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The Blank Stare
When I speak to corporate audiences, I encounter few professionals who understand cloud computing inside and out. They’re called information technology (IT) employees, and at the average company, they only represent a microcosm of the workforce. As for the remaining departments who sit in the meeting, it is fairly typical for me to be met with their blank stares when I delve into topics that address the business they work for shifting its data over to the cloud. Inevitably, someone near the back will timidly raise her hand after a few minutes and ask the question that is on the minds of 80% of the people in the room: “So…what is cloud computing, exactly?”

“I’m glad you asked,” is my standard response before I begin explaining – and, really, I am. For too long, companies have left employees in the dark about where their data goes. That is not helpful to anyone, for a number of reasons. More on those in a moment. For now, let’s just answer the question by addressing what the cloud is.

What is the Cloud?
First, let’s define what it isn’t. For the purposes of computing, the cloud is not a physical place in the sky – nor is cloud computing a singular method or service. Instead, cloud computing is a set of computing concepts, and the cloud is the informal expression we use to describe them. What are those concepts? I call them the “3 I’s of the Cloud.” Every company that is on the cloud receives services based on these three “I” concepts:

Interconnectivity – Many computers (a cloud’s “network”) are connected via the Internet. A cloud host, which is a third party cloud services provider with its own servers, manages the computers belonging to its network members from a remote data center. This data center is what facilitates cloud-based services, such as the offsite backup of data. For companies that use the cloud, backing up data offsite (away from their location) eliminates the worry of losing important company data in the event of a system failure, power outage or weather disaster.

If you have ever heard a television or radio advertisement for a cloud services provider, you know that the #1 selling point these providers emphasize is their ability to offer companies disaster recovery solutions. That isn’t mere hype; disaster recovery is a valuable service that the cloud makes possible.

In any event, the interconnectivity of the network is what keeps cloud services providers on their toes, maintaining the uptime of the network and allowing services like disaster recovery to happen. Because a cloud hosting service provider will work hard to make sure his network doesn’t go down, the interconnectivity of the cloud should be viewed as one of its strongest assets.

Infrastructure – In order to maintain a manageable IT budget, members of the host’s network rely on the cloud to provide the IT infrastructure for their respective companies. Rather than breaking the bank building an onsite data center, those companies can rely on the cloud for the raw computing capacity needed to create, store and share data internally.

On average, the cost of depending on a cloud services provider for infrastructure is 74% less than the cost of developing the infrastructure and operations force in-house.(1) That is one clear cost comparison that makes the cloud worth exploring.

Intangibles – In a word, software. The cloud can be used to deliver one or more software applications for companies to effectively manage their workforces: email, calendars, data and document sharing, spreadsheets, etc. Nearly any IT service a company needs to manage itself can be delivered in the cloud. When a cloud host provides these software-based intangibles, that is defined as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Cloud computing is all about delivering business offerings as a service; software is just one of three.

This is a great article.  I definitely see this all the time and hear it when people come ask me for business related advice.  I say it all the time “your not special” as mean as it sounds, it’s 100% true and all these kids coming out of college thinking that is only destroying their happiness with unrealistic expectations.  By definition, not everybody can be special.

spe-cial | ‘speSHel |
adjective
better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.

http://www.waitbutwhy.com/2013/09/why-generation-y-yuppies-are-unhappy.html

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You can store your important documents in physical storage hardware or you can opt for online file storage. Online storage is quite popular due to the many benefits it has over other forms of storage. One of the reasons why online file storage is superior to other storage forms is because there is unlimited storage. Unlike other physical storage options which have a limit on the amount of files that can be stored in them, online storage is unlimited. You can store an infinite amount of information without worrying about running out of space after a while.

Another benefit of online file storage is that it is backed up on a remote device. When you store your files in a physical hard drive, if anything happens to it, then you lose all the documents. For example, if it is formatted by mistake or destroyed by fire, water or other physical factors, then you lose everything. However, with online storage, you have your files stored in back up devices. This means there is no risk of losing any of the important information you have stored. This makes online storage an excellent option for storing important files that you cannot afford to lose.

Cloud file service integrates easily with existing systems so that you can easily access your stored files. This means that you can access the files right from your computer whenever you need to use them. They have ease of access as well so you can access them from anywhere. So whether you are on your desktop computer, working on your laptop or on the move with your mobile phone, you can still access your important documents. Cloud file service providers ensure that you get free on boarding and technical support that you have access to for life.

The cloud file service also has an administrative console to ensure that only authorized persons have access to the files. This offers you an unparalleled level of privacy and security. In addition, you can always store your sensitive documents using cloud service since they are encrypted. The encryption used is high level to ensure that no one else can gain access to or read your private documents. Therefore, cloud file sharing is a useful tool for communication with your contacts without worrying about eavesdroppers. There is a clean dashboard interface which makes it easy to use even if you are not a computer expert.

Cloud file sharing is also superior since there is no downtime when you cannot access your files. The unmatched uptime offers you constant access to your important documents whenever you need them. In addition, you do not need any on-site hardware so you save a lot of money that you would have spent procuring this. It is essential that you get cloud file sharing serving from experts who give you value for your money. They should also have all the attractive features that have been mentioned above so that you can benefit from using the cloud system for your operations.

Originally posted on drive2go blog – How is Online File Storage Superior to other Options? 

As you embark on choosing Orange County computer support services, it is advisable to consider different vendors. This will assist you in making the best choice for your business. The most effective way of identifying the most suitable Orange County computer support for your business is by interviewing each provider individually. Note the use of the “most suitable” instead of the “best.” This is because businesses have different needs and what might constitute the best services for one company may not be relevant to another. The following are some things to consider when reviewing IT support companies to help you achieve your business objectives.

First, you need to inquire about the business hours of the IT support services that you are considering. It is imperative that you know what hours the IT support will be available to your business. While majority of computer support companies offer 24-hours a day services, their main offices may keep specific hours. This can be important information because you need to be confident that your business activities will not grind to a halt if a big problem occurs in your network. Some computer network support providers may troubleshoot your problems at any hour, but only provide maintenance and updates during given times. Obtain all this information upfront.

An important question that you should ask the computer technician representing the IT support service is, “How do we get support?” It is wise to ask the computer networking support provider about communication. Ask the computer technician how you will be getting in touch with the Managed Service Provider (MSP) he is representing. Do they have a single point of contact and will you be assigned a case manager? Also, inquire about the means of communication – Skype, email, phone, etc. Find out what hours your contact will be available. Having someone who works for the provider on your side can be a lifeline when things go awry.

Find out from what the Irvine computer support provider gives the highest priority to when hiring staff – customer service or technical knowledge. The response can tell you a lot about the potential vendor. However, you need to decide before hand what the acceptable answer may be i.e. which one of the two options is most important for your business. Note that there is no wrong answer. Excellent computer networking support includes technical support as well as soft skills.

In addition to that, you need to inquire about the process for adding new services. Majority of businesses plan to grow in the subsequent years and they need business IT services to grow with them. Discuss with the prospective providers how they plan on implementing additional IT support products and the parameters they use to warrant expansion of the IT department. Business IT services have become an integral part of modern businesses as IT systems are the platform on which majority of business activities rest. It is, therefore, important to factor them into your business’ short and long term strategies in order to ensure success.

 

Originally posted on d2 Business Solutions Blog – Procuring Computer Support Services

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George Burns

Startup Weekend Orange County #swoc Date Announcement and Registration to begin Monday, September 9th.

Startup Weekend Orange County

I will be an Organizer along with my pal, Andrew Medal and we are hustling to put together a phenomenal event.

Speakers, judges and mentors announcements will be released Monday as well, we are still waiting to get solid confirmations from a few people and those announcements will come as they are confirmed.

Check it out at http://orangecounty.startupweekend.org

If you are not familiar with Startup Weekend, than you are missing out.  It’s your opportunity to create, co-found or be apart of building a startup company in 54 hours.  You will have the opportunity to work with other co-founders, entrepreneurs, developers and lean startup practitioners, be mentored by successful coaches who have walked the path before and network with some of Southern California’s most prominent Venture Capitalists, accelerators and incubators.

More updates to come on Monday.

 

This is a question that goes through many users mind when they are trying to make a decision between online file storage and other physical forms of storage. The truth is that online storage has so many benefits over the physical storage. This makes online storage the best for any important and high priority documents you have. Online storage is unlimited since the information you want to store is kept in a cloud and not in physical storage which has limited space. Therefore, you are free to keep all your files for as long as you need, no matter their size.

Online File StorageAnother benefit of online file storage is that it is backed up on a remote device. When you store your files in a physical hard drive, if anything happens to it, then you lose all the documents. For example, if it is formatted by mistake or destroyed by fire, water or other physical factors, then you lose everything. However, with online storage, you have your files stored in back up devices. This means there is no risk of losing any of the important information you have stored. This makes online storage an excellent option for storing important files that you cannot afford to lose.

Cloud file service integrates easily with existing systems so that you can easily access your stored files. This means that you can access the files right from your computer whenever you need to use them. They have ease of access as well so you can access them from anywhere. So whether you are on your desktop computer, working on your laptop or on the move with your mobile phone, you can still access your important documents. Cloud file service providers ensure that you get free on boarding and technical support that you have access to for life.

The cloud file service also has an administrative console to ensure that only authorized persons have access to the files. This offers you an unparalleled level of privacy and security. In addition, you can always store your sensitive documents using cloud service since they are encrypted. The encryption used is high level to ensure that no one else can gain access to or read your private documents. Therefore, cloud file sharing is a useful tool for communication with your contacts without worrying about eavesdroppers. There is a clean dashboard interface which makes it easy to use even if you are not a computer expert.

Cloud file sharing is also beneficial to you because of its reliability. There is continuous uptime meaning that you always have access to your files. This is important to people who work twenty four seven and require constant access to their files without fail. You also get to save money since you do not have to spend additionally on on-site hardware to support the system. Therefore, when you are looking for reliable storage, you need to sign up for professional cloud file sharing. This ensures that you get the most out of the service and benefit from all the above features.

A number of business owners in Orange County have realized the immense value of outsourcing the IT solutions. This has led to an increased demand for Orange County computer support services. As a result, the number of Orange County computer support companies has increased steadily over the years. With all the IT companies offering these services, you need adequate information in order for you to make the right choice for your business. It is always a good idea to compare the services of a few companies as well the prices at which they offer those services in order that you may choose the best.

Irvine Computer SupportFirst, you need to inquire about the business hours of the IT support services that you are considering. It is imperative that you know what hours the IT support will be available to your business. While majority of computer support companies offer 24-hours a day services, their main offices may keep specific hours. This can be important information because you need to be confident that your business activities will not grind to a halt if a big problem occurs in your network. Some computer network support providers may troubleshoot your problems at any hour, but only provide maintenance and updates during given times. Obtain all this information upfront.

An important question that you should ask the computer technician representing the IT support service is, “How do we get support?” It is wise to ask the computer networking support provider about communication. Ask the computer technician how you will be getting in touch with the Managed Service Provider (MSP) he is representing. Do they have a single point of contact and will you be assigned a case manager? Also, inquire about the means of communication – Skype, email, phone, etc. Find out what hours your contact will be available. Having someone who works for the provider on your side can be a lifeline when things go awry.

Find out from what the Irvine computer support provider gives the highest priority to when hiring staff – customer service or technical knowledge. The response can tell you a lot about the potential vendor. However, you need to decide before hand what the acceptable answer may be i.e. which one of the two options is most important for your business. Note that there is no wrong answer. Excellent computer networking support includes technical support as well as soft skills.

Business IT support providers will typically automate your basic business processes in order for your business to operate faster and more effectively than your competitors’. Automated business processes free up the time your employees spend in routine operational task and gives them an opportunity to participate on the tactical and strategic level. Find out from the MSP which processes will be completely automated and which ones will be managed directly. The initial conversation you have with the prospective IT technical support providers will help you make the right choice. Choosing the right IT support provider will ensure your business receives the superior services that translate into profit.

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Mark Twain

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