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5 out of 10 people in the cloud have experienced the benefit of disaster avoidance / recovery. Learn more in our survey of 1,257 cloud decision makers. In last week’s blog, we explored the rise of both disaster recovery (DR) concern and cloud adoption. In this third and final installment, we are going to look at another situation where the cloud helped an Evolve IP customer during a natural disaster. The cloud can help organizations rise above natural disasters, a realization that became clear to executives at Apria Healthcare following Hurricane Katrina. As the devastating hurricane hit New Orleans and storm waters knocked out telephone service, Apria, a national deliverer of home health care services, could not take calls from customers, many of whom had made hurried departures from the area and were now in need of extra oxygen tanks, among other supplies. Foll... (more)

When Disaster Strikes, the Cloud Holds Answers – Part 1 of 3: Keeping the Business Running

As summer winds down to an end, it’s tough to forget that winter 2013-2014 was one of the coldest on record in parts of the country, according to the government’s official monthly climate report released recently. The cold and snow had a direct impact on the bottom line of many businesses as offices across the U.S. were shut down for days, resulting in business disruptions and revenue loss, especially if employees did not have the capabilities to work from home. Now, with hurricane season knocking at the door, we thought it was a good time to advise businesses to take a lesson fr... (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)

The evolution of the office

International Data Corporation, in conjunction with Microsoft, recently announced research that suggested that by 2015, the cloud will add 14 million jobs across the globe. It’s safe to say that we’ve crossed the chasm (thanks Geoffrey), at least in terms of acceptance of the cloud as the way businesses will use technology in the future. The question is no longer, “Are you in the cloud?” But rather, “What are you using it for?” Unfortunately, just when we think people are starting to “get” the cloud, a new level of confusion is being introduced by the cloud providers themselve... (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)