Welcome to Cloud Communications
From cloud computing to cloud storage to hybrid cloud offerings, one could certainly argue that cloud communications are finally here to stay. Cloud communications best refers to data-center-hosted services that are run and accessed over an Internet infrastructure. While in past years, these services have been data-centric, with the advent of VoIP and the realized cost benefits of cloud, companies are quickly straying from on-premise applications. Welcome to the Cloud Communications Channel sponsored by GFI, an award-winning IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
This channel will explore all that has to do with cloud including security, adoption, understanding and innovation. To learn more about the latest trends in cloud communications, and to keep up to date with the most current white papers and case studies, stay tuned to the Cloud Communications channel.
Whether the business owner realizes it or not, they all use cloud computing. Some may claim they have yet to migrate and others may admit to only incremental changes. The reality is that in this mobile economy, companies of all sizes are using cloud computing and cloud communications to the point that it is effectively changing the operation of the business model.
While Google will forever be a verb thanks to the giant's dominance in the search world, the company still struggles to establish itself as an enterprise and developer-focused provider of cloud computing solutions. To try to stake its leadership claim in this space, Google has announced that its cloud services platform is open for anyone and can be used with its new by-the-minute billing promotion to support cloud communications.
Anybody who works a job five days a week knows the value of weekends, holidays, and those nights where you're finally done with work and get to relax. They're the little joys in life that many would lament having to give up. Yet as a consequence of the growing ever-connected, work-where-you-want environment, many find themselves spending time dealing with work e-mail when they're off the clock.
Cybercriminals are out there, looking for the best way to infect computers and steal valuable data, personal information, or even just cause distress. It's a sad but true fact of the computer-centric world we live in. As such, it's important to not only know what scams are out there, but how to best protect yourself against them.
If you've ever checked your e-mail while at a funeral (and felt sufficiently creepy while doing so), take heart; you're not alone.
We've almost reached the point where the cloud is no longer a separate IT "thing" and is more just part of the larger IT operation, as I wrote about earlier this week. But we're not quite to that point, and many organizations are just now making the leap to leveraging cloud computing as part of their enterprise IT strategy.
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