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PCMan_Article 01_3 February 2016

Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center

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PCMAN – As one of the leading giant innovation companies, Microsoft has once again proposed an intriguing idea that could possibly solve one of the most expensive problems currently experienced by data centers—the air conditioning bill.

Data centers hold an important role within cloud computing, which is to power everything from streaming video, social networks, emails, and others, which contain thousands of computer servers generating lots of heat. When there is too much heat, the servers crash.

This problem causes high air conditioning usage, which cost a lot of money for companies, including Microsoft. Which is why, according to one of the researchers at Microsoft, Jules Verne, the future of data centers may be under the sea. They believe putting the gear under cold ocean water might fix the problem.

Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean. This idea might also answer the exponentially growing energy demands of the computing world. Microsoft is considering pairing the system with turbine or a tidal energy system to generate electricity.

Called Project Natick, this idea might lead to strands of giant steel tubes linked by fiber optic cables placed on the seafloor. It could also suspend containers shape like jelly beans beneath the surface to capture the ocean current with turbines that will generate electricity.

The prototype was called “Leona Philpot” and was deployed off the central coast of California on August 10, 2015. Ben Cutler, one of Microsoft’s computer designers slash engineers first doubted the idea of combining water and electricity. However, as the project goes by, it makes a lot of sense.

 

By mass producing the capsules, Microsoft believe that they could shorten the deployment time of new data centers from two years on land, to just 90 days—which offers a huge advantage in cost.

With the completion of a 105-day trial of steel capsule—eight feet in diameter—placed 30 feet underwater in the Pacific Ocean, the researchers may conclude that the system held up. Even though they had worried about failures and leaks, the successful completion had led the engineers to extend the time of experiment.

 

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5 Excellent Cloud Hosting Companies

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PCMAN – With Cloud computing skyrocketing its way through the IT industry, numerous Cloud hosting providers have started to open for business. Having many choices can be both good and bad; good that businesses can compare through the features and services that best suit their need, but bad that there may be lack of information on which hosting companies can actually be trusted. Below are some of the excellent Cloud hosting companies that many has labeled as secured.

1. SalesForce. Being a strong market leader, SalesForce have developed 105,000 Cloud computing applications that run in real time. They are aiming to develop applications that allow social media communication to run in real time. Most corporate giants have also deemed the Ruby platform as impenetrable. SalesForce has also successfully integrated enterprise CRM solutions over the Cloud platform.

2. Verizon Terremark. One of the most famous Cloud computing platforms, Verizon Terremark continuously create new platforms that are better than the previous ones. Verizon understands very well the importance of security, portability, and integration. Thus their platforms are built around these principles, with many single enterprise solution offers for small businesses.

3. Amazon. With an established reputation, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been dominating the Cloud market for the past few years. They also have introduced numerous security protocols in the online market. Due to the implementation of advanced security algorithms, AWS has lowered the number of identity and data theft. They increased their processing power, which allow them to acquire giant corporates like Coca-Cola for their Internet database management needs.

4. CenturyLink. Being one of the three telecommunication companies that entered the Cloud computing market, CenturyLink has managed 48 internationally claimed data centers. They acquired Savvi and Qwest Communications International Inc., making its stand within the Cloud computing industry with a very strong stakeholder.

5. Rackspace Inc. Rackspace has provided their customers with individual services instead of services for corporate giants. With an acceptable price, they have delivered Cloud computing service with individual hosting services, database management tools, and a hybrid security program. This has made them one of the fastest-growing clouding companies across the globe.

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5 Cloud Computing Challenges

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PCMAN – Cloud computing technology has emerged and being used widely across the IT industry for the last few years. Numbers of different advantages are offered by Cloud providers in order to be the best service within the tight competition in the industry. However, Cloud computing is not free from challenges that sometimes are tricky to overcome. Some of the challenges are:

1. Security and Privacy. Cloud service providers need to put an extra effort to address the security and privacy concerns that businesses have while adopting the technology. Valuable enterprise data will be outside the corporate firewall, which raises serious concerns. Risks may be eliminated by using security applications, encrypted file systems, data loss software, and using security hardware to track suspicious behavior across servers.

2. Service Delivery and Billing. Due to the on-demand nature of Cloud computing, many users and providers have a difficult time to assess the right amount of cost involved. Both providers and users need to assess budgeting and compare benchmarks in order to have the ideal Cloud computing pricing situation.

3. Interoperability and Portability. A good Cloud computing service should have the capability to integrate smoothly with the on-premise IT. It should help the business migrate in and out of the Cloud, switch providers whenever they want, and allow no lock-in period. It should be able to work with other systems without special effort.

4. Realibility and Availability. It is important for Cloud computing services to have a developed support system that could help businesses solve any Cloud issues at their most convenience. Businesses need to monitor the service being provided using internal or third-party tools. To avoid chaos, it is also essential to have plans to supervise usage, Service-Level Agreements (SLAs), performance, robustness, and business dependency of the Cloud services.

Performance and Bandwidth Cost. By using Cloud computing technology, businesses will save money on hardware, but need to spend more on bandwidth. Smaller applications will not have any significant impact, however, delivering intensive and complex data over the network requires sufficient bandwidth.

These challenges should not be considered roadblocks, but rather seen as a chance for developers to improve their Cloud computing services, and for businesses to have a thorough plan before or during their migration to Cloud.

PCMan_Article 01_Image_20 January 2016

3 Reasons to Subscribe to Microsoft Office 365

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PCMAN – When one wants to improve on their productivity, it would be ideal to acquire the tools that would support the good gesture. From writing documents, creating presentations, managing email, contacts, and calendars, Microsoft has prepared its productivity suite to cater all of these needs. Office 365 has tons of beneficial features to offer that would increase your work productivity.

All-in-One. There are several different versions of Microsoft Office suite—Office Home & Student, Office Home & Business, and Office Professional—that you could choose according to your needs. Home & Student includes four core products—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Home & Business adds Outlook, and Professional adds Publisher and Access from everything in Home & Business.

Office 365 allows subscribers to pay monthly, or yearly with a slightly lower price. It also comes in different subscriptions for single use and multiple use—that can be used for up to five people. Despite which subscription the user choose, it includes the full Office Professional for each person. On top of that, students and teachers at qualifying educational institutions can even get Office 365 for free.

Additional Perks and Benefits. When one subscribes to Office 365, they will get the Microsoft Office suite and series of additional perks and benefits. Users will get perpetual access to the latest version to keep up with the current features and capabilities.

Office 365 subscribers also get a complete access to features and functionality in the Office mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. They will also get 60 world minutes of calling time on Skype each month. These benefits are given per user, thus each individual will be able to use Office on their own mobile devices and have access to their own pool of Skype minutes.

Unlimited OneDrive. Office 365 subscribers will have the privilege of having an unlimited OneDrive storage in contrast to 15 GB cloud storage that Microsoft provides for anyone with a Microsoft account. They have increased the capacity for OneDrive subscribers from 1 TB per user to simply unlimited.

There are many benefits that one could get from Office 365, and it will most definitely help increase one’s productivity. With additional perks and features, subscribing to Office 365 is worth the expense.

 

PCMan_Article 03_Image_13 January 2016

8 Benefits of Remote Working with Cloud

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PCMAN – The world has evolved rapidly within the past five years, and it includes the way we work. More people are opting in to do remote work with flexible time, career sabbaticals, and zero hours contracts to avoid the 9-to-5 traditional working habits. Now with Cloud computing technology rising popularity, remote working has more benefits to offer for those who are thinking about changing the way they work.

Less stressed. With the ability of choosing your own working space, less stress will be created within the work itself and the overall business. Workers feel empowered to work in a way that suits them most.

Well connected. The growing dominance of smartphones and social media channels allow people to communicate effectively though they are not next to each other. New business trends such as remote administration, cloud-based project management, and video conferencing will extend the effectivenemss of remote work.

Less cost. With remote workspaces, it automatically dies down the rent and property cost, causing a business to be able to allocate the money for something else that they couldn’t afford before.

Create new jobs. The new ways of working within the organization requires new roles to perform smoothly. Greater collaboration between HR, IT, property, facilities, and other management has created new job titles such as ‘workplace editor’.

Happier employees. Based on a research, remote employees are generally happier than those who have to come to the office 9 to 5. They have more freedom towards their working choices, but with the help of advanced technology, they are still as productive—sometimes even more than before.

More engaged. With different ways to communicate now that people are working in different places, a new sense of engagement has been created between the workers. They experienced something beyond ‘doing work’ and engaged in a different way.

Better venues. Remote workplaces can range from one’s home to a quiet little coffee shop. Nowadays, since remote working has become more popular, more places provide better facilities to accommodate remote workers to work from where they are.

Less commuting. According to the UK national statistics, commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile. They also have lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters. With remote offices, people need to commute less, thus resulting in better life satisfaction.

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Microsoft: Collaboration on Modern Workforce

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PCMAN – As one of the leading innovative companies within the IT world, how Microsoft sees the world will affect the society. They envision the modern workforce as a mobile and constantly collaborating mass of creative and productive people. This view also influenced the new products and services that they plan to launched in the future. So how does Microsoft see the future?

Start The Cloud Future

Under the leadership of SatyaNadella, Microsoft has been seen to re-commit itself to the philosophy of mobility and cloud services. Its famous tagline “mobile first, cloud first” has been repeated and adapted to most of their campaigns. This foundation has emphasized the universal platform in Windows 10. They created an idea where users can access data and apps from any devices that run Windows 10—and they made it into the very basic foundation on every other Microsoft strategy.

Microsoft has started to shape its future—and ours—into a cloud based environment where everything is mobile and connected. By using their famous tagline as the based of their recent conferences, it is only a matter of time until Microsoft finally translates their newfound enthusiasm into measurable actions.

Modern Workforce

Microsoft has made it clear that they strongly believe that highly creative people will tackle tough business problems by collaborating in makeshift teams using powerful tools—Microsoft’s tools. The next generation is going to be more tech savvy than the previous ones, and they need suitable tools to accommodate their work.

Microsoft has been focusing on preparing series of tools that will result great collaboration—the new Office 2016 for an example. The Office 365 Groups allow users to form impromptu meetings, keep team members up to date with progress, and collaborate on documents in real time. Skype for Business has also been carefully designed by Microsoft to be more powerful than just a video conferencing tool.

Empower

SatyaNadella believes that the new features in Windows 10 and Office 365 will create a modern way to conduct business for knowledgeable workers. According to Microsoft, the modern workforce will be dominated with collaboration and teamwork as ways to solve problems and make decisions. Bottom line, Microsoft has done a good job in presenting their modern workforce vision, and providing the tools that will only make that vision possible.

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3 Web Hosting and Cloud Computing Predictions for 2016

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PCMAN – It is widely predicted that Cloud and web hosting will continue to rise in popularity in 2016, as it has been going on for the past few years. Cloud computing is believed to be the place where data converge for greater efficiency, which will create more value. Players within the IT industry should be informed with both current updates and future predictions in order to stay relevant. These are some of the web and Cloud computing predictions for 2016.

1. E-Commerce Real World Venture. Retailers have been using e-commerce in order to compete within the industry. With Cloud technologies, retailers may go even further to break the barrier that separates e-commerce from physical stores.

A few of Cloud computing features that could benefit retailers are regarding their inventory management and logistics, as well as integration with operations such as ordering and accounting.

The trend is going to be providing e-commerce with a wide spectrum of integration between accounting, online sales, integration with CRM, invoicing, and physical POS. Thus, just as traditional retailers adapt to e-commerce, online retailers might have to open a physical store to take their activity to the next level.

2. Website and App Builders Tight Competition. The predicted trend within this area is for a shared website host to have a modern and sophisticated site builder. Most shared web hosts usually have bad site building utilities, and that is going to change this year. Many website hosts like Squarespace, Wix and PageCloud have put their website builder capabilities at the forefront of their business.

Many have visioned that web hosts without a good site builder is going to code their own, or acquire companies with the capabilities needed. Competition between traditional and modern web hosts will increase, and companies need to make their web and app building experience better than the competition’s.

It is also predicted that in 2016 people will build more mobile apps since things are made easier for the professionals. App development tool and app maintenance simplification should be on the look out.

3. New Security Risks from IoT and Cloud. The numbers of malware might increase rapidly, and organizations should be aware of their network security. IoT and Cloud devices may become an easy entry point for hackers. Thus, Cloud users should be aware of the new security risks that could potentially happen, and more importantly, how to overcome it.

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New Features on Microsoft’s Skype for Business

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PCMAN – One of the things that has been keeping Microsoft busy is probably their effort to change the way enterprise works by adding new features on Skype for Business to make it the only communication management tool an enterprise needs.

According to Microsoft’s announcement on November 30, 2015, Microsoft is adding new features that could make Skype for Business the ruling way for an enterprise to communicate. This could even be much greater news if the enterprise has deployed Office 365.

Skype for Business New Features

Since Microsoft acquired Skype from eBay in 2011 and released the stable Skype for Business version in 2015, it has grown into the primary communication management application for any enterprise using Office 365. Three main features that were highlighted on the announcement are:

  • PSTN Conferencing. This new feature allows employees to attend meetings using a standard traditional telephone
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast. This new feature provides the tools necessary to plan and produce large virtual meetings for up to 10,000 attendees
  • Cloud BPX. This new feature enables enterprises to retire their old PBX systems and transition to the cloud. Office 365 will then handle all of the communication management duties.

Particularly with Skype Meeting Broadcast, it would solve the painful issues of having to attend meetings that used awful outdated broadcast technologies such as not being able to hear what was being said, drop in and out beeping, and lack of ways to ask questions or make comments. Bad conference call meeting syndrome will no longer be in the enterprise’s dictionary.

Microsoft has simplified and democratized the running of a meeting by enabling the broadcast tools in Skype for Business. It allows employees to communicate to a large audience by setting up a meeting, plan the presentation, and broadcast it without having a heavy IT or public relations involvement.

Office 365

It is one of Microsoft’s key visions to create a modern collaborative enterprise workforce. One of their ways to realize their vision is by empowering employees with tools that will simplify planning and attending virtual meetings to increase productivity.

By taking the full advantage of Skype for Business, enterprise will also commit to the Microsoft Office 365 ecosystem. It has been proven that setting up meetings and other activities are much easier with Office 365. Companies will also enjoy the benefit of a cloud-based phone system, and meetings applications that offers audio, video, and content sharing from Skype for Business.

Bottom line, Skype for Business is on the move to provide collaboration tools to make enterprises’ meetings and communications more productive.

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5 Cloud Computing Challenges

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PCMAN – Since Cloud computing is still considered as a new technology scheme, new users will face several challenges while they operate the Cloud for the first time. Understanding some of the challenges might give users an idea on ways to overcome them when it happens to their business.

Cultural Challenge

An existing business will most likely to already have its company culture. The way how IT department runs the system is most likely to be affected once a company decided to adopt cloud technologies.

Moving applications and data outside of the corporate firewall will be a challenge, and internal support will be needed. It is extremely important to educate every personnel within the company, that the new adoption of the Cloud technology will bring them to a greater good.

Realistic Inventory

While moving to Cloud, existing applications, systems and data could be a mess. Creating a realistic inventory of existing system and processes needs to be done in order to run seamlessly without affecting the company’s productivity.

Decisions also need to be made whether the current applications and data systems should: stay where they are and maintained; moved to cloud architecture and frameworks; calls quit and retired; or re-implemented as cloud-native applications.

By having this realistic inventory, the company will make the most out of their cloud-based systems development and operational resources investment.

Understanding Cloud System Management

When the company understands the cloud system management fully, they will run a smoother cloud computing system. The cloud system management, orchestration, and automation will increasingly allow multiple data centers and multiple cloud infrastructures to be part of an overall Enterprise IT solution. This action will allow playing fields amongst the providers, and give more control they need to accelerate their business.

Potential Cloud Providers

IT managers should fully understand the network security, tenant isolation, and data security models from the cloud providers that they consider engaging with. These kinds of information should be asked before committing to a particular cloud provider.

Additional information such as CSP policies—which would determine the allowance of data sovereignty and regulatory compliance—should also be explored. Performance and uptime SLA agreements, support policies, and issues escalations are also important to be understood by the IT managers.

Security of Data

Companies need to walk through the cloud provider’s policies, technology, and remediation systems in detail to assure that the infrastructure meets their company’s requirements.

Finding the right automation and orchestration systems might be the challenge for the company, since it needs to provide the governance and points of control to the business. Having a tight security of data within the Cloud system is essential.

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5 Cloud Computing Predictions to Rise in 2016

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PCMAN – Cloud computing has been rising in popularity in the last few years, and it is predicted to gain even more attention in the next few years. Some of the cloud computing predictions in 2016 are:

Decrease in Outsourced Application Development

Outsourced application development will decline in demand. With the easy access to compute resources through Cloud, businesses will use software to differentiate their brands.

This activity is predicted to be on demand that the application development will be required to be brought back in-house. Businesses will create new and exciting ways to interact with customers as a result in the business relying on a continuous flow of company-built software features.

The Rise of Hybrid IT

It is predicted that increasing digital and disruptive business environment will reinforce hybrid IT environments to bloom in 2016. An established firm has to combine two different ways of doing business — first is to optimize their traditional business and the second is to establish start-up-style initiatives in order to survive within the competitiveness.

As a result, this trend will drive numbers of combination of reliable and efficient systems, with extremely agile and flexible cloud platforms. This infrastructure model will need to implement hybrid IT to bridge the two worlds.

Public Clouds

Solution as a Service (SaaS) has been rising for the last couple of years, and it is predicted to continue to increase in 2016. Public Clouds is predicted to be the key driver of SaaS, as it will enable departments to be much more agile and adopt new solutions more easily and deploy on demand.

Companies that have been struggling to overcome the skills gap have finally come to a conclusion that SaaS is a legitimate solution to the problem. Thus public Clouds will only help them to overcome the problem even more.

Increase in Cloud Attacks

Unfortunately, we have to face upsetting news that cloud attacks are predicted to grow even more serious and widespread in 2016. From large-enterprises to start-ups, Cloud attacks could be experienced by anyone.

Businesses will need a stricter, more effective cloud controls and security for a better critical cloud data protection. It should also lead to a focus on highly secure cloud networking solutions.

Standardization and Automation

In order to improve productivity, it is predicted that more customers will demand for more automation to enforce the execution for the use, storage, and transmission of personal or confidential data.

Cloud providers need to be ready to ensure a compliant and accountable regulatory environment. Standardization and automation will become the key of transforming business legacy IT environments to cloud-like models.

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PCMan collaboration with Microsoft help the Indonesian Education to implementing Best Practice and utilized the Office 365 technologies to increase the Productivity with Modern Workspace.
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