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The Cloud Is Trending Up, Along with Smartphones

Doesn’t it seem like everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days? According to this infographic from Engine Yard, that’s because just about everyone actually does own and utilize a mobile device. Currently, two-thirds of all American adults use a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to connect to the Internet. This year, experts predict that 1 billion smartphones will be sold worldwide. A total of 10 billion mobile devices will be in use by 2016, they project. The infographic also suggests that “the growth of mobile is driving cloud computing and vice versa.” Mobile devices use cloud computing to compensate for their relative lack of processing power and storage space. Also, mobile devices enhance cloud computing by making it possible to access cloud-based services from anywhere. Therefore, any growth in the sales of mobile devices would lead to a correlating expansion in the adoption of cloud-based solutions (and vice versa).

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Tags: Cloud Computing

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Delete Hardware Costs with Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI)

Businesses can significantly lower their IT hardware costs by switching to a Hosted Virtual Desktop from Petronella CompleteCloud. With a Petronella CompleteCloud Hosted Virtual Desktop, businesses don’t have to purchase any on-site servers or storage devices. And because Hosted Virtual Desktops are accessible from anywhere and the Petronella CompleteCloud servers handle all of the processing and storage of our Hosted Virtual Desktops, businesses don’t have to purchase a fully-equipped, $1,000 PC workstation for each employee—instead, they can institute a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy and let employees use their personal laptops or tablets at work; or procure low-cost thin clients or refurbished desktops.

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Tags: Cloud Computing, SMB, Windows, Desktop as a Service, Virtual Desktops, VDI

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Outsourcing to the Cloud

Some people have an understandably negative reaction towards the word “outsourcing.” Basically, the phrase means to contract out a business process to a separate company or freelancers. The reaction to “outsourcing” would probably be more neutral if the meanings associated with the word ended there. However, a fair amount of people associate the practice of contracting out business processes with less-than-desirable quality, questionable labor conditions, and domestic unemployment. For this reason, businesses may be concerned about the public relations consequences of outsourcing their IT. In addition, on-staff personnel may be afraid of losing their jobs to an external hosting provider. Outsourcing does not have to involve sacrificing quality, ethics, or valued colleagues when a business signs up with an experienced and top-of-the-line cloud hosting provider, however.

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Tags: Cloud Computing, SMB, Telecommute, Windows

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5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Dedicated Server

A managed server hosting solution has the security, performance, flexibility, scalability, and control to serve as any business’s hosted IT infrastructure. Let’s look at the top 5 benefits of signing up for a virtual dedicated server.

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Tags: Cloud Computing, SMB, Windows, Virtual Desktops

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Special Alert for Raleigh-Durham Business Owners:

Most Raleigh-Durham, NC Business Owners know that it's important for their servers(s) to be backed up. But what about your computers (desktops, laptops, Macs)? Though it's true that quite a bit of your data is stored on your servers and backed up on your network, your computer itself (your icons, your background, all of your settings, your local files, music and pictures you have stored, and all of your software applications) is most likely NOT being backed up...

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Tags: Tech Tip

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You Just Discovered One Of Your Employees Had Their Smartphone Stolen

Over the last couple of months, we've come across some alarming statistics that you should know. Studies show that as many as 16% of smartphones are lost or stolen each year with only 7% of the stolen devices ever being recovered. Despite the fact that 60% of the missing smartphones are deemed to contain sensitive or confidential information, 57% of these phones were not protected with available security features, leaving the company exposed!

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Tags: Newsletter

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3 Valentine's Day Gifts Reserved For You

Finally, Valentine’s Day gifts that won’t make you fat or give you cavities! During the entire month of February, we’re having a special event for all of our clients (new and old) to show them a little love and appreciation.

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Tags: Tech Tip

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