Five ultimate reasons to consider Cloud Computing for your business


When it comes to technology, you can never really know right from the start which trend is going to stick and which one will fade, so it’s not really a surprise that a lot of people were skeptical when cloud computing made an entry to the scene. Sure, the technology was still in its infancy and implementation was far from what we know today, but even so, cloud computing proved that the concept has a tremendous potential, and that it will forever change the world of technology and business. Fast forward to today, cloud computing is the ultimate technology to use in any field of work, with the most noticeable results in business environments. Simply put, whoever uses cloud computing in their business today has the upper hand. If you’re not convinced, here are the five ultimate reasons to consider cloud computing for your business.

It’s cheap and easy to implement

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Cloud computing starts with a major advantage right off the bat; no huge upfront costs to get started. With a traditional IT infrastructure you’ll be looking forward to significant costs to design, buy and configure the equipment of your infrastructure before you get started. Cloud computing is much simpler – you just need to make an accurate estimate of your needs and then seek a cloud computing provider that has those services in its portfolio. With cloud computing, you’ll be ready to get rolling in days, as opposed to weeks or even months it would take to have everything ready if you go the traditional way.

It’s cheap to operate and maintain

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With the risk of being repetitive, cloud computing is cheap, and not only to implement, but to operate as well. The reason we stress so much on this aspect is because, when running a business, every cost is important. Traditional infrastructure is prone to problems, so you’ll need to be ready to deal with them and have the necessary staff to solve them. Cloud computing completely removes this risk, as your whole infrastructure is in the cloud, and it’s the provider that has to deal with any issues. You will need to be cautious when choosing the provider, though, as you’ll want one that handles problems efficiently and doesn’t cause noticeable downtime for your business.

It’s reliable

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Unless we’re talking about huge corporations with virtually unlimited resources, the brain of an in-house network is in most cases a closet with a few server racks and a few UPS units. Power generators, backup Internet connections and other redundancy options are just nice dreams in most cases. Here’s where cloud computing wins again: since cloud computing providers actually make a living out of providing these services, they usually take all the possible precautions to ensure that their service is reliable. Data centers have protections for pretty much any type of event, from power losses to network failures, and on-site staff is available around the clock to make sure that everything works as it should.

It’s always up to date

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One of the major advantages of cloud computing is that the technology used by the providers is in most cases the most recent one available. Because we’re talking a highly competitive market, service providers are forced to go the extra mile to acquire and retain customers, which is a big win for you, the customer.

At the opposite pole, an in-house infrastructure is prone to become obsolete pretty fast, and because the costs of upgrading and all that hassle that comes with such process can be highly disruptive for your business, you’ll most likely end up using obsolete equipment, thus endangering the proper operation of your business.

It’s efficient

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Efficiency is probably the biggest advantage of cloud computing – not only does the technology mold to your needs, growing and shrinking as your business does, but it also provides you with innovative ways of carrying out your business. The best example in this manner is the ability to work remotely – you can get access to your files and computational horsepower from anywhere in the world with just a laptop and an Internet connection. Good luck trying to do that with a traditional infrastructure. Sure, it’s still do-able, but just how safe and convenient is the entire process? Exactly!

By Davis Miller and Conosco.com!

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Microsoft Azure-How to create Web App


Microsoft Azure provides WebApps services to host any website without configuring a virtual machine. It is a Platform as a Service offering from Microsoft.

Supported Web Applications are:

  • Custom web application from Visual Studio
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Umbraco

Supported Technologies:

  • NET
  • Java
  • js
  • PHP
  • Python

How to deploy Web application into Microsoft Azure Web Apps:

  • Deploy a website to Azure directly from their chosen IDE, such as Visual Studio
  • Script deployment processes using MSBuild command line tool
  • On premises source control systems such as TFS, Git etc.
  • Cloud based source control systems such as Team Foundation Version Control (TFVC) in Visual Studio Online (VSO)

To create a new Web App in the Azure Portal
Click NEW in the toolbar on the left and then click Web+Mobile and click on Web App.

MIcrosoft Azure Web App
In the App Service Name text box, type a unique name
Select valid Subscription
Select appropriate Resource Group
Create or Select Microsoft Azure-App Service plan based on preference
Click Create. Azure creates the new Microsoft Web App

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Verify pinned deployment on the Azure Portal

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Click on the alert icon to verify the Deployment status

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Click on the Event to see more details on Microsoft Azure Web App Deployment

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Once deployment is successful, verify resource group components

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Microsoft Azure-App Service plan


An App Service plan is the container for web app.

The App Service plan settings will determine the location, features, cost and compute resources associated with app.

Click NEW in the toolbar on the left and then click Web+Mobile and click on Web App.
In the App Service Name text box, type a unique name
Select valid Subscription
Select appropriate Resource Group

Click on App Service plan/Location and Create New

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Give name to App Service plan, select location
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Select Pricing Tier based on your requirements
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Done!
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Microsoft Azure-How to create a Resource Group


Visit Microsoft Azure portal at https://portal.azure.com

Click on Resource Groups Icon to Create an empty resource group

Microsoft Azure Resource Group

It will open a new slider. Provide information on Resource group name, Subscription, and Resource group location as shown in below figure:

Microsoft Azure Create an empty resource group

click on Create.

Verify newly created Resource Group on Azure Portal

Microsoft Azure - New Resource Group

List all Resource Groups by clicking on the resource groups icon

Microsoft Azure Resource Groups

 

 

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Top 5 Cyber Security Tips


Whether you’re a business owner or you’re simply concerned about the security of your own data, it’s important to take a few steps to protect yourself online.

Here are 5 key cyber security tips to protect both your personal and company data from hackers.

Keep passwords long and strong

With poor passwords proven to be the number one cause of data breaches, it makes sense to make them as strong as possible. Fearing that they’ll get locked out of their account if they choose a complicated password, many people choose short and snappy words that are easy to remember. However, if a password is easy to remember, it’s often easy to hack, too.

We recommend using passwords that are at least 8-12 characters in length and contain a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. It’s better to use a complicated password and write it down somewhere safe than it is to use the same passwords across all accounts that is easy to remember.

Move your data to the cloud

Cloud computing can have numerous security benefits for both individuals and businesses. For example, if you were to lose your laptop with all your personal documents stored on its hard drive, these could be impossible to recover if the laptop falls into the wrong hands. If, however, you were to lose your laptop but all your documents were stored in the cloud, you could change your login information from another device to prevent people accessing your information.

Be wary of links in emails

Always be careful when you see a link or attachment in an email. If you’re suspicious of it for any reason, don’t click on it and send the email straight to your junk folder.

Remember, Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t always safe

Public Wi-Fi may seem like a great way of getting things done while on the go, but in reality, using Wi-Fi hotspots from your personal devices can leave you vulnerable to hacks. Make sure you have a reliable firewall and anti-virus software. Avoid using Wi-Fi networks for private tasks such as online banking or shopping.

Be careful who you connect with

It’s surprising how much people share on social media. If your information falls into the wrong hands, the consequences could be devastating. Sharing a photo of your pet or celebrating your birthday on social media may seem innocent enough, but people could use this information to access your data, particularly if you haven’t used complicated passwords as suggested above.

Contributed by Synextra, a cloud computing and IT support company based in Manchester in the UK. Synextra can provide businesses with a range of services from hosted desktops to VoIP phones.

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The World of Data-Data in the Cloud


 

 

 

 

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Try Microsoft Azure for free-Microsoft Azure Pass


How to use Microsoft Azure Pass?

Go to http://www.microsoftazurepass.com/

Select Country and Provide Azure Pass Code which is available with you.

Microsoft Azure Pass

Click on Submit and it will direct to Sign in Window. Provide Account details.

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Provide First name and last name and click on Submit

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Click on Activate

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Provide details and Select Agreement, click on Sign up.

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Done!

njoy Microsoft Azure Services by using the Azure Pass Code.

 

 

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