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The Top Cloud Computing Providers

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Whether your business has just decided to make the leap into cloud computing or you already use the cloud but are unhappy with your provider, choosing the right cloud computing provider can make or break your business. However, with so many different companies to choose from, finding the right cloud provider to meet your needs can seem like a daunting task.

Cloud computing is an excellent choice for many businesses as it involves little to no upfront costs, less spending on maintaining servers, IT departments, and hardware, and the ability to only have to pay for what you need. Below is a list of some of the best cloud providers for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure-as-a-Service is popular with many startup companies as it essentially “outsources” resources such as servers, storage, content delivery, and load balancing. Businesses rent the services of the IaaS, only paying for the exact amount of data used.

Amazon Web Services: With a wide range of storage and computing offerings, Amazon Web Serviceshttp://aws.amazon.com/ can be tailored to meet your business’ needs. With a competitive pricing model ranging from $0.113/hour to $6.82/hour for instances and $0.095/GB/month to $0.125/GB/month for storage, users can use the Amazon calculator to calculate monthly expenses. With Amazon Web Services Free Usage Tier, new users get 750 hours, 30GB storage and 15GB bandwidth for free.

Windows Azure: The easy to use interface and similarity to other Microsoft operating systems make Windows Azure http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/ ideal for those new to cloud computing. Prices for instances ranges from $0.02 to $1.60 per hour, and storage prices range from $0.07/GB/month to $0.12/GB/month.

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)

The Platform-as-a-Service cloud model is specially designed for software engineers and developers. With service providers controlling more aspects of systems management, PaaS can be used for projects such as app and web development.

Engine Yard: Engine Yard https://www.engineyard.com/ runs on the Amazon cloud, taking Amazon Web Services a step further by giving users the benefits of cloud computing without the responsibility of operations management. Engine Yard only supports Ruby, JRuby, Node.js, PHP, REE, and Rubiniu.

Red Hat OpenShift: Based on open source applications, users of Red Hat OpenShifthttps://www.openshift.com/ have the freedom to use a wide variety of components, databases, and languages. In addition, three small gears and 1GB of storage per gear can be used for free.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)

Typically paid for using a subscription, Software-as-a-Service gives users remote access from anywhere along with minimal administrative duties and maintenance.

Abiquo: Abiquo http://www.abiquo.com/ users are able to customize and create their own hybrid cloud experiences, blending the best elements from IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS platforms. Because of this, the entire computing infrastructure can often be managed with one application.

Intacct: By closely integrating their accounting system with Salesforce.com, Intacct http://us.intacct.com/users get the benefit of best in class financials with everything from revenue management to financial consolidation.

Essential Items Every Business Person Should Have in Their Desk

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So, what’s in your desk?

That might seem like an odd question, but face it, you spend a lot of time at your desk. So, it makes sense that you would have a stash of necessary items that can help you navigate almost any situation, from an impromptu client meeting to a dying smartphone to an unplanned rainy day.

As a professional, you need to be prepared for contingencies, especially the ones you would normally overlook. Here are 10 items every professional should keep in their desk.

Device chargers – You never want to be caught with a dying tablet or smartphone when you really need it, so keep extra chargers stored away. Chances are a client or colleague might need them as well.

Lint roller – Pet hair or fuzzies from your office chair aren’t a great look for you or your co-workers when you’re in a rush to get to a client meeting.

Extra set of keys – Your neighbors likely have a set, but it makes too much sense to keep an extra, unlabelled, set of home and car keys at work. You will be glad you did.

Energy snacks – There will be times when you don’t have time to eat properly, so keep supplies to power up. Energy bars, almonds, vitamins and powdered energy drinks will help in a pinch.

Mouthwash and breath mints – It would be easy to regret not having these items around when you need them.

Hand sanitizer – It’s easy to pick up germs after shaking hands or riding on public transportation. Also keep bacterial wipes on hand to disinfect your work area.

Plastic silverware – You don’t want to be caught with take-out or delivery and no way to eat it when you’re in a rush. Plus, you’ll be stocked for every impromptu work celebration.

Umbrella – A sudden rain storm is made much worse when you have to get through it to meet an important client and you’re not prepared.

Earbuds – These will come in handy when you have extra work to do and need to focus.

Deodorant – A travel-size deodorant or antiperspirant can be great during the summer months or when you’re rushing to meetings and appointments.

How to revamp your website for the future

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t’s simply not enough for your business to have a website. Your online presence is often the first touch point with customers and potential customers of your brand, and we know how much first impressions can mean to your business.

Far too often, business websites are neglected and left to languish with no clear objectives in place for how they will be optimized to grow and develop your branding, marketing and sales goals. If your website is in dire need of help or just needs to be tweaked, you should be thinking about how it can be utilized both in the short-term as well as the future to turn prospects into customers.

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