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From the category archives: The Cloud

At ThrottleNet, we know the ins and outs of the cloud, and regularly share our thoughts on storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of from your computer's hard drive. Get your expert cloud knowledge on the ThrottleNet blog. Read our cloud archives below.

Evaluating the Latest Public Cloud Security Statistics

Today, nearly every IT professional is using cloud service in their operations. Most users employ a hybrid model, mixing public and private clouds to store data within their organization.

A recent statistic released by McAfee questions public cloud security, stating that 25% of businesses who employ a public cloud service have had confidential data compromised.

The statistic was included in McAfee’s annual Cyber Security Report, released ahead of the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.

While 97% of businesses employ some form of cloud storage, up from 93% in the same study last year, only 69% trust their data in the cloud.

Among confidential information stored in the cloud, customer information is the most common, reported in 61% of organizations. About 40% of companies store internal documentation, payment card information and personal staff data in the cloud, while 30% of users rely on the cloud for intellectual properties, healthcare records, competitive intelligence and network pass card storage.

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Google Steps Up to Help Get Companies in the Cloud with Transfer Appliance

The biggest irony of storing loads of data in the cloud is that it has to get there first. For some companies, that means their data takes a cross country road trip. 

Today’s destination? Mountain View California. 

Google has stepped up it’s cloud migration game, recently introducing the Google Transfer Appliance (GTA), which is essentially a shippable network connected hard drive capable of storing 100 TB or 480 TB of raw data before it’s uploaded to Google’s Cloud Servers. Essentially, GTA is Google’s answer to Amazon Web Service’s Snowmobile, minus the truck.

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Five Benefits of Desktop Virtualization: How Virtual Desktop Solutions Can Help Your Business

virtual desktop solutionsHas your business considered taking its desktops to the cloud? Desktop virtualization is the separation of the desktop environment and associated hardware from local devices, instead, storing this information on a server or in the cloud. Virtual desktop solutions benefit end users and IT teams in countless ways, and are especially beneficial to small organizations in terms of cost-savings.

Traditional desktop computers can be burdensome to maintain, and hours can be wasted setting up new machines to match the needs of newly onboarded employees. Beyond saving time and money, there are plenty of benefits of desktop virtualization to consider before deploying this technology at your business.

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Moving to the Cloud? How to Make Your Cloud Transition Go Smoothly

migrating-to-the-cloudThe cloud is appealing to small businesses for so many different reasons. Scalability, Security, cost and the freedom to go anywhere are all motivating factors that make moving to the cloud a no-brainer for business.

 

But change is hard – especially after years of learning and understanding the ins and outs of your legacy system. While some employees may experience headaches after migrating to the cloud there are steps you can take to make migrating to the cloud a hassle-free experience.

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Smart Office Solutions: Applying Connected Home Technology to Your Business

smart-office-solutionsThe Internet of Things has massive potential to evolve how small businesses operate. Smart business technology can be applied to small businesses in virtually any industry, even those that do not consider themselves on the cutting edge of technology.

Home-based connected technology can be a game-changer in an office environment, and as technology continues to improve, smart office solutions are a wave of the future that small business owners simply can’t ignore much longer.

In this article, we’re not discussing iOT solutions specifically geared towards business, but how connected home technology can be used to make a small business smarter, more efficient and cost-effective, along with the important measures a small business needs to take to secure their smart office solutions. Think Arlo, Nest and Alexa and how they can be used in a small business setting.

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Summer Fridays: Equipping Your Employees to Work from Home Without Technology Problems

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Ah, sweet summertime. Firing up the grill, watching some baseball, maybe hitting the links or taking a dip in the pool and…going back to work on Monday and doing the same thing you did all Winter long.

In the United States, there is no such thing as a summer break from the real world. Despite the all-American work ethic, employee engagement naturally declines during the summer months. Unless they’re trapped in a windowless room, the bright sunlight shining through the office windows can knock employees off their game and get them dreaming of all the things they would rather be doing during the workday.

There is a lot of work that has to happen behind the scenes to keep companies that allow working from home running on Summer Fridays.

If an employee doesn’t have access to their email or the important files they need, they’re not working. It’s as simple as that.

From an IT perspective, several steps need to be taken to ensure successful implementation of a Summer Fridays program. Read more!

 

 

 

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Should You Move Your Network to the Cloud?

Are you thinking about moving your on-site network to the cloud? Whether you are considering using one feature of the cloud, or moving your entire network of workstations and servers, do you understand all the positives and negatives of making this transition?

Dustin Leefers, a Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the pros and cons of moving your network infrastructure to cloud based technology. 

Leefers said moving to the cloud makes a lot of sense for many businesses. The key reasons include…

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Flying Past Cloud Computing Challenges – What Cloud Customers Seek In A Vendor

cloud computing challengesHere at ThrottleNet, we feel there are many advantages of the cloud. The cloud gives businesses the flexibility to access their files anytime, anywhere. It is easy to use, simple to set up, scalable and affordable.

Overall, the cloud is great for companies… and it takes up a whole lot less office space than a room full of servers.

While the concept of the cloud has been aroud since the 1950’s, it didn’t become a reality for private customers until 2008. Since cloud technology is still relatively new, it is no surprise that a recent Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)  cloud survey shows that there is a great deal of confusion amongst executives about the cloud – how it works, what it does and what the advantages of the cloud really are.

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3 Small Business Technology Trends To Watch

small business technology trends for summer 2014The way small businesses operate in 2014 is very different than they operated in 1954. Part of that is common sense. Times change. Creativity in business is becoming more important, as companies try to position themselves above the competition.

Business technology is ever-evolving. This doesn’t just affect big corporations who can afford a multi-million dollar IT budget. Nine out of every 10 businesses is categorized as a small business. Seven out of every 10 jobs is a small business job. A lot is riding on small business technology in 2014. Creativity in business is the difference between profiting and being left behind.

Consider these three actionable, profit-driving goals for small business technology this summer.

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Lost in the Clouds - Understanding the Cloud for Small Business Owners

THE CLOUD!  You hear it proclaimed everywhere. Unfortunately, for many business owners, understanding its workings makes no more sense now than the first time you heard about it.

It causes you to stare at the sky and wonder what possible help or panacea exists to affordably revolutionize your business’ information technology portfolio.   The truth is your business really needs a piece of the cloud.  Here’s why…

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