Should I buy a new server?

Should I buy a new server?

It's easier than ever to figure out if you need to buy a new server and, more importantly, how much you should invest. Ask yourself some business school 101 questions. 

What new value is the server creating? If the new server is purchased, what new capabilities will your firm have? What competitive advantage will you gain? How does the new server increase productivity? How will the new server help you beat the pants off the competition? How will your customers benefit from this investment in a plastic and metal box? 

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Happy 25th Birthday to the Web!

Happy 25th Birthday to the Web!

In March of 1989 scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal to his bosses at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which proposed a method of distributing and sharing documents and other information via a global hypertext system, aka the Web. 

Tim invented the Web for one very simple reason: to make sharing easier. 

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Profiles in Excellence: Küat

Our Profiles in Excellence posts feature great organizations doing great work. These firms run their operations on Google Apps, other tools from the Google Apps Marketplace and the cloud computing ecosystem. In less than a decade Küat grew from idea to industry leader in the highly competitive world of bicycle racks.
 

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100% of TechCrunch Disrupt Companies have Gone Google

The 31 companies at TechCrunch Disrupt respresent some of the most innovative new businesses in the world. They're working to change the status quo in their field. They use Google Apps so they have Apps that are innovating just as fast.
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Computers!

In 1982 instead of naming a "Person of the Year" Time Inc. named the personal computer "Machine of the Year". In 1985 Microsoft released the first Windows computer with a GUI (Graphical User Interface) and a mouse. More than 25 years later this is still the basic form factor most people think of when they think "computer". It's time for a new definition.
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Thoughts on Google's Management Changes

This is also important to note because Google Apps has much more in common with AdWords and Google.com than it does Office or Exchange Server. Google.com and Adwords run on MapReduce, BigTable, and Google File System - in 2010 Google made massive investments in infrastructure to support these systems. Google.com and Adwords are not the only SaaS applications that run on these systems. Google Apps also runs on MapReduce, BigTable and Google File System. This is the benefit of having an actual cloud computing infrastructure rather than just television commercials.
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Transparencies of Scale

One of the central tenants, no pun intended, of Cloud Computing is multi-tenancy. There is much debate within the technology community about the definition as well as the importance of a multi-tenant architecture. Essentially within a multi-tenant architecture all the users, tenants, share a common hardware and software infrastructure environment.
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The power is out! Oh no, we use Cloud Computing for all our Apps.

Apparently the power is out for a large area in North Kansas City. Good thing I just moved into an office with a bigger window and it's sunny. With the natural light I wouldn't even have noticed the outage had it not been for my Internet connection. "What if the power goes out" is a common refrain from cloud computing critics.
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