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VMware Private Cloud Hosting

A private cloud is a cloud computing platform dedicated to your organization. Cybercon data center hosted VMware private cloud provides you the freedom to choose: network routers and switches, firewalls, server hardware, storage systems, and VMware cloud computing software. Our solutions are built to give you the power to construct and manage clouds across your internal data centers and Cybercon data center — on terms that you control. That means you can keep a handle on compliance, security, and costs. And you can let your business needs drive your IT strategy, instead of having IT limit your options.

The VMware Private Cloud Solution pools infrastructure resources among multiple clusters into policy-based virtual datacenters. A virtual datacenter is a predefined container of resources that spans a set of virtualized physical resources that can be can be constructed to provide specific service-levels or meet particular business needs. These elastic and tiered virtual datacenters enable resources to be provisioned to IT services without repeated configuration. By logically pooling infrastructure capacity into virtual datacenters, IT organizations can manage resources more efficiently with complete abstraction between the delivery of infrastructure and the underlying hardware that supports it. Cybercon’s VMware private cloud computing service provides data center infrastructure, cloud computing hardware, VMware cloud software, and 24x7x365 live onsite tech support.

To fit IT budgets of all sizes, we can deliver VMware Private Cloud services to you in two different ways with different cost structures:

* Economic VMware Private Cloud:
With the Economic VMware Private Cloud hosting, you can order HP blade servers as your VMware cloud server nodes, shared SAN as your VMware cloud SAN storage, and VMware vCenter server as your centralized management server. In this model, you can get a VMware private cloud up and running in a few hours. It only costs you a few hundreds dollars a month.

You can order an Economic VMware Private Cloud in two simple steps:

  • Step 1: Select your VMware private cloud options such as Cloud Software, Network Firewall, and Network SAN Storage Space ;
  • Step 2: Add one or more Dedicated VMware Servers as your VMware private cloud hosts or nodes ;

Check out your shopping cart. A private cloud will be ready for you to use in a few business hours.

* Enterprise VMware Private Cloud:
With the Enterprise VMware Private Cloud hosting, you can order private lockable cabinets, dedicated Dell PowerEdge servers as your VMware cloud server nodes, dedicated or shared SANs as your VMware cloud SAN storage systems, and VMware vCenter server as your centralized management server. All your equipment will be placed in your private lockable cabinets.

You can order an Enterprise VMware Private Cloud in five steps (please add each selection to your shopping cart and then check them out together):

  • Step 1: Select your private lockable cabinet and power option;
  • Step 2: Select your cloud computing VMware server nodes;
  • Step 4: Select your VMware cloud software;
  • Step 3: Select your enterprise data storage SAN systems;
  • Step 5: Select your network firewall ;

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Cloud security: 10 things you need to know #security #in #the #cloud


Cloud security: 10 things you need to know

If we’re talking about the cloud, we have to talk about security.

It seems that every time the cloud is brought up in the enterprise, the conversation to follow is focused on how secure, or not secure, it really is. Some would have you believe the cloud is safer than on-premise, while others contend that it is the least safe place you could store your data.

When thinking about cloud security, it’s ultimately up to each individual organization and its leadership to determine if a cloud deployment is the right strategy. However, cloud adoption is growing overall, and it is important to consider how it affects the organization.

Here are 10 things you need to know about cloud security.

1. The cloud security market is growing

According to the Research and Markets’ Global Security Services Market 2015-2019 report, the market for security products and services is growing globally and demand for cloud-based security is leading the charge. In fact, the Cloud Security Market report by MarketsandMarkets predicts the market size at nearly $9 billion by 2019.

2. 43% of companies experienced a data breach last year

In 2014, data breaches were all over the major news channels. Big brands like Target, Neiman Marcus, JP Morgan Chase, and Home Depot all announced that their data had been compromised. Toward the end of 2014 a Ponemon Institute report claimed that 43% of companies had experienced a data breach within the past year, up 10% from the year before. Additionally, data breaches in South Korea compromised the credit card information of 40% of the population .

3. It’s more than public vs private

One of the raging debates when it comes to cloud security is the level of security offered by private and public clouds. While a private cloud strategy may initially offer more control over your data and easier compliance to HIPAA standards and PCI, it is not inherently more or less secure. True security has more to do with your overall cloud strategy and how you are using the technology.

4. Cloud and security top IT initiatives in 2015

While the term “cloud security” wasn’t explicitly mentioned, both “cloud” and “security” top the list of IT initiatives for executives in the 2015 Network World State of the Network report. Thirty six percent of IT executives ranked security as their no. 1 initiative, while 31% had the cloud leading their initiatives.

5. Storage is perceived as the riskiest cloud app

When most consumers think about the cloud, they are likely thinking about popular cloud storage and backup services. Cloud storage is important to the enterprise too, but it presents its own challenges. More than 50% of the respondents to the Cloud Usage: Risks and Opportunities Report from the Cloud Security Alliance listed storage as the most risky cloud application according to their organization’s definition of risk. The second most risky set of applications were those dealing with finance or accounting.

6. Your employees are your biggest threat

Outside hackers are what most people perceive as their biggest threat to security, but employees pose an equal risk. The 2015 Data Breach Industry Forecast by Experian claims that employees caused almost 60% of security incidents last year. This is further compounded by employees working remotely or using their personal mobile device to access sensitive materials outside of the company network.

7. Controlling adoption is difficult

The rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your-own-application (BYOA) trends means that many cloud services and tools are sneaking into organizations under the noses of IT leaders. Results of a survey conducted by The Register shows that 50% of respondents said the biggest challenge in regards to cloud services is getting the chance to assess security before a service is adopted by users.

8. Many organizations don’t have security policies

According to the Cloud Usage: Risks and Opportunities Report, 25.5% of respondents don’t have security policies or procedures in place to deal with data security in the cloud. Also, 68.1% said they do have security policies in place, and the remaining 6.4% didn’t know whether they do or do not have the proper policies in place.

9. IoT presents a new risk to cloud security

Research firm Gartner predicts that the IoT market will grow to 26 billion units installed by 2020. bringing with it a slew of security issues for organizations that are leveraging the technology. The Experian Data Breach Industry Forecast notes that the storage and processing of the data points collected by IoT devices will create more vulnerabilities, and we will likely see cyberattacks targeting the IoT.

10. The right tools aren’t always used

Fortunately, there are quite a few ways in which enterprises can make their cloud initiative more secure. While these tools and services exist, they aren’t always used the proper way, or even used at all. Sixty percent of respondents to The Register’s cloud survey said they were using VPN connections, but only 34% said they were using cloud firewalls or encrypting data at rest. The numbers continued to drop in regards to other preventative measures until the bottom of the list where only 15% said they were using obfuscation or tokenization of sensitive data.

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What Is Cloud Backup? A Beginners Guide To Cloud Backup #amazon #s3


This beginner’s guide on Cloud Backup briefly explains the benefits as well as pitfalls of Cloud Backup solutions, notable cost effective Cloud Backup service providers etc in a simple way.

What Is Cloud Storage?

Cloud Storage is nothing but storage solution for the Internet. Cloud Storage Service Provider will have a cluster of highly scalable servers with simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. In simple terms, Cloud Storage, from an end user perspective is nothing but an unlimited amount of online disk space that is secure, inexpensive, highly available (mostly) to store/backup/restore data from PCs, Laptops and Servers.

Image Source: Zmanda Backup Solution

Who Should Use Cloud Storage?

As mentioned earlier, Cloud Storage is nothing but Online Storage, so to access Cloud Storage, one needs to have high bandwidth internet connection. This requirement may be a problem for those who want to store time critical storage on the cloud. However, data recovery solutions that use cloud storage is viable as you would request for data restore not so frequently. For example, you are photographer and want to backup all of your photo collection. Then it makes perfect sense to have the photos backed up on the cloud. You would have secondary backup of your photos and incase your laptop crashes, you can always get your data restored almost immediately. Depending on the amount of photographic data that is there on the cloud it would take probably a few minutes or few hours. This is not really time critical. So, a Data Backup/Restore solution on Cloud Storage is Cloud Backup solution. Anyone who needs secured, backup on a remote server without much worries on maintaining the infrastructure will have to go for Cloud Storage Backup Solutions.

Data Encryption and Disaster Recovery On Cloud Backup

In Cloud Backup solution, your data resides on an external server outside your home or office, so the data needs to be protected. All of the Cloud backup solutions offer state of the art Data Encryption facility so that your data is compressed and encrypted so that others are unable to use them. Since the data that is backed up is on a remote location, there is a fair amount of disaster recovery is involved. More over, Cloud Storage servers will have data redundancy implemented internally.

Advantages of Cloud Backup Service

  • Safe and secured way of backing up data on a remote data storage
  • Accessible from anywhere
  • Usually cheap with pay as you go model
  • Inbuilt disaster recovery facility
  • Highly scalable – no cap on storage limit
  • Data backup can be automated
  • No need to worry about hardware infrastructure to maintain

Disadvantages of Cloud Backup Service

  • High Internet bandwidth is needed
  • Your data resides on 3rd party Servers, if they close the shop, then you need to worry about your data (If it ever happens, It can be handled easily though)
  • Most of the Cloud Backup service providers charge based on data backed up. So, if you have more data, then you will be charged more. However, there are more and more service providers who are giving flat rate plans such as Mozy that charges $5/month for unlimited usage.

It is seen by industry experts that for large enterprise with Large amount of data that frequently changes with limited network connectivity, the traditional on premise data backup solution works out better and cheaper.

Cloud Backup Vendors

There are many such vendors. But the most noted ones that are cost effective are;

Most of the Cloud Backup service providers use Amazon’s S3 Cloud Infrastructure. Amazon S3 is mostly used but has couple of alternatives such as Nirvanix. Eucalyptus. Enomaly Cloud etc.

Well, not really
Cloud Backup should support
Blocklevel or Delta backup, some of the above don t so if I m uploading 1 GB file, next time changed 1 Byte, will take it again.
I prefer Cloud Disaster Recovery
And Cloud Disaster Recovery means true global dedupelication technology with all the above, don t have!!
I prefer pure cloud backup, not proprietary storage, like Amazon,we all do remember carbonite lost their data in 2009.
Completely mobility access, I m paying for the cloud, i need for access anytime any where, why should i use a software without mobility access
If for business,it should have a true complete cloud management console
it should be easy to use and no real performance impact

Hope this will help

Forgot to say, I tested many software s and the best 2 I found were Mozy and Timeline Cloud, just for your info, but i went with Timeline Cloud, because they are using Amazon and they have cloud Disaster recovery

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What Is Cloud Computing? Explained In Simple Words #beginners,cloud,cloud #computing,explanation,guide,hosting,online #apps,online #storage,server,simple,tutorial,web


I m sure you ve heard the following two words being used extensively online in the last couple of years. Cloud Computing. The next time you read something about a service that mentions Cloud , you will immediately know what they mean by that, and what exactly cloud computing is and how does it work.

What is Cloud Computing and how does it work, explained in simple terms?

Actually, you ve been using cloud computing all this time, unless you were living in a cave somewhere, and that cave somehow didn t have an internet connection.

So let me put this in as simple terms as possible:
Cloud Computing is the ability to use the power of other computers (located somewhere else) and their software, via the Internet (or sometimes other networks), without the need to own them. They are being provided to you, as a service .

That means you don t have to go and buy some super powerful gigantic computer system and risk have it sitting there, doing nothing. By utilizing the cloud, everything is ready for you whenever you might need it. Exactly where the hardware and software is located and how it all works doesn t matter to you, as a user. It s just somewhere up in the vast cloud that the Internet represents.
Now you know one of the reasons they call it the Cloud Computing.

For example, many businesses use cloud computing as a means of remote backup solutions to store and recover their data offsite.

To illustrate the point even better, let s go over one typical example of cloud computing that you must have used before (exception are those with the cave thing from above).

Google as an example of cloud computing

What happens when you type and search something on Google?
Have you ever thought about this? Does your PC go through all that information, sorts it out for you and display all the relevant results? No, it doesn t. Otherwise, you would wait much longer for a simple results page to display. A simple PC can t process all those billions of websites in a fraction of a second, like Google does. Your PC only serves as a messenger to tell Google what you are looking for. Everything else is done by some of Google s powerful computers located somewhere, Who-Knows-Where in the world.
Now, did you ever care about how or where that comes from? Why would you, right? Exactly. That s a great example of how cloud computing is used.

At this point, I m sure you understand what cloud computing is and the basic idea behind it. If that s everything you wanted to know, you can stop here, and go enjoy your life knowing what Cloud Computing is. If you are interested in just a little tiny bit more about it, continue reading to the end (not long from here).

3 Types of Cloud Computing

1. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is basically when you buy raw computing hardware to use over the net, usually servers, or online storage. You buy what you need and pay-as-you-go. The best and the most basic example of this type of cloud computing is buying a web hosting for your website. You pay monthly fee to a hosting company for the storage on their servers and to have them serve up files for your website from those servers. Another good example of someone who provides these types of cloud services would be RackSpace cloud company .

2. Software as a Service (SaaS) is a case where you use the complete software application that s running on someone else s servers. The best example of this is Google Docs. which you can use for creating and storing text documents, presentations, spreadsheets and so on

3. Platform as a Service (PaaS) is case where you create applications using web-based tools so they run on systems software and hardware provided by another company. As an example, consider a situation where you develop your own e-commerce website but have the whole thing, including the shopping cart, checkout, and payment mechanism running on a merchant s server.

That should be all you need to know to get you started.

As you can see, the idea behind cloud computing is very powerful and useful beyond measure. Especially now when you actually know what it is.

Credit for a great comic image used above goes to CloudTweaks .

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Using Amazon Glacier or S3 as an Online Backup Server #cloud #storage,


Using Amazon Glacier or S3 as an Online Backup Server

Cloud storage solutions have become a simple, cost-effective solution for backing up your important data. Check out these feature-rich tools for helping efficiently manage your cloud storage data.

Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-priced cloud storage solution as low as one cent per gigabyte (GB), in fact that is designed for long-term file and data backups with infrequent retrievals or removals. It’s great for manually archiving data or maybe even serving as online backup for your PCs, especially if you also back up to a local drive.

Just keep in mind, there are additional fees If you re looking for a storage solution for frequent utilization, in which case you’ll likely want to consider another Amazon Web Service: the Simple Storage Service (S3). pricing for which starts at three cents per GB.

Amazon, however, may not always be the best storage option. For instance, if you want a quick and easy online PC backup solution, consider another company that s designed for PC backup. When backing up large amounts of data, such as half a terabyte (TB) or more, unlimited backup offerings from other companies like CrashPlan or Backblaze may be cheaper to utilize than even Amazon Glacier.

If you do choose one of the Amazon storage offerings, you can use a client program similar to an FTP client to upload, download, synchronize and back up your data. Here are several different clients to consider that support Amazon and other cloud services:

Fast Glacier. A multipurpose Windows client for Amazon Glacier that is free for personal use, and commercial licensing for it starts at $39.95. Fast Glacier supports manual uploads/downloads, syncing, and automated backup functionality. It features pause/resume for uploads, pre-upload compression and encryption, and download limiting to control data retrieval costs.

CrossFTP. An FTP-style client that supports FTP, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier and Google storage client for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. In addition to their free basic edition, they offer a Pro edition for $24.99 and an Enterprise edition for $39.99 that adds support for SFTP, WebDav, pre-upload encryption, syncing, scheduling and other features.

Duplicati. A free and open source backup client for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux that supports many different cloud and remote file services, including Amazon Glacier and S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive (Google Docs), Rackspace Cloud Files, WebDAV, SSH and FTP. Duplicati supports incremental updates, encryption and signing using GNU Privacy Guard, and scheduling capabilities.

Simple Amazon Glacier Uploader. A simple Java-based cross-platform client that offers a GUI for the Glacier command-line tools. This likely isn t a client you ll want to use all the time, but it is good to keep on a flash drive for quick and simple access from any computer or OS.

Syncovery. A commercial file synchronization and backup software tool that is priced at $59.90 for the fully functioning edition, which runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Syncovery supports traditional FTP-like protocols and many cloud-based services, including those from Amazon S3, Microsoft, Rackspace, Google, DropBox and Box.com. It s a feature-rich solution supporting syncing, automated scheduled backups, compression and encryption, and many other functionalities.

CloudBerry. CloudBerry offers a large line of commercial backup product solutions designed for different types of machines or applications, such as desktop PCs ($29.99), servers ($79.99) and bare metal backups ($119.99). CloudBerry sells products for specific servers and applications as well, such as MS SQL servers ($149.99) and MS Exchange servers ($229.99). They even offer solutions for IT or managed service providers (MSPs). Their products support backing up to Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Openstack cloud storage services and are feature-rich solutions.

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Rackspace and Dell EMC Partner to Make Private Cloud Easier to Use


Rackspace and Dell EMC Partner to Make Private Cloud Easier to Use

Rackspace is working with Dell EMC to offer a private cloud-as-a-service solution, according to an announcement on Monday at the OpenStack Summit in Boston. Rackspace said that it is the first step in an expanded relationship with Dell EMC where the partners will work to help make it easier to set up private clouds.

Customers will be able to combine Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud with Dell EMC compute and storage solutions, according to the companies. Support for VMAX Hybrid, VMAX All Flash and Dell Servers will be provided initially, with support for Dell EMC ScaleIO forthcoming.

Even as some industry experts and researchers note that private cloud is losing steam as enterprises opt for workloads in the public cloud, the offering with Dell EMC will allow Rackspace to provide more options to its enterprise customers looking for a multi-cloud approach and tap demand for OpenStack.

Dell EMC is committed to providing customers with best in class solutions to simplify their OpenStack deployments while taking advantage of new innovations, Jay Snyder, SVP, Global Alliances, Industries and Service Providers at Dell EMC said in a statement. One example of this commitment to OpenStack is our latest offering with Rackspace, one of a handful of our global Titanium partners which has unmatched experience in operating OpenStack clouds at scale. The ability to consume Rackspace OpenStack Private Cloud as-a-Service coupled with Dell EMC compute and storage solutions brings enhanced best-in-class capabilities for customers looking to take advantage of the opportunities offered by private cloud.

The news comes as Rackspace has announced that its CEO, Taylor Rhodes, will be leaving and Rackspace president Jeff Cotten will be stepping in as interim CEO. Last month, Rackspace launched Global Solutions and Services (GSS) to provide enterprises and mid-market firms with professional services.​

According to the announcement, the partners intend to lower the barrier to entry for private cloud, and provide the same elasticity of public cloud with security and performance benefits.

Rackspace s private cloud can be deployed in a Rackspace data center, customer data center or third-party location.

Rackspace has a unique track record of enabling customer success with private clouds by delivering OpenStack as-a-service and leveraging our operational expertise gained from more than one billion server hours managing OpenStack, Scott Crenshaw, SVP and GM of OpenStack Private Cloud at Rackspace said. This is why 451 Research has said that Rackspace is the world s leading OpenStack service provider.

As a co-founder of OpenStack, Rackspace is committed to innovating OpenStack in a way that makes it easier for customers to consume and benefit from, Crenshaw continued. Our collaboration with Dell EMC will do just this, combining the best of Rackspace expertise and Dell EMC technologies to allow customers to consume an OpenStack private cloud in a way that is more flexible and removes barriers to entry. Our organizations look forward to sharing more updates later this year.

Processor – The Cloud Company #what #is #a #cloud #company





Infraestrutura como serviço

Conservação e restauração de dados

Depósito de longo prazo para dados

Portais e sites de alta performance

Desktops e aplicações

Continuidade para ativos tecnológicos

Soluções como BPO

Software como BPO



LiveCloud disponibiliza de forma inovadora serviços e soluções de tecnologia gerenciados e operados pela Processor para que organizações de qualquer tamanho acelerem seu processo de transformação digital.


Serviço Processor. que disponibiliza uma série de soluções integradas, incluindo capacidade computacional, armazenamento, dados, networking, backup, aplicativos, software, entre outros serviços, que permitem fazer negócios de maneira rápida, flexível e altamente competitivos.

Como evoluir para a nuvem

Benefícios Livecloud

Gestão profissional dos seus recursos na nuvem.
Implementação ágil, simplificada e escalável, com migração total ou parcial do seu ambiente, mantendo a integração de forma transparente.
Monitoramento constante do ambiente por nossa equipe, permitindo que você foque no que realmente interessa: seus negócios.
Permite a criação de novas áreas ou projetos de negócios com agilidade e baixo investimento.
Redução nos custos com tecnologia.
Redução nos prazos de entrega e execução.
Confidencialidade, integridade de dados e informações garantidos por robustos processos de segurança.

Metodologia LIVECLOUD

A Metodologia de Gestão de Serviços Processor foi desenvolvida a partir da experiência e know-how adquiridos pela empresa ao longo dos anos, aliados à utilização das melhores práticas segundo padrões internacionais.

A Metodologia inclui gestão a vista, processos com PDCA contínuo, operação, monitoramento, governança e gestão de desempenho.

de Valor

O que é

Como evoluir
para nuvem


Totalmente em Nuvem ou Híbrido?

Os dois – Flexibilidade para escolher a plataforma dinâmica e flexível do LiveCloud permite adotar a arquitetura mais adequada e consistente para os negócios de sua empresa.

Desde um modelo totalmente baseado em nuvem pública até um modelo híbrido, com cada serviço rodando em nuvem privada ou pública, conforme fizer mais sentido.

Padrões abertos e flexibilidade de escolha

O LiveCloud suporta uma vasta gama de sistemas operacionais, linguagens e ambientes de desenvolvimento, permitindo a criação de aplicações, serviços e ambientes que endereçam todas as necessidades de negócios.

Elasticidade e Praticidade

A elasticidade de uso, combinada com a capacidade de pagar somente pelos recursos utilizados permite uma economia sem precedentes na utilização da tecnologia, bem como a capacidade de responder rapidamente a demandas inesperadas ou sazonais, sem prazos de espera e sem pagar por recursos ociosos no ambiente.

Em todo o mundo e no Brasil também

O LiveCloud é mantido por uma estrutura de datacenters que se estendem pelas principais regiões do Globo, garantindo alcance mundial, com presença no Brasil.

Nuvem ou


Adobe – Flash Platform #cloud #application #development #platform


Flash Platform

In a world where most digital experiences fall flat, the Macromedia Flash Platform offers something different. It’s a lightweight, cross-platform runtime that can be used not just for rich media, but also for enterprise applications, communications, and mobile applications. No matter how it’s used, we designed the Flash Platform so that organizations of all kinds can deliver the most effective experiences imagination will allow.

Industries Using the Flash Platform


From wireless and broadband service providers to handset and set-top box manufacturers and network equipment providers, the Flash Platform enables rapid development of next-generation rich experiences.

Financial Services

Experiences built on the Flash Platform help leading financial services companies improve operational efficiencies and increase profits by delivering superior digital interactions.


The Flash Platform helps educational institutions teach digital skills that motivate their students, create a competitive advantage, and provide an effective platform for communication, collaboration, applications, and mobile learning.


The Flash Platform allows government agencies to be more efficient and effective by delivering superior digital experiences to constituents and staff through business transformation, training, collaboration, and web conferencing initiatives.

Business Benefits

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In this whitepaper, IDC Analyst Joshua Duhl examines Rich Internet Applications in depth—what they are, why they’re needed, who can use them, and the business benefits available to companies that deploy them.

Optimizing Digital Experiences in the Enterprise

Learn how great digital experiences can lead to higher financial returns while building strong brand loyalty and customer relationships in this recorded online seminar.
Hosted by Ziff-Davis and Macromedia.

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Allow individuals and teams to update web content while maintaining site integrity.

Rich web communication system for the enterprise with on-premise control.

A full continuum of tools and services for rapid and robust e-learning development.

Deliver rich experiences across consumer devices and mobile handsets.

Meet policy and accessibility requirements with less hassle and more interactivity.

Analyst Review

“The time for rich interfaces (and interactions) on the Web, on mobile phones, and in the enterprise is upon us.”
Patricia Seybold Group

Technical Resources

Kevin Lynch, chief software architect, discusses the technology behind the leading platform for delivering effective user experiences across browsers, operating systems, and devices.

Get a thorough look at the features and benefits of the Flash Platform architecture as you consider it from an IT perspective in this white paper.

Find out how Macromedia solutions address security concerns enterprises might have as they are evaluating the benefits of using the Flash Platform within their infrastructure.

Flash Platform technologies use Flash Player. Learn how the Flash Player security model addresses potential security risks on the client.
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Cloud Computing #cloud, #computing


Cloud Computing

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a large number of cloud-based products that enable organizations to perform cloud computing. In fact, the product offering is so large that AWS has become synonymous with infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Based on the actions they perform, AWS product offerings are grouped under broad categories such as compute, storage, and databases. Read More

In this article we ll look at some of the networking capabilities of Azure. Read More

This article looks at how the new DevOps trend aims to combine the skills of IT professionals and developers. Read More

In the third part of this article series, we ll talk about mapping common business requirements from the customer to Office 365 Services. Read More

In this article, we ll take a look at what Azure Stack is, how it works and when and why you would use it. Read More

In this part, I will give you an overview of the assessment that was done after I received the requirements from the customer. Read More

In this Part 6, we’re going to wrap up the series by talking a little about CoreOS, Kubernetes (Google’s container management solution), and Microsoft’s entries into this space: Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers. Read More

Change is a part of life and is one of the only things you can completely count on, in IT and elsewhere. There’s an old saying that change is inevitable except from a vending machine, and transitioning to the cloud will bring big changes – some beneficial, some detrimental and some that are both good and bad – to the. Read More

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WD My Cloud 6TB External Hard Drive (NAS) White WDBCTL0060HWT-NESN – Best


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A Better Alternative for Cloud Backup Posted by: MikeTheRetiredActuary from: Southlake, TX on I was torn between using an Internet Cloud service for backup versus having my own external hard drive connected to my router. I looked at the pluses and minuses of Internet Cloud versus personal Cloud. I decided that the pluses of a personal Cloud outweighed the pluses of Internet Cloud, while its negatives were not great enough to outweigh that decision. What I liked about the WD MyCloud was that I could directly connect the MyCloud to my router via an Ethernet cord so that it could handle backup of all of my wireless devices, be accessible by everything on my home network, and could also be accessed via the Internet when I was traveling. I chose the 6TB version simply because I didn’t want to decide I needed a larger capacity later. I certainly don’t need that much at this time, but the extra cost for the additional capacity wasn’t a problem. It was easy to install, and I had no problems with setting up its backup software on the two laptops and one Surface Pro 3 that I am currently backing up. I will say that the setup process wasn’t quite as simple as the instructions leads you to believe, but it isn’t not so involved that I needed to rely on outside help. It has been functioning fine since I installed it. And it is exactly what I was desiring to add to my home network, and I am glad I purchased and installed it.

15 out of 15 found this review helpful.

Great cloud storage drive. Posted by: Spudmuffin from: on I have always had good luck with Western Digital drives. I needed more space and liked the idea that I could access files from home while on the road. The medical files I had were too much for my Macbook so this was an awesome solution. The only problem I found was streaming video. Higher definition home movies end up buffering a lot (about every 2-3 minutes) which can be annoying. An option is download the file on your computer then play it. Overall I’m very happy with this purchase.

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Awesome product Posted by: beast2 from: RI on Currently doing a 750GB time machine backup, while remotely uploading 60GB of data and remotely streaming a 14GB Hd movie, with no buffering. I can mount the drive remotely and even setup users to share data with. The web interface is awesome and so are the apps. the setup was simple. Make sure you have a good ISP with a good router and know what you’re doing. by far one of the best NAS setups I’ve ever used. 20 years in the tech world

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Good for the Price Posted by: Jokeronlne from: on Haven’t had any real problems with this NAS. Am able to pull up files, photos or whatever else I have stored on it with ease from any device I have connected, including my iPhone and iPad. Besides basic storage and retrieval, I haven’t played around with the extra features as of yet.

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Great external hardrive Posted by: Anonymous from: on At the time of writing 12/13/14 You’re not able to install a plex media server on this drive you will first have to mount or map the drive on the network. You will have to install plex media server on a computer and the computer will have to be on 24/7.

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Disappointing Waste of Time Posted by: CrunchyTech from: on BOTTOM LINE FIRST: Does not truly provide cloud functionality. Use free cloud services for remote access, and cheaper alternatives for expanding your LAN storage. You CANNOT connect remotely without using the WD software. This is because this drive (and apparently all the rest of WD’s products) uses AFT protocol to locate the local drive on the local network. This does not work over the internet! I bought this to connect to my iTunes library remotely and to do remote Time Machine backups. But again, the only way to access this drive remotely (outside of your local network) is by using the WD application. This renders this drive useless for what I needed it for. The benefits of this drive are storing your data on your own drive rather than using a cloud service, or having a storage device on your local area network that can be used by devices on that network, or sharing the data with remote users using the provided WD software. But those are no big benefits over the existing free cloud solutions. For storing, accessing and sharing files remotely you can use Google Drive or Dropbox for free. For having extra storage on your local area network you can buy a drive at half the price that will do the same (I was using a 2TB portable USB drive plugged into the back of my router and it worked fine). About WD technical service: I spoke to them several times. Tech service suggested I speak to Sales to see what other products might work for me. The Sales rep said that doing what I want should be possible and told me to call back and ask for a Level 2 tech support, but that didn’t solve the issue either. Turn out that the entire WD product line is NOT MAC FRIENDLY and will not work using anything else but the WD software.

14 out of 21 found this review helpful.

Lots of storage-not powerful enough processor Posted by: Tbobtx from: on I’ve had a 2TB WD nas for last 4yrs but outgrew it. I could use it to stream and backup at the same time no problem. Also the firmware was not so demanding on the unit and user friendly. For backups you did not need to assign a user to it. Now I decided to get the 6TB WD my cloud to allow me to add all new computers and smartphones. First thing I did was update firmware. Then I setup users and shares. The interface is more of a fancier GUI Than older one but very bloated. Anyway, I started backing up 1 computer with multiple partitions and drive at a time and was have issues where it would just sit there and drop off the network and then come back. Repeat. I called WD and was Told to reset to factory defaults to clear it up. Tried again setting all up. Still failed. Tried 1 partition at time. Still failed. Did some research and found Trick was turning off all media sharing for the shares and backups as that was taking up all the nas processor bandwidth and causing the nas to drop off-line. Once all the backups from 6 computers were done, I turned on the sharing. All good but crazy it cannot do what it was built to do which is backup and share. Here are some other tips you can thank me later for. For ensuring long life, I have strapped a 60mm fan to back side of the nas to give it forced airflow. it reduced case temperature from 100F+down to steady 80F Other recommendation is to have it connected to a ups so if power drops out, you don’t stress the electronics.

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

6 Amazing Terabytes always available Posted by: Dubaya from: on Love this product because it is faster and bigger than my previous 3 TB WD NAS which allows me to share movies, pictures, everything to my laptops, wifi enabled smart phones, tablets, PC’s, WDLIve, and Smart TV.

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Stop paying for Cloud Storage Posted by: TomOrlando from: on Buy these and you will never have to pay for Dropbox again. Easy setup and works from anywhere in the world. Score.

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Cool Posted by: Davesmith82 from: Marietta, ga on Very easy and dependable works great with Mac and windows

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

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Ce cours vous permettra de dпїЅcouvrir le concept de Cloud privпїЅ et de le mettre en oeuvre пїЅ travers la solution libre OpenStack. A la fin du cours, vous connaпїЅtrez les diffпїЅrentes briques d’OpenStack et serez пїЅ mпїЅme d’installer et d’administrer le Cloud, notamment le stockage, la redondance et le rпїЅseau virtuel.

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  • Architecture de la plateforme. Vue d’ensemble des diffпїЅrentes briques.
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Gestion des machines virtuelles

  • PrпїЅsentation de la brique Nova. Mise en oeuvre et configuration.
  • Gestion des images et des instances. Gestion du rпїЅseau virtuel.
  • Gestion d’hyperviseurs multiples (Hyper-V, ESXi, KVM).

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CrпїЅation d’une machine virtuelle depuis Nova.

Gestion du stockage

  • Vue d’ensemble de Swift.
  • Mise en oeuvre et configuration.
  • Gestion des pools de stockage.
  • Mise en oeuvre du stockage en mode bloc avec Cinder.
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Gestion du stockage avec Cinder.

Gestion des images

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  • La brique de gestion des images Glance.
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  • Gestion du stockage des images. La gestion des images EC2 (AMI).

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CrпїЅer et configurer des images.

Gestion du rпїЅseau

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About IEEE CLOUD 2017

June 25 – June 30, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

The IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD) has been a prime international forum for both researchers and industry practitioners to exchange the latest fundamental advances in the state of the art and practice of cloud computing, identify emerging research topics, and define the future of cloud computing. All topics regarding cloud computing align with the theme of CLOUD. In 2017, we will celebrate our 8th version of gathering, to strive to advance the largest international professional forum on cloud computing.


2016 IEEE-CS TCSVC Outstanding Leadership Award: Michael Goul

2016 IEEE-CS TCSVC Outstanding Services Award: Jia Zhang

2016 Steve Yau Services Computing Award: Ernesto Damiani

2016 Peter Chen Big Data Young Researcher Award: Wei Tan

Speakers from Past Years

  • Susan B. Davidson

  • George O. Strawn

  • Susan B. Davidson

  • Cloud computing service models, Part 1: Infrastructure as a Service #cloud #computing,


    Infrastructure as a Service

    Software as an asset (business and consumer)

    SLAs; UI powered by thin-client applications; cloud components; communication via APIs; stateless; loosely coupled; modular; semantic interoperability

    Thin client; client-server application

    Avoid capital expenditure on software and development resources; reduced ROI risk; streamlined and iterative updates

    Centralization of data requires new/different security measures

    Primary facets of IaaS

    Rather than imagining the Internet as a single global cloud, it is perhaps more accurate to imagine it as a system of many clouds, like a thunderstorm. With this metaphor, it could be logically asserted that lightning is the weather system equivalent of communication among clouds. This metaphor is perhaps more accurate in the sense that clouds systematically interact with each other to create a single result: the Internet.

    It is unlikely that the Internet will be made up of one single cloud at least in the near future because of the lack of standards in cloud computing and obvious attempts by companies to capitalize long term through vendor lock-in. Nevertheless, cloud computing would not have advanced to where it is currently if it weren’t for innovation in the spirit of capitalism. Perhaps one day, the Internet really will be a single, interconnected cloud in which VMs could be transferred effortlessly to “the cloud” without concern for file format and interconnected clusters of VMs could be managed across service providers, all through a single interface. But that day is a long way off. In the meantime, we’ll speak of the Internet as consisting of many clouds. (Ironically, I’m using the Apple MobileMe cloud to store this article so I can work on it on across several devices.)

    Meet the elastic infrastructure

    Elasticity is the first critical facet of IaaS. To illustrate the concept of elasticity, I’m going to require you to use your imagination for a moment. Pretend that clouds are actually made of marshmallow clusters stuck together so that people can sit and ride on them. Each marshmallow cloud can hold a certain number of people, depending on the number of marshmallow clusters that make up the cloud and how many marshmallows are contained in those clusters. As more people get on to ride the marshmallow cloud, you can expand the marshmallow clusters by sticking more marshmallows to them, increasing the surface area. As you have probably already figured out, the people represent the applications that require compute resources, such as those that host Web sites and run software services. The marshmallow clusters represent clusters of VMs, with each marshmallow a VM.

    Although this might sound like something you’d expect to find in a Dr. Seuss book, it provides a means of understanding a concept considered by many a dark art: elastic clustering. Clustering of physical servers to form a virtual cloud is a concept known as cloud clustering, and if it is in fact a dark art, then mastery is measured by the scalability of an artist’s system design.

    Let’s look at an example. Say that you’re a statistical researcher working for the U.S. government. The government is a bit short-handed, and you’ve just been tasked with compiling all the data from the latest U.S. census. You’re responsible for formulating the necessary statistical data so that Congress can make important decisions regarding the allocation of economic recovery funds and tax dollars three days from now. Needless to say, this is a pretty important job, and you’re on a bit of a time crunch. What’s more, the amount of data you must process is astronomical, and you just found out that the compute resources required to compile it is going to take the IT department three weeks to get ready!

    This is exactly the kind of problem that you can easily mitigate using IaaS. As a matter of fact, using IaaS, you could have the entire U.S. census data analysis completed within an hour. You’d start by creating a single instance of a server that contains the database software to run queries on the data. This is called an image.

    After you deploy the image and import the data into the database, you could then duplicate that image as many times as necessary and start running your data-processing tasks. While the tasks are running, you might manually or automatically add and remove resources. For example, if the compute tasks were not running quickly enough, simply add more duplicate machine instances to the cluster.

    Now that you understand the concept of elasticity, let’s take a look at the second major facet of IaaS: virtualization.

    Machine virtualization

    Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders of Google, had the right idea back in 1995 when they spent their evenings sifting through dumpsters behind Stanford University’s computer science building, pulling out disregarded computer parts. They’d bring these random x86-based computer parts back to their dorm room to add to the Frankenstein machine hosting the legendary rogue Web crawler that took down Stanford’s entire network twice.

    Today, it is estimated that Google has more than 1 million x86 servers in 12 major data centers and about 20 smaller centers on different continents. That’s a pretty big cloud. Two key factors to the system design allowed them to scale the dorm-room beast in 1995, and it still holds true for the million-plus servers in the Google network today. To this day, Google continues to use inexpensive x86 parts instead of the much more expensive enterprise server components found in many corporate data centers. Second, failover, redundancy, monitoring, clustering, and other infrastructure management tasks are handled by a virtualization system that runs beneath the operating system level rather than using separate hardware such as load balancers to handle such tasks.

    IaaS is easy to spot, because it is typically platform-independent. IaaS consists of a combination of hardware and software resources. IaaS software is low-level code that runs independent of an operating system called a hypervisor and is responsible for taking inventory of hardware resources and allocating said resources based on demand (see Figure 1 ). This process is referred to as resource pooling. Resource pooling by the hypervisor makes virtualization possible, and virtualization makes multi-tenant computing possible a concept that refers to an infrastructure shared by several organizations with similar interests in regard to security requirements and compliance considerations.

    Figure 1. The relationship among VMs, the hypervisor, and the computer

    With IaaS, you have the capability to provision processing, storage, networks, and other computing resources, where you can deploy and run arbitrary software such as operating systems and applications. Most use cases for cloud computing follow the same fundamental layering structure you are already used to: a software solution stack or platform is deployed on a network infrastructure, and applications are run on top of the platform. However, virtualization makes the cloud paradigm unique.


    In this article, you learned about many of the basic principles of cloud computing as well as the anatomy of IaaS and how it might be used in a real-world situation. The second article in this series will dive into the second major classification of cloud computing: PaaS. In the meantime, check out the Related topics section for links to more information on IaaS.

    Downloadable resources

    Related topics

    Cloud Computing #free #cloud #computing #service #providers


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    Will new accounting rule slow adoption of cloud computing? #cloud #software


    Will new accounting rule slow adoption of cloud computing?

    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) changed a rule in December that will make it harder to capitalize the cost of cloud set-up and implementation expenses, a change that may encourage some enterprises to opt instead for traditional on-premise software.

    The FASB Accounting Standards Update to “Intangibles – Goodwill and Other – Internal-use Software (Subtopic 350-40)” addresses “Customer’s accounting for fees paid in a cloud computing arrangement .” And while the update didn’t set out to address how to account for cloud migration costs, the new rules, combined with the FASB’s decision “not to provide additional guidance on the accounting for upfront costs,” will mean enterprise shops can no longer depreciate some fees involved in a cloud migration.

    Hugo Vasquez, Deputy CIO and VP of Technology and Services for AES, a Fortune 200 global power company, said prior to the change his company was able to capitalize the cost of a cloud migration project and write off that investment over three years. “Now with the new rules, the project itself cannot be capitalized,” Vasquez says.

    How big a deal is that? Vasquez says AES last year migrated to Workday’s cloud-based human resources tool. “We were able to capitalize around $4.46 million to implement the project, which went live at the beginning of this month. Our integrator was Deloitte, and we capitalized those costs and the labor of our own people, so we had an incentive to move forward with a cloud solution. But today I couldn’t capitalize that $4.46 million. And that change is resulting in a reduction in projects in our company to move to a cloud computing model.”

    Google, one of many companies that commented on the suggested change before it went into effect Dec. 15, agreed that the shift will dampen interest in cloud computing services. In a comment letter to the FASB submitted by Google, Director of Finance Amie Thuener wrote. “We believe that the Proposed Standard could result in a disincentive to purchase hosted cloud computing arrangements if companies interpret the wording … to mean that implementation costs should be expensed as incurred” (versus capitalized and depreciated).

    A host of other large companies, from Visa to Salesforce to Groupon, also weighed in on different aspects of the rule change, collectively suggesting, at the least, that more work needs to be done on this specific issue, say nothing of the larger question about how to account for cloud services going forward.

    The intent of the change

    The FASB Accounting Standards Update in question set out to clarify the rules because “existing GAAP (generally accepted accounting principals) does not include explicit guidance about a customer’s accounting fees paid in a cloud computing arrangement.” (FASB sets the accounting rules for public companies that the Securities and Exchange Committee enforces.)

    In essence the Update concludes that, if a cloud computing arrangement includes a software license, then the customer should “account for the software license element of the arrangement consistent with the acquisition of other software licenses.” Regarding the latter, a company with, say, a $30 million license for an on-premise Oracle product, may capitalize that as an asset and depreciate $10 million per year over three years, recognizing that as an expense on their income statement.

    The Update continues: “If a cloud computing arrangement does not include a software license, the customer should account for the arrangement as a service contract.”

    One of the perceived advantages of cloud computing is the ability to shift from capital-intensive infrastructure/software investments to a service subscription model paid out of the operating budget, so in and of itself this guidance isn’t too surprising. But the Update goes on to say:

    “Some stakeholders wanted the scope of this Update to be expanded to address a customer’s accounting for implementation, set up, and other upfront costs that often are incurred by customers entering into cloud computing arrangements. The activities that entities perform in conjunction with entering into a cloud computing arrangement include training, creating or installing an interface, reconfiguring existing systems, and capturing and reformatting data. The board observed that to the extent a cloud computing arrangement transfers a software license, Subtopic 350-40 provides guidance on how to account for costs such as those resulting from training, data capture, and conversion activities.

    “In deciding not to provide additional guidance on the accounting for upfront costs incurred by customers entering into cloud computing arrangements that do not transfer a software license to a customer, the Board noted that initial costs incurred in service arrangements are not unique to cloud computing arrangements. Consequently, the scope of that issue is much broader than the scope of this Update. The Board decided that the scope of this Update should not be expanded to address the range of implementation and setup costs incurred by a customer in a cloud computing arrangement.”

    There is, however, disagreement in the comment letters about whether a license is the proper litmus test for cloud service accounting. In HP’s comment letter, Senior Vice President, Controller and Principal Accounting Officer Jeff Ricci writes. “as a vendor, HP generally believes its customer is paying for a hosted service, not the acquisition of software or a software license.”

    And if no license is involved, the new rules mean companies can no longer capitalize upfront cloud project costs.

    Google urges the FASB to delve deeper on this core issue: “We encourage the FASB to consider issuing explicit guidance with respect to the accounting treatment of implementation costs, as these costs can be significant,” Thuener wrote. “We believe capitalizing the software implementation costs and amortizing the corresponding asset over its useful life better reflects the economics of the transaction as expenses are recorded in a manner that reflects the consumption of the economic benefit from the software implementation costs, and therefore is more helpful to readers of financial statements in the analysis of assets and expenses.”

    Even companies that agree with using the license model to figure out how to account for cloud services want the FASB to clarify its position on upfront costs given that the “costs can be substantial.” James Hoffmesiter, Corporate Controller for Visa, writes. “While we are supportive of the FASB’s proposal for how to evaluate the arrangement to determine if it is a software license or a service contract, we respectfully request that the FASB consider expanding the proposed standard to include guidance on the accounting for one-time set-up fees incurred by a customer under a cloud computing arrangement.”

    Visa goes on to add another wrinkle to the upfront cost discussion. Instead of capitalizing those costs, Visa argues that the “set-up/integration costs should be considered part of the total service cost and recognized over the term of the service agreement,” because the set-up costs “provide a future benefit to the customer in the form of continuous connectivity to the service provider.”

    Bigger question going forward

    The FASB more or less admitted there is more work to be done when it determined the “scope of this Update should not be expanded to address the range of implementation and setup costs incurred by a customer,” but some of the companies that commented on the update are pushing for a more fundamental review of cloud computing accounting, and more specifically, the role of licenses in that accounting.

    Joseph Allanson, Chief Accounting Officer at Salesforce.com, wrote. “We do not agree with the Board’s proposal that a cloud computing arrangement should be accounted for as a service contract if the arrangement does not include a software license. We believe that the delivery mechanism, or the customer’s ability to take possession of the software, should not determine whether a software element is present in a cloud computing arrangement as the functionality of the underlying software is the same regardless of whether the software is delivered via the cloud or on-premise software license. We encourage the board to develop an accounting framework that is based on the economics rather than the form of the software arrangements.”

    Groupon’s Chief Accounting Officer Brian Stevens also called for a broader review. “We believe that accounting guidance resulting in a more consistent presentation of software costs, regardless of whether the purchaser elects to maintain the underlying software on its own servers in an on-premise arrangement or contracts to have it maintained on a third party’s servers in a cloud computing arrangement, would reduce complexity for users of financial statements by increasing comparability between economically similar transactions.”

    And in a comment letter filed with the FASB, Jay Buth, Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer with Northeast Utilities System, argues that “both [software] licenses and cloud rights represent intangible assets, and we believe that … these two economically similar types of arrangements should be given similar accounting treatment. We do not believe an entity’s lack of ownership, title or license to software should preclude capitalization.”

    Vasquez of AES hopes the FASB reviews the decision soon because it is “affecting our costs and our projects, which is affecting our people, our morale.”

    Join the Network World communities on Facebook and LinkedIn to comment on topics that are top of mind.

    On-Premise Vs #cloud #email #archiving


    On-Premise Vs. Cloud Email Archiving

    by Rhonda Sherwood on April 24, 2013

    Suffering from email archive stress syndrome? You’re not alone.

    Managing an email system can be difficult and frustrating at the best of times. Having to worry about email archiving on top of server maintenance and storage allocation can take any sane person over the edge. With growing government regulations and standards, more and more companies are being required to retain and protect the data contained in email messages for a certain period of time.

    A growing number of companies are also implementing their own email archiving policies for productivity and legal issues, or as a cost-effective solution to data storage issues.

    There’s no getting around archiving these days. And to make matters worse, the wrong approach can get you into real trouble.

    To Archive Or Not To Archive?
    The Question Is How To Archive.

    There’s no denying that email archiving is a growth area. With the total North American market for email/content archiving forecast to reach $1.3 billion by 2014, archiving is indeed on the minds of many IT professionals—especially Exchange archive.

    The dilemma? Finding an accessible, easy-to-use solution to archive Outlook that will meet the needs of users, who are easily frustrated by slow or incomplete archive searches. (And we won’t even mention the frustration that’s created when users are forced to learn a new search interface—and which inevitably translates into even more help desk queries for IT.)

    IT teams often struggle under the weight of increased email, and the demand for archiving is quickly outpacing the ability of many organizations to provide effective solutions. Those who have implemented an on-premise archiving solution know all too well that email archiving comes with certain challenges—mainly how to optimize storage and server usage while at the same time simultaneously allowing a straightforward and accessible end-user experience with easy, intuitive searches… and which doesn’t entail having to buy more hardware.

    Archiving goes beyond simply determining auto-archiving settings. Metadata has also become a critical aspect of email archiving, since it allows organizations to prove that the messages held in the archive have indeed been delivered. This added data further increases the need for strong search capabilities and cost-effective storage options. It can be a vicious cycle.

    Solutions For On-Premise Archiving
    (And Why They Often Don’t Work)

    Email administrators who manage email retention policies that must comply with litigation and regulatory requirements have found a couple of solutions for in-house archiving. One option is to save PST files to each user’s computer. Another solution is to limit the size of email files.

    Unfortunately, neither method is an effective solution that allows for long-term scalability. PST files increase risk and put a limit on global search capabilities. Limiting file size only leads to frustrated users and hinders productivity.

    On-premise archiving can also lack the scalability required for managing growing volumes of email. And in many cases, it’s simply not cost-effective. Since email volume is often directly linked to the size of an organization, the infrastructure needed to support effective on-premise archive storage can be overwhelming for businesses of any size. On-premise archiving also means yet another system for IT to manage, back up and troubleshoot. Backing up an on-premise tool—whether it’s archiving Outlook or Exchange—not only monopolizes a lot of IT time; it can also degrade system performance.

    Another important consideration is the fact that email archives that lack capacity or that are poorly protected can lead to security breaches and policy lapses.

    Why A Hosted Solution Could Make Archiving Easier
    And More Cost-Efficient

    For many organizations, archiving in the cloud can make more sense from both a cost and productivity perspective: mainly, reduced capital and labor costs, and less infrastructure and performance requirements.

    With hosted archiving solutions, the biggest challenge for IT managers is finding a centralized email archive storage solution that can handle multiple functionalities. and that integrates closely with other solutions like Outlook. The solution should also be covered with continuity plans that go beyond simple backups.

    In an upcoming blog, we’ll look at common mistakes companies make with their email archiving—and the number one best practice for avoiding them.

    Need help managing your email archives? SherWeb’s hosted archiving solution helps organizations—and their IT staff—save time, money and hassle. Our Hosted Archiving and Compliance solution integrates seamlessly with our hosted Exchange plans. and is managed on a highly secure and scalable network.

    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Costa Rica maps of trails, photos, sounds, weather,


    Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

    Areas with poor drainages support swamp forests, while other parts dissected by deep, expansive gorges have numerous streams tumbling through, creating rapids, waterfalls and standstill pools. It is, however, not merely the forest and landscape that are so diversified.

    The variable climate and large altitudinal gradient have helped to produce an amazingly heterogeneous set of creatures that live here. Some of these include the jaguar, ocelot, Baird s tapir, three-wattled bellbird, bare-necked umbrellabird, and the famously elusive resplendent quetzal.

    History. In the early 1950s, a group of Quakers from the United States left their homes in Alabama and arrived in Monteverde at a time when the region was just beginning to be settled. The Quakers, fleeing the United States to avoid being drafted into the Korean War, established a simple life in Monteverde centered on dairy and cheese production. Some of these families helped establish the Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves some 20 years later.

    In 1972, the Monteverde rainforest was threatened by local farmers looking to expand their property and homestead on certain forest sites. With this prospect in mind, visiting scientists George Powell and his wife joined forces with longtime resident Wildford Guidon to promote the establishment of a nature preserve. The Tropical Science Center, a non-governmental scientific and environmental organization, proved receptive to the efforts of the Powells and Guidon, and accepted institutional responsibility for ownership and management of the protected areas. An initial land purchase of 328 hectares formed the core of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve.

    Following the preserve’s creation, the Tropical Science Center continued to secure the financial and human resources necessary to expand, consolidate, and properly protect the preserve s current 10,500 hectares. See more Monteverde photos .

    Hours. For daily schedules and rates, please click the tour reservation options below. Children ages 6 and under are free.

    Information. The restaurant, souvenir shop and art gallery are open from 7 AM to 4 PM. There are restrooms at the entrance but none on the trails.

    Location. 3.6 miles (6 km) SE of Santa Elena, Monteverde. See Monteverde map for more information.

    Getting there. Buses heading to the reserve leave from the Banco Nacional in Santa Elena at 6:15 AM, 7:20 AM and 1:15 PM. Return buses leave the reserve at 11:30 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Cost is $1 each way. Visitors can board the bus anywhere along the road between the town of Santa Elena and the entrance of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Those that do not wish to take the bus can take a taxi either way, which costs around $10 (for up to five passengers) each way.

    Hiking Trails in Monteverde. The trails here are well maintained. Regular shoes are fine, as long as you are able to walk comfortably. There is no need for rubber boots or hiking shoes for daily trips. You may, however, need this type of footwear if you plan on staying overnight in one of the huts.

    Trails Description

    Sendero Bosque Nuboso (Cloud Forest Trail): 1.2 miles (1.9 KM) long with an elevation gain of 213 feet (65 m), this trail generally takes around 1.5 hours to complete. A self-guided tour booklet of the trail available in both English and Spanish can be purchased at the entrance. This is one of the most popular trails because it’s extremely pretty and has good examples of strangler fig plants.

    El Camino (The Road): 1.2 miles (2 km) long with an elevation gain of 131 feet (40 m), this trail generally takes around 1.25 hours to complete. It is wider and more open than other trails, allowing for more sunlight and thus more butterflies. This trail is also excellent for bird watching.

    Sendero Pantanoso (Swamp Trail): 1 mile (1.6 km) long with an elevation gain of 131 feet (40 m), this trail takes around 1.25 hours to complete. It passes through a swamp forest while traversing along the Continental Divide, and is adorned with magnolias, plants bearing stilt roots, podocarpus (the only conifer tree in the preserve), and more.

    Sendero El R o (River Trail): 1.2 miles (1.9 km) long with an elevation gain of 213 feet (65 m), this trail takes around 1.5 hours to complete. This trail leads along the Quebrada Cuecha and has a short side trail to a waterfall, where there are several zapote trees.

    Sendero Chomogo: 1.1 miles (1.8 km) long with an elevation gain of 492 feet (150 m), this trail generally takes about 1.25 hours to complete. This is the highest trail in the preserve, reaching 5,510 feet (1,680 m) above sea level. Oak, bamboo and heliconia are common in the higher areas, and hot lip plants abound throughout most of the walk.

    Sendero George Powell (George Powell Trail): 0.1 mile (0.2 km) long with an elevation gain of 66 ft (20 m), this trail takes about 10 minutes to complete. This trail, named after one of the preserve s founders, runs through second growth forest.

    Sendero Brillante (Shining Trail): 0.2 miles (0.3 km) long with an elevation gain of 49 feet (16 m), this trail takes about 10 minutes to walk. You are led along the Continental Divide to La Ventana (The Window), an overlook with a wide view of an elfin forest below. Bamboo is common along much of this trail.

    Sendero Roble (Oak Trail): 0.4 miles (0.6 km) long, this lovely trail is narrow and leads to a beautiful grove of heliconia trees.

    Suspended Bridge. 300 feet (100 meters) high, this bridge has spectacular views of the canopy, bromeliads, orchids and more. For a tour of all five suspended bridges, see Sky Walk

    Wilford Guindon. Named in honor of one of the preserve s founder, this trail rises and falls through patches of sunlight.

    Guided Tour Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve Times and Booking

    Cloud Computing Security Training, Certification – Institute of Information Security, Mumbai(India) #cloud



    Cloud computing is the use of hardware and software resources that are delivered as a service typically over the Internet. It entrusts remote services with user’s data, software and computation.

    Although there are numerous business advantages and opportunities offered by cloud computing in terms of improved availability, scalability, flexibility etc. it is important to tap its business potential carefully. Securing the client data in the “cloud” must be the prime concern for the cloud service provider. Legal concerns over jurisdiction of client data in “cloud” needs to be addressed properly. This is because the stored data may not reside with service provider in its own data center or at a single location.

    In this course, we shall first discuss the characteristics of cloud computing and later on focus specifically on cloud security’s best practices taking reference from industry standards like NIST, OWASP, Cloud Security Alliance etc. We then look into the broad set of policies, technologies, and controls deployed to protect client data, applications and infrastructure associated with cloud computing.

    Who should attend?

    • Business Owners
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Senior Managers
    • Cloud solution providers
    • Business Analysts
    • Developers
    • Compliance managers
    • Security Enthusiasts

    Course Contents

    Session One: Cloud Knowledge Foundation
    • Introduction to cloud
    • History of Cloud Computing
    • Architectural Overview
    • Security Architecture
    • Terms & Terminologies
    • Cloud Deployment Types
      • Public Cloud
      • Private Cloud
      • Hybrid Cloud
      • Community Cloud
    • Service Model Types
      • Software As Service
      • Platform As Service
      • Infrastructure As Service
    • Some Real-world Cloud scenarios – Case Studies
    Session Two: Knowing Cloud Vendors – Demos

    9 cloud development platforms on the rise #what #is #cloud #platform


    9 cloud development platforms on the rise

    Cloud development platforms on the rise

    Thanks to a growing group of PaaS (platform as a service) providers, cloud computing is becoming more prominent as a mechanism for developers to seamlessly deploy applications. Whereas IaaS providers offer bare compute cycles and SaaS providers offer access to such apps as CRM online, PaaS offerings provide turnkey services for developers to get their apps up and running quickly, no infrastructure concerns needed.

    Offered as a service, PaaS runs the gamut from development tools to middleware to database software to any “application platform” functionality that developers might require to construct applications. Developers looking to cash in on this trend would do well to experiment with the following nine PaaS offerings.

    Microsoft Windows Azure

    Windows Azure lets developers deploy applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers, offering a 99.5 percent uptime SLA. Applications can be developed via technologies like ASP.net, PHP, and Node.js. Developers can also host Apache Tomcat servers and JVMs via worker roles, while an Azure SDK for Java enables Java development. Microsoft recently added a video delivery service, Windows Azure Media Services, to its Azure arsenal. Azure also features SQL Azure database services, as well as services for storage, business analytics, caching, identity secure messaging, and content delivery. The Windows Azure HPC Scheduler eases development of compute-intensive parallel applications. Also, developers can list Windows Azure applications on the Windows Azure Marketplace.

    Google App Engine

    Google App Engine enables developers to run Web apps on Google’s infrastructure. It features dynamic Web serving; persistent storage with queries, sorting, and transactions; and automatic scaling and load balancing. It supports Java and languages using a JVM-based interpreter or compiler, as well as Python and Google’s Go. The dev environment enables developers to simulate App Engine on local machines. Applications run in a secure sandbox with limited access to the underlying OS, and Web requests can be distributed across multiple servers. For storing data, App Engine Datastore offers a NoSQL schema-less object datastore, the Google Cloud SQL relational SQL database service, and Google Cloud Storage, for storing objects and files up to terabytes in size. App Engine features APIs for authenticating users.

    VMware Cloud Foundry

    EMC VMware has positioned its open source Cloud Foundry as Linux for the cloud, providing a level of application portability across clouds. According to VMware, Cloud Foundry does not lock developers into a single framework, a single set of application services, or a single cloud. Cloud Foundry is available via public instances and private distributions. It features CloudFoundry.com, a hosted environment; CloudFoundry.org, for collaborating and contributing to the project; and Micro Cloud Foundry, a VM version of Cloud Foundry to run on a Mac or PC. CloudFoundry.com supports development in Spring Java, Ruby on Rails, Node.js, and other JVM languages. Also supported via partners on CloudFoundry.org are PHP, Python. Net, and others.

    Force.com from Salesforce.com is billed as a platform for social enterprise applications. Developers can build applications with social and mobile functionality, business processes, reporting, and search. Data is backed up automatically, and applications run in Salesforce.com’s data center. A technology stack is provided covering database, security, workflow, and UI. Force.com supports the Apex programming language, with developers able to write database triggers and program controllers in the UI layer. Apex syntax will be familiar to Java and C# developers, with features like classes, constants, and annotations, Salesforce.com says.

    Acquired by Salesforce in late 2010, Heroku supports Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, and Scala development. Heroku leverages “dynos” — processes of any type running on the platform, such as Web or worker processes. Dynos are isolated in their own container for security and resource guarantees; they also feature elasticity, routing, and process management. Dyno distribution is done via a dyno manifold execution environment. Heroku Web scaling offers instant spin-up, infinite capacity, and scaling for each component of an app, according to Heroku documentation. Git is the primary means for deploying apps to Heroku, and apps can use relational database services, including Heroku’s Postgres offering and MySQL from Amazon Web Services.

    Amazon Elastic Beanstalk

    Elastic Beanstalk provides a way to deploy and manage applications on the Amazon Web Services cloud. AWS services, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service, Amazon Simple Notification Service, and Auto Scaling, are used as infrastructure, and PHP and Java programming are supported. The platform is built with such software stacks as Apache HTTP Server for PHP and Apache Tomcat for Java. Developers retain control over AWS resources and can deploy new application versions to running environments or roll back to a previous version. CloudWatch provides monitoring metrics, such as CPU utilization, request count, and average latency. To deploy apps to AWS via Elastic Beanstalk, developers can use the AWS management console, Git, or an IDE like Eclipse.

    Engine Yard Cloud

    Engine Yard features a Ruby on Rails technology stack, including Web, application, and database servers. Also featured is a Rails-optimized Linux distribution. Components are monitored for security vulnerabilities, and apps range from small-scale Web applications to large enterprise applications that run on high-availability clusters. Developers can import applications from Git and are provided with a dedicated environment that can be customized. Capacity management is featured along with self-service provisioning. Resource use is tracked, and developers are alerted when additional capacity is needed. The Engine Yard dashboard enables developers to configure environment, application deployment, and monitoring.

    Engine Yard Orchestra

    Built on Amazon Web Services, Engine Yard Orchestra is for deploying PHP apps to the cloud. Developers can build applications with popular PHP frameworks and deploy from Git or Subversion. Applications can also be deployed with built-in content management systems, such as Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress. The core platform is built on PHP 5.3 and the Nginx Web server. Applications automatically scale with traffic and resource usage. A load balancer distributes loads across available instances, and an HTTP caching-mesh capability enables faster loading and response time. The platform is good for running APIs, Web services, and mobile and Facebook apps alike, according to Engine Yard.

    CumuLogic is geared toward Java developers. It features a platform for running apps and migrating them to the cloud. Enterprises can build private PaaS clouds within their data centers, or they can use CumuLogic to build public cloud offerings. A virtualized environment or IaaS can be transformed into an application platform with monitoring, self-healing, and management capabilities. Developers can deploy mobile, HTML5, Web, or enterprise applications, and they can use IDEs like Eclipse or NetBeans, while CumuLogic provides a management layer for deployment and management of applications. CumuLogic is designed to enable devops personnel to better collaborate.

    Cloud PBX – Jive Communications #cloud #pbx #phone #system


    Cloud PBX

    Cloud PBX – Do you know enough about Cloud PBX to be worried about it?

    If you are worried about Cloud PBX, then you don’t know enough about Cloud PBX. If you are running a business you have a lot to worry about, and your phone system may seem like the least of those problems. However, a good phone system can make a big difference, and if you are looking for efficiency and low cost, your best option may be a Cloud PBX system. What is a Cloud PBX system? It sounds confusing, but the answer is quite simple. Cloud PBX is merely a phone service which is provided through the internet, instead of a phone line.

    Did you know that Cloud PBX can offer you peace of mind?

    When you are in the Cloud, using a Cloud PBX, you no longer need to worry whether or not you have a scalable, flexible, and reliable, business phone system.

    • More and more businesses are seeing the advantage to switching over to cloud PBX phone systems.
    • The phone service provider is responsible for the maintenance of your cloud PBX system, allowing you to focus on other areas of your business.
    • In addition to the maintenance and hassle free advantages of Cloud PBX, there are many other reasons that make it increasingly popular.

    How big can you go? Cloud PBX can take you there.

    • A key benefit to Cloud PBX is scalability.
    • This means that your Cloud PBX system will not limit how many lines you have.
    • With normal telephone systems, it is necessary to pay more or install additional wiring to add another phone line, but this is not the case with a Cloud PBX system.
    • Cloud PBX is also more flexible than other phone systems.
    • Because the whole system operates through the internet, you can have a telephone connected to the hosted PBX service without geographic limitations.
    • As a business expands this is an especially nice feature, because the Cloud PBX can connect employees in different states while all being included in the same system.
    • This makes it easier to call and manage business aspects even if one phone is far from another.

    Here’s the scoop on Cloud PBX.

    Cloud PBX is a new internet phone technology which is making phone services cheaper and more convenient for many people around the globe. However, Cloud PBX isn’t a phone system which only has one form; instead there are several options or services available on the Cloud PBX system, such as Public Cloud PBX, Private Cloud PBX, and Hybrid Cloud PBX. Each of these Cloud PBX systems uses VoIP-voice over internet protocol- technology, and are great phone systems in a number of ways.

    VoIP and basic Cloud PBX technology have been around for a few years, but the technology is still advancing making PBX systems increasingly popular and even more beneficial. In fact, Cloud PBX has been so successful, as a phone service alternative, that advances are being made every day. Your PBX host provider can choose from the very best of the emerging technologies and upgrade your system with little or no hardware costs.

    The “Cloud” in Cloud PBX systems, just means that the Cloud PBX phone system uses an internet connection to connect you to the person you’re speaking with instead of telephone wires. This makes expansion and mobility in a business much easier, because your business won’t have to commit to a different phone service which won’t be able to offer you the benefits that Cloud PBX can.

    One benefit of a PBX phone system is that your business telephone service can grow with your business, add capabilities when needed and remove capabilities when needed. You choose the services, and the Cloud PBX will meet your needs.

    Cloud PBX is also a good phone system choice for a business, because there is no additional charge for additional phone lines, making business expansion cheaper and easier. The Cloud PBX system is also mobile- your business can move location, or an employee can move, and the whole Cloud PBX system can travel with them. You even keep your old phone number. Cloud PBX has all the features other phone systems offer, such as call waiting, caller id, and other services, while still being a cheaper phone option. Your business telephone system can serve your office needs well into the future.

    Cloud Services – Hosting Insights #microsoft #cloud #hosting #services


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    Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Azure – Accenture #hybrid #cloud, #hybrid #cloud #solution,


    Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure

    Under pressure to become more agile and innovate faster, enterprises want to tap the full potential of the cloud to integrate the capabilities they require to become digital businesses. What’s needed? A cohesive, integrated approach to the hybrid cloud.

    Co-engineered by Accenture, Microsoft and Avanade, the Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure is a powerful, enterprise-grade hybrid cloud platform designed to unlock a whole new level of cloud capabilities for the enterprise.

    With the Accenture Hybrid Cloud Solution for Microsoft Azure, enterprises have all the cloud tools needed to effectively integrate and deploy cloud into the fabric of their businesses to become markedly more agile and deliver everything “as a service”. And with greater agility, they are well positioned to accelerate business capabilities, capitalize on the new economics of cloud, create new customer value propositions and exploit new markets.



    Pierre Nanterme, Chairman CEO, Accenture talks about the collaboration with Microsoft to bring this powerful hybrid cloud platform to our clients.


    The full promise of the digital world is becoming a reality

    Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft provides insights on how this solution will help our clients realize the benefits of cloud to become truly digital businesses.


    Capitalize on the economics, agility and innovation of the cloud


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    You want a swift, secure and smooth transition. And once you re in the cloud, you ll need to evolve. Join Accenture on your Journey to Cloud and benefit from our tools, capabilities, ecosystem and unparalleled experience. Let us unravel the complexities of cloud migration, optimize assets and help you rapidly achieve your business outcomes.

    Cloud Computing #cloud #computing #singapore


    Cloud Computing

    Cloud Computing: The Future of IT

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    Virtualized Multi-Tenant Data Center

    Cisco and ecosystem partners offer pre-integrated, ready-to-use solutions to build an enterprise cloud easily, reliably, and cost-effectively. (2:33 min)

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    Cloud computing profoundly transforms the way in which information and services are consumed and provided. It can help you:

    • Lower costs by using energy and resources more efficiently
    • Enhance agility, growth, and profitability
    • Simplify operations and management
    • Ensure resilient and trusted collaboration

    Cisco takes a pragmatic approach to cloud computing based on delivering the following capabilities:

    • Software as a service (e.g. WebEx)
    • Platform as a service (e.g. Unified Service Delivery)
    • Foundational cloud infrastructure (e.g. Unified Fabric and Unified Computing System)

    Explore how Cisco can help you realize the value delivered by cloud computing.

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    Deploying Secure Multi-Tenancy

    Cisco, NetApp, and VMware solution secures cloud-based data and applications while sharing virtualized server, network, and storage.
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    Cisco’s Cloud Vision

    CTO Padmasree Warrior discusses roles for Cisco and the network in cloud computing.

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    Cut costs and optimize resource use with new cloud-related business models

    Evolution Toward Private Clouds

    Cloud Services, Cloud Technology, Cloud Solutions, Cloud Consulting #cloud, #cloud #services, #cloud



    Wipro’s Cloud services helps enterprises in enhancing customer experience, accelerating business outcomes and building future ready capabilities. We help our customers optimize, scale, manage and outsource IT resources to rationalize investments. Our industry solutions help simplify processes, modernize applications and enable cognitive intelligence to meet our customers’ business needs.
    Wipro partners with best of breed products such as Salesforce, Oracle, Microsoft and a host of ecosystem partners to provide cutting edge solutions.

    How Wipro Helps

    With Wipro’s cloud services. you empower your business leaders and employees to do business better. Our Cloud solutions help you:

    • Optimize, scale, manage and outsource your IT resources
    • Reimagine journeys and processes to enable digital business
    • Enable customers, employees and partners with a consistent omni-channel experience
    • Transform to an agile business and a dynamic growth engine

    Wipro’s in-depth industry and technology expertise can deliver true multi-directional dynamism, thereby enabling your enterprise to experience a seamless cloud journey.

    “Wipro is best-suited to complex or transformational projects. For example, Wipro has led digital transformation based on Salesforce at leading brands such as Philips (connected products) and ST Microelectronics (digital partner ecosystem). Wipro has significant experience with legacy migration and complex integration. Though Wipro does plenty of standalone work in this space, it is particularly well-suited to clients seeking a long-term partner for ongoing Salesforce services.”

    – Liz Herbert, The Forrester Wave™: Salesforce Implementation Partners, Q2 2015, Forrester Research, Inc. June 26, 2015

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    Cloud Server vs #dedicated #cloud #server


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    While comparing different server providers you have probably come across mentions of different kinds of hosting models such as virtual private servers (VPS), dedicated servers and cloud servers. Even while any of these will undoubtedly get you started, it s important to choose the service that would best suit your needs. The wisdom in your choice will come from knowing what each of these server types provides. In this post, we have collected information about different server options to help make the distinction among a broad range of available hosting services and service providers.

    Server models explained

    Before plunging into the deep end, let s take a look at how each of the server types operates.

    Dedicated servers offer close to metal implementation with little overhead, and they ve been traditionally the go-to-solution for high performance demanding tasks. As the name implies, each server is dedicated privately to one client. The customer receives access to a physical server with the agreed upon hardware specifications, processing and storage, all in one unit.

    VPS clients get a share of a physical server for a number of hardware resources they ve paid for, and multiple clients often share one physical host machine. From the client s perspective a VPS barely differs from a dedicated server with a comparable low to mid range configuration, but thanks to the virtualization layer, the server provider can maintain a uniform range of host hardware while offering multiple different virtual server configurations, which then, in turn, translates to a wider range of server options and lower prices than with dedicated servers.

    Cloud servers are often confused with the VPS, as both are based on virtualization and come with many of the same advantages. Much of the definition, however, depends on the particular host provider. We at UpCloud have taken cloud computing to another level by creating a distinctly different virtualized environment. In dedicated servers and most virtual private servers the storage disks and the processing power are all on one physical host machine, but with UpCloud the storage backend and the compute nodes are run separately. This provides many advantages such as easy scalability and redundancy through automation over the traditional virtualization platforms while still guaranteeing a highly competitive performance and pricing. In short this is our definition of a cloud server regarding the technical backend.

    Server comparisons

    With the basic knowledge of how these server models are built, we have the basis to compare them in performance. For our comparisons, we used an online benchmarking service at serverbear.com, which operated a benchmark site for many years hosting test results from a wide range of server providers but has since unfortunately been discontinued. ServerBear utilized an open source tool called UnixBench, that runs a thorough test the computing performance. ServerBear also used other methods to understand the I/O performance and network speed, for example.

    The first comparison is between a mid-range dedicated server Dell R210 from LeaseWeb and UpCloud 4GB/4CPU preconfigured instance. These two were chosen due to their similar system specifications, both running a single CPU with 4 cores and 4 GB of RAM, both are also fairly closely priced.

    Dedicated server vs. Cloud server

    All three were quite similar in processor performance, but the advantage of the MaxIOPS storage shows up again in both read and write scores.

    While these benchmarks might seem like there are barely any differences between each of these server models when comparing pure performance, it is only to emphasize how many advertised benefits from dedicated servers and VPS s alike are available in the modern cloud.

    The real benefit of cloud servers comes from offering great performance with superior reliability. As mentioned before, the storage and computing hardware running your server are physically separated to allow improved redundancy. Due to this, automation can assign new working compute nodes to your storage with minimal outages, which might not be the case with dedicated or traditional VPS environments.

    How the prices are calculated

    Just staring at performance numbers, however, will not portray the whole picture, and often the most important detail comparing server providers is the price. But not all server models are priced the same way. Commonly dedicated servers will require at minimum a monthly commitment. Some VPS providers have moved to hourly pricing following the example set by cloud hosting companies, but the rest are still more often paid on monthly basis.

    The difference then comes from how these servers can be operated, as cloud servers offer simple configuration and fast deployment. Spinning up a server for a quick test would cost just a few cents. The same would not be possible with dedicated servers or the common VPS s with monthly charges.

    Cloud customers simply pay for what they need, when they need it. This also applies when a server is shut down. With most VPS hosts it makes no difference whether the server is running at full load or turned off, as all the resources for the server are kept reserved at all times, just as with dedicated servers.

    At UpCloud you only pay for what you use with our freely scalable servers. If you don t need a particular server for a while, you can shut it down and save money on the CPU and RAM. Should you not want to keep the fixed IP-address either, you can even delete the server while preserving the storage. With this approach, you can simply create a new instance to use the old storage later when you need it again.

    Making the selection

    Your needs will of course define which package would be the best fit for you, but as the results have shown, cloud servers are in almost all cases the better option. Below you can find a table with the main points of our comparison.

    What is Cloud Computing #the #cloud #in #cloud #computing #refers #to


    What is Cloud Computing

    What is Cloud Computing?

    How it Works

    Types of Cloud Computing

    There are 3 fundamental deployment models of cloud computing; public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud.

    A public cloud is where services and infrastructure are hosted off-site by a cloud provider, shared across their client base and accessed by these clients via public networks such as the internet. Public clouds offer great economies of scale and redundancy but are more vulnerable than private cloud setups due their high levels of accessibility.

    Private clouds use pooled services and infrastructure stored and maintained on a private network – whether physical or virtual – accessible by only one client. The obvious benefits to this are greater levels of security and control. Cost benefits must be sacrificed to some extent though, as the enterprise in question will have to purchase/rent and maintain all the necessary software and hardware.

    As the name suggests, a hybrid cloud combines both public and private cloud elements. A hybrid cloud allows a company to maximise their efficiencies; by utilising the public cloud for non-sensitive operations while using a private setup for sensitive or mission critical operations, companies can ensure that their computing setup is ideal without paying any more than is necessary.

    Models of Cloud Computing

    Broadly speaking, there are 3 models of cloud computing which describe the service on offer; these are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

    Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

    As with the other cloud computing categories, IaaS refers to the delivery of virtualised computing resource as a service across a network connection. IaaS specifically deals with hardware – or computing infrastructure – delivered as a service. Offerings include virtualised server space, storage space, network connections and IP addresses. The resource is pulled from a pool of servers distributed across data centres under the provider’s control, the user is then granted access to this resource in order to build their own IT platforms. IaaS can provide enterprises with great business benefits.

    Platform as a Service (PaaS)

    PaaS is an extension of IaaS and describes a category of cloud computing that provides developers with environments in which to build applications over the internet. In addition to the fundamental computing resource supplied by the hardware in an IaaS offering, PaaS models also include the software and configuration (often known as the solution stack) required to create the platform on which clients can create their applications. PaaS packages can be tailored to meet individual user needs; they can cherry pick the features of the service that are relevant to them while disregarding those that are not. PaaS provides a number of benefits to enterprises, including simplifying the development process for geographically split development teams.

    Software as a Service (SaaS)

    SaaS is arguably the most common of the cloud computing variations; it’s the term used to describe a software delivery model in which applications are hosted (usually by a provider) and made available to customers over a network connection. Many people make use of SaaS without realising it as many web applications are delivered in this way.

    What is implementation? Definition from #cloud #computing #implementation #steps



    Implementation is the carrying out, execution, or practice of a plan, a method, or any design, idea, model, specification, standard or policy for doing something. As such, implementation is the action that must follow any preliminary thinking in order for something to actually happen.

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    In an information technology (IT) context, software or hardware implementation encompasses all the post-sale processes involved in something operating properly in its environment, including analyzing requirements, installation, configuration. customization, running, testing, systems integrations, user training, delivery and making necessary changes. The word deployment is sometimes used to mean the same thing.

    For an implementation process to be successful, many tasks between different departments need to be accomplished in sequence. Companies strive to use proven methodologies and enlist professional help to guide them through the implementation of a system but the failure of many implementation processes often stems from the lack of accurate planning in the beginning stages of the project due to inadequate resources or unforeseen problems that arise.

    An IT system implementation usually starts with negotiating a contract with a vendor. a usually meticulous process that defines set guidelines, deadlines and a payment schedule for the entire implementation process. Contract requirements could include the outline of system performance criteria, penalties related to issues and delays in the implementation process, documentation. training and issue resolution requirements as well as vendor support after the system goes live in case of problems. Having detailed requirements agreed to in writing is a benefit to companies since it gives managers and users clear requirements to be met at different points throughout the process and holds the vendor accountable for the product.

    After a contract is agreed to and a project timeline is established, key business units must meet to discuss the organization’s future roadmap, the project’s scope and what a new system could achieve for the company. Usually, the main players at this stage include the IT team, top business executives and various sales teams, especially if the software/hardware being implemented is an enterprise-wide tool such as a CRM or ERP system.

    With various levels of the organization working together, each department must agree on clear, quantifiable and well-defined goals for the project and what they each hope to gain out of using the new technology. The company’s goals need to be measurable in order to assess results and to judge the success or failure of the system once it is implemented. Sometimes, this might require an auditor — either from a third party. a vendor, or someone internally — to be brought in to evaluate every customer-facing business process to diagnose problem areas or inefficiencies that need to be corrected. Once goals are established, the organization must develop a plan for checking in on the implementation’s status that often includes a timeline focused on achieving set objectives through various stages of the implementation process.

    Key players in the implementation process typically meet regularly to discuss the project’s progress, voice concerns and augment procedures as necessary. An organization may deem it necessary to appoint a program manager, someone with experience in the technical aspects of the technology as well as in project management. to oversee the implementation process from start to finish. Software implementations often involve people such as business analysts, solutions architects and technical analysts in the implementation process.

    After the process for any hardware or software implementation project moves through the planning stage, companies should gradually test the new system until it is ready to fully go live. A pilot program. where a small test group within the company runs the system as part of a trial for a finite period of time, is often a key component to any implementation process.

    Typically, a subsection of tech-savvy workers within a company is enlisted to try the new system because they would be most keen on picking out glitches or shortcomings of the system to further help the implementation process. After testing is complete, training programs focus on educating users about the new system and how to use it before the system eventually is ready to go live. At the end of the implementation when the system is about to go live, companies typically review the entire process and verify that all tasks have been completed.

    Software/hardware implementations should always be designed with the end user in mind and the implementation process usually benefits from user involvement and support from managers and other top executives in the company. If users participate in the design and implementation of the system, ideally it will serve their business objectives more accurately and reflect their priorities and the ways in which they prefer to work. Their involvement in the process also makes them more receptive to changes that need to be implemented because they have firsthand experience of what the system comprises.

    The user-designer communications gap is typically a hurdle companies must overcome to successfully implement a new system. Users have wants and needs that they hope to get from the system while designers and IT staff have to consider various restrictions, efficiencies and database management principles and limitations during the implementation process.

    Implementations inherently represent a change in a company’s existing technological architecture so it is common for implementation processes to encounter problems on both sides of the go-live date. To account for this, companies should keep close relationships with vendors and consultants to help them fix issues as they come up. Common problems that arise during implementations include the missing of deadlines, going over budget for the entire project, underestimating hours that staff is devoted to a project, running into unexpected delays or blockages due to an external partner and facing the withdrawal of support from key stakeholders or various unforeseen consequences that could otherwise slow the process down.

    This was last updated in May 2015

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    2017 Carbonite Review #server #cloud #backup #reviews


    Carbonite Review

    Store large quanities of files on any plan

    All of Carbonite s personal plans include an unlimited amount of storage space, making them a perfect choice for individuals hoping to back up their entire hard drive. Only one computer may be backed up per license, but there s no limit to the amount of data that can be backed up from that computer. There are also no restrictions on the sizes of individual files. Whether it s a small document or a large video file, it can all be uploaded to the cloud, synced across devices, then restored later if you need it. These unlimited personal plans are also ideal for users who are looking for a cloud storage plan they can stick with for a number of years without having to worry about increasing storage limits or paying higher monthly fees.

    Plans that fit easily into your budget

    Considering the fact that all of Carbonite s personal plans come with an unlimited amount of storage space, their rates are surprisingly affordable. Their Basic plan only costs about $5 per month per computer and you re able to upload as many files as you want to the cloud. One thing to be aware of with Carbonite s pricing structure is that you must pay for at least one year of service upfront. There are also two- and three-year terms available if one of these suits you better. The longer you subscribe for, the more money you save. If you plan on sticking with the same cloud storage service for a considerable amount of time, you re better off paying for a longer term when you sign up if you can manage it.

    Quickly restore files to your computer

    In the event of a computer crash, restoring your files from Carbonite is as simple as logging in to your online account and downloading everything back onto your device. However, when time is of the essence, this may not be ideal. That s why Plus and Prime members have additional restoration options designed to speed up the process. These users are able to create a local backup of their hard drive in addition to storing their files online. Restoring this way is going to take much less time because you aren t limited by the download speeds of your Internet provider. In addition, Prime members are also eligible for courier recovery service, where your files are quickly shipped to you following a computer crash. These additional options are quite rare among cloud storage providers, but they could really help to eliminate some of the headache of restoring your files, so it s worth considering when choosing a cloud service.

    Discuss files within the cloud

    Using Carbonite s Sync Share center, you re able to invite others to view certain files and add comments for the rest of your group to see and respond to. This resource is particularly valuable to teams that need a simple way to collaborate on projects. It allows you to easily access all the necessary documents and stay up to date on what your other team members are saying without having to bounce back and forth between your cloud storage account and your email inbox.

    Back up your servers

    Business owners with a lot of data to back up should take a closer look at Carbonite s server plans. They provide high levels of security and the ability to customize your settings to suit your organization s needs. Like Carbonite s other backup plans, you re able to try out their server backup service for 30 days before committing to a purchase, which is a good place to start if you re not sure if the service is right for you. Businesses who go with the Server Pro Bundle plan aren t limited to just backing up servers either. This plan includes as many laptops, desktops, and servers as you want as long as your files don t exceed your total storage space.

    The Bad

    Must download a separate app for sharing

    The Carbonite desktop app provides you with the tools you need to back up and restore your files, but sharing them with others requires you to download their Sync Share app as well. Most other online storage services incorporate all of these tools into a single app, but Carbonite requires you to move back and forth between the two different apps. This isn t going to be a big deal if you re only looking for an online backup service, however.

    Mac users have fewer options

    Though Carbonite works with both Windows and Macs, their Plus and Prime plans are only open to Windows users. This means Apple customers need to look elsewhere if they re not content with the Basic plan. However, as all of Carbonite s plans include unlimited cloud storage space and 24/7 customer support, the Basic plan works just fine for most people. The only reason you d want to upgrade is if you were interested in backing up external hard drives or making a local backup of your files.

    Annual pricing only

    Carbonite requires you to pay for a year s worth of service at a time, which could be a problem if you re on a budget. Personal users or small businesses may not have the money to pay for an entire year of cloud storage upfront, so it d be nice to see Carbonite give these individuals the option of paying monthly for their services.

    Missing a free storage plan

    Because Carbonite only offers unlimited plans to their personal users, you must pay if you want access to their services. For most individuals looking to do a full backup of their computer hard drive, this won t be a problem. But, if you only intend to back up a few important files, a company that offers free storage space is a smarter choice. The majority of the industry does have some sort of free cloud storage plan, usually with about 2GB of space, though some give you much more.

    Back up one computer only

    Carbonite s plans only allow individuals to back up a single computer per license. If you have two or more computers that need backing up, you must buy additional licenses. This is true for the personal plans, though businesses can pay extra to upload files from as many devices as they want. Carbonite is not the only company to place restrictions on the number of computers that may be backed up, but there are also several companies without them and these may be better options for some. Dropbox is a good one to look into because they offer similar services to Carbonite while allowing you to back up files from an unlimited number of devices.

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    What is cloud broker? Definition from #why #move #to #the #cloud


    cloud broker

    1. A cloud broker is a third-party individual or business that acts as an intermediary between the purchaser of a cloud computing service and the sellers of that service. In general, a broker is someone who acts as an intermediary between two or more parties during negotiations.

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    The broker’s role may simply be to save the purchaser time by researching services from different vendors and providing the customer with information about how to use cloud computing to support business goals. In such a scenario, the broker works with the customer to understand work processes, provisioning needs, budgeting and data management requirements. After the research has been completed, the broker presents the customer with a short list of recommended cloud providers and the customer contacts the vendor(s) of choice to arrange service.

    A cloud broker may also be granted the rights to negotiate contracts with cloud providers on behalf of the customer. In such a scenario, the broker is given the power to distribute services across multiple vendors in an effort to be as cost-effective as possible, in spite of any complexity that negotiations with multiple vendors might involve. The broker may provide the customer with an application program interface (API ) and user interface (UI ) that hides any complexity and allows the customer to work with their cloud services as if they were being purchased from a single vendor. This type of broker is sometimes referred to as a cloud aggregator .

    In addition to acting as an intermediary for contract negotiations, a cloud broker might also provide the customer with additional services, facilitating the deduplication. encryption and transfer of the customer’s data to the cloud and assisting with data lifecycle management (DLM ). This type of broker is sometimes referred to as a cloud enabler. Another type of broker, sometimes referred to as a cloud customizer or white label cloud service. selects cloud services on behalf of a customer, integrates the services to work together and sells the new offering under their own brand.

    The business model for cloud brokerage is still evolving. At its simplest, the customer may hire a broker at the beginning of a project and pay the broker an hourly fee for their time. A broker providing more robust services, however, may charge the customer on a sliding scale, depending on what services the customer contracts for. A broker may also partner with one or more cloud service providers and take a small percentage of the cloud provider’s profit as remuneration once the customer has arranged service.

    2. A cloud broker is a software application that facilitates the distribution of work between different cloud service providers. This type of cloud broker may also be called a cloud agent .

    This was last updated in September 2013

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    Related Terms

    cloud services Cloud services is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of resources provided over the internet, or to professional. See complete definition managed hosting Managed hosting is an IT operations model in which a service provider leases dedicated servers and associated hardware to a. See complete definition multi-cloud computing Multi-cloud computing is the use of more than one cloud environment to satisfy business requirements. These clouds may be all of. See complete definition



    Real Time Communications Network Transformation Unified Communications Nfv Nortel #genband, #real #time


    Communication Service Provider

    GENBAND solutions help fixed and mobile operators, cable providers or MSOs, ISPs, and interconnect and wholesale carriers quickly capitalize on growing market segments and introduce differentiating products, applications and services.


    GENBAND’s real-time communications solutions offer organizations an innovative and cost effective alternative to proprietary PBX and UC products. GENBAND solutions embrace open standards like WebRTC.

    Independent Software Vendor / System Integrator

    GENBAND helps Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) to weave real-time contextual communications into business and consumer applications and workflows for a more productive and engaging user experience.


    Network transformation is part of the network modernization process by service providers working towards a migration away from legacy systems and archaic network infrastructure to a more efficient and highly consolidated network able to offer innovative services via Internet Protocol and cloud technologies. Not only do legacy systems require expensive upfront capital investments, they also incur ongoing operational costs and consume significant power and space. Network transformation helps minimizes these inefficiencies and the transformation paid for by operating-expense-based program options. Network transformation also ensures carrier-grade reliability and scalability, especially for regional or rural networks that demand infrastructure modernization.

    Check out GENBAND’s Network Modernization solutions. including Network Transformation.


    Unified communications (UC) solutions offer real time communications in a bundle, providing streamlined and consolidated functions. With a unified communications solution, text, voice, video, and screen sharing collaboration can all be accessed from one integrated system. Not only can unified communications be applied to residential services, enterprises can merge their communications with their branch offices. Unified communications solutions also apply to contact centers and intelligent messaging, where greater demand of multi-function services is present. Going a step further, virtualization creates the opportunity for unified communications to be consumed or offered as a service from the cloud.

    Check out GENBAND’s array of Unified Communications solutions for Communications Service Providers or Enterprises.

    Network functions virtualization (NFV) takes service providers towards more efficient, innovative and agile solutions for consumer and business communications service offerings by consolidating network capabilities into the cloud with virtualized functions. NFV allows carrier service providers to cut costs associated with monolithic and proprietary systems and approaches of today. With the migration to network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions, services become easier to configure and deliver, and new services become deployable in days, not years.


    Real time communication (RTC) is about connecting people anywhere, on any device. With the ability to embed on an array of systems, including mobile devices, business processes and workflows, real time communication transforms the speed and quality of everyday communication as well as increase productivity and accessibility. Today’s consumers and businesses demand immediate communication at a growing rate, calling for high quality and personalized services. These RTC services include a suite of solutions that work together to form an integrated system, providing comprehensive access and quality implementation of connecting people, groups, and businesses.

    5GB of Free iCloud Storage is a JOKE #gb #cloud #storage #free


    5GB of Free iCloud Storage is a JOKE

    iCloud is great but 5GB of free storage just isn t enough. Come on Apple, sort it out!

    Lately I’ve written a lot about Apple’s new Photos app for Mac. The app is amazing for plenty of reasons: it finally replaces Apple’s decade-old iPhoto, it’s got a slick new interface, and it’s snappy as hell. But the big thing about Photos for Mac is it uses a new technology called iCloud Photo Library that fulfills the promise that was first banded about circa 2012 that eventually one day in the magnificent future all our files would live in the cloud. From this magical cloud any device we owned could access any file at any time.

    Apple has grown its mobile footprint exponentially during the past 19 months with enormous iPhone and iPad sales. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus sold in excess of 15 million during their opening week, an utterly unfathomable amount of sales compared to every other player in the space.

    Oddly, though, Apple is still pushing its 16GB model and this is rather perplexing because the handset, quite simply, does not have enough storage for 80% of consumers. If you like taking pictures, recording video and storing media offline on your phone 16GB just don’t cut it — you’ll get through it in no time.

    This is where iCloud comes into play. But iCloud, like the 16GB iPhone model, is grossly inadequate. You get 5GB for free and this, if we’re honest, only just about covers the basics. In order to get more, you’ll have to pay just as you do with iPhone models.

    iCloud Photo Library in the new Photos app for Mac (as well as with the Photos app on iOS) largely exceeds that promise. Thanks to it and its backbone, Apple’s iCloud storage all my devices now can access all my photos, video, and their edits at any time. that is, if I have enough space. Unfortunately, with iCloud, Apple never gives you enough space. And therein lies the rub. Apple has finally created a cloud service that truly lives up to the hype, but the company still is skimpy as hell with the free storage allocation it gives you, which means most people will never ever benefit from all the promises of the cloud.

    Your iCloud Storage Allowances

    The reason is because Apple still only gives iCloud users 5GB of free storage space. At first 5GB might sound like a lot, but you realize how pathetically inept that amount of storage is as soon as you see which of Apple’s cloud services count against that space. Let’s have a look at those:

    At first that doesn’t look like much, right? After all, that’s basically only four things: iCloud Backups, iCloud Drive documents and data, your iCloud emails, and iCloud Photo Library. And if you’re new to computers or the Internet and have no data history the free 5GB Apple gives you will be more than enough.

    Sadly, if you’re not a total luddite and, like me, have over a decade’s worth of email and photos, not to mention documents and multiple iOS devices that are backed up to iCloud, the 5GB of iCloud storage Apple gives you is a complete joke. Worse, it’s a non-starter. It completely locks you out of iCloud’s services.

    The Actual iCloud Storage An Average User Needs

    This is easy to see when you look at the amount of data all the things iCloud can store actually takes up. For example, my iCloud Backup of my iPhone takes up 4.2GB alone. My iPad backup takes up another 3.3GB. If you’re counting along, that’s already over the 5GB limit, which means if I don’t pony up more cash immediately I can’t even send a single iCloud email.

    But let’s not stop with backups, my iCloud Drive documents and data takes up an additional 2.1GB (and I don’t use iCloud Drive for much). Then 14 years of iCloud emails (I’ve had the same email address through Apple since 2002 when iCloud started as iTools, then became .Mac, then became MobileMe, then became iCloud) and their attachments are another 3.4GB. And then we get to iCloud Photo Library, which quite frankly is AMAZING. But I have over 15 years of photos and videos in my Photos library on my Mac. Its total storage size? 175 GBs.

    So adding all that up (4.2GB+3.3GB+2.1GB+3.4GB+175 GB) equals 188GB of iCloud storage needed–and that’s if I don’t want to send another email or upload a single new photo. 188GB of storage needed and Apple gives you 5.

    And the thing is, I’m not the exception, I’m the rule. This is almost 2016. We’ve been taking digital photos for over a decade and sending emails for almost two. Most other people have 100GB Photos libraries and gigabytes full of iCloud emails, not to mention multiple iOS device backups taking up 5GB or more.

    Apple Does Allow You To Buy More Storage

    Now I’m not suggesting that Apple gives everyone free, unlimited storage. They may be the largest tech company on the planet, but it’s not reasonable to believe they owe people unlimited iCloud space. And the company does allow you to buy more storage if you need it. In the UK, an additional 50 GB of storage will cost you £0.79 a month. 200 GB will cost you £2.49 a month. And 1TB will cost you £6.99 a month.

    Yet these pricing plans look expensive compared to many other cloud storage providers. For example, Yahoo’s Flickr gives you 1TB of FREE storage a year. Microsoft gives users of Office 365 Personal of 1TB space for free. Dropbox and Google Drive are a little more inline with Apple and give you 1TB of storage for $10USD (about £6) a month.

    My thing with Apple’s paltry 5GB is that it locks many people out of iCloud services from the get-go. As I said, if you have just two iOS devices, chances are you’ve used up all your iCloud storage. And let’s face it, most people don’t pay for subscription storage plans, so that means Apple is locking people out of iCloud all on their own, which is a shame, because iCloud has become quite useful (after a long, rocky start).

    But though I’m not advocating Apple gives unlimited space, I do think the company could make a few changes.

    How To Fix iCloud Storage

    • The best option would be to bump everyone up to 50GB of iCloud storage for free. This would allow almost everyone to keep 2-3 iOS device backups in iCloud and also provide plenty of room for emails and documents.
    • I look at iCloud Photo Drive as an additional feature well worth paying for. So if you do want to use it and you have a Photos library exceeding 50GBs you should pay for it. I think Apple should just charge a flat fee for unlimited iCloud Photos storage. Perhaps £50/year. That seems like the sweet spot for many people I talk to.
    • A third option if Apple wants to not offer anymore than a free 5GB is to not count iOS device backups against your iCloud storage allotment. This is an appealing option for many people I talk to.
    • And perhaps a fourth option is that Apple gives you 5GB of storage space for every Mac and iOS device you currently own. That means if you have an iPhone and an iPad you get 10GB of iCloud storage. This would allow you to use some of that storage for your device backups without taking up all of it.

    But what about you? Do you have any suggestions how Apple could make its iCloud storage plans better? Let us know in the comments!

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    Changing the way you do business

    I have walked into a number of small businesses that have old-school phone systems. They pick up an analog, corded phone, choose which line to use, and dial out. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this kind of phone system, because for some it just gets the job done. But what if something goes wrong with one of the phone lines, or a new employee comes onboard and needs a phone? Or what if the company moves offices? Who takes care of all these issues?

    Every now and then I get a chance to talk to “IT Guys” at small businesses. Sometimes they are happily dedicated to supporting the company’s technology infrastructure, but more often than not, they are merely a sales or engineering employee trying to wear multiple hats. IT isn’t their specialty, but somebody has to do it.

    Actually, somebody DOES NOT have to do it. Not only can small businesses outsource their technology; they can get more functionality out of their phone system at the same time.

    Others on my team have posted articles covering hosted voice over IP systems. But rather than further explain what it is in technical terms, I believe you can more easily digest its impact on your business if I highlight some of the key features and benefits to the user. I talk to customers every now and then and hear some interesting things about what they like about their phone system. Here is a list of some of these items:

    Zero to minimal up-front investment- Instead of spending thousands of dollars up front to buy a phone system, you can lease it from a technology provider for a monthly fee. Often times the lifetime costs are lower in this model, but even if they are the same, you have the flexibility to spread out your costs over time.

    Hassle-free installation and management- Your service provider can pre-configure your phone’s settings. All you need to do is plug in the phone and log in and you are ready to go. For standard “moves, adds, and changes” a hosted system offers unparalleled simplicity.

    Direct Inward Dialing- Each employee can be reached directly so callers don’t need to call a standard company number and type in an extension.

    Follow-Me Phone Features- If you want to work at a different desk or a different company building, all you have to do is type your username and password into any phone on the network; all of your settings, contacts, and voicemail messages follow you. When you place a call, your name comes up on the recipient’s caller ID.

    Voicemail- On hosted phone systems, you do not need a dedicated answering machine, and you can get plenty of capacity that is typically upgradeable on demand. On top of that, voicemail is easy to identify and access. Many phones have a red LED light that you can see from across the room to recognize that you have a message. Once you go to check your message, you can simply press a voicemail button on your phone for easy access.

    Overall, hosted voice over IP is an extremely user-friendly system for small businesses that want advanced features without the hassle of an in-house system. However, some businesses prefer to own and control their own equipment, and if that is the case then hosted is not right for you. But if the features I listed seem appealing, you should take the time to learn more about how hosted voice over IP can meet your needs.

    Parkway Volkswagen in Derby England is using hosted services for their phone solution. Watch this video to see how hosted solutions are helping Parkway meet their business goals.

    InfyTalk: Mobility and the Enterprise #forrester, #building #tomorrow’s #enterprise, #mobility,flypp, #cloud,cornelius #vanderbilt,


    Planet Earth has yet to pass the 7 billion mark when it comes to human beings alive on its surface. Yet it recently passed the 7.3 billion threshold for mobile devices. That there are more mobile telephones than people in the world is one thing. But when you factor out the many humans that are barely out of diapers, or very old, that ratio becomes even more extraordinary.

    The folks at Forrester Research recently published a study that points to a startling phenomenon: that although there are a lot of mobile devices out there, true mobility is difficult for organizations both to attain and, later, to maintain. (Coleridge comes to mind: “Water, water, every where, nor any drop to drink!” )

    According to Forrester, ready-to-go mobile solutions that are both horizontal and industry-specific are now de rigeuer. That’s why the leading providers of enterprise mobility services are all flocking to make their apps what shift-on-the-fly did for off-road driving three decades ago. “More than just reusable assets, these are full-blown solutions — both cross-industry or ready for specific industries,” the Forrester report stated. Enterprise mobility has become a “go strong or go home” market arena. Yes, it’s a crowded space. But sheer numbers of entrants don’t mean nearly as much as the fact that the space is changing dramatically. oh, every five minutes or so. The popularity of the Cloud and the ever-increasing demands of consumers to be everywhere at the same time (and in real time) means providers of mobility solutions have to work innovatively and tirelessly to stay ahead of their competitors with product offerings that impress.

    Speaking of outsmarting the competition, I’m reminded of one of the most extraordinary businessmen of the 19th century, Cornelius Vanderbilt. When he first saw the potential market for people who needed to be ferried back and forth across New York Harbor, he assembled a fleet of sailboats. While his competitors were building their own fleets of wind-powered boats, he was already thinking about a steam-powered operation. And when his competitors jettisoned wind for steam power themselves, he redefined travel altogether – he was investing in railroads! Vanderbilt was a business leader because his vision and abilities had both breadth and depth of focus. So must providers of solutions be when it comes to modern-day enterprise mobility.

    Those of us who are dedicated to building tomorrow’s enterprise today might not be surprised at all. We continue to make deep investment into future areas. What makes us stand apart is that we know fully well that such areas have vast potential. And as we lead the field in user experience, process consulting, development, and end-to-end capacity to support our clients across a broad spectrum of their mobility needs – we are delighted that we are already the standard by which other companies are gauging themselves.

    The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2016 – Page: 1 #coolest


    The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2016

    In a few short years “the cloud” has gone from industry buzzword to a term thrown around in everyday conversation. While cloud computing may not be understood by the majority of laymen, it’s certainly not a mystery to tech professionals, particularly in the channel, where moving beyond traditional on-premise technology deployments to cloud-based models is becoming the new norm.

    With popularity comes crowds, and in the era of mainstream cloud computing you would be hard-pressed to find a vendor that doesn’t have some form of cloud offering. For solution providers, finding the ideal vendor partner in such a saturated space can be difficult.

    So where to begin your search?

    For the sixth straight year, CRN presents the 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors, the channel’s best resource for narrowing down key vendors to partner with.

    The list is broken up into five segments: Platform and Development, Software, Security, Storage and Infrastructure.

    Many of the staples from the first Cloud 100 list released in 2010 are thriving and find themselves once again on this year’s list. But what makes the Cloud 100 so valuable each year is that it provides a look at the startups in the space satisfying a niche need or problem. This is where the true innovation is happening.

    Check out the vendors deemed cool enough to crack this year’s Cloud 100.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors Of The 2016 Cloud 100
    As part of the 2016 Cloud 100, here are 20 Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers CRN thinks are worth knowing.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors Of The 2016 Cloud 100
    When it comes to getting real work done, cloud-based software is what brings everyday users into the cloud picture. Here are 20 cloud software vendors that caught our attention for 2016.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors Of The 2016 Cloud 100
    Big-name vendors and startups alike are looking to capitalize on the importance of cloud security with solutions for data, containers, applications and more.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Storage Vendors Of The 2016 Cloud 100
    As part of the 2016 Cloud 100, here is CRN’s list of the 20 coolest cloud storage vendors of 2016.

    The 20 Coolest Cloud Platform And Development Vendors Of The 2016 Cloud 100
    As more and more businesses undergo digital transformations, development and cloud management platforms have become essential components of most IT environments.

    Hosted Cloud Telephony – Managed IP Telephony Service #cloud #telephony, #enterprise #telephone


    Cloud-based IP Telephony

    Cost savings

    The traditional voice landscape involves expensive in-house infrastructure: The ubiquitous ‘tin box’ telephone system bolted onto the wall which – following sometimes considerable upfront expense – comes with a nasty catch in the hidden expenditure of upgrade, maintenance and running costs.

    Our managed Cloud telephony service model is different: There are no upgrade or maintenance charges. It’s a straightforward monthly licence fee on a per user basis. A simple pay-as-you-go model with a compelling punch line – a new IP telephone system for about the same price as the maintenance charges on your old one. There’s no ISDN line rental charges and no maintenance or upgrade charges, just a significantly reduced predictable monthly charge.

    • Enterprise-grade hosted IP telephony phone system
    • PSTN connectivity included – no need for separate ISDN lines
    • Improved business continuity – instantly reroute calls in the event of a site outage
    • Full integration of mobile and home-workers
    • Integrated call recording
    • Integration with our Unified Communications service
    • Central administration portal for customer managed adds, moves and changes
    • 99.99% availability SLA and 24/7 technical support

    Azure partners must differentiate as Microsoft white labels cloud #private #label #cloud


    Azure partners must differentiate as Microsoft white labels cloud

    Sometimes generic products can be just as effective as name-brand offerings. More white-label clouds are popping up as large, pure-play cloud providers are realizing they can’t cover the market sufficiently alone and they need their partners’ help.

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    Microsoft announced at its recent Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that it will white label Windows Azure for its Azure partners to resell — a move that will let the partners offer an Azure-like experience for customers while using their own cloud or an Azure-branded one as their own.

    This hybrid cloud strategy presents a unique opportunity for Microsoft cloud-provider partners to further differentiate and use their own services while still offering customers a familiar Windows interface and an Azure Infrastructure as a Service. or IaaS. experience.

    White-labeled cloud benefits Azure partners, Microsoft

    Microsoft’s new Service Management Portal will enable Azure partners to use either their own cloud infrastructure or the Azure cloud to deliver Microsoft applications to their customers.

    The move to white label Azure is an attempt by Microsoft to present a cloud operating system to the market that could rival VMware Inc.’s vCloud Director, said Dave Bartoletti, senior analyst at Forrester Research Inc. VMware has always had a strong virtualization footprint and has been able to establish public clouds compatible with its own software, but Microsoft hasn’t been able to accomplish the same, he said.

    By white labeling Azure for its partners, Microsoft will be able to compete with VMware in the hybrid cloud space because partners will be able to support Microsoft apps and tools in either a public or private cloud environment.

    White labeling Azure will broaden out Microsoft’s cloud services and will allow [Azure] partners to offer a more end-to-end solution to their customers, Bartoletti said, noting that customers will benefit from lower costs in a smaller, Azure partner’s cloud and will not have to learn a new platform. Microsoft wants to make sure that its tools are used everywhere — not just in its own cloud, he said.

    Microsoft’s focus might not necessarily be on competing with other large, pure-play cloud providers. Instead, it is following a natural progression of the cloud market, said Tom Nolle, president at CIMI Corp. [Microsoft] is maturing their cloud business model, he said. And Azure partners have added value to Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy .

    Azure partners have to differentiate themselves from Microsoft

    Microsoft is loosening its tight grip on its services as the company tries to reach more customers, and Azure partners must step up to differentiate their own offerings at the same time, said Amy DeCarlo, principal analyst for security and data center services at Current Analysis, Inc.

    The extent to which the Service Management Portal will be customizable by Azure partners is still unclear, but Microsoft will be granting leeway to existing partners — such as Apprenda Inc.. a Platform-as-a-Service. or PaaS, provider — to build on Azure in different ways, DeCarlo said. Security, pricing models and customer support will differ by partner, she said. Partners will be able to label Azure as its own, but will be able to build out unique solution sets for their customers, she added.

    To some degree, however, Azure partners will be competing with Microsoft, Forrester’s Bartoletti said. Azure partners have never had the opportunity to use Microsoft tools in their own cloud environments. Cloud provider partners should focus on building applications and add-on services on top of Microsoft tools, and back these offerings with strong terms of service and quick response times, he said. Azure partners could differentiate themselves if they were able to assure customers that they are most reliable for specific workloads, or perhaps the best provider at creating a private cloud for Microsoft SharePoint, he added.

    Let us know what you think about the story; email:Gina Narcisi, News Writer.

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    Gary DeMar, President American Vision, says: A majority of prophecy writers and speakers teach that the church will be raptured before a future tribulational period. But did you know that prior to about 1830 no such doctrine existed. No one in all of church history ever taught pretribulational rapture (cited from. Read More

    15 Bible Reasons a Christian Should Join a Bible-Believing Church
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    N ew Testament Christians joined a local church. The churches had membership lists, either in writing or in memory. Since the Scripture was given for instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16), God evidently wants us to follow their example. Although there is no specific verse that says, “Thou shalt join a church,” there are fifteen places that either require or teach by example that we should do so.
    (1) THE FIRST CHURCH HAD A MEMBERSHIP. “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)” (Ac 1:15). This Jerusalem church had a list of about 120 names that made up. Read More

    I hear from many people who tell me there is no really sound church in their entire area, and in at least many cases, I know this is true. They can t find a church that is strong in God s Word and prayer and holiness and separation from the world and ecclesiastical separation and serious discipleship, a church that isn t at least dabbling in contemporary music and moving quickly in that direction and thus building bridges to. Read More

    Biblical Church Discipline
    E very church is required by God to rule itself by the sole authority for faith and practice, which is the New Testament faith recorded in the canon of Scripture. Christ is the one Head of the church, and as we see in Revelation 1-3, He walks in the midst of the churches and judges the churches. He will not judge a church on the basis of the society and culture in which it exists. He will judge solely on the basis of His Word which is eternally settled in heaven.We must not have an American church or an Australian church or a Nepali church or a Korean church or a Russian church. We must have a biblical church.
    Christ did not accept a church in Corinth that was influenced by Corinthian society. He did not sympathize with such conformity. He used the apostle Paul to instruct and exhort and reprove that church to. Read More

    Third Generation Baptist Preacher Committed to Emerging Church
    T he emerging church. its philosophy and direction, is illustrated by Chris Seay of Ecclesia (Church) in Houston, Texas. The emerging church is all about living as I please, about not being restricted by old biblical mores.
    Seay is a third generation Baptist pastor and the author of Faith of My Fathers: Conversations with Three Generations of Pastors about Church, Ministry, and Culture .
    In this book Seay describes how that his father and grandfather pastored traditional Southern Baptist churches. His grandfather pastored Magnum Oaks Baptist Church in Houston for 28 years but it closed its doors in 2002, soon after he retired. Read More

    Changes Within the Independent Baptist Movement
    The following is an expanded editionof a reply I gave to a missionary who wrote to express concern about IB churches that are adapting CCM.
    T here is a fierce battle raging within the Independent Baptist (IB) movement between those who are committed to the old Bible paths and those who are enticed by a new way. When I was saved in 1973 and joined an IB church a couple of months later it was assumed that practically every IB church was committed to the old paths. The SBC was universally condemned for its worldliness and theological compromise. A large percentage of IB churches had come out of the Convention and they tended to be plainspoken about its error. Today, a lot of former Ind. Baptists have gone back into the SBC. Read More

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    BYOD Security Software #enterprise #mobile #security, #byod, #iot, #enterprise #moblility #management, #emm,


    BYOD Security Software

    BYOD promises unprecedented new streams of workforce productivity in the present age of cloud computing and Consumerization of IT. The increasingly mobile workforce in today’s enterprise needs to take advantage of the latest mobile technologies that redefine how employees collaborate, interact, learn and perform. By eliminating the cost of purchasing latest mobile gadgets and allowing employees to use devices of their choice, organizations can ensure a satisfied mobile workforce using the technology that works best to deliver superior productivity.

    This flexibility comes at a cost for organizations that fail to enforce adequate BYOD management and security policies, and ultimately risk cyber-attacks. Innovative new mobile device management solutions empower organizations with the capabilities they need to unleash the power of enterprise mobility while addressing the rising BYOD security and management challenges.

    The Codeproof enterprise mobility platform works as a centralized SaaS console offering a range of mobility management features, including:

    MDM Enrollment

    This is the first step of MDM enablement in BYOD devices using either Agent-based or Agent-less profile installation. Once the device is configured with MDM, IT Administrators can remotely control corporate data and network access in enrolled devices.

    Owners Privacy

    In the Codeproof console, IT Administrators can categorize BYOD devices and enforce different sets of corporate policies on different device groups. When a BYOD device is lost or stolen, IT Administrators can wipe selective data such as WiFi configurations, emails, business apps and other information critical to the organization’s security.

    Configuring WiFi, Email and VPN

    Before BYOD users can access corporate resources, make sure that their device is authorized to access the corporate network through WiFi, Email or VPN access points. IT administrators can remotely push corporate WiFi access privileges to devices and change VPN and Email configurations.

    Terminating Corporate Data Access

    When BYOD users terminate their jobs, IT administrators can remotely delete their business emails and WiFi profile configurations, and uninstall the apps deployed using the MDM platform. Wiping the entire device data is not required and the device will still retain the user’s personal data, apps, contacts, photos and other information.

    The enterprise mobility management is now simplified!

    The comprehensive SaaS enterprise mobility management solution is offered on an affordable, no-obligation subscription-basis pricing model.

    Top 10 cloud tools #cloud #development #tools

    Top 10 cloud tools


    Cloud vendors are delivering boatloads of new tools to help enterprise IT build, buy, manage, monitor, tweak and track cloud services. These tools are designed to help IT execs free up their budgets and their staff so both can be used towards more strategic, line of business projects. (Watch a slideshow version of this story.)

    We surveyed cloud practitioners and came up with this list of the most useful cloud tools. Here are their top 10 picks.

    Category: Cloud Cost Analytics

    Cloudability is a financial management tool for monitoring and analyzing all cloud expenses across an organization. It aggregates expenditures into reports, helps identify opportunities for reducing costs, offers budget alerts and recommendations via SMS and email, and provides APIs for connecting cloud billing and usage data to any business or financial system. The company in February announced that it currently monitors over $250 million in cloud costs, which is double what it monitored less than six months ago.

    Product: S3 Life-Cycle Tracker, EC2 Reservation Detector, RDS Reservation Detector

    Category: Cloud Optimization

    These tools are designed to help corporate IT from over-buying Amazon cloud resources. Cloudyn’s suite of services gives users a dashboard showing detailed information on all of their virtual machine instances, databases and storage. Cloudyn then provides insights into inefficiencies and suggestions on how to get rid of them. Currently focused on Amazon’s cloud, the company has stated in the past that it will work on tools that track usage in Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and GoGrid in the future.

    Category: Cloud Integration

    AtomSphere is a cloud-based software Platform as a Service used by customers that want to integrate their various cloud-based applications with each other and with on-premise applications. New functionality provided as part of an upgrade last summer allows usage of multiple data sources and reservation of cloud resources for real-time data transfer in integration processes. The company announced in February that the AtomSphere platform is now handling more than a million integration processes per day. That number is 250% higher than it was a year ago.

    Category: Cloud infrastructure management

    Enstratius provides cross-platform cloud infrastructure management for public, private and hybrid clouds that can be closely aligned with an enterprise’s governance and security requirements. Features include self-service provisioning/de-provisioning of cloud resources; multi-currency cost/chargeback tracking; customizable role-based access controls; single login to manage all cloud resources; and, support for enterprise authentication systems including SAML 2.0 and OpenID.

    Enstratius also supports integration with management tools and the orchestration of configuration management tools such as Chef and Puppet across clouds; automated encryption of all cloud data in transit and at rest with all keys stored outside of the cloud and full application automation including auto-scaling, auto-recovery, cloud bursting.

    The list of Enstratius’ supported clouds is growing considerably and currently most of the big names, including Amazon Web Services, OpenStack-based clouds, Google, HP Cloud Services, Rackspace, Microsoft Windows Azure and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.

    Product: Informatica Cloud Spring 2013

    Category: Cloud data integration

    Informatica – a long-time data integration vendor – this month will roll out its next generation suite of cloud integration tools (which are delivered as a platform as a service) that include enhancements that address data security issues in the cloud and help enterprise IT manage data integration issues in hybrid cloud deployments.

    The new Informatica Cloud Data Masking service reduces the risk of data breaches during application development and testing. And the new Informatica Cloud Extend workflow service is geared toward business process creation and management in the cloud. The upgrade from the company’s 2012 Winter version also delivers new security and administration features that support broader cloud integration deployments and strengthen IT governance and control.

    These include hybrid security options for storing connection credentials – (e.g. username, password, security token, etc.) on-premise, behind the firewall or in the cloud; and organization-level blackouts that give administrators the ability to define blackout periods during which no integration, replication or data quality jobs will run, thus strengthening IT control and simplifying the management of upgrades.

    Category: Cloud integration service

    Delivered as a packaged integration experience, CloudHub and Mule ESB are built on open source technology to provide quick, reliable application integration without vendor lock-in. The company offers CloudHub, a cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS) for connecting SaaS, cloud and on-premise applications and APIs; and, Mule ESB, an open source enterprise service bus for connecting enterprise applications on-premise and to the cloud. The company claims it is currently supporting billions of transactions per day, used in production by thousands of enterprises, including Walmart, MasterCard, Nokia, Nestle and Honeywell. Additionally, MuleSoft enables integrations with leading SaaS vendors such as Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Workday, Intuit and Metanga.

    Category: Cloud Configuration Management

    Chef is an open source Ruby-based configuration management product served up by Opscode under the Apache license. Hosted Chef (and its private cloud sibling, Private Chef) lets cloud system administrators programmatically configure virtual systems, thereby cutting down on repetitive, manual operations. Chef – which, as the name might allude, uses culinary terms as metaphors to organize its processes – mainly homes on the tasks of provisioning, configuring and integrating cloud resources. Opscode in February released a completely rewritten version of Chef which the company says offers unparalleled scalability.

    Category: Cloud Configuration Management

    Puppet Enterprise is IT automation software that gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure changes, on-premise or in the cloud. The product can automate tasks at any stage of the IT infrastructure life cycle, including provisioning, discovery, operating system and application configuration management, build and release management, patch management and infrastructure audit and compliance.

    Some of the newer features of Puppet include enabling system administrators to view and respond to requests graphically; support for the use of third-party authentication services such as LDAP, Active Directory or Google Apps Directory; and, support for Microsoft Windows. PuppetLabs customers include 24/7 Real Media, Harvard and Google. And VMware earlier this year made a $30 million investment in the company.

    Product: RightScale Cloud Management

    Category: Cloud Management

    Formed in 2006, RightScale was one of the first companies to address cross-platform cloud management. Its platform lets organizations easily deploy and manage business-critical applications across public, private and hybrid clouds. RightScale provides configuration, monitoring, automation, and governance of cloud computing infrastructure and applications. RightScale recently released the newest additions to its customer list which include Caltech, Care Innovations (an Intel-GE company), Citrix Online, Conde Nast, Coty, Equinix, Fox Digital Media, Inmobi, JWT, Leo Burnett, Softbank Technology, Telepictures Productions (a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company), Tibco and Zurich Insurance.

    Product: Agility Platform

    Category: Enterprise cloud management

    The Agility Platform provides a single, integrated control point for governance, compliance and security across an enterprise’s cloud applications and cloud environments. The platform comprises an extensible policy engine enabling the creation and enforcement of an impressive range of custom governance, compliance and security policies. It provides an end-to-end security model spanning network, instance, data, and access levels including federated identity management. It includes an orchestration engine for deploying complex, multi-tier business applications across heterogeneous private and public clouds. And it has an integrated event bus, a cloud adapter SDK, and workflow automation capabilities to extend cloud operating model capabilities to existing IT ecosystems.

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    Remote Desktop: SaaS, Server License or Private Cloud #saas, #remote #desktop, #remote


    Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Enjoy 24/7/365 availability, reliability, optimal speed and performance of the service with 99.96% average uptime. SaaS is hosted on the vast ISL Online Cloud Network, which is based on cloud computing technologies and connects servers from more than 50 data centres worldwide. It is a perfect combination of ease of use and excellent performance. The only thing you need to start using it is a valid account.

    Just enter your username and password to host a session on our network of servers.

    Server License

    Meet strict security requirements, plus enjoy privacy and full independence by installing ISL Online on your own server(s). All remote connections are then established through the server(s) in your company, keeping all data such as user information or session history in a closed corporate environment. It is easy to add external authentication through RADIUS, Microsoft Active Directory, Novell eDirectory and OpenLDAP; what’s more, it also offers extensive user management, software customisation and integration options. It’s a snap to set up and maintain, though it requires an administrator.

    In order to install and configure the ISL Online Server License properly, you should be familiar with network and server administration. You need to install the remote desktop server application named ISL Conference Proxy on a server (Windows or Linux) in your company and open a few ports in your firewall.

    To set up your own ISL Online remote desktop server you need to have:

    1. Windows or Linux server (recommended not to share IIS or Apache server)
      ISL Conference Proxy – Server Requirements
    2. Free public IP on your router
    3. Administrator to install the software and configure the firewall

    Private Cloud

    Cloud computing benefits combined in the ISL Online Private Cloud bring you the best remote desktop and web conferencing services. Particularly larger organisations using the Server License might consider setting up several servers and connecting them into a corporate Internet communications network, a Private Cloud. Corporate Private Cloud Network includes at least two ISL Conference Proxy (ICP) installations and is fully scalable. More ICP servers can be added to the Private Cloud network anytime in order to expand the capacity of the system (double, triple etc.).

    ISL Conference Proxy servers may be installed in a single data centre or several company’s data centres across the country or worldwide. You may decide to host the Private Cloud on your own servers or just ask us to provide you with the pre-installed and pre-configured Private Boxes.

    PCI DSS Hosting #pci #compliant, #pci-dss #hosting, #vmware #hosting, #cloud #hosting, #disaster


    PCI DSS Compliant Hosting

    Protect your Infrastructure and Achieve Compliance

    As a company that processes credit card transactions, or stores credit card information, you are a target. In June 2014, the motivation behind 58% of all hacking attempts was Cyber Crime. There are new security breaches in the news every few months, usually affecting millions of credit card holders.

    This means obtaining PCI DSS compliance for your business is more than a regulatory necessity. It is the way to ensure your business, and your customers, are protected. The maximum fine for PCI DSS compliance violations is £50,000. However, the loss of trust in your business due to a security breach could be devastating. Contrary to popular belief, obtaining PCI DSS compliance doesn’t have to be hard. All you need is a trusted partner with the experience and commitment to help you.

    Global organisations trust us

    We currently offer Level 1 PCI DSS compliant hosting to multinational corporations such as AXA Travel Insurance, AXA Assistance, LANDesk and TrustPay Global. They turned to us because we know what is necessary to become, and stay, compliant:

    • Reviewing current systems and procedures
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    • Managing compliance through migration
    • We partner with industry leading QSA’s
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    Our network and management infrastructures are audited manually and these audits are submitted to VISA, who then endorses us with being Level 1 PCI Compliant. We perform annual audits and quarterly network scans, we are licensed to process in excess of 24 million transactions per year on our hosting architectures.

    Let us worry about the details. You worry about your business.

    Whether you need PCI Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 – or if you are not yet sure – our specialised technicians will work with you to create a solution tailored to your business. Our managed PCI services include the following:

    Design, build, deploy and manage

    We help you every step of the way: information security policies, secure network architecture design, and gap analysis. This is a core element of our day to operations within Netplan.

    Network Vulnerability Scans

    We manage the network starting with a “deny-all” default firewall setting, then maintain it with the latest patches, anti-virus agents, and enforce remote authentication to individuals. These measures ensure you have up to date protection from the latest threats, and fulfils annual PCI DSS hosting compliance requirements.

    Penetration Testing

    Customised penetration testing service provides a comprehensive analysis of your level of protection against compromise. This includes network and application security testing provided by an approved scanning vendor.

    Working with your Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)

    We are ready to work with your existing QSA, or can recommend one. Our experience means we understand the importance of the relationship between you and the QSA in making audits quick and efficient.

    Audit Support

    The key to a successful and painless audit is a proper log trail. We provide all the data (security logs, policies, testing results, etc.) you need to satisfy your QSA and prove your compliance requirements.

    24x7x365 monitoring and auditing

    In addition to ensuring network performance, our constant monitoring means that nothing happens without proper documentation. You will always have the evidence you need for your audit.

    Do I need to be PCI DSS compliant?

    If your business processes credit card transactions, or maintains paper records, you need to be PCI DSS compliant. It doesn’t matter if you only take credit card orders over the phone, in person, on your website, or through a third party processor. The requirements though, for becoming PCI DSS compliant depend upon how you take and maintain credit card information. If you have questions, contact us today and we can help you determine if you need PCI DSS compliant hosting.

    Finding the best solution for your business

    The goal of many companies offering hosting for PCI compliance is just that – to get you a compliance certificate. They will help you do what’s necessary to check off the boxes and pass your audit. The solutions they offer will meet the minimum requirements for your PCI level.

    At Netplan we work with you to determine the right security solutions to meet your needs and regulatory requirements. Often this means that the services we provide exceed the standards set by PCI DSS.

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    Guaranteed compliance or your money back

    It may be a bold statement, but we can confidently guarantee PCI compliance at the appropriate level for your business. Which standards apply to you varies based on the number of transactions you process annually as well as other details relating to data storage and infrastructure. We can ensure that you have the proper solution and that you’ll achieve compliance or we will give your money back.

    Every minute your business is not compliant is a minute that you are vulnerable to fraud and cyber-attacks. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our PCI compliance experts. We’ll work with you to make obtaining PCI compliance as quick and stress free as possible.

    PCI Compliance levels explained

    PCI Compliance levels are determined by the various credit card issuing brands such as Visa and MasterCard. The following categories define the criteria used by Visa, however most other brands refer to Visa, or have similar definitions to determine compliance levels.

    6 million or more transactions per year

    Level 1 compliance is required for any merchant processing six million or more transactions per year, regardless of channel. All transactions performed by the merchant are aggregated, whether they occurred over the phone, in person or online. All transactions performed by the merchant are aggregated if the data is stored, processed or transmitted together, even if the transactions are performed under multiple Doing Business As (DBA) organisations. Visa also reserves the right to require Level 1 compliance by any merchant they determine needs to be in order to protect the Visa system.

    In order to obtain and maintain Level 1 compliance, merchants need to produce an annual report on compliance by a Qualified Security Assesor.

    Between 1 and 6 million transactions per year

    Level 2 compliance is required for any merchant processing between 1 million and six million transactions per year, regardless of channel. All transactions performed by the merchant are aggregated, whether they occurred over the phone, in person or online.

    In order to obtain and maintain Level 2 compliance, merchants need to complete an annual Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ).

    Between 20,000 and 1 million transactions online per year

    Level 3 compliance is required for any merchant processing between 20,000 and 1 million e-commerce transactions per year. All transactions performed by the merchant are aggregated if the data is stored, processed or transmitted together, even if the transactions are performed under multiple Doing Business As (DBA) organisations.

    In order to obtain and maintain Level 3 compliance, merchants need to complete an annual Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), perform quarterly network scans by an Approved Scan Vendor, and complete an Attestation of Compliance Form.

    Less than 20,000 e-commerce transactions, or less than 1 million transactions offline per year

    Level 4 compliance is required for any merchant processing less than 20,000 e-commerce transactions per year. It is also required of any merchant processing less than 1 million transactions via any other channel (telephone, in person, or otherwise non-ecommerce channel). All transactions performed by the merchant are aggregated if the data is stored, processed or transmitted together, even if the transactions are performed under multiple Doing Business As (DBA) organisations.

    In order to obtain and maintain Level 4 compliance, it is recommended merchants complete an annual Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ), perform quarterly network scans if applicable by an Approved Scan Vendor, and complete any additional requirements set forth by their merchant bank.

    About Oracle Messaging Cloud Service #cloud #messaging #service


    About Oracle Messaging Cloud Service

    Oracle Messaging Cloud Service is one of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings. It provides a messaging system for applications to communicate reliably with each other, enabling application developers to share information across multiple applications.

    Oracle Messaging Cloud Service gives developers an easier and more reliable method to build complex, distributed systems of heterogeneous applications that may have fundamentally different underlying characteristics such as programming platform, system uptime, and network latency. In addition, businesses using Oracle Messaging Cloud Service do not require any special, dedicated hardware, and the service can be accessed by applications from anywhere over the Internet.

    Oracle Messaging Cloud Service is heavily influenced by the Java Message Service (JMS) API specification, which is a standard messaging interface for sending and receiving messages between enterprise Java applications. For Java applications, Oracle Messaging Cloud Service provides a Java library that implements and extends the JMS 1.1 interface. The Java library implements the JMS API by acting as a client of the REST API. Any application platform that understands HTTP can also use Oracle Messaging Cloud Service through the REST interface. This means developers can use a single communication API to build reliable and robust communication between intra-cloud and extra-cloud applications.

    Oracle Messaging Cloud Service uses wildcard certificates for HTTPS access. The use of wildcard certificates may require that client environments be configured to accept wildcard certificates in order to access Messaging Cloud Service. For example, if you are using Oracle WebLogic Server, then you can configure WebLogic Server’s SSL hostname verifier to accept wildcard certificates by referring to the Using a Custom Host Name Verifier topic in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Securing Oracle WebLogic Server guide.

    About Messaging Concepts

    In a messaging system, information is transmitted between clients (where a client is defined as a running instance of an application) in the form of messages. From the sending client, producers send messages to a destination. On the receiving client, consumers retrieve messages from a destination.

    A destination is a type of named resource that resides within an Oracle Messaging Cloud Service instance. It is a repository for messages. Queues and topics are types of destinations to which messages can be sent.

    Messages sent to a queue are received by one and only one consumer. A message sent to a queue is kept on the queue until the message is received by a client or until the message expires. This style of messaging, in which every message sent is successfully processed by at most one consumer, is know as point-to-point.

    Messages sent to a topic can be received by multiple consumers or none. This style of messaging, in which each message can be processed by any number of consumers (or none at all), is known as publish/subscribe. To receive a message sent to a topic, a consumer that subscribes to the topic (the subscriber ) must be connected to the topic when the message is sent by the producer (the publisher ). That is, only clients that have a consumer connected to a topic will receive messages sent to that topic. If there are no consumers on the topic, messages sent to the topic will not be received by anyone, unless there are some durable subscriptions on the topic.

    A durable subscription. which stores all messages sent to a topic, can be created to ensure that a publish/subscribe application receives all sent messages, even if there is no client currently connected to the topic. For example, if an application goes offline temporarily and has no consumers on the topic, the client will miss any messages sent to the topic. However, if there is a durable subscription, upon restarting the application, the application will be able to receive any messages sent to the topic during the time the application was not running.

    Messages sent to a destination can be pushed to another destination or to a user-defined URL using message push listeners.

    A connection and one or more sessions from a client associated with the connection are required to send and receive messages. A session sends messages through one or more producers and receives messages through one or more consumers.

    For more information about these and other Oracle Messaging Cloud Service instance resources, see Developing Applications That Use Oracle Messaging Cloud Service.

    Architecture Overview

    The Oracle Messaging Cloud Service architecture is highly available and fault-tolerant.

    Oracle Messaging Cloud Service provides a secure messaging solution for applications that require reliable asynchronous communication. The applications can be within Oracle Cloud as well as outside of Oracle Cloud.

    The following diagram presents an architectural overview of Oracle Messaging Cloud Service:

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    About the Components of Oracle Messaging Cloud Service

    Oracle Messaging Cloud Service includes the following components:

    My Account and My Services

    These are applications that allow account administrators and service administrators to manage and monitor their Oracle Cloud service instances, including Oracle Messaging Cloud Service instances. My Account displays information about active, expired, and pending services for an entire account, across multiple data centers and identity domains, and lets administrators monitor the service status. My Services lets administrators monitor and operate all active services within a single identity domain. For more information about the administrative applications, see Overview of Managing Oracle Cloud Accounts and Services in Getting Started with Oracle Cloud.

    The JMS broker is responsible for handling all administrative and control aspects of the messaging platform, including message persistence, message selection, and session management.

    Message Push Listeners

    These are user-created resources that reside within an Oracle Messaging Cloud Service instance. A message push listener asynchronously receives messages from one destination and either sends the messages to another destination or pushes them to a user-defined URL as an HTTP request.

    About the Interfaces to Oracle Messaging Cloud Service

    There are two interfaces to Oracle Messaging Cloud Service.

    The interfaces to Oracle Messaging Cloud Service are:

    Free Cloud Storage Upgrades: Grab 100GB of OneDrive – 2GB of Google


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    OneDrive already gives you 15GB of free storage space, so that s a total of 115GB of cloud storage for you, linked to your Outlook.com account. Given its tight integration with Windows, this is fantastic for Windows users, but there are several other great ways to make the most of OneDrive storage How To Best Use Your 15GB Of Free OneDrive Storage How To Best Use Your 15GB Of Free OneDrive Storage OneDrive gives you a healthy dose of cloud storage for free. Let’s take a look at what you can do with that. Read More .

    This offer is now accessible worldwide. You don t need to use Hola to get it. If it still doesn t work for you, the Hola way as below is a workaround.

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    Get 2GB of Google Drive Space, Permanently

    While the OneDrive upgrade offer is restricted to two years, Google Drive is offering to give you an extra 2GB of cloud storage permanently. The crazy part? You get it for completing a security check-up with Google, which is good practice anyway. However, you need to complete this security check-up before February 17 to qualify for the upgrade. With the backdrop of the Safer Internet Day. Google is reminding us about online safety.

    Here s what you do to get 2GB of Google Drive storage:

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    The storage upgrade will reflect in your account on February 28, Google says on its blog. This offer is not valid for Google Apps for Work and Google Apps for Education users.

    Once you get the bonus, there are lots of creative ways to use your cloud storage Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage Top 10 Creative Uses For Dropbox Or Other Cloud Storage The agility, flexibility, and low-cost scale ups turn cloud storage options into more than an online vault to back up your documents and files. But cloud storage is more than these important but mundane uses. Read More .

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    Fujitsu is a global full service provider of information technology and communications solutions. We partner with our customers to consult, design, build, operate, manage and support business solutions. From strategic consulting to application and infrastructure solutions and services, Fujitsu has earned a reputation as the single supplier of choice for leading corporate and government organisations.

    Business Services

    Are you responsible for ensuring that your business operations and technology strategies support the changing needs of your business? Fujitsu can assist you in anticipating these evolving requirements.

    Application Services

    Is your application portfolio optimized to deliver real business value? At Fujitsu, we continuously improve and transform our customer’s applications to ensure they are optimized for today and adaptable for the business needs of tomorrow.

    Managed Infrastructure Services

    Is your IT infrastructure as agile as your business needs it to be? Are you spending too much time reacting to problems rather than focusing on the future?

    In times of growing complexity and decreasing investments, ensuring early IT planning is essential for setting up a reliable infrastructure.

    Service Management Software #cloud #service #management #software


    Service Management Software

    Organise Your Back Office

    Everything in one place. All backed up and stored securely in the cloud. Access your data 24/7 from anywhere. Minimise paperwork, make your team happy and drive up productivity up.

    Mobile Workforce

    Maximise your mobile workforce productivity by connecting them via the Joblogic mobile app. Give them the job information, customer history and compliance workflows that they need on their smartphone or tablet.

    Happy Customers

    With Joblogic’s simple job costing and billing process your cashflow will be dramatically improved. Your clients will not only be impressed by the quality of your work, but also the whole experience from logging their call through to receiving your invoice.


    Efficient Service Management Software

    Joblogic is the best way to increase efficiency by introducing a logical workflow system and mobile forms that allow you to complete industry assessments and custom forms electronically. We’re the job management software of choice for hundreds of service management companies across the UK.

    Our company is all about pushing your business forward by streamlining your operations in every way possible. Our suite of service management systems is designed to simplify tasks and eliminate the challenges you face on a daily basis. Our job management software has a remarkable set of features to modernize the processes of 21st-century service management companies. We cater to the ever-changing needs of our diverse market. We help companies belonging to different industries take their workflow to new levels for optimal productivity and increased profits. We offer a complete field service management software suite you can usually get from a string of programs. With Joblogic, you no longer have to complicate things by using a variety of systems and burn more time finding what you need in different places. After consistently delivering intelligent service management system solutions to service companies around the country, we have gained an impeccable reputation in the industry. Our growing client base is a testimony to the trust being given to our solutions by small and established service companies. Take the next step towards better efficiency, productivity, and profitability. Sign up for a Free Trial and see how we can improve your job management process and save you money today. Contact us today for inquiries, and our specialists will be more than glad to be at your service.

    Win and retain maintenance contracts

    By giving your customers access to a portal you’ll put yourselves ahead of the competition. They’ll be able to log in 24/7 and see their jobs in real time. The dashboard reporting, asset register and document store will create a genuine Wow factor. We can even send a snippet of code to your website developer so that they can add a client login button to your own website in minutes.

    Reduce phone calls and win more business

    Your customers will be able to review job information and attach documents without calling your office. They’ll even be able to log repair calls and approve quotations that you’ve sent to them making you really easy to buy from. The portal is a proven tool for increasing customer confidence in your services, improving their overall experience and enhancing your company image.

    Branding and identity

    Whilst Joblogic is off-the-shelf software we recognise that you need to put your own stamp on the customer facing documents that the system creates. You can upload your company branding onto quotes, invoices, purchases and other reports. The portal is also branded for you. The system enables you to standardise your documents and create a really professional image.

    Centralise your data

    Get all your customers, assets, jobs, quotes, invoices and purchases into a single system. With powerful features such as Google Places integration, creating customers and suppliers is rapid.

    Log all reactive repairs, turn quotes for installs or projects into jobs and set up all of your planned maintenance schedules.

    Easy to Use

    We’ve designed our system to make sense to the people that work in the building maintenance industry. Drawing on our extensive industry knowledge we’ve built powerful features into simple screens. Joblogic will help your back office team to do their job better than ever before.

    Backup and Security

    Joblogic works in the cloud. Let us worry about securing your data and backing it up whilst you get on with growing your service company. You don’t need a server or other expensive hardware. Simply use the internet to connect and run your business from anywhere.


    Need a link to your accounts software? No problem, we’ve got standard links to Sage, Quickbooks and Xero. Need to link to another accounts package or other 3rd party system? We’re experts in integration so talk to us and we’ll have you covered.

    Maximize your productivity

    Communicate in real time with your field workforce. Eliminate unnecessary visits to the office and pointless phone calls. Do more jobs per day and improve your first time fix rate.

    Collect all job information including parts, times, photos and signatures. This information comes straight back to the office so that you can get your invoice out the same day.

    Job information in the palm of your hand

    Joblogic Mobile gives your engineers everything they need to know about the job. From the last time an asset was serviced, to the last time an emergency repair was carried out. The app works offline for both Android and iOS, this means that your engineer can carry on working without a mobile internet connection. Simply select your favorite Smartphone or Tablet device and download the app.

    GPS Tracking

    Embedded Google Maps allows you to track your mobile workers and choose the best person for a job based on current location. Each status change is GPS stamped allowing you to easily verify the electronic time sheets that are captured on the app. Joblogic Mobile records all travel and labour times for each job. The time sheets are fully integrated with job costing for invoicing and profit analysis.

    Get Compliant

    Joblogic Mobile has a suite of inbuilt industry compliance forms such as risk assessments and trade specific workflows. Got a bespoke workflow or report that you need to fill in on site? No problem we’ll build it for you.

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    Do more jobs per day without employing more staff. Get your invoices out the door quickly and improve your cash flow.

    Windows cloud server hosting #windows #cloud #server #hosting


    Windows -Server in der Cloud

    Führen Sie Microsoft Windows-Server-Produkte auf unseren Cloud-Servern aus. Profitieren Sie von einem kostenlosen Testzeitraum und erwerben Sie dann eine Microsoft-Server-Lizenz über unser integriertes System oder verwenden Sie Ihren eigenen vorhandenen Lizenzschlüssel. Wählen Sie aus einer Auswahl von vorinstallierten Windows-Cloud-Servern oder installieren Sie einen neuen Server von einer Installations-CD.

    Holen Sie sich Ihre kostenlose 7-tägige Testversion – keine Kreditkarte erforderlich.

    Cloud-Server betreiben Windows-Server

    Sie werden den Unterschied bei der Nutzung unserer Cloud-Server im Vergleich zu herkömmlichem Windows-VPS-Hosting feststellen. Im Gegensatz zu herkömmlichen VPS-Anbietern, die große dedizierte Server zerlegen und unter ihren Kunden aufteilen, führen wir einen vollständig isolierten Windows-Cloud-Server für Sie aus. Um viele Benutzer auf einem Server voneinander zu isolieren, verwenden die VPS-Anbieter verschiedene Technologien, während sie gleichzeitig nur eine gemeinsame Instanz von Windows ausführen. Im Gegensatz dazu ermöglicht unsere Plattform jedem Anwender den Betrieb seines eigenen Windows-Cloud-Servers. Dadurch sind eine breitere Auswahl an Servertypen, eine tiefere Konfigurierbarkeit, bessere Performance, stärkere Isolierung und bessere Sicherheitsgarantien gegeben.

    Cloud-Server mit vorinstalliertem Windows

    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 und Windows Server 2012

    Erleben Sie die Leistung von Windows Server 2008 R2 und Windows Server 2012 auf einer unmittelbar skalierbaren Cloud-Computing-Plattform. Die Erstellung eines neuen Windows-Cloud-Servers ist so einfach wie die Auswahl der gewünschten Installation aus unserer öffentlichen Drives Library. Wie bei allen vorinstallierten Cloud-Server-Systemen ist das Windows-Server-System sofort nach der Bereitstellung in unserem Cloud-Computing-Konto verfügbar.

    Microsoft SQL Server 2014

    Wir bieten den Microsoft SQL Server 2014 auf unserer Cloud-Plattform an. Richten Sie Ihre neue Datenbank auf einer äußerst skalierbaren, flexiblen Infrastruktur ein, die beim Wachstum die ununterbrochene Leisting Ihres Datenbank-Servers sicherstellt.

    Microsoft Windows Web Server 2012

    Wir bieten den Windows Web Server 2012 zur Installation auf unseren Cloud-Servern an. Wählen Sie einfach eine Installations-CD aus der Bibliothek aus und richten Sie Ihren neuen Cloud-Server ein.

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