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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)

Smoothly Gliding from Public to On-Premise Cloud Services By @RajuChellaton | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Smoothly Gliding from Public to On-Premise Cloud Services By Raju Chellaton, SVP and Global Head – Cross Business Units, Happiest Minds Technologies 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 generally uncommon. 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)

Cloud Storage and Small Businesses | @CloudExpo #Cloud #IoT #BigData

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)

Case Study: Cloud Transitions Done Right By @VIIAD | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

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 business. 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 cloud. 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)

Should You Move SharePoint Data to the Cloud By @ProfessionalAdv | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

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 Unveils New Cloud Offerings to Enhance Collaboration

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 attractive price. 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)

A PaaS Tool on the Google Cloud

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 environment. 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)