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Free File And Video Hosting For Small Business

Free File and Video Hosting For Small Business

Are you looking for a way to store, share, or retrieve your data at any time, from anywhere on the web? Do you want to host video or other files on your websites fast and easy for free? Now you can do it yourself with cloud computing. With the ability to share and host video, cloud computing gives you, your website or anyone you desire a reliable, secure, and fast access to video, pictures, files and other content. When you use cloud computing to host your online data it will maximize benefits and pass those benefits onto clients and individuals which will help expand your business.

People have become comfortable using services such as Amazon S3 and YouTube to upload files and videos and host or have the content published on websites or blog posts ect. Amazon S3 is a pay service and YouTube is free although is it a social community that encourages engagement. Sometimes you need a way to host content or video without using go between providers.

What You Should Be Doing!

Now there is a free and easy way to host and share your online data. Cloud computing services are competing for your business. They want to offer highly beneficial features at no cost hoping you will ultimately sign up for paid storage. The services offered are expansive and abundant, so even if you find that you have reached your free threshold amount of storage, you can opt to purchase more or just sign up for another free service offering the same thing.  Just think of all you can do when you upload files:

  • Share large files
  • Send large files
  • Email large files
  • Embed files
  • Collaborate real time with co-workers, family or friends
  • Upload video
  • Free video hosting
  • Upload pictures
  • Free picture hosting
  • Upload music
  • Upload files
  • And much much more

Grow Your Business

We are in an age where sharing content is critical to businesses to thrive. Online being an extensive medium for small businesses and individuals to flourish. Being seen and heard will certainly grow your business. Use these new technologies to your advantage. They will only improve with time. Cloud computing offers free large file uploads, ability to send large files, share video where you can manage, control and update when you want or need to.

Decide on a Service

Once you have researched the many features available and decided on a cloud computing service is right for you; There are many out their (Google Drive, SkyDrive, DropBox, Amazon Cloud, iCloud and much more) you can upload your files which makes it organized to manage and edit from anywhere. Services are normally compatible with PCs, Smartphones, iPhone, and iPad.

Options to Share

Next you have options in the way you share. Unlike Facebook when you share pictures that everyone in your friends group can see the picture, with cloud computing you have the option to share with who you want and when you want. You can give access to have the person edit and collaborate on content if you want or just have them view. For a file or content all you have to do is select a file and send as an email to select individuals.

Another option is to make a file, video or picture public and send a hyperlink of the file. In effect you will be sharing the file so there is no upload time involved and the receiver doesn’t have to be signed up with the cloud service you utilize. The person in effect will see your file. You can choose to have them edit or simply view your choice!

One of the best options is to embed the file. You can embed a file or video right to your website, blog or other. Some services do have files size limitations but you shouldn’t have much of a problem because they services are so competitive that many of them are expanding their maximum thresholds to stay viable.

The Wrap Up!

Get organized, join a cloud computing service, start uploading and use the free file and video hosting for your small business.

Are you already using cloud computing in a unique way? Let us know in the comments below!

Guest Post By Kevin Murtha,

Kevin Murtha is a leading specialist and aficionado on cloud computing who enjoys all things technology. He is also the editor in chief at his creative blog – NittyGrittyCloud which shares new, exciting, and informative discoveries related to cloud computing.

Cloud-surfing Can Pay Big Dividends For Your Business

Cloud-surfing can pay big dividends for your business through lower costs and enhanced service

In the never-ending search for competitive advantage, Cloud-based services like a Hosted PBX business telephone system can offer business owners and managers new opportunities for cost savings and service improvements that can help strengthen their market position.  A Hosted PBX allows businesses of nearly any size to have a state-of-the-art telephone service with minimal or no investment in equipment. Much like web-based email, the technology is well established and well-known to the business community.

Moving Your Phone Service to the Cloud Can Free Up Working Capital – and Your Employees

With a Hosted PBX solution, the service provider “hosts” the equipment and manages the network, freeing your  business from the need to purchase and maintain an on-premise PBX system.  A Hosted PBX system also provides significant, long-term savings, with an impressive set of features and greatly simplified management and configuration.

A Hosted PBX also makes it possible for employees to work from home, remote offices, cell phones or even overseas while still being connected to the same office telephone service. The technology allows for video conferencing, which makes remote collaboration more effective than ever.  Thanks to the virtual nature of the service, companies looking to cut down on office and vehicle costs can easily de-centralize without customers ever hearing the difference.  All employees are still connected to each other as if they were in the same physical office space.

The Hosted PBX solution offers significant advantages

Traditional on-site PBX systems, despite their often prohibitive costs, cannot match the advanced feature set of a Hosted PBX solution.  In addition to standard features such as auto-attendants with professional greetings, voicemail to e-mail and North American long-distance calling, a Hosted PBX gives companies who use their phones intensively the ability to go deeper.  With hunt groups, find-me/follow-me capability and time-based behaviors, the Hosted PBX is highly flexible.

For call centers and contact centers, which handle high call volume, the advantages can be even greater.  Advanced call queuing and skill-based routing help managers ensure the right agent always gets the call.   Ongoing reporting and performance tracking is made vastly more efficient with detailed, granular reports that managers can export at any time.  These reports include mission-critical metrics, such as number of calls answered and unanswered, average time to answer, average hold time and much more.

Through a user-friendly web interface, users with administrative access can easily modify nearly any aspect of the service.  Modifying an on-site PBX, for comparison, is considerably more complex and typically requires a service visit from a technician.

Make sure you have the right ingredients in place before you get on the cloud

Business owners considering  a move to a Hosted PBX, option need to ensure they have the following to enable the transition:
•       Internet connection: with ample bandwidth for all staff using the phones.
•       Network equipment.  At a minimum you’ll need a business-grade router capable of serving multiple employees.  An unmanaged switch can expand the number of available ports, if required.  Most Hosted PBX providers sell or recommend appropriate network equipment.
•       Phones designed for Hosted PBX service.  Again, nearly all providers sell recommended models.
•       Power over Ethernet and battery backup: optional, but recommended for systems where constant phone connectivity is mission-critical.
•       Network/IT provider: optional.  Although not required for smaller and simpler systems, or deployments on which the customer is technically capable, an IT professional can be a powerful resource in a larger build-out.

With these relatively simple requirements, SMEs can quickly start enjoying the benefits of a sophisticated telephone system without the need to make costly investments in telephone equipment.

By Adam Simpson

Adam Simpson is Founder and CEO of Easy Office Phone

Established in 2005, Easy Office Phone provides Business VoIP and Hosted PBX service to companies and organizations of all sizes throughout North America.

Capgemini And EMC Extend Global Strategic Alliance

Capgemini And EMC Extend Global Strategic Alliance

To Enable Brazilian Businesses with Next-Generation Cloud Solutions  

PARIS, FRANCE, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, HOPKINTON, Mass. – February 7, 2013

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, and EMC, the global leader in private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructure technologies, today announced the expansion of their global alliance with a strategic go-to-market agreement to expand operations in Brazil. The two companies have committed to work collaboratively to deliver customer value through the implementation of next-generation cloud solutions.

Responding to the strong demand for cloud-based solutions in Latin America, Capgemini and EMC will deliver a portfolio of end-to-end As-a-Service cloud offerings designed for specific vertical market segments. Working closely with EMC, a new dedicated Integrated Solutions business unit will be operated by Capgemini Brasil to bring these innovative cloud solutions to the Brazilian market providing the needed technological infrastructure expertise. The As-a-Service solutions will be aimed at delivering more agile and cost-efficient cloud IT solutions, designed to meet customers’ unique business challenges, requirements and service level agreements for specific vertical market segments, decreasing the need for capital expenditures and increasing the alignment of IT costs to consumption.

The Integrated Solutions business unit will focus on the creation of value-added services standardized on EMC technology and As-a-Service cloud solutions to enable and expand the range of options for IT organizations seeking to gain business agility without sacrificing trust and control in their cloud computing.

The integrated cloud-based services will focus on vertical markets including agribusiness and banking and will include:

  • ·         Foundational services such as

1.     Storage as a Service

2.     Backup as a Service

3.     Archive as a Service

  • ·         Transformational services including

1.     SAP as a Service (SAPaaService®)

2.     Testing Platform as a Service (TPaaService) and,

3.     Enterprise Content Management as a Service (ECMaaS)

According to IDC, Latin America continues to reflect significant growth in IT spending, with increasingly high demand for cloud-based solutions and a high degree of spending around infrastructure services. “Revenues in Brazil Public Cloud will submit a CAGR of 72.8% during the period between 2011-2015, reaching a total value of US$ 798 MM in 2015. IaaS market, with a CAGR of 72.4% (2011-2015) will be responsible for US$ 362 MM in 2015, while contracts on SaaS will reach US$ 370 MM with a CAGR of approximately 77.7% over the period between 2011 to 2015. These two markets will be responsible for 92% revenue with Public Cloud in Brazil in 2015″.[1]  The upcoming 2014 Fifa World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics are also expected to drive a significant volume of both public and private sector IT infrastructure investments to Brazil.

Capgemini’s relationship with EMC dates back to 2002 when the companies began offering joint pay-as-you-go storage services. Capgemini has been an EMC Global Alliance Partner since the program’s inception in 2008. The two companies formed a strategic alliance in 2011, with the aim of driving significant growth through the joint development of next-generation, cloud-based solutions. This new addition to that alliance extends the strategic partnership of the two companies to leverage their expertise to enable geographic, vertical and emerging markets growth, first in Brazil, before rolling out similar approaches in other markets.

Both companies have a long history of commitment to and investment in Brazil. EMC first entered the Brazil market in 1992 via third party distribution and opened a Brazilian subsidiary in 1997. Since 2008 EMC has  invested in manufacturing and research and development facilities in Brazil. In 2011 EMC announced plans to establish a new R&D center which is currently under construction in Rio de Janeiro primarily focused on the acquisition, analysis, collaboration and visualization of seismic data generated by the oil and gas industry. Capgemini has been present in Brazil since the 1970s through its BPO practice and in October 2010 Capgemini acquired a majority stake in CPM Braxis which formed in 2007 as a result of a merger of two Brazilian services providers (CPM, founded in 1982 and Braxis founded in 2006) which became Capgemini Brasil in October 2012 (held through a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini SA). Under the new partnership agreement, Capgemini Brasil will continue to serve the Brazil market as a reseller of EMC assets and a member of the EMC Velocity Solution Provider Program.

Executive Quotes:

Jean-Claude Viollier, Corporate Vice President, Head of Global Channels and Partners, Capgemini:

EMC’s commitment in Capgemini Brasil is a key milestone in the strategic alliance between our companies. As the fourth largest IT services provider in Brazil, we have witnessed a shift in IT spending patterns as our customers here move to a more service-based cloud approach to IT procurement. Through this initiative we will be able to leverage EMC’s market leading technology to drive significant growth through innovative joint IT solutions that deliver exceptional value and help accelerate the cloud-enabled journey for clients in Brazil.”

Terry Breen, Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, EMC:

“EMC is dedicated to providing customers a wide spectrum of choice in cloud services, which places Service Providers at the core of our hybrid cloud strategy. Working in tight formation with Capgemini Brasil will enable us to continue to bring EMC’s industry-leading infrastructure technology to market to help our customers capitalize on the value derived from trusted, flexible and agile cloud solutions.”

About Capgemini

With more than 120,000 people in 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2011 global revenues of EUR 9.7 billion (approximately $13.5 billion USD). Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore ®, its worldwide delivery model.

Capgemini Brasil

In 2010, the Capgemini Group acquired CPM Braxis, which had been successfully operating in Brazil for more than 30 years. Later in 2012 CPM Braxis Capgemini was newly rebranded Capgemini Brasil. Capgemini in Brazil employs 7,800 people and serves over 200 clients, offering four main service lines: Applications Services, Infrastructure Services and Products and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

Learn more about us at www.br.capgemini.com.

Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini.

About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset – information – in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com

Source: Capgemini

5 Cloud Computing Advantages For The Healthcare Industry

5 Cloud Computing Advantages For The Healthcare Industry

5 Cloud Computing Advantages for the Healthcare Industry

Cloud computing technologies are on the rise in the healthcare industry. Although their adoption is held back by regulatory initiatives and security concerns, the cloud computing market in healthcare is expected to grow to $5.4 billion by 2017.  This is the conclusion of the “Healthcare Cloud Computing (Clinical, EMR, SaaS, Private, Public, Hybrid) Market – Global Trends, Challenges, Opportunities & Forecasts (2012 – 2017) published by research firm Markets and Markets.

The health care environment is changing faster than ever before due to the demand of delivering higher quality medical services for less money, and increased competitively between health care services providers. Hospitals, research clinics, private health care institutions and doctors are looking for solutions to increase daily activities, efficiency and decrease their spending.

Cloud computing technologies, if implemented and used appropriately, have a response to all these requirements. Thus, cloud computing provides to the health care environment the opportunity to improve services for patients, to easily share information, to improve operational efficiency, and to streamline costs.

What advantages does cloud computing offer for the health care industry?

1.    Collaboration. In many cases specific information may be needed in two places, by different health services providers at the same time. Through cloud technologies, the information is synchronized and shared in real time.

2.    Speed. Cloud-based tools can upgrade and improve their features faster, less expensively and with minimal or no service interruption. Plus, cloud services enables faster access to important information for health services providers and their patients.

3.    Mobility. Each mobile app is backed up by a cloud infrastructure. By storing data and computing power in the cloud, health care services providers enable their staff to have access to information anywhere and anytime.

4.    Security and privacy. Cloud services providers are required to comply with many privacy standards such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).  Today there are several managed cloud providers offering HIPAA compliance.

5.    Decreased costs. There is no need for the health care institution and doctors to invest in hardware infrastructure and maintenance because these concerns are already taken care of by the cloud computing providers.

Although cloud computing offers significant advantages to the health care industry, it is still perceived by some as unsafe.. The most common concerns are those that make any other business, from any industry, be reluctant to adopting cloud technologies:  security and confidentiality of patient information, interoperability and compliance with government regulations.  These can all be overcome by doing your due diligence and selecting the right partners.

By Rick Blaisdell

Whitepaper: The Journey To Private Cloud

Whitepaper: The Journey To Private Cloud

The Journey to Private Cloud

Based on a recent Enterprise Management Associates® (EMA™) research study, the main reasons for adopting cloud computing, mentioned by 52%-62% of respondents, were as follows:

a) Agility: Accelerating service creation and provisioning
b) Performance and resiliency: Improving the performance and resiliency of business services
c) Resource optimization: Reducing operational and capital expense

Respondents mentioned a vast variety of enterprise applications – e-mail, CRM, VDI, custom applications, ERP, accounting, HR, telephony, and even mainframe-based application services – when asked what they were planning to host in the cloud. This response illustrates the importance that most companies place in the adoption of a cloud model. Organizations are looking for faster and more agile IT delivery models that help strengthen their positions in the marketplace. In today’s relentlessly competitive markets, the ability to rapidly build and provision well-performing and resilient business services at a reasonable cost can be seen as an essential strategic differentiator for the entire enterprise.

If this agility is not offered by the company’s internal IT organization, business stakeholders and developers look for the resources they require outside of the corporate data center. Growing corporate credit card bills for Amazon EC2 and other public cloud services are unambiguous evidence of this fact.

These public cloud solutions are not appropriate for every application from a compliance, security, and cost point of view. Moreover, without corporate IT governance, this new “shadow IT” may introduce performance and resiliency-related risks to business services.

To bring back users under corporate governance, the enterprise has to offer a service delivery model that is similar in speed and convenience to the one offered by the public cloud. Over time, most enterprises plan to embrace a hybrid cloud model – where IT becomes a broker of services, whether hosted in the private cloud or sourced through external cloud providers. As a first step, the majority of IT organizations today are focused on building their own private clouds.

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Virtualization, a Pre-condition for Cloud

Data center virtualization was heralded as a major step toward agility and efficiency of enterprise IT. However, progress was often been not as significant as expected. In many cases, overall resource utilization remained at the same approximately 20% as before these virtualization efforts. Provisioning speed often did not increase significantly either, as the traditional challenges of building new physical servers were replaced by a new set of management challenges. Physical server sprawl decreased, but the efficiency gains often were offset by virtual machine sprawl, as it suddenly became easy to spin up large numbers of virtual servers within short periods of time. Organizations were frequently overwhelmed with lifecycle management requirements for a rapidly increasing number of servers. And while virtual servers could be created quickly, this did not address the end-to-end provisioning process associated with new applications and business services. This management deficit frequently led to virtualization stall, where the IT department was unable to cope with the myriad of virtualization-related process management challenges.

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Tips In Choosing Disaster Recovery Solutions

Tips In Choosing Disaster Recovery Solutions

Remember the story of the legendary passenger ship the Titanic? It was said to be unsinkable and yet on its first voyage in April of 1912, it sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic after an encounter with an iceberg. It may be over a hundred years later, but “infallible” products still cease to exist. This holds especially true with computers – the overall complexity of one of today’s simple laptop computers is arguably as complex as the human body. Unless proper care is maintained of computer systems, a failure can cripple an organization. This is why it is extremely important to ensure that appropriate measures are taken with systems that manage crucial business data.

A wide variety of back-up solutions are available for every size business in any industry. The most important first step to take is to formulate a plan. Even small businesses should have a solid plan for retaining and recovery data. It can start with a few simple questions:

  • How much data has my organization collected up until this point in time?
  • How much is it the data worth and what funds can be allocated to preventive maintenance?
  • What is my current system for storing and backing-up data?

Starting with small businesses, there are a broader range of options that can effectively serve data back-up needs. Some of the most ideal solutions today can be found with NAS – simply backing data up to an external storage system that is easily accessible is a good solution for some. Simple NAS devices parallel methods some larger industries use to retain and back-up information. However, NAS and simple USB external drives can all still fail. If this is the solution chosen, it’s important to maintain a regular back-up schedule, preferably some automated system, and also to check the health of the device as part of routine maintenance. Perhaps the best solution is to use an online back-up service such as Carbonite, SugarSync or Dropbox. These are great solutions that can scale from a small amount of storage offered for free up to many terabytes.

Businesses that have multiple locations as well as those that fall into the midsized business category may be able to use certain online services to retain data but there are hardware solutions that may better serve the company’s needs. If there is already an existing IT infrastructure it could potentially hold files for legacy software which still have value for a business. Preconfigured data storage systems like NorStor NS2000 from Nordisk are designed to integrate with an existing system in order to handle data storage for all types of files.

Large businesses that are not operating from a public cloud have many different solutions like redundant RAID arrays that automate data mirroring and hard drive rebuilding. This is probably the most effective way to ensure business continuity and protect against data loss. Of course, certain disasters can wipe out an entire machine, so extra caution should be taken, perhaps in further backing data to a remote location. Remember to keep an eye out for icebergs – it never hurts to have extra resources for back-up and recovery if it fits the budget.

By Deney Dentel,

Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc. Nordisk Systems is the only local IBM Premier Business Partner based in the Pacific Northwest, specialized in all IT solutions  including cloud computing services, disaster recovery, servers manged service, storage and virtualization.

Coca-Cola Bottling Company Quenches Its Thirst For Spend Optimization With Coupa

Coca-Cola Bottling Company Quenches Its Thirst For Spend Optimization With Coupa

Coupa Brings Mobility and Unparalleled Adoption to Hundreds of Users

SAN MATEO, Calif. – February 5, 2013 – Coupa Software, the leader of cloud-based spend optimization solutions, today announced that Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (NASDAQ:COKE), the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, has successfully rolled out its Coupa implementation. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) decided to swap out its legacy e-procurement platform and chose Coupa for its requisition to order process and for importing invoice information into one of its existing systems.

When evaluating spend optimization solutions, CCBCC really wanted a platform that would support mobile users in the field who rely heavily on iPads and iPhones to conduct business. They had poor user adoption rates with their legacy procurement solution, and they desired a much more intuitive solution that would boost adoption. Coupa supported all of CCBCC’s requirements for its 1,200-person user base. Coupa is also seamlessly integrated to Coca-Cola Bottling’s SAP ERP platform.

Our goal at CCBCC is to make, sell and deliver products better than anyone else in our market,” said Patrick Hopkins, procurement director of CCBCC. “Coupa is one of the technology solutions that is critical for us to sustain that goal. We had a very smooth transition to Coupa which is exactly what you want to see with the deployment of any new technology.”

When the deployment went live, CCBCC users were up and running almost instantly,” said Ravi Thakur, vice president, Services, Customers Success and Adoption for Coupa. “The support phones were quiet on day one, which is a testament to the ease-of-use of Coupa’s platform, and iPhone and iPad users immediately started placing orders for items they needed to keep their operations flowing. With such a successful rollout, we know that CCBCC is on its way to gaining better control over its procurement processes.”

About Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) is the nation’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. They make, market, sell and distribute Coca-Cola products along with other unique beverages. CCBCC holds cola beverage agreements and allied beverage agreements, under which it produces, distributes, and markets beverage products of The Coca-Cola Company. The company also distributes and markets still beverages of The Coca-Cola Company, such as POWERade, vitaminwater, and Minute Maid Juices To Go, as well as produces, distributes, and markets Dasani water products under still beverage agreements. In addition, it holds agreements to produce and market Dr. Pepper products and various other products, including Monster energy products and Sundrop. CCBCC sells and distributes its products directly to retail stores and other outlets, including food markets, institutional accounts, and vending machine outlets with annual revenues over $1.5B.

About Coupa Software
Founded in 2006, Coupa Software is the leading provider of cloud-based spend optimization software. More than 300 customers in 40 countries use the Coupa purchasing and procurement software to amplify their spend power and reduce spending costs up to 11 percent. Only Coupa provides a true suite of cloud applications that enables customers to launch the solution immediately and quickly realize significant savings. Learn more at: http://www.coupa.com or call 650.931.3200. Read more at our company blog, Making Cents, or follow @Coupa on Twitter.

Source: Coupa/Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

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