Public, Private or Hybrid Clouds

guestaccess-aspxFor many business owners and management teams, the discussion of a “trend” towards cloud based applications and computing seems late. Most small businesses participate in some element of cloud services every month. When I owned a business, I accessed an Internet based application to update tax tables, accounting software, pay payroll taxes and much more. In fact, the use of cloud based applications and software monitoring was imperative to the successful operations of the business. However, some habits and concerns are difficult to overcome. (more…)

REFs make the Best Cloud Calls: Keeping the Game Fair

shutterstock_160221140If I could get rid of one recent piece of jargon, it would be “the cloud”. There is no such thing as “the cloud”. Not to make things too cloudy, but there are many clouds of varying reliability, effectiveness and features (REFs). These three elements, more than any others should drive the choice of Cloud Solution Providers (CSP) and selection of cloud applications and services. (more…)

Rising to New Heights – Cloud Computing Solutions

With an ever growing body of evidence, it is clear that cloud computing or business IT migration to the cloud is increasing. IDC forecasts global public IT cloud services to reach $127 billion in 2018, representing a compound annual growth rate of 22.9%!

It is also clear that selling cloud solutions has become the new growth industry for cloud oriented partners and entrepreneurs. Such businesses or practices can expect to experience 60% higher gross profits, double the growth rate and 50% more new customers. And, finally, while all of the preceding is a statement of fact or study, it does not foretell of the complete termination of premise based computers or IT infrastructure. Therein lies the conundrum.

Where is the line between the zealots who say businesses will always need premise based IT and those that say the end is near? (more…)