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The Benefits of Moving IT Management to the Cloud



Article Written by Avery Phillips

 

When it comes to moving IT management to the cloud, there is no one size-fits-all strategy. In fact, patience and research are essential to making sure that a company finds the solution that is right for them. It takes time to align resources, build capacity, and engage vendors to make sure everyone is on the same page. 

Cloud solutions range from hybrid solutions, in which some information is stored locally and the rest on the cloud, to the choices between private and public cloud services. No matter which way a company chooses to go, though, there are some clear benefits of moving IT management to the cloud. 

Using a trusted IT management software can eliminate some of the problems and concerns many businesses have and make the process of moving to the cloud a much simpler one. When it comes right down to it though, what are the advantages of moving your IT to the cloud?

How Cloud Technology Is Helping Teens Drive Safer



Article Written by Avery Phillips

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "in 2016, 2,433 teens in the U.S.from ages 16-19 were killed in motor vehicle crashes." That means for teens, who are still getting the hang of driving, crashes remain to be the number one cause of death. 

Fortunately, cloud-based technology is helping teen drivers stay safe on the road and protecting them against accidents. Although the word "technology" might set off alarm bells among parents who associated it with distracted driving, it's important for parents to recognize that technology can, in fact, be beneficial to their teen drivers. 

It's a big bad world out there, especially on the highway, and while the number of deadly accidents has decreased since the 1970s, teenagers are still three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash. Even though you're aware of the dangers around you on the road, your fearless teen might not be. So how can you enforce safe driving habits when you aren't there to guide them? Let cloud technology do it for you. Remember, as long as you teach young drivers safe technology habits, they can reap the countless rewards it offers. 

What You Need to Know About Cloud-Based Television



Article Written by Sally Perkins

You've heard of the Internet of Things, but just how much do you know about how deeply integrated your television is or might become into your cloud in the future? Seeing as media companies are the second most-hacked enterprises after banks, the venture into cloud-based television might seem a little daunting. However, as companies all around the world make shifts in their organizational processes and structures to comply with emerging GDPR requirements, television companies, and most notably news organizations, are beginning to dip their feet into the world of cloud-based computing and data. And, they're actually seeing huge benefits.

Changing Long-Term Traditions in TV Production

Whereas news stations used to have to send out a team of highly-trained and skilled cameramen to shoot a breaking story, emerging technologies are making it possible for news teams to head out into the field with a device as small as a camera and instantly upload the footage to a cloud-based server. This not only cuts down on the amount of time needed to get footage to a news station for editing, but the algorithms present in phones and other filming devices are becoming so advanced that cameramen don't need to worry about stabilizing or really even adjusting the picture quality. This will lead to advancements in the quality of footage provided and the ability to transmit higher-quality images that will pop out of your television screen.

 

Microsoft Acquires FSLogix to Enhance Virtual Desktop Capabilities in Office 365

Written by David Marshall

Microsoft announced today that is has acquired FSLogix, a company that launched back in 2012 with a focus on reducing the amount of hardware, time and labor required to support virtual desktop platforms.  FSLogix products solve real world problems in a straightforward, easy to deploy way.  From small businesses to very large global enterprises across numerous industries, their solutions enhance customer experience and productivity, while reducing support requirements for IT departments.

FSLogix co-founder and CTO Randy Cook said the company's first two products, FSLogix Apps and FSLogix Profile Container, "focused on addressing critical needs that have existed from the dawn of desktop virtualization" while their most recent product, Office 365 Container, "is designed to enhance the Microsoft Office 365 experience in those virtual desktop environments."

FSLogix Apps, one of its flagship solutions, provides a unique approach to managing applications that allows you to create a single master disk image while hiding applications from end users that are not entitled to them.  It can also be used to enforce device-based licensing.  FSLogix Profile Containers are getting rid of folder redirection, and optimizing login and application start times, and virtually eliminating profile corruption and login storms.
 

Oracle VirtualBox Zero-Day Vulnerability Leaked by Annoyed Researcher

 

 

Written by David Marshall

An independent researcher has discovered what he reports to be a zero-day vulnerability in VirtualBox, a popular general-purpose virtualization platform targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

What's interesting here is that the researcher chose to publicly disclose the security hole rather than privately inform the vendor, which in the case of VirtualBox is Oracle.  He justified this act by calling it a reaction to his previous bad experience with Oracle.  Last year, he found and reported a vulnerability that took almost 15 months for the vendor to release a fix.  So this time, he took a different path of notification. 

Sergey Zelenyuk, the Russian researcher, said he discovered a security flaw in Oracle's VM VirtualBox that would allow someone to escape from the virtual environment of the guest machine to reach the Ring 3 privilege layer used for running code from most user programs with the least privileges.  The zero-day vulnerability could allow an attacker with root access to then gain access to the underlying OS.

The vulnerability is reported to exist in VirtualBox 5.2.20 and prior versions.

 

Three Small Cybersecurity Tips That Make A Big Difference

Written by Max Emelianov, CEO HostForWeb
 

Protecting your business doesn't always require you to spent six figures on security infrastructure or perform hundreds of penetration tests. As with many things in life, it's the little things that really count. Here are a few things you can do right now to enhance your business's security posture - and they won't cost a thing.

There's a lot of doom and gloom in the cybersecurity space. It seems like you can't even read the news without hearing about some terrifying new black hat organization, or some highly-sophisticated malware that's bringing businesses to their knees across the world. It's hard not to adopt something of a fatalist outlook amidst all that chaos.

After all, if these large enterprises with their million and billion dollar security budgets can't fend off hackers, what chance do the rest of us have?

A pretty good one, actually. See, while it's certainly true that there are a ton of well-funded, extremely advanced hacking groups out there, the chances that one of them will directly target your business are extremely slim. Likely as not, anyone who goes after you is simply taking a shotgun approach to their hacking - throw a bunch of attempts at the wall and see which ones work.

How Has the Cloud Affected the World of Urban Planning



Article Written by Avery Phillips

For a number of years, urban planners have been working with software known as building information modeling (BIM). Essentially, this is software that allows the importing and integration of 3D building design into a program that analyzes data regarding energy impacts, environmental and community impacts, and construction compliance with local building codes and regulations. 

Of course the next step in this process is to go beyond BIM and the design of buildings that comply with city codes and local regulations into full city information modeling (CIM) that can essentially do the same thing on a larger scale. The full impact of any number of project types can now be automated, and these tasks can be performed on the cloud. 

This has become possible as GIS and other mapping software has continued to move toward cloud computing instead of server or machine-based applications. ESRI took leaps forward in this area with ArcGIS online, along with launching software developed in cooperation with the company SmarterBetterCities. The company is based in Switzerland and is the designer of CloudCity, a cloud-based CIM-specific system. 

Many of these CIM systems have been developed by urban planners who have been analyzing this type of data for years, but doing so manually. The automation process takes something that used to take a couple of dozen specialists a number of weeks to complete and automates it so results are available nearly instantaneously.

 

How Small Businesses Will Increasingly Rely on Cloud Applications

Article Written by Avery Phillips

While us who follow cloud computing news know the truth, passersby often look past the technology and miss its future potential. But the way it's changing the world of business is incredible. All different kinds of industries are taking part in this digital interconnected revolution, from marketing and retail firms to medical professionals using it in their work. Even artists collaborate with each other across state or country lines using it. 

Let's examine the future uses of the cloud for small businesses everywhere. If you can get ahead of the curve, then you may be able to operate your business on a better level competitively before the rest of the world catches on.

Google's Mobile-First Search Algorithm & the Cloud



Article Written by Avery Phillips

For the past few years, business owners have been scrambling to rework their websites to fit mobile technology. If you don't keep up, you will be left behind. Right now, mobile is king and Google sets the pace. 

Late in 2017, Google decided to redesign their algorithm to prioritize mobile-optimized pages. Since more people (63 percent) now search using mobile devices, and almost 75 percent of all online searches run through Google, this is news that you cannot ignore. As of June of this year, websites that run quickly on mobile now rank higher than those that load slowly. 

Unfortunately, this puts a lot of businesses in a bind. If previously your website came up on top of a Google search, you may now find yourself buried beneath a lot of responsive, mobile-ready, dynamic loading websites. So what can you do about it?

Decluttering the Cloud: How to Minimize Your Digital Footprint



Written by Avery Phillips

The urge to take your office, business, or household paperless holds countless advantages. No more file cabinets full of records, no countless bills in the mail, no more bank statements laying around, and a lot less shredding of sensitive documents as they age all sound pretty good, and they are. 

However, digital storage is not without cost. There is no such thing as the cloud. The cloud is simply someone else's computer, and that computer takes power and resources to run. While most cloud server farms are going green and use renewable energy, there are still resources used to store your data. 

There is also the issue of privacy. The more of your data that is online and the more places you store it, the more vulnerable you are. While there is more cloud adoption with businesses than ever before, 54 percent of those businesses are vulnerable to cyberattacks. 

So how do you declutter your personal cloud and minimize your digital footprint?