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Cloud Computing

Pertaining to applications provided as services through the Web.

Our Own Private Cloud: How to Assess If a Private Cloud Built on Linux Is Best for Your Business

October 16, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Every organisation is different and there's no one-size-fits-all Cloud solution. Talking it over with a consultant can be a great help in understanding all the pros and cons of different cloud infrastructures and services.[read more]

How to Demonstrate the Value of Your IT Strategy to Gain Buy-in Across the Organisation

October 9, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Your new IT strategy has been accepted by the board. It WILL happen. But how quickly it beds down and shows real benefits depends on everyone in the organisation - regardless of their role - being ready to accept it.[read more]


5 Disruptive Technology Advancements Which Will Change Business as Usual

October 7, 2015 by Peter Davidson

A disruptive technology can be defined as an innovation that will help to develop new value networks and markets. However, these new technologies will eventually disrupt the existing value network and markets, displacing earlier technologies. Disruptive technology will often force companies to change the way that they approach their businesses, and if an organization cannot adapt, they will likely risk becoming irrelevant or losing market share.[read more]


Docker and DevOps: The Skills Needed to Get Ahead in the Cloud Market

September 24, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Cloud computing can be a highly competitive market, both for the companies that provide a cloud service and the employees that help those companies excel. To better compete, employees whose jobs are associated with the cloud often need to adopt and cultivate a long list of valuable skills that providers and other businesses will want to see from their workers. Given the evolving nature of the cloud industry, this list is constantly changing, with some skills receiving more attention and importance than others.[read more]

Managed Service Providers VS Partners: The New Way to Align Your IT and Business Strategies

September 17, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

IT as a Service is changing. It started with the Break and Fix model where a provider was paid to install hard and software then waited for the panic call from their customers when something went wrong. Managed Service Providers (MSP) take a more active approach, having negotiated with a customer a certain level of service, they guarantee to provide it.[read more]

Best Practice Cloud Security: Is Your Cloud Secure Inside and Out?

September 10, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Cloud security is such a burning issue because data is the gold and the oil of any modern organization. Enterprises large and small need to think about how they can prevent hackers from compromising their Cloud services. Yet not all attacks occur from outside of an organization.[read more]

Migrate from Proprietary Software to Linux to Create Cost Savings

August 28, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Amongst the top IT trends of the moment is the development of Linux Containers. Financial and technical investors, Linuxsoftware programmers and customers believe that Linux Containers will transform the way organisations manage their Linux environments from deployment to maintenance.[read more]


Spotlight on Sync

August 24, 2015 by Shawn Gordon

The founders of Sync, are also the founders of a company Netfirms in Canada, a premier hosting service there. Something that was an issue with them over time was the lack of full security with file sharing services like Dropbox, so after they sold Netfirms, they set out to make an easy to use, multi platform and fully secure, encrypted and unreadable by the hosting service file sharing system, they have realized that with Sync.[read more]

The Era of Cloud Computing: An Interactive Timeline

August 12, 2015 by Richard Thelwell

The term “cloud computing” may be commonly uttered in businesses all over the world, but its complex history is less well known. Our interactive timeline explores the history of Cloud Computing and its future.[read more]

Six IT Essentials for Life Science Systems Integration

August 11, 2015 by Glenn Johnson

Companies of all sizes, from early-phase start-ups to Big Pharma must continuously collaborate to ensure quality, comply with regulations, and mitigate risks in each stage of the product development life cycle. Here are six key requirements for a future-proof integration platform that can help meet the demands of life science organizations.[read more]

Amazon's Cloud Computing Giant is Getting Closer to Full Takeover

August 7, 2015 by Xander Schofield

Not many know that Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing franchise, is just less than a decade in age and already taking a commanding lead among its peers. Amazon has indicated that in the first quarter of 2015, it made $1.57 billion with a profit of $265 million from 2014’s $1.05 billion sales within the first quarter and a profit of $245 million. Nonetheless, Amazon Web Services’ margins had dipped to 16.9 percent from those reported in 2014’s first quarter that stood at 23.3 percent.[read more]


As the Internet of Things Mobilizes, Safeguarding the Cloud Is Our Prerogative

August 6, 2015 by Daniel Matthews

Where we drive with big data now will determine our destination on the Internet of Things superhighway. Securing data on the cloud is imperative--here is a rundown on doing just that.[read more]

Strategic Methodologies That Will Improve Your IT Department’s Infrastructure

July 23, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Effectively future proofing your Linux system is the end result of implementing two important strategies throughout your company. These strategies both revolve around your in-house IT team and their skillset. First, you should identify whether or not your IT department has the modern skillset needed to keep up to date with developments in Open Source, Linux and the risk of cyber threats. There are three important roles you should have within your organisation.[read more]

Best Practice Linux Guide: Your Cloud Strategy

July 3, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

The Cloud is becoming an all-encompassing presence on the Internet. Whether it’s public, private or hosted, your organisation will undoubtedly be under pressure to not only adopt some form of Cloud strategy to keep up with competitors but will also increasingly experience internal pressures to adopt new tools and techniques such as continual integration tools and concepts such as containers.[read more]

Taking the Cloud Apart: What Works for Your Business?

June 25, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Just like real clouds ‘The Cloud’ is made up of many clouds, some overlapping and some merging into others with no obvious boundaries. Mouse-Over each for an explanation. A Standard Operating Environment (SOE) and a Management Platform (MP) are at the centre of modern IT. With an SOE you can provision new servers in seconds and remove them when you no longer need them. An MP is essential for controlling an infrastructure that may run into thousands of virtual machines.[read more]