Feb 242016


Employing cloud computing technologies in the auto industry is pivotal for a greater good since its one of the prime industries in the midst of transformation. The definition of cutting edge technologies in the transportation industry is ever changing since the 1990’s due to the competitive marketplace. With the complete support from the Information Technology sector as an existing leader in transformation, auto industry can handle the pressures faced due to technology and convert them into potential benefits.

The main reason why automotive industry has been eventful in adapting cloud computing technologies is because the end result brings a win-win situation for the consumers as well as the automakers. When the cars today start to communicate with humans, they make our transportation easier and smarter, then why not work towards a futuristic approach in this industry. The car of the future will be a smart device geared up to help human lead a simpler life by providing required data. It is going to become easier to realize the Jetsons dream with today’s technological advancements and there is still more to come. However, the question that knocks us to find solution to the problem is how will cloud computing help auto industry leap forward?

1. Improves The Experience Within the Car

Most consumers working in various sectors spend a minimum of an hour to almost four hours in travel every day. Focusing on enhancing the in-car experience enables the consumers to stay connected with their cars. Apart from Hands free calling, staying socially connected in the most traffic prone zones can help you relax within the comfort of your car. Using cloud not only enables the customer’s experience, but also updates the software in the vehicle making it stay up to date.

2. Benefitting automakers by reducing warranty costs

Instead of visiting the service department for a minor issue like updating the software in the car, it is simpler to update the software over air which saves costs aplenty for the automakers. With the support of big data analytics, the entire dataset of a particular vehicle is viewed as a report and this enables in resolving any potential flaws at the very beginning. Reaching out to the service mechanics just for crucial issues improves the quality of the governance and helps in engaging the mechanics to resolve important issues and help reduce the delivery time and warranty costs.

3. Raising the Bar of Quality Assurance

Most of the beta testing can be done with real time users who are willing to participate in resolving issues in buggy software. This enables consumers to participate directly with the makers and get first hand information and support for the issues faced by them.

4. Reduced Costs During Product Development Due to Renting Options

Cloud computing can be used by the research and development team on a specific testing environment for identifying lags or bugs on their simulated application. Since cloud licensing is expensive using “Software as a Service” is economical and beneficial to the automaker. Every product development team makes the best use of cloud since most projects are short termed and specific.

A car isn’t just a luxury anymore; it’s much more than that!

 Posted by at 16:04
Feb 222016

Cloud Webhosting includes virtually available clustered servers called Clouds to allow you to host all aspects of your website. This has an added advantage of providing balanced load, security and usage of hardware resources as per requirement. 

Why Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is a relatively new term that has gained immense popularity especially in the business sector. It allows a perfect workflow and is highly flexible, safe, cost effective and scalable. The best features of Cloud includes:

  • Scalability for resources as your business grows.

  • Least waiting time if additional resources are required.

  • Save money by paying for only features you use.

  • Flexibility on space demands.

  • Accessibility from anywhere at any time.

  • One of the cheapest storage options.

  • Increased security for confidential files.

  • Less energy wastage, thus promoting green technology.

  • It offers better stability

Building Your Cloud Website

With so many advantages, Cloud Web hosting is worth a try for small and big businesses alike. If your website has low traffic, you might use Cloud without spending a penny because you get 1 GB free storage space for hosting images, web pages or other files with 1 GB bandwidth per day. 

Here is a guide on hosting your website on Cloud.

  1. Build infrastructure

First you need to create server, connect and install Apache to make it a web server. To create a cloud server, follow these steps.

  • Login to Cloud Control panel using your username and password.

  • Allocate appropriate name to your Cloud server which denotes its role and purpose of hosting.

  • Choose a Flavor which denotes the size of the server such as CPU, RAM or hard drive. There is a free 1GB General Flavor for small businesses that want to save money.

  • There are numerous other controls as well for customized websites as per your requirement.

  • Click on Create Server and copy the Root Admin Password displayed for later use.

  • Re-check if you did everything right. It might take less or more time depending on your selections of image and flavor.

  • Copy public IP address from the Network section of servers view.

  • Connect to the server using SSH command in the terminal.app for Mac OS X or use PuTTY SSH for Windows computer. First time connections are verified by the computer which could be typed ‘yes’ and entered.

  • Type or paste the password you copied earlier and get connected to server.

2. Install Apache

Enter ‘apt-get install apache2 –y’ command to install Apache. Once it is done, test it and enter the IPv4 address of cloud server in your web browser. A message confirms that your server is installed on Cloud.

3. Upload the code

Upload your site using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). There are many popular and free FTP service providers you could choose from. Upload the HTML file in the appropriate directory

4. Test your website

After you upload the right HTML file to the right directory, just refresh the browser. Your website will be ready. 

 Posted by at 10:02
Feb 212016

It does not matter what you need a laptop for, either a long lasting battery, excellent display and performances or something that is quite affordable, there is a laptop that can suit your needs.

A cheap laptop for personal use 2016 does not really translate into a great work laptop. Laptop for business are meant to be a secure robust, amazing multitasking tool, that is durable for uses.

Our winner on the list: Lenovo Thinkpad T450S

Our winner on the list: Lenovo Thinkpad T450S

Lenovo Thinkpad T450S

Top on our list of best business laptops is Lenovo Thinkpad T450s. It has fast performance when used, a longer lasting battery life and the also the very best keyboard to go with. The reason why Lenovo Thinkpad T450s is our best pick is because the laptop can detect sharp HD-display fully, excellent design and other perks such as the TrackPoint on Lenovo. If you opt for the Lenovo extended battery, it can last for as much as 15 good hours.

Dell XPS 13

This amazing portable machine does wonders on the flick and does not under perform her task, which why this is our favorite light and light notebook a round bezel display. Dell was able to build a 13 inches screen into it which basically translate into typical 11 inches size. This laptop weighs 2.7lb and it is super light in comparison, with 12 hours long battery life.

Surface Pro 4

The surface pro series has been one of the most talked about new entrant into the ”work-laptop” space and it has been able to proof that she is no push-over. Microsoft is the maker of Surface Pro 4 and a better improved keyboard has been incorporated into the device, sleek and beautiful to the eyes. One amazing feature about the Surface Pro 4 is the 2-in-1 hybrid integration and no laptop of this nature currently matches this machine. The combined portability and power sustainability and versatility is just amazing for a business laptop such as this one. It also has pen for various uses.

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 12

We love this laptop which comes with a 13 inches fitted screen and a compact 12.5 inch screen with a leading industry keyboard as well as good battery life. The name alone says it all: this laptop can fold fully 360 degree in rotation, which enables you to use the laptop as if it were a tablet. It also comes with a digitize Wacom pen for taking notes.

Toshiba Chromebook 2

Actually, this laptop isn’t for everyone out there. However, they are cheaper and can serve as alternative business uses for basic computing needs. In that case, the best is Toshiba Chromebook 2 which offers sharp 13 display, lightweight and slip build. The performance is fast above average and it has longer and durable battery life.

Dell Inspiron 15 5000

This beauty and machine offers more value for your money than most laptops could ever offer you when you need one. It gives you an edge with a speedy core i5 processor, making it more useful and dependable for multitasking. It also comes with a sharp 15 HD display and superb keyboard and a long lasting battery life.

Update 2019: I have been using the Dell Latitude e7440 the last year at work. I have to say it’s a really powerful notebook that can handle any office program I need it to run. It boots up fast, and I have seldom experienced any lag with it. With an Intel Core i7 and 8GB of ram, it’s a reliable laptop that you can trust. The only downside is that some people had issues with the drivers; for example, Jason writes in this dell latitude e7440 review that he had problems with the drivers in the first few months. However, those issues have now been fixed.

If you want the latest operating system, you can update the Windows 7 OS to Windows 10 without any extra cost. One thing to consider is that you can get this model with an IPS screen for even more crisp display.

 Posted by at 17:56
Feb 102016

There has been a sudden spike in the use of Hybrid Cloud and there are definite reasons that are driving this increase in use. Cloud users, Cloud service providers and industry stakeholders have the following benefits to report that are boosting the use of Hybrid Cloud:

  1. Making Backup and Recovery less expensive:

Downtimes are common in data centres. While some of the reasons are temporary, some others are permanent and catastrophic. Downtimes and outages can be disastrous for any company and cause additional costs. Having a backup and DR plan in place is what several companies are looking for but that too comes at a cost. This is where Hybrid Cloud comes in. It makes backup, recovery and DR plans less expensive and allows companies to obtain cheaper and standby resources for a minimal amount. If your company has staff and time limitations, cloud services provide you with managed backup and recovery solutions as their standard offering. Hybrid Cloud also helps to improve the overall efficiency of a DR plan and can execute a no-downtime environment for companies who simply cannot afford even the slightest amount of downtime.

  1. Innovation without added costs:

While every company would love to have consistent research and development at work, additional costs of gear, more people and time required for researching, buying and maintaining the new IT infrastructure is not what everybody could plan to do. In cloud environments it is possible to prototype new applications and services, deploy them and measure them for success. This is the advantage of a cloud environment; no long-term commitments, perfect environment to research and a constant drive to stay ahead in a highly competitive marketplace.

  1. Keeping the IT industry on the go:

Successful IT service deliveries require uncompromised agility. There are innumerable unforeseen problems like outages, downtimes, hacks, lost/corrupted data, transitions that totally cripples the effectiveness of IT departments. How does Hybrid Cloud help here? It has the benefits of scalability, flexibility, speed to market and tremendous cost-effectiveness. These qualities help the IT departments to be agile and on the go. Responding to last minute changes and needs has got way easier for them.

  1. The benefit of scalability:

You can have unlimited resources at your on-demand disposal with the help of hybrid cloud. If you need to tether on-prem to the specific cloud resources you need at a moment in time, you can do that with a hybrid cloud implementation. Implementing automation rules can instantly help you to procure future resources whenever you need them.

  1. Making time more productive:

Your company might take ages to deploy new infrastructure that you have bought using traditional methods. It might take anytime between 30-90 days. As soon as you set up your hybrid cloud, you can instantly access your cloud resources. This faster speed to market comes in quite handy. Taking new digital products to the market is no longer a time-consuming and delayed procedure. Hybrid cloud can also help faster beta-to-production migration while keeping the risks away.

If you liked this article you also might want to read our other article: Cloud Storage Security: Is This Safe For Businesses?

 Posted by at 12:47
Feb 042016

Amazon Vs Rackspace

Amazon (AWS) is a huge cloud company that needs no introduction. It has surpassed all cloud providers in every way and will continue to do well in the future. With new data centers popping up around the world and a massive governmental contract with the United States makes it a very tough competitor to beat. Given the fact that AWS dominates cloud is a reason they must be considered by all small businesses for their cloud solution. Rackspace on-the-other-hand is a smaller based cloud provider that uses API. Rackspace challenges AWS on a few levels which makes it an ideal cloud service provider to compare AWS with.

What Your Startup Needs Are

First, evaluating what a startup needs is the only way a business can figure out which cloud to go with. Questions like:

  • How much storage will the startup need?

  • What is the budget?

  • What are the expectations on performance?

Secondly, a startup needs to consider what kind of performance they will likely get from the cloud. Rackspace is a variable performance cloud. This means that one client may need 12GB of space and another only 6GB of space, but the client with the most storage needed gets the storage space first and the performance is better. This may not be a better solution for a startup that requires very little cloud space yet needs to have optimal performance. AWS has a dedicated platform that doesn’t differentiate between the biggest requirements. AWS makes it fair and equal in the performance category.

The All Mighty Dollar: Costs

Large businesses like IBM and GE are using AWS, but for good reason, they are big companies that can afford AWS’ prices and demand huge space. Startups need to consider the price. It may not be necessary to spend a lot of money for cloud and still get award winning Block Storage that Rackspace offers that is comparable to AWS’ Elastic Block Storage.

Rackspace is charging .10 cents for 1 GB Storage and AWS is .14 cents per 1 GB storage up to 1TB. This means Rackspace is cheaper by a few cents. AWS has many options and prefers bulk purchase for a term of a few years. This is when it may not be ideal for a startup as they will want to have spot charges over flat rate. If the startup is using platforms like SQL or MySQL expect additional charges to be incurred.


AWS for startups is the best way to go even though the price is a few cents more. The fact that AWS has the best performance for the cost is best for a startup to avoid any issues. Also, when a company grows there is no need to switch only jumping from one pricing tier to the next. This will save a company a lot of down time when making changes. Rackspace does provide smaller companies with the same excellent cloud space if they are not planning for large growth or they will use less space than they had originally planned for. If a startup is heavily app based Rackspace is better.

 Posted by at 20:24
Feb 022016

Cloud is the best way to go in terms of removing the failure rate of storage for a business. It eliminates the costs and allows more investment into the products provided by the company. Service based companies opting for faster data return rates and cheaper storage options will find cloud the way for the future. But is all this open-source public domain safe for businesses? Let’s find out.

cloud computing future

Security Options For Businesses

All companies are different and the needs of the companies vary depending on the services or products provided.

Currently, there are several options to help your data become more secure on the cloud.

  1. Encryption Software for individual files and software.

  2. Encryption software for all data and software including applications.

  3. Cloud provider’s security options.

Encrypting Individual Files And Software

Companies that are only storing small amounts of data and software on a cloud can choose software to encrypt the individual file and/or software. By controlling the encryption from the source, the business will know that what they have sent out is secure and protected. It may not be necessary for small businesses to need to encrypt all their data. So, by using software that allows picking what data is encrypted is ideal. Now, it is easy to assume that protocols must be set up for the company and a system in place for encryption.

Encrypting All Data

Companies that deal with a lot of client information, financial information, and top secret files may want to consider software like Bracket Computing Software that will encrypt all the files sent from the source to the cloud provider. This is an important step to take if you want to make your business safe. Many companies want to avoid costly errors and mistakes of hacked files. Lawsuits and loss of clientele are a consideration for a company. Security should be the first step when considering going to cloud storage.

Encryption Through Cloud Provider

A few things a business must consider when using security through a cloud provider are:

  • Do they encrypt files while data is being stored on the cloud?

  • Do they encrypt files when data is being moved?

  • Do they provide file sharing?

Files encrypted while being stored on the cloud can reduce chances of hacking. Each file, application, and software is individually encrypted and the encryption code is different for each file. This is very secure and as long as the files are sitting they are secure.

Encrypting files while being stored is easy; it is when they are moved that they become potential targets of hackers. This is vital for companies to know what types of services are provided and if the company must provide the overall encryption services. Choosing the best cloud provider that gives a company the highest level of security is paramount.

Finally, file sharing is great for individual users and companies who work from home in groups, but for larger corporations file sharing can be very risky. Checking with the terms and agreements for the cloud provider can clear up all the confusion and leave you with the choice of which provider is best for you. Cloud storage can be absolutely secure for businesses as long as they do their homework!

 Posted by at 21:36