Client virtualization payoffs worth the effort for SMBs

In IT's never-ending search for efficiency improvements, client virtualization and its subsets -- presentation, application and desktop virtualization -- must be considered.Client virtualization reduces IT management costs by centralizing applications in a data

Published on: August 5th, 2011 Kathi Grumke

Questions you should ask your cloud provider

Over the last two years many small and medium sized businesses have become increasingly aware of cloud computing but have remained cautious in deploying the available cloud technology, according to tech industry analysts.“The

Published on: July 25th, 2011 Gregory Machler and Nestor Arellano

Putting cloud-based tools into action

With no official corporate office or IT staff, the 30 full-time Gurnet Consulting consultants have become some of the industry's ultimate power cloud and social networking users.Consultants within the firm, which specializes in

Published on: July 18th, 2011 Tim Greene

Citrix acquisition shows desktop virtualization for SMBs too

Citrix Systems Inc. has completed its acquisition of Kaviza, makers of VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) -in-a-Box, giving the company and its partners one more asset in the desktop virtualization and small medium business

Published on: May 25th, 2011 Harmeet Singh and Robert Dutt

Thin client PCs help Children’s Aid Society of Algoma cut IT repair cost

With small organizations increasingly looking for ways to save time and money on IT repairs and tasks, some organizations are moving toward using cloud computing and thin client PCs in their offices. The

Published on: May 20th, 2011 Harmeet Singh

SMB tech spending on the way up

Companies selling technology products and services to Canadian small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) should expect a brisk business this year, according to a study recently released by analyst group IDC Canada.Global SMB

Published on: April 28th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

State of the SMB: Contemplating the cloud, keeping the lights on

Roughly half of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada face flat IT budgets this year, according to a survey that ITBusiness conducted in January, while another 23 per cent will have even less

Published on: April 18th, 2011 Grant Buckler

What you need to know about SMB network infrastructure upgrades

Many organizations are cautious when investing in anything new -- especially technology. Familiarity often leads companies to stick with what they know or have always used. Holding on to the past, however, can

Published on: March 8th, 2011 Sven Rasmussen

Need to get off the cloud?

Cloud computing platforms aim to improve IT's ability to be agile. For instance, cloud platforms let you quickly build and install applications, and change the resources underneath later to make them run better.Once

Published on: March 7th, 2011 Kevin Fogarty

Felt maker saves $100K with server virtualization

A scheduled hardware refresh was the perfect time for an Ontario felt company to trim its server farm and wrap its IT systems under a new virtualized environment.Mississauga, Ont.-based Brand Felt Ltd. was

Published on: March 1st, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Cloud replication lowers DR time, cost for SMBs

Managed Internet Protocol services are an ideal solution for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) looking for affordable corporate grade data recovery and business continuity systems, according to technology replication

Published on: February 9th, 2011 Nestor Arellano

Windows Azure gets in-depth user analysis, marks first anniversary

With Microsoft celebrating the first birthday of Windows Azure, few people are as well equipped to discuss the cloud platform's strengths and limitations as Joannes Vermorel.Vermorel, the founder and CEO of a software

Published on: February 2nd, 2011 Jon Brodkin

7 cloud computing security basics

Cloud computing security is an incredibly broad (and deep) topic, so I can only scratch the surface in a short article. Even so, let's try to get the basics under control.The first order

Published on: January 27th, 2011 David Taber

5 things we’d like to clear-up about the ‘cloud’

2010 was the year "cloud computing" became colloquialized to just "cloud," and everyone realized "cloud," "SAAS" and all the other xAAS's (PAAS, IAAS, DAAS) were all different implementations of the same idea --

Published on: January 5th, 2011 Kevin Fogarty