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Grow your business with a reliable cloud infrastructure partner

For businesses large and small, cloud is increasingly a necessity. How each organization makes use of the cloud differs, but in each case there is a cloud infrastructure behind the application. One might think in this commodified world that every cloud infrastructure provider is the same and the only worthwhile factors are price and perhaps […]

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Choice with consistency: The key to an effective hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud doesn’t have to be complicated. Complex? Sometimes. Complicated? No way. As the traditional, layered cloud model of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS moves toward irrelevance, the era of the single cloud stack is fast approaching. A modern cloud stack is one that supports a spectrum of IaaS and PaaS services that work together with […]

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Race for the cure: Mobile devices and cloud storage speed medical research

When the Stanford University School of Medicine launched a cardiovascular study that uses an iPhone app to collect data from subjects and stores information in the cloud, the first question researchers were looking to answer was whether people would use it. The answer was a resounding yes – since its launch on March 9, the […]

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10 steps to understanding your IT before moving to cloud

Cloud may not be perfect for everything, but it certainly is applicable for everyone in various ways. I would like to start by saying that most businesses will move away from on premises in the future.

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Is your cloud infrastructure provider the “Hotel California”?

Remember the song from the Eagles from 1970’s “Hotel California,” quoting their lines: “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device…. we are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave! ” For many companies, their cloud infrastructure portfolio has matured from a few servers to enterprise […]

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For WorldTicket, a SoftLayer cloud migration reduces costs by 60 percent

After a decade of relying on a traditional IT hosting environment, WorldTicket sought a more flexible infrastructure for its cornerstone airline ticketing application. The company wanted to provide IT capacity to customers on an on-demand basis and also required greater scalability to accommodate its own continuing business growth. Plus, WorldTicket hoped to update its infrastructure […]

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IBM and Box link up to integrate enterprise cloud offerings

It’s a match made in cloud. IBM and Box have announced a partnership that’s already been labeled “huge,” “wide-ranging,” and “major.” Box will fold IBM Watson analytics and security into its current capabilities, and allow users to store their data on the IBM Cloud. IBM, meanwhile, will incorporate Box into its email and enterprise applications, […]

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The state of cloud computing in Europe

Cloud computing is the most touted technology in the global business landscape today. Europe is no exception. There are two main ways we’re seeing businesses take advantage of the cloud in Europe. First, there are the smaller, innovative, and born-on-the-cloud startup companies that use it to help them disrupt existing industries by getting to market faster […]

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How cloud will bring robots down to Earth

The term “cloud robotics,” is relatively new, having been coined in 2010 by James Kuffner while at Carnegie Mellon. Five years later, cloud robots exist mainly in the lab. But it’s the combination of cloud and robotics that will eventually enable self-driving cars. And industries as varied as healthcare, transportation, and emergency response are looking […]

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10 key cloud considerations for small businesses

It’s a well-known fact that cloud offers small businesses the means to start and scale quickly. But while many small businesses have already taken full advantage of cloud services, a new report from cloud services provider RightScale says that a full 30 percent of small businesses still have no plans or remain on the sidelines […]

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Go ahead, invite shadow IT to the party. Here’s how.

Easy steps for embracing, and benefiting from, rogue IT Shadow or rogue IT has long been a worry to IT departments. The prevalence of the cloud takes that shadow activity, and the accompanying anxiety, to a whole new level. Even so, savvy IT executives can leverage the shadow cloud as an important window into users’ […]

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Six must-have features when storing data in the cloud

Cloud storage prices are flirting with free, and capacity limits are on the rise. Just this past March, Google announced its Cloud Storage Nearline service that costs a penny a month for 1GB of storage. Service providers are dropping prices mainly because they can; technology advances – particularly for data that doesn’t need to be […]

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