Hosted UC or On-premises: Which Way Should You Go?

It’s very hard these days to escape the arguments for hosted unified communications (UC). Switching to UC solutions hosted in the cloud sounds very compelling, especially when an organization stands to save tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of dollars each year by ditching their on-premisescapital expenditure (Capex) model in favor of the operational expenditure (Opex) model, offered by hosted UC vendors. Despite reports such as Nemertes Researcher’s

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Wireless Advances and Telemedicine: Just What the Doctor (Remotely) Ordered

Telemedicine is such a natural that it was a mainstay even before the technology developments of the past decade. The reasons are well known at this point: Diagnosing people remotely saves long trips by people who are ill, and the expertise of doctors at distant facilities can tapped more easily. The ability to monitor people over great distances keeps them out of the hospital, which

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Resellers Opportunities in UCaaS’ Multi-billion Dollar Market

If you have been tracking the news bulletins about Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), you would have run into some of the studies forecasting rosy market opportunities in the fast rising segment. Markets and Markets estimate a “whopping” $23.34 billion UCaaS market by 2019 and the forecast from Grand View Research Inc., says the UCaaS market will be worth $75.81 billion by 2020. However, at this point,

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Government Decision Makers Should Understand the Cloud

The government is trying to get its arms around cloud security. That’s a good thing because the relationship between commercial providers and the feds is growing. An example of the growing relationship is a $108 million deal between the Federal Aviation Administration and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Brian Brinker at ITProPortal writes that the CSC will consolidate what he calls the FAA’s “vast network of

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NIST Helps Ease Government Agencies’ Move to a Secure Cloud

NIST’s Computer Security Division works to define issues and identify solutions to enable government agencies’ secure adoption of cloud computing. The government’s Cloud First policy requires agencies to use cloud computing whenever possible to create a more efficient, flexible, responsive, and cost-effective IT environment. But, the cloud must comply with government regulations on security and management. To help government realize the advantages of cloud computing, the National Institute of Standards

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It’s Simple, You See: How Unified Communications (UC) Can Help Companies Boost Their Bottom Lines

Although we may not always seem like the sharpest tools in the shed, it’s our human capacity for sophisticated communication – which immeasurably elevates and enhances our interactions – that sets us apart from other species. Ironically, for many government agencies, that very same capacity for advanced communication – if poorly conveyed – can be the undoing of one’s business. Luckily, Unified Communications (UC), the concept

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Connecting in the ‘Gig Economy’

Freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, outside reps, and agency temps have long been a part of the American workforce. Most of us have served or worked with someone in such a capacity. Even so, there’s a perception that these types of nontraditional work forces – enabled by newer technologies, shifts in corporate culture, and the rise of the “sharing economy” – are driving job growth

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UC&C Moving to the Cloud

The emergence of the cloud has confronted organizations with an important choice when it comes to structuring their unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) infrastructures: Should the heavy lifting be done on premises, in an off-premises cloud-based data center  run by a third party — or a little of both? In June, IDG Enterprise released a survey saying that UC&C will grow rapidly during the next three years. The firm

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DOD Cloud Security Requirements Get an Update

DISA is updating the Security Requirements Guide for DOD cloud service providers and the requirements for securing cloud access points. As part of the Defense Department’s initiative to migrate department websites and applications to the cloud, the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is updating the Security Requirements Guide (SRG) for cloud service providers, and also requirements for securing cloud access points. Draft versions of the revised documents have

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Time to Exit the Premises: Cloud-based Solutions Finally Supplanting Premises-based Unified Communications

Premises-based Unified Communications (UC) has been thriving and prospering for decades now, even enjoying a heyday – make that a heydecade or two – in the 1980s and 90s. Fast forward to present day and, believe it or not, some government organizations are continuing to inject money into unwieldy and aging premises-based UC solutions. While some may choose to continue to dump money into premises-based

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