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Everywhere you look, smart IT companies all over the world are touting Cloud Computing as the future of the IT industry. But here is the thing, for all the hotness of the term, what does Cloud even mean? The term is somewhat amorphous. It has multiple meanings to different people. For one person, the Cloud might mean the process of virtualizing all of the services needed to run an office. For someone else, the Cloud means syncing their iPad with their Macbook Pro and iPod via iCloud. For someone else, the Cloud might mean saving and sharing their files via Dropbox. For a fourth person, the Cloud means a private infrastructure held securely within an IT Integrators datacenter full with dedicated firewalls and add-on’s such as dotDefender. The truth of the matter is the Cloud is all these things and more. Recently, we have been seeing ads like this. It’s a pretty ad bu... (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)

The SMAC Future of the Internet

The Internet is a funny thing. From its origins – military projects and all that – the Internet was meant to be a tool of mass communication. From its earliest days, it was meant to open up the world to the masses by making the world a more inclusive place. To connect everything to everyone by making the world smaller. That was and still is the overall plan for the Internet. However over time a funny thing has happened – with the ever increasing ability of communications, the Internet as a whole hasn’t lived up to its promise of connecting everything to everyone, everywhere. Due ... (more)

Is Big Data Good for The Internet of Things?

If you happened to be in attendance at CES (Consumers Electronic Show) 2014 in Las Vegas, you might have picked up some information about the Internet of Things. It seems, to our ears, the Internet of Things has gone from a small and interesting topic of conversation at Cloud trade shows, to an industry with the potential the change the way the world functions. Point in case, as overheard at CES2014: We have to say, that is a pretty bold prediction. “The Internet of Everything will be five to ten times more impactful in the next decade than the entire Internet has been to date.... (more)

Where the Internet of Things Stands

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 Interne... (more)