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The New SugarSync 2.00 Makes It Easier to Live Life in the Cloud

The New SugarSync 2.00 Makes It Easier to Live Life in the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
SugarSync is going mainstream. As many discovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, backing up documents in the cloud has many benefits.
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How the cloud aids business growth

How the cloud aids business growth | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The generally accepted definition of cloud computing comes from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which says it should enable convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources - like networks, servers, storage, applications and services.

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As well as lower costs, business agility, flexibility and ease of use are still the main attractions for using the cloud. European Commission research, which questioned almost 500 companies, showed that over 80 per cent of those who were already using the cloud, saw a reduction in IT costs of between 10 and 20 per cent. 12 per cent saw an impressive 30 per cent or more reduction.

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How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data

How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Are you looking for new ways to measure success on Twitter? Get access to Twitter Analytics and find the data you need to track your campaign success.
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Being able to mine your Twitter data for a deeper look at what’s working and what’s not is an important factor in promoting your brand on Twitter.

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Hybrid integration gains popularity in the enterprise

Hybrid integration gains popularity in the enterprise | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The need for data interoperability connectivity and better customer service is resulting in an uptick of hybrid integration in the enterprise
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More than 1,600 cloud purchasing decision makers worldwide were surveyed for the Hybrid Cloud Customer Research report.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Travel Communications

INFOGRAPHIC: Travel Communications | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Those who frequently travel understand just how frustrating it can be restlessly dragging through airport security protocol
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Interesting infographic discovered at hospitalitynet.org which highlights some interesting facts.

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IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with cloud enticements

IBM aims to disrupt supercomputing market with cloud enticements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IBM is offering a potentially powerful incentive in its attempts to entice organizations to move supercomputing jobs to the cloud: a high-speed network communications link called InfiniBand.
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A cloud service that is able to replicate a supercomputer almost instantly could offer an alternative to the large up-front costs of buying or updating a supercomputer, and eliminate the need for a computer job to wait in a queue ...

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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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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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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud computing timeline illustrates cloud's past, predicts its future | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This cloud retrospective aims to give a high-level view of cloud's history and question what that means beyond 2014

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To know where cloud is going, you have to know where it's from. This timeline illustrates cloud's bumpy history and what that means for its future.

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IBM Introduces Elastic Storage on Cloud - insideBIGDATA

IBM Introduces Elastic Storage on Cloud - insideBIGDATA | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM is announcing a new software defined storage-as-a-service on IBM SoftLayer, code named Elastic Storage on Cloud,  that gives organizations access to a fully-supported, ready-to-run storage environment, which includes SoftLayer bare metal resources and high performance data management and allows organizations to move data between their on-premise infrastructure and the cloud. Elastic Storage on Cloud is optimized for technical computing and analytics workloads, providing more storage capability in a more cost-effective way.

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Elastic Storage on Cloud is available starting July 15, 2014.

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Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure

Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What's great about life in the sky
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We know the cloud is not the answer to all IT needs, as we noted in our top 10 cloud computing concerns in May. But it would be churlish to deny its benefits, of which there are many.

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The growth of on-demand cloud computing

The growth of on-demand cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

This HP whitepaper charts the development of the cloud on-demand computing concept and shows how important it is for addressing the demand for business agility and growth.

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Cloud services are built around the on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) delivery models. ......

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Rackspace rolls out new hosted computing tier: Managed cloud

Rackspace rolls out new hosted computing tier: Managed cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We’ve had collocation, managed services and cloud. Welcome managed cloud to the party now.
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The idea behind this new Rackspace offering is pretty simple: Engineers at the company will help customers design, manage, launch and scale their applications in the cloud.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing And SMEs

INFOGRAPHIC: Cloud Computing And SMEs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
SMEs (Small/Medium Sized Enterprises) make up the bulk of businesses today. Most cloud based applications created today are geared toward the SME
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This infographic provided courtesy of Towergate offers insights into the uses and benefits of cloud computing, as well as tips for a successful implementation.

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Who's managing your managed services? You, ultimately

Who's managing your managed services? You, ultimately | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Managed services aren't magic. Before your provider can provide relief, it will need some help from you
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Managed services are ultimately a very useful tool, but they require proper preparation -- they aren't magic.

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10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore

10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With the explosion of startups, there are plenty of new social networks popping up. Here are 10 up-and-coming social networks worth exploring.
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Although most are Phone Apps a number have their own PC version

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THE CLOUD COMPUTING REPORT: How Different Cloud Services Are Competing For Users And Pushing Up Usage - Business insider

THE CLOUD COMPUTING REPORT: How Different Cloud Services Are Competing For Users And Pushing Up Usage - Business insider | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

......Consumers are already using the cloud widely, even if a lot of them don't know it. Approximately 90% of global internet users are already on the cloud in

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In a new report, BI Intelligence provides an exclusive comparison of how the different cloud storage companies are stacking up in terms of pricing and offerings.

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Regional oil & gas sector turns to cloud computing

Regional oil & gas sector turns to cloud computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many decision makers continue to harbour doubts about the security and data privacy
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....... cloud computing was ranked in a recent IDC Energy Insights survey as the most important transformational technology for regional O&G companies in terms of its impact on technology strategy and operations.

 

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Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles

Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The workplace version of the popular cloud storage service competes against offerings from Google, Microsoft, Box, and others
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For developers, Dropbox is releasing two new APIs (application programming interfaces). The Shared Folder API makes the core functions of shared folders available to third-party apps and tools. Meanwhile, the Document Preview API lets developers embed this feature into their applications.

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Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company's Azure cloud hosting platform.
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The company has partnered with two organizations that offer popular open source programs for managing cloud resources -- Packer and OpenNebula.

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Experts Forecast Global SaaS based ERP Software Market to Grow at a CAGR Of 13.8%

Experts Forecast Global SaaS based ERP Software Market to Grow at a CAGR Of 13.8% | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Why SaaS Based ERP Software Is Gaining Popularity?Unlike the conventional method of purchasing ERP software licenses, there is a growing trend among organizations, where Software as a Service (SaaS) based model allows them to rent or license an ERP software package for a protracted period of time. It is a vicious circle where increased demand for S...
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The benefit of SaaS based ERP, is that, enterprises do not need to bother with the ever evolving software updates. Besides, maintenance, increased storage requirements and troubleshooting issues are also handled at remote locations by the vendor.

 

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Standardisation of cloud contracts in Europe: Coming soon to the US?

Standardisation of cloud contracts in Europe: Coming soon to the US? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a push towards transparency both from governments and from technology companies that have amassed data about the personal lives of citizens.
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The Guidelines propose that SLAs should be drafted with an eye towards consistency across companies in a manner that is “business model  and technologically neutral,” with unambiguously defined terms and with a broad variety of users in mind. ......

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INFOGRAPHIC: What is the Cloud?

INFOGRAPHIC: What is the Cloud? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Security should be a top priority for any business. Especially these days, with news of another hack or data breach being reported in the news every week.
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Excellent Infographic from Stratosphere Networks on the meaning behind the word.

 

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Great infographic that truly captures the importance of #Cloud and it's central importance in our technology driven business world.

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Sorry, cloud resisters: Control does not equal security

Sorry, cloud resisters: Control does not equal security | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Many of those who push back on cloud computing citing security fears are doing their employers a disservice
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Control does not equal security, and it never did. Those who continue to push back on cloud computing using security as an excuse, without understanding the real issues, are doing their businesses a disservice.

 

 

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Cloud Computing Insurance: The New IT Safety Net?

Cloud Computing Insurance: The New IT Safety Net? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Own something valuable? Then it should be insured. Homes, cars and even office equipment is typically insured against destruction or theft. But what about data? For many midsize companies, mission-critical data does not reside on a single stack or even with a single cloud provider. ...
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.......... the problem lies in calculating the total value of virtual assets and the risk they represent. Companies with better security protocols, for example, should not be charged as much as those that leave gaping network holes. .......

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Can Amazon and Microsoft crack cloud computing in China? | China Economic Review

Can Amazon and Microsoft crack cloud computing in China? | China Economic Review | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Almost all of the six hundred and twenty million Chinese people and the hundreds of thousands of domestic firms that connect to the internet daily store some form of content online.

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Microsoft is the only global company that has managed to offer a completely public cloud service in China.

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