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Trends in cloud computing – what can we learn?

With cloud technology increasing in popularity by the day, businesses are now searching for ways of enhancing the system and making it even more beneficial. It is being implemented in more locations than ever before and as it moves into the mainstream its uses will be more closely scrutinised. With so many offerings currently on the table, it is very hard to pick just one cloud provider, which is seeing many businesses broaden their horizons. They are increasingly turning to multiple providers in order to get the best of all available services and boost their business accordingly. There had been fears that such cloud sprawl can make it harder to track the resources and spending in a company. It is likely that most businesses will ...

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What does the latest range of cloud chips mean for the computing world?

In pursuit of delivering a better cloud computing experience, Intel has launched its latest 22-nanometer Xeon E5 2600 v2 chips. The new chips will supersede Xeon E5 chips, and promise better performance alongside being more energy-efficient. When compared with the previous generation of chips, they are 45% more efficient and can deliver an improvement in performance by around 50%. So what really sets the latest chips apart from the pack? Performance The latest generation of Xeon E5 chips promises to improve overall performance of the system, increasing ease of use while ensuring all recent sector developments have been taken into account. Many businesses are currently using servers that don't fully utilise all the available resources that these new chips could unleash. With the prospect of data handling ...

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Growth in cloud set to continue

Substantial growth in enterprise cloud computing is set to continue throughout this year and into the next, according to a recent study. Findings from TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research, discovered that 69% of businesses surveyed who have separate budgets for cloud computing expect their spending to increase. When you consider these figures, the benefits of using the cloud software are obvious. This included the remainder of 2013 and throughout 2014, suggesting considerable growth for the use of services. As well as this, the study discovered that infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) activity has doubled to around 30% of all projects. It is not entirely straightforward though, as 83% of respondents have faced some kind of stumbling block with the implementation ...

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Ways of improving cloud security

As cloud computing increases in popularity there is a surefire need to ensure that the business data available is always safe and secure. Those wishing to access the system could cause untold misery if allowed into the system, meaning security measures are more important than ever. Indeed, many companies have listed security issues as a reason for slow uptake of cloud solutions, highlighting how important it is to look after data and files. As cloud expands to encompass more devices, it means a greater number of employees, customers and contractors can access data which may need protection. Limited access Staff who need to access valuable data should be placed under more scrutiny and properly trained, unless an error opens up the system to intruders. These members ...

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Why accountancy firms believe the time is right to boost staff levels

The rise of cloud solutions and the economic growth is very good news for accountancy firms who are opening their doors to new recruits. Research has shown a quarter of the top 100 accountancy firms in the UK have upped the ante by taking on more graduates. One in ten firms is doing so well they have doubled their intake! The growth of cloud software solutions is enabling accountants to concentrate their efforts on providing more training. Accountants are now increasingly looking to operate cloud solutions, such as those offered by Liquid Accounts, thanks to their efficiency and ease of use. The research also found that 41% of accountancy firms had saved enough costs during the last year that they are currently not looking to ...

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Increases in cloud spending as concept becomes more mainstream

Enterprises are increasing their average monthly spend on cloud by around 45%, highlighting the fact that cloud environments are becoming more mainstream. According to a study from communications company Verizon, cloud is growing in importance for many companies and is quickly being seen as critical to business strategy. They conducted their research across an 18-month period between January 2012 and June 2013, with cloud-based storage capabilities increasing by up to 90% in that time. The report examined the current state of the enterprise cloud, using a survey to highlight how almost half of professionals prefer cloud to more traditional software packages when investments are concerned. These can include any number of software packages, including for storage space, business planning and accounting software. Verizon listed six ...

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Microsoft outdoes Amazon with latest cloud offer

Technology giant Microsoft has launched a new service to give developers a dedicated storage layer for frequently accessed information. The Azure technology, prices and additional features significantly trump any others on the market, including those of Amazon Web Services. The move is the latest in a series of launches between the two rival companies, with the latest addition set to compete directly with Amazon ElastiCache. A preview release of the Windows Azure Cache Service allows developers access to a Windows or Linux compatible caching service which can be used with a multitude of applications. It is the type of innovative platform that could slot in perfectly within an online accounting software service or something similar. These can vary from being a dedicated virtual machine or ...

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Cloud solutions continue to increase

Cloud solutions are being adopted by more and more companies as online platforms become a more viable proposition for reducing costs. According to data from IT research company Gartner, 80% of companies indicated that they intend to use cloud solutions within the next 12 months. This comes in spite of the fact that 55% of those companies currently have no cloud platforms in place, highlighting the rush to implement cloud solutions. As a result, providers are rushing to meet demand, meaning business is booming despite some concerns over the risks to business operations of adopting cloud. Ensuring security is vital for most businesses that are keen to make sure their data and key information is not easily accessible. Gartner also revealed that only a small ...

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What is the key to successful and efficient online invoicing?

The way that the internet has impacted on all types of business means that many day to day tasks and operations are now quite easily undertaken online.   For many simple business tasks such as invoicing, email has replaced physical post deliveries almost entirely as the immediacy not only cuts out potential delays but also any associated high volume postal costs are also negated.   Of course, invoicing is only one aspect of the finances of running a business that can be simplified and streamlined by using online services. Today's 'cloud' approach means that the whole concept of commercial financial management has undergone nothing short of a revolution.   Efficiency   The traditional image of 'shoe box finance', where a mixture of paperwork including invoices, receipts and bank ...

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