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Summer Fridays in the Cloud

In the summer it seems like by Wednesday afternoon everyone is wishing it was already Friday, with weekend shore trips and barbeques on the brain. Along the same forward-thinking train of thought, let us look to the future to see how the latest information technology trends will impact your operations and your bottom line.

This week at the 12th International Cloud Expo in New York City everyone is talking about two large IT trends: big data and cloud computing. Many people have heard of cloud computing, but the big data trend is somewhat new for others. Let’s take a closer look at the big data trend and how cloud computing is related.

Big data is a collection of massive data sets that organizations must capture, store, share, search, transfer, analyze and visualize (whew!). These data sets have grown so large and so complex that traditional database management tools simply cannot handle them. To give you an idea of how big this data is, consider this: as of last year, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data were created every day. You may have heard of gigabytes and terabytes, but with 2.5 quintillion bytes you’re talking about exabytes (EB):

1 EB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes

The big data trend means that businesses of all sizes must now manage stores of data beyond the capabilities of their current applications. Think about your business for example. Do you have hundreds or thousands of servers at your disposal? Unless you own a data center, you probably do not.

The solution to the big data challenge is, of course, cloud computing. With more and more data being created every single day, the software programs needed to manage and analyze it all, and thus produce insightful business trends, run on hundreds and sometimes thousands of servers. Because of cloud technology, companies who must manage large data stores can now rent servers (or just part of a server) owned and managed by cloud service providers, which saves thousands of dollars as well as hours if not days of necessary server patching, configuration and management.

Cloud service providers, such as Broadview Networks, offer a wide range of cloud services from hosted virtual desktops and hosted virtual and dedicated servers to even hosted, or cloud phone systems. Thanks to cloud technology, you can now host it all!

The benefits to cloud-based services are too many to count: lower IT/telecomm costs, mobility, flexibility, scalability and perhaps most importantly, business continuity. Since no equipment or servers have to be maintained at your office, business data and applications are accessible anytime, anywhere and on virtually any mobile device.

Has your business shifted to cloud-based services? How are you handling the challenge of managing increasingly larger data stores? Share your advice or your experience by leaving a comment.

Photo by DARPA via Wikimedia Commons

About Kathy Miller

Creative technologist focused on cloud services. I have a passion for telling great customer stories and am focused on finding more. My goal is to help companies leverage new technology to ensure business continuity and drive revenue. I am interested in all things virtual and mobile computing.

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