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Cloud computing predicted to boost IT jobs in 2013

Cloud computing predicted to boost IT jobs in 2013 | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is predicted to produce 2.5 million new jobs, with an estimated total GDP increase of €160 billion by 2020 (Cloud computing predicted to boost IT jobs in 2013 http://t.co/1vZGkaS2
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Why "The Cloud"
Over the last couple of years many companies have migrated some of their software or infrastructure to the cloud. Yet, despite the rapid growth that cloud companies are seeing, there are still many businesses that don't understand what the cloud is or how it can benefit their business. Hopefully, we can help dispel the myths and provide you with relevant information that will enable your company to make an informed decision.
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A Cloud versus The Cloud, Do You Know the Difference? | RapidScale Cloud Computing Solutions

A Cloud versus The Cloud, Do You Know the Difference? | RapidScale Cloud Computing Solutions | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
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Thanks to Stephanie Ryan and the team at RapidScale for putting this together. RapidScale is one of our premier partners. We would love to demo their Cloud Office for anyone that's interested.

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Cloud security to be most disruptive technology of 2013

Cloud security to be most disruptive technology of 2013 | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Business council including Coca-Cola, eBay, FedEx, EMC, Fidelity Investments, Intel, Johnson & Johnson and Walmart sees
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Like it or not, Cloud Technologies are here to stay. Ellen Messmer from NetworkWorld reports that even the largest of companies are looking at establishing cloud environments for business processes including mission critical apps and regulated data.

 

The big challenge for the cloud providers now...security. If cloud providers can appease their critics with enhanced security, you'll begin to see Cloud Security move from a revolutionary technology to a truly disruptive technology.

 

Personally, I think many of them have already reached this pinnacle, but a lot of people just don't know it.

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CIOs say cloud computing is really, truly a priority this time

CIOs say cloud computing is really, truly a priority this time | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
We've heard that line before, but if CIOs are serious, here's how they can get started
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We really believe that this year is going to a huge turning point in Cloud Computing adoption. Most of our vendors saw upwards of 300% increase in business. And, this year we expect that number to climb much higher.

 

At VocalPoint we work with some of the top cloud computing companies in the industry. If your company is considering moving to a virtual desktop solution. call us. We can help you avoid the common pitfalls and help you find a vendor that truly has your best interest in mind.

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Hard Truths About Cloud Differences -- InformationWeek

Hard Truths About Cloud Differences -- InformationWeek | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Every medium- to large-sized company must understand today's different cloud computing approaches -- and pitfalls.
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Jim Ditmore from Information Week does a good job explaining the differences in cloud environments.As he states at the top of this article, "We're long into the hype cycle of cloud computing".

 

Now it's time to get solid advice and evaluate where the Cloud fits into your business strategy. Competitive advantages can easily be lost if companies lag beind the adoption curve.

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What Is UC Federation and Why Should I Care?

What Is UC Federation and Why Should I Care? | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Enterprises spend fortunes every year on "speeding time to market", "corporate agility", and "just-in-time delivery". UC Federation could deliver many of those benefits.
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Thanks Russell for a great article. I think federation is one of those things that is very confusing to people and most don't understand what it is or why they would need it in the workplace.

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Verizon puffs up Terremark cloud over London and Dallas • The Register

Verizon puffs up Terremark cloud over London and Dallas • The Register | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
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Okay, so Verizon has figured out that if they're going to meet the demands of mid-market and enterprise customers, they will have to find a way to scale more economically. It appears that they are moving in that direction by pricing based on CPU instance and storage capacity. But, I have to wonder if they will follow suit of the 900 pound gorillas in this space that provide little to no customer service.

 

I applaud Verizon for purchasing Terramark. It was a smart buy that brought them into a global cloud footprint relatively quickly. But when was the last time that you called the phone company and actually got a living, breathing human? I know that in this case you're actually dealing with Terramark. But, the Bells always have a way of making what should be a simple thing, very convoluted. It's for this very reason that companies like Server Central, Concentric and RapidScale have grown tremendously over the last year.

 

The one thing that Terramark has going for them is the fact that they can support enterprise customers on a global scale. It remains to be seen if Verizon can keep them a high-touch organization that focuses on the customers needs.

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ServerCentral Triumphs Over Cloud Giant in I/O Performance and Network Speed | ServerCentral: Colocation and Managed Data Center Solutions

ServerCentral Triumphs Over Cloud Giant in I/O Performance and Network Speed | ServerCentral: Colocation and Managed Data Center Solutions | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
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Goliath, meet David! Companies like Server Central have figured out that many businesses actually want a real person that they can talk to. Not only are they providing unmatched customer service, Server Central has figured out the economies of scale. I highly recommend taking one of their virtual servers for a spin.

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What is Your Critical Data Worth - Understanding RPO and RTO

What is Your Critical Data Worth - Understanding RPO and RTO | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Every business needs to have a disaster recovery plan in place, but not many understand how to calculate the value of critical data or how to determine the proper solution to implement.
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Virtualization Matrix - Feature Comparison: VMware, Microsoft, Citrix

Virtualization Matrix - Feature Comparison: VMware, Microsoft, Citrix | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Virtualization Matrix - compare 1000+ virtualization and cloud features, create custom reports: VMware vSphere, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V (RT @douglasabrown: VERY COOL!
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There are so many choices today with regard to the cloud. At VocalPoint Consulting Group we help our clients understand the complexities and mitigate the risk of the cloud and virtualization.

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Accenture: Seven Key Tech Trends For Business -- InformationWeek

Accenture: Seven Key Tech Trends For Business -- InformationWeek | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Accenture survey suggests practical ways to get your organization on a path to digital success.
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Researchers Warn: Mega's New Encrypted Cloud Doesn't Keep Its Megasecurity Promises - Forbes

Researchers Warn: Mega's New Encrypted Cloud Doesn't Keep Its Megasecurity Promises - Forbes | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
A screenshot from Mega's new homepage. Updated with Mega's response to several of the site's security issues below. Kim Dotcom, like every smart founder of a startup in a crisis, is pivoting.

Via Efraim Silver
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All Clouds are NOT created equally...

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Polycom’s Videoconferencing Business Unfazed by Ambitious Startups, CEO Says

Polycom’s Videoconferencing Business Unfazed by Ambitious Startups, CEO Says | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Messed up? Not quite.
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Okay, so we don't have flying cars yet. But, we do have video conferencing. And, in growing numbers businesses are adopting video conferencing into their overall strategy. But, I'm not so bullish on the video conferencing market as most people might be. Why? Well one word..."Cloud".

Yes, Video is here to stay and will continue to be deployed more and more. But, what company in their right mind today would want to invest in a video conference or "Telepresence" system that costs $100k +? I know, people will argue that "you can set-up a conference room with intelligent cameras that follow the discussion, that produce high-quality HD video, that can see the entire room, etc., etc.

However, with the rapid adoption of Cloud services and the "as a Service" model, I think you're going to see video sold more as an add-on to Hosted PBX offerings. In fact, Polycom already recognizes this because many enterprise Hosted VoIP companies are already using their bridging equipment in their cloud environments making video bridges an "as a Service" offer.

More and more people are becoming road warriors or work from home employees. With the advent of cloud based video bridges it makes location a moot point. That's the beauty of the Cloud.

The discussion of image quality and intelligent cameras doesn't outweigh the benefit of mobility. Most people would prefer to be untethered and unrestricted as opposed to sitting in a stuffy conference room.

The large players like Polycom, Cisco and LifeSize will continue to sell their equipment. I just think the face of their customer is going to change and the sales numbers will be coming more and more from the many enterprise hosted VoIP companies that are growing exponentially.

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Cisco Futurists Plan For Internet Of Everything

Cisco Futurists Plan For Internet Of Everything | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Cisco foresees connected devices, pervasive sensing and big data will drive need for data scientists to bring order to information overload.
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Are you still trying to understand "The Internet of This Thing, That Thing, & Everything? You're not alone...Maybe this will help.

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The “hidden” benefits of a cloud-based call center

The “hidden” benefits of a cloud-based call center | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Most IT professionals and many customer service professionals can easily rattle off the many benefits of a cloud-based call center: the scalability, the lower TCO, the flexibility and mobility, and...
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Evolve IP is one of our premier UC, Hosted VoIP and Cloud Computing resellers that we work closely with. In this blog post, Sue Krause, Product Marketing manager for Evolve IP, lays out some of those unforeseen benefits in moving a call center to the cloud.

If your company is trying to decrease costs and improve your level of customer service, I highly recommend that you take a look at the Evolve IP Cloud-Based Call Center. If you would like a demonstration of thier platform give us a call at VocalPoint or email us at info@vocalpointcg.com. If you would like more information by way of white papers or solution briefs, visit us at www.vocalpointcg.com/resources.

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Tech Europe Predictions

Tech Europe Predictions | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Surging data demand means existing cellular networks are going to struggle.
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Here is a good article on how Big Data is affecting the cellular networks.

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Can the Cloud Help Small Businesses Save Money?

Can the Cloud Help Small Businesses Save Money? | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
There's nonstop chatter, often funded by the cloud-service industry itself, about the new world of the cloud, in which businesses outsource their computing muscle to a third party.
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A case study for success in the cloud.

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Cloud computing predicted to boost IT jobs in 2013

Cloud computing predicted to boost IT jobs in 2013 | Why "The Cloud" | Scoop.it
Cloud computing is predicted to produce 2.5 million new jobs, with an estimated total GDP increase of €160 billion by 2020 (Cloud computing predicted to boost IT jobs in 2013 http://t.co/1vZGkaS2
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