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5 Elements of Your Business That You Should Move Online

In this digital age, it is vital that any successful business knows how to operate online. If you want to stay one step ahead of your competitors, you should seriously consider using technology to do this. Moving elements of your business online can dramatically reduce the amount of money you are spending, and the time that different activities take to complete. This change can also help to improve the way that you interact with your employees, your customers, and your potential business partners. Don't be left behind!

Make sure that you are getting the most out of all that technology has to offer. Below are five elements of your business that you should move online, and the kinds of rewards that you should expect to receive if you are daring enough to do so.

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Cloud Hosting Best Practices for Business

Article Written By M. Adnan Raja, Vice President of Marketing, Atlantic.Net

When you are considering the adoption of Cloud Hosting for your business, you are in good company. Just consider the industry forecasts, revealing the volume of businesses that each made its own decision to deploy a Cloud, and subsequently, to expand that part of their infrastructure: 
  • Nearly three-quarters of IT-sector CFOs reported that Cloud would be the most significant factor influencing their firms in 2017.
  • The spend on public Cloud services is expected to expand from $209.2 billion in 2016 to $246.8 billion in 2017 (an 18% rise), according to Gartner.
  • The expansion of Cloud computing itself is predicted to develop even faster, improving from $67 billion to $162 billion between 2015 and 2020 (a 19% increase). [source]

How do you deploy Cloud in the smartest possible way for your business, though? Here are some general best practices, along with advice specific to Cloud-ifying mission-critical apps and managing hybrid Clouds.

The Benefits of Monitoring Your Employees

When you begin monitoring your employees, the initial impression might be that you simply do not trust your workforce. However, using monitoring software is not all about ensuring your staff members stay in line and don't break the rules. There are actually various other advantages to using such a system.

Before delving into those benefits, you are probably wondering: ‘Where do I even obtain such a system?' Well the remote-control solution available at http://www.fireworld-inc.com is a popular an option, allowing users to view and control a remote PC free of charge. Paid options are also available that supply many more features and across multiple desktops.

Now that's out of the way, let's look at the benefits of monitoring your employees.

Fix any spotted mistakes

As you view what your employees are doing, you can potentially pick up on any mistakes that are made and quickly do some amendments. This is because you have the ability to quickly access their PC, where you can then point out the error, correct it and even instruct the staff member on what they did wrong.

Could Cloud Computing Lag Make Driverless Cars Unsafe?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Any gamer that has given cloud gaming a shot knows that aliens, zombies, and orcs aren't the biggest enemy they will face - lag is. It can be frustrating to attempt to block an enemy attack only to get decimated by delayed response times. 

But what if this same lag could affect you in real life? What if your car was subject to these same delays? 

In terms of changing the nature of how we interact with the internet, driverless cars are the biggest innovation since the smartphone. And they will be available sooner than you might think. According to major manufacturers like Toyota, Volvo, and Tesla, we should expect them to hit the market before 2020. Is cloud computing, in its current form, able to handle the additional load of thousands upon thousands of new "devices"? Considering the distance that data has to travel to and from driverless cars, this is a real concern. 

How to Start Your First Marketing Campaign

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to marketing. Your business, industry, target market and platforms should determine how you promote your business online, which could be through PPC, email marketing or social media management. To ensure your success when launching a new company, we are offering tips on how to start your first marketing campaign.

Organize Your Ideas

We don't doubt you have a variety of ideas floating around in your head or written in a notebook. However, don't rush into starting all the ideas at once. Instead, aim to identify the marketing opportunities that will provide the biggest benefits to your business.

Examining the Effect of the Cloud on the Gaming Industry

The growth of cloud services is radically altering the gaming industry, while its side effects are rippling through the real world. Let's examine the effects of the cloud on the gaming industry and its impact on gamers, sports and technology as a whole. We'll also address the factors that drive game developers to make these shifts to their business model and the benefits of making these changes.

The Shift to Subscription Only Services

The traditional model of selling computer games was selling a cartridge or DVD from which someone installed the game. World of Warcraft became incredibly profitable by offering an immersive, interactive experience for around $20 a month, every month for years. Minecraft offers subscription based versions and server rentals for those who want to run their own, custom Minecraft worlds. Contrarily to Roblox, for instance. In this case, they make money off both subscriptions and renting virtual servers. After being bought by Microsoft in 2014, the company also started selling games for the Xbox, a rare example of a cloud based game becoming a hybrid product available both via the cloud and the traditional installation disk. If you want a complete rundown of what separates Minecraft from its closer competitor, visit this page.

Can the Cloud Protect Your Data?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

For most people, the cloud is this otherworldly thing that they don't completely understand. Yes, your data is there, and yes, occasionally other people can access it, but is it safe? Can you guarantee who is able to access your data, or is it a free-for-all? 

Well, the answer to that is more complicated than you think. On one hand, some severe cyberattacks could have been avoided if the victims had been using cloud services instead. On the other, there is always the risk that someone unauthorized will be able to access your data. This might seem like a double-edged sword, but one end is clearly sharper than other upon closer inspection.

Where Does Cloud Hosting Fit into the Hosting Product Mix?

Most early users of web hosting opt for what's known as a shared hosting plan. This type of plan provides access to a server along with many hundreds of other user accounts which share both the resources and available bandwidth of that single server. Performance is disappointing in most cases and one quickly outgrows the slow page loading times. Looking beyond shared hosting, there are a number of other hosting options that are viable for mid-size and large websites that require something more specialized.

Let's look at the hosting choices available for SMEs.

VPS Hosting

Sizing the cloud: How to adapt service subscription to your company size?

Article Written by Sean Westbrook

Using the cloud to scale

Building a business in today's day and age means adapting your company to the cloud. The future is in the cloud, that much is clear, and businesses will be able to set themselves apart from one another and gain competitive advantages by how well, fast and efficiently they can integrate the many advantages of cloud into their daily operations. And one of the key areas that cloud can help you manage your business is by providing key tools that will make scaling your business that much easier.

First, let's take a broad look at the cloud and its future. Morgan Stanley predicts that Microsoft cloud products will make up 30% of the company's revenue by 2018. Amazon Web Services continue to climb at impressive rates, and worldwide spending on public cloud services is set to balloon from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to $141 billion in 2019.

Microsoft Adds Nested Virtualization to Select Azure Virtual Machines

Article Written by David Marshall

Interesting news out of Redmond -- Microsoft users will now be able to enable nested virtualization (or the ability to run a virtual machine within another virtual machine) in Azure, as this is now a valid deployment option under Microsoft's new Dv3 and Ev3 series Azure virtual machines (VMs).

The Dv3 and Ev3 series VMs use Hyper-Threading technology found in Intel's Haswell and Broadwell chip architectures, packing more of a punch in the underlying hardware and allowing it to support larger VM sizes.  The new Dv3 VM sizes are a good balance of memory to vCPU performance, with up to 64 vCPU's and 256GiB of RAM.  And the newly named Ev3 sizes provide users with more memory to vCPU than the Dv3, so that larger workloads can be run on sizes up to the largest E64 size, with 64 vCPUs and 432GiB of RAM.  And it is that extra power that helps provide for nested virtualization.

By unlocking more power from the underlying hardware, Microsoft has been able to harness better performance and efficiency, resulting in cost savings.  These new Hyper-Threaded sizes are said to be priced up to 28% lower than the previous Dv2 sizes.

What's the reason for running nested virtualization?