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Choosing A Cloud Hosting Provider With Confidence

Choosing A Cloud Hosting Provider With Confidence

Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider Since cloud computing hit the commercial market, cloud service providers have exploded in popularity, with a huge variety of different services each tailored to its own unique variety of client. For clients, though, this presents a challenge: how to find the right provider? Out of all the numerous options, which one…

Cloud Load Balancing Services –  Shared vs Per-Tenant

Cloud Load Balancing Services – Shared vs Per-Tenant

Cloud Load Balancing Services With hundreds of enterprises migrating to cloud services each day, it looks like the march to cloud everything is inevitable and unstoppable. However, cloud computing is not without its risks. Cloud computing puts your critical enterprise data and that of your users on the public internet. There is a significant probability…

Venture Capitalists’ Growing Interest In The Internet Of Things

Venture Capitalists’ Growing Interest In The Internet Of Things

Venture Capitalists’ Growing Interest In The Internet Of Things Investors, even venture capitalists, can be a cautious bunch. While they may have a reputation for throwing money at a sector or industry just to see what sticks, the reality of their approach couldn’t be further from the truth. As we reported back in August last…

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

HP OpenStack® Technology Breaking the Enterprise Barrier

Explore how cloud computing is a solution to the problems facing data centers today and highlights the cutting-edge technology (including OpenStack cloud computing) that HP is bringing to the current stage. If you are a CTO, data center administrator, systems architect, or an IT professional looking for an enterprise-grade, hybrid delivery cloud computing solution that’s open,…

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security Cloud applications are a priority for every business – the technology is flexible, easy-to-use, and offers compelling economic benefits to the enterprise. The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving…

Hewlett-Packard Company On-Demand Webinar

Hewlett-Packard Company On-Demand Webinar

Shifting Workloads and the Server Evolution Learn more about the latest industry trends and the challenges customers are talking about. Every ten to fifteen years, the types of workloads servers host swiftly shift. This happened with the first single-mission mainframes and today, as disruptive technologies appear in the form of big data, cloud, mobility and…

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ 9:00 am/12:00pm ET. Backup and Restore of a SharePoint environment can be a complex endeavor as the product consists of multiple components running at various tiers, each with their own backup and restore requirements. In addition, SharePoint documents are stored as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in…

Frost and Sullivan Virtualization Business White Paper, Getting the Most from Your Virtualized Data Center with Converged Systems

Frost and Sullivan Virtualization Business White Paper, Getting the Most from Your Virtualized Data Center with Converged Systems

One thing is clear: the old way of running IT just won’t work in the new business environment. Truth is, preparing your IT department (and your company) to be agile, cost-efficient, metrics-driven, and flexible will require a change in how you operate. To support new business processes, you would do well to turn to a…

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Thinking About Doing Business In China? Consider This…

Thinking About Doing Business In China? Consider This…

Doing Business in China? Consider This… 

China’s economy continues to outperform both regional and global markets with double-digit growth for the last decade. IDC believes China’s GDP will maintain growth around 7.2% until 2020, allowing GDP to reach US$18 trillion or 17% of the world total. And with a population of over 1.35 billion people, the country is expected to have almost twice the amount of Internet users as the U.S. and Japan by 2015.

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with rapid industrial growth, is an enticing package. Just look at China’s Wuqing district: it is a modern and innovative hub located in the heart of the nation’s political and economic region that boasts five highways and a high-speed rail capable of transporting commuters to downtown Beijing in only 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, doing business in China is not always cut and dried. If you’re looking to expand your business into China, consider the following communications challenges you will have to overcome:

A lack of transparency: Visibility is one of the most important necessities in business today—specifically when partnering with a virtual private network (VPN). Many networks in the Far East fail to deliver visibility into crucial factors such as uptime, maintenance and support. For example, a company might offer 99.99 percent uptime, but the definition of “uptime” is often a grey area.

Solution: Transparency must be a primary demand before signing contracts to operate in the Chinese IT industry. Executives are highly encouraged to scour fine print when negotiating service-level agreements (SLAs). Failure to read the SLA could result in having to partner with an additional provider when expanding throughout the country or region.

Bandwidth constraints: In today’s competitive overseas market, a lack of bandwidth means missed opportunities. The market is constantly fluctuating, and businesses need to be ready to rapidly scale up or down to accommodate variations in customer volume.

Solution: Avoid the pitfall of getting caught in a bandwidth pinch before it happens. Many companies wind up having to make costly upgrades to service to accommodate spikes in business. When doing business in China, look for an IP VPN provider with flexible pricing packages and on-demand bandwidth.

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Technical support challenges: In a mission-critical environment, communication needs to flow between technical support teams and business leaders without a hitch. Language barriers and a lack of 24-hour assistance often impede progress.

Solution: Make sure your VPN service provider has access to around-the-clock bilingual support as well as network monitoring solutions so you can have access to the same data as your facility’s technicians. This will ensure that when important decisions need to be made, you have access to pertinent data. Don’t let communication barriers get in the way.

Inferior network infrastructure: Despite its strong economy, China is still a developing nation. Many facilities and communications lines lack the necessary level of maintenance and operational excellence needed to ensure data transmissions. Be wary of companies that do not actively maintain submarine cables and data center infrastructure. 

Solution: Your VPN partner should be able to guarantee uninterrupted service with fully redundant backbone at all times. Before agreeing to partner with a VPN, make sure that the company will perform routine updates and maintenance without affecting your uptime. You should also be provided with a complete map of connectivity routes throughout the region so you always know how your data is getting from point to point. Make sure the VPN you partner with has multiple PoPs spread throughout the country and diverse connectivity routes throughout the APAC region. Communication needs to be seamless across your global network.

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By Chi Tat Yan, Vice President, China Business, Pacnet

pacenet-CT-YanBased in Hong Kong, Chi Tat Yan is responsible for driving revenue and sales of services in China by helping customers outside of the country to expand their business in the market. Prior to his current role, Mr. Yan was Chief Operating Officer of Pacnet Business Solutions (PBS), Pacnet’s Joint Venture in China, since 2009. Before joining PBS, he was Senior Director, Marketing and Sales at Pacific Internet (HK) Ltd for eight years managing the company’s sales and marketing operations in Hong Kong. Mr. Yan has more than 15 years of telecommunications experience and built a solid record in sales and channel management in Hong Kong and China. He holds an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Big Tech Trends For The 21st Century

Big Tech Trends For The 21st Century

Tech Trends For The 21st Century When the historians of the future look back on the 21st century, what will they say? Inevitably, the biggest stories in the coming century will be political and environmental – wars, revolutions, and natural disasters always dominate historical memory. But perhaps more than any previous epoch, the 21st century…Continue Reading

Big Data In Music And The Movies

Big Data In Music And The Movies

Big Data In Music And The Movies We’ve touched briefly on the ever-expanding nature of big data in sports and the entertainment industry. The exponential growth of big data in all forms of entertainment is undeniable. Sports fans can track player stats, injuries, likelihood to make a play, right on their phones. Moviegoers can track…Continue Reading

Simple And Recommended SaaS Security Tips

Simple And Recommended SaaS Security Tips

SaaS Security Tips Most people and companies are now using a significant amount of SaaS solutions. Companies are running sales support software, they are file sharing, collaborating and using e-mail programs and a lot more in the cloud. However, that usage also leads to concerns about the security of those solutions. How safe are they? What…Continue Reading

Cloud Infographic – Path Of A Cyber Attacker

Cloud Infographic – Path Of A Cyber Attacker

Path Of A Cyber Attacker We’ve covered a fair bit of infosec here on CloudTweaks over the years. It’s an important area for all regardless of if you’re a consumer or a business. Security expert and consultant – Chetan Soni, discusses some of the security issues and tools to consider as part of your business plan:…Continue Reading

Cloud Infographic – Enterprise Mobility Trends

Cloud Infographic – Enterprise Mobility Trends

Mobile Trends To Keep An Eye On Mobile trends such as: Wearable Technology, IoT, Automotive Driverless Communications, M2M and BYOD are all making some tremendous noise – and these are only a few of the examples. From Owen Andrew, one of our 12/12 contributors adds: “The growing number of BYOD (bring your own device) workplaces means…Continue Reading

Docker Secures $95 Million Series D Funding

Docker Secures $95 Million Series D Funding

Docker Secures $95M in Series D Funding to Meet the Unrivaled Demand for Its Open Source Platform   Burgeoning Ecosystem Standardizes on Docker to Transform How Applications Are Built, Shipped and Run in the Modern Datacenter SAN FRANCISCO – April 14, 2015 – Docker, Inc., the organization behind the open platform for distributed applications, today…Continue Reading


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