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Disaster Recovery Requires Business Continuity

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CloudSwitch, lo hemos probado | vía tecnologiapyme.com


Manolo Carvajal | http://www.tecnologiapyme.com

En nuestro repaso especial a las numerosas opciones que hallamos en el mercado sobre soluciones Cloud hemos topado con una, que, aparentemente, parece la mejor. CloudSwitch, lo hemos probadocon cierta mirada crítica y con mucho tesón. Esta solución es la más adaptable tanto a pymes como a multinacionales por su facilidad y por su versatilidad.

Su principar característica es la escalabilidad entre productos como VMware, Citrix o Hyper-Vision de Microsoft. Su secreto no es más que proveer de la máxima libertad al cliente, tanto como si deseamos una infraestructura pequeña como si queremos una red privada entre distintas infraestructuras alojadas en proveedores diferentes. ¿Cuál es su secreto? Igual, hasta lo contamos.

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[Infographic]: International Cloud Computing Policies

Small businesses are learning how to leverage the power of cloud computing, and loving it. With the decreasing costs of cloud computing, and its rising capabilities, it’s no wonder business owners are flocking to this new software. However, some businesses are still skeptical about integrating cloud computing, due to uncertainties in privacy and data protection. This is especially true If you’re considering supporting a widespread field service population that crosses geographic boundaries. Do you know the various privacy and data security laws for Germany, for example?

Well, you could hire a bunch of lawyers, but you could also check out our infographic that summarizes the best and worst places to have a cloud-based business.


By David Strom |  readwriteweb.com

Small businesses are learning how to leverage the power of cloud computing, and loving it. With the decreasing costs of cloud computing, and its rising capabilities, it’s no wonder business owners are flocking to this new software. However, some businesses are still skeptical about integrating cloud computing, due to uncertainties in privacy and data protection. This is especially true If you’re considering supporting a widespread field service population that crosses geographic boundaries. Do you know the various privacy and data security laws for Germany, for example?

Well, you could hire a bunch of lawyers, but you could also check out our infographic that summarizes the best and worst places to have a cloud-based business.

Thanks to ClickSoftware for preparing this infographic.

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13 Windows 8 features worth knowing about

The Ribbon interface

A few years back, Microsoft shocked the world by completely overhauling the interface of its popular Office 2007 applications, replacing the familiar menu and toolbar system with something it called the Ribbon, which groups features and tools into separate collections. This controversial change angered many longtime Office users, while others found the new interface more efficient to use once they’d gotten used to it.

Now the Ribbon is making its way into Windows 8. You’ll see it in Windows Explorer, where it provides an easy way to check file attributes and sort files. The Ribbon interface pops up in unexpected places, too, such as the new Hyper-V management app. (For users who don’t like it, the UI can be disabled with one click.)
Windows 8 Explorer with Ribbon
The Ribbon interface is prevalent in Windows Explorer.

“At this point, Microsoft can call the Ribbon UI a success,” says Silver. “Most average users will probably find that the Ribbon helps them with tasks they’ve been unsure about previously. For power users, most of the skills they have for manipulating files and such will still work.”

But King isn’t so sure. “Some businesses believe worker productivity suffered from having to learn new commands and processes in Windows 7 and Office 2010,” he says. “This feature could actually inhibit businesses migrating to [Windows] 8.”

Verdict: Overall, the Ribbon is a plus for home and business users alike — especially since it can be turned off easily.
Wi-Fi Direct support

Here’s a feature that might not make headlines, but still holds promise: Like Android 4.0, Windows 8 natively supports Wi-Fi Direct. This emerging peer-to-peer technology uses a standard 802.11n Wi-Fi signal for network transmissions over short distances, but there’s no need for a router — it lets your Wi-Fi devices communicate directly with each other.

Wi-Fi Direct could usher in an age of interconnected devices in which your tablet sends data to your alarm clock, or maybe a smartphone communicates with a smart appliance in your kitchen.

Brian Fino, managing director at Fino Consulting, says Wi-Fi Direct is an important step in building connected intelligent applications. The more devices there are that support the technology, he says, the more robust software can be built to create a user experience that takes advantage of the direct connection.

Verdict: Wi-Fi Direct offers handy close-range peer-to-peer sharing, but it’s too soon to tell whether the technology will catch on.


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Windows 8 will introduce a slew of interesting features, but will they benefit you?

By John Brandon

Computerworld – Upgrades, system migration, support headaches — IT folks are probably dreading the next major Windows rollout. Yet Windows 8, which is scheduled to move to the beta stage in late February and will likely launch in the fall, does offer several compelling new features for both IT and end users.

Windows 8 Metro interface

The Metro interface (See slideshow).

By far the most talked-about aspect of Windows 8 is the Metro interface. Designed for touchscreen computers and tablets, and built to use HTML5 and CSS3, Metro ties into Internet apps like SkyDrive and Flickr. As with Windows Phone 7, you can swipe to navigate through tiles showing live Web info like stocks and news as well as more traditional apps.

But Pund-IT analyst Charles King questions whether businesses will really see benefits from Metro, saying it is mainly just a new paint job over the existing Windows interface. “Metro is yet one more interface for employees to learn and get used to,” he says. “In the current economic environment, businesses will consider that more of a nuisance than a benefit.”

Some features in Windows 8 are of clearer business value, say King and other industry analysts. After spending a few months getting to know the developer preview release, I’ve scouted out 13 less-discussed features and talked to experts to get their take on whom, if anyone, these features will benefit.

Fast boot-up

No finger-drumming here. In my tests, the preview build of Windows 8 booted in six seconds, an all-time record on my decked-out Digital Storm ODE desktop system. The previous boot time on the same machine running Windows 7 was approximately 90 seconds. It’s possible that the fast boot is due to the developer preview’s slimmer build, which lacks all of the bells and whistles of a full OS, but Microsoft has promised significantly faster boot times in Windows 8, which could make staring at logos on startup screens a thing of the past.

Booting up and resuming from sleep is already fast in Windows 7, says Gartner analyst Michael Silver, but making the boot time even faster is still a benefit. This will be particularly advantageous, Pund-IT’s King adds, for technical folks who reboot their computers often — for example, after installing apps — or for mobile workers who need to routinely power down a device to save battery life and then boot up quickly.

Verdict: If early speeds carry over to the shipping version, it’s a win for everybody… Leer más “13 Windows 8 features worth knowing about”

Download Our Latest Report For Free: The Future of the Cloud

We’re delighted to announce ReadWriteWeb’s fourth premium report, The Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Cloud Computing. Thanks to the generosity of our partners VMWare and Intel, we’re providing this report at no cost to you.

The Future of the Cloud highlights cloud computing’s impact on IT organizations, and explores both its disruptive nature and the new markets and opportunities it’s creating. The first phase of the cloud was about developing the foundation for the services it provides. Now that the fundamentals are in place, companies are using them to become an essential part of the cloud’s value chain.


We’re delighted to announce ReadWriteWeb‘s fourth premium report, The Future of the Cloud: Cloud Platform APIs are the Business of Cloud Computing. Thanks to the generosity of our partners VMWare and Intel, we’re providing this report at no cost to you.The Future of the Cloud highlights cloud computing’s impact on IT organizations, and explores both its disruptive nature and the new markets and opportunities it’s creating. The first phase of the cloud was about developing the foundation for the services it provides. Now that the fundamentals are in place, companies are using them to become an essential part of the cloud’s value chain. Leer más “Download Our Latest Report For Free: The Future of the Cloud”

IBM Uses Emoticons, Social Media for Predictive Analytics

IBM uses natural language processing and adds other dimensions that can come from the emotions conveyed through the emoticons.

Additionally, the engine includes terminologies and 180 taxonomies related to an industry. This can help with differentiating brand names. For instance, orange can be the fruit or the telecommunications firm.

The analytics software pulls much of its data from the cloud even though it is on-premise technology. The next step is to provide the service in the cloud.


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Written by Alex Williams

The emoticon analysis is a capability that comes from IBM‘s improvements in its text analysis. It is intended to prove better analysis to text information that often is devoid of context.

This post is part of our ReadWriteCloud channel, which is dedicated to covering virtualization and cloud computing. The channel is sponsored by Intel and VMware. As you’re planning your Cloud Architecture, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: Using a Data Center Relocation To Create A Virtual Infrastructure.

emoticon.jpgIBM is the latest to move into the social media analytics space and integrate it with internal information to do predictive analytics. Leer más “IBM Uses Emoticons, Social Media for Predictive Analytics”

Cloud ‘Recovery’ or Just The Same Old Thing?


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This post is part of our ReadWriteCloud channel, which is dedicated to covering virtualization and cloud computing. The channel is sponsored by Intel and VMware. As you’re planning your Cloud Architecture, check out this helpful resource from our sponsors: IBM Credits Virtualization With Helping Client Contain Server Sprawl.

Cloud computing means many things, but almost all definitions include some key value propositions: scalable on-demand resources, a metered pay-per-use model, access over the Internet, and infrastructure management and optimization that is better than most data centers.

At a more conceptual level, cloud computing abstracts away all the undifferentiated IT tasks. Most businesses don’t add any value to their customers or create any competitive advantage for themselves when they buy, build, configure, and manage servers and storage. This is doubly true for disaster recovery equipment and data centers.

Conversely, poor performance in these tasks can cost value and competitive advantage. There is no benefit in doing these tasks well, but there is cost to doing them badly. This is like the opposite of a financial call option – lots of downside risk, but no upside. Leer más “Cloud ‘Recovery’ or Just The Same Old Thing?”