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Worldwide IT spending is projected to rise US$3.8 trillion in 2014 according to recent Gartner research, a 3.1 percent increase from spending in 2013, which was $3.7 trillion. While not a huge jump in dollars, it does indicate that companies have been conserving cash over the past few years and are ready and willing to invest - albeit conservatively - with the recovery in place. The promise of the Cloud has been validated and tested now over several years and organizations are increasing budgets and plans accordingly, more liberal spending is being seen by Cloud service providers who are witnessing an uptick in demand from businesses that are planning to address outdated infrastructure in 2014. Even organizations that are wary of significant cash outlays are recognizing the long-term IT savings it represents and are willing to take the steps to integrate solutions ... (more)

Sensationalized Press Coverage Will Not Kill the Cloud

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 know. Since then, media and social media have been speculating on what ... (more)

Beware of the Also cloud

So, you’ve decided to move some of your critical systems or software to the cloud. How do you tell one cloud provider from the next? How do you pick the right cloud services provider(s) to help you truly change the way you consume technology? For some perspective about the cloud, let’s turn to Microsoft (chuckle). In a recent survey of small and midsize business adoption of the cloud, Microsoft found that small and medium-sized business (SMB) use of the cloud will triple in the next few years. But 60 percent of SMBs don’t have the resources to implement these new technologies. ... (more)

Public, Private, Hybrid, and Other Clouds

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)

Evolve IP Helps Customers Avoid Downtime During Hurricane Sandy

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)