Many businesses are switching over to cloud computing – mainly because it is faster and it offers more productivity than other platforms and digital services. A great data protection strategy calls for the primary onsite copy to be well protected and for a reliable backup.
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Cloud storage let you access your photos, videos, documents and other important information anywhere and anytime, and also keep your data safe and secure from local hardware damages or other form of data losses you may encounter and to protect your digital data cloud storage services provides free online storage where you can easily store and share your personal files. Cloud storage provides an easy solution to email attachments where you can just share a file or folder link with access level rather than attaching the files, you can collaborate in a group to share work, view, edit and upload files and share thoughts on group projects.
Cloud storage becoming more and more popular day by day because of safe, secure and reliable anywhere access of files, photos, videos and important documents and lots of sharing options which is a another plus point to any cloud storage.
And, to keep in view all these features we have reviewed and listed the top 5 best free cloud services for you. Google Drive offers you a decent deal of pay as you grow and you get 15 GB of free storage. Installing Google Drive for PC or MAC let you easily sync files shared in your My Drive folder.
You can change sharing settings to allow your friends and colleagues to access your uploaded files and  you can also have the option to share your files with whom you want to share with choice of access level you set by which you can share documents with your friends and colleagues without sending email attachments. You can make any file, document or folder private, share with a link, make it public on web and set access level to any group or individual you want.
Dropbox is one of the largest cloud storage providers and offers great list of services and features.
Though there’re endless opportunities of features a cloud storage could provide but not all can be provided with the start and Dropbox still offers great list of features a cloud storage should offer. Dropbox works on almost all platforms; Windows, MAC, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Linux so, it let you access your files on device you’re accessible to anywhere anytime. Inviting and sharing with friends and colleagues is the common feature in all cloud storage services and Dropbox also let you invite people to folder, share link and create photo galleries viewable to anyone you choose. And, if by chance you accidently deleted any file or folder then you can restore your data within a month you have deleted that, because Dropbox keeps one month history of you work.
Box is a popular cloud storage service but unlike Google Drive where you can upload a file upto size of 1 TB Dropbox limits file size upto 5 GB and 250 MB under Personal Free plan. What you get in Personal Free account is 10 GB free cloud storage, quickly share large files and folders and easily embed files in your website. Box provides an online collaboration platform where in a group anyone whom you invite can view, edit, upload, comment and assign work in a shared folder which make it easy to work on a project no matter from where you’re participating in.
An added feature in Box is their real time update system where you’ll get email notifications for everything you’re involved in at Box platform. You can view, edit and save documents in OneDrive from you Office 2013 applications and if you have not installed Office 2013 then you can still access your office documents within your browser using Office Online and collaborate in group projects with your friends and colleagues. You can easily create word documents, excel workbooks, powerpoint presentations and more, share you photos, create slide shows, send a link to someone or embed anywhere from just one place, OneDrive. FEATURES: 8 GB additional free storage, View, edit and save OneDrive files in Office 2013, Office Online, Create Office documents online.
However these are the best cloud storage services which provides free as well paid online storage options, but there are other more or less known cloud storage providers, let us know which one you’re using and what you like or dislike about specific one by leaving a comment. Having a copy of your data stored offsite can make all the difference in a disaster, and your data becomes accessible from anywhere, too, without the hassle of maintaining local storage hardware. I received an email today asking “Hey Dave, where has my subscription cloud gone?” I responded with let me Google that for you… Actually I didn’t because I knew why they were asking.
This has brought with it a completely new interface for logging into your vCloud Air subscription-based clouds. This entry was posted in Hybrid Cloud and tagged cloud, cloud ondemand, cloud services, private cloud, vCloud, virtual private cloud ondemand, VMware on January 27, 2015 by David Hill. Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand is ideal for customers who need to access a flexible, resizable cloud quickly.
This entry was posted in Hybrid Cloud and tagged cloud, hybrid cloud, ondemand, private cloud, vCloud, virtual private cloud, VMware on December 15, 2014 by vCloud Team. GigaOM Structure Attendees – Check out Bill Fathers’ “Fireside Chat” on Wednesday, June 18!
There has been a lot of buzz and excitement around vCloud Hybrid Service since it became generally available in August 2013. VMware’s hybrid cloud strategy helps enterprise customers use the public cloud with an infrastructure that matches their existing architectures and data location, giving IT all the freedom of the public cloud with the manageability and security they expect from their existing data center or private cloud.
VMware vCloud Hybrid Service offers two distinct compute services: the Dedicated Cloud service provides users with exclusive physical compute nodes and a dedicated management stack, while the Virtual Private Cloud is a logically isolated, multi-tenant environment.
With the Dedicated Cloud service, you effectively get a private cloud hosted and run for you by VMware, and you get to retain complete control over memory and CPU oversubscription. The key is the many sophisticated innovations around intelligent memory allocation and management developed by VMware to allow customers to dramatically consolidate their IT resources without sacrificing performance. When you buy a GB of memory in vCloud Hybrid Service, you get that amount of physical memory inside a server. License Management: One of the hardest aspects of managing a hybrid cloud environment is addressing disparate licensing models from different software vendors that limit license mobility, and in many cases make it difficult or impossible to deploy applications in a public cloud environment. Virtual Data Centers: In addition to memory management, Dedicated Cloud customers get to carve up their cloud resources into discrete virtual data centers. Test and dev VMs are ephemeral, dynamic and require an agile environment that supports self-service, and the Dedicated Cloud provides IT much more control and architectural flexibility.
This entry was posted in Announcements, Application Services, Compute, Hybrid Cloud, Management Tools and tagged dedicated cloud, pricing, private cloud, vCloud Hybrid Service on January 9, 2014 by vCloud Team. The true hybrid cloud gives customers choice – the choice to deploy workloads in the best location, based on that particular workload’s security needs, performance needs and scalability needs. With hybrid cloud, there are no surprises – it delivers the security, performance, and technical support that all enterprise IT organizations need.
In sum, an ideal hybrid cloud strategy should make infrastructure that you own as easy to consume as infrastructure from the public cloud, and vice versa, it should make infrastructure from the public cloud as easy to manage and control as infrastructure you own.
The VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is a dynamic and powerful hybrid cloud solution that allows you to seamlessly move your existing data center to the cloud. This entry was posted in Hybrid Cloud, Management Tools and tagged forrester, hybrid cloud, private cloud, public cloud, vCloud Hybrid Service on October 11, 2013 by vCloud Team. A question that arises often during conversations about the adoption of cloud computing is what kind of skills are required for a successful adoption of a public, private or hybrid cloud deployment.
When I am talking about skills, I am not only talking about your team’s technical competency.
Knowing the audience of this blog though, you are not reading this article for a lecture in cloud organizational readiness but rather which three technical skills are required for cloud.


In any environment, availability of your services is key – the same also applies to a cloud environment.
As you can see, we have barely scratched the surface but even these three areas will require all teams within your IT department to work together as one team, which is what I want to emphasize here: Technical competency is important, but without proper communication between teams, your implementation is doomed to fail. I hope this article will help you prepare your organization during the journey to the cloud. This entry was posted in Hybrid Cloud and tagged best practices, cloud computing, hybrid cloud, private cloud, public cloud on June 10, 2013 by vCloud Team. A year ago we launched our “Another VMware Cloud” blog series to highlight the great stories from our customers, both large and small, that have successfully moved to the cloud with VMware. The National Democratic Institute has been able to leverage vCloud Director to deploy applications in clouds from Bluelock, as well as other VMware vCloud Datacenter partners, clone them and customize them without overtaxings its engineering team. Gratifon managed to save over $100k by moving to the cloud with vCloud Datacenter partner, Dell – $50k in costs, by not having to buy server hardware, as well as $60k per year in operating efficiencies, electricity, Internet bandwidth and IT man hours. Popular retail company, Columbia Sportswear, leveraged a VMware-based hybrid cloud solution to allow the business to scale instantly and reduce infrastructure costs, as well as to provide zero downtime to users through significant disaster recovery capabilities.
Seven Corners served as a great example of how even SMBs can take advantage of a VMware-centric infrastructure to rapidly engineer its IT capabilities, and even achieve a $900k ROI! MicroStrategy has been able to cut its internal operating costs by $1M each year and generate new revenue streams that were previously inaccessible through its VMware-based cloud solution. By working with provider of vCloud Powered services, iland, eMix’s hospital provider customers are able to achieve anywhere from $14-18k in reduced costs per ER visit – allowing them to not only do a better job of treating their patients, but also save operating dollars in the process. NYSE Euronext developed its Capital Markets Community Platform with VMware-based cloud technology, and in doing so has been able to target the needs of Wall Street IT leaders and their customers in ways hitherto unseen in the financial services industry. Revlon, a giant in the beauty industry, has been able to achieve $70 million in cost avoidance and cost savings, as well as solve the problem of big-data management and disaster recovery within the company, by moving to the cloud with VMware. Provider of credit reporting services, Experian, shared that implementing infrastructure-as-a-service through VMware vCloud “is the next phase in the evolution of virtualization technology,” as it puts more of the power of virtualization into the hands of VMware customers. GxPi has also been able to see significant savings from operations due to its VMware-based cloud solution, as well as improved security, thanks to working with vCloud Service Provider, iland. F5 Networks DevCentral’s move to Bluelock’s public cloud has been able to increase the company’s DevOps agility, resulting in faster, more frequent application updates that optimize development cycles. Last but certainly not least, Kaseya has benefited from a 500% increase in capacity and performance and an 80% reduction in hardware investments and running costs, resulting in improved productivity and faster response times.
Last year was a big year for cloud, with rapid growth in consumption, and 2013 looks like it will be even bigger. There was a big acceleration in vendor investment in private cloud products and services in 2012, but public cloud also grew very quickly – hence the plausible rating. Organizations around the globe, like eMeter (Siemens), Oxford University and SEGA Europe leverage hybrid cloud for an array of needs such as accessibility to their IT infrastructure, centralized IT services, IT agility and speed. PaaS certainly expanded in 2012, but there’s no evidence this was at the expense of developer-centric IaaS. 5) Organizations will continue to assume that private clouds have Hogwarts-like magical security protections: Confirmed.
Surveys throughout 2012 continued to show that respondents believe private clouds share the same kind of magical protection. Hybrid Cloud accelerates: Some public cloud providers continue to froth at the mouth at the mention of private cloud.
It’s safe to say that 2012 was a year of tremendous adoption and learning across the industry. Basically, cloud computing can make your business stronger and more competitive in a hyper-digital, make-it-or-break-it environment.
Local backup copies are great for fast restore, but protecting a small business also requires the additional protection of offsite backup. The truth is that cloud backup is not always practical for very large amounts of data you can store on a Drobo. Anything you edit, modify, add or remove will be reflected in your Google Drive account and vice versa. Dropbox offers 2 GB free storage which you can increase upto 16 GB with their referral program. Auto sync feature make it feel like the whole system is just one drive whether you have a connection on not you can access files anytime because Dropbox updates only changes to files rather than transferring the whole thing. Instead Box provides great customer support and higher level of services for personal (Free), Business and Enterprise IT plans. More on you can access your files on any device; desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet, Box is available on both iPhone and Android for on the go access to files. You don’t need to worry about your data you have saved physically because your data will be stored remotely and securely in an offsite location. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is progressing at lightning speed – we went from one to five data center locations in the U.S. For IT departments, a hybrid cloud removes traditional barriers to innovation and radically changes the relationship between IT and the business, making IT the “it” crowd – the people who really make things happen. PT, Bill Fathers, SVP and GM of VMware’s Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, will participate in a “Fireside Chat” with GigaOM’s Barb Darrow at the Mission Bay Conference Center at GigaOM Structure.
Surprisingly, Dedicated Cloud may also be your single best place to run test and dev workloads. By oversubscribing both, you can pack many more test and dev workloads onto the underlying physical infrastructure, effectively reducing the unit cost. With Dedicated Cloud, you can overcommit by 50 to 100 percent or more, based on the performance characteristics, consumption patterns and requirements of your applications. These restrictions often relate to limits against deploying in a multi-tenant environment and licensing meters that are tied to physical hosts, CPU cores and the like. Given the single tenant compute architecture of the service, Dedicated Cloud serves as a hosted private cloud service, rather than a multi-tenant public cloud, with respect to software licensing agreements.
This allows customers to divide resources across different use cases, departments and discrete pools of capacity. The VMware hybrid approach extends the same applications, networking, management, operations and tools across both on-premises and off-premises environments without compromise.
If you’re still on the fence as to why you should make the leap to the hybrid cloud, here are three key reasons why you should definitely consider it: reliability, flexibility, and scalability. When it comes to the migration of data between your internal data center and your cloud, you need the confidence that your data is being transferred both safely and securely. Hybrid cloud enables you to deploy workloads in your preferred location, whether in your own data center or to the public cloud, and to decide where to run, manage, and build applications. It allows IT professionals to expand upon established applications and internal systems as needed, and offers users the tools they need to handle sudden changes in demand in order to maintain high-speed performance and high availability.
Designed for the most challenging IT environments, the vCloud Hybrid Service offers the power, security and reliability you need, with the speed to help take your organization to the cloud in minutes.
First of all, I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure your team has the right skill set.


For a successful adoption of cloud, it is of a great importance that the silos within the IT organization are broken down, or at a bare minimum bridged.
Regardless of whether your cloud is public, private or hybrid, you should have a deep understanding of how you can recover after a failure, and how you can mitigate risks.
As VMware continues to make private, public and hybrid cloud a reality for organizations looking to take advantage of enterprise-ready cloud solutions, we’ll continue to feature their stories right here on the vCloud blog. Last year, I was rash enough to make five predictionsfor the rapidly-changing cloud computing space.
And, pretty much everyone with a private cloud play announced some form of hybrid cloud interoperability approach. A recent ESG survey commissioned by VMware showed that security remains the number one concern of those who have yet to adopt public cloud.
Yet organizations continue to reap the benefits of standardizing and automating their own infrastructure with private cloud, while also sweating existing assets, maintaining exiting compliance regimes, and maintaining complex integrations with existing applications and data. The problem is how to get there from here, and whether traditional IT staff can adapt to the changing landscape. Only time will tell what happens this coming year, but if I were to channel Nate Silver or Nostradamus, I’d say that 2013 will be another big year for cloud. If you aren’t ready to make the full switch over to cloud computing, you may want to switch over to cloud storage. This is especially the case if you have a large business – you may even need to lease or purchase more property to house the servers. There are usually less crashes with cloud servers because there are so many technicians making sure the servers are always up and running.
When it comes to updating or adding new software, backing up your data used to take a long time and it was risky – you could go offline.
For smaller offices with multiple computers, Carbonite provides cost-effective offerings for server backup to provide additional protection for selected files on a Drobo. In an easy to use interface you can even directly drag or upload folder from your local storage using Chrome browser or installing a Java-Based Folder Upload applet to upload folders from any other browser.
Therefore, on January 1st, 2014, VMware reduced pricing on Dedicated Cloud by 50 percent, to 7 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB VM with 1 vCPU. In a test and dev use case, for example, you may drive significantly higher volumes of transient or non-performance-driven VMs into Dedicated Cloud and achieve lower unit costs. Since customers are allocated specific compute nodes individually, customers can also apply traditional on-premises licensing meters like physical hosts or cores when applying software licensing to their hosted environments. Each virtual data center within a Dedicated Cloud can have its own set of user accounts, as well as varying levels of memory overcommitment and discrete application catalogs. With a true hybrid cloud, you can apply the security and control that you have in your private environment to the public cloud – giving enterprise IT groups the opportunity to designate which situations make sense for the public cloud and what type of data they can move to the public cloud. Through the hybrid cloud, IT organizations can give developers the power to build faster and roll out new applications, by giving them access to public cloud resources where it makes sense.
Ultimately, a true hybrid cloud enables users to rapidly scale their IT operations without needing to change anything. This could include straightforward solutions like vSphere HA, but it could also mean your application framework needs to be able to scale out depending on the availability requirements of the service and the type of cloud service used.
Of course this depends on your internal security and compliance policies, but typically a deep understanding is required around how things are connected. He is the co-author of several books, including best seller vSphere 5.1 Clustering Technical Deepdive. Many believe that owning or leasing the walls around servers confers greater security, despite the threat landscape and confidentiality risks being identical for private and public clouds. The clear message from enterprises is that they need the best of both worlds: strong integration between what they already have, their own private clouds, and the agility and cost advantages that public cloud brings.
Is Netflix streaming an outlier, the product of a super-talented engineering team and carefully crafted cultural discipline, or a postcard from the bleeding edge future of cloud application architectures? Indeed, keeping your data in the cloud can also boost your productivity and it can boost your connectivity.
The truth is that cloud storage is built with encryption software, which means that the information that you store in the cloud is jumbled and unreadable to the people trying to hack or breach the data. You also have to think about facility costs to make sure the servers don’t heat up and crash. Moreover, if there is a crash, another server will usually switch on to back up the one that crashed. With cloud storage, however, backing up is not only instant, but it is easy and you won’t lose precious information. At 100 percent oversubscription, that 1GB of memory effectively costs 50 percent less (3.5 cents).
This opens up a broad spectrum of traditional operating systems, such as Microsoft Server Datacenter Edition, and enterprise applications that can now be deployed in a hybrid cloud environment, freeing up capacity on-premises for other critical applications.
In addition to targeting different service levels for different applications, this cloud administration capability allows customers to provide visibility and chargeback to internal customers based on actual cloud consumption. Then, within the same management environment, moving workloads back into a private cloud environment within the date center when that makes more sense.
On top of that, you cannot waste time repeating the same manual tasks over and over again when dealing with large-scale environments.
Fundamentally, cloud adoption has been about delivering agility, and it seems that many organizations are willing to trade off reliability and uptime to achieve it.
A major battle for the hearts, minds and wallets of the average company – not just Silicon Valley innovators. Netflix is very open with its architecture, design and organizational approach – despite direct competition from Amazon itself with its Instant Video offering – because it knows that only a handful of organizations can replicate the skillset and culture required to make this application as resilient as it is. With cloud storage, you can run your business from anywhere in the world and you will be just as effective. When it comes down to it, you can protect confidential proprietary data and customer data – all in the cloud. This kind of responsiveness can be really powerful and it can ensure that your data is always safe. As you can see, automation and orchestration are key factors for a successful, efficient and affordable adoption of cloud. And that’s why I predict that its unique and aggressive approach to resiliency will remain an outlier rather than a model in 2013. The cloud needs a different approach to application resiliency – one that does not assume super-human engineering and culture behind every single application. There are many more questions one can ask around cloud security, which probably warrants a series of articles by itself.



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