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This Week in the Cloud and Telecom Industries:


This Week in the Cloud and Telecom Industries:

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US telecom giant AT&T nearing deal to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV

By Michael J. de la Merced

AT&T is poised to announce a takeover of DirecTV Inc. within days, people briefed on the matter said on Saturday, ushering in another sweeping transformation of the telecommunications industry. READ MORE

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Google and other IT companies pull support for NSA reform bill

AFP | May 22, 2014, 04.26 PM IST

In the original bill, the NSA no longer would have been allowed to use secret court orders to gather telephone data on unlimited millions of Americans, and collected data would be stored with telecom companies, not government groups like the NSA. READ MORE

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The Top 5 VoIP Providers of 2014, Determined by TheDigest.com

Press Release: May 21, 2014, 12:12 p.m. EDT 

VoIP services are assisting businesses and residential customers in saving monthly phone bills and having higher quality phone services with more substantial features. Outdating traditional telephone providers, VoIP providers take advantage of cloud technology….READ MORE 
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China to lead cloud computing in 5 to 10 yrs

Reporter: Laura Luo 丨 CCTV.com | 05-22-2014

Cloud computing has seen explosive growth in China as the country is expected to become the biggest market for the technology in 5 to 10 years. American and Chinese cloud service providers are already going head-to-head in global competition. READ MORE
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Nick Summers on the Trouble with IBM

For anyone who’s interested in a long and in-depth article regarding the past and present failures of IBM, this is a great read:

www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-22/ibms-eps-target-unhelpful-amid-cloud-computing-challenges

Interesting bullet points and quotes from the article:

  • Amazon beats out IBM in a bid for a CIA contract to move to the cloud. IBM contends the decision – but is forced to withdraw in embarrassment when a federal judge said that due to the “overall inferiority of its proposal,” IBM “lacked any chance of winning” the contract.
  • “The agency had ‘grave’ concerns about the ability of IBM technology to scale up and down in response to usage spikes, and it rated the company’s technical demo as ‘marginal.’ Overall, the CIA concluded, IBM was a high-risk choice.”
  • IBM was the only company in the Dow Jones industrial average whose shares lost value last year.
  •  “Rometty’s predecessor, Sam Palmisano, pledged that per-share earnings would reach $20 in five years, a plan called Roadmap 2015. In interviews, and even in public Internet posts, employees refer to the plan bitterly as Roadkill 2015.”
  •  “In an August 2013 study of 15 cloud infrastructure providers, research firm Gartner (IT) rated IBM worst, behind Microsoft (MSFT), Rackspace (RAX), and Verizon (VZ).”
  •  “Hardware sales have plummeted 24 percent in two years, turning a manageable decline into a full-on implosion. As a rule, new companies are not buying their own servers and mainframes, and larger corporations, instead of ordering new machines when they reach an upgrade point, are moving their workloads to the cloud, too.”
  • “The cold-sweat scenario for IBM is that it does catch up to Amazon and other cloud providers—only to find that competition has driven margins toward zero.”
  • “Wall Street analysts have been warning, louder and louder, that IBM can’t keep cutting its way to profits forever. In May 2013, by Bloomberg’s count, half the analysts covering the stock rated it a buy. Today the rate is less than one in four.”

IBM has been around for over 100 years and fueled much of the innovation we’ve seen in the technological world. Could we be witnessing the fall of Big Blue? This article is a living history of an epic and once, seemingly invincible, technological stronghold. Read the full Article HERE. 

There’s a Fog Rolling In: Is the Future of the Cloud on the Ground?

FOG COMPUTING
“100% of computing will be in the cloud.”
That’s what they say, isn’t it? It turns out- that really isn’t very likely. Data transfer into and out of the cloud is great– at wired speeds. But what of the limitations of our mobile interactions?  The U.S. ranks 35th in the world in terms of bandwidth per user, according to the World Economic Forum.
The reality is, more and more “things” are connected to the internet than ever before. Everything from refrigerators to our cars are sending and receiving on the new, “internet of things”.
3g and 4g networks will not be able to maintain the load. Hence the dawn of a new form of computing – and where else but from the things themselves? Not up in the air in some virtual cloud, but among us in our day to day devices. Every day items will soon be picking up the computing load as the new “fog” rolls in. 
Cloud computing is still and will remain relevant. But keep an eye out for newer technologies – devices which will soon bypass the cloud altogether and remain in the internet of things- sending data to and from each other. 

Paul’s Picks from IKEA

I like to share helpful tips with my clients and readers, and I was recently noting some of the cooler things going on over at IKEA. 
They have good strong coffee for approx.  $7.00 a lb. . . . . It is vacuum sealed in 8.8 oz. packages and it comes with and without caffeine. A very good  deal with coffee prices going up due to a 20% reduction in coffee production from Central America.  
They also have these cookies with a chocolate center that are dangerously terrific next to the coffee at the checkout. 
Enjoy!

Why Did a 200+ Person CPA Firm in NJ Move its Data to the Coud?

No more point of failure with onsite IT equipment:

No expensive office real-estate for hardware:

 No onsite battery backup and expensive electrical supply systems:
No more licensing uses and upgrades:

 No more expensive hardware upgrades:

NOW THEY HAVE:

Access to the latest and fastest processors at a secure site:
 Triple redundant sites at geographically diverse locations
 More time to act  and think strategically  and not deal with hardware issues:
This is a true story based on a client relationship we’ve had for over 6 years. We looked at 3 acclaimed virtual cloud providers before determining the absolute best solution for their company size, culture, and needs. 
                                                                                          
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