At the beginning of every year, I update my research studies to take into account how cloud IT is resonating with smaller SMB customers. Last year, I reported on the growing trend towards repositioning cloud, not as either on-premise or public, but a hybrid model that combines exiting on-premise infrastructure with one or more public or virtual private clouds.
As a consultant, I am often put in the position of reminding customers to be conscious of support lifecycles when making strategic decisions on system upgrades and internal product lifecycles. Recently, I was asked to help a customer plan a migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2010, and I felt I should write a little bit about this, especially since Microsoft Exchange 2010 recently ended mainstream support.
Today, we would like to illustrate some of the pros of using cloud storage for your business. One of the main perks of using a cloud service to store your files is the ability to access your files from many different locations and devices. For example, if you need to backup your My Documents folder on your computer, you can easily use a service such as Microsoft OneDrive to automatically sync and backup all of those files into the OneDrive cloud
Think about this: When was the last time you were asked how to do something? Chances are that you’ve been asked that very question sometime this week. If you or your customers are in IT, chances are, that same question has been asked and answered hundreds of times. All too often we get stuck in the process of writing out long explanations or repeating ourselves time and time again.
What is data compliance and corporate governance? Most organizations and managers within an organization see it as only a business necessity and evil that complicates their daily lives and the work of their staff, but information is an asset and should be viewed and managed as a valued resource for any business.
In 2004, Team Anti-Virus published the Ten Rules of Common Sense Computing and Virus Defense. These were designed to provide the general public with common sense rules for safe computing. Despite the rapid advancement in technology, those same rules still apply today. Three of those rules are based upon simple knowledge:
In technology, storage is the gift that keeps on giving. While IT departments are consolidating servers, virtualizing desktops, and hosting software in the cloud, storage grows. “Consumers” is the correct term because applications, file repositories and collaboration spaces eat up disk space at alarming rates. Industry analysts predict over 480 terabytes of text message data is saved daily.
Windows 10 is all about Microsoft’s vision and mantra: “Mobile First, Cloud First.” It is built for a new generation of mobile end users, but neatly ties the business desktop experience with the mobile experience. With Windows 10, Microsoft is hoping to “change the waypeople use PCs," as discussed in the live briefing.
The two hour plus keynote on January 21 summarized earlier revelations about Windows 10, and then offered up more information about what is coming in impending previews.
Volume licensing (VL) customers of several Microsoft resellers have recently received an email message, appearing to be from Microsoft, which indicates that a new Open License agreement has been established for their company.