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Honest VARs and MSPs face problems with cloud storage services

If you’ve been in the IT industry for awhile, you’ve no doubt noticed that it goes through one hype cycle after another.  Many of us witnessed the dot-com explosion, implosion and subsequent MSP market conversion. Watching the cloud hype cycle of the past few years is a little disturbing -- not because I lack excitement about the massive possibilities of distributed computing, utility billing, virtualization advancements and economies of scale; they are large parts of my company’s business model. What bothers me is the extent to which companies will go to make a claim about the cloud. The exaggerations and omissions -- stemming from either ignorance, lack of risk aversion or outright dishonesty -- being used to sell cloud computing and cloud storage services are just nauseating. As an officer of a company competing in this environment, it’s especially hard for me to ignore these problems with cloud storage.

Honest VARs and MSPs face problems with cloud storage services 2012-05-15T20:39:00+00:00

How to Protect Your Company’s Data

As a computer systems network manager and member of the nonprofit High Tech Crime Consortium, Kevin McDonald has seen all manner of data disasters: the medical company whose patient treatment records were lost in a warehouse fire; the police department whose website host vanished overnight; even the careless employee whose leaky liter of Coke ruined a computer server. “If you are a small business and you have a catastrophic loss of data, more likely than not you will never recover,” says McDonald, executive vice president at Alvaka Networks in Irvine, Calif. “Data storage is so cheap now, if you can’t afford it you should shut your business down and do something else.”

How to Protect Your Company’s Data 2017-06-29T20:47:43+00:00

Balance of Sensitivity and Marketing Without Crossing into Self-Indulgence or Gratuitous Promotions.

Comedian Gilbert Godfrey lost his job with Aflac for making a joke about the Japanese tsunami. So too did an aide to Mississippi Gov. Hayley Barbour for the same reason. And some government officials and activities are catching criticism for using the crisis to grand stand on their favorite environmental and energy causes.

Balance of Sensitivity and Marketing Without Crossing into Self-Indulgence or Gratuitous Promotions. 2011-03-17T20:14:00+00:00

Orange County Register. Alvaka Networks’ EVP, Kevin McDonald Named President of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN)

Irvine-based Tech Coast Venture Network has named Ciaran Foley chairman of the board, replacing Bart Greenberg, who has been chairman since August. 2005. Kevin McDonald is the new TCVN president, a position Foley held for the past year and Greenberg held before that.

Orange County Register. Alvaka Networks’ EVP, Kevin McDonald Named President of Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN) 2011-02-24T20:42:00+00:00
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