You're in the cloud

Cloud computing is supposed to the something relatively new.  Many people don't recognize that every time you access your email, connect to a shopping site, check your bank balance or back up your files, that part of all of that session is being conducted in the cloud.  

In 2015, small businesses that moved to the cloud doubled their profits and achieved 25% additional revenue growth compared to their cloudless contemporaries.

Still for many of us, “the cloud” can seem more buzzword than reality: we may have a vague sense of what it means, but don’t really understand what it means for our business. Isn’t it complicated? Isn’t it something only a global enterprise or savvy startup could really hope to harness?

Not any more. In fact, you’re probably already using the cloud every day, without even realizing it. If you’ve been skeptical about the cloud in the past, read on to see the top 5 ways you’re already using it—and what that could mean for your business.


Email Systems -- Change is in the Air

Editors Note:  Where and how email is stored and managed is one of the hottest topics for our clients.  This is a good overview article of some of the available options.  We're familiar with all the techniques described here and have clients using "on premise" email systems and various "hosted" solutions. This is one area where "one size" definitely does NOT fit all. Contact us when your email system needs to updated, upgraded, or for us to help you figure out which email management system is best for you.

When it comes to business email, change is in the air.

Web-based platforms have all but taken over the personal email market—Gmail alone has over 425 million active users worldwide and counting [1]. With Microsoft® also ending extended product support for Exchange Server 2003, now could easily seem like the perfect time to switch your office desktop email client and server to an online solution.

But most small businesses should think twice.


A New File Sharing Solution for the Mobility Age

Over the last year or so, many of The Computing Center's clients have been asking us about file sharing. Questions like: How do we easily share files located on our servers with  our home laptops and desktops, iPads, iPhones and the like?  All at the same time?  Securely? Centrally managed?  Keep track of which version is which?  Share files with other users?

For the longest time, we didn't offer a really good solution targeted right at the small and medium sized businesses which we serve here in Centeral New York. Oh, there are freebies -- Dropbox and Google Drive come to mind. They are free, but quite unsecure and don't work with servers.  Then, there's the "high end" like Sharepoint which is fully configurable and programmable. Good solutions, but require significant and costly configuration and ongoing management.  

We've finally found a great solution, "Anchor".  It can do everything that the free solutions can and a whole lot more:


Behind every great device is a great network


Exponential growth in the use of smart devices has led to significant and increased demand for bandwidth across 84 per cent of organizations surveyed globally, according to new research commissioned by BT and Cisco. More than half (56 per cent) of IT managers have also noticed a resulting performance decline in some applications, which impacts negatively the productivity gains promised by smart devices. Almost half (46 per cent) of workers with Wi-Fi access in their office have experienced delays logging on or accessing an application, while 39 per cent have noticed they are running more slowly now than before.


Apple introduces iCloud

Free Cloud Services Beyond Anything Offered to Date

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple® today introduced iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free new cloud services that work seamlessly with applications on your iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and automatically and wirelessly push it to all your devices. When anything changes on one of your devices, all of your devices are wirelessly updated almost instantly.

“Today it is a real hassle and very frustrating to keep all your information and content up-to-date across all your devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iCloud keeps your important information and content up to date across all your devices. All of this happens automatically and wirelessly, and because it’s integrated into our apps you don’t even need to think about it—it all just works.”