A large number of organizations in the Washington, DC area have implemented telecommuting policies for their staff. Combined with the rising number of remote workers, these telecommuting policies create an environment where proper unified communications is a must. When people are working from out of the office, it’s imperative that they have full functionality and access to their work.
Small and medium sized Washington, DC businesses, are increasingly seeking cloud-based solutions to satisfy their IT needs. Popular cloud solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365, provide cost-effective productivity software to their users. However, there are many myths about Office 365, myths that can readily result in an organization making unwise choices that could easily add unnecessary IT costs to an already stretched IT budget.
The chess game between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 continues with the latest move going to Google. Earlier today, they announced a decision to pull the plug on Postini, their popular email archiving and spam filtering service.
Facebook is rolling out file sharing to all groups. Even though it has many restrictions, it still gives some competition and limits the growth potential of cloud storage services like iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox. MP3 music files and any copyright files are not allowed and the file size is limited to 25mb. Although this is first version, be sure that Facebook will improve this in the future to compete.
This could be an issue for organizations having users spend too much time on Facebook and losing productivity, and also, IT departments having to deal with new security issues to the Facebook’s file sharing. There is always a new target for Hackers as these new options evolve on Facebook and other cloud based technology, which is still to be determined.
Forget online backups! Now files can be updated automatically so that users have their up to date work ready to go.
Cloud storage service Mozy, announced public beta availability of Mozy Stash, a new feature that provides customers with a method of accessing files across multiple computers and mobile devices.
Stash combines MozyHome’s online backup service with the ability to synchronize files across devices in near real-time. Data can be viewed from any computer, regardless of the operating system, as well as mobile devices including iPhones, iPads and Android devices.
“All your data is in the cloud, so that you can access it anywhere,” said Gytis Barzdukas, director of product management at Mozy, which is now part of EMC-owned VMware.
According to Computerworld.com
“Stash uses a simple single-folder model which complements your online backup, so that all your data is available where and when you need it, even if you choose not to synchronize it,” said Russ Stockdale, Movy’s general manager, in a statement. “Stash makes it easy to move from your computer at the office to your computer at home, without having to email files to yourself or mess around with USB drives.”
Stash draws storage from the user’s MozyHome plan. For example, with a 50GB plan and where 30GB is already used or online backup, the remaining 20GB is available for Stash. Similarly, for MozyHome Free subscribers, Stash draws from the user’s 2GB of storage.
The Stash feature doesn’t allow file-sharing between different users, but that option is expected to be added later this year, Barzdukas said.
While Mozy apps, also a file sync service, already allows Android and iOS devices to access data protected with MozyHome via iOS and Android devices, Stash goes a step further.
Let talk more about Mozy Stash at FedSolutions. We’re always here to help a lending hand with our IT Support skills.
Did you know that Three quarters of companies are either currently using or plan to use public cloud storage offerings?
What’s more, all organizations with more than 500 employees are using or planning use of public cloud storage, mostly for e-mail, data protection and front-office applications like CRM, especially SaaS-based CRM solutions such as Salesforce.com.
Anand Kapoor, vice president of technology of WNS Global Services (WNS), a business process outsourcing firm in Mumbai, India, puts it this way. “Generally you see two sets of early adopters: smaller enterprises and SMBs that cannot afford the redundancy that an enterprise-class infrastructure would cost, and larger enterprises that need rapidly scaling infrastructure that is managed by organizations with the core competencies related to storage,” says Kapoor.
In a way, public cloud storage is like any outsourcing decision. Companies are faced with ever increasing storage requirements, many of which imply permanent retention of archives. So is it better to leave long-term storage management for generic applications like e-mail and CRM to external organizations whose primary business is providing those services, leaving IT more time to focus on critical business applications?
There are some reasons to have concerns and learn, what’s the downside?
Security breach, loss of control and access to critical data are major concerns. Some concerns point to the lack of a standard for public cloud data interchange. Each provider has its own version of an HTTP command structure that is foreign to existing applications. Modying existing applications to use a proprietary public cloud is not feasible, so this relegates public cloud to only those applications that are already cloud ready.
If you already haven’t moved your organizations to Cloud Computing and want to learn more, At FedSolutions, we’re ready to talk to you about Cloud Computing benefits for your organization.
Guess what? Another Government agency is moving their email systems to Google Apps. NOAA, (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), today announced about migrating 25,000 users over. GSA (General Services Administration), was one of the first agencies to migrate their users over.
We all have been talking about Government spending going out of control the last decade or so. This is a great step towards our government agencies to become lean, thanks to Cloud technology. “Multiple agencies are releasing cloud RFPs and a list of 78 cloud projects to be deployed over the next year was released.” According to Forbes.
This information is important because these types of IT Support services are becoming common and cutting cost for lots of Small to Medium business, not to mention, Enterprise companies out there. Don’t be left behind!
FedSolutions located in Washington DC is a Google Apps re-seller offering online support, migrations and overall support services to it’s end users. If you are already in the know then what are you waiting for click on FedSolutions to get started!
Cloud technology holds great promise. It’s no wonder that the global market for Cloud Computing is expected to grow to more than $241 billion by 2020. Many organizations have already started the process of moving towards to cloud. Interestingly enough, for most of these organizations, the journey to the cloud starts with a Private Cloud.
A Private Cloud is the implementation of cloud services on resources that are dedicated to your organization, whether they exist on-premises or off-premises. In other words, the private cloud is hosted on your servers. A Private Cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over pooled IT resources. FedSolutions likes Private Clouds. We like them so much that our entire technical infrastructure is build on a Private Cloud model. And when it comes up to Private Cloud, we like the Microsoft Private Cloud.
Why the Microsoft Private Cloud?
A Microsoft Private Cloud, built on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center, is a key part of Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing, enabling you to build out a dedicated cloud environment to transform the way you deliver IT services to the business. The foundation is built on the Windows Server platform with the Windows Server Active Directory identity framework, Hyper-V virtualization, and deep application insight through System Center. By building a private cloud on Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center, you can take advantage of the comprehensive Microsoft approach to cloud computing and transform the way you deliver IT services to your business.
Your company can take advantage of remote access, cost-savings and organizational benefits!
Helps you focus on primary business value through application services management
Empowers you to manage a hybrid cloud model through common management, identity and developer tools across the private and public cloud
Provides the increased scale and flexibility of cloud computing on dedicated resources for greater customization and control
Works across platforms and across multiple hypervisors, including Hyper-V, VMware and Citrix
Makes best use of your existing investments and skill sets
Give FedSolutions a call, email or click on our link, and we can setup a live demo and discuss real advantages of your business moving to the Cloud. Our firm has trained experts that handle Cloud Migrations, strategy, and business continuity, not to mention we are a Microsoft Gold Partner.
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This is the coolest thing ever! Managed Print Services is exploding. It’s the equivalent of what IT outsourcing was several years ago in delivering cost savings to businesses. No longer rushing to Kinko’s before that meeting to get your documents ready. They now can be waiting for you!
Here’s how it works!!
IT departments install the Software, which is deployed on a Windows PC, server or virtual machine inside the corporate firewall and facilitates communication between mobile devices and networked printers. It’s directed for customers of all sizes, from the SMB through the enterprise, PrintMe Mobile lets users connect with printers from their Apple or Android-based smartphone or tablet via WiFi or email. The Direct to Print feature lets users print directly from their devices via WiFi. The Email to Print function lets users print an email and its attached files by sending it to the network. Release to Print functions holds printing jobs until the user releases a file with a retrieval code.
Now that Mobile devices, like the Tablet adoption in the enterprise is accelerating, and all signs point to the need for mobile printing solutions in the enterprise that can support any device regardless of OS, operate effectively in a heterogeneous printer environment and conform to corporate IT security policies.
Talk your Tech Support today about adopting these exciting new technologies in your environment. Have a chat with us today about your IT consulting needs and PrintMobile options here.
Look here…This is incredible! The age of Devices are here and it’s moving in all directions.
Desktop Virtualization is here and most importantly it’s COST effective!
This centralized computer can be accessed from anywhere. Your home, business, or a data center. Your employees can be scattered globally but still connect to a central computer and share information Internet. Companies like FedSolutions, are able to provide IT support seamlessly and information is maintained and backed up in the data center so user information is better.
IT Departments are able to support software programs stored on the virtual machine are fewer and cause much less conflicts in software. Users can customize their desktop for their particular preferences even with the resources being shared. Ask us more about Desktop Virtualization and what it can mean for your organization here or read more about Virtualization here.
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