Posts Tagged ‘Cloud Computing’

I know Cloud computing is one of the most hyped technology trends of 2010, and foor better or for worse, cloud-computing technology is going to stay, on the other hand Small Businesses Are Clueless About Cloud Computing, did you know the fact that seventy percent of Microsoft employees are doing something at least related to cloud computing; in a year or so, that figure will be ninety percent.. Although cloud computing is not without concerns about security, stability, and data ownership, at its best it allows businesses to unshackle day-to-day operations from the local datacenter. Cloud computing is helping to shape today’s truly mobile workforce.

So how can Cloud Computing help for small businesses, or even in that case a startup, for small businesses, cloud computing hits a particular sweet spot. With cloud services, small businesses reap the benefits of not having to deploy physical infrastructure like file and e-mail servers, storage systems or shrink-wrapped software. Plus, the “anywhere, anytime” availability of these solutions, means hassle-free collaboration between business partners and employees by simply using a browser. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that aside from a locally installed desktop operating system and browser, a lot of today’s small business technology needs can be fulfilled almost completely with cloud-based offerings.

For those who are not aware of what Cloud Computing is Exactly?

Let’s take a quick look at what constitutes a true cloud-computing solution. Cloud-computing services require no software to purchase and install. This doesn’t include a Java plug-in or some other kind of lightweight applet required to use the service. Cloud-computing fees for businesses are typically subscription-based. The vendors usually charge you on a month-to-month or annual basis. The solutions we feature here are relatively affordable and follow the subscription model. Another feature of cloud computing is that it’s easily scalable. Many of these solutions can work for a business with five employees or 5,000. Cloud-based service is nimble because it grows as your business grows.

Let we look at the twelve of the top cloud-computing services for small businesses, in today market under various categories..

    Cloud Computing for: Storage and Backup

Egnyte Hybrid Cloud Solution

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Cost: ~$19.98 – $69.98 Direct
One of the most pertinent concerns for a business of any size is storage and backup. Especially backup because, face it, your live business data is only as good as your last successful backup of it. For online backup and storage, it doesn’t get much better for SMBs than Egnyte. Egnyte’s Hybrid Cloud Solution offers a “file server in the cloud” so there’s no need for a physical file server. Egnyte has inherent disaster recovery and backup. It’s also a great way to get remote access to your files. You can opt to use Egnyte’s Local Cloud on NAS which will synch files from your online file server to a local NAS (not all NAS devices are supported, though).

Dropbox

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Cost: ~$4.99 – $49.00 Direct
Dropbox is a superbly implemented cloud-based automatic file-synchronization service that lets users share and store files online.

    Cloud Computing for: Productivity

Google Docs

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Cost: Free
Of course, productivity is key for a successful business. Online office suite Google Docs is elegant, efficient and provides document collaboration. Plus it’s more compatible with Microsoft documents than other online services of its kind.

Google Apps

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Cost: $50 per user per year Direct
If you want to integrate Google Docs into a collaborative workspace, complete with email and calendaring, Google Apps is the way to go.

Microsoft Office Live Small Business

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Cost: Free
Microsoft Office Live Small Business received an Editors’ Choice award, too. It gives SMBs the tools they need to conduct business online: 500 MB of storage, 1 year of domain registration, web-site building tools, business apps and more. It’s a powerful toolkit for small businesses on a budget.

    Cloud Computing for: Finance and Accounting

Outright.com

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Cost: Free
Keeping financial records and accounting are a necessary evil of running a business. Outright.com is an online accounting service that fits light accounting needs, such as tracking income expenses and tax obligations.

Bill.com

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Cost: $25 Direct, per month (1 user)
Bill.com smoothly automates small-business accounting by reducing the time and paperwork normally required for accounts payable, thus saving money.

    Cloud Computing for: CRM

Salesforce.com

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Cost: $65 to 250 Direct, per user per month
For dealing with customer accounts, Salesforce.com is a top-notch cloud-based CRM service. It provides a myriad of features like managing sales, marketing campaigns, and running reports.

    Cloud Computing for: Communication

DimDim 5.5

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Cost: $0.00 – $75.00 Direct
Communications are vital. Save money on business trips and installed phone-system costs with Dimdim This affordable, feature-packed Web conferencing solution is clearly a labor of love for its developers, and it gets better with each version. It covers all of your web and videoconferencing needs–plus, it’s fun to use.

Skype 4.0

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Cost: Free
Skype continues to improve its VoIP quality. Skype’s new interface makes video calls a priority and is the most intuitive out there. The new, efficient Silk audio codec produces class-leading sound for video and voice, earning Skype our Editors’ Choice for video calling.

    Cloud Computing for: IT Tools

Meraki WiFi Stumbler

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Cost: Free
Small businesses may not have the resources for an on-site IT staff. Meraki Wi-Fi Stumbler is an online wireless network analyzer that’s simple enough for anyone at your business to use. It provides information on nearby wireless access points, channels and signal strength allowing you to maximize your wireless networks efficiency.

LogMeIn Central

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Cost: $49.99 monthly; $299.00 yearly, Direct
LogMeIn Central is way to connect PCs via the Internet for tech support or for collaboration. It also gives a centralized snapshot of the health of PCs in your organization and it’s user-friendly enough for non-gurus.

    Cloud Computing: Database

Quickbase

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Cost: $250.00, Direct
Ultra-customizable, fast, and easy, Intuit’s QuickBase is the only business-class online database to come from a long-established vendor that a cautious company can trust. Editor’s Choice winner Quickbase, Intuit’s database can house any type of data from invoices to inventory. It’s fast, reliable, and has many native applications, so you can quickly get up and running.

I know this list may not cover all that you are aware of or currently using, comment them so others can have use with it.. Happy Week!!

As we see with economy now crawling back to normalcy, companies have once again hit the hiring button. Overall, companies are so dependent on IT that they can’t lay off the people who keep their data center operations humming, and they’re loath to let go of the developers who are working on next-generation Internet applications. So, which are the technologies that will be in hot demand in the job market in 2010, any idea? The technologies that will help you give your career a boost. Read on to know the hot technology jobs of demand in 2010. So let’s hit the demand queue..

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    1) Rich internet Applications:

Have you seen anyone without a twitter or a Facebook accounts these days, better they forget there wallet these days but I bet not these, with Web 2.0 becoming `the’ word in Internet space, there’s an increased emphasis on adding interactivity and improving user experience. This has resulted in the evolution of Rich Internet Applications or RIAs. The Web standards are also said to be incorporating RIAs.

Companies today look at adding more disparate functionalities to their applications, also user experience is rated as one of the top parameter on any software development project. With so much happening on the technology front, having an RIA experience can be the key resume differentiator for the coming year.

    2) Java and .Net

It’s like humans can’t be living with hot cup of java or tea 😉 Topping again the lists is what the news article calls evergreen fields Java and .Net. There are primarily two career paths that these pros can take: one towards Web development and the other to enterprise-class applications. With application development on both fronts, Web and enterprise level, buzzing with opportunities, the IT pros with core expertise in these areas can expect to remain in demand.

With a natural progression towards Web-based applications, it is essential for a developer to add skillsets for Web technologies to his core expertise. With Web 2.0 front brewing with activity, a developer can also build skills on technologies like Sliverlight, AJAX, WPF etc.

    3) Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is one of the hottest buzzwords for 2010. With technology companies betting big on cloud computing, a career based around it is surely a good bet. Google AppEngine, Microsoft Azure, Amazon are some of the cloud platforms for which developers can build and deploy applications these days.

Several popular enterprise applications like CRM, ERP too are being hosted on Cloud platform. Also, companies setting up their private clouds would need to shift their existing applications to the new platform. The transition process would need both developers and testers. I predict a solid future for IT professionals with experience in IT optimization, including virtualization and cloud computing. However, these jobs may end up in service providers, rather than IT departments. 🙂

    4) Project management

Project Management certifications are increasingly being seen as a must for employment or advancement as a Project Manager in most companies. There are several industry recognised certifications like PMP and PRINCE2. These certifications help you in making a career for yourself not only in IT industry but in other business verticals too. Project management skills are going to be more important over the next few years.
Even more important is experience managing complex IT projects and delivering results on time and on or under budget.

    5) Embedded Technologies

With mobile and smart devices going mainstream, the demand for embedded software developers has gone up. Today, embedded technologies are used in almost all gadgets camera, TV, mobile phone, etc. The seeping in of embedded technologies into digital devices of daily use has created demand for both software and hardware professionals.

According to the news story, with devices mostly being based on ARM chips or x86, it is important for embedded software developers to have complete knowledge of the architecture and C/C+ languages for programming purposes. A developer needs to know the varied architectures of the chipset and how to deploy an application across.

    6) Mobile development

Today mobile phones are not just hardware! There’s a lot of software that goes inside them. The software that also goes a long way in making them a huge success or a big dud. The software that packs the Apples, Nokias Blackberries have also created a new career avenue. With enterprises too going mobile, the career has got a further boost. As smartphones gain in popularity and replace laptops, companies want applications like CRM, BI to be made available to their employees on these handheld devices.

Mobile platforms are based on disparate frameworks like Java, Windows or Symbian. To carve a career in the mobile development domain, a developer is required to gain core expertise in one of the frameworks.

    7) IT security

A slew of security certifications – including the CompTIA Security+, GIAC Security Essentials, Certified Ethical Hacker, GIAC Certified Incident Handler and Check Point Certified Security Administrator, etc.. will have increased value in 2010. The value of security skills is going up, and more importantly these jobs are pretty stable, as there some crooks always want to shows of there screwing skills 🙂

There maybe many others fields which will continuously as we have seen this year, but this seems to be the big areas again in 2010 which is gonna shine, so a keep watch for it..

Late Tuesday night, the Google Blog officially announced that the Google Chrome OS was a reality and would appear on netbooks some time later next year. So it seems now is the time where a lightweight contender with enough focus, and enough driving force could succeed in tipping the balance finally from desktop to web.

Google chrome OS

Google chrome OS

If you remember the very first Micrsoft WPF demos, they showed desktop applications which were email-able, inherently connected. At the time I considered these islands in the cloud, whether that was the future of apps, indeed it seemed silly to have to start an OS, to start a web browser, to start an app. Why not cut out the middle man (as does AIR). But this big old web-browser kept on being too useful, too good at connecting the dots, so it lingers. When you turn it into the OS, that doesn’t cut out the middle man, it cuts out the old guy that was behind him. Indeed most people don’t even know what the browser is/was.

Google Chrome OS is nothing new, from the Pogo of the 90’s, to linux netbooks of this decade, to the Crunchpad of next, we’ve seen these light-weight alternatives come and go, but this is a war of attrition, and it’s the users that are the grains of sand wearing down at the walls of the Fat Operating System, not the technology.

The announcement contained a thesis statement that is a bit more significant than it might appear at first: “It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.” That statement has both strategic and practical implications, which we’ll consider in turn.

From a strategic perspective, “what operating systems should be” clearly involves a heavy dose of Google-driven Web apps, from e-mail to spreadsheets. The entire OS will be focused on getting users into a Web browser as quickly as possible; any other applications will be secondary and probably not provided by Google. Instead, once the browser launches, users can do their computing via online applications, saving their data in the cloud

Google views this as computing nirvana for users, saying, “[Users] want their data to be accessible to them wherever they are and not have to worry about losing their computer or forgetting to back up files.”

But there are still a variety of applications that simply can’t be replicated within a browser, and consumers have had a mixed reaction to Google’s own apps, embracing Gmail but finding its presentation software to be severely limited compared to its desktop app counterparts. But the Chrome OS will be appearing first on netbooks, which can’t handle some of the more heavyweight desktop applications in the first place. And the new offering has the potential to drive users to rely on Google’s online offerings, which certainly would further the company’s goals.

Google expects this to be a a full fledged open source operating system built from the ground up. Its focus will be on speed, security and simplicity much like the Google Chrome web browser and Android OS.

I believe Google as a rich tech basket in themself the have a diverse portfolio of technologies to pick from. Their experience with Flash in Google Analytics and YouTube, HTML and JavaScript in applications such as Google Mail (primarily created using Java that outputs the HTML/JS), their open 3D plugin O3D, their Google Gears for offline storage of data, and of course HTML5 with JavaScript which is perhaps where we’ll see them lean should it reach sufficient fruition in the 2010’s.

Google says that they are working on making netbooks running Google Chrome OS for availability sometime in 2010 with the help OEM like HP, Dell, Acer etc… Your move Apple and Microsoft.