By Kirill Bensonoff, founder and CEO of ComputerSupport and Unigma
The market for cloud computing continues to grow and defy all expectations.
Startups are starting to slow down, but the big three - Amazon, Microsoft and
Google - reported excellent earnings last quarter. Who exactly are “The Big
Three”? Who are the others? What do MSPs need to know in order to take
advantage of, and succeed in, the Cloud Wars?
Who Are The Players?
Amazon Web Services was an early entrant in the public cloud market, which
allowed it to dominate the space. As Gartner stated in its Magic quadrant,
AWS's customer base is diverse and covers a broad range of use cases,
including enterprise and mission critical applications. It is currently the
market leader and has over 10 times more compute capacity in use than that of
all the 14 other providers combined.
Microsoft Azure is the second bi... (more)
Every successful company hits growing pains at some point along the way. One
of the most harrowing for IT is the transition from the "build it quick!"
startup mindset to the more structured and stable mentality of a mid-stage
For VIIAD Systems, a healthcare technology company that is reinventing how
healthcare information flows, our transition from startup to mid-stage was
marked by a transition from a physical, bare metal solution to a private
We had been experiencing an almost overwhelming influx of business over the
last two years, which was both a blessing and a challenge. Like many small
businesses, we had pieced together our infrastructure over the years, which
eventually resulted in an expensive and "clunky" solution. Upgrading our
systems was a daunting task, and we were concerned that any downtime to
critical systems would be crushing to ... (more)
Smoothly Gliding from Public to On-Premise Cloud Services
By Raju Chellaton, SVP and Global Head – Cross Business Units, Happiest
A brilliant business often starts with an entrepreneur dreaming up a
fantastic business idea. Most entrepreneurs at the beginning of their
journeys are often strapped for cash, and according to a recent study, 95% of
seed-stage founders thought it would either remain the same or get harder to
raise money. Even access to Angel funds at the very start (idea stage) is
Startups want to sprout their ideas fast, and the last thing they want is
to spend their time and energy is to find the ground, dig the soil, remove
the weeds before sowing the seed, and water it till the idea breathes life.
What I mean here is that it is absolutely unnecessary for the entrepreneurs
(who want to surprise the customer in are... (more)
Everyone is talking about the Cloud, whether on the news or in advertisements
from top-tier tech companies, such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple. More
important, the small and medium business (SMB) community has embraced the
Cloud. Specifically, more than half of SMBs in the US currently use cloud
storage, according to a new survey from Clutch.
Cloud storage's increased popularity in the SMB market arises from the
numerous benefits the service offers, such as the reduced cost of data
storage, backup and recovery, improved workforce productivity from file
sharing and collaboration, and additional disaster protection. These factors
make cloud storage appealing to SMBs and will increase the rate of cloud
storage service adoption in 2016.
1. A Better Bottom Line: Cloud Storage Cuts Costs for Small Businesses
Cloud storage services reduce the cost of storing data for SMBs.... (more)
Should You Move SharePoint Data to the Cloud or Keep it in-house?
When Microsoft SharePoint first hit the market in 2001, it was clunky but
offered new tricks that could help businesses in ways previously unseen
in easily accessible software.
The release of 2007 really ramped-up SharePoint's features and improved
usability, and organizations salivated at the prospect of project
collaboration, centrally-managed content, automation of processes, and
web-based report publication. Meanwhile, the eyes of company directors lit
up with cartoon dollar signs at the thought of the increased productivity
SharePoint would bring.
The sell-in to gatekeepers was made that much easier
by SharePoint's user-friendly look and feel; the familiar Office-like
interface resonated with baby boomer executives who'd only recently leapt
into the 21st century via Microsoft applications like O... (more)
PlexHosted, a developer of robust managed cloud-hosting solutions for better
enterprise collaboration, today unveiled enhanced cloud offerings solutions
for business, ensuring the cloud is both practical and affordable to
organizations of all sizes.
Cloud migration can be daunting for small and mid-sized businesses,
especially when faced with expensive service offerings from large vendors and
filled with capabilities they don't need. PlexHosted's new hosting solutions
provide the same quality of management as larger vendors, but at a much more
PlexHosted's new standalone farms start at $279 per month, which is 10% less
than its nearest competitor. It's two-tier farms (from $628), three-tier
farms (from $877), and HA farms (from $1,799) also all show significant
savings from average market prices. Those fees include 24/7 server(s) and
services mon... (more)
PaaS is the acronym for Platform as a Service, a cloud service solution used
to provide a development environment through which developers can create web
applications, without focusing on what there is behind the scenes: hardware,
operating system, development environment or other low-level services already
installed and configured. Not working at low level allows you to reduce the
costs involved with the development platform, both at the beginning when
starting a new development project, and also over time, when maintaining that
The most recent PaaS solutions include not only a development environment for
web applications, but also the development of mobile applications. A few of
these tools are focused on a specific area, such as collaboration, business
process management, content management, data entry, and mobile. Gartner has
provided an interestin... (more)