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The Benefits of Cloud Services for SMBs

By Christian Ehrenthal
The cloud is a game changer. Cloud services let organizations automate time-consuming and repetitive IT tasks, access real-time operational information and have easy remote access to business data and programs. Gartner, Inc. predicts that by 2016, cloud computing growth will become the bulk of new IT spending and that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. Large companies have been moving to the cloud in droves, but small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) rarely have the capital necessary to set up their own cloud infrastructure. Instead, they have struggled to deploy their limited IT budgets in an effective and efficient way.

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IBM Opens SoftLayer Cloud Center in Paris
By: Rahul Arora
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Motorola Solutions Simplifying Mission Critical Communications with ASTRO 25
By: Michael Guta
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Aerohive Tapped for Apple-led ConnectED Effort
By: Paula Bernier
Wi-Fi infrastructure company Aerohive Networks today announced that it's part of an Apple-led contingent that will be providing broadband tools to U.S. schools via the federal government's ConnectED initiative. ConnectED aims to shrink the digital di… - 10/28/2014

NetApp Acquires Riverbed's SteelStore Backup Line, Launches Massive Cloud Initiative and Partnerships
By: Laura Stotler
In a move that will expand its portfolio of backup and storage offerings, NetApp, Inc. has acquired the SteelStore product line from Riverbed Technology in an $80 million deal. The announcement comes at the same time as NetApp is introducing a slew o… - 10/28/2014