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Public Versus Private Cloud: What’s the Difference?

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2018 8:13:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Adoption

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When you ask most people about “the cloud” the answer you’ll typically receive often describes what is more specifically known as a “public cloud.” So what are these two digital entities and why do their differences matter to your business?

First, though, let’s quickly talk about the cloud in general because, although many people casually toss the term around in conversation, surprisingly few can accurately explain what the cloud really is. The cloud, quite simply, is a network of servers that can perform a variety of IT functions offsite. In the business world, that might mean running a company’s software and/or managing its data in a secure datacenter via the Internet. For those firms, applications and data no longer reside on computers or hard-wired servers located on-premise – they’re stored, managed, and maintained on servers elsewhere.

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Disaster recovery in the cloud – better and cheaper

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Adoption, Disaster Recovery

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One area of cloud computing that still causes some fear and trepidation in even the most stout-hearted IT professionals is disaster recovery (DR). While many are perfectly happy to move daily IT operations to the cloud and eagerly adopt infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) as a computing model that can save them money and headaches, the idea of trusting everything to the cloud still gives them pause.

After all, there’s something profoundly comforting about having a complete off-site, hard-wired, back-up data center and mirrored physical servers.

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Microsoft Azure Webinar Series

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 14, 2018 7:23:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Adoption

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Boston Data Group works with all of the leading public cloud providers including Microsoft Azure. We just became aware of a series of in depth Azure technical webinars offered by Microsoft during the month of March. We recommend checking them out as a way to learn more about Azure's capabilities.

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An Inside Look at the Pros and Cons of In-house vs Cloud-Based Systems

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 27, 2017 8:03:00 AM / by Walter Corcoran posted in Cloud Adoption

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Just a few years ago “the cloud” was a new, unproven concept in computing, requiring a leap of faith by enterprises bold enough to jettison their expensive, dedicated, in-house IT infrastructure and trust their computing and storage to some nebulous, unseen, off-site environment over which they had little control.

Today, adopting cloud-based systems is seen as an opportunity to virtually eliminate capital investment in IT infrastructure, a way to unburden your corporate self of the relative inflexibility of in-house servers and the resource drain of expensive premises-based datacenter storage. There’s also the human resources the cloud frees up from systems operation and maintenance, not to mention the software purchases and upgrades no longer needed.

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Computing Resources When and Where You Need Them

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2017 7:31:00 AM / by Bob Gleason posted in Cloud Adoption

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One word that’s on the lips of IT professionals today is “responsiveness.” The evolution of wireless IT infrastructures and the explosion of smart device usage and software-as-a-service (SaaS), coupled with the growing popularity of Big Data as an essential customer relationship management tool is pushing real-time responsiveness to the front of every business computing line.

However, enterprises still tied to legacy, premise-based infrastructures are hamstrung when it comes to providing their workforces with true responsiveness and adaptability -- the kind of “anywhere, anytime” ability to respond to customer inquiries and resource demands that every customer service rep, remote worker, and on-the-road employee would give an arm and a leg for. There’s a simple answer, though, and that’s the cloud.

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