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INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of the Progressive Cloud

INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of the Progressive Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Throughout the recent years we have seen an uptake in a new group of SMB’s – the “Progressive SMB,” organizations that are increasingly encroaching on the territory of their larger competitors. But what makes a SMB progressive?

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Microsoft to tap $2-trillion Indian cloud market

Microsoft to tap $2-trillion Indian cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the company would set up data centres in three Indian cities by the end of 2015, describing the country's demand for cloud services as "incredible".
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The move is part of the US tech giant's strategy to prepare for a world in which all data is stored online in locked accounts as it attempts to keep its market edge, with desktop use declining.

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INFOGRAPHIC History Of Computer Threats

INFOGRAPHIC History Of Computer Threats | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

A fast-fact look at The History of Computer Security Threats. Security threats are constant, in many cases extremely calculated and inevitably unforgiving.

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Infographic courtesy of Dell

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Automating the cloud: OpenStack deployment

Automating the cloud: OpenStack deployment | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
While installation and configuration of OpenStack clouds can be a complex undertaking, there are a number of open source cloud deployment tools available to help demystify this task.
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OpenStack is built on a comprehensive set of modules, each of which implements a particular set of cloud functionality.

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VMware Launches Partners’ Program for vCloud Air Cloud Computing Platform

VMware Launches Partners’ Program for vCloud Air Cloud Computing Platform | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This was announced by VMware, the virtualization giant in the domain of cloud computing business on Thursday, September 25, 2014 that it has started a business
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The ‘vCloud Air’ cloud computing based partners’ program focuses on the ‘Independent Software Vendors’ to smoothly migrate their application on the vCloud Air platform.
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10 In-Demand Jobs in the IT Sector

10 In-Demand Jobs in the IT Sector | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As Technology grows more every year the need for people in the IT Sector continues to grow. Here are the Top 10 In-Demand Jobs in the IT Sector right now.
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Take a look at 10 of the most in-demand job roles currently in the IT industry.

 

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Danny Engelman's comment, September 28, 4:27 AM
So which IT related position is NOT in this top-10??
ronald scherpenisse's comment, September 28, 6:41 AM
@Danny If I was asked to pick one Business Analyst would be the one, ;-)
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The sum of all cloud security fears

The sum of all cloud security fears | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Resistance to the cloud is more emotional than technical, but gut reactions do matter
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How am I -- or anyone -- supposed to respond to the naysayers? Yes, I know online services have been hacked. I’m also aware that many of these folks, while sincere in their desire to protect their data, are also uncomfortable with losing control over it.

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How to Build a Strong Career with SAS Certification?

How to Build a Strong Career with SAS Certification? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The largest market share holder in advanced analytics, SAS, known as Statistical Analysis System Software is used for advanced analytics, business and data management along with predicting course of
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SAS is used in 136, operating at over 70,000 sites. That’s why you can discover new opportunities and seize them confidently if you opt for an SAS certification.

 

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What are the five most common challenges new cloud customers have?

What are the five most common challenges new cloud customers have? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Nigel Beighton, VP Technology, Rackspace, discusses the five most common cloud problems customers face, and how businesses can overcome these.

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Cloud computing has grown, developed and evolved very rapidly over the last half decade and it is widely agreed that a closed, single-source, proprietary and unsupported cloud model is not necessarily a good idea.

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In Build Versus Buy Debate, Midsize Business Wins With SaaS

In Build Versus Buy Debate, Midsize Business Wins With SaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Truly off-the-shelf cloud computing solutions packaged in software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings are moving the build versus buy decision further into buy territory, freeing businesses to focus on what they do best.

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While SaaS solves most problems for most businesses, it is not right for every situation. ....

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An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud

An Example of Success in the Cloud | Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
All kinds of businesses can benefit from cloud adoption — even those in technology. Here's an example of how one technology provider found success in the cloud.
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It took me five minutes to fire up my home desktop, install one of my five instances of Office365 available to me, download the client connector to our main PSA solution and I was up and running.

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7 killer open source monitoring tools

7 killer open source monitoring tools | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Seeking greater visibility into your network? Look no further than these excellent free tools
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In this article you will find a collection of open source solutions that aim to provide some or all of these capabilities.

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GAMING: Harnessing the cloud

GAMING: Harnessing the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Guides to game development tools and technology
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Leading experts tell Develop there’s a lot more potential in the technology than current titles might suggest

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Cloud Based Phone System Leads in IAAS Model

Cloud Based Phone System Leads in IAAS Model | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Learn benefits of Cloud Based Phone System. Get in touch with Fonebell, a leading business communication solution provider, for consultation and deployment. Contact @ sales@fonebell.in.
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...... cloud based phone system has evolved as an advanced, economical, convenient methods of internal business communication.

 

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Every cloud needs a home - but not just any home

Every cloud needs a home - but not just any home | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

For any Managed Services or Software as a Service (SaaS) provider looking for a data centre to support this critical new business model and meet 99.999% customer Service Level Agreements (SLA), issues such as the resilience of connectivity and power, as well as security are clearly critical

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These are the five keys to finding the right home for the cloud .....

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Silver linings » Banking Technology

Silver linings » Banking Technology | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

In early September, cloud computing stories finally became interesting as an apparent hacking attack on Apple’s iCloud released hundreds of photos of ‘celebrities’ in the nude. It was a perfect story for the mainstream media

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Celebrity Nude Photo Hacking: Should You Be Worried?

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What The New iPhone 6 Plus Reveals About The Future Of Work

What The New iPhone 6 Plus Reveals About The Future Of Work | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 Plus reflects a wider trend of mobile devices slowly replacing PCs as the central device for the consumer’s every day use. The rise of cloud computing has enabled mobile devices to fulfil most computing tasks so that “any trade-offs are outweighed by the convenience and flexibility provided by the mobile devices.”

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According to CloudTimes.org, 84% of smartphone users are already using cloud-based services.
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Taxing The Cloud

Taxing The Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Of nine states that have recently issued administrative guidance on the taxability of cloud computing services, only two have found the services taxable. The remaining seven have determined cloud computing is not taxable.
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Cloud computing is borderless, so location is irrelevant — it doesn’t matter that a company is in Nevada, a software user in New York, and the servers on which the company runs its application in Texas ...........

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Federal Cloud Computing Broker Offers Business Advice: Don't Move Everything

Federal Cloud Computing Broker Offers Business Advice: Don't Move Everything | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

While the cloud is a "very viable scenario," there are some things that do not belong in the cloud, such as nuclear command and control, says David Bennett, CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a Department of Defense cloud computing broker.

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..... cloud benefits are numerous, but it only takes a single failure to put companies at massive risk.

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Dump your passwords! 8 security and identity breakthroughs

Dump your passwords! 8 security and identity breakthroughs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
From electronic pills to digital tattoos, these eight innovations aim to secure systems and identities without us having to remember a password ever again
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One day, passwords will be a thing of the past, and a slew of technologies are being posited as possibilities for a post-password world. ............

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What to Consider When Outsourcing Social Media Managers

What to Consider When Outsourcing Social Media Managers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Still, many of us haven’t realized the power of social media as it is still yet to be fully utilized by every business owner.

 

If utilized effectively, social media could take your business to higher grounds without spending too much.

 

 

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Let them describe how they handle a business’s target market.  It takes both ends when formulating an effective marketing plan – the business and the target market.

 

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Understanding cloud computing’s risk

Understanding cloud computing’s risk | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Ignore the claims by fearmongers, who are impeding the march of cloud computing. Risk management is what counts
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The claims by the fearmongers run the gamut from somewhat credible to singularly outrageous.

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Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change

Databarracks survey shows slow uptake of DRaaS – but that will change | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The latest survey from cloud provider Databarracks has found that small businesses are lagging behind when it comes to disaster recovery planning and cloud exit strategies.
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The most popular cloud service was backup as a service (BaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) with 21% of the vote, followed by IaaS, PaaS (18%) and DRaaS (16%).

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Network-as-a-Service Provider Pertino Launches Channel Program

Network-as-a-Service Provider Pertino Launches Channel Program | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Network-as-a-service provider Pertino has launched the BlueSky Partner Program.
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The service is free for a personal plan up to three devices, but Pertino offers tiered Basic, Business and Enterprise pricing plans that include various levels of support and networks.

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How the demand for 3D printing skills is accelerating globally

How the demand for 3D printing skills is accelerating globally | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
35% of all ads posted for engineering jobs in the last 30 days prioritize 3D printing and additive manufacturing as the most sought-after skill.
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The number of job ads requiring workers with 3D printing skills increased 1,834% in 4 years and 103% when comparing August 2014 to August 2013.

 

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9 Rules for the Developer-ization of IT

9 Rules for the Developer-ization of IT | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
CIOs who want to drive innovation and change in their organizations should focus on making the lives of developers easier so they can innovate, produce great apps and deliver valuable IP.
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............ CIOs now need to embrace the "developer-ization of IT," which is about allowing developers to focus on innovating, producing great apps and delivering valuable IP.
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