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Iowa Campus Swaps Telephone For Cloud VOIP

Iowa Campus Swaps Telephone For Cloud VOIP

Iowa Campus Swaps Telephone For Cloud VOIP

Traditionally, campuses would vaunt thousands of cell phone sets with equivalent switchboards and Iowa University has not been an exception to the rule, with its eight thousand handsets. Now, courtesy of cloud infrastructure that is creeping into its communication system, the institution of higher learning has a one-month marathon of trading old phones for VoIP-enabled devices. This means reducing the communication expenditure by six hundred thousand dollars per annum. This will also improve the way phone communication becomes an integral part of a larger network rather than just meaning a single device per office.

How the VoIP will Work

The university intends to replace telephone machines on the racks and bring in the cheaper yet efficient cloud calling system. The first advantage of the system is that it will forward, on an automated basis, calls to mobile devices of the staff. This will reduce the costly switchboard system of referencing with an operator. Secondly, the platform will upgrade the sketchy nucleus of communication in the campus. It will bring up a central calling ‘fabric’ as the management is referring to the platform. This will be the start of an integral web-based learning system which relies on one-on-one video or telephony connections.

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Apparently, this will also be the beginning of overboard communication network with other campuses, courtesy of the cloud Internet provider that the university has hired for the transition job. The online company serves a consortium of two hundred and twenty United States’ institutions of higher learning, and tens of state-based and federal companies. Thus, the will oversee the embracing of not only an advanced communication system but one that brings in the community around, automatically.

The replacement, so far, is going ahead of its feasibility period. Though Iowa campus intends to swap the systems at a thousand handsets, each seven days, as of June 17, it has nevertheless already replaced more than that number for the cloud system. This would mean that it is likely that the new framework will soon be in use.

Though there will be an installation phase of Internet cables throughout the campus, it is through the magic of technology that this development will not have an effect on wireless installations in the halls of residence. Usually, many campuses around the United States allow uncharged internet on boarding rooms where the learners can use their phones to make calls over the web. The company at the center of the transfer will use its technical expertise to overcome interference hitches that can botch up existing communication lines.

The Iowa example is a brilliant manifestation of how Internet and cloud-based communication channels are rapidly taking over the traditional threshold of the telephone. Now, transitioning between a cell phone and the web during a voice call is an automatic function that requires no troubleshooting. The cloud aspect means more institutions and community centers can exchange data over the interconnected line without resulting to handsets on desks. Cloud systems where a single university offers its library database to a consortium of neighboring campuses has been in vogue in the US for the last decade. This is after the integration of VoIP, cloud servers and campus databases to facilitate library information at cheap rates, with 24/7 access.

By John Omwamba

Misconceptions Traits Of Cloud Computing Services

Misconceptions Traits Of Cloud Computing Services

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There will always be naysayer. Every time a new technology emerges, it’s soon followed by a long line of anti-supporters. Cloud computing services is no different. It’s new. It’s trendy. It threatens the business model of some companies so drastically, that many misconceptions have been perpetrated to try and debunk cloud computing and force clients back to traditional methods of computing.

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Cloud Computing is Unreliable

A truly cloud computing system, one that has been properly designed and correctly executed, has many layers of redundancy built in. The network is constantly backed up. Most are self-replicating, ensuring that every bit of data is preserved in the event of a disaster. Cloud computing services by its very nature was conceived to increase reliability and availability to customers. Access to the data stored in the cloud relies on a connection to the network, usually the Internet, and the reliability of that connection can have a negative impact on the accessibility of the data in the cloud.

Remote Network Access

Cloud computing does require some type of remote access to the network. Such a connection is often supplied via the internet, but private options, such as a direct line to an off-the-grid cloud service can also be used. The reliability of the connections has a direct impact on the usefulness of the cloud. A connection that is unstable or not always available my give the impression that the cloud based service is malfunctioning. In fact, the cloud service is operating perfectly; it’s the user’s connection the cloud that is experiencing fault.

On Demand

The real advantage of cloud computing is its on-demand nature. Services can be scaled up to satisfy a sudden increase in network traffic. Likewise it can be scaled down during times of low traffic to conserve resources, which can help reduce operating costs. Cloud based systems are an ideal on-demand system. They can change size almost instantly to meet the needs of the users.

Self-service

Many modern cloud-based services have evolved to allow a certain level of self-service for the end users. Not only does this allow a user greater control over their cloud service, but it enables the users to make adjustments to their service without the need to contact their service provider directly. While the changes that a user can make are limited, as to avoid a situation where the client lacks the expertise required for a certain change, the ability to self-service the cloud service can be a big benefit to some companies.

By Deney Dentel,

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Deney Dentel is the CEO at Nordisk Systems, Inc., a managed and cloud computing service provider company in Portland, OR. Deney is the only localised and authorised IBM business partner in Pacific Northwest. You can also follow him on LinkedIn.

The Mobile Cloud App Infrastructure: Centralizing Apps Across Mobile Platforms

The Mobile Cloud App Infrastructure: Centralizing Apps across Mobile Platforms

There are currently two leading Mobile operating systems in the market – the Android OS by Google, and the iOS by Apple. These two OS’s dominate the mobile market while Android is currently holding the larger market share of the two. But in terms of device proliferation, iOS holds that crown as all the devices using it are made by Apple while the Android market is fragmented with different devices from various manufacturers with very different hardware specifications, not to mention all the different flavors and versions of Android currently in wide use. We also have our holders of the smaller shares of the pie, Windows Phone (previously Windows Mobile) and the Blackberry 10 OS.

This fragmentation means that not everyone will be able to enjoy the same applications unless they have been ported to their respective mobile platforms. And this is tedious work; developers have to change a lot of features and functions because of the type of processor, screen size, and other hardware and platform specific quirks to make a proper port. This is especially true for business applications until fairly recently. They usually supported only a single platform and those that adopt this application are forced to adopt the platform as well. For a while, this proprietary nature has been used by the platform vendors themselves to sell their platform. But the status quo right now is that multiplatform is the best way to go for any application, which allows it to penetrate a wider market audience.

So how can we go multi-platform in today’s mobile environment considering the fragmentation we have? The answer is obviously Cloud Computing. All of these mobile platforms share something in common – the ability to get on the internet. We require a common Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) that is available on all mobile platforms. Mobile applications can run on the Cloud and accessed through the MEAP, allowing everyone to have a common ground in mobile application consumption.

Another method is to use HTML5. Since all platforms have full browser capabilities, or at least close to it, HTML5 can become the common ground where developers create their apps and not worry about device-specific quirks. This is mainly because of HTML5’s ability to scale to any screen size and processor because it is a common standard that everybody will be implementing on their mobile platforms.

The future of Cloud Computing rests partly on the mobile market, and for companies and businesses to be successful in this space, the would need to think in the Cloud and go multiplatform so that they get a shot at the whole market rather than just a piece of it.

By Abdul Salam

Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart

Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart

Invisible Computing: How Cloud Is Forcing Software And Hardware Apart

By 2018, Gartner predicts that 70 per cent of professionals will conduct their work on personal mobile devices, enabled by the revolutionary concept of cloud computing.

Cloud computing essentially separates software from the logical functionality of local hardware. In other words, instead of needing computing power to be housed locally, major computing functions will instead be accessible from afar, usually via the Internet.

The obvious benefit here is that risk of ownership of software is eliminated, as well as the need to hire in-house resources to service them.

What will this do to the market?

In the case of hardware, cloud computing is likely to open the market up by lowering barriers to entry for manufacturing. The recent emergence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace presents renewed scope and opportunity for the hardware market, as by 2016, 38 per cent of businesses expect to stop providing devices to staff, allowing them instead to select their own.

The real question is how cloud computing will fundamentally alter the landscape of the software market. Ever since computers have been adopted for wide scale use in offices, the market has largely operated in the same way. That is to say, businesses have always owned the software that they use.

The switch to cloud computing poses major challenges for software providers in that:

  • They will need to reconsider how their products are designed to ensure optimum functionality via cloud hosting, and;

  • They will need to deal with hugely disruptive business model changes; the lump-sum software sales prices and annual maintenance fees that software creators are used to will have to be converted into monthly subscription fees, distributed at a different pace to what they’re accustomed to.

In addition, customers will pay only for the software and service they actually use, rather than licensing the whole package. What isn’t yet clear is the extent of these financial implications for software providers.

What will this mean for business?

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Businesses will effectively be shifting expense from capital to operational, typically with little to no upfront costs. They will also save considerable time and space by no longer needing to house and maintain their own server.

But perhaps more interestingly, as software drifts apart from hardware, businesses’ ability to map infrastructure will become a thing of the past. In fact, when software is accessed via cloud services, activity will take place in a highly abstract space. This is quite revolutionary for business practise and is already raising questions of security.

Cybercriminals are always one step ahead in developing new ways to abuse the online community, and experts predict that cloud computing will be no different. However, well-established Hosting providers should be able to make assurances about their security policy and when implemented with due care, cloud-based technology can offer a wealth of benefits to the business world.

By Ali Raza,

This guest blog is written by Ali Raza on behalf of http://www.interoute-iam.com. Ali is a very keen blogger and writes content to please the audience and to add value to their lives. In his free time, Ali likes to get things ticked off from his bucket list.

How The Cloud Would Have Been Sold If It Was Invented In The…

How The Cloud Would Have Been Sold If It Was Invented In The…

How The Cloud Would Have Been Sold If It Was Invented In The…

1) 1970s

It is the super jam, it is super fly, it can store your super needs, and it is dy-no-mite. Let me ask you, what are you using to store all your Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Al Green Albums? A cardboard box you found at the back of a liquor store? Please that is for the squares and geeks and not the soulful man or foxy lady that your really are. Let me tell you about another righteous box that will take you from being foul to funky.

1970s

This cloud can hold on to all your music, photos, movies, papers, or whatever you heart desires. Plus, when you want it just snap your fingers and BAM you got it no matter where you are. The cloud will find you and give you what you need over the freshest web of circuits that connect you to me and vice versa.

Hop on the train and let the cloud take you to the max with a cloud that is so secure even Richard Nixon won’t be able to break in to look at your stored goodies. The cloud is here to stay and it is going to be the 1970s forever. Can you dig it?

2) 1960s

Hey man do you have five minutes for world peace, how about the whales, well then how about cloud computing? Let me tell you about this groovy new box that, like, will hold all your things… man. It is cool how you can put all your happening stuff in one place and never lose anything again… my man. The cloud is like living in a commune that has everything you need for you whenever you need it… man. It is a whole new bag when you got something that will hold your beat protest poetry about the war and love… my man. The cloud will keep things cool when you are on a bus headed to Washington D.C. so you can listen to the New Beatles album and discuss foreign policy with a fascist… man. Are you worried about the Man trying to sneak a peek at your stuff… my man? Well, Uncle Sam cannot take your freedom or anything you put on the cloud because it has a lock that keeps others out… man. Be cool man, try the cloud and get ready to wake up to what is really going on… my man.

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3) 1950s

It is time to be vigilant in the time when those ruskies are out there plotting to take over ‘Murica. When they finally invade our God given free land you are going to need a place to hide all your high quality products that are made in America before Uncle Communist takes it away. So don’t forget when it is time to duck and cover let the cloud cover your possessions. The cloud can store all your secrets and meet you wherever you are, which will come in handy when you have to go on the run to save your family from a Soviet invasion. A read sky at night might be a Soviet’s delight, but at least the good old USA still has the cloud on its side.

4) 1940s

Are you ready to sock old Hitler in the jaw, well then you need to buy War Bonds! War Bonds will support our boys in blue by winning this war. Of course to win this war you are going to need to save, save, save, and the best way to save on space is to store everything on the new cloud network. This new magic box is ready to store all those extra possessions you have that cannot be melted down, shipped to the front line, or stored in your home to keep the Nazi’s out of our borders. You got the Greta Garbo film? Then put it in the cloud. You got that Billie Holiday record? Well put it on the cloud. Don’t worry ladies and gentleman the cloud will hold all your needs for you until our boys come on victorious over that mean old Hitler and his Nazi party. Do you have someone out fighting for the old red, white, and blue? Then you can share all those war letters back and forth faster than the pony express itself simply by putting it in the cloud. With the cloud you can store your stuff so America has a little more room for The Effort. The cloud will keep everything you own and this ain’t a bum rap fellas. We here are Martin Finkerson and Associates, partnered with the United States Government, guarantee the quality and security of storage. Remember ladies, and gentlemen, “If it won’t help with the war effort, put it in the cloud. For safety and storage you, will make America proud.

5) 1930s

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So, the 1920s may have been roaring, but the 1930s is coming up cloud! Right here I have a new device that will let you put your entire thing in storage. This isn’t a great depression anymore because the cloud is here for you. There is no more reason to be going down the road feeling sad because the cloud will carry that thing you own where ever you go. Come to think of it, owning a cloud will change you from a man or woman with a thing to things. Well that would make you a fine upstanding gentleman or lady that certainly isn’t depressed. I know I would be tipping my hat to you if I owned such a cloth like head protector. Speaking of mobility, you might be concerned of marauders coming after you for being a fine upstanding person of class always carrion around your possession. Well not to worry, the cloud is like bank vault sealed up tight and you are the only one with the key. Watch out Johnny Lawless you won’t be stealing off my cloud. The cloud will be getting this grand ole country out of this slump, and back to what we once were since the Great War. Once you have the cloud you will be ready for luxury once again with golden buildings with your name written across them, and caviar for dinner. It is time to move from the dust bowl to cloud nine with the new cloud storage network.

By Chris Kenealy

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Cloud Database Of 2013 – Trends And Predictions

Cloud Database Of 2013 – Trends And Predictions

Cloud Database of 2013 – Trends and Predictions

Pardon the pun, but the cloud has been on the horizon of tech heads for a number of years and is finally having its time in the sun. The advantages that it bestows on its users is clear for all to see and those who had the foresight to get involved with cloud computing when it was in its infancy are reaping the rewards for their vision. However, now that the cloud is on everyone’s lips, where to from here?cloud-prediction-database

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Power to the People

Whereas the average Joe has very little requirement for the scalability and more industry oriented advantages of the cloud, 2013 is going to see the cloud become a much larger part of people’s lives. The cloud has been limited thus far to corporate clients and those in the tech industry who realize how revolutionary the cloud really is – that is all about to change.

Many consumers don’t even realize that they have dealt with the cloud due to cloud based services such as iTunes, Gmail and Dropbox for example. And if the man in the street has even heard of the cloud, they would be hard pressed to be able to tell you anything about it. That is all about to change.

Internet providers are going to start providing free cloud storage for clients and once clients start using the cloud and see the benefits of global accessibility, unlimited storage that never fails, and security of data, the cloud will be as common to users as social media.

Parting of the Cloud

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) which is dominated by Amazon and Rackspace are using IaaS as a launching pad to provide services from other, higher altitude layers of the cloud. Since other cloud offerings such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), its relatively new associate – Data-as-a-Service (DaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) are much higher margin than IaaS, so this is the space the big players want to be and want their clients to be.

This trend will continue to evolve in 2013. The big question though is how quickly clients will move up the cloud layers. I anticipate it will be easier to get the clients to move up the cloud then what it was to get them on the cloud in the first place.

Databases on the Cloud

A new relational database developed for the cloud and with backward compatibility and support for SQL will start to gain traction. This concept is being worked on by a number of parties as a database that requires minimal administration and can be easily scaled in the cloud yet still is SQL-centric is a logical evolution. Of course there will be different offerings and it will take a while for a winner or winners to be crowned but this trend is ready to be unleashed.

2013 stands to be another interesting year for the cloud. Watching the cloud drift will definitely be more interesting than watching the grass grow.

By Sharon Robinson

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