Anyone researching technology solutions for their business has certainly encountered tons of information about “the cloud.” It sounds like a lofty, complicated tech term, but in reality, cloud services are rather easy to understand.
At one point or another, many small businesses need to upgrade their technology to operate as efficiently as possible. There comes a time when they may ask the questions “what is virtualization? Does my business need it? Is it different from cloud computing?” This blog will answer them.
If you’ve had trouble sending certain files via email, don’t worry. It’s probably not a malicious virus that’s preventing your email from sending. Chances are, the file you’ve attached is just too big. You may also be confused when transferring large files between your PC and smartphone. However, once you know how to send large files, you’ll save yourself time and energy the next time you’ve got a transfer of considerable size.
Cloud computing has become a major buzz word over the past four years and it doesn't seem as though it's going away anytime soon. You may have heard that tech giants like Amazon, Google and Apple are all battling to be the top cloud provider for consumers. There are advertisements everywhere for Apple's iCloud and Microsoft's OneDrive and every one of those tech companies has an offer that will give you more space for your photos and personal documents.
Clouds used to be puffy white abstractions in the sky that served as the ground for gods, angels and the occasional demon (see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel); then science came along. Clouds became a collection of water particles that drifted aimlessly in the sky and the wonder that used to be associated with the upper troposphere dissipated faster than rainfall during monsoon season (though some benefits of cloud activity do exist, like rain).
Technology moves fast. In the past hundred years, we have moved from primitive machines, barely capable of simple mathematics equations, to mobile phones capable of taking photos, sharing data, and communicating across the globe, in an instant.
When you’re deciding what type of exchange server will best suit your company, there are a number of factors that you have to take into consideration. The most important factor is the size of your business. Do you have more than 50 employees? If the answer is ‘yes,’ then local is, without question, the way to go. The cost of providing access to a hosted exchange server for a large number of users will be significantly higher than purchasing an in-house server. Additionally, if you employ more than 50 people, chances are you’ll have plenty of space for an in-house server.
When you think cloud, you typically think gigantic white fluffy thing that’s mostly water vapor and takes a bunch of random shapes. They look like gigantic pillows. Not exactly the most terrifying thing. But for Figaro Pho, clouds are about the worst thing since brussel sprouts (no offense to any of our readers who actually enjoy brussel sprouts). Luckily for little Pho, he’s not the only one suffering from nephophobia (the fear of clouds), because a good number of businesses are still afraid of the cloud.
Clouds, clouds, clouds. We just can’t stop talking about them. From Box, to Dropbox, to other cloud technology services named after boxes, there seems to be no shortage of cloud storage options for your business. Except (cue sound of car brakes screeching), those options may begin to dry up if Apple, Google, and Microsoft have their way.
In a previous post, we discussed how cloud computing firms are a little nervous about the future of their online services after Edward Snowden’s now infamous (or famous) leak of confidential NSA surveillance information. That leak could cost cloud companies between $22 billion to $35 billion in foreign business over the next three years. Even for tech giants like Apple and Google, losing that sum of money represents a major obstacle for the technology, and could result in them abandoning the cloud altogether. While some companies run for cover, and others step into the arena with the NSA, there is one company that is focused primarily on the growth of cloud computing.