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Does Cloud Computing Mean The End Of Traditional Storage Networks?

Does Cloud Computing mean the End of Traditional Storage Networks?

Technically Yes! With cloud’s scalability options attracting SMBs and large businesses towards it and cloud becoming secure with each passing day; we are near to say goodbye to the traditional ways we used to store our data over the network. Though networking is quite difficult to understand especially when one has expertise in building business, let’s check out how things were traditionally and how the cloud is slowing replacing it.

What comprised a traditional storage network?

Storage network or storage networking as the word says is the high speed networking of shared storage devices. This storage network connects to data servers so the data is accessible from anywhere across the network. As your requirements grow, you can connect hundreds of server machines to hundreds or even thousands of storage devices locally (LAN) or over the WAN (Wide Area Network).

How cloud storage works:

As for the cloud storage, you upload your data via a secure internet connection on a 3rd party data center. This 3rd party which is the cloud provider maintains your data and allows you to retrieve it any time by connecting to the server. While these servers require maintenance or repair occasionally or might even fail in an extreme case, the cloud provider stores your files on multiple servers, which is called redundancy so you can access them anytime.

Why companies love to join the cloud?

The reason is simple. The cloud allows you to access your data from anywhere around the world using the internet. Also not just your own enterprise can access but you can easily share with who you want and even work in collaboration with anyone around the world connected through internet. And the best thing is companies especially that of small and medium size now don’t have to worry about developing an in-house IT structure. No worry about buying servers and storage and deploying them making sure that it can cater the business needs nor have to pay for specialized IT experts who look after your network. They can launch their cloud from anywhere within minutes and transfer all their data there while its security is taken care by the vendor.

Where will it go further:

At least we know that this isn’t the end to the tussle between the traditional computing and the cloud. With the internet connection getting better and better and the coming of SSDs in cloud storage it is thought that the cloud will completely make the traditional storage obsolete.

By Pere Hospital,

Pere Hospital (CISSP & OSCP) is the CTO and co-founder of Cloudways Ltd. He has over two decades of experience in IT Security, Risk Analysis and Virtualization Technologies. You can follow Pere on Twitter at @phospital, or learn more about Cloudways at

Two Mega Cloud Conferences: What Google I/O And GigaOM Pro Each Had To Offer

Two Mega Cloud Conferences: What Google I/O and GigaOM Pro each had to Offer

The cloud has finally settled after the weekend’s dual momentous occasions. Google I/O, the yearly gathering of tech heads on the West Coast of the US is finally over, with lauding and misgivings, alike. On the fringes was also a cloud computing platform that seeks similar, albeit more academic, answers than those of the former conference: GigaOM Pro’s conference. Here is an analysis of what the two disparate approaches to the fundamental world of the Internet, applications and the cloud, in general, had to offer the 2013 infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enthusiast.

Google I/O: The Event

From the hailing of Larry Page, as a speech maker par excellence, to getting down to business with the newest update to the emailing wing of the company’s cannon of services, Google I/O was equally a success and a failure. Analysts now discuss, with fervor, how Gmail has a quicker interface after its godfather improved on its storage dispensation. Right now, the unofficial storage interplay between the more cloud-oriented Drive and the web-mail is an official fact, according to the briefing over this conference. Users of the mailing service will now utilize more real-time reply technology, courtesy of a fresh button that will automatically launch for a fast answer to a query, next to the inbox, meaning that users will utilize it to affirm or deny a request in straightforward and handy epithets like, yes or no.

The shortcoming of the conference, however, was its lack of giving sufficient attention to the business side of things. The company’s collaboration technology, for the business cloud, did not receive mention overnight, although there have been related improvements on the social dispensation. For instance, Google Hangout has welcomed a remote application from one’s desktop, meaning working from the PC, and not necessarily online, to talk one-on-one with worldly pals. This real-time technology will see its success tag mostly to the user-friendly interface that it will bring when it focuses its drive on the ‘home’ screen, or rather desktop.

Company’s Chief Executive Officer, Larry Page, was instrumental on making all the company’s provisions meet the unified cloud dispensation. For this to happen, the service must strive to be integral, and consequently, some now-popular enterprise tools, like G+ must join the cloud side of Google. That is, users of the social networking offering will now turn more business out of it, following its upgrading at this yearly conference, where it has moved a step up into becoming part of the Apps. Indeed, this social network has never counted among the engine’s official applications. If it joins the apps dispensation, then it will enhance the cloud needs of users, including storage, improved real-time correspondence with member business outfits, and enhanced placement of remote pals on the Big Spider that is the web.

GigaOM Pro’s Answer

While Google I/O was busily upgrading its cloud, popular services’ and apps’ departments, GigaOM Pro was digging deep into matters cloud as it relates to social networking at business. According to Stowe Boyd, there is an analogy between Margaret Mead and the current spate of social media that can or cannot help business process. In lieu of destroying entrepreneurial process when trying hard to make them more scalable, social media, should, instead, be a relegation, or part of a diverse cultural plan, that every enterprise should study, in its own niche, to suit its social work. In other words, it will be no longer, ‘this store provides’ or ‘this vendor has the best option,’ but a concrete report of the enterprise culture, around, and integrating it as a formula, into the social scene of the industry. Thus, apps, social media tools and other offerings that suit the company, or its larger industry, will be the only things that will matter, other than select vendors, when using Twitter or Facebook at work. To do this, companies will have to comb diverse cloud apps and social widgets to come up with an optimal one for their business models.

Rivaling Google I/O’s three-and-a-half speech-making tech crusade, GigaOM Pro was on the sidelines, with as much time, to let its team explain why implementing the cloud at work is not a straightforward but hobnobbed plan. Indeed, one has to study architecture of various resources, because no one road suits all cloud infrastructures for all entities. This means giving time, patience and resources, to analyze what various cloud services are providing, and inherently, cutting out the leading vendors in the given niche. The only remaining parts, before implementing, are the possible advantages, for the business, on the select cloud model.

Thus, two conferences came up on the fringes of the third week of May 2013, with diverse and constructive results. When a similar time next year one will be speaking about the Google I/O, may be it will not be on an upgrade of services or apps, but the mushrooming further of its integral cloud engine with all services therein. The Pro, on the other hand, perhaps will be seeking answers in uncharted seas of the big data boom of 2014.

By John Omwamba

Cloud Infographic: Startup Toolkit

Cloud Infographic: Startup Toolkit

Cloud infographic: Startup Toolkit

There are numerous startups of all varieties of purpose and goals. We have seen great successes and great failures. We have seen a lot of money being made on fabulous exits, but also seen a lot of money lost as well.

Things are changing for startups, and in turn, they are changing for investors as well. What affects how startups must work affects how investors must forecast chances of success, and which ponies they want to back. Of course, with progress, change is inevitable and ubiquitous, but the past couple of years have seen the steepest change in this industry’s history.

What is this culprit? Cloud computing. 

We have included an insightful infographic provided by BestVendor called the “The Startup’s Toolkit” which illustrates some of the most utilized cloud based tools on the planet.



Infographic Source:  BestVendor

Mobile Cloud: Why SMB’s Have No Time To Spare On Their Conversion To Mobile

Mobile Cloud: Why SMB’s Have No Time To Spare On Their Conversion To Mobile

Why SMB’s Have No Time To Spare On Their Conversion To Mobile

4, 64 and 689 billion. Small business owners should take these numbers into careful consideration when determining where to focus their web presence and marketing efforts.

4 is the statistic that four out of five consumers are now using their smart phones for shopping.

64 is the percentage of app users who prefer brands with mobile apps.

689 billion is the estimated increase that shopping via smart phone will add to retail sales by 2016.

In fact, mobile is already the next huge wave in national and international marketing, and companies are scrambling to keep up. Just as cloud computing allows us to take our data with us wherever we go, people are now shopping from anywhere (and some prefer the simplicity of using their phone or device to make purchases, even when a computer is available).

The good news is that even one-person small business owners can take advantage of this new mobile cloud economy and stand out from larger competitors with some simple solutions.

Building your mobile presenceMobile Cloud

According to Google’s published research, “75% of people prefer a mobile-friendly site, and 61% will turn to another site if they don’t find what they’re looking for quickly.

Whether or not you have a website, if that site isn’t easily navigable from a smart phone, chances are you’re losing customers without even knowing it.

What makes a mobile-friendly site stand out from a standard website?

  • The ease with which people can read it without zooming in
  • How quickly they can find what they’re looking for

If you’re curious how your website appears on smart phones, Google offers a free viewer called GoMo ( that comes with a report and personalized recommendations. And if your site seems awkward and hard to navigate, there are several platforms online that can help you convert your website to mobile cloud for little to no cost:

Mofuse: Starting at about $8 a month, Mofuse offers the option of building a mobile site yourself or having one custom built. Options range from social sharing to store locators, mobile optimization and analytics, Google and design tools and custom integration. The platform has been used by such companies as HarperCollins and the United States Department of State.

Mippin: Along with making your website mobile-ready, you can take your business one step further by creating your own business app with sites such as Mippin. For approximately $100 a year, Mippin can help you set up your mobile website as well as apps for iPhone and Android. And according to their website, they can help you create an app in about five minutes.

Mobify: If you’re looking for a higher-end mobile conversion experience, Mobify has been the go-to for companies such as the New Yorker, Starbucks and Men’s Health. Starting around $250 a month, Mobify can handle the creation and maintenance of your mobile site with testing, integration and launching all taken care of.

bMobilized: Though this site offers a free trial, the do-it-yourself version of bMobilized runs about $9 a month and comes with the option of installing more than 30 plug-ins along with homepage and mobile synching, content analytics, and content customization. If you don’t have the time to build a site, bMobilized also offers a we-do-it-for-you service for a $199 one-time fee.

DudaMobile: For a quick, down and dirty conversion for free, DudaMobile offers conversion tools, analytics and desktop to mobile sync. If you’re thinking about expanding, the premium plan runs around $9 a month.

Once your site is up and ready, there are several viewers available that allow you to check out how your mobile site appears on different devices. Apart from Google’s GoMo, sites such as iPad Peek allow you to see how the site looks to iPad users. MobiReady will check your site for common errors and rate different aspects on a scale of one to five. A more in-depth analysis is available with a subscription.

As more and more customers move toward making their purchasing decisions via mobile devices, creating a mobile version of your company website should be near the top of your marketing priorities.

Have you created a mobile version of your website or do you think your standard website is sufficient? Why? What conversion services would you recommend or advice against?

By Allison Rice

Allison Rice is the Marketing Director for Amsterdam Printing, a leading provider of custom promotional pens and other promotional products to grow your business and thank customers. Allison regularly contributes to the Promo & Marketing Wall blog, where she provides actionable business tips.

BYOD And Mobile Device Management

BYOD And Mobile Device Management

As businesses grow so too does the need for constant connection to the technology that will make your business a success. Ever since smartphones, tablets, and laptops have become the business norm in our world, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been implemented into business, as many companies do not feel the need to provide their own communication devices. Yet, security and reliability have become extremely important while conducting business on a third party device.

For businesses moving to a mobile management strategy with BYODs, the Mobile Enterprise 360 community is built around four important content pillars:

  1. Mobile Workforce: Focuses on providing a reliable network at anytime, with any device, on any location, and with any device experience that users demand, in a secure and scalable fashion. The community content on this topic will review the best BYOD policies for each organization’s needs.
  1. Mobile Collaboration: Looks at virtual meetings, workspaces, secure file sharing, and data and files transfers on a growing number of mobile devices.
  1. Cloud Services: Concentrates on best practices for integrating applications, data, security, working with third parties, and other strategies for cloud-enabling the mobile infrastructure. The relationship between the cloud and mobility strategies will be significant and the orchestration of mobile cloud services will dominate the discussions within this topic as data storage and sharing will become essential to the growth of your mobile management business philosophy.
  1. Mobile Management: While understanding mobility, moving it away from the pure device management realm and incorporating it into the broader and more strategic realm of mobile data management to emphasize both device and platform independence is the next step in business technology. This is a very key item for IT managers moving forward as they seek out all the necessary pieces to manage and secure mobile applications, content and devices.

It is obvious that mobile technology will dominate the means of communications completely in the next few years as it becomes more affordable to use, with faster communication speeds and easy access. With so many wanting to use the technology that they already possess it would only make sense to invest with a BYOD technology network to better facilitate your employees and your customers. To understand more of the BYOD mobile management process and networking visit Mobile Enterprise 360 to see what is the best option for your business.

By James Farrington

Sponsored post with expert opinions from the Mobile Enterprise 360 community

5 Misconceptions Your Parents Make About Cloud Computing

5 Misconceptions Your Parents Make About Cloud Computing

5 Misconceptions your Parents make about Cloud Computing

  1. Al Gore Invented the Cloud.

The collective sigh heard around the world when they read this section may signal that this joke has run its course, but you must have forgotten already, this article is about what your parent’s think. In addition, the day your dad stops telling the same bad joke over and over again is the day he is no longer a father. So let me explain an inconvenient truth (see what I did there?) about this misconception. Sure the joke, “Al Gore invented the internet,” is a little old but your parents had seven years to work on this environmental Cloud twist to the joke to shock it back to life. Now our parents will confuse their joke with reality and we have to hear them complain about Al Gore for a few more years. Just let the man be!

  1. Auntie Em, Auntie Em It’s a Twister!”

One day I hope you are graced with, “So if everyone uses this Cloud, how does it keep everyone’s stuff separate?” You may laugh at the absurdity of this, but sadly I was not fortunate enough of coming up with such a wonderful question. It seems that with some parents the Cloud produces thoughts of the mighty tornado, nature’s fiercest re-arranger of stuff. So it only makes sense that when the Cloud’s network processor becomes too hot and then mixes with the cooling system it produces a twister of biblical proportions from your Cloud and out pops apps, pictures, music, and movies that aren’t even yours. Because nothing can stop the mighty tornado Cloud as it throws all your information to other random Cloud users and you will lose everything!

  1. The Cloud is an Identity Thieves’ Buffet.

Once you sit your parents down and explain, “The Cloud is a storage program on a network that allows you to move your data to multiple devices without actually having to transfer the information manually,” just buckle up and get ready. Look you can explain it perfectly and be as reasonable as you want that the feared identity thief cannot access your information on your Cloud, but major news networks are screaming much louder in your parents’ ear of all the potential problems. Really, just set it up for them and don’t tell them what you did. Now you can act like you’re a computer genius to your parents and they can go on believing how special you are, and you won’t have a three hour fight that ruins your mom’s birthday.

  1. They don’t know if the Cloud is a Cirrus, Cumulus, or Stratus cloud.

To be fair that is a low blow for those who just aren’t into technology but let’s be honest with ourselves if you heard of iTunes then you have heard of their Cloud. Regardless, I bet you know at least one parent when asked what the best Cloud is they will give you a blank stare and then say the white fluffy ones on a nice spring day. Of course this answer is compared to the average twenty year old who won’t even answer your questions because they are just too cool for school (But I am not bitter). So here is a guide to know if your parent understands cloud computing from clouds in the sky:

  1. Does he or she use Cloud computing and is aware of using Cloud computing?

  2. ….

That is it, because chances are the only clouds they know are the ones raining on them.

  1. The Cloud is Secretly Skynet

Let’s be honest with this one, our parents may not be that far off base. The Cloud is a network storage program that is linked throughout the world that stores your vital information and can be accessed anywhere, while Skynet, from the Terminator movies, was a interlinking network that stored vital information that eventually became self aware from all the information it stored. So let’s look at the facts. First, it is called the Cloud and that just sounds like something your right-wing parents would think was created by Obama to sound like a hip attempt to disguise the true nature of Skynet to destroy American values. In addition, Cloud computing has so much memory storage that it is really only one cat picture a way from knowing everyone’s daily schedule and a list of their fears and weaknesses to better destroy us when we become a threat to the almighty Cloud. Come to think of it, when the great and powerful Cloud becomes self aware I just hope John Connor never got into social media. Because I am pretty sure the all powerful Cloud’s Terminator wouldn’t be able to find a phonebook anymore.

By Chris Kenealy

The Cloud Fragmentation – How To Work Together

The Cloud Fragmentation – How To Work Together

Cloud computing is rapidly gaining popularity and all major players in the industry are noticing. It is obvious that this paradigm will be the driving force for business in the coming decade mainly due to the proliferation of the internet and the mobile market space. This growth is quite substantial and looks to be still in a great state of change where new applications and technology will still be developed and introduced, and in no small part thanks to social media. Social media is really the driving force for all these technology as it is the ultimate information delivery platform. Web applications and even consumer electronic hardware are being developed around social networking and media, and all the data and information circulating around its ecosystem are growing larger each day. A lot of experts would probably disagree with me here, but I think that this is the Data Gravity dynamic that we see at play here; the information and data around social networking and media has grown immensely that its mass is attracting new services and technology towards it.

As with every coin, there are two sides to this phenomenon – a good and a bad. The good news is that this growth is a big sign of progress and will only usher in new developments and better technology for the end user, leading to more choices and healthy competition. But the bad side is unfortunately also creeping along those lines. Diversity is not always a good thing because it leads to complexity, and that is really bad most of the time. What I am getting to here is fragmentation, the sheer number of choices leads to confusion and compatibility issues especially for data format critical systems used in business. It’s all well and good for the end user, but business executives and CIO’s will be scratching their heads and pulling their beards trying to figure out ways to get around this problem. When you have multiple systems and each using a different cloud service from a different cloud service provider, you are positioning yourself in such a way that it becomes inevitable that you shoot yourself in the foot. Sure it would be easy to choose one provider and stick with it, but in the long run you may need the services of another, then another, and eventually you would need for all of those services to work together. And then BANG, shot in the foot. Two things will happen, one is that you (the company) cope and still stand on one leg while the other heal, or crumple into the ground dazed and unable to get up.

Because of the perceived profitability of cloud computing, all major players in the industry are quickly bringing their own flavor into the cloud including Google, Microsoft, HP, Amazon, IBM, Cisco, and VMWare to name but a few. Some of these companies are pioneers in the field but they still lend to the overall fragmentation. What this essentially means is that not all of the services that these companies and those like them offer are compatible, in any way, making it almost impossible to switch providers when the need arises. You will see data lock-ins being more prolific as service providers try and retain the customers they have. So they will try to find ways to make it hard for you to transfer your data to other providers, effectively making you a long term customer and forcing you to avail of other services.

This problem can be attributed to the lack of standards in the field, which can also be attributed to the fragmentation. It’s a vicious cycle that could collapse if not looked into soon. Let’s take for example, cell phones with Bluetooth, no matter who manufactured that phone, you can bet that it will be able to communicate with a phone made by another manufacturer 100% of the time barring service outages. This is because of standard communication protocols, which is sadly missing in cloud computing. Sure, it still uses the common networking protocols for communication, but the services themselves and how they are programmed and set up is not made to work with other services by other companies. It would take a lot of man-hours and considerable technical knowledge in order to migrate services and applications to other providers.

By Abdul Salam

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Adpoints

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Adpoints

Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012 – Adpoints

……Adpoints Adds Points Advertising Videos Selectively in the Cloud

TV station…? Internet website…? Adpoints, to be sure, straddles both worlds. It might be a television channel to some whereas to others it is a cloud tool with a site of its own for selective ad viewing. It is located in Britain where it has earned recognition as one of the finest startups to come from the British Isles for being “cutting edge in our use of technology” as its CIO Jonathan Dunham explains.


The premise of the advertising startup is to provide intuitive ad-watching prizes for its subscriber base. It promotes four stages of amassing points as a reviewer of a catchy commercial on TV or the web.

These include:

*Watching a commercial.

*Replying to quizzes about the same.

*Paying a courtesy call to the ad site.

*Amassing the points.

Basically, it is almost like another survey out there but with an exception: the client has the power to select either the advertisement or hours in which to commit to viewing. Unlike typical television, the technology immerses itself into cloud computing as the selective venue of choosing promotional content. The only downturn is that the Nectar Adpoints package that came up October 8 of this year operates on invitational basis, though this may change. There are also other subscription details on the table to gamble with like providing emailing details and owning an Adpoints card.

Though Adpoints bestows viewership control to the T/A, who has a guarantee that the site will not favor some advertisers? The answer is that, as the homepage states, the software will just holistically hint on relevant commercials from all over the Big Spider for the T/A to grapple with at their own time. It enhances interactivity, by virtue of making the promotional videos not only fun to watch but also refreshing for the audiences that go on to review them and gain points.

How does it compare with YouTube’s TrueView? The one for YouTube is a little commercialized though it also works on the cloud. It usually concentrates more on how ad placers manipulate their pay per click budgets. If a viewer opts not to pay any attention to a given clip, then it gets without saying that the ad creator gets a blackout of information but correspondingly does not pay for the click. Alternatively, if there is a click, he or she pays the medium for this. In short, the click means that viewers have found the clip creative, a cross-line that one also finds in Adpoints’ viewership. The only difference here is the fact that Adpoints targets the end-user more than the advertiser. The former will even have to create a write up, based on a quiz regarding the watching experience.

But does the advertiser benefit at all? Arguably, Adpoints maybe a T/A’s boon, if there is anything like Target Audience on the variegated Internet, but it also helps ad placers to master their products’ true ratings. If a visitor comes and selectively chooses a certain commercial before reviewing it, the provider of the product maximizes on the feedback. This, according to the ad startup might help to improve on the product through this indirect feedback, right from the horse’s mouth.

There is also a commercial edge to AdPoints’ campaign that might appear subjective to some and cognitive to others. This is the quizzing phase whereby the visitor encounters dual queries, all of which are proposals by the creator of the advert. A promotional gimmick? Cognitive minds, on the other hand may say that there is logic in leaving the querying to the advertiser who knows best the Achilles Heel of the product. For example, they may target the comparative merit of the merchandise against another to establish its weak point and improve it later.

Adpoints says that its commercials that are on air at a given moment attract a 52 percent direct viewing attraction. The firm also says that 90 percent of answers from the T/A has so far aided companies to improve on their customer outcomes. The publishing part is a score because it relies on cloud technologies like monetization. This helps to provide points and turn them into cash, in transit, through the sites of Adpoints and the given ad provider.

The team behind the British startup, Adpoints, is Terry Hunt and Jason Froggett, in the Chairman and CEO positions respectively, among others.

By John Omwamba

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Cloud Infographic – DDoS attacks, unauthorized access and false alarms

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Reuters News: Powerfull DDoS Knocks Out Several Large Scale Websites

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