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  • 22 Advantages Of Cloud Computing

    by : Octree

    New to cloud computing? Looking for some evidence to prove that it’s worth your company’s time?

    You’ve come to the right place.

    Here’s a list of 22 cloud benefits, straight from experts in the cloud computing industry, to help you learn exactly what you can get when your company uses the cloud.

    1. Increased Flexibility
    Cloud-based remote servers have a vast capacity, which allows bandwidth needs to be met anytime, anywhere.

    “Cloud computing allows your employees to be more flexible—both in and out of the workplace. Employees can access files using web-enabled devices such as smartphones, laptops, and notebooks... In this way, cloud computing enables the use of mobile technology.” —Rick Blaisdell, Technical and Business Strategist

  • The ex-employee menace: why companies need a security 'exit' strategy

    by : Octree

    Insider threat to corporate data

    Rogue employee, internal threat, security awareness training, internal security, (whatever you can think of that people may use to search!)

    It would appear that few SMEs take the threat of a rogue employee seriously, and even fewer consider the implications after they have left. Yet the threats from rogue access are vast, from lost critical data to compliance failures, leading to potentially crippling damages. Read Edward Snowden as a high profile recent example.
  • The Storm clouds are looming

    by : Octree
    Whilst I am always somewhat sceptical regarding survey data generated by vendors most likely to benefit from the findings, this piece of work does throw up some alarming, and illuminating, statistics that we should all be mindful of. In simple terms, if your cloud provider is failing to meets its regulatory compliance obligations then so are you.

    Only one in a hundred cloud providers is set to meet new requirements on data protection. That's according to research from Skyhigh Networks after examining provisions taken to support the EU General Data Protection Regulation, due to be passed this year and take effect in 2015.

  • Cloud computing – Is the Cloud right for my business?

    by : Octree
    The world is abuzz over cloud computing--using virtual servers available on demand over the Internet. But the truth is not every small business needs to operate "in the cloud." Before you make the move, or someone convinces you to make the move, consider these five criteria, care of Philip McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group.

    How Fast Is Your Business Growing?

    Investments in hardware and software typically follow a stair-step pattern. Incremental outlays often lead to too much capacity; that's why utilization rates for IT systems tend to be low--30% to 40%. Cloud computing can more smoothly match technology expenditures with a company's natural trajectory. Fast-growers tend to be good candidates for the cloud, as are those with choppy or seasonal demand. Stable, predictable outfits that feel more comfortable with keeping systems in-house might be better off staying pat.

  • Cloud computing – Is the Cloud right for my business?

    by : Octree
    The world is abuzz over cloud computing--using virtual servers available on demand over the Internet. But the truth is not every small business needs to operate "in the cloud." Before you make the move, or someone convinces you to make the move, consider these five criteria, care of Philip McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group.

    How Fast Is Your Business Growing?

    Investments in hardware and software typically follow a stair-step pattern. Incremental outlays often lead to too much capacity; that's why utilization rates for IT systems tend to be low--30% to 40%. Cloud computing can more smoothly match technology expenditures with a company's natural trajectory. Fast-growers tend to be good candidates for the cloud, as are those with choppy or seasonal demand. Stable, predictable outfits that feel more comfortable with keeping systems in-house might be better off staying pat.

  • Cloud computing – Is the Cloud right for my business?

    by : Octree
    The world is abuzz over cloud computing--using virtual servers available on demand over the Internet. But the truth is not every small business needs to operate "in the cloud." Before you make the move, or someone convinces you to make the move, consider these five criteria, care of Philip McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group.

    How Fast Is Your Business Growing?

    Investments in hardware and software typically follow a stair-step pattern. Incremental outlays often lead to too much capacity; that's why utilization rates for IT systems tend to be low--30% to 40%. Cloud computing can more smoothly match technology expenditures with a company's natural trajectory. Fast-growers tend to be good candidates for the cloud, as are those with choppy or seasonal demand. Stable, predictable outfits that feel more comfortable with keeping systems in-house might be better off staying pat.

  • Cloud computing – Is the Cloud right for my business?

    by : Octree
    The world is abuzz over cloud computing--using virtual servers available on demand over the Internet. But the truth is not every small business needs to operate "in the cloud." Before you make the move, or someone convinces you to make the move, consider these five criteria, care of Philip McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group.

    How Fast Is Your Business Growing?

    Investments in hardware and software typically follow a stair-step pattern. Incremental outlays often lead to too much capacity; that's why utilization rates for IT systems tend to be low--30% to 40%. Cloud computing can more smoothly match technology expenditures with a company's natural trajectory. Fast-growers tend to be good candidates for the cloud, as are those with choppy or seasonal demand. Stable, predictable outfits that feel more comfortable with keeping systems in-house might be better off staying pat.

  • Cloud computing – Is the Cloud right for my business?

    by : Octree
    The world is abuzz over cloud computing--using virtual servers available on demand over the Internet. But the truth is not every small business needs to operate "in the cloud." Before you make the move, or someone convinces you to make the move, consider these five criteria, care of Philip McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard's Personal Systems Group.

    How Fast Is Your Business Growing?

    Investments in hardware and software typically follow a stair-step pattern. Incremental outlays often lead to too much capacity; that's why utilization rates for IT systems tend to be low--30% to 40%. Cloud computing can more smoothly match technology expenditures with a company's natural trajectory. Fast-growers tend to be good candidates for the cloud, as are those with choppy or seasonal demand. Stable, predictable outfits that feel more comfortable with keeping systems in-house might be better off staying pat.

  • Cyber crime costs small firms nearly £19bn a year

    by : Octree

    So according to research carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) small businesses across the UK could be losing billions of pounds every year to cyber criminals and fraud, with the average small firm facing a near £4,000 cost.

    A new report from the Federation of Small Businesses said cyber crime and fraud cost its 200,000 members around £800m a year, or £3,926 each on average. Government figures estimate that there are 4.8 million small firms across the country. This would mean a total cost of more than £18.8bn based on the FSB’s average.

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