a third-party service provider. Smaller companies who have traditionally kept their files on their own servers in their own offices often feel that the idea of securing their valuable information with another unknown party is dangerous. The security and crisis management aspects of cloud services are one of the key benefits and most of the service providers worth their salt invest very heavily in security measures. Putting your business-critical information in the hands of a third party requires trust. The same principals apply when vetting any service. Credentials and brand trust is key. There are many smaller software providers sometimes based in countries which may have lax legal requirements should things go wrong. They may charge a great deal less, but have a hard time providing the necessary credentials. So buyer beware. Stick to proven, established companies who may charge more – but warrant that premium. You would rather rent a car from Hertz than Bob’s Truck Shack.

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Cloud Consulting Services – BMC Software #cloud #advisory #services


Cloud Consulting Services

Build a cloud you can count on

BMC Global Services provides cloud planning and implementation solutions to help you navigate your journey to the cloud. BMC Cloud Consulting Services are based on implementation best practices and will help minimize risk when navigating the many complexities involved in building and operating a cloud. By teaming our expert consultants with your IT leaders, we can help you stand up and integrate the optimal cloud environment to facilitate your strategic and technical business requirements. Consult a BMC expert

Mitigate risk with a comprehensive plan

To maximize the value of your cloud initiatives, start with a plan driven by business need, architected to deliver business services, and designed for the new IT.

Reduce risk

Leverage our experience and expertise to ensure the successful deployment of hybrid cloud computing services.

Control costs

Improve the efficiency of your compute environment and reduce the need to build new data centers.

Demonstrate value

Value-based use cases showcase business functionality with measurable results.

Improve predictability

Configure a self-service portal so IT operations can request, remove, modify, and monitor cloud services.

Stand up a hybrid cloud in 60 days. BMC Global Services can help you accelerate delivery of the BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) platform to provision hardware and software resources on demand, improve resource utilization, and optimize operational costs.

  • Deploy a pre-production hybrid cloud environment in 60 days.
  • Review risk, organizational readiness, and best practices.
  • Architect the cloud infrastructure.
  • Define your cloud services catalog.
  • Document solution implementation requirements.

This product is available as a standalone offering.

Collaborate with BMC Global Services to plan and build a BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution unique to your environment. Following BMC Global Services prescriptive approach provides the required capabilities for service provisioning, a self-service portal, and service decommissioning.

  • Complete a detailed architecture design.
  • Define your cloud service blueprints and catalog.
  • Document solution implementation requirements.
  • Run a fully-functioning CLM in a new cloud computing pilot environment.

This product is available as a standalone offering.

Guided by onsite BMC consultants, this two-to-three week effort produces an 18-month phased road map to identify major milestones and long-term cloud initiative objectives.

  • Know the exact level of effort, risk, and process change necessary to plan, deploy, and manage a cloud environment.
  • Address any combination of cloud planning and design, hybrid cloud delivery, cloud operations, and cloud governance and compliance.
  • Discuss the specific workloads you need to support with a BMC project manager, BSM architect, IT service management specialist, cloud service automation specialist, and cloud service integration specialist.

Thai Airways deployed BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management and improved business solution provisioning time by 85 percent. Prior to the deployment, Cloud Solution Planning Insight helped address business objectives and mission-critical IT governance issues.

This product is available as a standalone offering.

“A key factor in our choice of BMC was its ability to support heterogeneous operating systems and virtual platforms; its quick time to market; the comprehensive functionality in terms of Cloud Lifecycle Management; and the scalability of the solution.”

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Cloud Management BMC offers cloud solutions that get your cloud up and running fast, adapting and scaling as your business changes and grows. Data Center Management and Automation BMC data center management and automation solutions increase your IT efficiency, ensure compliance, and automate routine manual processes. Cloud Management for Service Providers BMC gives you the power to securely deliver customized multi-tier cloud services across hybrid infrastructures—helping you stand out from the competition.

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Cloud Lifecycle Management accelerates innovation in the cloud through automated provisioning, governance, and management of secure cloud services.

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BMC Atrium Orchestrator allows IT staff to automate tasks via workflows that span multiple applications, systems, or infrastructure to document change and close the loop on compliance.

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Q-Cloud Protect: Secure, Off-site Cloud Storage for DR #cloud #storage #companies


Q-Cloud Protect

What is Q-Cloud Protect?

Q-Cloud™ Protect is a virtual deduplication appliance that works with Quantum DXi systems to provide a hybrid-cloud backup and disaster recovery solution. For companies with a single site looking to protect their business against localized disasters, companies looking to eliminate tape for offsite protection, or companies looking for a hybrid-cloud approach to backup and DR, Q-Cloud Protect was designed to meet your needs.

Protect Your Critical Data by Storing it in one of Amazon’s Datacenters

Your data is what drives your business. But is your data protected in the event of a localized disaster? Best practices for data protection say to store a copy of your data at least 100 miles away from your primary datacenter, but not all companies have this luxury – until now! With Q-Cloud Protect, you can store your data, in deduplicated form, in one of Amazon’s datacenters, and recover that data back in the event of a localized disaster. Q-Cloud Protect is available in Amazon’s Public Marketplace, as well as in the Amazon C2S and GovCloud environments.

Use case for Q-Cloud Protect:

Integrated Data Protection for Physical, Virtual and Cloud:

Eliminate Capital Expenses with Predictable, Metered Pricing

Q-Cloud Protect is the first purpose-built virtual deduplication appliance available in Amazon Marketplace, as well as Amazon C2S and GovCloud environments. It is licensed on an hourly-basis, so you only pay for the cloud resources you actually use as your system grows, and you eliminate capital expenses associated with hardware at a DR site or co-lo site.

Reduce Cloud Storage and Data Transmission Costs by 90% or more

Q-Cloud Protect uses Quantum’s patented variable-length deduplication, the most efficient algorithm in the industry to maximize data reduction, and uses Quantum’s patented replication engine to replicate deduplicated data from an on-premise deduplication appliance to Q-Cloud Protect. Data reduction rates of 20:1, and even 50:1 or more are common, reducing both storage costs and data transmission costs by 90% or more.

Using the Cloud for Offsite DR storage is the Right Place to Start

If you are like most IT professionals, you are trying to determine the best path to start using the cloud. But where to start? Offsite storage for disaster recovery, combined with on-premise backup storage, is a great place to start. Q-Cloud Protect allows companies to dip their toes in the cloud without jumping off the deep end. And by using Quantum’s proven variable-length deduplication, you’ll get the excellent data reduction and network bandwidth reduction benefits that all of our DXi customers enjoy.

Compare Q-Cloud Protect with other industry solutions.

With Cloud Backup services, there are a lot of choices. Some provide a public-only, some private-only, and some a hybrid approach where data is always accessible locally. With Q-Cloud Protect, we believe hybrid is the best approach.

Q-Cloud Protect Advantages

Purchase Two Physical Deduplication Appliances

Metered pricing means you only pay for what you use as your system grows:

  • Cut your CAPEX in half
  • Answer the cloud mandate

Use a Backup Application to Send Data Directly to Amazon S3 or Glacier

Variable deduplication provides 3x-5x better data reduction than fixed-block, which means:

  • Less cloud storage costs
  • Lower network transmission fees
  • Faster time to send data to the cloud

Altavault’s on-prem appliance is a ‘cache’ – not a backup appliance like DXi.

  • Keep a local copy of ALL of your backups to avoid retrieval fees
  • Faster on-premise performance
  • Better service experience

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Quantum’s cloud-based data protection technology provides a highly optimized, low-cost cloud-based data protection solution that integrates with your existing environment, is simple to deploy, and allows for efficient disaster recovery. Use this cost calculator to see how much you could save compared to standard cloud storage.

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Fiber Optic Installation – Inspection and Copper Cable Testing Tools #it


Punch Down and Termination Tools

The best installations start with the best tools. And you can get the best tools from one trusted provider – Fluke Networks. Our network installation line encompasses all the essential tools needed for a job done right! From our innovative JackRapid™ punchdown tool to our forged steel constructed D-Snips cable scissors, look to Fluke Networks.

Case Studies

ITM, a UK-based leading independent provider of specialist ICT infrastructure solutions and services, applies best of breed technology, in-house expertise and innovation to deliver standards compliant solutions and services to clients throughout the UK, Europe and the rest of the World. Stuart Ayres, ITM Fibre & Equipment Engineer, reviewed the results of their investment in twenty Versiv Cabling Certification Systems.

After using the Versiv System for a few months it clearly offers several advantages when compared to the previous generation of test equipment. Not only is the Versiv System faster, the modular design and online connectivity dramatically reduces our engineers travel time as they no longer need to call into the office to have test results downloaded or firmware updated.

During the few months that we have been using the new equipment I have identified the following advantages that translate into productivity gains for both ITM and our Customers:

  • Greatly reduced test cycle times for both copper and fibre.
  • Easy and fast movement of test data from site to office enables better project progress reporting, quicker sign-off and invoicing.
  • Ability to remotely configure and control the test units.
  • Simplified logistics, we now only have to maintain one fleet of modular multi-purpose test equipment.

The Ultimate Test in the Alaskan Bush Survival Tip: Take care where the bears roam

Integrity Networks provides communications services and cable and fiber network infrastructure installation for companies and federal, state and local governments nationwide and around the Pacific Rim. Based in Renton, Washington, their projects range from military bases in Guam and Singapore, data center and VOIP installations in Washington and Virginia, to major healthcare and corporate oil, gas and mining projects across Alaska.

Integrity Networks entered the Alaskan market in 2007, and it has remained a steady presence in low-voltage contracting there ever since. With branch headquarters in Anchorage, Integrity Networks has an extensive staff of highly skilled Alaskan employees that work on jobs in the last great American frontier.

EXTREME DANGER: High Voltage Environment

With Fluke Networks OptiFiber® Pro OTDR with SmartLoop™, Twistnet technicians safely completed bidirectional certification of new North Sea Wind Farm installation

Established in 2000, with more than 30 years of experience, Twistnet Communications Ltd. specializes in the installation, testing and certification of fiber optic cabling, structured cabling systems and voice cabling systems.

Twistnet Communications Ltd serves companies in the United Kingdom and Europe with core services and it offers experts in fusion splicing, direct fiber termination, OTDR and power-meter testing and certification and repair with state of the art equipment such as the Fluke Networks’ OptiFiber Pro OTDR with SmartLoop, part of the Versiv™ line, the industry’s leading Cabling Certification System

By leveraging Versiv DSX-5000, CertiFiber and LinkWare Live, PowerCom has significantly reduced the time and effort needed to test the systems and provide results to their customers.

Challenge: PowerCOM installs and services a wide range of information and communication systems including; voice, data, Wi-Fi, security and monitoring at a variety of both indoor and outdoor locations. With over 80% of employees working in the field on multiple client sites, delivery of test results to the PowerCOM office and/or client is often challenging. Historically, the process to set up test equipment and compile results has been manual and time intensive for both field and administrative staff. Additionally, some customers desired more frequent and periodic delivery of detailed test results, rather than only upon project completion. To address these issues, PowerCOM required a solution that could help their technicians and administrative staff be more efficient, as well as readily and more easily share data with their customers.

Results: By leveraging Versiv™ DSX-5000, CertiFiber® Pro and LinkWare™ Live, PowerCom has significantly reduced the time and effort needed to test the systems and provide results to their customers. Instead of requiring the field technicians to set-up test parameters and commute to the office to deliver/review the test reports, these tasks can be done remotely through the cloud. By leveraging LinkWare Live, PowerCom technicians can complete jobs faster, ensure test accuracy and reduce the potential for rework.

Fluke Networks is pleased to announce that ECR Informatique, a leading company in the cable installation market, acquired the new Versiv platform, now with a fleet of 7 cable certifiers with DSX-5000 replacing DTX-1800 in order to consolidate its position and deployment in structured cabling solutions systems at both DataCenters and horizontal cabling levels.

Created in 2001 and located in Calvados (France), ECR specializes in cable installation of all types of local area networks (copper, fiber, wireless, laser) in standard or special environments or subject to manufacturers certifications. ECR acts on behalf of businesses, local communities, public and private institutions (education, health. ) on their main site or remote facilities, and is also a subcontractor for major clients taking charge of large scale projects featuring local networks


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Cloud Provider Comparison #cloud #services #comparison, #cloud #provider #comparison, #cloud #computing


Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a collection of remote computing services (also called web services) that together make up a cloud computing platform, offered over the Internet by

Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

Rackspace is a managed cloud computing provider offering high percentage availability of applications based on RAID10.

Rich set of services and integrated monitoring tools; competitive pricing model.

Easy-to-use administration tool, especially for Windows admins.

Easy to use control panel, especially for non-system administrators.

Instances range from $0.113/hour to $6.82/hour, with volume discounts available for reserved instances. Storage prices range from $0.095/GB/month to $0.125/GB/month.

Instances range from $0.02 to $1.60 per hour. Storage prices range from $0.07/GB/month to $0.12/GB/month, depending on level of redundancy.

Instances start at $0.04/hour and go up to $5.44/hour. File storage starts at $0.10/GB/month and block storage is $0.12/GB/month.

Sample Average Pricing(4GB RAM,CPU 2 Core,100GB HD, Bandwidth 100GB, Linux)

New users can get 750 hours, 30GB storage and 15GB bandwidth for free with AWS’s Free Usage Tier.

Free 30-day trial with a limit of up to $200 is available for new users.

Rackspace is currently offering a $100 credit on your first month bill.

AWS is a complex mixture of services. As your workflows become more complex and you use more services it can be difficult to project expenses. However, Amazon offers a monthly calculator to help estimate your costs.

Minimal, easy-to-use portal interface may not be so appealing to command line gurus.

No messaging or specialized services (like Amazon Simple Queue Service and DynamoDB), although there are alternatives (like RabbitMQ and MongoDB or CouchDB) that you can run, you’ll just need to manage them yourself. But it offers mailgun for sending mail upto 50,000 / p m

Data Centers Location

US East, US West, South America, Europe/Middle East/Africa Asia Pacific

US East, US Central. US West, Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia

Chicago, Dallas, Northern Virginia, London, Hong Kong, and Sydney

CDN Locations (Edge)

North America, South America,Europe/Middle East/Africa Asia Pacific

US East, US North, US Central, US South central. US West, Europe, Asia Pacific / Rest of World

Over 200 global content delivery network (CDN) edge locations.


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ERPGOV Cloud – DCAA Compliant Accounting Software for Government Contractors #dcaa



Simplicity, Power,

ERP GOV CLOUD can help with your contract management

why ERPGOv cloud?

ERPGov Cloud delivers the optimum combination of simplicity, power, visibility and DCAA compliance. The software is easier to implement than Deltek Costpoint, has more modern capabilities than Deltek GCS, and is more functionally integrated than QuickBooks or similar government contract accounting systems. ERPGov Cloud efficiently fulfills Management’s information needs while guiding the organization into full DCAA and FAR compliance.
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ERPGov Cloud software manages both commercial and government contracts, including the various forms of Cost Plus (CPFF), Time & Material (T ?>


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Five helpful cloud-based apps to boost your productivity #cloud #based #software


Five helpful cloud-based apps to boost your productivity

The cloud is not just for syncing and sharing; it’s also filled with services and apps that can do a world of good for your productivity. Whether it’s a full-blown productivity suite of tools, or a single-function app to make your hectic life easier, the cloud is there for you.

Out of the multitude of cloud apps available, which ones are more apt to aid you in your quest for efficient day-to-day productivity? Naturally, that will depend upon what your goal is. For nearly every task, there is an app to help bring your cloud experience to a more productive state. Some of those apps are, in fact, geared toward productivity (and not just syncing and storing). With that in mind, I sought out five cloud-based applications that will help you work more productively. Though not every application will appeal to you, there will most certainly be one or two that can find their way into your every-day life.

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Five Apps

1. SyncDocs

SyncDocs is one of the best ways to synchronize your Google Docs account and your PC. But SyncDocs doesn’t just go one way. This easy to use app allows you to sync any folder (on your PC) to and from your Google Docs account. All files are copied locally (so you don’t have to be on line for access) and files are encrypted on line. SyncDocs also has an option document conversion, which will automatically convert your documents to the Google Doc format. The free version of SyncDocs syncs a limited number of files. For $19.95 USD/year you can get access to unlimited sync (up to 5GB – you can purchase more space as needed).

2. Boomerang

Boomerang is another tool that works in conjunction with a Google account. What Boomerang does is allow you to set up email reminders, schedule the sending of email, set up recurring emails, manage follow-up emails, track email responses, even schedule an email to return to your inbox at a specific interval and request read receipts after the fact. Boomerang offers a free account (10 message credits), a Personal account ($4.99/month unlimited message credits), and a Professional account ($14.99/month unlimited credits plus mobile access). For more information the different account, check out their subscription matrix .

3. Cloudsave

Cloudsave is an extension for the Google Chrome browser that allows you to quickly save a file you’ve bound to your cloud account. Cloudsave supports Dropbox, Google Docs,, Amazon Cloud Drive, Windows Live SkyDrive, SugarSync, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and several other services. With a simple right-click, you can have that file uploaded to your cloud account in seconds (without having to save the file to your local drive first). Cloudsave is free and works on any platform supported by Chrome.

4. ZeroPC

ZeroPC is not just a mobile app, but a full-blown, cloud service that allows you to manage your cloud sync/storage connections all in one, handy desktop. The ZeroPC desktop offers a solid group of apps and tools, such as: Web browser, file manager, bulk uploader, sticky notes, universal inbox, and much more. With the Free account you get up to 39GB of cloud storage from connected services and 1GB of ZeroPC storage; with the Basic account ($2.99/month), you get up to 39GB storage from connected services and 5GB of ZeroPC storage; and with the Pro account ($9.99/month), you get up to 39GB of cloud storage from connected services and 50GB of ZeroPC storage.

5. Zoho

Zoho is an alternative to Google Apps and MS Office 365. Zoho is a cloud service that offers nearly every app you need for productivity: Mail, documents, bug tracker, books, email campaigns, app builder, email, calendar, CRM, invoice, and much more. Each app has a different price level associated with it, but for the basic Zoho Mail (email, calendar, contacts, tasks, notes, and docs) there is no charge. Check out this page to find out more about each service offered by Zoho.

Bottom line

If you’re looking to up your productivity through the cloud, these five tools would be a great place to start. Though every tool listed might not perfectly fit your needs, each should be of use and can help to boost your cloud-based productivity.

Software as a Service offers irresistible benefits for organizations of all sizes – from cost savings to scalability to mobile accessibility.We offer guidance on avoiding the pitfalls of the cloud and choosing your SaaS partners well.

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Interoute recognised as a Leader in Gartner s 2016 Magic Quadrant

Interoute recognised as a Leader in Gartner s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe

According to Gartner, “Leaders ” in the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe “have proved they have staying power in this market, can frequently innovate on their existing products and can be relied on for enterprise-class needs. They have proved their technical competence and ability to deliver services to a wide range of customers.”*

Service offerings, service excellence and overall business viability.

In this report Gartner states that “The most heavily weighted criteria for a managed hybrid cloud hosting provider’s Ability to Execute are its service offerings and service excellence, as reflected in customers’ experiences with sales, support and operations. Overall business viability, as reflected in the provider’s ability to serve a customer successfully over a three-year period without significant disruption, and the provider’s track record, also contribute to this rating.”

*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Managed Hybrid Cloud Hosting, Europe – Tiny Haynes, Gianluca Tramacere, and Gregor Petri. June 2016

This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Interoute. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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Financial Case for Moving to the Cloud #cloud #computing #costs, #smarter


The Financial Case for Moving to the Cloud

Many organizations are slow to adopt cloud computing due to confusion around the financial impact of its implementation and management.

Despite the hype, the uptake of cloud computing as a solution has not been as rapid as first anticipated, in part because of the confusion created around the financial benefits, said Sanil Solanki. research director at Gartner. While it s said to be cheaper than on-premises, cloud gets push-back from the finance function because it increases operating expenditure (opex) costs. IT departments let finance take the lead on this decision, and this stalemate is rarely broken.

Ahead of the Gartner IT, Financial, Procurement Asset Management Summit 2015, September 21-22, in London, U.K.. Mr Solanki, said that while using cloud computing does increase opex costs, CIOs should consider other financial factors before making a decision.

CIOs who have a rounded view of the financial impact of cloud are more likely to have progressive discussions with their finance business partners about when and how to deploy cloud services. Understanding the outcomes cloud computing can support is crucial for IT leaders when having these discussions (see Figure 1). Adopting the cloud can save significant amounts of money, which ultimately is the lifeblood of any business.

Figure 1.Gartner s Definition of Cloud Computing

Gartner has outlined the positive and negative financial considerations of cloud computing.

Three positive financial aspects of cloud:

  • Greater cost agility withinfrastructure as a service — Cloud services have a high degree of cost variability, so expenses can quickly go down if demand for services is reduced.
  • Increased retained cash — By using cloud/on-demand services, CIOs do not have to invest upfront to buy IT infrastructure via regular refresh cycles.
  • Reduced opportunity costs — Opportunity costs are defined as the value foregone by pursuing a certain course of action. By choosing to use cloud/on-demand, a company can free up cash to invest in other parts of the business.

Three negative financial aspects of cloud solutions:

  • Less cost agility withsoftware as a service(SaaS) — SaaS providers are promising cost agility as one of the benefits; in reality, however, this is only working one way — up. Clients can end up paying more if they use more licenses, but not less if they don t use as many.
  • Higher subscription fees — The total cost of ownership may be lower over five years, but the subscription fees are more than the perpetual licenses after year three or four; therefore, the savings need to be significant and ongoing to make cost lower after more than five to seven years.
  • High switching costs with SaaS — The cost to get data out and bring it back on-premises is high.

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Adobe for enterprise

Make experience your business.

Digital has disrupted every industry. Your customers now expect you to be personal. To be beautiful. To be simple yet compelling. All the time. Businesses that can deliver on that will build loyalty that leads to growth. With Creative Cloud, Experience Cloud, and Document Cloud, we help you create amazing content, harness the power of your data, and accelerate your business processes. So you can design and deliver experiences that your customers will love.

How can we help your business?

See how we help you address today’s digital challenges with real-world enterprise use cases.

We know what matters most to marketers.

Great design and content starts here.

The power you need to keep business moving.

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Adobe Experience Cloud

Every digital experience solution your business needs.

Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise

A great experience starts with amazing design and content.

Adobe Document Cloud for enterprise

Transform your document processes into all-digital experiences.

Adobe Cloud Platform: The foundation for experiences.

The Adobe Cloud Platform lets you centralize and standardize customer data and content from any system to improve the design and delivery of customer experiences. The platform makes its data, content, and insights available through APIs to partners and third-party developers. Our platform is used by more than 4,000 developers, technology partners, and systems integrators around the world. And built right into the Adobe Cloud Platform is the Adobe I/O developer portal, which fuels over 500 million API calls per day.

Meet Adobe Sensei for enterprise.

Adobe Sensei, the intelligence layer in the Adobe Cloud Platform, provides customers with a unified artificial intelligence and machine learning framework as well as services to help them work smarter and faster. Adobe Sensei can help you connect your digital and physical customer experiences, auto-target a user with a personalized experience across any screen, or automatically identify an anomaly in a customer’s experience.


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Cloud Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Solutions, Cloud Consulting #cloud, #cloud #services,



Wipro’s Cloud services helps enterprises in enhancing customer experience, accelerating business outcomes and building future ready capabilities. We help our customers optimize, scale, manage and outsource IT resources to rationalize investments. Our industry solutions help simplify processes, modernize applications and enable cognitive intelligence to meet our customers’ business needs.
Wipro partners with best of breed products such as Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft and a host of ecosystem partners to provide cutting edge solutions.

How Wipro Helps

With Wipro’s cloud services. you empower your business leaders and employees to do business better. Our Cloud solutions help you:

  • Optimize, scale, manage and outsource your IT resources
  • Reimagine journeys and processes to enable digital business
  • Enable customers, employees and partners with a consistent omni-channel experience
  • Transform to an agile business and a dynamic growth engine

Wipro’s in-depth industry and technology expertise can deliver true multi-directional dynamism, thereby enabling your enterprise to experience a seamless cloud journey.

“Wipro is best-suited to complex or transformational projects. For example, Wipro has led digital transformation based on Salesforce at leading brands such as Philips (connected products) and ST Microelectronics (digital partner ecosystem). Wipro has significant experience with legacy migration and complex integration. Though Wipro does plenty of standalone work in this space, it is particularly well-suited to clients seeking a long-term partner for ongoing Salesforce services.”

– Liz Herbert, The Forrester Wave™: Salesforce Implementation Partners, Q2 2015, Forrester Research, Inc. June 26, 2015

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Microsoft Dynamics Hosted ERP Cloud Solutions #erp #in #the #cloud


Microsoft Dynamics = Cloud Optimised ERP

Enterprise to SMB Dynamics Cloud ERP

No matter what your size, moving your Microsoft Dynamics to the Cloud delivers many advantages to your business: moving costs to opex away from capex; allowing scalability and the flexibility to meet changing business requirements; plus, always stay up to date, and extend the lifespan of your ERP software far beyond any on-premise installation. There are many Cloud Service Providers out there, but Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Services and Solutions from SaaSplaza have set the global standard when it comes to adding value to your business.

Expand your horizons with Dynamics Cloud

Because the Cloud won’t wait for you. Because your competitors won’t wait for you. When you move Microsoft Dynamics to the Cloud you open new doors of opportunity that will benefit your business for many years to come.

Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Solutions

Microsoft Dynamics AX

More than 19,000 companies around the world use Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

More than 47,000 companies around the world use Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

More than 4 million users around the world work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

More than 102,000 companies around the world use Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Microsoft Dynamics SL

More than 13,500 companies around the world use Microsoft Dynamics SL.

Get a Dynamics Cloud quote

Take the first step to Dynamics Cloud, request a quote and let’s get started!

Microsoft Cloud Solutions

Microsoft Dynamics is our specialty at SaaSplaza. We are also experts at leveraging the full capabilities of the Microsoft Cloud. including Office 365. Azure and Subscription Licensing. We can integrate and deliver vertical applications because, after all, the Cloud means collaboration and flexibility, not just with people, but with systems, processes and platforms, too.

As a Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Partner and the only Microsoft Gold Certified Hosting Partner specifically focused on Microsoft Dynamics, SaaSplaza works closely with Microsoft to deliver solutions on Microsoft Azure. You can provision multiple users in just minutes, go on to add databases and vertical solutions, and integrate with Office 365, all with just a few clicks.

With our experience there’s no need for you to invest the time and resources into training Azure or Microsoft Dynamics engineers for Cloud. When you partner with SaaSplaza, we do that work for you, so you can focus on growing your business.

Public cloud on Azure without the need for you to become an Azure engineer or support technician. Let SaaSplaza do the work – it s your choice.

Office from anywhere, anytime, with full functionality. SaaSplaza is an Office 365 license reseller, for your convenience!

Full service for SPLA or Subscription Licensing. Flexible cloud licensing for software is the future, and the future is always now, at SaaSplaza.


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What is Enterprise Cloud Computing FAQ? Definition from, characteristics of cloud


Enterprise Cloud Computing FAQ

Characteristics of cloud computing

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What is cloud computing?

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology provides the most neutral definition of cloud computing. “Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three delivery models, and four deployment models.”

What is enterprise cloud computing?

Enterprise cloud computing is the special case of utilizing cloud computing for competitive advantage through breakout opportunities both for cost savings and, more importantly, for business innovation in terms of unprecedented speed and agility with vastly improved collaboration among business partners and customers. What does “cloud computing” mean for the enterprise? More important than the question of “what is it?” is why it matters. Here are three key points.

1) On the cost side of the equation, many, but not all, IT and data center costs can be reduced and tied directly to usage, up or down as needs go up or down (rapid elasticity).

2) But there’s more, much more, on the revenue side. Risk and startup expenses for innovation initiatives can be cut dramatically, letting companies take more small bets and test out more new ideas. With no upfront capital expense, new projects can be scaled up instantly if they take off, or shut down quickly if they fail. Massive scalability and up-or-down elasticity give companies a whole new sandbox for testing new business ideas and growing them if they take off.

3) Companies don’t work alone, and, on average, over 20 companies make up today’s value chains. Cloud computing allows a company to collaborate in new ways with its trading partners, and collaboration is the key to gaining competitive advantage across the value chain. By establishing shared workspaces in “Community Clouds” employees from multiple companies can work together as a “virtual enterprise network” and function as though they were a single company. They all participate in the same value delivery system, sharing computing, communication and information resources. This is especially important as no one company “owns” the overall value chain.

Is cloud computing new?

Cloud computing is not a new technology or architecture or methodology. But it is a new Information Technology “delivery model” where all computing and networking resources are delivered as “services” that are elastic (use as much or as little as you need at any given time), massively scalable, and are available on-demand with self-service, pay-as-you-go variable cost subscriptions.

What’s driving enterprise cloud computing?

For sure, cost savings represent a significant driver. But far more important are the changes going on in the larger world outside of the business world in our hyper-connected global society. With the advent of easy-to-use “Consumer IT” or Web 2.0 usage of the Internet, Social Networks are changing the ways we live, learn, collaborate, work, consume and play. These huge changes in society also disrupt the way we design and manage our organizations and our value chains that deliver value to customers.

What is a Service-Oriented Enterprise?

What really differentiates a Service-Oriented Enterprise (SOE) from a traditional business model is its “outside-in” approach. A SOE creates business-driven value by defining and exposing its core business processes to the external market through the use of open technology in the form of “services.” This reorganization includes new business requirements, new operating zones and new license structures that can enable improved collaboration between organizations and their customers and suppliers. A SOE has the capability to organize its responses to market shifts due to the agility within its culture, processes and IT systems.

What is Business Technology?

The term Business Technology (BT) is frequently used to describe new technologies such as Web 2.0 and their use in business to differentiate them from the tools and techniques of traditional Information Technology (IT). The key differentiation between BT and IT centers on decentralization and unstructured environments. Organizations still need the centralized and structured role of IT to 20 Enterprise Cloud Computing provide back office functionality, but BT is an additional layer focusing on the front office and customer-facing business activities.

Is cloud computing the same as Software-as-a-Service(SaaS)?

While SaaS vendors originally did not use the word “cloud” to describe their offerings, analysts now consider SaaS to be one of several subsets of the cloud computing market. With traditional SaaS offerings, a company is buying pre-packaged “canned” software applications (e.g.,ERP, SCM or CRM packages) that are hosted remotely, usually in a multitenancy environment, and accessed via the Internet. SaaS applications can become “participants” in unique end-to-end business processes (see BPMaaS).

What is Business Process Management as a Service (BPMaaS)?

With SaaS offerings, a company is buying “same-old” pre-packaged software, but BPMaaS goes far beyond canned “business software as usual” being put online. It goes on to creating unique business processes designed for unique and specific purposes to link together multi-company value delivery systems that in the past weren’t feasible or economical to join together. BPMaaS is all about the complete management of business processes, and puts business people in charge of their processes. In many ways, BPMaaS is what sets enterprise cloud computing apart from consumer cloud computing. Unique business processes are how companies differentiate themselves, and are thus paramount to the enterprise use of cloud computing for competitive advantage. BPMaaS covers the full lifecycle of business processes, from their conception, design implementation and optimization. Bringing BPM capabilities to the Cloud enables multiple companies to share a common BPM system and fully participate in an overall end-to-end business process.

What are the economics of cloud computing?

Cloud computing brings immense economies of scale to computing and delivers computing resources on-demand in much the same way utilities deliver gas and electricity. In the past, companies had to make ever-growing capital expenditures (CAPEX) in comEnterprise Cloud Computing 21 puting resources to implement new information systems. Furthermore, to accommodate potential peak loads, they installed huge amounts of capacity so that today only 10-15% of data center capacity is typical utilized. The shift to the on-demand model of cloud computing isn’t just about cost savings. Far more important, it’s about giving organizations the agility they need to act quickly on new opportunities without IT being on the critical path. “Fast to market” is a central economic variable and speed is essential in the world of total global competition.

What’s the difference between “cloud computing” and “cloud services?”

In short, everything. “Cloud computing” implies a framework and vocabulary aimed at technology semantics. “Cloud services” implies a framework and vocabulary aimed at business semantics. While cloud computing belongs to the domain of Information Technology (IT), cloud services belong to the domain of Business Technology (BT). In other words, cloud services are about business, while cloud computing is about technology. The focus of this book is on the domain of business.


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Synology Cloud Backup – How to Backup Your NAS to the


How to Connect your Synology NAS to B2

Synology’s DiskStation is one of the leading Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions available for homes and small businesses. B2 is one of the most affordable ways to store your data in the cloud. Now Synology and B2 have teamed up to provide you with unbeatable cloud sync for your DiskStation. With Synology and B2, you’ll save every time you sync up to 75 percent compared to Amazon S3 .

How to set up your DiskStation with B2 cloud sync support

To set up your DiskStation with B2 sync support, you’ll need access to your B2 account. You’ll also need your B2 Account ID, application key and bucket name all of which are available when you log into Backblaze. Finally, you ll need the Cloud Sync application installed on your DiskStation.

  1. Open the DiskStation Management interface in your web browser.
  2. Install Cloud Sync v2.1.0 or later from the Package Center, if it’s not already installed.
  3. Click on the Main Menu .
  4. Click on Cloud Sync .
  5. Click the + button to create a new connection to B2.
  6. Select “Backblaze B2 Beta” from the list of cloud providers.
  7. Enter the account ID, application key, and bucket name you’ll be using for the sync. The bucket is the container that holds the DiskStation files you’d like to sync.
  8. Select the folder on the DiskStation you’d like to sync.
  9. Click Next. Confirm the task settings and the DiskStation will begin to sync to B2.10. Task settings lets you specify the folder you re uploading, and lets you prevent the DiskStation and B2 from syncing specific files or subdirectories. You can create exclusions for specific file types, too, as well as file names. You can also limit file size and even affect the direction of syncing, if you wish.

What to do with B2 support in DiskStation Cloud Sync

The Cloud Sync app provides you with total control over what gets backed up to B2 you can synchronize in the cloud as little or as much as you want. Here are some practical examples of what you can do with Cloud Sync and B2 working for you together.

Sync the entire contents of your DiskStation to the cloud .

The DiskStation has excellent fault-tolerance it can continue operating even when individual drive units fail but nothing In life is foolproof. It pays to be prepared in the event of a catastrophe. If you follow our 3-2-1 Backup Strategy. you know how important it is to make sure that you have a copy of your files in the cloud.

If this is the first you re hearing of 3-2-1, here s the bottom line: We recommend that you have three copies of your files at all times. First, there s the local source copy on which you re working your original. Next, there s a local backup (maybe that file on the DiskStation, for example). Finally, there s one in the cloud. That way, if anything ever happens to your data, you re only a few clicks away from being able to restore it and continue.

Sync your most important media files

Using your DiskStation to store movies, music and photos? You ve invested untold amounts of time, money and effort into collecting those media files, so make sure they re safely and securely synced to the cloud with DiskStation Cloud Sync and B2.

Back up Time Machine

Apple s Time Machine software provides Mac users with effortless local backup, and many of our customers rely on it to provide that crucial first step in making sure your data is secure. For years, customers have asked us for a way to back up Time Machine data, and now we can deliver.

Synology enables the DiskStation to act as a network-based Time Machine backup. Those Time Machine files can be synced to the cloud, so you can make sure to have Time Machine files to restore from in the event of a critical failure.

B2 is the best value in cloud storage. Our cost to store data in the cloud is up to 75 percent less than the competition. We re able to do all that because we ve spent years honing and perfecting our Storage Pods .

B2 just recently emerged from a very rigorous public beta test. During that time, tens of thousands of users signed up to try B2, and many more have come on board since the general launch at the end of June.

If you haven t given B2 a try yet, now is the time. You can get started with B2 and your Synology DiskStation right now, and make sure your NAS is synced to the cloud.

I think it s profiteering the service is no different and there should be no reason you can offer one set one product which is unlimited and then charge another set more for the same function.

Hey Sean! Yev from Backblaze here The difference is a financial decision. We ve been fairly open with folks in saying that we don t back up networked drives and servers for $5/month as part of our online backup service because that s not a feasible price-point for that type of service. Most folks have way more data on their NAS or server than they would on a regular PC or Laptop (though we do allow external non-networked drives to be backed up as an added benefit). B2 allows us to give users the capability of backing up their Servers and NAS drives like Synology to us but by paying for the space they use. It s currently priced at about 1/4 the cost of other online storage providers like S3 and Azure. We don t think that s unfair, but if you feel like paying for the amount of space you use is distasteful, we absolutely understand. We designed B2 in a way that would allow folks to back up as much data as they wanted, while staying in business hopefully some folks will take us up on the offer, and thus far the response has been pretty great!

What it boils down to is that B2 customers are subsidising Personal Backup customers. Your prices are the lowest, but I can t see how it s sustainable in the longer term to keep the Personal Backup product when 5000GB is $95 a year on Personal or $120 a year on B2, not to mention downloading from B2 costs money too. The pricing strategies are cannabalistic.

As a Synology owner I am very happy with this offer. Before I was using Amazon Glacier for my NAS backups. This new service is cheaper and has more features than Glacier.

Backblaze never allowed to backup from a NAS (for already explained reasons above), is great to finally be able to use BackBlaze.

///// I am afraid not support B2 in Hyper Backup now. If you insist to use it, please use Cloud Sync package.

However, I will pass this message to our developers and product management group. They will have more research on such feature. Hopefully we will be able to support this feature in our future Hyper Backup package releases. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.

If you have any great suggestions, feature or third party product support requests, please kindly send them to our Product Management group at:

All of you should hit the link and ask for the support, even the backblaze team, because in Q3/September HyperBackup will work with the amazon cloud drive

Just hit them up on your link about wanting B2 support in Hyper Backup 🙂

I think if you backup all or any part of the homes directory, you cannot also backup another shared folder on the same volume with the same account, does that sound right?

You should be able to pick and choose, but Synology might have a better answer 😀

This gives me so much happiness. I wish it would work for my Personal Backup account since my Synology is really just a backup of a few PCs but this is still great progress.

Thanks! We ve long wanted a way to offer our customers a way to safely upload the contents of their NAS systems to the cloud. Those needs are a bit different than what the personal Backblaze service was designed for, but that s one of the reasons we developed B2. We hope you ll check it out!

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Pleased to iMeet you: a Cloud-based Audio and Video Conferencing Service


Pleased to iMeet you: a Cloud-based Audio and Video Conferencing Service

Perhaps even less inspiring than a Ben Affleck movie is a pitch from a PR person wanting me to “check out this awesome new audio and video conferencing service.” Admittedly, I wasn’t at all excited to investigate iMeet any further until I read one particular passage in the initial introduction to me: iMeet lets up to 15 people meet face-to-face online from anywhere in the world using their desktop, tablet or smartphone. iMeet is one tool for all your audio, web and video meetings, and it has received several leading industry awards, including the Silver award for New Product Innovation by the internationally renowned 2012 Edison Awards. I still wasn’t convinced to have a look but I was intrigued. If nothing else, it was worth a look so that I could scoff at the attempt to woo me with the prospect of (yawn) a closer inspection of something I didn’t care about at all. I’m a Skype user, after all. It isn’t perfect but I’ve been with it for a while.

However, to my surprise, iMeet is really a superb tool and deserves a look. And, I’m glad I did. In fact, you’re going to be blessed/graced/cursed with watching some videos that I produce with this incredible tool in this column and in my Consumerization column.

iMeet 2.0 release highlights include:

Auto-Connect: iMeet hosts can instantly join the conversation with this new feature that automatically calls their computer or mobile device when they enter an iMeet meeting.

Screen Share: iMeet hosts can share their screen in high resolution, with no downloads for meeting guests. Mobile guests can view screen share from an iPad ® with the iMeet HD app.

Advanced Mobile Meeting Apps. The iMeet HD app for the iPad now includes two-way video streaming, full host controls, faster connect times and cloud file sharing. The iMeet Mobile app for the iPhone ® now includes larger profile images, full host controls and cloud file sharing.

HD Quality Video: iMeet now leverages the most technically advanced H.264 video encoding for HD quality video without consuming huge amounts of network bandwidth.

Spotlight Cube: iMeet users can click on anyone’s cube to enlarge it up to four-times bigger, creating a video conferencing room experience right on the desktop.

Cloud Controls: iMeet ’s new, easy-to-use admin console lets businesses centrally manage, provision and customize large groups of iMeet accounts across the enterprise.

If you’re like me, I’ve been disapointed with video conferencing tools over the years. It seems like if I didn’t spend tens of thousands of dollars on video hardware and software that I just couldn’t produce good talkback interview video. Well, now I can and I can do it cheaply–for about $20 a month. That’s less than my Premium BlogTalkRadio * subscription cost me and it was audio only.

Now, there’s no way, in a static article or in a podcast that I can adequately show you what iMeet can do. It’s hard to describe but I’ll try.

First, iMeet is easy to use. Sean O’Brien, EVP Strategy Communications gave me a demonstration of the meeting software during our interview as I interviewed him. We conducted the entire interview via iMeet. I didn’t have video hooked up or you could have seen the demo that I got during the interview. The next best thing is to have your own demo. Saving that, you can view a video that iMeet created to give you a quick overview.

Second, it does things that I’ve never seen any other video conferencing software do, such as display custom, dynamic backgrounds as you’re talking. Trust me, you have to see it to believe it. You can share files, your desktop and carry on a real time video conferencing over the web as if you had spent thousands or tens of thousands on high-end equipment. And, yet, it works with your built-in laptop camera. Sure, it works with other cameras too but, I’m just saying.

Third, there’s no choppy and weird audio/video syncing problems with iMeet. Sean’s video was absolutely smooth and flawless, just like watching a YouTube video on my desktop. This is one point that I can’t make clear enough. His technology is so advanced that you can have up to 15 simultaneous video conversations in your meeting room. I made some offhanded reference to an old TV show named, Max Headroom. where Max’s video and audio feed would often glitch, repeat and stammer. But, that was part of the mystique of the show. Watch an episode or two. Back then it was kind of cool. Nowadays, it will get on your nerves after a few minutes.

Finally, iMeet is surprisingly inexpensive. For just under $20 per month, you can enjoy the service for yourself. The full price list gives you an overview of the different plans and what each offers you.

There’s also a new feature coming within the next 90 days for those of you who still aren’t convinced: Downloadable video. That’s right. You don’t have to record your own video, further bogging down your system with another heavy application. Their service will provide you a copy of your meeting as part of the service.

One of the best things about iMeet is the fact that it works on any device without any special software download. This means that you can conduct meetings from anywhere and on any operating system or device that has Internet access. And, you can use audio, video or both.

I like the Spotlight feature that allows you to “blow up” a particular user’s video session allowing you to view full 1080p video from that user.

If you compare iMeet to Skype, which I currently use for my interviews and podcasts, Skype’s video is choppy. My fellow ZDNetizens, Scott Raymond and Jason Perlow, and I setup a Skype video conference one evening to check out the possibilities. It worked but not so well. It left a lot to be desired actually.

We really wanted and needed an iMeet experience. If we were to repeat the video conferencing idea, I would use iMeet.

One last thing. To connect to a live meeting requires nothing more than a browser. No remembering a conference phone number. No conference code. No fumbling around with dialing at all. Click on the simple link that someone provides you, have the iMeet service call your phone and presto, you’re in the conference. Basically, two clicks and you’re in. You never have to be late for another conference, no matter where you are–even if you’re stuck in traffic on your way to the meeting.

Seriously. The best way to see what iMeet has to offer you is to take a look for yourself. I, personally, am impressed. And, that’s not easy to do. As I said earlier, I didn’t want to look but am glad that I did. I think I must have sounded like a comic book freak watching The Avengers for the first time with the number of “Wows” I gave it.

Who knew that someone could take something as nap-inducing as audio and video conferencing software and make it geeky-cool. iMeet has succeeded where many other have failed. I’m thinking that if I could get phone recordings off of the service (and I forgot to ask) that I might dump Skype forever.

*I love BlogTalkRadio and it’s almost perfect for audio only podcasting.


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D-Link Cloud Solutions Live Demo, mydlink cloud services.#Mydlink #cloud #services


about mydlink Cloud

Mydlink cloud services

Zero Technical Skills

With mydlink cloud services, setup is a snap. As soon as you sign up for an account, you can add devices with Zero Configuration and take advantage of a series of powerful cloud-based services at zero costs. Simply power up your network device and follow mydlink Setup Wizard to effortlessly begin with mydlink cloud experience.

Access, Control,

mydlink simply your life. Set up mydlink-enabled device effortlessly with easy setup wizard or Zero Configuration. With mydlink, you are finally in charge of your digital life, keeping the things you love connected and keeping them safe.


With D-Link cloud products and mydlink mobile apps for iOS and Android, users can take control of their mydlink-enabled devices from virtually any location. Consumers and small-business owners can connect to D-Link cloud devices from their smartphones, tablets or desktop/laptop even on-the-go. Powerful cloud services together with cutting edge cloud products put you in control of your network anytime and anywhere.

Cloud Family

Accompanied with D-Link Cloud Services, you can manage/access & share easily via desktop/laption/mobile phone & tablets.

Cloud Camera

Mydlink cloud services

D-Link Cloud Cameras allows you to watch over your loved ones and monitor valued possession anywhere, anytime from a your mobile phone/ tablet/ desktop/ laptop. Simply watch over your baby while they asleep in the nursery or secure your home while you are on an extended vacation.

Cloud Router

Mydlink cloud services

D-Link Cloud Routers – a high-speed wireless router came with mydlink mobile app or web app. It allows you to remote network manage, control and monitor your home network from anywhere. Parents can even view what sites your kids are visiting and the devices connected within your home network.

Cloud Storage

Mydlink cloud services

It protects & controls your personal data while ensuring privacy. With mydlink Access-NAS apps, you can easily access files remotely on the go.

A standalone storage device that can record IP Camera video simultaneously from up to 9 network cameras. An ideal DIY security solution for both home & small businesses.


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Microsoft Azure Backup extends reach to VMs and PCs #vmware #cloud


Microsoft Azure Backup extends reach to VMs and PCs

Azure Backup. Microsoft’s cloud-based VM and data backup service that protects the contents of both Windows and Linux VMs, has been promoted to full-blown GA status as of last week.

Azure Backup’s feature set goes head to head against the likes of VMware vSphere 6 as a way to protect running VMs. It also falls in line with Microsoft’s strategy to make Azure an all-encompassing fabric for both local and cloud computing, with backup as one of many covered functions.

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Many of the features found in the release version of Azure Backup were announced when it was originally previewed back in March. Key among them:

  • Application-consistent backups for Windows machines (and file-consistent backups for Linux VMs)
  • Backup and retention driven by settable policies, with long-term retention of backups; the GA version of Azure Backup promises to store backups for 99 years
  • Backup protection of both VMs and client systems running Windows 7, 8, and 10 client systems

Up to 16 data disks can be backed up along with any given VM, and only changed data is backed up to reduce the amount of network traffic. Most crucial, systems don’t need to be powered down to enact backups, and a roster of PowerShell cmdlets are intended to make backup and restore operations scriptable.

However, data storage costs extra, and there are limits to how much info can be backed up for an individual data source. But there’s no charge for data egress when performing a restore operation.

Earlier this year, VMware vSphere 6 bundled the previously separate VMware Data Protection product, which also sports application-aware VM backup and restore functions. Where Microsoft ought to have an edge over vSphere 6 for backup — especially for smaller enterprises — is via Azure’s granular usage model, which has a more pay-as-you-go structure than vSphere’s licensing.

Last year Microsoft announced hardware-based Azure backup solutions. the StorSimple 8100 and 8600 arrays, designed to allow businesses to transparently migrate existing workloads into Azure. Unfortunately, the steep price tag and management issues made it less than appealing as a solution.

Azure Backup, though, is not dependent on any particular hardware solution. It’s limited to backing up client versions of Windows from Windows 7 up, and Windows Server 2008 SP2 up, but those limits pose far less of a barrier to adoption than the cost of a hardware appliance.


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Calway – totaaloplossingen voor call centers #cloud #call #centers


Calway is al meer dan 20 jaar een betrouwbare partner voor inhouse en facilitaire call centers.
Met onze outbound en inbound totaaloplossing voor call centers, CallPro, worden
campagnes op een effectieve manier opgezet en uitgevoerd.

  • Progressive, Predictive, Call Blending

    Zowel voor outbound call centers als inbound call centers ondersteunen wij verschillende methoden. Ook sluiten wij naadloos aan op de meeste telefooncentrales.



    CallPro Professional is zowel geschikt voor on-premise gebruik als in the cloud.
    Wij kunnen het totaal traject voor u verzorgen of u nu kiest voor
    uw eigen systemen of het gebruiken van CallPro in the cloud.

    de totaaloplossing voor call centers

    Calway is al meer dan 20 jaar een betrouwbare partner voor inhouse en facilitaire call centers. Met onze outbound en inbound totaaloplossing voor call centers, CallPro, worden campagnes op een effectieve manier opgezet en uitgevoerd.

    Wilt u uw agents efficient benutten en het hoogste rendement halen uit elk gesprek, kies dan voor CallPro.

    Heeft u behoefte aan automatisch bellen, gespreksopname, bel-me-niet compliance of wachtrij integratie, dan is onze voordelige telefonie oplossing de juiste keuze. Voor een fractie van de prijs van een traditionele telefooncentrale haalt u alle benodigde functionaliteit in huis.

    Outbound en Inbound

    CallPro biedt outbound en inbound bellen afhankelijk van de mogelijkheden van de telefooncentrale.


    Verwerk de resultaten uit het call center als brief, email, SMS of exportbestand en stuur deze naar leads en/of opdrachtgevers met de fulfilment module.


    Kies voor onze Asterisk telefooncentrale met een volledig geintegreerde inbound, outbound, blended dialer voor CallPro

    Op locatie of in de cloud

    CallPro Professional is zowel geschikt voor on-premise gebruik als in de cloud. Wij kunnen het totaal traject voor u verzorgen of aansluiten op uw bestaande situatie.

    Implementatie advies

    Ook voor advies bij de aanschaf of de keuze van netwerk en computer apparatuur kunt u bij ons terecht. Als softwareontwikkelaar hebben wij expertise op alle gebieden van de ICT. Op basis van onze jarenlange ervaring in de branche adviseren wij u graag om een op uw situatie afgestemde oplossing in te richten.

    Accutone headsets

    de perfecte headset voor het call center

    Headsets hebben veel te lijden in het call center. Duurzaamheid is dan ook van belang bij de keuze van een headset. Veel belangrijker nog is echter de audiokwaliteit. Wij leveren de ideale headset voor uw call center met een goede balans tussen duurzaamheid, audio kwaliteit en prijs. Onze Accutone headsets zijn direct aan te sluiten op SNOM IP-toestellen.

    Deze stereo headsets hebben twee grote geluid-isolerende oorschelpen die comfortabel zitten en een enkelzijdige aansluitkabel met quick-disconnect. Er wordt gebruik gemaakt van een noise-canceling microfoon en acoustic shock bescherming.

    Deze headset is geschikt voor gebruik in drukke call centers en dagelijks gebruik.

    Quick disconnect

    Quick disconnect aansluiting voor extra mobiliteit. Verlaat uw werkplek zonder de headset af te hoeven doen.



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  • The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2014 – Page: 1

    The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2014

    byCRN Staff on January 31, 2014, 10:15 am EST

    When CRN first introduced its annual 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors list in 2010, the space was still ripe, rapidly evolving from an industry buzzword to a legitimate means for solution providers to enable customers to eliminate the overhead and capital expenditures that come with on-premise hardware. In 2014, the fourth year of the Cloud 100, “the cloud” is now mainstream and the shift from a traditional on-premise solution provider model to a cloud-based services model is not just a trend, but in many cases a crucial move for survival.

    The Cloud 100 list aims to help solution providers navigate the growing cloud marketplace and identify the best solutions to support the IT channel.

    Here we present the 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2014, honoring the best of the best in cloud computing in five categories: infrastructure, platforms, security, storage and software.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors
    AWS is still the IaaS market king, but AWS also faces increased competition from rivals including large telco companies to smaller, but stealthier, IaaS startups. Here’s a look at the coolest cloud infrastructure vendors to make this year’s CRN Cloud 100 list.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Platforms And Development Vendors
    The time is now for fast growth and big ROI in the cloud platform and development space. Here are the coolest cloud platform and development vendors on this year’s Cloud 100 list.

    Data is piling up and storage vendors new and old are offering more options for businesses to store more of that data in the cloud. We take a look at the 20 coolest cloud storage companies that made this year’s Cloud 100 list.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors
    Fifteen years after introduced its cloud CRM apps, cloud computing is quickly becoming the de facto method for delivery applications to users. Here are the coolest cloud software vendors on this year’s Cloud 100 list.

    Worried moving to the cloud might make you more vulnerable? Here are 20 cloud security companies that made this year’s Cloud 100 list.


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    A Quick Comparison of Cloud hosting and Traditional Hosting #vps #vs


    Cloud Hosting is a very reliable, easily scalable and affordable hosting solution that differs from the traditional hosting solutions in several aspects. Here is a short comparison that will make the differentiation more clear for you.

    Cloud vs. Shared Hosting

    Shared hosting is the most popular hosting solution that can suit even the most tight budget. But using a shared hosting solution also means that the user has to share the server resources with other users. If your website is hosted on a shared hosting server, all your data and the application you are using, will be hosted with the applications of all other users on one and the same server. Your website will share the same server resources as all other websites on the server such as CPU, Memory, disc space, bandwidth etc. The servers running shared hosting accounts are almost always fully loaded. If one website overloads the server, all users will suffer from low speed or downtime.

    On the cloud your website is hosted not only on one but on several servers connected to work as one. You don t depend on only one machine even if one machine is broken, the others will backup its data and processes and no downtime will appear.

    Cloud vs. VPS Hosting

    The virtual private server, called VPS, is a hosting solution that also uses virtualization technology just like Cloud hosting does. The VPS allows multiple servers to function as one physical server for a higher utilization of the available resources. It is also known as Dedicated virtualization or Private Cloud. Unfortunately the VPS servers are less efficient since they allocate a guaranteed amount of resources to each client that can never be rerouted to others. This means that one client could have multiple free resources, while another is overloaded.

    Cloud vs. Grid Hosting

    Grid hosting has emerged before Cloud hosting. It combines the resources of several physical machines into one computing Grid. On Grid based servers the Webmasters can easily increase the physical resources if necessary.

    In Grid hosting computers are also coupled as in Cloud hosting. The difference is, that all machines process different parts of a larger task.

    Cloud vs. Dedicated Hosting

    Dedicated Servers are combined with managed hosting services. The web hosting provider leases out the full control to the client. But he still owns the machines and has to monitor the performance of the server ensuring the uninterrupted work flow of the server. This service also includes technical support, backup services, installation of security patches etc. and thus are more expensive than Cloud hosting.

    Another difference between the two hosting solutions, is that the resources of a dedicated server are usually used below 60%, so it never runs at full capacity. A fully loaded cloud can save a lot of electricity and money since it can replace 5 times of the dedicated servers.


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    Apple and the cloud: A magnificent missed opportunity #apple #cloud #computing


    Apple and the cloud: A magnificent missed opportunity

    One of the saddest documents you’ll ever see is prosaically titled DEFENDANT’S EXHIBIT NO. 489.245. (I’ve shared it in a public folder at OneDrive, so you can click that link and read the whole thing at your leisure.)

    The document, a printout from an internal email sent to a list of top Apple executives, emerged last month as part of the landmark patent infringement suit brought by Apple against Samsung.

    The email was part of a thread that begins with a painfully ironic DO NOT FORWARD warning from Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller. It includes the forwarded text of a blunt agenda from Steve Jobs covering Apple’s plans for its 2011 fiscal year.

    The dateline alone is poignant. Written in October 2010, the email represents Steve Jobs’ final opportunity to provide his guidance on Apple’s future. Jobs resigned 10 months after this email was sent and died of cancer two months after that.

    But the even sadder part is how thoroughly Apple has so far failed to deliver on one of the key goals Jobs laid out in this, his final strategy document. Jobs wanted 2011 to be the “Year of the Cloud.” With the digital hub moving from the PC to the cloud, he said, Apple was “in danger of hanging on to [the] old paradigm too long.”

    That summary by Steve Jobs is puzzling. On the one hand, as Apple’s Disruptor-in-Chief, he knew full well how important it is to disrupt your own business before you let someone else do it. He also recognized that both Google and Microsoft had a significant lead in cloud technology, even if they hadn’t figured out how to translate that technology into income or profits.

    But on the other hand, Jobs also remained firmly wedded to Apple’s walled garden. His directive in this memo, which was never intended to be seen by us mere mortals, is extraordinarily blunt: “tie all of our products together, so we further lock customers into our ecosystem.”

    So, three and a half years later, how far have Apple’s cloud efforts progressed? Compared to the leaders in the cloud ecosystem, not very far at all.

    Apple’s iCloud is, first and foremost, a backup target for iOS devices, a job it does reasonably well. But on every other modern yardstick for cloud computing it falls short. My colleague Jason Perlow (disclosure: he now works for Microsoft) has done an excellent job of summing up the cloud landscape in a pair of posts:

    Both posts are must-reads. Here’s my current take on Apple’s cloud status:

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    In short, Apple is in no danger of becoming a “devices and services” company anytime soon. What it offers is fine for anyone fully committed to Apple’s hardware. But as soon as you stray into Android or Windows devices, things get. complicated.

    Fortunately for Apple and its shareholders, the installed base of Apple hardware, especially iPads and iPhones, is too big for any cloud player to ignore. That position, as gatekeeper to the wealthiest segment of the PC and mobile hardware market, gives Apple an enviable position as power broker.

    And in the current climate, that’s a potentially tremendous edge for Microsoft over Google. Office for iPad was an unqualified hit last month, and Microsoft has been aggressively developing its other products, including OneDrive, for iOS. Despite friction through the years, Apple and Microsoft have maintained a working partnership.

    Meanwhile, Google, largely on the strength of its Android OS, remains public enemy #1 for Apple. The spate of lawsuits by Apple against Samsung and other Android handset makers are really part of a proxy war against Google. And indeed, if you look just a few lines earlier on the first page of this strategy document, you’ll see the heading “2011: Holy War with Google.”

    Under those circumstances, especially with the Mac-PC wars mostly in the rearview mirror, it’s easy to see Apple developing tighter ties with Microsoft’s cloud.

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    What Is Cloud Computing and How Does It Work? Definition –


    What Is Cloud Computing and How Does It Work? Definition Overview

    By Isabel Eva Bohrer
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    From floppy disks to CDs to USB flash drives, file saving and sharing has undergone a significant evolution over the past decades. The devices to share files are becoming smaller and have higher capacities, increasingly destined to serve an on-the-go lifestyle.

    Today you no longer need to save all your documents on one particular device. Instead, you can access your files from any terminal at any time, thanks to cloud computing.

    What Is Cloud Computing?

    The cloud has always been a metaphor for the Internet; in fact, cloud symbols are often used to portray the Internet on diagrams. As a virtual space that connects users from all over the globe, the Internet is like a cloud, sharing information by way of satellite networks.

    Sharing and Storing Data

    Cloud computing, in turn, refers to sharing resources, software, and information via a network, in this case the Internet. The information is stored on physical servers maintained and controlled by a cloud computing provider, such as Apple in regards to iCloud. As a user, you access your stored information on the cloud via the Internet.

    By using cloud storage, you don t have to store the information on your own hard drive. Instead, you can access it from any location and download it onto any device of your choice, including laptops. tablets. or smartphones. Moreover, you can also edit files, such as Word documents or PowerPoint presentations, simultaneously with other users, making it easier to work away from the office.

    There are different types of cloud computing services available to suit different needs. While some cater to individual users who want to store photos, documents, and videos, others are destined for companies that need extensive platforms to develop IT applications, for example.

    Depending on your needs, the prices will vary. As an individual user, you can get an initial amount of storage for free, such as 5GB with iCloud. If you need additional storage, you will have to pay a fee. Fees are usually set at monthly or yearly rates, depending on the services you are using.


    1. Worldwide Access. Cloud computing increases mobility, as you can access your documents from any device in any part of the world. For businesses, this means that employees can work from home or on business trips, without having to carry around documents. This increases productivity and allows faster exchange of information. Employees can also work on the same document without having to be in the same place.
    2. More Storage. In the past, memory was limited by the particular device in question. If you ran out of memory, you would need a USB drive to backup your current device. Cloud computing provides increased storage, so you won t have to worry about running out of space on your hard drive.
    3. Easy Set-Up. You can set up a cloud computing service in a matter of minutes. Adjusting your individual settings, such as choosing a password or selecting which devices you want to connect to the network, is similarly simple. After that, you can immediately start using the resources, software, or information in question.
    4. Automatic Updates. The cloud computing provider is responsible for making sure that updates are available you just have to download them. This saves you time, and furthermore, you don t need to be an expert to update your device; the cloud computing provider will automatically notify you and provide you with instructions.
    5. Reduced Cost. Cloud computing is often inexpensive. The software is already installed online, so you won t need to install it yourself. There are numerous cloud computing applications available for free, such as Dropbox. and increasing storage size and memory is affordable. If you need to pay for a cloud computing service, it is paid for incrementally on a monthly or yearly basis. By choosing a plan that has no contract, you can terminate your use of the services at any time; therefore, you only pay for the services when you need them.


    1. Security. When using a cloud computing service, you are essentially handing over your data to a third party. The fact that the entity, as well as users from all over the world, are accessing the same server can cause a security issue. Companies handling confidential information might be particularly concerned about using cloud computing, as data could possibly be harmed by viruses and other malware. That said, some servers like Google Cloud Connect come with customizable spam filtering, email encryption, and SSL enforcement for secure HTTPS access, among other security measures.
    2. Privacy. Cloud computing comes with the risk that unauthorized users might access your information. To protect against this happening, cloud computing services offer password protection and operate on secure servers with data encryption technology.
    3. Loss of Control. Cloud computing entities control the users. This includes not only how much you have to pay to use the service, but also what information you can store, where you can access it from, and many other factors. You depend on the provider for updates and backups. If for some reason, their server ceases to operate, you run the risk of losing all your information.
    4. Internet Reliance. While Internet access is increasingly widespread, it is not available everywhere just yet. If the area that you are in doesn t have Internet access, you won t be able to open any of the documents you have stored in the cloud.

    Popular Cloud Computing Services

    • iCloud. Apple s iCloud allows you to store music, documents, photos, and other files via WiFi. You can then access them from all of your devices. When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5GB of free storage. Should you need additional storage, fees are as follows: $20 per year for 10GB, $40 per year for 20GB, and $100 per year for 50GB. All the other Apple apps (calendar, mail, and more) are integrated to work seamlessly with iCloud.
    • Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office. Google Cloud Connect allows various users to interact using Microsoft Office. This includes simultaneous sharing and editing of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. You can also save secure copies of each document. The flexible plan, which you can terminate at any time, is priced at $5 per user account per month, while the annual plan is priced at $50 per user account per year.
    • IBM SmartCloud. IBM SmartCloud provides numerous services for IT companies, such as developing applications in the cloud or using the cloud as a backup for your company files. Use the price estimator to estimate the cost for your particular needs you need to select the software, size, and times that you want to use, plus any additional requirements your company might have. A 12-month commitment, for example, is priced at $1,300 per month for each unit.

    Choosing the Best Option

    Whether you use your devices as an individual or as a company, you can take advantage of cloud computing. Individuals will find Apple s iCloud particularly useful if you are using Apple devices. Small businesses, in turn, can opt to share documents via Google Cloud Connect, Google Docs, or Dropbox. IT and application development teams should opt for more complex services, such as those provided by IBM SmartCloud.

    Final Word

    Cloud computing is a relatively new technology that will only become more widespread. It offers many advantages that could immediately benefit you and your business be aware, however, that initial developments come with frequent drawbacks. If you wait a while, the service will likely develop more fully as problems are ironed out. Plus, cost will go down as more people adopt the technology, which is great news for any frugal-minded businessperson.

    Have you started using cloud computing? What are you favorite solutions?



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    Top cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service vendors #cloud #capacity


    Top cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service vendors

    Gartner identifies 9 major IaaS players

    The cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) space is undergoing major upheaval this year, according to research firm Gartner. In its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide. Gartner analysts found service providers were shifting strategies as the ecosystem consolidates around market leaders.

    Here are the major IaaS players identified by Gartner, along with recommended use cases for each.

    IaaS vendors had to offer a service suitable for strategic adoption and boast an ambitious roadmap to make the cut for Gartner’s Leaders quadrant. These vendors, according to Gartner, offer services that serve a broad range of use cases. They may not necessarily be the best providers for a specific need, and they may not serve some use cases at all, but they have a track record of successful delivery, significant market share and lots of customers that can provide references.

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)

    AWS is the 800 lbs. gorilla in the IaaS market, with more than 10 times more cloud IaaS compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other 14 providers Gartner studied.

    Gartner recommends AWS for all use cases that run well in a virtualized environment, but notes that some — particularly highly secure applications, strictly compliant applications or complex enterprise applications (such as SAP business applications) — may require special attention to architecture.

    Microsoft, with its Azure Infrastructure Services, is the only other IaaS vendor to make the Leaders quadrant. It holds second place in market share, with more than twice as much cloud IaaS compute capacity as the other providers Gartner studied (excluding AWS).

    Gartner recommends Azure for general business applications and development environments for Microsoft-centric organizations, as well as cloud-native applications and batch computing.

    Vendors in Gartner’s Visionaries quadrant distinguished themselves with an ambitious vision of the future and significant investments in the development of unique technologies. They might be new entrants to the market or veteran providers in the process of reinventing their business. These vendors may have a significant number of customers but don’t yet serve a broad range of use cases well compared with their Leader quadrant counterparts.

    The Google Cloud Platform brings together Compute Engine (its IaaS offering), App Engine (an application PaaS or aPaaS offering) and complementary services like object storage and a Docker container service.

    Gartner recommends Google for cloud-native applications and batch computing, as well as projects that leverage Google Cloud Platform as a whole.

    Global communications service provider CenturyLink acquired Web hoster Savvis in 2011 and pure-play cloud IaaS provider Tier 3 in 2013 and merged them to create its CenturyLink Technology Solutions business unit, which now offers CenturyLink Cloud (CLC).

    Gartner recommends CLC for self-service cloud IaaS in conjunction with managed services and for all applications that run well in a virtualized environment, excluding batch computing.

    VMware has traditionally focused on virtualization technologies, but made its vCloud Air cloud IaaS service generally available in 2013.

    Gartner recommends vCloud Air for development environments, general business applications, supplementing existing VMware-virtualized environments, Pivotal Cloud Foundry hosting and disaster recovery for customers that want a VMware-based solution.

    IBM acquired SoftLayer, an independent Web hoster focused on small and midsized businesses (SMBs) in 2013, and by 2014 it migrated its existing SmartCloud Enterprise cloud IaaS customers to SoftLayer and shut SmartCloud down.

    Gartner recommends SoftLayer for ebusiness hosting, general business applications and batch computing, in circumstances that require both API control over scalable infrastructure and bare-metal servers to meet requirements for performance, regulatory compliance or software licensing. It also recommends it for IBM outsourcing deals that use SoftLayer bare-metal servers as the hosting platform.

    IaaS vendors may fit into the Niche Players quadrant for a number of reasons, according to Gartner. They may provide top-notch services for specialized use cases, be relatively new entrants to the market or still lack significant market share. Gartner notes some may have solid leadership positions in adjacent markets but are still in the early stages of developing IaaS capabilities. Gartner says the more highly targeted your needs are, the more likely it is that a Niche Player is an ideal fit.

    Rackspace offers a multitenant, OpenStack-based public cloud and three flavors of hosted private cloud: vCloud Director-based and VMware-virtualized, Microsoft Cloud OS-based and Hyper-V virtualized or OpenStack-based and KVM-virtualized. It also offers an on-premises private cloud.

    For public cloud, Gartner recommends Rackspace for cloud-native applications requiring a basic cloud IaaS offering that includes bare-metal servers, cloud IaaS as part of a hybrid hosting solution with DevOps-oriented managed services, hybrid hosting where cloud IaaS is supplementary to a primarily dedicated infrastructure or development environments where simplicity and ease of use are crucial.

    For private cloud, Gartner recommends private OpenStack environments for development or cloud-native applications, VMware or Hyper-V-based “rented virtualization” for general business applications or development environments, private “Azure-like” (Windows Azure Pack) environments for development or hybrid environments with Microsoft Azure.

    Gartner identified the other Niche Players as: CSC, Dimension Data, Fujitsu, Interoute, Joyent, NTT Communications, Verizon and Virtustream.

    It recommends CSC for cloud-enabled data center transformation that want a VMware-based service or a private cloud.

    Gartner suggests Dimension Data for ebusiness hosting, cloud-native applications and general business applications for customers that have very diverse geographic needs or who need a private cloud.

    Fujitsu is recommended for general business applications for customers who need managed services in conjunction with cloud IaaS, of for development environments for customers who only need basic cloud IaaS.

    Gartner recommends Joyent for cloud-native or microservice architecture applications deployed into OS containers, cloud-native applications and e-commerce sites where visibility into application performance is crucial or batch computing on large data sets.


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    Encrypt or Decrypt sensitive data using AES #encode, #encrypt, #encryption, #online


    Encrypt or Decrypt email messages. Encryption and Decryption online. Encode or Decode string.

    Encode PHP sorce online. Encrypt Text Files. Mail encrypt. Mail encryption. Email encrypt. HTML and PHP Encryption. Bit Encryption. Voltage Encryption. Copyright Protection. Email encryption refers to encryption, and often authentication, of email messages, which can be done in order to protect the content. Strong email encryption. Encode PHP Script. Windows Decoder. Email encryption program. Online Email Encryption. Hosting Solution. Anti Spam Gratis. iPad Password Cracker. Free Usb Encryption Software. Sometimes you want additional protection for your e-mail communication to keep it from unwanted eyes. Email Encryption Software. Encrypt Online. Outlook Email Encryption.String Decrypt. Help protect your account and computer. Encrypted Email Exchange. CBC Encryption. Encrypt or Decrypt: FERON-74, GILA7, HAZZ-15, MEGAN-35, OKTO3, TIGO-3FX, AER-256, ARMON-64, ATOM-128, BASE-64, ESAB-46, EZIP-64, TRIPO-5, ZARA-128, HINDIA-4X, KOREX-3S, ARABICA-2RS, CHINZO-72C, JAPOO-C2S, ZONG22.

    Best encryption for network security.
    Encrypt or Decrypt sensitive data using AES/DES/RCA encryptors (security tools).

    Free Online Tools for Encrypting Text using 128-bit AES/DES/RCA Encryption. Encrypt or decrypt text online with a password of your choice using this hand tool. This is service for securing your messages in an easy way. CRYPO system will encrypt your message using strong encryption algorithm, and it will be secure for sending. Web based online service for easy text and messages encryption and protection. CRYPO – Best encryption for network security.


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    Cloud Computing Concerns – How Cloud Computing Works #how #the #cloud


    How Cloud Computing Works

    Perhaps the biggest concerns about cloud computing are security and privacy. The idea of handing over important data to another company worries some people. Corporate executives might hesitate to take advantage of a cloud computing system because they can’t keep their company’s information under lock and key.

    The counterargument to this position is that the companies offering cloud computing services live and die by their reputations. It benefits these companies to have reliable security measures in place. Otherwise, the service would lose all its clients. It’s in their interest to employ the most advanced techniques to protect their clients’ data.

    Privacy is another matter. If a client can log in from any location to access data and applications, it’s possible the client’s privacy could be compromised. Cloud computing companies will need to find ways to protect client privacy. One way is to use authentication techniques such as user names and passwords. Another is to employ an authorization format — each user can access only the data and applications relevant to his or her job.

    Some questions regarding cloud computing are more philosophical. Does the user or company subscribing to the cloud computing service own the data? Does the cloud computing system, which provides the actual storage space, own it? Is it possible for a cloud computing company to deny a client access to that client’s data? Several companies, law firms and universities are debating these and other questions about the nature of cloud computing.

    How will cloud computing affect other industries? There’s a growing concern in the IT industry about how cloud computing could impact the business of computer maintenance and repair. If companies switch to using streamlined computer systems, they’ll have fewer IT needs. Some industry experts believe that the need for IT jobs will migrate to the back end of the cloud computing system.

    Another area of research in the computer science community is autonomic computing. An autonomic computing system is self-managing, which means the system monitors itself and takes measures to prevent or repair problems. Currently, autonomic computing is mostly theoretical. But, if autonomic computing becomes a reality, it could eliminate the need for many IT maintenance jobs.

    To learn more about cloud computing and other related topics, see the links on the next page.

    Private Eyes Are Watching You

    There are a few standard hacker tricks that could cause cloud computing companies major headaches. One of those is called key logging. A key logging program records keystrokes. If a hacker manages successfully to load a key logging program on a victim’s computer, he or she can study the keystrokes to discover user names and passwords. Of course, if the user’s computer is just a streamlined terminal, it might be impossible to install the program in the first place.

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    Cloud Document Management System Software #document #management #system #software, #dms #software,


    Cloud Document Management System Software for SMBs

    Cloud Document Management That’s Easy to Use!

    Keeping your paperless office documents only on your computer or local server poses the risks of hard drive failure, fire, flood or burglary. And what if you want to access one of those important files away from office? Meet Folderit. The ultimate online document management software for small businesses and organizations! We didn’t bulk it up with features real people never need. So you could find the ones you do, much more easily! And where ever you are.


    Share documents, folders, sections or even the whole account to anyone you like. With “View” permissions they can only see the document; with “Edit” they can also edit the meta data.

    Approval Workflows

    An invoice, a vacation application or another document needs to be approved by one or several people before next steps? Not a problem! Invite people to approve and add their comments. In fixed order or all at once. It’s never been easier to get and trace approvals!

    File/Folder Notifications

    Set and get automatic notifications for changes in documents, folders or sections as often as you choose.


    Add metadata such as tags, signers, notes, date and due date to help organise your documents. You can easily add your own data fields!

    Version Control

    You can upload a new version of a document and preserve the existing metadata and all earlier versions of the file — which are always easily recoverable with just one click! Document check-in/check-out feature allows you to lock a document for others while you are editing it.


    Whenever you need a notification at a certain date and time, just set up a reminder! You can add as many reminders as you like and choose a different e-mail address for notification on each of them.

    Powerful Search

    We have built in a powerful search so you can search documents not only by the file name but also document’s title and metadata, like tags and signers!


    For each of your account roles you receive a dedicated e-mail address. Just send/forward an e-mail to that address and the attached file will end up in your Folderit Inbox. Couldn’t be any simpler and perfect to store documents on the go!

    Role Support

    Although you can create unlimited hierarchy under your primary account role, you can actually add up to 5 additional roles! So you can have one for your company, other for you personal needs, clubs, bands or what ever to share with relevant people!


    Your documents are accessible to you from every PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone with internet connection. All over the world.

    Local Backup

    Your documents are stored in secure cloud and are perfectly safe, yet if you wish, you can easily download the whole account or individual files/folders to your hard-drive as often as you like for your local backup.

    Safe & Secure

    All your data is 256-bit AES encrypted in the cloud where it’s safely stored and sent via secure SSL connection.

    Trusted and Loved.

    Paperless records management is a clear and easy part of everyday business for many companies and organizations worldwide. For those who have chosen Folderit DMS.


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    6 Free Online Backup Plans (Last Updated July 2017) #online #cloud


    6 Free Online Backup Plans

    Updated July 03, 2017

    Several backup services offer free online backup plans. The only catch with a free plan is that you re heavily restricted, at least compared to their premium offerings, as to how much data you re allowed to backup.

    Aside from a relatively small amount of storage, a free online backup plan is usually identical to the not-so-free plans offered by the same company. This means that as long as a free plan has enough storage space for your data, and meets any other criteria you have, you can have a complete and permanent backup solution for free!

    Below is a list of every free online backup plan that I could find, sorted by the amount of free online backup space offered .

    If you find that a free online backup plan just won t cut it, see my List of Online Backup Services for your not-so-free options. Some services even offer plans with unlimited storage: Unlimited Online Backup Plans. See my Business Online Backup list for business-class plans.

    I think online backup is the way to go, but if you re not so sure, check out my updated Free Backup Software list for the best free traditional backup programs.

    Important: The free online backup options below are truly free. I have not included any trial or temporary plans. See my Online Backup FAQ for more information.

    Please let me know if anything below needs updated.


    MiMedia. © MiMedia, Inc.

    MiMedia gives out 10 GB of free storage space and offers automatic backups.

    A downside to MiMedia is that it can only be used for photos, movies, music, and documents. Common file types like ZIP and EXE will not be backed up.

    However, MiMedia is a nice choice if storing media files is all you re concerned about.

    A mobile app and a Windows desktop program are available for uploading your media files.

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    IDrive Basic

    IDrive Basic. © Pro Softnet Corporation

    IDrive s Basic plan grants 5 GB of free online storage space.

    As like most of the other free backup offerings, you get to enjoy all the features of IDrive s premium offering: IDrive Pro.

    One special bonus with IDrive Basic: unlimited device backup. In other words, you can backup all of the computers, smartphones, and tablets in your home that you wish, all to this single account. Just keep the total under 5 GB!

    IDrive works on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2012, and macOS Snow Leopard and newer.

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    Jottacloud Free

    Jottacloud Free. © Jotta AS

    The Jottacloud Free online backup plan offers 5 GB for free, with the ability to increase it by 100 GB through friend referrals. It supports backup from an unlimited number of devices and functions just as the for-pay plans that are also available.

    The servers Jottacloud uses are located in Norway.

    macOS and Windows are both supported.


    Memopal offers 3 GB for free and allows installation from an unlimited number of computers.

    Memopal s backup software is supported on just about every operating system and has apps for every mobile device imaginable. If you re having trouble finding a free online backup plan because you re using Linux and have a BlackBerry, then you re in luck.

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    MozyHome Free

    MozyHome Free. © Decho Corp.

    Mozy offers 2 GB of free online backup in their MozyHome Free plan.

    Mozy also has a friend referral program that could earn you 5 GB of additional free space, for a total of 7 GB .

    MozyHome Free uses the same software and sports the same features as their premium MozyHome plans, minus only the live technical support.

    Windows 10 through Windows XP, and macOS, are supported. More

    ElephantDrive Lite Edition

    ElephantDrive Lite Edition. © ElephantDrive, Inc.

    ElephantDrive s Lite Edition plan offers 2 GB of free online backup space.

    The Lite Edition has all the great features that ElephantDrive s premium plans have including military grade encryption, support for up to three computers or devices, and of course automatic backup.

    ElephantDrive can run on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

    More About Free Online Backup

    ADrive and SugarSync used to have free plans but eventually ended them.

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    Cloud Backup Software #cloud #backup #enterprise


    Enterprise Cloud Backup and Recovery

    Asigra Cloud Backup™ is an enterprise-class data protection software solution that provides a single, comprehensive, integrated approach to data protection including VM replication. Its complete range of capabilities allow you to securely protect all sources and types of corporate data.

    However, Asigra’s single solution approach doesn’t mean one-size-fits-all. Instead, Asigra Cloud backup makes it easy to align the level of data protection to the value of the data being protected on a granular basis. The result is better protection, lower cost, and far less complexity than can be achieved with multiple non-integrated point solutions that only protect a subset of data sources.

    Designed for efficient performance and compatibility with public, private and hybrid cloud architectures, the Asigra Cloud Backup data protection platform is equipped with:

    • Agentless software architecture for greater security and easier deployment and management
    • Global de-duplication and data compression technology to minimize storage costs
    • NIST FIPS 140-2 certified security. including AES 256 data encryption in transit and at rest, to meet HIPPA HITEC and other strict government regulations
    • Autonomic healing and validation restore capabilities to ensure data can be recovered
    • Geo-location and remote data wipe of mobile endpoints
    • Virtual Machine replication and disaster recovery to minimize outages

    As an integrated, comprehensive data protection solution, Asigra Cloud Backup performs fast, efficient and secure backups of all types and locations of data, including:

    • Physical and virtual environments
    • Dockerized container environments
    • Enterprise servers, databases and applications
    • Endpoint devices including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones
    • Data in SaaS-based applications like Microsoft Office 365. Salesforce, and Google Apps
    • Data in cloud-based platforms like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services

    Recovery is Everything with Asigra

    Peace of mind for your data protection.

    Here are just some of what Asigra Cloud Backup offers IT Professionals and Managed Service Providers:

    1. A single integrated solution for all your needs

    With Asigra Cloud Backup, a single integrated platform covers you against all data-loss scenarios in your environment. Whether you need to protect data on endpoint devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, or protect critical servers and enterprise applications in physical and virtual environments, Asigra Cloud Backup provides a complete range of capabilities. No longer do you need to employ a complicated mix of point solutions to address specific circumstances.

    2. Flexibility to protect data how you choose

    Asigra Cloud Backup lets you easily choose how you want to protect your data—file-based or image-based, physical or virtual environments, from servers to smartphones and across all hardware and software platforms—so you won’t be forced into making compromises (image-based available for VMs only). With Asigra Cloud Backup, matching the level of protection to the value of the data being protected on a data source by data source basis has never been simpler.

    3. Efficient use of storage and network resources

    Asigra’s global deduplication and data compression technologies minimize the amount of data that is sent over the network and ensure that it is efficiently stored, making it easier and more cost-effective for you to protect all the data in your environment.

    4. Encryption that secures data in- flight and at at-rest

    Asigra’s data encryption modules are FIPS 140-2 certified by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. Data is encrypted at the source before it leaves the company LAN, so you can be sure that all your data is secure as it travels over public networks and while it is stored in backup repositories. Moreover, because Asigra Cloud Backup is agentless, you don’t have to install software agents on your computers that can expose your machines to security threats and attacks from malicious software.

    5. Confidence that data can be restored and recovered

    The goal of data protection is to have the data and applications available to you at the time of failure. Asigra Cloud Backup includes powerful autonomic healing and validation restore capabilities ensure that your data is always recoverable when you need it.

    6. Infrastructure flexibility

    Asigra Cloud Backup can be deployed on a range of platform choices, and includes production hardened, open source options like CentOS Linux and FreeBSD UNIX and ZFS on your choice of commodity hardware. Asigra Cloud Backup can also be deployed in virtualized environments, in Docker containers. and in cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services. This infrastructure flexibility helps you keep data protection costs and complexity to a minimum without limiting your future deployment options.

    Want to find out more about the business benefits of Asigra Cloud Backup? Check out our product brochure .


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    MnSCU Farm Business Management – Welcome to Farm Business Management #minnesota,


    Welcome to Farm Business Management

    In today s world, farming is a complex business with many facets. From the traditional family owned farm to the corporate farm, bookkeeping, profitability, tax planning and many other skills are required to complement traditional farming duties.

    Agriculture is the number two industry in Minnesota, and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities offers many programs for farm owners and employees.

    This site will help you explore the many possibilities that await.

    Farm Business Management Education Programs

    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities farm business management education programs are administered through eight college campuses at 46 different sites across the state. There are a total of 62 farm business management instructors.

    Farm business management programs are designed to provide education to farm owners and operators or persons interested in farming. The purpose of the program is to assist students in meeting their business and personal goals. This is best accomplished through the use of quality records and sound business decisions. Effective financial management in the business is the best way for the business to maintain that competitive edge.

    Instructors in Minnesota s farm business management education programs deliver the program using a variety of methods. The primary delivery method is through individualized instruction at the student s farming business. Instructors meet with the students on a regular basis to evaluate the business and develop individual educational plans. Instruction is also delivered in the traditional classroom, small group meetings, field trips and tours.

    Farm business management education is managed at the state level by the senior system director for workforce development and customized training. The state of Minnesota is divided into six regions which are managed by five regional deans of management education.


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    Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI

    This week in the social media chatter, I noticed tweets regarding a new Microsoft white paper by Joseph D Antoni and Stacia Misner published to TechNet on Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI. This white paper is a fantastic technical overview and a must-read for groups looking at Power BI, wondering how to best implement it with existing on-premises business intelligence BI, or Azure Infrastracture as a Service (IaaS) hosted BI. Covered topics include:

    • hybrid BI technical architecture options
    • data management gateway
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      • identity management
      • networking
      • Office 365

    Aside from small businesses that may only have cloud hosted solutions, many businesses currently have a combination of cloud and on-premises data sources. Just think about how many groups use, Google Analytics, Constant Contact, and other departmental cloud applications. Typically, I see those groups leveraging APIs or connectors to bring cloud data back on site into a local data warehouse for creating reports. We are taking those same concepts quite a bit further with Microsoft Azure and Power BI.

    Ideally, we are no longer moving all of the data in our big data world. Concepts like data virtualization, for example, are becoming more popular. Most likely, we are now tasked to deliver a transparent Microsoft BI experience across Office 365 and existing on-premises SharePoint portals or data sources.

    Understanding how to architect hybrid-BI scenarios is becoming a more important skill to master in our profession. However, prior to this new white paper, finding the answers and best practices for it was fairly challenging.

    Security in a Hybrid World

    Upon a brief skim through this new technical whitepaper, I noticed a lot of content around networking and identity management. Historically, identity management and security in Microsoft BI has not been easy to master. In a hybrid BI world, these topics appear to be comparable or even a bit more complex.

    Let s face it, getting through a SharePoint 2013 BI farm installation and configuration can be a daunting process for even the top talent in the world. I usually advise to folks considering a new SharePoint 2013 BI farm installation to first read Kay Unkroth s incredible white paper to understand SharePoint security, Microsoft BI security, and Kerberos delegation concepts.

    Managing user security in Office 365 looks comparable to on-premises SharePoint security. There are options to federate Active Directory (AD) to Office 365 and use Single Sign On (SSO). There are additional alternatives for multi-factor authentication in scenarios where you require additional layers of security.

    In hybrid BI scenarios where you have Analysis Services or Reporting Services hosted on Microsoft Azure VMs, you might also need to configure Azure AD, AD Federation Services (ADFS), and the Azure Active Directory Sync tool to synchronize passwords, users, and groups between on-premises AD and Azure AD supporting the Office 365 installation. The new Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI white paper goes into detail on those concepts and includes links to a plethora of excellent resources.

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    At the moment, Data Management Gateway appears to be the key to hybrid BI with Office 365 Power BI. The Data Management Gateway is a client agent application that is installed on an on-premises server and copies data from internal data sources to the Power BI cloud data source format.

    Office 365 Power BI data sources are a bit of a cloud data island per se, but over time it should continue to evolve. Present Power BI Data Refresh capabilities, basically Excel workbooks deployed to a Power BI site, can have a single data refresh schedule from the following supported data sources:

    • On-premises SQL Server (2005 and later)
    • On-premises Oracle (10g and later)
    • Azure SQL Database
    • OData feed
    • Azure VM running SQL Server

    Now, if you have a VPN connection and Azure virtual network, it opens up many more potential data sources for Power BI. In that case, accessing data sources with Power BI data connections and scheduled refresh is similar to on-premises Power Pivot except it sure looks like you still need Data Management Gateway to get that data into Power BI-land. The white paper section labeled Power BI Data Refresh goes into deep detail on supported data sources, data refresh schedules, and various data location scenarios.

    Sending Feedback to Microsoft

    We are just beginning to see Microsoft BI and Power BI in a cloud and hybrid world. Groups that are using Power BI and hybrid BI today are early adopters. We would all benefit from hearing about their tips, tricks, and lessons learned. I see a lot of continual changes in Azure and total confusion out here especially around Azure cloud BI and Power BI with on-premises data sources.

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    STEP ONE in any CRM Evaluation is to gather a checklist of CRM Requirements If you aren t careful, the process of gathering requirements becomes tactical and not strategic. Obviously every feature costs money. So it pays off to initially determine what you are trying to accomplish as a business. CRM is not just Sales and [. ]

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    Understanding cloud computing pricing

    Even if the cloud’s control and security issues were suddenly resolved, the morass of cloud pricing would still be a challenge. Although cloud providers like to tout the simplicity of their services, IT managers have found that pricing cloud services is anything but simple.

    Pricing structures are based on a multitude of factors, from storage space needed to clock cycles used to monthly traffic allotments, and that’s not all. Some service providers have additional charges hidden deep within their service-level agreements (SLAs).

    To determine total pricing for a cloud service, users need to understand the individual service elements that a provider bills for and how those charges are calculated. Does the provider, for example, bill based on traffic, storage space needed, server CPU time or a combination of these factors along with other elements?

    Costs stem from services
    Another critical factor in determining true costs comes down to the type of service needed. For some, that service may be little more than a hosted, dedicated server to run applications in the cloud. For others, the service may be cloud-based backup or business continuity or basic hosted storage.

    Perhaps, the easiest way to break down pricing is to focus on the primary services offered. The majority of cloud service providers break down their services into three primary areas: servers in the cloud, storage in the cloud, and sites and applications in the cloud. Each is governed by its own formula for pricing.

    Servers in the cloud come in two forms: virtual and physical. In other words, you can purchase time on a virtual server (where the physical hardware may be shared with others) or time on a dedicated server (where you are the only tenant on that server). Table 1 shows the pricing breakdowns:

    The pricing comparisons are only part of the overall picture; each vendor listed above includes extra services and features for an additional charge. What’s more, prices can change depending on length of commitment, total bandwidth needs or total size of storage required, and in most cases, prices and packages are negotiable with a vendor’s sales staff.

    Different providers, different services provided
    Not all cloud service providers are created equal, and that becomes evident when you look more closely at the differences between providers and how they address customer needs. For the purposes of comparison, we picked three of the well-known cloud infrastructure providers:

    • GoGrid includes load balancing at no extra charge on some of its server offerings and also includes the first 20 GB of storage for free.
    • Rackspace uses a different billing mechanism and reduces per-gigabyte bandwidth charges as volume increases; the company also offers backup services at no charge on some of its virtual server bundles.
    • Amazon offers sliding scales for rates on most of its services but charges for gets and puts to its storage services.

    When you look at the simpler concept of cloud-based storage services, the differences in pricing structures and in how providers build bundles for dent (see Table 2). Once again, the pricing comparisons are only part of the picture. And like other cloud services, prices are affected by length of commitment, total bandwidth needs or total size of storage required. And as with other cloud services, there is plenty of room for negotiation.

    Once you take a closer look, the differences between service providers take shape:

    • GoGrid offers the first 20 GB of storage at no charge to customers using its hosted server services and offers its storage services only to hosted server customers. Typical of the market segment, GoGrid offers discounted per-gigabyte pricing as customers buy larger storage amounts. GoGrid’s storage service is offered as a mountable volume and does not yet offer a Web services application programming interface for gets and puts and other commands.
    • Rackspace tries to keep its storage services billing model as simple as possible. The company offers a sliding scale for storage purchases, where the price per-gigabyte decreases as total amounts ordered increases. What’s more, if the file is more than 250 KB in size, the company doesn’t charge for gets and puts.
    • Amazon S3 does not charge for deletes and offers discounts as transaction volume and storage needs increase. The company also offers contract-based fixed pricing for those looking to stabilize their prices. For larger file transfers, the company recommends using its import and export services, which can reduce costs.

    Ideally, pricing out cloud-based services should take little more than selecting features and determining storage and server computing needed. In reality, most IT managers will find that ideals don’t apply here and will have to carefully consider the hidden extras as well as the standard charges to determine the cost for services.

    The bigger challenge is converting the technospeak of cloud services pricing into something that those holding the purse strings can understand and to bring those individuals into the loop to negotiate pricing and contract terms as well as SLAs.

    The trick is to get all estimates in writing with clear, concise language that explains what the total charges will be per contracted period: Written confirmation is the only way to see an apples-to-apples comparison of pricing models and determine true budget amounts.

    The future of IaaS
    A recent study by the University of New South Wales in Australia, in collaboration with researchers at NICTA (National ICT Australia) and the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre, spent seven months stress testing Amazon’s EC2, Google’s App Engine and Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing services.

    The analysis simulated 2,000 concurrent users connecting to services from each of the three providers, with researchers measuring response times and other performance metrics. The results were less than stellar, with response times varying widely depending on the time of day in which services were accessed. In addition, the study revealed a lack of monitoring tools to enable organizations to check whether the service has met their SLA.

    It’s obvious that cloud providers have their work cut out in terms of simplifying pricing models, beefing up security and providing SLAs that guarantee better reliability. The market is evolving fast, and today’s dominant players could be history in two years. Just one catastrophic data privacy breach could extinguish a brand and potentially slow the market down for a decade.

    Hopefully, cloud providers are listening, and their customers will be willing to keep pushing for what they need.


    Jo Maitland is an executive editor in the Data Center and Virtualization media group at TechTarget. This article features additional reporting by Christina Torode. a senior news writer in the CIO media group and TechTarget.

    Editors’ note: This chapter on Infrastructure as a Service is the fourth part of an e-book on cloud computing that also includes chapters on CIO strategies for the cloud, development for the cloud and Software as a Service.

    This was last published in January 2010


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    Two cloud database environment models exist: traditional and database as a service (DBaaS).

    In a traditional cloud model, a database runs on an IT department’s infrastructure via a virtual machine. Tasks of database oversight and management fall upon IT staffers of the organization.

    What is Database as a Service?

    By comparison, the DBaaS model is a fee-based subscription service in which the database runs on the service provider’s physical infrastructure. Different service levels are usually available. In a classic DBaaS arrangement, the provider maintains the physical infrastructure and database, leaving the customer to manage the database’s contents and operation.

    Alternatively, a customer can set up a managed hosting arrangement, in which the provider handles database maintenance and management. This latter option may be especially attractive to small businesses that have database needs, but lack the adequate IT expertise.

    Cloud database benefits

    Compared with operating a traditional database on an on-site physical server and storage architecture, a cloud database offers the following distinct advantages:

    • Elimination of physical infrastructure. In a cloud database environment, the cloud computing provider of servers, storage and other infrastructure is responsible for maintenance and availability. The organization that owns and operates the database is only responsible for supporting and maintaining the database software and its contents. In a DBaaS environment, the service provider is responsible for maintaining and operating the database software, leaving the DBaaS users responsible only for their own data.
    • Cost savings. Through the elimination of a physical infrastructure owned and operated by an IT department, significant savings can be achieved from reduced capital expenditures, less staff, decreased electrical and HVAC operating costs, and a smaller amount of needed physical space.

    DBaaS benefits

    In addition to the benefits of employing a cloud database environment model, contracting with a DBaaS provider offers additional benefits:

    • Instantaneous scalability. Should added database capacity be necessitated by seasonal business peaks or unexpected spikes in demand, a DBaaS provider can quickly offer additional fee-based capacity, throughput and access bandwidth via its own infrastructure. A database operating in a traditional, on-site infrastructure would likely need to wait weeks or months for the procurement and installation of additional server, storage or communications resources.
    • Performance guarantees. Through a service level agreement (SLA). a DBaaS provider may be obligated to provide guarantees that typically quantify minimum uptime availability and transaction response times. An SLA specifies monetary and legal remedies if these performance thresholds are not met.
    • Specialized expertise. In a corporate IT environment, except for the largest multinational enterprises, finding world-class database experts may be difficult, and keeping them on staff may be cost prohibitive. In a DBaaS environment, the provider may serve thousands of customers; thus, finding, affording and keeping world-class talent is less of a challenge.
    • Latest technology. To remain competitive, DBaaS providers work hard to ensure that all database software, server operating systems and other aspects of the overall infrastructure are kept up to date with security and feature updates regularly issued by software vendors.
    • Failover support. For a provider of database services to meet performance and availability guarantees, it is incumbent on that provider to ensure uninterrupted operation should the primary data center fail for any reason. Failover support typically encompasses the operation of multiple mirror image server and data storage facilities. Handled properly, failover to a backup data center should be imperceptible to any customer of that service.
    • Declining pricing. With advances in technology and an intensely competitive marketplace among major service providers, pricing for a wide range of cloud-computing services undergoes continual recalibration. Declining prices are a major impetus for migrating on-site databases and other IT infrastructure to the cloud.

    Cloud database architecture

    Cloud databases, like their traditional ancestors, can be divided into two broad categories: relational and nonrelational.

    A relational database. typically written in structured query language (SQL). is composed of a set of interrelated tables that are organized into rows and columns. The relationship among tables and columns (fields) is specified in a schema. SQL databases, by design, rely on data that is highly consistent in its format, such as banking transactions or a telephone directory. Popular choices include MySQL. Oracle. IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server .

    Nonrelational databases, sometimes called NoSQL. do not employ a table model. Instead, they store content, regardless of its structure, as a single document. This technology is well-suited for unstructured data, such as social media content, photos and videos.

    Migrating legacy databases to the cloud

    An on-premises database can migrate to a cloud implementation. Numerous reasons exist for doing this, including the following:

    • Allows IT to retire on-premises physical server and storage infrastructure;
    • Fills the talent gap when IT lacks adequate in-house database expertise;
    • Improves processing efficiency, especially when applications and analytics that access the data also reside in the cloud; and
    • Achieves cost savings through several means, including:
      • Reduction of in-house IT staff;
      • Continually declining cloud service pricing; and
      • Paying for only the resources actually consumed, known as pay-as-you-go pricing.

    Relocating a database to the cloud can be an effective way to further enable business application performance as part of a wider software-as-a-service deployment. Doing so simplifies the processes required to make information available through internet-based connections. Storage consolidation can also be a benefit of moving a company’s databases to the cloud. Databases in multiple departments of a large company, for example, can be combined in the cloud into a single hosted database management system .

    How does a cloud database work?

    From a structural and design perspective, a cloud database is no different than one that operates on a business’s own on-premises servers. The key difference lies in where it resides.

    Where an on-premises database is connected to local users through a corporation’s internal local area network (LAN). a cloud database resides on servers and storage furnished by a cloud or DBaaS provider, and it is accessed solely via the internet. To a software application, for example, a SQL database residing on-premises or in the cloud should appear identical.

    Accessed either through direct queries (such as SQL statements) or via API calls, the database’s behavior should be the same. However, it may be possible to discern small differences in response time. An on-premises database, accessed via a LAN. is likely to provide slightly faster response than a cloud-based database, which requires a round trip on the internet for each interaction with the database. In practice, however, the differences are likely to be small.

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    A history of cloud computing #cloud #computing #security #policy


    A history of cloud computing

    lebigmac – 24 Nov 2015 5:56 PM

    Cloud computing is just another step in the history of communication or – to be more specific – language. Similarly, mathematics is a language. Cloud computing is a huge step. It saves a lot of time, if we ignore the fact that have to earn money working at least dozens of hours a week first, in order to buy equipment required to use cloud computing. Apparently, the better quality of the equipment is, the higher the price gets. The higher the price gets, the longer earning that particular amount of money takes. Honestly, I would be devastated, if I lost mobile access to my professional, academic and personal resources. I am addicted, but cloud computing is also a history of knowledge as commodity. Why does one still have to pay for knowledge? Are there any logical arguments in favor of maintaining status quo? What can we – as humanity – achieve by letting everyone free access to all achievements of human thinking? That was a long digression.

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    Here in Italy, a man who claims to be a “computer engineer” ( never specifying where he graduated, just in the U.S.A.), also claims to have invented the cloud, to have hundreds of cloud related patents, and to be in the University of New Hampshire’s top 100 inventors list. His name is Agostino Sibillo. Have you ever heard of him?

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    Release Notes for Cloud Station Backup


    Cloud Station Backup is a backup service that allows you to back up your files from multiple client computers to a centralized Synology NAS.

    System Requirements:

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    2. Supported operation systems:
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    Version: 4.2.4-4393

    • Fixed an issue where changing a folder name may cause file upload failure when the following option is not selected: “Don’t remove files in the remote backup folder when they are removed from the source.”
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    Version: 4.2.3-4385

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    1. Fixed an issue where re-establishing backup tasks may cause partial operation errors.
    2. Minor bug fixes.

    Version: 4.2.2-4379

    1. Fixed an issue where special characters in file names might cause synchronization failure and potential security vulnerabilities.
    2. Fixed an issue where unstable network connections might cause synchronization failure.
    3. Enhanced backup performance.
    4. Minor bug fixes.

    Version: 4.2.1-4374

    1. Added support for point-in-time data recovery through Version Explorer.
    2. Added accessibility support through NVDA screen reader for visually impaired users.
    1. Upgraded to be compatible with Cloud Station Server 4.2.0.
    2. Fixed an issue where the extended attributes of Mac folders are not restored.
    3. Updated the default SSL encryption algorithm to AES128.

    Version: 4.2.0-4339

    1. Added support for point-in-time data recovery through Version Explorer.
    2. Added accessibility support through NVDA screen reader for visually impaired users .
    3. Upgraded to be compatible with Cloud Station Server 4.2.0.

    Version: 4.1-4224

    1. Fixed an issue where locked files might cause client apps to crash.

    Version: 4.1-4222

    1. Added support for Windows group policy deployment with MSI installation files.
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    1. Fixed an issue where creating connections may cause computer name error.
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    3. Fixed an issue where sync may wrongly resume after software restart.
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    5. Fixed an issue where changing connection type may cause display inconsistencies on system tray.
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    Version: 4.0-4207

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    SafeCrypt – Simply Secure – Cloud Encryption Gateway #cloud #data #encryption


    What is SafeCrypt

    Encrypting your Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and other cloud storage accounts is easy with SafeCrypt. With a simple installation and setup wizard you can create as many encrypted virtual drives as your system will allow. Create one SafeCrypt drive for Dropbox, one for Bitcasa, one for your NAS. SafeCrypt is flexible and expandable.

    Advanced Security Features

    SafeCrypt offers advanced security features such as encrypted file names, optional 2 factor authentication, brute force attack defense and zero knowledge software design. In addition, SafeCrypt utilizes a FIPS 140-2 validated AES encryption routine to encrypt all data. SafeCrypt’s mission is to ensure that your data remains only yours.

    Encryption Made Easy

    SafeCrypt creates a simple cloud encryption gateway which allows you to fully encrypt your files in the cloud by simply saving and reading from a virtual drive letter on your operating system. With no volumes or encrypted containers to create, you can add a layer of FIPS 140-2 validated encryption to any program including Office, Autocad, Quickbooks, Photoshop or Illustrator.

    Zero Knowledge Solution

    SafeCrypt’s is a zero knowledge cloud storage encryption solution. Simply put, neither SafeCrypt, or your cloud storage provider will have any access to your data. If your cloud storage account is hacked at root level or the government decides they want to take a peek, the only thing they will see is fully AES encrypted data with no access to the encryption keys.

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    What is security? Definition from #hp #cloud #security



    Security, in information technology (IT ), is the defense of digital information and IT assets against internal and external, malicious and accidental threats. This defense includes detection, prevention and response to threats through the use of security policies. software tools and IT services.

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    Security is critical for enterprises and organizations of all sizes and in all industries. Weak security can result in compromised systems or data, either by a malicious threat actor or an unintentional internal threat. Not meeting security standards that are regulated by a separate organization or law, such as PCI DSS 3.0 or HIPAA compliance, can also result in financial penalties.

    Physical security

    Physical security is the protection of personnel, hardware, software, networks and data from physical actions, intrusions and other events that could damage an organization. This includes natural disasters, fire, theft and terrorism, among others. Physical security for enterprises often includes employee access control to the office buildings as well as specific locations, such as data centers. An example of a common physical security threat is an attacker gaining entry to an organization and using a USB storage drive to either copy and remove sensitive data or physically deliver malware directly to systems. Threats to physical security may require less technical savvy on the part of the attacker, but physical security is just as important as information security.

    Information security

    Information security, also called infosec. encompasses a broad set of strategies for managing the process, tools and policies that aim to prevent, detect and respond to threats to both digital and nondigital information assets. Infosec includes several specialized categories, including:

    Application security – the protection of applications from threats that seek to manipulate application and access, steal, modify or delete data. These protections use software, hardware and policies, and are sometimes called countermeasures. Common countermeasures include application firewalls. encryption programs, patch management and biometric authentication systems.

    Cloud security – the set of policies and technologies designed to protect data and infrastructure involved in a cloud computing environment. The top concerns that cloud security looks to address are identity and access management. and data privacy .

    Endpoint security – the part of network security that requires network devices nodes to meet certain security standards before they can connect to a secure network. Nodes devices include PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Endpoint security also extends to equipment like point-of-sale (POS ) terminals, bar code readers and IoT devices .

    Internet security – the protection of software applications, web browsers and virtual private networks (VPNs ) that use the internet. Using techniques such as encryption and internet security aim to defend the transfer of data from attacks like malware and phishing as well as denial-of-service (DoS ) attacks.

    Mobile security – the protection of portable devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Mobile security, also known as wireless security, secures the devices and the networks they connect to in order to prevent theft, data leakage and malware attacks.

    Network security – the protection of a network infrastructure and the devices connected to it through technologies, policies and practices. Network security defends against threats such as unauthorized access, and malicious use and modifications.

    Security concepts and principles

    Security in IT is a broad concept that blankets many different ideas and principles. Some of the most important security concepts and principles are:

    Defense in depth – a strategy that uses multiple countermeasures to protect information and is based on the military principle that it’s more difficult for an enemy to beat a multilayered defense system than it is to beat a single layer.

    Least privilege – a principle that limits user and program access to the lowest possible level of access rights in order to strengthen security.

    Vulnerability management – an approach to security that requires checking for vulnerabilities, identifying them, verifying them, mitigating them and patching the vulnerabilities.

    Risk management – the process of identifying, assessing and controlling risks to an organization’s IT environment.

    Patch management – an area of systems management that involves acquiring, testing and installing patches and updates for flawed code in applications, operating systems and firmware .

    Application lifecycle management – the concept of protecting all stages of the development of an application to reduce its exposure to bugs. design flaws and configuration errors, such as not changing default passwords that could be exploited by attackers.

    While there are many other concepts and principles that make up security, these are some of the most important. The combination of all of these principles will not guarantee security for an organization, but it puts the organization in a better position to defend itself from infosec threats.

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    SUSE OpenStack Cloud #nova #openstack, #suse #openstack #cloud


    SUSE OpenStack Cloud

    SUSE OpenStack Cloud Administration Server

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    SUSE OpenStack Cloud Control Node

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    SUSE OpenStack Cloud Control Node for VMware or Z/VM

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    SUSE OpenStack Compute or Swift Storage Nodes

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    Deliver business value and investment protection

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    Security implications of public vs #private #cloud #security


    Security implications of public vs. private clouds

    It never fails. People are fascinated by the cloud. Whether it’s my doctor trying to get a free consultation on making health care IT choices (while at the same time, charging me $150 to tap my knee with a hammer) or the local car dealer trying to optimize repair scheduling (while at the same time, trying to charge me extra for floor mats), everyone is interested in the cloud.

    Once you get past the idea that the cloud isn’t a place full of soft, fuzzy foam, but is a wide array of really huge datacenters with thousands of servers and a power load to rival a small city, cloud concepts start confusing people.

    Nothing, it seems, is more confusing than the difference between public and private clouds, and beyond that, the safety and security implications of using either type of service. So in this article, I’ll run through some of the basics.

    The cloud datacenter environment

    Let’s first take a second and describe what a cloud datacenter environment is. It’s a datacenter with a bunch of servers all running services (like email, CRM, ERP, etc). These services can be accessed via the internet, and they can be both instantly deployed and metered. In other words, a new user can be spun up quickly, and the cloud operator can charge that user based on how much he or she uses the service.

    Many cloud providers also provide their customers access to compute power with very granular scalability. In other words, if you’re buying cloud services, you don’t have to buy a new server, rack, or datacenter to add users to the service. You just add accounts, user by user, resource by resource, and pay for just how much you use. This is great when you don’t want a huge amount of capital investment to be tied up in compute-based physical gear.

    So to summarize: Instantly deployed, metered, scalable, available online.

    Public vs. private cloud

    A public cloud is this sort of service, offered to everyone. Gmail is a public cloud. Office 365 is a public cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a series of public cloud services. Dropbox is a public cloud service. Why? Because anyone can use these services, as long as they pay for what they use.

    A private cloud is pretty much exactly this same sort of service, except you own it and it runs in your datacenter. Instead of offering instantly deployed, metered services to the world at large, you offer these services to your internal customers, the various departments and organizations in your company.

    The big difference, of course, between a public and private cloud is that if you’re running a private cloud, you’re physically managing the machines, paying for them, and operating all the infrastructure, including the software that does the instant deployment and billing of services.

    Security implications

    Given what you now know, it’s pretty obvious that there’s at least one major security difference between private and public clouds. With private clouds, you control the physical servers and access to the servers. With a public cloud not only do you not control the machines or access to them, you’re unlikely to ever touch one physically.

    As an end-user, if you store your data in the cloud, you’re trading off physical security for data security. For example, if you lose your thumb drive or a laptop, your data is still secured in the cloud. But since your data is in the cloud, you’re pretty much one exposed ID and password away from datamageddon.

    From an enterprise point of view, there are some security benefits to a private cloud. Your information lives behind your firewall (unless you’ve co-located your servers somewhere else, and even then, you can add some firewall protection). Here are some other benefits:

    Your data also can live behind your own locked doors

    You don’t have to connect to the internet and can completely isolate your data infrastructure

    You know exactly where your data lives

    You design the architecture for your exact needs

    You know exactly who is granted physical access

    There is absolute clarity of ownership

    There is no risk if your cloud provider shuts down

    On the other hand, there are some disadvantages as well:

    Your employees have physical access

    You are on your own when defending attacks

    You are subject to the whims of nature

    You are subject to the whims of your ISP

    You are subject to the whims of your local power grid

    Your security is entirely your responsibility.

    Now let’s contrast that with the security benefits of keeping your data in a public cloud:

    Your data lives behind an enterprise-class firewall

    Your data lives in a very secure facility, often with multiple degrees of physical security

    Thieves intent on stealing your data may not know where your data lives

    Your gear is not at risk from disgruntled employees

    You gain security expertise from your vendor

    You are not alone when defending against DDoS

    You are protected from hardware failures

    You are protected from sudden surges in demand.

    But as we’ve discussed, there are also some security disadvantages of using a public cloud. These include:

    Access can be granted from anywhere

    Your data must travel “in the wild” over the open internet to your cloud provider

    Your vendor might grant physical site access to other tenants

    You may be subject to jurisdictional issues, especially when you’re dealing with international issues

    There is very little established case law

    You are dependent on the responsiveness of vendor

    You are dependent on the whims or quality of vendor.

    It’s the last one that can be a big concern. If you agree to one set of terms of service, but the vendor suddenly changes those terms of service, you could find yourself almost instantly cut off from your data and your customers.

    I’ve heard a whole bunch of horror stories about agreements that companies had with their cloud vendors, and then suddenly, because of one minor problem (or even a database script run amok), they found themselves completely cut off from their data or completely shut down. Given that many cloud vendors aren’t reachable by phone, it’s entirely possible that the silver lining in cloud services could suddenly become a black hole.

    You should also investigate how secure your vendor is. Is this a new, venture-funded startup that’s one bad quarter away from closing doors? Or is this a company with deep resources that will clearly be around for the long haul? Does the company store your data across multiple datacenters, in multiple locations, and what sort of backup and recovery strategy do they offer?

    What I do

    Back when I started ZATZ, there really wasn’t a “cloud”. You had to buy your own servers and your own connectivity. We started with an ISDN line, then went T1 around 1999. I ran an entire rack of servers, and at one time, had to convince Verizon to put a T1 line into my apartment.

    We were feeding bandwidth through my bedroom, over my bathroom mirror, down the hall, and into a former linen closet. I was told that we consumed the same bandwidth as the local college campus, and it took a few weeks of explaining to convince them that I really did need to feed a few million page views a month from a series of hand-built Linux boxes in my apartment.

    However, when I got married and moved to Florida, I realized that Florida weather could knock our servers back to the Stone Age on a moment’s notice. So I contracted with a co-location provider in Illinois (who operates out of a former nuclear bunker), and put four machines there.

    That approach continues to work well. But as I’ve personally moved away from having to manage a publishing company, I’ve wanted to let others do more and more of the work. It started with moving our bookkeeping off the local share to Quickbooks in the cloud (that was 2005 or so), and has recently ended up with moving our email to Office 365 .

    My strategy now is to offload everything I can to the cloud that’s not either bandwidth constrained (my media asset library needs to be fast, so it has to be managed inside the firewall on our tank ) or based on a unique solution, like the CMS I wrote and that runs all the ZATZ archives.

    Final thoughts

    There’s a lot more to cloud-based security, but this brief introduction should at least get you started.

    Now if only I could convince my doctor to stop trying to get free advice from me while making me cool my heels for two hours in his waiting room because, while he has a cloud-based scheduling tool, he never actually pays any attention to it.


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