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Ways You Use the Cloud Daily – Whether You Realize it or Not

The cloud is an amazing thing. It’s been around for years, and it still continues to amaze us. One of the most amazing things about the cloud is how much it has been integrated into our lives. In many cases, we don’t even realize we’re using the cloud. Here are a few ways we use the cloud every day without even realizing it. Checking your e-mail Most popular e-mail providers maintain your e-mails on their own servers. This is helpful to you because it means that you can access your e-mail from any computer anywhere, not just your personal machine, and it…

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Top 3 Applications for Big Data

Although the raw acquisition of big data remains an important part of marketing and analytics, this data application is the newest way to ensure you stay on the cutting edge of your industry. Here are some top applications for big data once it is acquired. Big Data Billboards Combining marketing analysis with direct marketing, some billboard companies use big data as a way to match ads to eyeballs. Big data takes full advantage of GPS readings and real-time traffic to determine the best time to show certain ads and how long to show them. Health Big data through the right app serves…

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The Future is SSD

SSDs (Solid State Drives) are a lot less likely to crash or fail than hard disk drives because they don’t contain the moving parts of HDDs. This lowers their probability of malfunctioning, since any malfunctioning moving part of an HDD could cause the whole drive to fail or crash. SSDs are also faster than HDDs, which improves your computer’s overall performance and significantly decreases loading times. This is especially critical when you’re constantly working with gigabyte-sized files on a regular basis (like high quality photography or video editing). Surprisingly, SSDs are now poised to become cheaper than HDDs due to new technology that…

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Taking the Buffet Approach to Cloud Computing

Few organizations survive without trial and error. What may work well today may not work tomorrow. While it is possible to build educated guesses on market fluctuations, no one knows the future. Uncertainty may be the reason companies have invested in a buffet style cloud computing approach. Why are organizations not focusing on one single approach? Development Life Cycle Changes Over 71% of cloud companies focused on DevOps, according to a RightScale study. This focus of DevOps, a combination of development and operations, is not to only build software. Instead DevOps looks to support that software through its natural life…

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Take Advantage of Big Data for Big Results!

The buzz word in the IT industry used to be virtualization. Virtualization changed the landscape of IT and server consolidations became very popular. Next, cloud computing became the hottest buzz word followed by our favorite term, Big Data. What exactly is Big Data and how can you benefit from it? Big Data by definition is simply information that cannot be processed or analyzed with traditional processes or tools. Basically, you have a vast amount of data but you really do not know how valuable it is because you have no mechanism to find out. Can you see the problem? According to an…

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Start Your Business Off Right with NAS (Network Attached Storage)

Although it may not be in demand right away, your need for storage as a business will grow. In the beginning, there is little data to work with and need stored, but it will change as weeks and months go by. Being ready for this new demand is essential, as opposed to handling it when the time comes. It is best to look into an affordable solution, especially when you are just starting your business as every bit of money you spend is money that you need to make back to begin succeeding and growing. Budget-friendly Storage It is hard…

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Speed Thrills – The Next Generation of SSD

“It wasn’t until I went to college and I got my first motorcycle that I understood the thrill of speed.”   -Vin Diesel Google wants to give your business a gigabit fiber connection to the Internet backbone, and Comcast is rolling out a claimed 2Gbps fiber network in Atlanta. In addition to these fiber offerings, the ever evolving DOCSIS specifications—already supporting 300Mbps (megabits per second)—will soon see speeds rivaling, or even topping, current fiber offerings. Besides pure network speed, the last few years have seen an explosion in connected devices with more devices now actively connected to the Internet than there are people on Earth….

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Servers vs Peer-to-Peer Networks for Small Businesses

Small businesses generally use one of two types of computer networks. These are the peer-to-peer network or the server-based network. For the very small business with up to about five computers, peer-to-peer is often used because they are inexpensive to set up. The employees using these computers typically work in close proximity and interact frequently. Connecting their computers together in this way allow them to conveniently share files and to use shared devices such as a printer. The Problems Of Peer-To-Peer However, even with as few as five computers (clients) on a peer-to-peer network, difficulties often arise. One of these…

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SAN (Storage Area Network) Global Market Sees Uptick

According to a recent report from IT-Online, the global market for SAN (Storage Area Network)equipment grew three percent in 2014, to $2.5 billion. After a decline in 2013, demand returned for equipment built to handle the server-to-storage-array of data center traffic, the report stated. The fourth quarter of the year saw growth of two percent, totaling $669 million and the demand for 16G and high performance solid-state drive storage increased. Infonetics Research’s director of data center, cloud, and SDN, Cliff Grossner, stated that it’s a market with a bright future, as 2x25GE ports begin shipping this year and a new era of cloud…

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Network Security: How Google Can Help Defend Against Sony-Style Hacking

You’re probably quite familiar by now how hackers, most likely from North Korea, broke into Sony’s network to steal confidential information, disrupt service, and cause general mayhem. You’re resigned to something like that happening to your business someday, thinking true security isn’t possible against determined criminals. Actually, there is something you can do and Google can help. Your first line of defense against any such intrusions consists of the hardware and software that you use to run your business. So before you buy any new devices or applications, take the time to research how adequate their built-in security features are….

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