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How to Painlessly Migrate to the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

So you're a business that needs to keep data about your clients, or you've been thinking about upgrading your internal software tools. You know the cloud is "where it's at" these days, but migrating your entire database and software suite sounds like an absolute nightmare. 

Panic not! Migrating to cloud services doesn't have to hurt, but transitioning without the headache does require some careful planning. A cloud transition is a continuous process, and although it can be made relatively painless, it's still quite difficult. 

All About Cloud Security 

This is one of the first headaches that people think about. Making sure employees are up to date on new accounts and security procedures is a hassle (no one likes coming up with new passwords!), and you might have concerns about the security implications of an off-site service hosting your data or your client's data. 

Containership Announces Overlaycloud Public Beta

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Containership, a company rooted in making hybrid and multi-cloud computing simple, is expanding their offering with the announcement of the public beta release of Overlaycloud. While the service is currently still invite only, interested parties can sign up to gain exclusive first access to the low cost cloud and edge computing platform beginning today.

Overlaycloud has partnered with several data centers to help monetize and take advantage of their unused computing power. The end result is top tier servers at bottom dollar pricing for the consumer, and availability zones in regions that the big cloud providers don't currently operate in.

Chicago Bears IT Staff Scores a Touchdown With the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud

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Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced today that the Chicago Bears have deployed the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud for their mission-critical applications, including Microsoft SQL Server databases, financial reporting software, and an internally-developed player scouting application. The Nutanix solution has simplified system management and improved performance, enabling the Bears IT staff to reduce time spent on deploying and managing infrastructure and improve coaches and players' training and preparation experiences.

The switch to Nutanix was a result of an assessment, which determined that the Bears' 3-tier infrastructure was over-allocated. As a result the team decided to deploy a hyperconverged solution for its Microsoft SQL Server databases, financial reporting software, and player scouting application.

Improvements enabled by the Chicago Bears' use of the Nutanix solution include:

FileCloud Announces ServerSync, First EFSS Platform to Integrate Windows File Servers with IaaS Clouds

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FileCloud, a cloud-agnostic Enterprise File Sharing and Sync (EFSS) platform, today announced that it is the first enterprise file services platform to integrate branch-office Microsoft Windows file servers with any IaaS cloud. This enhanced product offering, ServerSync, can replicate files and permissions on any local Microsoft Windows file servers and sync with the cloud to enable teams to store, share and access files seamlessly.

"Over 80 percent of businesses still run on-premise Microsoft Windows file servers to store their files," said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO, FileCloud. "There is no easy way for team members to access these files remotely, greatly inhibiting the speed at which business can be conducted. With FileCloud's ServerSync, customers can access their data locally from the file server and remotely from the cloud."

Hybrid Cloud Approach Compatible with Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS Cloud Infrastructures

How Does Technology Help Your Life

Nowadays, technology plays a vital role in our day to day life. Most people could not live without their phones or constant access to the internet. At the same time, it is somewhat weird to think that the generations that are born these days don't know how a world without social media or mobile apps would work. Technology is essentially based on different techniques, tools and methods that are meant to solve a problem or serve a certain purpose. Technology can have a bad reputation among people for leading them on different paths and exposing them to the unknown. However, there are so many pros that technology brings to our daily life. Some of these include the ability to work and develop home businesses, keep in touch with people all over the world and many more.

There are so many aspects of technology that could be discussed. First of all, it is important to establish that technology does not only mean a smartphone or a very trendy laptop. Technology means so much more. In order to understand technology, it is important to think about the whole process that goes behind the product itself and maybe most importantly, of the purpose that it serves for.

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Ping Identity Predicts Proliferation of Blockchain Identities and Death of Knowledge-Based Authentication

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Ping Identity, the leader in Identity Defined Security, has unveiled its top five cybersecurity predictions for 2018, authored by its CTO office. These include advances in biometrics, the mass exposure of personally identifiable information from numerous data breaches, and a blockchain craze in 2018.

"With rampant data breaches in 2017 targeting victims from consumers and enterprises to politicians and nation states, the protection of personally identifiable information has never been more important," said Patrick Harding, CTO, Ping Identity. "While new threats will continue to emerge, 2018 looks promising for advancements and innovation in cybersecurity."

The following highlights Ping Identity's top five cybersecurity predictions for 2018:

Dell Boomi Invests Big in Product Innovation to Help Enterprises Realize the Power of The Connected Business

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Dell Boomi (Boomi), the leading provider of cloud integration and workflow automation software to build The Connected Business, announced continued acceleration in research and development (R&D). The acceleration includes a commitment that the coming year will be another year of growing investment in R&D by more than 50 percent and Steve Wood has been promoted to Chief Product Officer to help lead product innovation efforts.

Boomi exists to help enterprises connect everything and engage everywhere across any channel, device or platform. The Boomi platform equips enterprises to improve productivity, accountability and collaboration across business units and with customers and partners to build The Connected Business and drive digital transformation efforts. Boomi helps to transform businesses, enabling them to adopt best-of-breed cloud, while understanding the realities of the enterprise. 

How To Save Your Company From Making Mistakes Online

To boost the profile of your business and stand out from your industry peers, it is vital that you create a strong online profile for your organization. It's a fantastic way for you to reach a wider audience and to establish yourself as a company that can thrive in the modern world. However, this strategy will only be successful if you can avoid the pitfalls of working online. In such a fast-paced and wide-reaching environment, you can't afford to make any mistakes. Below are five tips that will help you to take control.

Carefully Manage Your Digital Marketing Strategies

If you have made the wise decision to invest in your digital marketing strategies, it is important that you understand exactly what you are doing. You need to find a company that can guide you through the process and dramatically increase the amount of online traffic that is moving towards your business. There are a variety of specialized companies that can ensure your business hits the correct targets, such as 180fusion SEO company. They will guide you to make all of the right decisions.

Worldwide Public Cloud Services Spending Forecast to Reach $160 Billion This Year, According to IDC

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Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is forecast to reach $160 billion in 2018, an increase of 23.2% over 2017, according to the latest update to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide. Although annual spending growth is expected to slow somewhat over the 2016-2021 forecast period, the market is forecast to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9% with public cloud services spending totaling $277 billion in 2021.

The industries that are forecast to spend the most on public cloud services in 2018 are discrete manufacturing ($19.7 billion), professional services ($18.1 billion), and banking ($16.7 billion). The process manufacturing and retail industries are also expected to spend more than $10 billion each on public cloud services in 2018. These five industries will remain at the top in 2021 due to their continued investment in public cloud solutions. The industries that will see the fastest spending growth over the five-year forecast period are professional services (24.4% CAGR), telecommunications (23.3% CAGR), and banking (23.0% CAGR).

How Cloud Computing Can Help Web Designers

Small businesses are increasingly embracing cloud computing and the many opportunities that it offers. Some analysts claim that small businesses who make use of cloud technology can boost their growth by as much as 25%. This is fantastic news for any business hoping to increase their bottom line and to ensure that they are keeping well up to speed with their technological capabilities. But how exactly does cloud computing make such a significant difference to small businesses?

To answer this question, we take a look at the specific case of a business that specializes in web design. Here are some of the ways that cloud computing can make a significant difference to the productivity and, therefore, the profitability, of a web design business.

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