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Did you hear about Google buying Nest for an incredible amount of money a few weeks back? Be honest: do you have any idea who Nest is or what they do? More specifically – be honest again – do you have any idea what Nest is trying to do or what platform they are built upon? If the answer to all those questions is no, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Like the Cloud in 2012, the Internet of Things is about to come on strong. If you look into the tech corners of the Internet, every blogger is talking or has posted about the Internet of Things. Like Cloud Computing in 2012, the Internet of Things feels like an industry secret which is just starting to leak out to the public. As noted in our recently published inforgraphic, the Internet of Things is about to rise. For the past few years we have been told this will be the year of the Internet of Things. Correction: for the ... (more)

Forecasting the Future of IT Is Scary

On December 16, 2013, our friends over at Compare the Cloud wrote a blog called “The Day Computing Changed Forever – and We All Missed it.” The blog centered on what the future of the Cloud could hold for society. Ironically enough, the post was published on the same day that Google (pictured below) announced it’s new line of products – four legged military machines. SkyNet anyone? Anyway, in the post our friends over at Compare the Cloud set the stage for what the future of the Cloud and IT in general could look like. From operating in the world via customized avatars, to fitt... (more)

Local Backups vs. Cloud Backups

With the Cloud becoming more and more popular for the public, a debate has popped up between Cloud providers and Cloud users. That debate centers around the use of Local Data Backups vs. Cloud Data Backups. For the vast majority of companies and personal tech consumers, the idea of storing your critically needed data locally makes sense. Use an external hard drive. Set a reoccurring backup time on a daily basis. Forget about ever backing up your data ever again. However, with the Cloud becoming more accessible to private consumers and companies of all sizes, local data backups ar... (more)

Full Transparency and Solar VPS “Ask the Company” Application

Transparency is one of those words that, I think, has jumped the shark. It’s become a buzzword, if you will. A word that has lost its original intention. The Enterprise embraced social media, and with that, it seemed every company boasted the hip new tenet of “transparency” because they got on the Facebook and Twitter bandwagon. Businesses have been interacting with clients in public and private forums since the beginning of time. Likewise, a company cannot exist without sharing some amount of higher level information with employees. So, what are companies doing to truly go abov... (more)

Using a Cloud VPS to Learn New Programming Languages

Learning a new programming language is more than just learning a new syntax. It can mean learning new patterns and anti-patterns, which means changing the way you think about and approach problems. Different paradigms can inspire you to use your preferred language differently. A virtual private server is the perfect environment for learning new programming languages and frameworks. Let’s compare a VPS to alternative development environments: Unlike shared hosting, you have complete control over the server. You can install and run anything you want. Compared to dedicated servers, ... (more)