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5 Tools to Make Your Transition to the Cloud Easier

5 Tools to Make Your Transition to the Cloud  Easier

Cloud computing is more popular than ever, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Of the many benefits that cloud supporters say the technology brings, the most impressive include providing businesses with better productivity, more capabilities through cloud applications, and allowing companies to reduce costs while still expanding their reach. This has lead to more and more businesses adopting the cloud for their regular operations. In fact, a recent cloud survey conducted by RightScale showed that 88 percent of enterprises are currently using a public cloud. That number is only expected to climb in the future, making the cloud market a highly competitive one. You may be convinced cloud computing is the right option for your business, but the question remains: what’s the easiest way to make the move to the cloud? Luckily, tech companies have come up with special services designed just for that purpose — easing the transition into the cloud.

1. SAP Cloud Transformation Services

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    Through SAP Cloud Services, companies can get a better idea of how to take advantage of the cloud. While there are many services out there that help out once you’ve already made the move, SAP Cloud Services helps your company by working closely during the “before” stages. SAP essentially helps you plan out a detailed cloud adoption strategy that helps you determine your objectives and goals, choose what services are right for meeting those goals, and outline what benefits you stand to gain. As with any business decision, a detailed plan geared toward making the cloud transition can help you avoid mistakes in the future.

    2. Dell Cloud Marketplace

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      There are many cloud options available, and choosing one or the right combination of several can be a painstaking process. That’s where Dell Cloud Marketplace comes in. This special tool allows you to compare the large variety of public clouds, picking which one you think will work best for you business. At the same time, Dell Cloud Marketplace allows you to purchase and configure those public clouds and cloud applications while managing them from one easy-to-use interface. If you are still wondering what cloud computing and how it can help your business, Dell put together an eBook (Demystifying the Cloud) to help answer any lingering questions you may have. In short, the tool helps make the cloud more accessible and manageable, which makes for a much easier transition, especially for those companies that are new to cloud computing.

      3. Rackspace Migration Services

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        If your business already has a hosted environment but you wish to move it to the cloud, Rackspace Migration Services might be the right fit. The service allows you to move applications, email, servers, and databases to the cloud with minimal fuss. If you have a simple environment, this can be done for free, while complex environments can still be moved smoothly. Like other services, this one offers consultations with experts, which help formulate and execute a cloud migration plan. 

        4. IBM Cloud Marketplace

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          IBM Cloud Marketplace

          also works to help you determine what kind of cloud services would be the best for your company. Through a simple interface, you can determine what options you want to pursue and what kinds of platforms, applications, and infrastructure you need to use in the cloud. Options can also be broken down by what kind of role your business will be responsible for. In this way, you can check out IBM and other services before making a final decision.

          5. Oracle Transition Services

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            Like some of the other services mentioned, Oracle Transition Services effectively helps you determine how best to make the move to the cloud. The service provides guidance in transitioning to a configuration that represents the right fit for what your business is trying to do. Oracle also provides upgrade assistance and support, which can help make a cloud transition much less worrisome. All of these services are delivered under cost controls, ensuring that your company will get its money’s worth. Each of these services comes with its own unique features and strengths, but they all have the same goal in mind: easing the transition to the cloud. Depending on the company, such a move can be intimidating, but the benefits of cloud computing all well worth the effort. With these services in hand, your business can make its leap into the cloud as seamlessly as possible. The resources are there; you just have to take advantage of them. The result will be a much more agile business primed for years of growth.

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            Last Updated on May 14, 2019

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            8 Replacements for Google Notebook

            Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

            1. Zoho Notebook
              If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
            2. Evernote
              The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
            3. Net Notes
              If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
            4. i-Lighter
              You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
            5. Clipmarks
              For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
            6. UberNote
              If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
            7. iLeonardo
              iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
            8. Zotero
              Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

            I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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            In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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