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Where DigitalOcean Meets The Cloud

Where DigitalOcean Meets The Cloud

Venture Capital Firm Andreessen Horowitz Secures $37 Million for DigitalOcean    DigitalOcean is a fast-growing startup that provides cloud hosting services to small developers at a cheaper rate than major cloud computing providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure.  In August 2013, DigitalOcean raised $3.2 million. Already that $3.2 million investment has run…

Smartphones, Tablets Spurring Cloud Innovations

Smartphones, Tablets Spurring Cloud Innovations

Smartphones, Tablets Spurring Cloud Innovations Experts predict that the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices will continue to drive innovations in cloud computing, paving the path for new applications geared toward the retail consumer. Mobile devices offer people the chance to use readily available tools for a wide variety of data and communications…

Maryland Lawmakers Considering Limitations On School Cloud Providers

Maryland Lawmakers Considering Limitations On School Cloud Providers

Maryland Lawmakers Considering Limitations on School Cloud Providers The House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to hear today a measure that would prevent cloud providers from using student data for most commercial purposes. The measure, which is similar to recently approved legislation in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Arizona would prohibit…

Investment In Chinese Cloud Continues To Grow

Investment In Chinese Cloud Continues To Grow

Investment In Chinese Cloud Continues To Grow With the Chinese government focused on enhancing the country’s capabilities in cloud computing, United States-based organizations including Intel have opted to invest in several promising cloud providers. Intel’s venture capital arm this week announced plans to invest funds in Wuxi China Cloud Technology Service, a cloud infrastructure provider;…

Steps For Migrating Data, Applications To The Cloud

Steps For Migrating Data, Applications To The Cloud

Steps for Migrating Data, Applications to the Cloud As more companies move additional data and business applications to the cloud, chief information officers continue to develop recommendations to simplify the migration process. CIOs, especially those who manage enterprise-class operations, note that project management is key to a successful migration of applications and data to the…

Government Agencies Struggling To Meet Objectives Of Cloud First Mandate

Government Agencies Struggling To Meet Objectives Of Cloud First Mandate

Government Agencies Struggling to Meet Objectives of Cloud First Mandate Procurement red tape and a lack of trained personnel continue to plague federal departments and agencies in their efforts to comply with the directives of President Obama’s Cloud First mandate. The policy, issued by the federal government three years ago, requires all federal entities to…

More Distributors Considering Launch Into Cloud Services

More Distributors Considering Launch Into Cloud Services

A white paper released today by CompTIA indicates that many technology distributors are setting their sights on the cloud as a means of boosting their bottom line and enhancing value for their clients. According to CompTIA’s white paper The Role of IT Distribution in a Cloud World, most distributors recognize the huge market segment available…

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

A growing number of small and medium businesses in the United States rely on as a means of deploying mission-critical software products. Prior to the advent of cloud-based products — software solutions delivered over the Internet – companies were often forced to invest in servers and other products to run software and store data. The…

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2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey Results

2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey Results

Engine Yard Joins North Bridge Venture Partners, Gigaom Research and Industry Collaborators to Unveil 2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Results SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 25, 2014) – Engine Yard, the leading cloud application management platform, today announced its role as a collaborator in releasing the results of the fourth annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey,…

Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid: Which Cloud Is Right for Your Business?

Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid: Which Cloud Is Right for Your Business?

Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid The debate surrounding the deliverability of cloud computing is coming to a close. Businesses have begun to rapidly adopt the use of cloud services, courtesy the ROI this disruptive technology brings to the table. They have finally realized they cannot afford to ignore the cloud. A Forrester study found that…

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears  CIOs are tired of hearing about cloud computing concerns. They’ve spent years reading about how cloud resources are subject to risks, and wonder – what can they do to help people trust the cloud?  The truth is that despite being a hot issue for years, the topic of…

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry If you start talking about big data to someone who is not in the industry, they immediately conjure up images of giant warehouses full of servers, staff poring over page after page of numbers and statistics, and some big brother-esque official sat in a huge government building…

The History Of Back-Ups

The History Of Back-Ups

The History of Back-Ups There’s no doubt about it – we are spoilt. With external hard-drives, CDs, USB memory sticks, SD cards, online storage and multiple devices with vast memories we can save, access and back up our data more easily and more efficiently than ever before. (Image Source: Maxim Yurin, SoftLogica)  It’s not always been…


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The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

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