IDG Contributor Network: SIP trunks are more reliable than a PRI T1

Are SIP trunks as reliable as an ISDN PRI T1? I’m asked this question a lot, so I thought it’d be a great blog topic. I don’t think you are as concerned with this as the amber lights in the server room… But if you are making any changes to your company’s phone system, I’m […] Read more »

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The cloud is growing 7 times faster than the rest of IT

The public cloud just keeps on growing, with increases in spending on cloud services and infrastructure easily outpacing overall IT spending. And it isn’t even close.  The latest update to International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide projects worldwide investments in the public cloud “will reach $ 122.5 billion in 2017, an […] Read more »

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Cloud services lift IT outsourcing market higher than expected

Companies signed IT and business process outsourcing deals worth a record $ 9.5 billion in annual contract value, according to the quarterly outsourcing index produced Information Services Group (ISG). Traditional outsourcing contracts were up 5 percent to $ 5.8 billion, while the fast-growing as-a-service segment leapt 20 percent to $ 3.7 billion, according to ISG. […] Read more »

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CloudMounter review: Less than perfect cloud storage on your desktop

Remember Bitcasa, the ill-fated “infinite” cloud storage outfit who wound up throwing in the towel after only three years? For all their faults (and there were a few!), they did get one thing right: Infinite Drive, which put that vast quantity of cloud storage alongside normal hard drives on the Mac desktop. CloudMounter volumes are […] Read more »

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Microsoft: Government’s data gag order practices worse than first thought

Microsoft has significantly upped the tally of U.S. government gag orders slapped on demands for customer information, according to court documents filed last week. In a revised complaint submitted to a Seattle federal court last Friday, Microsoft said that more than half of all government data demands were bound by a secrecy order that prevented […] Read more »

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Cloud services brokers sound better than they really are

It’s an attractive story: Public cloud services that can allocate applications and services to users through a cloud broker. These brokerage systems sit between the consumers of cloud services and the services themselves. Brokers can gather data about the cloud service — including cost, efficiency, and functionality — to help you make better decisions about […] Read more »

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Why monolithic apps are often better than microservices

Sinclair is CEO and cofounder of Apprenda, a leader in enterprise Platform as a Service. With all of the talk these days about microservices and distributed applications, monolithic applications have become the scourge of cloud systems design. Normally, when a new technical trend emerges to replace a previous one, it is due (at least in part) […] Read more »

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Why developers have more power than you think

Jeff Lawson is a walking, talking example of the rise of the developer. Today, he’s the CEO of API economy darling Twilio, a cloud platform that offers API-accessible telecom services to marquee customers like Home Depot and Uber. But 20 years ago, he was another computer science student who saw the power of the Internet […] Read more »

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RightScale: More than 3 million servers launched

ubuntu 9.10 cloud server cds Image by osde8info ubuntu 9.10 cloud server cds RightScale: More than 3 million servers launched 20, 2011, 12:01am PT No Comments RightScale, which gives companies a good look into the innards of their cloud computing workloads, just surpassed the 3-million-server mark. RightScale's cloud management platform launched in 2007. … Read […] Read more »

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