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Decluttering the Cloud: How to Minimize Your Digital Footprint



Written by Avery Phillips

The urge to take your office, business, or household paperless holds countless advantages. No more file cabinets full of records, no countless bills in the mail, no more bank statements laying around, and a lot less shredding of sensitive documents as they age all sound pretty good, and they are. 

However, digital storage is not without cost. There is no such thing as the cloud. The cloud is simply someone else's computer, and that computer takes power and resources to run. While most cloud server farms are going green and use renewable energy, there are still resources used to store your data. 

There is also the issue of privacy. The more of your data that is online and the more places you store it, the more vulnerable you are. While there is more cloud adoption with businesses than ever before, 54 percent of those businesses are vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

So how do you declutter your personal cloud and minimize your digital footprint?

A Senior's Approach To Cloud Computing



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Web accessibility, and cloud computing, in particular, can be of great value to seniors, making it easier to keep in touch with family and friends, obtain useful information, shop from the comfort of their homes and even pay bills. At present, approximately 67% of American adults over the age of 65 go online on a regular basis according to Pew Research Center.  While seniors are gradually warming up to emails, social media, and online banking, many are still completely oblivious to cloud storage and of what benefit it can be to them personally. Whereas it will be a relatively simple task to introduce cloud computing to a tech-savvy senior, it might require more effort to convince internet rookies of the same advantages.

CloudHealth Technologies Is Now Part Of VMware

Written by David Marshall

On Thursday of last week, VMware closed its acquisition of CloudHealth Technologies, extending cloud management beyond VMware's previous capabilities in private and hybrid cloud and into the public cloud.  VMware partners will soon be able to offer the cloud management platform as an integrated offering to their clients.  While terms of the deal weren't discussed, Reuters put the price tag at approximately $500 million.

As part of the announcement, VMware stated:

Regulating Stress in the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

When we consider the digital frontier, our inclination is typically to look at how changes in technology are changing industries. And in a lot of ways that makes sense given the fact industries are capable of adopting and implementing on a large scale, and thus they showcase the potential impact of certain aspects of new tech. 

Yet underneath this drive within companies to be innovative there lies the core reality that it all comes back to how consumers - and human beings in general - are able to utilize technology overall, and in this case the cloud specifically, to bolster quality of life. 

Stress is an issue so widespread in varying degrees, its significance is often underrated. But, what research shows is that stress contributes to a wide range of serious chronic diseases. It's an inevitable part of life that we all deal with at one time or another, but it doesn't have be a serious game changer. 

The cloud can provide a method for individuals to regulate their stress on a daily basis in a way that previous generations never before had the ability to do; ultimately that means stress as a whole may take a back seat for some individuals, which is right where it belongs.

Updating Cloud Platforms to Increase GDPR Compliance



Article Written by Sally Perkins

In light of the implementation of GDPR on May 25th, a recent revealed 56% of respondents plan to use private or multi-cloud platforms within the next 18 months. Even though these types of platforms offer many benefits to companies all around the globe, it has been found that the average European enterprises are especially prone to taking advantage of their many benefits and are using an average of 608 cloud apps. This signals a shift in the focus that organizations have to place on data security measures and compliance, and while you might likely understand how to use cloud computing and storage services, it is important to understand how to update them to meet these compliance measures as well.

The Current State of Unprotected Data

Ditching Legacy Systems: Why Moving Payroll to the Cloud is Beneficial


Article Written by Avery Phillips

While using the cloud to handle payroll is nothing new - it was already in use in 2011 - bigger companies have been slower to adapt than small businesses and startups. Let's look at why companies would be better off following the fairly recent trend of ditching legacy systems and migrating to the cloud.

The Legacy System and Security

VMware vSphere 5.5 End of General Support - What Now?

 

Written by David Marshall

VMware vSphere 5.5 was probably the most installed version of vSphere to date.  And many virtualization administrators have fond memories of this release.  vSphere 5.5 goes all the way back to 2013, and it was hands down the most stable, fast and reliable hypervisor around.  But all good things must come to an end.  VMware products typically undergo a few stages within its lifetime:

  • General Availability (or GA)
  • End of General Support (EOGS)
  • End of Technical Guidance (End of Supported Life)

"End of General Support" is the date, generally 5 years after GA, from which VMware will no longer support the product actively.  And back in February of this year, we warned you that vSphere 5.5 was nearing the End of General Support or EOGS stage.  Well, that time has come and gone.  On September 19, 2018, vSphere 5.5 officially exited the general support phase and has moved onto something else, "Technical Guidance."  If you're playing buzzword bingo at home and trying to follow along, we should probably try to clarify what this means.

US Signal and Cloudflare Collaborate for DDoS Protection

Written by David Marshall

Today, it was announced that US Signal and Cloudflare have launched a fully managed and customizable distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection service to market. 

The new service delivers powerful DDoS mitigation for network, transport and application layers and is backed by a 100 percent SLA. Powered by Cloudflare's global Anycast network, the service is implemented by US Signal's information security and provisioning team, with support and customization from its technical operations engineers. 

"US Signal's new DDoS protection service is ideal for companies looking to update their existing DDoS mitigation strategies or for businesses lacking the manpower or skills to manage these risks internally. It is aimed at all market sectors but is particularly beneficial to high-risk areas such as tech, government, finance and healthcare," said US Signal President Stephen Oyer. "But regardless of the economic sector in which your company operates, Cloudflare's 15Tbps plus network throughput should offer peace of mind, as it can handle 15 times more traffic than the largest DDoS attack has produced to date." 

Use Cloud Services To Make Your Smartphone An E-Wallet



Article Written by Sally Perkins

These days, carrying a physical wallet seems almost a thing of the past. As credit card processing systems have improved and the availability of smartphones has broadened, more consumers have done away with physical wallets. Fewer people than ever before choose to carry cash and not very many people use checkbooks.

Most people pay with credit or debit cards for the average transaction. With a few extra steps, you don't even need to carry the card with you, thanks to the availability of digital storage on the cloud. Setting up an e-wallet can let you pay quickly and conveniently with your mobile device.

Store all of your payment options digitally on the cloud

 

Scale Computing and APC by Schneider Electric Launch 'Micro Data Center in a Box'

Written by David Marshall

Scale Computing has partnered with APC by Schneider Electric to deliver a Micro Data Center in a Box solution.

By utilizing Schneider Electric's award-winning Micro Data Center portfolio of infrastructure solutions, the Micro Data Center in a Box is able to deliver a fast, cost effective and resilient solution for channel partners, MSPs and end users while meeting the distinct challenges of big data and IoT faced by many businesses today.

The joint platform is built on a highly simplified but extremely effective and adaptable infrastructure. Micro Data Center in a Box offers a range of shared automated virtualization, compute, storage and power management resources. Under the terms of the agreement, Scale Computing supplies its HC3 HyperCore software while APC delivers a self-contained and secure enclosure. This solution allows organizations to simply and efficiently deliver a complete and highly energy efficient IT solution that is pre-tested, optimized and able to be rapidly deployed. This allows for a reliable and robust environment to leverage the best of on-premise and multi-cloud infrastructures.

The Micro Data Center in a Box requires minimal IT expertise and no additional infrastructure software. Instead, it is a highly available, self-managing platform for running applications at the edge. The added pay as you grow flexibility enables organizations to start small and grow their IT as and when needed. In addition, it has built-in redundancy to provide business continuity, even in remote edge locations. The solution is pre-packaged and ships ready to be deployed, providing a quick, turn-key and simple IT infrastructure, optimized to immediately support edge computing needs.