Every analyst firm worth its salt has predicted strong growth in the cloud computing space, and hardly a day goes by that somebody doesn’t write an article about its enormous potential and the millions of pounds that are being spent.
The fact that the cloud market is growing isn’t news—but, the fact that this growth […]
It’s often said that we as humans use only about ten percent of our brains. Computers are the same way—we tend to use only a small percentage of a computer’s capacity, because we overprovision to guard against any possibility of running out of space. According to a recent Gartner webinar, the average […]
Microsoft may not have the same cool and trendy television commercials as Apple, but with their renewed focus on services and the cloud, they have effectively broadened their market and addressed a critical need. Microsoft SharePoint in particular, has gone through several iterations, and the latest version, SharePoint 2010, has finally achieved the market […]
The cloud may not be the best solution for every situation, but there’s little doubt that it’s the best solution for enough situations to make it a transformative technology. The question then presents itself, when to use it and under what circumstances?
It wasn’t that long ago that provisioning one’s own data centre was the […]
One of the greatest benefits of cloud computing, at least according to the vendors who are selling it, is that an organisation does not have to bear the up-front capital expenditures that would otherwise be required to provision the services in-house. That benefit is wonderful, but the marginal utility of the no-capex benefit decreases as […]
Your virtualisation efforts may well have started out as a proof-of-concept, or as just an isolated project with a handful of servers, but success in one area inevitably leads to everybody else in the company wanting to jump on that bandwagon. There is, to be sure, an element of a “me too” effect in regards […]
It’s not particularly new, and a lot of people have no idea what it is. Nonetheless, it is still one of the most successful of IETF’s protocol suites. Most of the big Internet applications that are actually making money are on the Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) protocol. And of course, when there is money involved, […]
Modern collaborative technologies allow companies to cast a much wider net, and work with other people and companies across great geographic distances. One oft-touted advantage of this business model is thafrt it allows for the occasional work-at-home-in-your-bathrobe session, but that benefit seems to be little more than a myth, especially with modern videoconferencing technology. It […]
The combination of the cloud, more sophisticated telecommunications and collaboration technology, and a renewed focus on a business model that keeps core functions in-house and outsources the rest, has given SMBs a whole new attitude.
One thing this convergence of factors has caused, is a concentration of talent. The most […]
Superficial discussions about the cloud usually start with the economic argument. It saves money because there are no capital expenditures involved, because the expense is more predictable, there are fewer man-hours involved in administration, and you don’t have to over-provision to accommodate for usage spikes. Those things are all true, but a savvy CIO […]
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