The small business fear of the cloud - debunked

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Nearly half of small businesses in the US do not use cloud storage. So why do so many small businesses refuse to use the cloud?

Cloud thought leaders posit that this fear arises from concerns about security lapses, privacy, and proper compliance implementation. Other explanations include lack of awareness about how to use the cloud, a dearth of knowledge about how to leverage cloud storage...

By Sarah Patrick, 25 November 2015, 3 comments. Categories: Adoption, Software, Storage.

Why small business adoption of cloud storage still has some way to go

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Research from B2B research firm Clutch has revealed just over half (52%) of small businesses are using a cloud storage solution, with Dropbox the most popular and Apple the highest rated service.

According to the report, which polled 438 small business across the US and 744 full time employees, Dropbox was used by 53% of respondents, ahead of Google Drive (45%), Apple iCloud (34%) and Microsoft OneDrive (30%). Box, in comparison, was used by only 6% of respondents, indicating a...

By James Bourne, 20 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Report assesses how ISVs take their cloud solutions to market

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A report from the Cloud Technology Alliance has assessed how independent software vendors (ISVs) take their cloud solutions to market, and found the age old discussion over who owns the customer relationship remains unsolved.

39 companies responded to the survey, 72% of respondents based on North America and 26% in EMEA. Of the respondents, only 36% say they expect channel partners to be self-sufficient in closing business, while 33% of ISVs surveyed expect their channel partners to...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, SaaS , Software, Vendors.

IHS forecast shows SDN deployments ramping up in 2015

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Software defined networking (SDN) will move from early adopters into the hands of mainstream buyers by 2017, according to the latest research note from IDS.

The findings, which appear in the latest IHS Infonetics Data Centre and Enterprise SDN Hardware and Software report, also show the market for ‘in use’ SDN Ethernet switches – ostensibly the real market for SDN, compared with the Ethernet switches that lie dormant – at $1.4 billion this year, nearly doubling...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Research, Software.

Cloud continues to give companies competitive advantage, report shows

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More organisations are saying cloud computing gives them a competitive advantage, but fewer are saying it gives their company a significant advantage, according to the latest figures from Verizon.

The report, the third annual ‘State of the Market: Enterprise Cloud’ paper released by the telco giant, found 77% of firms cite cloud as a competitive advantage, compared with 74% this time last year. Yet only 16% argue cloud gives significant advantage this time round,...

By James Bourne, 11 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

Bitcasa CEO Brian Taptich: Competing with Microsoft, Amazon, Google a “suicide mission”

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Brian Taptich, the CEO of developer-centric cloud storage provider Bitcasa, has told this publication that Microsoft shuttering its unlimited OneDrive storage policy is “definitely not a failure” and other players in the space are risking a “suicide mission” by competing against the hypervendors on their own terms.

Earlier this...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Dropbox bolsters enterprise play, engages in competitor bashing

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Cloud storage provider Dropbox has launched a new enterprise product, as well as making other announcements at an event in San Francisco.

For those asking the inevitable question of ‘doesn’t Dropbox already have an enterprise product?’, then the answer is yes – Dropbox for Business, which has more than 100,000 users – but this product enhances those features to include new account management tools for greater security.

Among these are a suspended user...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, Storage.

Collaboration and the cloud: How business needs to operate in the digital economy

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The emergence of the cloud has dramatically changed the way businesses operate and collaborate. With trends such as flexible working and the gig or sharing economy on the rise, communication is now more important than ever to enable colleagues to keep in touch regardless of time zone or location.

Here are just a few of the ways the cloud can be utilised to ensure effective collaboration:

Access anywhere

With...

By James Campanini, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software.

Utilising cloud to keep communications strong as the business changes

Why, at a time when top CIOs are listing cloud, mobile, infrastructure and data centre in the top five investment priorities for 2015, are so many businesses sticking with on-premise or hosted solutions to manage their internal communication systems? And how flexible are they when a business has to cope with change?

Outdated technology can’t adapt to changes in environment. This whitepaper from Thinking Phones assesses how when change is required, the internal communications cannot be disrupted.

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Software, UnifiedComms.

Microsoft turns off unlimited OneDrive for Office 365, blames greedy users

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It turns out unlimited does not mean unlimited after all: Microsoft has reneged on its plans to give Office 365 subscribers unlimited OneDrive cloud storage, capping each account at 1 TB.

This is perhaps being a little harsh, and isn’t a particularly egregious rewriting of the English language. Microsoft’s reason for cutting back on OneDrive and its unlimited access, available for just over a year, is that some people are just too greedy for their own good.

“Since we started to...

By James Bourne, 03 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Software, Storage.