10 Cloud Apps, Storage Services to Help Enterprises Cut IT Overhead

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-05-04
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Cloud Apps, Storage Services to Help Enterprises Cut IT Overhead

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    Microsoft's Office 365 Has Both Sides Covered
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    Microsoft's Office 365 Has Both Sides Covered

    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that the cloud is integral to his company's future, and Office 365 is a key component in that strategy. Office 365 is available for individuals, small businesses and large enterprises. It provides cloud versions of all of the company's productivity applications, including Outlook, Office and its cloud storage service OneDrive. Office 365 even includes support for Skype and Microsoft's business social network, Yammer.
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    Google Apps Keeps Growing
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    Google Apps Keeps Growing

    Google is actively targeting Microsoft in the enterprise, and chief among the company's solutions is Google Apps for Work. Like Office 365, Google Apps has an office productivity suite, Gmail and cloud storage through Google Drive. Google says that more than 5 million businesses are on its service right now and that, that figure is growing each quarter.
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    Small Fry Zoho Packs Plenty of Apps Into Its Cloud Package
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    Small Fry Zoho Packs Plenty of Apps Into Its Cloud Package

    Zoho arguably has the broadest suite of services of any cloud provider in this roundup. The company, which started as a Web-based productivity solution, has expanded to include CRM and sales tracking, a help desk for the IT department and finance applications, including invoices and expenses. Zoho even has human resources apps. It's surprising just how much Zoho packs into its cloud services.
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    Box is All About Cloud Storage
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    Box is All About Cloud Storage

    Box is one of the more popular enterprise storage solutions, due in large part to the company's focus on businesses. Many of its competitors have consumer-focused services with enterprise add-ons. Box, however, focused on the corporate world first with a cloud-based storage service that uses high-grade encryption, enables collaboration between employees and provides secure access on mobile devices. It comes with 10GB of free storage.
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    Salesforce.com Took CRM to the Cloud
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    Salesforce.com Took CRM to the Cloud

    Any discussion on cloud computing must include Salesforce.com, the Web-based customer relationship management (CRM) platform that has become a standard sales management tool in businesses large and small. The platform allows salespeople to manage their contacts, track leads and the progress of sales in the pipeline, and a lot more. Any business looking for a sales or CRM system in the cloud should at least consider Salesforce.
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    Parallels' Odin Is Designed for Cloud Automation
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    Parallels' Odin Is Designed for Cloud Automation

    Parallels is perhaps best known for its Windows virtualization services on Macs. But the company also has a subsidiary, called Odin, that provides a range of tools for the enterprise. Odin provides Plesk for Web servers and includes a server virtualization service for companies operating in the cloud. Odin also offers business automation services. Think of Odin as the backbone for any cloud deployment. Image 6: Please use this image:
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    NetSuite Provides Business Management Software
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    NetSuite Provides Business Management Software

    NetSuite is another cloud-focused company that provides a range of online application services. NetSuite started out focusing on enterprise resource planning applications and branched out from there, adding professional services automation. The service also has e-commerce features for companies looking to sell products online.
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    Citrix's Heavy Cloud Investment
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    Citrix's Heavy Cloud Investment

    Citrix has steadily expanded its portfolio of cloud services. The company offers desktop-as-a-service, cloud storage with Sharefile, mobile device management, application delivery services and more. Citrix has established itself as a leader in the marketplace by offering one important cloud service after another, and that has allowed its services to win favor in enterprises.
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    Amazon Web Services Offers Heavy-Duty Cloud Computing Services
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    Amazon Web Services Offers Heavy-Duty Cloud Computing Services

    Amazon Web Services can offer just about any enterprise in the world all the cloud computing capacity it could possibly need in terms of servers, storage and networking to allow enterprises to offload applications to the Web. Plus, it offers content delivery, data analytics and database management services to boot.
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    OpenDNS Moves Network Security to the Cloud
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    OpenDNS Moves Network Security to the Cloud

    OpenDNS provides a cloud-based network security service for companies. The company delivers security enforcement services and Web filtering, and works with several managed services products. OpenDNS essentially takes the firewalls and security features previously maintained on internal corporate servers and moves them to the cloud. The company says it services 50 million daily active users.
 

Today, enterprises can offload a wide range of computing services and applications from internal servers and data centers to the cloud. In fact, it is entirely feasible and possibly even cost-effective for a large enterprise to run all of its computing resources in the cloud. So it is no surprise that companies are taking a close look at what internal computing services it can offload to a cloud platform. These services range from Web storage to full business productivity suites that include email, word processing, presentations, online meetings and sales management applications. Companies can buy as much data processing capacity as they could possibly need, whether it is for a single big project that requires a lot of data processing muscle or to run all the applications for an entire enterprise. This slide show looks at 10 software-as-a-service (SaaS) and cloud computing platforms that can provide ways for enterprises to reduce their IT overhead. These days, cloud computing companies offer a menu of services that enterprises can order as a package or a la carte. Read on to learn more.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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