Cloud Based Computing Services – SaaS

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It’s probably about time we had a talk about SaaS. Perhaps a little explanation of SaaS is in order first. Cloud services have been popping up in the news a lot recently and it seems like everyone is talking about it more than ever. But when I try to talk to the average computer user about SaaS, I’m often met with blank stares. Let’s delve into the topic of SaaS and tease out just why this technology deserves mre attention.

To begin with, SaaS simply means “Software as a Service.” If you’ve been using computers for decades now as I have you’ll probably be a tad unfamiliar with the concept. I remember as a teen, buying video games in large cardboard boxes with ten or more floppies inside. If memory serves me properly, Windows NT 3.1 was about 25 disks worth of data. Software definitely got more condensed over time, but Software as a Service is the farthest you can go from those golden days of big boxes software. And yet there are plenty of advantages to SaaS aside from this physical downsizing.

SaaS is particularly attractive to companies that employ enterprise software in their daily operations. The basic parts of software-as-a-service are contained offsite at the service provider’s facilities. This takes off some of the demand for IT services by lessening the amount of hardware and also by decreasing software maintenance. Granted, this is reinventing the wheel a bit; other industries have already applied similar concepts with successful results. As a quick example, think of a print shop. The necessary equipment is too great in cost for any individual client to accept; and as a result businesses popped up that were willing to shoulder the cost and provide access to these specialized machines for a fee.

Take a look at the numbers for Software-as-a-Service industry-wide and you’ll get the picture of a flourishing industry. This is reflected in a report from Siemer and Associates who cataloged a 17% expansion in the industry between the years 2011 and 2012. This ought to be of particular interest to IT Managers working in the United States, since 60% or more of 2012 revenue was recorded in American markets. In addition to these impressive numbers, a Right Scale survey of technical professionals found that 94% of the organizations surveyed were “running applications or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service.” Infrastructure-as-a-service here refers to the hardware that runs software-as-a-service, and so we can take the good news about IaaS as equally good news for SaaS.

Regardless of the hesitancy that some consumers and CIOs have to adopt IaaS or SaaS, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. It is clear to me, that any slight resistance from consumers, and especially CIOs, is due to improper education with regard to cloud based computing solutions and surrounding technologies. The Right Scale survey mentioned earlier also found that professionals and novices alike are less concerned about cloud security in 2014 than they were in 2013. The concerns of cloud computing professionals like Critical Space Associates are more focused on issues with compliance between data in disparate locations. If you are a CIO or a consumer who has been slow to get on the IaaS/SaaS train, take this article as a warning; these technologies are not going anywhere, it behooves you to get familiar.

Buying Comfortable and Reliable Control Room Furniture

Control Room Furniture Design Center

Working with command consoles, managing everything from a control room, is a lot of work. You have to make sure that you are on top of everything to avoid mistakes, to avoid missing anything, and to do the job in the best manner possible. While this might seem easy at first, it can quickly become tiresome. This is true in all cases, but even more so for people with terrible furniture. Control room furniture has to have a certain level of comfort in order to be usable. If there is any reason why it hurts to use or why it is annoying in general, then you are not going to work at your best.

Network operations center furniture is used continuously throughout the day. You are not stopping, walking around, and speaking with people face to face often. It’s mostly a desk job, keeping you focused on screens and focused on what is happening within your network. If the furniture is not comfortable, you cannot do this happily. You cannot focus on the job, you cannot keep up with everything, and you cannot do your job as well as you should do it. This, of course, can lead to problems. Having good furniture can avoid a lot of the mess that basic office furniture, or just low quality furniture, can cause.

On top of comfort, you also need quality. Never sacrifice one for the other as that may lead to troubles at some point. You want your chosen NOC furniture to feel great over long, continued use and you want it to last a long time. This is part of your job, which means that it cannot lack in any area. When you are working for hours straight, and when this is furniture that you are using over most of your employment, you need to trust that it will stay strong. Choosing something that is low quality makes it hard to have that trust.

When you choose appropriate, comfortable, and reliable furniture, it is a lot easier to focus on your job and to do well. You are not going to have the discomfort and distractions that come along with poor quality furniture, nor are you going to have any concerns popping up. Choosing basic office furniture may lead to such situations, taking your mind off your work and possibly losing you money. Do not let this happen; instead, have good furniture from the start.

Cloud Solutions: Storage and Security

Cloud Infrastructure and Security Business Solutions

Just five years ago the idea of a non-physical information storage infrastructure was uncommon and virtually unavailable. The cloud has since exploded onto the scene with innovative solutions for everyone from large companies, small businesses, and even families or individuals. These cloud infrastructure services offer the newest innovation in a new era of information sharing and technology.

The cloud, often misunderstood by anyone who doesn’t live in the technology or data storage realm, is simply a new, more trendy word for the internet. It was originally designed to create a new kind of association with data storage that is completely unlinked from physical storage. When a consumer accesses information, whether data or applications, from the cloud they’re channeling and requesting access to their small allotment of storage in the unattached world of the internet. Business storage on the cloud is a little different simply because of the size of the data investments and needs but they also are accessing their private allotment of space over the internet. The biggest difference is the price that businesses pay for their cloud storage where many private consumers are offered this storage for free or with minimal cost.

Cloud collaboration and cloud security solutions have been highly contested areas of debate as many companies are skeptical to trust a nonphysical storage system. However, this technology has been improved and refined with its boost in popularity and now cloud solutions are seen as equal, if not superior, to more traditional data storage options.

Installation of a Philips M3863a Battery for FR2 Defibrillator

Philips M3863a Battery

A disposable Philips M3863A battery pack, made from Lithium Manganese Dioxide, with a 5 year warranty gives a minimum of 300 shocks equivalent to over 12 hours of operating time is a battery that is specifically designed to work with the Philips FR2+ series of defibrillators.

A staple in every household, public place or organization, not to mention hospitals and clinics, the Philips FR2+ automated defibrillators are an important investment to make.

The Philips Fr2+ series of defibrillators work on m3863a battery power only, so it is always a good idea to have an extra battery pack on hand in case the battery runs out at a crucial time. However it’s important to know how to properly install a Philips m3863a replacement battery pack in a situation where you do end up needing to change it.

The Philips FR2 Defibrillator status indicator informs you of the m3863a battery levels. A flashing red sign means that the battery is running out of power. A stable red sign indicates that the battery is unusable and needs to be replaced with an m3863a battery pack.

To install a replacement Philips m3863a battery pack in a Philips FR2 Defibrillator you need to:

* Squeeze the yellow latch on the old Philips FR2 Defibrillator m3863a battery pack to release and remove it from the AED

* Make sure that the Optional ECG Assessment Module and the Electrode Pads have been safely removed from the AED and are no longer connected

* Hold the new Philips m3863a battery pack by the yellow latch and carefully slide it into the battery cavity at the top of the AED

* Push and slide the Philips m3863a battery pack into the cavity until you feel and hear a click to indicate it has been fixed into place.

Once the Philips m3863a replacement battery pack has been inserted correctly into the Philips FR2 AED, the device will automatically turn itself on to indicate proper installation and will allow you to initiate a device self-test to determine proper performance. The appearance of a LCD hourglass on the self-test indicator window on the Philips FR2 defibrillator indicates that the device is ready for use.