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Articles by Fredric Paul
posted in June 2009

Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?

Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.

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Cloud Computing... By The Hour

It's easy to understand the need to for configurable cloud-computing resources. But does anyone really need to buy (rent?) cloud-computing capabilities on an hourly basis? SoftLayer thinks so.

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KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade

Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.

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How Much Would YOU Pay For Windows 7 ?

Windows 7 has taken another big step toward reality as Microsoft reveals how much it will cost and announces a special early-bird discount. Meanwhile, PC makers begin to roll out promises of free upgrades.

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PODCAST: Social Networking, Web 2.0 And The Consumerization of IT - Best Practices For SMBs

Earlier this month, I got the chance to be a present a video Webinar on how small and midsize companies can best take advantage of the latest changes in technology. While I was in Pittsburgh for the video shoot, I also recorded an audio interview with Maurice Saluan from Zenith Infotech, where we discussed many of these same subjects in a more casual forum. You can listen to the podcast here.

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New SMB Storage Options From Seagate And Caringo

Storage for small companies is turning out to be big! So far this week we've already seen three different announcements of new storage solutions aimed at small and midsize companies. After Netgear launched the high-density ReadyNAS 3200 yesterday, Seagate has announced three new additions to its BlackArmor line, and software provider Caringo checks in with a unique "private cloud" storage approach.

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Simply Continuous "Guarantees" To Restore Your Data

In most cases, backup and disaster recovery companies promise to back up your data. But this new recovery service provider offers a Service Level Agreement that specifies not just that it will safeguard your data and applications, but how long it will take to restore them.

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Windows XP Can't Be Killed

Despite Microsoft's best efforts, the software maker has been forced by public pressure from analysts and businesses to extend the life of the operating system through April 2011.

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Twitter Is Doomed. So What?

The inevitable media-hype backlash is starting to settle in, predicting that Twitter will flame out within a year. Well maybe, or maybe not. But it really doesn't matter either way.

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Not to say that is peddling crack, but the company has hit upon a favorite sales tactic popularized by drug dealers everywhere: The First One's Free! The deal applies to companies using the platform to create new applications -- and new Web sites, as Sites is now generally available.

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Apple Upgrades, Price Cuts Make Macbooks/iPhones More SMB Friendly

As expected, Apple's announcements at its Wordwide Developers Conference brought us a new Mac OS (Snow Leopard), a faster iPhone with some other enhancements (iPhone 3GS), and some changes and price cuts to the Macbook line. Nothing earth-shaking, really, but all in all they do help to make Apple products more useful, and more affordable, for small and midsize companies.

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Who Is Cloud Computing For, Anyway?

A recent Forrester research report seems to challenge the notion that cloud computing is of most value to small and midsize companies, finding that a higher percentage of enterprises are aware of -- and interested in -- the technology. But if you ask me, the enormous diversity in the technological needs and savvy of smaller companies renders those findings moot.

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Make Your Web Site SEO/Social Media Friendly

In this economy, few companies feel comfortable spending big bucks promoting their Web sites. The alternative is to do everything you can in the areas of seach engine optimization and social networking -- and Lee Odden over at the Online Marketing Blog has some great tips.

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Twitter's Business Uses and Challenges - Plus 5 Twitter Tips From TWTRCON

Sometimes it seems that the most important thing in the Twitterverse is... Twitter. And the social networking navel gazing was gathering boatloads of lint at this weekend's TWTTCON event in San Francisco, where hundreds of people spent their Sunday talking -- and Tweeting -- about... Twitter. Specifically, the business uses of Twitter, which is why I spent my Sunday there too.

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