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The Cloud Isn't Always Cheaper, But It's Almost Always Better


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Public cloud platforms have often been marketed as the cheaper option. In many cases the cloud is cheaper than the alternatives, but I think it was a mistake for the cloud industry to focus on price as the leading benefit. In an...

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Why are so Many Nonprofits and NGOs Using The Cloud?


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Back in 2012, a survey showed that upwards of 90% of nonprofits were using the cloud in some capacity. The vast majority of those were using hosted SaaS applications and many had only the vaguest conception of what the cloud was.

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Hybrid Clouds Aren’t Always More Secure Than Public Clouds


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A hybrid cloud combines two of the fundamental cloud modalities: private clouds and public clouds. Hybrid clouds are becoming increasingly popular among medium and large companies because of an intuitive understanding that hybrid...

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Does the Cloud Really Contribute to Business Agility?


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If you read the articles on this blog, you’ll see “business agility” mentioned many times. That the cloud increases business agility is a claim underlying much of what is written on the web about the cloud. But what exactly is business...

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The Cloud as an Enabler of Multi-Device Continuity


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A substantial proportion of the developed world lives a multi-device life. At a minimum, they make daily use of a desktop or laptop computer and a phone. Many also use tablets, and as wearables become more popular, we’ll see a rise in...

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Category: Cloud Computing / Iaas

Can Your Cloud Provider Answer These Security Questions?


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The cloud is no more or less secure than any other infrastructure deployment method. An IaaS platform can be secure or it can be insecure; the devil is in the implementation details. But the cloud does differ from traditional in-house...

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What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)?


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In an era where rapidly evolving and changing technology creates new opportunities at a breakneck pace, using the right technology can mean the difference between seizing or missing those opportunities. One such technology is ...

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Category: Cloud Computing / Iaas

The Cloud Offers High-Performance Scientific Computing


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High-performance computing (HPC) is an indispensable tool of modern scientific research. Applications of HPC to scientific data have resulted in insights that would have been beyond the grasp of researchers just a few years ago. Genome...

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Backblaze Hard Drive Study Offers a Big Data Demonstration


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We talk a lot about big data on this blog, but we usually address it at an abstract level. I think that’s important because it’s useful to communicate the conceptual underpinnings of what can influence a sea change in the way businesses...

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Category: Big Data