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What would make you try a video conferencing solution?

Advantages of Cloud Based Video Conferencing Solution

As more and more workers function remotely and as travel budgets continue to shrink, the need for quality video conferencing from any device located anywhere has increased dramatically.

And yet the high price of hardware combined with the complexities involved with operation and maintenance have rendered traditional video conferencing solutions impractical for many, if not all, organizations.

It’s all been too costly to scale, too dependent on expensive QoS networks — and the need to reserve resources in order to conduct successful meetings has created far too much hassle.

What’s needed? Well, to begin with, a video conferencing solution has to be high-definition. It should be able to span mobile, desktop, room systems, and immersive telepresence environments. It should be easy to dynamically scale to changing business requirements and adapt to growth. And, of course, it should be simple to use.

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And now for the how of developing web and mobile apps

mobile application development icons

As I pointed out in my last entry, the ability to field web and mobile applications is quickly becoming a business necessity for even small enterprises.

If you’re lacking the substantial developer expertise needed to accomplish that — and most smaller and midsize organizations are — than your best option is to search out an accomplished web/mobile app development services provider.

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The why and how of developing web and mobile apps — first, the why (and just a teeny bit of how)

Need for Developing Mobile and Web Based Apps

The numbers are more than impressive: 4.8 billion mobile handsets currently in use — and 19% of those are smartphones, up 2% from just last year.

Then there’s the Internet, which now claims some 2.2 billion users, 1.3 billion of whom access it via some sort of personal computer (desktop, laptop, ultrabook, netbook, tablet).

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Are the applications you use endangering your business? A look at the solution

Application security scan

Hackers have many ways to exploit even the smallest vulnerabilities in your application environment and too often you’re compromised even before you grasp that there’s a problem.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. The solution is an application security scan conducted by a services provider adept at dealing with issues related to application development, support — and, of course, security.

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Cloud Computing best practice #1: Before all else, strategy, strategy, strategy

Importance of Developing a Cloud Strategy

The odds are overwhelming that your business will end up engaged in Cloud Computing (if it hasn’t already). Whether you’re stepping toward Cloud services for the first time, expanding your use, or revisiting what you want to achieve with Cloud services, the very first thing you should do is to develop a Cloud strategy.

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Cloud Computing best practice #2: Negotiate your Cloud SLA

Cloud Computing Best Practice - Negotiating your Cloud SLA

The right Cloud service-level agreement (SLA) will enable you to bundle all your Cloud services into a single monthly OpEx payment that will …

  • Shift significant amounts of your IT costs from your capital budget into your operating budget,
  • Relieve you of constant IT asset upgrade and maintenance costs, and
  • Make it easier to manage your services and ensure that you’ve established — and continue to achieve — appropriate service levels

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Cloud Computing best practice #3: Pay attention to security

Importance of Security in Cloud Computing

This best practice might seem obvious, but it can never be over-emphasized. Here are the five must-dos of Cloud Computing security…

  1. Evaluate Cloud service providers’ security with these questions:
    • What access control model do you use? Who chooses the authoritative sources of access control policy and user profile information — you, or us, or a third party?
    • Do you support retrieval of access control policies and user profile information from external sources? If so, via what formats and transmission mechanisms?
    • Where do our accounts reside? How are they provisioned and deprovisioned? How do you protect the integrity of my data?
    • What authentication mechanisms do you support? (These should be appropriate for the sensitivity of the data use.) Do you support federated authentication or single sign-on model(s)?
    • What support do you provide for delegated administration by policy administration services?
    • What log information do you provide? Can it be imported into our operational analysis and reporting tools?
    • Can we specify external entities with whom to share information? If so, how is that accomplished? Continue reading

Cloud Computing best practices #5 and #4: Monitoring and covering your backup

Importance of Cloud Data Monitoring

Cloud Computing doesn’t mean you walk away from your IT.

That’s why #5 in our Cloud Computing best practices countdown is: Always monitor your Cloud services.

Moving to the Cloud doesn’t require a new network (unless your existing network already has serious issues). But bandwidth is a core component of systems using Cloud platforms, so you need to plan for your bandwidth requirements and monitor bandwidth use. Doing this generally obviates Cloud bandwidth issues. And monitoring is the best way to ensure that your provider is living up to your service-level agreement.

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Cloud Computing best practice #6: Check out available Cloud capabilities

Key Capabilities to Look Out For in a Cloud Computing Solution

Every day, there are new kinds of cloud computing services and solutions. And for good reason: Cloud innovation is gaining momentum and shows no signs of slowing. This is exciting news for business leaders who understand the competitive advantages that Cloud can bring them.

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Altering the economies of innovation with a customized Cloud

Customized Cloud Computing Solutions

The potential of Cloud Computing is unquestionably a game changer — especially when you can combine the cost and speed-of-deployment advantages of public cloud services with the power to granularly choose deployment and ownership options.

This sort of Shape-Your-Own Cloud alternative can make a huge bottom-line difference, as one of our clients recently reported. He cut his overall IT spend by 66 percent and has also reduced his maintenance costs by 99 percent — yes, you see that right: 99 percent. Plus, he has seen a year-over-year CapEx savings of $200,000. And best of all — his IT staff is now focused, as he says, “where it should” — on supporting end-users.

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