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As infrastructure has grown and mainstream database vendors have tweaked the cloud service model to apply to their own niche, cloud database technology has become an increasingly possible alternative to on-premises databases. Cloud database services offer many of the same benefits of other cloud services: Reduced in-house maintenance and patching, increased free time for IT staff and database administrators, and outsourced 24/7 data management and recovery. Background of Cloud Database Technology Cloud databases operate similarly to other cloud offerings. The host owns the servers and databases, and rents databases to enterprises, which can purchase as much or as little space as they need. The underlying maintenance, upgrading and security monitoring are performed by the host, freeing up in-house personnel from time-intensive maintenance. At present, cloud data mod... (more)

Myth Busting: Top Five Hosted Exchange Myths Busted

Maintaining email servers is a full-time job including server maintenance, filtering spam, blocking viruses, and creating backups. A hosted Exchange service frees up IT time by putting all of these tasks in the hands of the email host. Even still, the myths surrounding hosted Exchange persist. Let's knock them out one at a time to see why Exchange might make sense for you. Myth #1: Hosted Exchange Is Only for Large Businesses Because of the time it takes to manage an Exchange server, small businesses can take the most advantage of a third-party email system. While large businesse... (more)

When Should We Switch to VPS

A middle-of-the-road solution between dedicated servers and shared hosting is a balance that makes a lot of sense for many businesses. Such a service exists and is called a virtual private server (or VPS). VPS offers webmasters a way to host their own server, but without the higher costs and complexities of dedicated servers. Here's more about whether VPS strikes the right balance for you. What Is a VPS? When a website uses shared hosting, it shares memory, hard drive space and CPU cycles with other sites on the same server. If one site gets hacked, there is a chance that other ... (more)

Can Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Improve BYOD Security Issues?

Bring Your Own Device policies have fascinated both the corporate world and the tech world for some time now. Part of the allure is the added productivity and the added ease of use for workers. But, that doesn't explain why there are thousands of tech pieces on BYOD policies, failings and warnings. The truth is, we're all fascinated by how it flawlessly bridges the gap between home and work life. BYOD first sprung up as Millennials demanded more flexibility, more control. They wanted less of a barrier between work and home life, and working from their iPads while watching Netfli... (more)

Embracing the New Enterprise IT: Flash Storage

Computing is a rapidly changing industry. Gordon E. Moore was one of the first to recognize and discuss this in 1965, when he described what's now known as Moore's law: The number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The effects of this progress are evident in the continuous increases in processing speeds, data storage capacity and the sensitivity of digital camera sensors. For decades, computing has continued to advance, sometimes incrementally and sometimes almost exponentially. Now we're in the middle of another major shift in computing... (more)