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How Cloud Computing Is Stopping Software Piracy

Software piracy in business is a major issue — one that is costing both software developers and businesses millions of dollars in losses and fines every year. According to the Business Software Alliance, an astonishing 43 percent of all software installed on business computers worldwide is pirated or not properly licensed. In some cases, that pirated software is simply the result of a poor purchase; often, users install pirated software without even realizing it, having purchased the software from an unauthorized retailer. 

 

In many cases, though, the unlicensed software is used deliberately and without consideration for the consequences. This could be an employee who brings a work program home to install on a home computer (or vice versa.) It could be an employee who installs something on their work computer without permission, thereby making the employer liable for any fines or sanctions. It could simply be a matter of failing to stay on top of licenses and monitoring who’s using which programs. 

Business Gets a Bit Cloudy for the SMB

CloudCow Contributed Article.  Author: Louie Hollmeyer - Director of Marketing, Advanced Technology Consulting.

According to IDC’s recent MarketScape* assessment, 69.7 percent of midsized organizations use the Cloud or have plans to implement within the next 12 months. And, 34 percent of small organizations (<100 employees) are also doing so or plan to do the same.

Cloud technologies are providing significant benefits, including cost efficiency and scalability, to companies of all sizes—not just enterprises. The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud model aligns quite well with today’s on demand, pay-as-you-go mindset.

No longer do businesses have to buy excess capacity. Buy what you need now and add more later when you need it...

The 3 Advantages Of Utilizing a Cloud Partner For Data Backups

Contributed Article.  Author: Karen Miranda, ERP Consultant.

No one knows the importance of data backups than someone who has lost all of their data because they failed to put these measures in place, and if this is something that interests you, it might be a good idea to turn to a cloud partner for this specific purpose. Why opt for the services of a cloud company instead of the onsite option? The advantages are numerous, and getting to know each one can guide you in making the right decision.

Cost Effective

One of the biggest benefits of opting for a cloud partner to assist you with backups is that this is actually one of the most cost effective methods on the market. The alternative is to conduct all of your backups on your own, but this means investing in a costly server (or servers) so that you have enough space to store everything. Instead of going through all this trouble, you can simply opt for cloud storage that is quick, simple and will cost you a fraction of what you would have had to paid in the event that you took care of everything yourself...

Options for Service Providers and Data Centers

Contributed by Giridhar L V, VMUnify
 
We have been working with Service Providers since the inception of the product, VMUnify, and have had a chance to talk to a wide spectrum of them. While some of them are big data centers (Tier III and above) with setups in multiple locations, there have been some who have converted a portion of their office or have rented a smaller office say about 200 to 400 sq.ft to setup their own small data centers.

My view is that the smaller Service Providers will stop setting up their own DCs and instead look at other options.
 

The People Side of Cloud Computing

CloudCow Contributed Article.  Author: Justin Nemmers, VP of Marketing of CloudBolt Software, Inc.

The cloud-enabled enterprise fundamentally changes how personnel interact with IT. Users are more effective and efficient when they are granted on-demand access to resources, but these changes also alter the technical skill-sets that IT organizations need to effectively support, maintain, and advance their offerings to end users. Often, these changes are not always immediately obvious.

Automation may be the linchpin of cloud computing, but the IT staff’s ability to effectively implement and manage a cloud-enabled enterprise is critical to the IT organization’s success and relevance. Compounding the difficulties, all of the existing legacy IT systems rarely just “go away” overnight, and many workloads, such as large databases, either don’t cleanly map to cloud-provided infrastructure, or would be cost-prohibitive when deployed there. The co-existence of legacy infrastructure, traditional IT operations, and cloud-enabled ecosystems create a complicated dance that seasoned IT leadership and technical implementers alike must learn to effectively navigate.


Ready or not, here comes BYOD!

CloudCow Contributed Article. Author: Joanna Flis-Zwoinska, CEO of ComZetta.

We are currently witnessing technological advancement, which affects almost every aspect of life. Advanced solutions creep into our daily routines and change our habits. Furthermore, development of the services market and its advantage over the production sector is forcing us to change the ways and places in which we work.

BYOD is the response to these developments. Whether contemporary companies like it or not, this phenomenon is here to stay. You can fight it, but it's a much better idea to use it effectively. Already 89% of companies consent to connection of private devices into their corporate networks and accept their use in the company...
 

Cloud Brokers: Don't Buy One, Use a Cloud Manager to Be One

CloudCow Contributed Article.  Author: John Menkart, CEO of CloudBolt Software, Inc.

 
“Private clouds will become hybrid, and enterprise IT organizations will move beyond the role of hosting and managing IT capability to becoming brokers of IT sourcing - delivered in many ways.” wrote Thomas Bittman , VP Distinguished Gartner Analyst for the upcoming Gartner Webinar: Hybrid Clouds and Hybrid IT: The Next Frontier, Date: 03 October 2013.

The IT world is abuzz with the term “Cloud Broker.”  Seemingly every vendor wants your enterprise to buy “their Cloud Broker." The fact that they are so anxious to sell a Cloud Broker is in fact proof they don’t fully understand the meaning of the term.
 

Is Cloud Backup Safe?

CloudCow Contributed Article.  Author: Tracy Staniland, VP Marketing, Asigra

Yes. A famous military saying states that “amateurs study tactics; professionals study logistics.” Professionals in IT Operations study backup and recovery, and their central issue, of course, is making sure that a business’ vital data is protected from loss after any conceivable event.
 
In 1986, after a hard drive disaster, CEO David Farajun started Asigra to provide backup, recovery and restoration using a new model. That model, of moving data to offsite storage using networked services, has only now become trendy under the name “Cloud Backup.”
 

Cloudy with a Chance of Business Clarity: Navigating Cloud Computing & IT Service Management

CloudCow Contributed Article.  Author: Deney Dentel, CEO Nordisk Systems, Inc.

 

You must have been out of the picture of life for so long if you have not joined the wagon of cloud computing. For enterprise holders, the cloud can be a fairly crafty entity that lays bear several benefits. In the simplest case, it is a big thing for the IT fraternity since it means massive portable drives.

Cloud computing is the industry darling, which allows organizations to run all of its applications with a traditional corporate center of data. Targeted to improve system, making storage and access to data far easier, and ultimately cutting down costs, the cloud has expanded from a simple, promising concept all the way to being one of the rapidly growing portions of the new face of the IT industry.

History Will Show 2014 as The Year That Enterprises Determine Ownership Of The Cloud

CloudCow Contributed Article.  Author: Jennifer Gill, director, product marketing, Zerto

The cloud market is in a state of unrest. There are cloud computing, cloud storage, cloud enablement, cloud management and cloud services offerings, among others. This has pushed many organizations to spend 2013 trying to wade through the choices available for their IT needs, and these organizations are no doubt more confused now than when they started. The approaches to deploying the cloud are countless, and 2013 saw more messages on the benefits of the cloud than ever before, but those messages often contradicted one another. The good news is that 2014 is here, and that 12-month span will be the pivotal period where enterprises, not the cloud companies, determine the real direction of the cloud.

Why Some Enterprises Aren't Sold on the Cloud...Yet