With its continuous advancements and benefits, companies are slowly —but surely— embracing cloud computing technology. The cloud offers more flexibility and efficiency by allowing for applications to run in the cloud than soon-to-be outdated data centers, or data centers operated by third party vendors. Read the rest of this entry »
Few technologies have impacted the IT industry as cloud computing has. Companies across industries are finding ways to incorporate this solution into their business operations. But what are these organizations really getting out of the cloud? There are many benefits associated with the use of cloud computing, but do you know what is one of the major advantages this technology offers? Yes, you guessed it – cost-efficiency! Read the rest of this entry »
Cloud-based applications and software-as-a-service (SaaS) products are here to stay. Companies like Salesforce and Workday have clearly experienced success with their SaaS offerings. Now, global computing corporations like HP that have witnessed this success have decided it’s time to launch SaaS products of their own to the marketplace.
HP recently announced the forthcoming introduction of their new SaaS service desk – HP Service Anywhere – which has been designed to be compatible with their current management tools and will be initially targeted to HP users.
HP Service Anywhere is far from being just another typical service desk. In fact, HP is describing the software as a “social service desk.” Its social media integration and other innovative tools are expected to significantly improve the problem-solving process and shorten the turnaround time.
What about the pricing? HP Service Anywhere will be priced depending on clients’ needs. If the software is intended for a dedicated service desk user, the price will start at $89 per user per month. However, if the license will be shared among several users, it will be approximately $178 monthly per user.
Even though Anywhere wasn’t created to replace HP’s current enterprise software products, the corporation will be working to help this service emerge in the SaaS market. As such, the information technology industry is trending toward a more social-based product, making Anywhere a product worth considering.
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Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced it will extend Symantec’s Storage Foundation High Availability for Windows and Veritas Volume replicator disaster recovery (DR) software solution to the Windows Azure cloud platform. Symantec’s solution will allow organizations of any size to recover business critical applications and their associated data in Windows Azure in the event of a local failure or site disaster. The solution will expand the ability of Symantec’s existing business continuity solutions for Microsoft Corp., providing on-premise-to-cloud disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS). Read the rest of this entry »
Turns out the rumors were right. Microsoft announced on June 25 it has bought enterprise social networking vendor Yammer for $1.2 billion.
The acquisition of Yammer adds best-in-class enterprise social networking to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services; world-class talent that knows how to deliver rapid innovation in the cloud; and a unique adoption model that appeals directly to end users. Read the rest of this entry »
Low information technology skills could hamper Europe’s economic recovery, according to figures released by the European Union.
The annual digital agenda scoreboard showed that only half of the European labor force has sufficient information technology skills for the jobs that are available. According to the figures only 43 percent of the E.U. population has medium or high Internet skills and can, for example, “use the Internet to make a phone call or create a web page.” Almost a quarter have no skills at all. It is estimated that information technology vacancies will number 700,000 by 2015. Read the rest of this entry »
The Internet has just changed forever, for real, thanks to IPv6. But chances are that you won’t notice a thing — at least not yet. Here’s how IPv6 affects you.
Internet Protocol version 6, otherwise known as IPv6, launches today, opening a way to for all of us to keep connecting a wider range of ever-more esoteric devices to the Internet.
Why IPv6 is important to you Without IPv6, we would soon hit the upper limit of connectable devices. IPv4, the current standard, offers only 4.3 billion addresses and they’re getting gobbled up. As my colleague Stephen Shankland notes, it’s a real problem for businesses that want to set up new Internet services or for carriers that want to sell another few million smartphones. Read the rest of this entry »
This pressure might leave soemone wondering the keys to developing a BYOD policy and how best to implement it. These ideas should be a part of any good Bring Your Own Device program. Each idea comes with many important questions to ask yourself, your IT associates and your executive team while developing a BYOD policy. Read the rest of this entry »
When Windows 8 comes out later this year, the new Start screen and Metro-style apps will likely be the first changes you’ll notice, but those aren’t the only things that are new. Microsoft is also adding some major security enhancements to help keep your system safer and to improve Windows’ ability to combat viruses and malware. It just may be the biggest improvement to Windows security yet. Read the rest of this entry »