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How To Choose The Right Cloud Services For Yourself

How To Choose The Right Cloud Services For Yourself

Cloud computing is a good way for companies to manage their data storage and other IT needs, as it offers versatility at a fairly reasonable price. All the work required to effectively run a cloud-based network and manage data can be outsourced, enabling you to focus on more important things. Small businesses, business ventures in their early stages and even up-and-coming companies can benefit from having the convenience of cloud computing at their disposal. It can be a great way to cut costs and save a lot of time that can be better spent, but you need to define your specific needs and look for the right cloud services that will benefit your business the most. Let’s look at some important things you need to consider when looking for these types of services.

The different types of cloud service

It is important that we understand the three main variations of cloud services so that we can see the bigger picture and how cloud changes the way we do business with others and how we manage running a business on an internal level. Here are the three primary Cloud business models.

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Types of cloud services

    1. IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service

    Having a Cloud infrastructure has a lot of advantages. In most cases a user is allocated with a virtual server that is hosted on a network of physical servers from which each individual virtual machine draws its resources. In order to run their applications, users install operating systems according to their individual preference. The amount of resources each individual virtual machine can access is controlled by the user and it is usually charged on a pay-per-use basis.

    2. PaaS – Platform as a Service

    This is a solution for developers mostly. The cloud providers that give PaaS services usually provide an operative system with a database, a web server, etc. This gives developers an environment which they can use to develop and test their software without worrying about hardware maintenance, manual resource allocation, software installation and maintenance, etc.

    3. SaaS – Software as a Service

    By using Cloud clients, users can access remotely hosted software (along with its database). This is usually “on-demand software” for the use of which customers are charged on a per-use basis, although not exclusively. In some cases users are charged through a monthly or yearly subscription fee.

    Tech support

    The primary purpose of all these cloud services is to make your life easier. This is why it is essential that good tech support is provided since, if you run into some trouble, you will want a quick resolution of all issues with minimum effort. A 24/7 support should be available at least in e-mail form but I personally feel more secure having an option of contacting the support team via phone. This way, if a more complicated problem arises, I can have direct contact with somebody competent who can help me with any problems I may be experiencing.

    Security, updates and uptime

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    Cloud security

      By using cloud services we are actually storing data somewhere else and we are putting the security of that data in the hands of the provider. That’s why the primary concerns of any individual or business is exactly how secure their data is and how it is managed. Security should encompass both data backup in case of hardware or software failure and protection from unauthorized third-party access to data (this includes viewing, copying and modifying the data).

      Software also needs maintenance and above all else, updates. The Web has a tendency to change and this creates a need for updates that resolve conflicting issues with new software.  Any software that you receive from the provider should be updated by him or her as well so as to be as fresh and compatible as possible.

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      Uptime is very important with all three cloud services models. You need to be sure that your provider has a high uptime guarantee—99% is usually the norm. Not having access to essential software, applications or losing your website to poor hosting can cause serious problems, especially in situations when the downtime last longer. Checking reviews for web hosting providers and checking out the forums of SaaS Cloud providers is a necessity before any serious long-term investments are made. You need to make sure that they are reliable and there is nobody better to tell you about this than their previous and current users.

      Conclusion

      Relying on cloud services to resolve the IT needs of your business is a good choice since, in the majority of cases, you get top-notch resources, incredible stability and great control over your finances. Business start-ups can benefit greatly from the payment method since they can expand their resources based on their growth and thus get a great quality and price ratio. The main thing you need to pay attention to is the reliability of the provider you choose, and you are probably going to see a high return on your investment after some time.

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      Ivan Dimitrijevic

      Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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      Last Updated on March 30, 2020

      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

      10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

      The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

      Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

      Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

      In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

      1. Cal Calendar

        Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

        The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

        Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

        Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

        What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

        Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

        Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

        Available for iOS and Android

        2. Google Calendar

          Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

          Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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          Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

          The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

          Available for iOS and Android

          3. Jorte Calendar

            Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

            The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

            Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

            For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

            A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

            Available for iOS and Android

            4. Business Calendar

              Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

              The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

              You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

              The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

              Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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              Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

              Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

              A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

              Available for Android

              5. Calendar

                Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                Available for Desktop, and iOS

                6. aCalendar

                  aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                  Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                  Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                  When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                  Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                  The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                  The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                  Available for Android

                  7. DigiCal Calendar

                    DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                    With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                    Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                    The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                    Available for Android

                    8. SolCalendar

                      SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                      The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                      Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                      Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                      Available for Android

                      9. Today Calendar

                        Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                        The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                        If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                        Available for Android

                        10. Calendar Widget: Month

                          Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                          Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                          The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                          This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                          If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                          At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                          Available for Android

                          Our Verdict

                          Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                          Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                          Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                          The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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