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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 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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