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The days of hosting websites and applications on your own in-house server are numbered. The recent RightScale State of the Cloud report found that close to 88% of businesses today make use of the public cloud while 63% are on a private cloud. As more and more businesses choose to depend on the cloud, it is not unreasonable to be cynical and doubt the evolution. Are businesses risking it all by moving their data to the cloud? Or is this a totally thought-out move? If you are a business that is yet to make the move and have your questions unanswered still, this article will attempt to allay those fears. Typically, there are three major “concerns” that decision makers have regarding the cloud. They are: Security Reliability Hidden costs Let us take a look at them one by one. Security : Incidents of security breach of cloud hosted applications in the recent past have m... (more)

Insuring Your Business Against Cloud Service Availability

Symantec last week announced that its cloud-based backup storage service, Exec.cloud, is winding down and the service will not be available to new customers moving forward. As for existing customers, the service will be available for a year's time. The announcement is seen to be a part of Symantec's reassessment of its cloud strategy and is therefore not likely to greatly impact the revenues of the $7 billion company. It is however an uncomfortable scenario for the thousands of Symantec customers who relied on Exec.Cloud for their backup storage options. These customers have to s... (more)

Where Is Oracle Headed in the Cloud?

Oracle has sounded extremely optimistic about their future; one that is going to be dominated by the cloud. The company has reported cloud revenue growth of anywhere between 35% and 50% over the past few quarterly financial reports. Safra Catz, the Chief Financial Officer at Oracle is noted to have said that her company is focused at increasing market share on the cloud at this point “unlike all those cloud companies” like SalesForce that are focusing on profits. So is the company seeing a paradigm shift in their revenue pie? Not really. Despite the buzz about Oracle’s focus be... (more)

Could Cloud Spell the End for ERP As We Know It?

Enterprise Resource Planning has traditionally been a software for large corporates with million dollar technology budgets. But that has been changing over the past decade with the advent of cloud based ERP systems. According to a survey conducted by Sage, nearly 30% of finance managers at UK based SMEs believe that cloud could make ERP more affordable or viable to them. In another study published by Gartner, the top five fastest growing ERP vendors today are all SaaS companies. Even the larger, mature SaaS players like NetSuite have registered exponential growth rates of nearly ... (more)

Do You Need a Co-Founder for Your Startup?

How important is an entrepreneur to the growth and success of a startup? There is the story of how Steve Wozniak remained a kid in the basement making computers till Steve Jobs came along. There is also the story of how Jeff Bezos started Amazon without the need for a co-founder to help him out. So what's the verdict? Well, the answer is - it depends. Trust In Partnership Partnering in a startup is all based on trust. And who better do you trust than a friend or a close relative who could possibly complement your skills? But according to Jay Barnett, the founder of Priority Pickup... (more)