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    Useful sites for small business

    Posted September 29, 2011 - 9:46 am

    Whether you're running a business out of your den or from a penthouse in the sky, you don't have time or money to waste on second-rate tools. These well-designed services and resources are among the best the Web offers for small and midsize businesses. Some include apps for smartphones and downloads for your desktop, but all of them provide the bulk of their features within a Web browser.
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    Google Apps vs. Office 365 vs. Zoho Docs

    Posted August 30, 2011 - 11:36 am

    Now that Microsoft has launched Office 365, it is officially "game on" for online office productivity suites. Microsoft may enjoy a near-monopoly in the desktop office suite market, but online it faces established rivals in the form of Google Apps and Zoho Docs.
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    Review: Google Apps

    Posted August 30, 2011 - 10:39 am

    Google Apps is firmly established as the primary competitor to Microsoft Office--both the desktop software and the Office 365 online productivity suite. Without question, Google Apps offers a very capable collection of tools, but unless your world revolves around Google, it might not be the right productivity suite for you.
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    Review: Microsoft Office 365

    Posted August 30, 2011 - 10:35 am

    Microsoft Office 365 is the company’s answer to online productivity suites. A replacement for Microsoft’s Business Online Professional Services, Office 365 includes online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as Lync and SharePoint. Together, these comprehensive and powerful online office tools represent the best overall value you can find today.
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    Review: Zoho Docs

    Posted August 30, 2011 - 9:59 am

    Among online productivity suites, Zoho Docs brings a unique third-party perspective to the mix. Microsoft and Google are each entrenched in their own cultures and tools, but Zoho Docs takes a more flexible cross-platform approach, and it adds some innovative features that are worth considering.
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    First look: VMware vSphere 5 looms large

    Posted August 23, 2011 - 6:10 am

    Automated host deployment, revamped HA, large-scale VM support, and storage automation features rev up vSphere for big shops
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    First impressions: Amazon's Kindle Cloud Reader

    Posted August 11, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Amazon's new Kindle Cloud Reader, announced Wednesday and available now at read.amazon.com, is a Web-based interface to Amazon's Kindle ebook store, complete with the ability to read books within a web browser. Using HTML5 and related technologies, Kindle Cloud Reader isn't just for browsing books when you've got an Internet connection: It can even store books on your device for offline reading.
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    5 cool tools for cloud management

    Posted August 8, 2011 - 11:53 am

    Cloud management tools are as varied as cloud uses. For this test, we chose five tools that each attack cloud management from a different perspective.
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    WLAN management takes to the cloud

    Posted August 2, 2011 - 1:55 pm

    Aerohive, D-Link and Meraki deliver enticing alternatives to on-site management
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    NoSQL standouts: New databases for new applications

    Posted July 21, 2011 - 6:10 am

    Cassandra, CouchDB, MongoDB, Redis, Riak, Neo4J, and FlockDB reinvent the data store
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    7 days in the cloud: My week with the Samsung Chromebook

    Posted July 18, 2011 - 7:39 am

    Steven Vaughan-Nichols recently spent a week working with nothing but a Samsung Series 5 Chromebook. Here is a day-by-day accounting of what he found. It's a tale of both triumph and tragedy. Well, OK, so it's really a story of what worked and what didn't work, but you get the idea.
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    Riverbed Whitewater: Data deduplication for cloud storage

    Posted July 14, 2011 - 10:56 am

    Strong data deduplication and built-in support for key cloud storage providers reduce online storage needs while maximizing data protection
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    CrashPlan Pro makes SMB backup a snap

    Posted July 11, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    I've been using CrashPlan's consumer offering for some time now, and have been very happy with it. So when I heard about their Pro version aimed at small-to-medium businesses (up to 200 workstations), I was naturally intrigued. Much like the consumer version, CrashPlan Pro (various pricing) works by installing a desktop client, which uploads your files onto an online server for safe-keeping in the cloud.
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    Review: Office 365 vs. Google Apps

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 9:20 am

    With Office 365 now available in final form, here's what you need to know to decide if Office 365 or Google Apps (or neither) is right for your organization
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    Fight deadly diseases in your PC's spare time

    Posted June 27, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Free program Folding@Home has nothing to do with laundry, even though that's the only kind of folding most of us ever do at home. Instead, it has to do with health and medical research. Folding@Home helps scientists gain a better understanding a wide range of illnesses including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, cystic fibrosis, and other serious diseases.
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    Google's Chrome OS and Samsung's Chromebook

    Posted June 15, 2011 - 10:29 am

    Could you ditch your computer operating system and live entirely in your browser? That's the question Google is asking with its new Chrome OS Chromebooks -- and it isn't an easy one to answer.
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    Ubuntu breaks from the Linux pack

    Posted June 13, 2011 - 6:45 am

    Ubuntu 11.04 (nicknamed Natty Narwhal) marks a decided change in direction for the Linux-based operating system. The biggest change is that Canonical, the organizer of Ubuntu, is replacing the Gnome/KDE desktop environment with a new user interface called Unity.
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    Review: Meraki Enterprise Cloud Controller

    Posted June 1, 2011 - 10:13 am

    Meraki's friendly, cloud-managed wireless LAN solution is a fantastic option for small businesses, distributed networks, and overworked admins
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    Will cloud computing make traditional vendor relationships obsolete?

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 1:44 am

    Shifting compute processes to the cloud can help companies save money and become more flexible, but what's even more potentially game-changing is the attitude of cloud proponents, who view compute power as just another disposable commodity.
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    From Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 9:33 am

    A Google Apps migration is difficult, costly, time-consuming, and virtually unsupported by Google -- so why do it?
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    Microsoft Office 365 Beta opens for business: What's inside

    Posted April 18, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Now anyone can try Office 365, Microsoft's cloud productivity package for businesses. The service opened Sunday night for beta testing, coming a step closer to its final launch, which will occur sometime later this year.
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    Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    Red Hat's server virtualization solution mixes ease and scalability with a few odd limitations
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    Virtualization shoot-out: VMware vSphere

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 11:49 am

    The world's leading server virtualization platform is still tops in performance, scalability, and advanced features
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    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 11:26 am

    Microsoft's server virtualization platform pairs good performance with extensive management, at the cost of significant added complexity
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    Virtualization shoot-out: Citrix XenServer

    Posted April 13, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Citrix tackles server virtualization with a fast hypervisor and enterprise features, but leaves a few rough edges

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