If you’re a small business owner, one of the last things on your mind is
going green. Regardless of your politics, you probably don’t have time to
think about your eco-footprint, besides maybe using recycling bins. You’re
busy managing employees, driving sales, and improving customer service.
You’re also busy looking for ways to cut costs without cutting level of
service, your agility, or your competitive edge. There are myriad ways to cut
costs and many of them are probably on your radar. If the cloud is one of
them, you might already be familiar with some of what I’m about to tell
you. But if you haven’t explored cloud computing, you’re missing an
opportunity to be more conscious of costs … and the environment.
Your company’s computer technology — likely a bunch of in-house servers,
desktops, and equipment serviced by an IT consultant who comes running when
the p... (more)
When I sat down to write this post, I did some prep reading to see what the
bloggers I follow were saying on the topic. But by the third post, I was
reminded that we (the tech nerds) are not generally helpful. Tech nerds talk
and write in our own language. We write to look smarter than the next guy. We
invent words to describe what we’re doing, and if these words catch on in
the mainstream, we just invent another one to further confuse the issue.
It’s at this point that the big box manufacturers and software companies
adopt the word and modify it for their own nefarious intentions... (more)
You don’t have to be a techie to have heard about the challenges Amazon’s
faced with its EC2 elastic cloud offering over the weekend. States of
emergency were declared up and down the eastern seaboard after a destructive
line of thunderstorms knocked out power in over 4 million homes — including
Amazon’s East Coast cloud data center. The outage took down Netflix,
Pinterest, Instagram and well-known cloud applications, as well as cutting
off access to countless numbers of businesses whose names we might never
Since then, media and social media have been speculating on what ... (more)
A few weeks ago, Superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast, leaving devastation
in its wake. Thousands of people were without power, food, and water. It
quickly became clear that Sandy’s aftermath would bring life on the East
Coast to a standstill for days as the region began to rebuild.
Early estimates of the damage put the business loss associated with the storm
as high as $30 billion. But Grudi Associates, The John M. Glover Agency, and
many others weren’t a part of that group. Evolve IP’s redundant cloud
platform allowed them to run their businesses remotely as the storm raged o... (more)
According to Microsoft, the number of small businesses entering the cloud
business will triple in the next few years. So if you’ve already become a
part of that statistic, you’ve made a wise choice. Unless, of course,
you’ve picked the wrong provider to be your partner.
Picking the right partner is easier said than done. And when it comes to the
cloud, it’s hard to tell one provider from the next. So if you can’t even
tell them apart, how are you supposed to pick one that will help you grow
during the next phase of your evolution?
Only you know what will be the right fit for your... (more)