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Making Outsourcing Work for Your Small Business

Outsourcing has become something of a business buzzword over the last few years, but that doesn't mean you should dismiss it as just another fad. If you haven't seriously considered the benefits of outsourcing, you could be missing out on a strategy that is likely to make a big difference to your profitability. Even the smallest businesses, including sole traders and freelancers, can take advantage of the principles of outsourcing, so it's worth looking at how you could make outsourcing work for you, whatever your situation. After all, anything that can increase your profitability has to be worth considering.

Hasn't outsourcing got a poor reputation?

Inspur Releases InCloud OpenStack Version 5.5 at OpenStack Summit Vancouver

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Inspur, an OpenStack Foundation Gold member, today released version 5.5 of its InCloud OpenStack cloud operating system at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. The software, widely used in the financial services, securities and enterprise sectors in China, offers new capabilities in large-scale services delivery across multiple availability zones and geographies, accessibility and ease of management, stability and scalability, and intelligent operation and maintenance.

The newest version of InCloud OpenStack adds:

The Best Cloud Storage of 2018 for Mac Users

While there are still those out there in cyberspace who are leery of storing anything in the Cloud, most users are now feeling more secure with the added layers of security now in play. Having said that, it is important to understand that the best storage for Microsoft machines may not be the best for Macs, if they even are compatible. Even though iOS is said to be the safer of the two operating systems, less prone to hacks as it were, you don't want to leave yourself vulnerable so it's important to understand how Cloud storage works before choosing the right storage for you.

Advice for Mac Newbies

If this is your first Mac computer, you might not know that there are some very significant differences between the Windows and iOS platforms. For those who aren't familiar with the Apple operating system, check out sites like Mach Machines which offer comprehensive articles on Apple computers and devices. Once you familiarize yourself with Mac, it's time to look for Cloud storage which gives you the amount of space you need and the levels of security you are most comfortable with.

2018's Best Cloud Computing Software

Cloud computing is quickly rising as the go-to alternative for hardware-based storage, with many businesses reducing their reliance on expensive and vulnerable hardware as time goes by. Many businesses are opting to store everything in the cloud and, given the multitude of cloud storage service providers out there, they are not having any trouble finding the right one.

It is easy to see why this is such an attractive solution for modern companies. With data being an extremely valuable commodity, businesses are looking for the most secure environment in which to store it. There are plenty of cloud storage providers out there which utilize military-grade software and hardware to provide these secure environments where data is safe from hackers. Read about this and more on HardwareSecrets.com.

Here are three of the best cloud computing software solutions on the market today in 2018 -

Five9 Spring Release 2018: Practical AI for the Contact Center and Portfolio Wide Enhancements

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"Good morning, Sophia! I see you are contacting us about an overcharge. Given you are a valued customer, I will credit the charge for this month's bill. Is there anything else I can help you with?" Have you ever had this experience calling a company where they already know you, know exactly why you are calling, and resolves your issue in a minute? If you are like most, this experience is rare. Personalized customer service matters and artificial intelligence (AI) can be the game changing technology. It takes the burden off the customer and enables an amazing experience.

To connect the dots for the agent and customer, today we announce Five9 Spring Release 2018. This release includes major enhancements across the portfolio, including Five9 Genius and Engagement Workflow.

Easily Manage Events With Cloud Computing



Article Written by Sally Perkins

Running large scale events can be difficult, and with the global population on the rise, crowds are becoming even bigger and harder to manage. But cloud-based technology, which allows you to share information instantly across different devices, makes managing these events easier than ever. Here are some of the ways cloud-based computing can alter the way you manage your events in helpful ways.

Cloud Hosting for WordPress: How to Do It Yourself

Getting your own cloud server can be very daunting when you think about the setup and maintenance tasks you will have to deal with as you try to get the server running smoothly. Aside from the basic setup of the hosting server, you also need to think about how the database is configured, security measures to put in place, and other details about the cloud environment.

Still, there are a lot of benefits to gain from using your own cloud account to host websites, particularly when you have a lot of sites catering to thousands of visitors. In this article, we will discuss some of the easiest ways to get started with using your own cloud server.

A Global Technology Provider for 700+ financial services clients, Increases Efficiency of Personnel and SOC team by 37%

Article Written by Arun Gandhi, Director of Product Management at Seceon and Grigoriy Milis, Chief Technology Officer at RFA

As security breaches and attacks continue to lead global headlines, effective cybersecurity protections are the "new normal" for conducting business today. In addition to recently enacted regulations, with more coming in near future, it is imperative for managed service providers (MSPs) to provide best-in-class security solutions to customers while differentiating themselves from the competition. 

Traditional solutions are no longer sufficient; tools must evolve to combat the increasing sophistication of cybercriminal techniques and technologies. Customized malware exists now that can evade and bypass many of the traditional endpoint security solutions. Traditional signature- and manual calculation-based approaches are simply not sufficient for providing security with the increasing sophistication of cyber threats. Above all, the biggest challenge remains integration of these point solutions as they are from different manufacturers and not built to communicate with each other inherently. 

In business for nearly thirty years, Richard Fleischman & Associates, also known as RFA, is a trusted technology partner to more than 700 clients globally who retain more than $900 billion in total assets under management. Serving as an MSP for its financial sector clients, RFA used a number of traditional solutions and services from large market leaders successfully, but was always challenged to find a solution that could address threats (i.e., detect, contain and eliminate) between the perimeter and endpoints to their required level of sophistication. Multi-layered approaches recommended by industry experts were rendered ineffective as the solutions were note properly integrated and remained silo'ed. Moreover, the level of protection afforded resulted in dissatisfaction when compared to the overhead cost. 

Using Cloud Services to Speed Up Your Development Workflow

Modern software development can be quite demanding in terms of hardware and software resources, and it's not rare for programmers to invest into high-end machines just for writing code nowadays. When you take a look behind the scenes, it makes perfect sense that things are in this state at the moment, but more importantly, you would probably notice a few opportunities for improving your own situation if you're clever enough. Most notably, integrating cloud technologies into your development workflow can be a huge boost to your productivity if you do it right.

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Q&A: Elliot Pearse Talks About HostPresto and What Makes a Good Web Hosting Company



Good web hosting can be an art form, like a fine wine, where only the highest quality ingredients and knowledge gained through experience can create a perfect blend that will provide you with the high quality product you expect, and deserve.  But trying to read between the lines to find a good, affordable web hosting solution can be a challenge.  CloudCow recently spoke with Elliot Pearse, managing director of HostPresto to learn more.

CloudCow:  How long has HostPresto.com been going and how did you get started?