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4 Ways Technology Is Rapidly Transforming the Fitness Landscape

Technology has radically altered our lives in many areas, and fitness is no exception. Technology has changed everything from the way people train to how fitness centers are being marketed and operated. Let's look at four ways technology is transforming the world of fitness as we know it.

Fitness enters the Cloud

Wearable devices are collecting vital information nonstop. Depending on the device, they can collect data like calories burned, optimal heart rate, temperature, miles walked, and even advanced metrics like length and quality of sleep. All of this data is automatically saved to the cloud for easy interaction with other devices.

There are even apps that let you take a picture of the exercise machine's console, capturing data like time, distance, calories burned. These apps use optical character recognition to translate the data on the machine to information stored in your fitness profile. This is a viable solution for saving your data when the machine you're working on isn't compatible with your personal device.

Effective Management Solutions for Big Data



Storing, processing, and efficient management are three basic challenges related to Big Data. Presently, there is not a large enough capacity to store the amount of data that has been created in the digital world during the last few years. Big data is the result of measuring and monitoring practically everything going on in the world, creating data at a faster rate than can be stored, processed, or managed by currently-available technologies. Interestingly, the vast majority of Big Data is either duplicated or synthesised data. This surge of unstructured data makes up as much as 80% of new data that must be managed. This has put many enterprises in a position where they need to come up with efficient management solutions for Big Data.

Why Manage Big Data?

The broad concept known as Big Data management encompasses all the technology and procedures used to collect, store, organise, and deliver vast caches of data. It involves data migration, cleansing, integration, and preparation to be used in reporting and analytics. Big Data management is essential because it can improve the accuracy and reliability of analytics. This means your organisation can benefit from quality business insights resulting from the analytics.

Rackspace and Switch Join Forces to Deliver Digital Transformation Services to Customers in Switch's Tier 5 Platinum Data Center

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Switch and Rackspace today announced a new agreement to deliver Rackspace private cloud solutions and connectivity to managed public cloud solutions on AWS, Azure and Google in Switch's highly secure and reliable Tier 5 Platinum data center PRIME locations. The agreement builds on Rackspace's Fanatical Everywhere and Pay-As-You-Go Private Cloud services that allow customers to run private clouds in any data center, with a consumption and billing model similar to that for public clouds. 

Switch and Rackspace customers will receive multiple benefits including:

How To Use Technology As A Marketing Tool

As a business owner, when you think of technology you probably imagine the computer systems, equipment and machinery that form the infrastructure of your company, and possibly the products or services you deal in, depending on your market. Technological changes happen at an ever-increasing pace, and it can be hard enough to keep up with those product and infrastructure developments, let alone anything else. Savvy business owners know that making use of technology can extend into marketing as well, so if you aren't already using tech to promote your business, get ahead of your competitors and make use of the tools that are available to get your business noticed.

Apps

There's an app for everything it seems, with more being added and developed constantly. It's highly likely that there is an app around that would be very helpful to you if you only knew it existed. If you already have an idea for what would help your business, you can have a look online and see if there are apps that can do what you're looking for. If you haven't got any ideas yourself, don't assume that there isn't anything - there are many innovative and original apps available for all types of consumer. Have a browse for apps that are relevant to your industry or niche and see what you can find. You can also look in industry publications, where apps are frequently reviewed and advertised. Say you have just opened a new Italian Restaurant in a busy city center. Competition is fierce, but by looking at what apps are relevant to your industry, you could make use of restaurant marketing and mobile apps that can give you an advantage over your rivals. If the app you want doesn't seem to exist, you can always create one yourself, or use a freelance designer to create one for you. If it catches on, you may find you have an additional revenue stream as well as a useful app. You can also use apps as an advertising platform, where you pay to have your business featured on the app of your choice, helping you to reach more potential customers.

VMware Simplifies Modern Data Center and Hybrid Cloud Environments through Updates to vRealize Cloud Management Platform

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VMware, Inc. announced new releases across its integrated VMware vRealize cloud management platform (CMP) that will make it easier for customers to implement, use, and manage hybrid cloud environments. Guided by customer feedback, the new updates to the vRealize platform will combine to simplify how customers innovate and enable IT governance through new ‘self-driving' operations capabilities that optimize workload performance and capacity across their hybrid clouds as well as through new and enhanced IT automation and productivity capabilities.

The new product releases -- Realize Operations 6.7, vRealize Automation 7.4, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.4, vRealize Orchestrator 7.4, vRealize Log Insight 4.6 and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager 1.2 -- will come together in the VMware vRealize Suite to enable customers to manage and provision compute, network, storage and application services across hybrid cloud environments at scale. The new operations, automation and lifecycle management features and enhancements across the integrated platform are designed to provide customers with faster overall time to value, improved ease of use, and increased control of VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) stack.

"VMware is focused on delivering innovation across our cloud management platform to help customers accelerate their digital transformation journey," said Ajay Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Management Business Unit, VMware. "Cloud transformation is difficult and can quickly derail without a capable, integrated and easy-to-operate CMP. Our investments in IT operations management and automation will further simplify and speed our customers' use of the hybrid cloud to transform their businesses."

How Can Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) Help Healthcare Organizations?

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Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is a secure solution that provides clinicians access to medical applications and patient data on any devices, while adhering with HIPAA and other medical guidelines. With this technology, medical applications such as Office Practicum, Praxis EMR, MediTouch EHR software, CPOE systems, and imaging viewers are accessible on iPad, iPhone, Android, and other devices.

Here's your chance to learn more!

WHEN? April 10th, 2018 @ 9AM PDT

In this webinar you will learn how to...

  • Easily enable medical staff with secure access to EHR applications working across distributed facilities, on any device.
  • Protect sensitive data and adhere to HIPAA compliance requirements by using the latest encryption protocols and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).
  • Reduce overall TCO and simplify IT management and support.
  • Achieve faster logins and receive a better mobile experience.

Stick around and see a live demo of a customer that Parallels RAS helped migrate their legacy EHR application to the cloud!

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Cloudistics Shares 4 Reasons to Repatriate Public Cloud Services and Data To Private Cloud


Cloud computing has been around now for some time but questions about security still linger-especially with reports of widespread data breaches. Cloud computing makes it relatively easy to procure the services you want and trust the service provider to do the heavy lifting. The prize of less complexity and less worry with the promise of fast and flexible data and applications is very enticing. However, this "trust" in the arrangement overlooks a very important risk-that of exposing data to hackers and thieves.

Happy Staff Make You More Money

Do you know if your staff are happy in their work? Maybe you don't give it much thought - as long as they turn up on time and do their job that's all you are concerned about. On the other hand, perhaps you assume they're happy enough because you're not having any real problems with anyone. Either way, unless you are proactively ensuring that your team is happy and fulfilled, you are missing a valuable opportunity to maximize your business productivity. Not to mention that having happy staff makes for a much more pleasant working environment.

Why you should care about your staff

The people who work for you are the heart of your business. Without them, you would find it impossible to get anything done, and your company would collapse. Unhappy staff is more likely to make mistakes, not care so much about their work and not put all their efforts and energies into doing a good job. They may be more likely to have sick days because they lack the motivation to get to work no matter what. They're also more likely to leave, and staff turnover is a costly affair. Even if they are performing adequately now, you're almost certainly missing out on the added value they could bring to the business if they were more motivated and felt loyalty to you. All these factors will affect your efficiency and productivity, and will, therefore, have an impact on your profitability.

How e-commerce companies are benefiting from cloud based hosting services

Cloud based hosting is increasingly becoming the favoured option for ecommerce companies and the reason for this isn't far fetched considering all the benefits involved.

When it was originally introduced, cloud computing was regarded as a great innovation but not many businesses were willing to take a gamble on it just yet. But with the breakthroughs made in the field in recent years, cloud computing has gone from being just a great idea to being something e-commerce business owners actively pursue in order to gain an edge over competing businesses - as well as increase their operation efficiency.

One particularly attractive aspect of cloud computing is that any business - regardless its size - can benefit from using it. For instance, a globally recognised ecommerce brand can benefit from cloud based hosting just as much as an upcoming ecommerce website run by tech savvy personnel can.

IDC Launches New Cloud Primary Research Targeted to Get Inside the Minds of Cloud Buyers, Developers, and Service Providers

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International Data Corporation (IDC) has launched an end-to-end research solution that provides customers with a complete understanding of the buyers and consumers of cloud products and services across the entire cloud ecosystem.

Extending beyond how the enterprise is sourcing the cloud, this research delves into developer and service provider trends through large sample sizes that go deep in areas including customer preferences in software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and managed cloud services.