The company most associated with "the cloud," in the minds of the general public, is Amazon, which happens to be the world's largest e-retailer. Today, Amazon is the world's largest provider of computing services accessible through the web from globally distributed servers in highly automated data centers.Here's what we mean by that: When a computing service is made available to you anywhere in the world through the web, on servers with functions that have been leased by a publisher, software producer, or other private customer, there's a 34 percent chance (according to analyst firm Synergy Research Group) that this service is being hosted on Amazon's cloud. There's only a 15 percent chance that it's hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud.LEARN MORE: What Amazon AWS does, generally speakingBefore we spout forth a fountain of fabulous terms such as "cloud infrastructure" and "virtual machine," let's try to explain what this AWS thing does, in terms even a CEO could understand.Up until … [Read more...] about Amazon AWS: Complete business guide to the world’s largest provider of cloud services
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Nowhere is compliance issues more evident than in totalitarian states and vicious dictatorships. China’s social credit system punishes citizens for stepping out of line. This might sound like something out of the dystopian Netflix show “Black Mirror”, but for some this is the stark reality they live in. China isn’t alone though. Saudi Arabia is quick to ban any media that calls out the ruling regime, and North Korea has executed people for viewing unauthorized internet content. If you think that the United States is out of the picture, you’d be surprised that numerous American companies such as Google and Airbnb aid totalitarian governments in maintaining a tight grip over its citizens. To U.S. tech giants, business is business. According to a report from the Verge in November, if the price to pay to tap into China’s market is to collect, store and report data of local users, they’re happy to oblige even when … [Read more...] about Privately-Owned Internet: A Cyber Nightmare
One of the principles underlying this newsletter is that email is good. Email is based on an open standard, letting many interested parties build on top of it. It’s an asynchronous form of communication, letting you ignore messages until you’re ready to deal with them. And if you want to get a bunch of your coworkers together to bring down your employer, their names are already in your Gmail directory! That last lesson proved particularly important last year to thousands of Googlers, who had grown frustrated with their bosses over defense contracts, expansion into China, sexual harassment, and various other labor issues. When their bosses failed them, Bloomberg reported today, Gmail remained at their side. And the Google Walkout was born: Google’s employee email system played a pivotal role in the organizing for that protest, he said, with more than a thousand workers joining an email list used to plan it. Given that employees are spread around the globe and … [Read more...] about The Google Walkout ran on Gmail, and that makes Google nervous
Both Microsoft and Google would like to be your one-stop shop for business productivity software. Their respective subscription offerings, Office 365 and G Suite, tick all the top-level boxes on your company's communications and productivity checklist. Each suite includes the following features: Business email and shared calendaring services attached to custom domainsOnline storage, with shared space for collaboration and a large allotment of personal storage space for each user accountProductivity apps for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets, and presentationsCorporate communication tools, including messaging, online meetings, and video conferencingA management interface, with advanced features such as compliance and archiving for enterprise customers as well as security features including two-factor authenticationBoth of these services are underpinned by a robust, highly reliable cloud infrastructure with data centers worldwide. (And if the G Suite brand … [Read more...] about Office 365 vs G Suite: Which productivity suite is best for your business?
Microsoft is putting together a tool that'll make it much easier for Google G Suite customers to migrate to Office 365. In an update to its Office 365 roadmap, Microsoft last week added "Google G Suite to Office 365 migration" to the list of features it has in development for the productivity suite (via ZDNet). Targeting a release for Q2 of 2019, the tool will allow any current G Suite customer to migrate all of their email, calendars, and contacts to Office 365, making it easier to manage the switch. From Microsoft's description: We've heard the feedback and we're excited to announce the new G Suite migration experience which will allow you to directly migrate email, calendar and contacts from Google G Suite to Office 365! Our highly secure solution ensures your data is directly migrated to Office 365, with no resting points along the way. We're also adding support for migrating mailbox in batches. G Suite is Microsoft's biggest competitor when it comes to commercial productivity … [Read more...] about Microsoft cooking up migration tool for moving from G Suite to Office 365