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Simply Dropcanvas {Comments Off on Simply Dropcanvas}

by David A
The article “Dropcanvas Offers Up Free, Dead Simple File Sharing, But Can It Last?” is about a new free sharing service called Dropcanvas.  The website is simple, easy and straight to the point.  Absolutely no training is required to use this website.  You can upload a maximum of 5GB files and simply share with anyone.  Sharing is available through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or the traditional e-mail approach.  A simple account can be created to keep track of all the Canvases.  Chris Newnham and Heath Axton created this simple service and have no plans to monetize the service, although they did mention that donations will be accepted to keep operations running.  The launch of the service was two weeks ago, and has been pretty solid so far.  The creators fear that in the wrong hands the site is vulnerable due to the common dangers of today’s piracy.  To prevent these issues, a lot of monitoring and policing are going to be necessary.  They mentioned websites such as MegaUpload and how their services were exploited, and comparing to Dropcanvas and its anonymously sharing service, many think it will not last. read more...

IBM takes action to secure its data {2}

by Ricardo C
New technologies such as cloud services and Apple’s dictator software Siri might help employees to be more productive but IBM is concern about the company’s security. According to the article, employees are not aware of the risk that these services constitute to the company’s data. Many voice-recognition services like Siri actually transmit the words spoken to them to a database so developers can improve the service, however, this seems to be benign to businesses. Before, companies would manage mobile communications within the company deciding what to get in and out of the company, however, nowadays employees use their own devices to work with company’s data. Because companies do not have access to a person’s individual devices, IBM requires to set up personal devices before accessing IBM’s network to be able to remotely erase its memory if it is lost or stolen. As far as cloud computing services, IBM is aware that employees depend on this services to be productive that is why IBM created their own cloud service called MyMobileHub. IBM also established some guidelines with banned services. read more...

Top 15 Cloud Storage Tips and Tasks {2}

by Jonathan N
The Article by Paul Ian “Top 15 Cloud Storage Tips and Tasks” was a great article which listed several types of uses and purposes for Cloud Computing. It listed many different uses for cloud computing  and how they can be utilized for your everyday life. Cloud computing is a tool that is very useful for many different types of people. However, they have found that users utilize cloud computing the most for its music synchronization. The article also explains how to actually use cloud computing. It shows you how to upload your “My Documents” folder directly  into the cloud, how to access a PC remotley through the cloud, also it shows you how to merge multiple servers into your cloud network.  Some information that i have learned from this article include using a program called Spideroak to encrypt  your files in the cloud for protection reasons. Also, i have learned that Dropbox saves a snapshot of every document used or seen in the last 30 days. This feature helps you to check if you deleted a file or simply misplaced it. The article also demonstrate ways to send downloads straight from a website to your cloud storage, as well as attaching email documents into the cloud storage. read more...

Google Drive Privacy {2}

by Ricardo C
This article talks about the new Google cloud service called Google Drive. Microsoft’s cloud service and DropBox have been the largest cloud storage services for many years and many people were expecting Google to come up with a cloud service. A lot of internet users have services from Google such as email, web based applications such as Google docs, Blogger, etc, and a cloud service would consolidate all of the essential internet services in one provider. However, people need to be aware of the terms and conditions of each provider. For instance, Microsoft and DropBox do not claim ownership of the files that one uploads to their cloud service and maintains them private, on the other hand, Google Drive explicitly says that “Your Content in our Services: When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide licence to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes that we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.
The rights that you grant in this licence are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This licence continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing that you have added to Google Maps).” read more...

Disaster Recovery combine with the cloud {1}

by Robert Q
The article by Jeff Vance, “How the cloud democratizes and complicates disaster recovery”, goes over what the cloud can do to help businesses with their disaster recovery plan. The author points out that most businesses don’t have a DR plan in place or most businesses would back up the most important data to tape and shuffle the tape off to secure location or would even hope and cross their fingers that nothing will happen. The author believes that businesses are not taking advantage of the cloud and what it can do to help a business with their DR plan, however the author notes that businesses should not take a laissez-faire approach to using the cloud for their DR plan because there are some negative parts that the businesses need to account for. The author said that using the cloud as a DR plan is only scratching the surface of DR plans, organizations need to adapt their DR plans with the cloud and other plans. read more...

Cloud Computing the future of small and big businesses. {5}

by Salvador A
With a larger reliance on technology, cloud computing has come to ease the integration between the personnel computer and the internet. In a nutshell cloud computing integrates offline work (such as documents or folders) to an online database. this can remedy the possible event of a hard drive failing or a computer going missing and a person losing all of their important data. Some of the ways of doing this is using Microsoft Office Live. This tool goes ahead and syncs documents or folders that you choose to share with yourself or others that can be edited online or on your personnel computer. Google Docs is another tool out there that does the same thing but has the ability to show edits in real time. I.E if a friend or coworker is using the same document as yourself, you will be able to see the edits that the person is making. The article also goes on to mention two other forms of cloud computing, Using Dropbox to share and sync files and folders and also Calendar sync which can sync your calendars, and display current and future events. read more...

Dropbox for Teams: Cloud Storage for Business {2}

by Daniel L
Many of us have either heard of or used Dropbox to move our files between computers and other devices.  Dropbox has grown to become a recognized internet based file hosting provider and go-to service for backing up files primarily for individual consumers.  Dropbox wants to change that by reaching out to business users as well.  There are a lot of businesses out there who have employees that like to share files and documents with their coworkers and clients, and have used the Dropbox services in the past.  To help provide more solutions for businesses, Dropbox has developed a business-oriented version of their service called Dropbox for Teams.  Typically, individuals who start a Dropbox account, have access to 2GB of storage at no cost, businesses  with a Dropbox for Teams service on the other hand, start with 1TB of storage that five users can share, with a price tag of $795 dollars a year.  It is important to note that if the users that are sharing the 1TB of space end up needing more storage, they can add as much as they need, upon Dropbox’s approval and quota.  At first, the price for the 5 user Dropbox for Teams service may sound quite expensive, but if you were to compare the individual plans with 100GB of storage at $239.88 a year, with the $159 per person price-tag of a Dropbox for Teams service with potentially unlimited storage, the Team option is the clear cut winner for business oriented cloud storage needs. read more...