Smart Availability - The Key for Producing Business Value Through Digital Transformation

Written By Don Boxley, CEO and Co-Founder, DH2i (

One needn’t be a technology expert to realize that an outage or loss of service of any type or any length of time is unacceptable for today’s business organization (of course, nonprofits and government organizations are not very keen on downtime either). Even during the wee hours of the morning, “planned” system downtime is becoming less and less tolerable, especially given today’s global economy. While most are asleep in one geography, it is prime business hours in another.
Availability has become a chief priority for most IT professionals in today’s business organizations, whether your compute resources are located onsite, in the cloud, or spread across a hybrid environment. What IT professionals are beginning to realize, is that traditional options for high availability (HA) have limitations, and that continuous operational efficiency shouldn’t monopolize an organization’s financial or personnel resources with endless testing and retesting of availability.

How Is Cloud Computing Revolutionizing The Real Estate Industry?

Article Written by Sally Perkins

In 2017, venture investors dedicated over $5 billion to real estate technology, over 150 times what they invested in 2010. The so-called ‘third phase' of real estate technology also relies heavily on cloud computing and embraces "sensors and virtual reality to create smarter spaces, machine learning to standardize and draw insights from industry data and platforms to more efficiently manage transaction services as well as to design, manage and outfit physical spaces." Real estate firms are realizing that in order to keep updated on the very latest listings, coordinate customer service, and store information on properties (including images and text), reliance on old-style servers just won't do the job. In steps cloud computing, to provide greater security, speed, and efficiency to a billion dollar industry.


Careers in Health Informatics & the Cloud

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Thanks to big data, the cloud, and the ever-advancing march of technology, the face of healthcare is changing. With that comes the need for additional staff trained in how to use technology to its fullest in order to better serve patients. From treating chronic diseases through research, management, and prevention, to trying to combat SIDS in infants, let's look at at what these new careers do, and how they use the cloud to do their job.

Cloud-Based Apps Can Make Your Life As a Landlord Easier

Article Written by Sally Perkins

Not so long ago, cloud computing seemed like something out of a science fiction storyline. Instead of dedicating space for information, programs, and applications on your own hard drive, you can just pop onto the internet and access all of the data from any place. These days, more applications and programs are moving to the cloud for greater accessibility and flexibility.

As a landlord, you have a job that requires 24/7 diligence. You never know when a water heater could start leaking or a tenant could have a security emergency. Thankfully, cloud-based applications can actually make your job easier and your tenants' experience in your units better.

The Cloud & the Law

Article Written by Avery Phillips

Whether uploading photos on Instagram, creating do-to lists on Evernote or saving projects on Google Drive, you're storing them on the cloud. It's a universal technology becoming more and more present in our daily lives than ever before. As the social media landscape and online world grows larger, the cloud's capacity to store information is becoming bigger every day, and companies worldwide are taking notice. Many companies are now moving their business to the cloud as technology advances and improves. But some worry the cloud's access is overreaching and could lead to dangerous consequences. 

How Is Amazon Advancing Cloud-Based Technology? 

According to Mashable, Amazon created their own cloud computing platform called Amazon Web Services in 2006. The company offers online services to websites such as cloud-based storage and database services. Amazon is pushing cloud-based technology in other innovative directions, such as the development of the Amazon Key, which customers can use to unlock their front door and track package deliveries. 

Hyper-V Management: Mistakes You’ll Never Make Again Part 1

Virtualization technology is complex, which means the learning curve for hyper-v management (Hyper-V 101) can be quite steep for administrators. In this article, we review a number of common mistakes that Hyper-V administrators struggle with in their day-to-day operations. We also suggest remedies and optimization techniques to help you significantly improve your Hyper-V environment.

Mistake #1 - Imbalance of Memory and CPUs


Cloud Tech Affecting the Property Market

Article Written by Sally Perkins

Following a sustained decrease in home ownership, the market is looking up, with property ownership up 1.3% since June 2016, now standing at 64.2%. The rise is small, but not insignificant. With the economy performing well, millennials who were heavily affected by the 2008 global recession are now starting to believe that they can be homeowners again. Part of this could be down to the way technology is affecting the house buying process. Cloud technology is playing its part in improving the efficiency of property management, while creating a secure and convenient service to house hunters.


VMware and Google Preview a New Plugin Unlocking More Hybrid Cloud Scenarios

Written by David Marshall

VMware and Google have announced a preview of a new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) plugin for VMware vRealize Orchestrator, and support for GCP resources in VMware vRealize Automation.

The vRealize Orchestrator is used to automate other VMware products like the vSphere virtualization platform and the vCloud suite.  This new GCP plugin for vRealize Orchestrator is said to provide customers with a consistent management and governance experience across on-premises and GCP-based IT environments.  As an example, Google and VMware said a user would be able to use Google-provided blueprints (or build their own blueprints for Google Compute Engine resources) and publish them to the vRealize service catalog.  This means a user could select and launch resources in a predictable manner that would be similar to how they would launch VMs in their on-premises VMware environment, using a tool with which they are already familiar.  

What's New in the Cloud for Asset Managers?

Article Written by Avery Phillips

The cloud is without a doubt transforming the world of asset management. With new breakthroughs every year, the cloud is proving itself to be the best pathway for asset management software to go in their endeavors. Part of using something to its fullest potential, however, is being up to date on its capabilities, and as has been covered before on Cloud Cow, the cloud is being used in enterprise asset management (management of physical and non-physical assets) fairly frequently nowadays. 

Here's the lowdown on what advancements are being made due to asset management and how you can become a part of the movement pushing it further by using the cloud.

Finding Extra Income Streams Using Cloud Versatility

Article Written by Sally Perkins

Cloud computing is seen as the hallmark of tech giants like Amazon, but old-fashioned institutions are showing how anyone can benefit from it. It was reported last quarter that Walmart had improved 60% of online transactions using cloud technology, making it so their customers are able to benefit from return offers at record pace, and further so that prices can be changed at the click of a button. The key message to take from that bit of success? Even if you're not massively changing your business, cloud integration can help to craft new products and generate more income on the fly.

The technology isn't as prohibitive as it may once have been, either. Cloud security is becoming well understood and technology is continuing apace to provide solutions to every business. For the business owner or individual looking to make some extra money, this means opportunity. From mobile-based options to ebooks and courses, there are plenty of options thanks to the cloud.