20 mg levitra tablets Can Cloud Computing Reduce Software Piracy?

Software piracy has always been one of the hot-button issues in the tech industry. Pirated software has been around for a long time, but it wasn’t until the Internet that it truly exploded. According to the 2011 survey conducted by the Business Software Alliance about 57% of people all over the world have acquired some form of unlicensed software (up from 42% in the previous year). The software industry has tried many ways to stop the proliferation of unlicensed software, from introducing stronger DRM restrictions to introducing tougher legislation. Is the software industry going about it the right way? Reasons Why People Use Unlicensed Software Looking at the statistics, most people will say, probably not. The truth is software companies don’t seem to be looking at reasons why people use unlicensed software and try to figure out a way to help customers instead of punishing them for stealing software. According to a study conducted by IDC  (a market analysis company) and backed by Microsoft, the top 9 reasons why people use pirated software are: 1. As a deliberate attempt to save money; 2. The pirated software came bundled with the hardware; 3, Cash flow issues… the customer has the money, just not today; 4. Procurement policies that burden IT staff. Who then use demo products to solve immediate IT needs; 5. Company operations that grow faster than procurement processes can increas legitimate licenses; 6. An initial solution that has pirated software bundled into it, and when the company goes to upgrade it can’t afford the sudden cost to become legal; 7. A master license agreement that is negotiated elsewhere... read more

Tips for a Successful Cloud Migration

Moving to the cloud is an easy decision for most business. Forward-thinking companies these days realize that cloud computing is the future, and in some cases, they simply can’t afford not to switch to the cloud. However, while migrating from physical servers to the cloud computing can be pain-free especially with the right provider, there are some things a business can do to facilitate the process. So, if you’re ready to take action and move to the cloud, here are some tips to make the migration easy, and more importantly, successful. Determine Risks and Costs Costs isn’t just about the monthly fee you’ll be paying your provider. Costs also refers to what it will cost you to migrate your data and operations to the cloud, including any work outages  and additional steps you’ll have to take should something go wrong. Make sure that this won’t outweigh the benefits you’ll reap from switching to the cloud, or if the move does cost you in some way, that you’ll be able to recoup the loss later on. Any venture is risky, and there are some businesses who are worried about moving sensitive data or crucial operations systems to the cloud. Security is a number one concern, and while we’ve said over and over again that the cloud can be just as secure as any network, you’ll still need to make sure that everything is locked down on your end. Then, your provider should be able tell you what they’re planning to do to ensure your data and systems are safe while the migration is proceeding. Backup Everything Murphy’s Law states that,... read more