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VIDEO: Cloud Computing - An Access to IT Solution

VIDEO: Cloud Computing - An Access to IT Solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Malvika Jain is in conversation with industry experts to understand their views and opinions on the adoption of cloud for SMBs..
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Cloud Computing – The Secret to Rapid SMB Growth

Cloud Computing – The Secret to Rapid SMB Growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For small and medium business owners, growth is essential. In order to keep up with competition, they must be able to grow quickly and inexpensively. However, growth often equates to increased expens…
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According to a study on Inc.com, SMBs that were aggressive new tech adopters (100% of whom used the cloud) grew at a 13% CAGR (compound annual growth rate).
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Cloud delivers €160 billion boost to European Union economy

Cloud delivers €160 billion boost to European Union economy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is expected to add around €160billion to the EU’s GDP in 2020. By the end of 2015 around 70 per cent of all businesses will use cloud computing, while some 925,500 direct and indir
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“The most recent estimates indicate that, in 2016, the availability and adoption of cloud-based computing will result in the creation of 180,000 new businesses and this figure will likely grow to close to 303,000 in 2020 across the EU.”

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The Bare-Metal Cloud: Cloud Computing's Next Generation

The Bare-Metal Cloud: Cloud Computing's Next Generation | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The next generation of cloud computing could actually be found in a cloud format that has already been around for a while. The bare-metal cloud brings all of the advantages that have become synonymous with the cloud but minus one ...
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Unlike in the virtualized environment, where the cloud provider took care of licensing concerns and software and operating system upgrades, these duties are taken care of in-house.

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How the Cloud Will Transform Business by 2020

How the Cloud Will Transform Business by 2020 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Companies that don't take advantage of cloud computing will be in the minority in less than six years. Here's why.
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While use of the cloud today is generally associated with the ability to reduce costs and improve efficiency, widespread adoption of this technology is projected to have a transformative effect on small businesses, ............

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SMBs Tie Cloud Computing To Increased Revenue - InformationWeek

SMBs Tie Cloud Computing To Increased Revenue - InformationWeek | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Small and midsized businesses say cloud is key to customer service, expansion, finds survey by Oxford Economics for Windstream.
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Thirty-six percent said cloud was responsible for pushing control of IT out to line-of-business users today; in two years, 53% expected that would be the case.

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Firms Concerned with Cloud Computing Security Still Moving to the Cloud

Firms Concerned with Cloud Computing Security Still Moving to the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Many businesses are still struggling with the idea of entrusting their data to the cloud, but those businesses that are most concerned with security are also the most likely to keep important data in the cloud, a new study by the Ponemon Institute that focused on cloud computing security finds.

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Overall, the report found that 49 percent of companies do not understand how their cloud provider secures their data, an improvement over last year's report, which pegged this number at 52 percent.

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How cloud computing is evolving to help the mid-market

How cloud computing is evolving to help the mid-market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Smaller businesses can focus on what they want to do.

At Phoenix we are taking a different approach to cloud services. We have many years of experience in delivering services remotely to our custo
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The demand for these services has driven a global race to provide high availability, low-cost commoditised services which have now become commonplace in large enterprise business.

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Cloud costs - getting the measure of your outgoings

Cloud costs - getting the measure of your outgoings | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is about getting more for your money. So why is it so hard to understand your costs?
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You cannot enjoy the benefits of an optimised free market without perfect information – but information is the one entity that is in woefully short supply

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Report: MSPs Move Toward Becoming Public IaaS Cloud Providers | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor

Report: MSPs Move Toward Becoming Public IaaS Cloud Providers | Cloud Computing content from MSPmentor | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Managed services providers (MSPs) are making a move toward becoming public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud providers.
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The report concluded that approximately 59 percent of respondents are not yet considering IaaS cloud deployments, down from 84 percent of respondents who participated in similar survey carried out by Nixu in March.

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What are midmarket companies seeking when they look to cloud services?

What are midmarket companies seeking when they look to cloud services? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Midmarket companies often have neither the resource nor the staff to construct their own complete solutions and are increasingly seeking cloud computing solutions.
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Midmarket companies often have neither the resource nor the staff to construct their own complete solutions even though they have similar operational issues as the largest of companies.

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Top 5 latest trends in cloud computing | ITProPortal.com

Top 5 latest trends in cloud computing | ITProPortal.com | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Former software engineer Gil Allouche sheds light on some of the biggest changes going on in the world of cloud, from trust issues to gamification to...
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Gamification is gaining a lot of popularity and might become a huge market.

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Cloud computing and disaster readiness | Bdaily Business News

Cloud computing and disaster readiness | Bdaily Business News | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
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The Global Results of the Disaster Preparedness Survey in 2012 demonstrated that cloud computing is being embraced. Public and private services up and down the country are preparing contingency planning involving cloud computing and virtual servers.

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Document Management Systems is A Blessing for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Document Management Systems is A Blessing for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Best document management systems for small businesses, law firms and governments. Electronic document management systems offers numerous benefits to companies seeking online / cloud based secure solutions.
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A well-documented piece of information helps in preserving official records of an organization as well as keeping people involved

 

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Small Businesses, Get Acquainted with Cloud Computing

Small Businesses, Get Acquainted with Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing presents a number of advantages particularly helpful for small businesses.
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One benefit the little guys have over Goliaths is their ability to adapt.

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Introducing the Hybrid Cloud – A New Way to Think About Cloud Computing

Introducing the Hybrid Cloud – A New Way to Think About Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The last few years have seen a definite explosion of interest in cloud computing solutions for businesses of all sizes, to the point of cloud storage wars bringing down the price and ever increasing …
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A hybrid cloud solution offers some distinct benefits for small to medium sized businesses looking to expand their computing power. These can be broken down into a few basic areas: .....
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SMB Cloud Adoption Changes the Playing Field

SMB Cloud Adoption Changes the Playing Field | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud adoption by small and midsize businesses (SMB) continues to march forward and is projected to reach almost 80 percent by 2020, according to an Emergent Research and Intuit report detailed in Forbes.

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The flexibility of cloud platforms to scale resources or services quickly is allowing SMBs to compete where only larger businesses with extensive resources have historically been able to deliver.

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Cloud Computing Benefits Become Clear

Cloud Computing Benefits Become Clear | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IT insiders have been touting the potential benefits of public, private and hybrid clouds for years, but since the sector is often prone to exaggeration, IT managers would be wise to read up on the subject before investing resources into cutting-edge tech.

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It is clear that the purported cloud computing benefits are real, and the only real question left for IT managers is how to best adopt their own.

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The BIG Impact: How Cloud Computing is Changing the Face of Small Business

The BIG Impact: How Cloud Computing is Changing the Face of Small Business | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While 86 percent of small businesses see the importance of the cloud, 70 percent aren't using cloud solutions. This data, from a Microsoft report for National Small Business Week and reported by Talkin' Cloud, yields a sobering conclusion: Small businesses understand the broad value of cloud computing, but aren't sure how to apply the technology on a case-by-case basis.
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Aside from a stable month-to-month cost, the real benefit to small businesses here is scalability.

 

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Security and Cloud Computing at SMB Crossroads

Security and Cloud Computing at SMB Crossroads | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing may be the marquee player in IT services, but when it comes to giving business leaders the cold sweats, security still steals the show, at least among the cloud’s newest arrivals.
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Their concerns are not unfounded. In their annual Security Threat Report for 2013, Symantec Corp. said attacks on SMBs jumped 18 percent from the year earlier.

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Cloud 101: Four things businesses need to know

Cloud 101: Four things businesses need to know | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many SMBs are reluctant use the cloud because of cost and security risk concerns. But, as cloud computing matures, its productivity gains are hard to ignore
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“It’s the ‘blowfish effect,’” says Sara Varni, vice president of marketing for Desk.com, a cloud-based customer service provider for SMBs. “The cloud lets SMBs appear much bigger than they really are.

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Midsize Insider: Cloud Computing Is Now Just Computing

Midsize Insider: Cloud Computing Is Now Just Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The term "cloud" has been an IT catchphrase for a short period although the types of services that define this technology have been in use for some time.

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The survey also illustrated a demand for "everything-as-a-service."

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Cloud Infographic: The SMB 2014 Wish List

Cloud Infographic: The SMB 2014 Wish List | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For many small businesses, resources are already stretched thin and owners cannot afford to spend money that is not directly related to business development and results
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Midsize Insider: Cloud Computing and BYOD Drive Midsize SaaS Solutions

Midsize Insider: Cloud Computing and BYOD Drive Midsize SaaS Solutions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Practical Perspectives for the Midsize Business. Brought to you by IBM.
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The increased usage of mobile devices and the popularity of cloud services has increased the relevance of SaaS solutions among IT professionals at midsize firms. SaaS has been proven to enable midsize firms to manage growth and compliance with the least complexity and reduced costs.

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As cloud computing matures, large businesses are harnessing the benefits

As cloud computing matures, large businesses are harnessing the benefits | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Large organisations are increasingly turning to the cloud as a cost-effective method of running resource-intensive applications
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The Guardian argues that Adobe and Microsoft's commitment to the cloud is a sign that big business is moving in. "Adobe's Creative Cloud and Microsoft's Office 365 are evidence of two large scale software applications that have independently embraced the cloud."

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