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Public vs. Private Virtual Servers: Why Private Clouds are Not Dead!

We’ve heard it said that private virtual servers are dead and public clouds are taking over. Yes, the usage of public cloud solutions are growing. The pay-as-you-go model and no contract options are very appealing to many companies. But does that really mean private cloud solutions are becoming obsolete?   Far from it. A recent…

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The New Cloud IT Ecosystem: Hidden Complexity and Risk Assuaged by Due Diligence

The new cloud IT ecosystem has brought us heretofore unimagined capability and capacity for even the smallest of companies – newfound abilities to compete, build brand recognition and reach new market penetration. There are also new risks that must be circumnavigated … The old mantra for businesses, “location, location, location”, has given way to connectivity–…

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SMB Cloud Security – A Promise Always Kept

Why is SMB cloud security the single biggest hesitation for small businesses considering the move over to cloud-based solutions? Small business owners tend to look at SMB cloud security as inherently riskier because they “don’t control and manage security” concerning the servers holding their data. But if we actually review the stats, it becomes instantly obvious that most…

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Cloud Risk? | IDC White Paper Assessment: – Not Using Cloud Now Main Risk to Business Productivity

According to a new report (below) from a prominent market intelligence think tank, Not using Cloud is now the greatest cloud risk to business productivity “Cloud risk hype continues to mount,” reports David Bradshaw, a market researcher at International Data Corporation  (IDC), “But underneath the hype, enterprise IT really is evolving. There are essentially two categories…

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Internet Explorer Security Update

You may have recently been made aware of a potential Internet Explorer security threat affecting users of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE), versions 6-11. At the time of this publication, Microsoft has not released information about a patch that will remove this threat but they have confirmed that browsers currently running on Windows XP will not…

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QuickBooks Cloud Backup, Best Practices!

[Editor’s note: Best practices advice from a real pro:  All Cloud customers using QuickBooks should avoid the risk of a problematic bloated TLG file by running an occasional manual backup and verification. Los Altos CPA and accounting technologist Victoria Cameron provides a good tutorial just added to Cloud9’s support Knowledge Base.  Sure we spoil you…

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Is Your Office WiFi Security Vulnerable to Hacking? How?

A recent article in Ars Technica rekindled a healthy nerve with many professionals and business owners regarding general password and office WiFi security…  Passwords are the keys that secure virtually everything nowadays. Use a weak password and the outcome could be disastrous.  And one of the areas where passwords are the weakest are the standard…

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Facing Cloud Computing Security Threats

Once we began talking about the cloud, there were 3 areas of principal concern: security, availability & reliability… First appeared: CPA Practice Advisor / April 3, 2013 Ever since we began talking about the cloud, there have been three areas of concern: security, availability and reliability. That’s why I’m not at all surprised that most…

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Cloud Services for Law Firms Gaining Popularity

Cloud Services for Law Firms is gaining traction among attorneys for several good reasons. Advocates and early adapters of Cloud Services for Law Firms maintain that its chief  advantages include economy, simplicity and accessibility. Get the white paper: Cloud9 Legal Cloud Report See also: Interest in Paperless Law Firm Capabilities Picking Up Cloud Services for Law Firms now include legal practice…

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The 10 Key Things To Look For in Cloud Service Providers

Good Cloud Service Providers : Ten Attributes  Small business cloud computing is growing rapidly with increasing number of new players.  If you are just beginning to look for cloud service providers, here are the top considerations you should hold firmly in mind. See also: Just How Secure Is Your Cloud? 1. Top Technical Expertise Cloud service…

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