Note: This is a guest post by David Barton, of UHY Advisors, one of the largest professional services and accounting firms.  The AICPA has replaced the audit standard known as SSAE 16 with a new standard effective for report dates on or after May 1, 2017. This new standard, known as SSAE 18, is designed to address and clarify concerns over the clarity, length and complexity of the many other AICPA standards. Before we get into the details around the …

Last week, Online Tech’s very own Nick Lumsden was on the Lucy Ann Lance Show on WLBY AM 1290 to chat about hybrid cloud! The show was partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK to chat with winners of this year’s Fast Track Awards–an honor Online Tech is no stranger to, having won seven previously. During his time on air, Nick talked about Online Tech’s latest product offering, Managed Microsoft Azure with SprawlGuard™.  Nick explained that this allows clients who use Microsoft …

According to Rightscale, cost management is the No. 1 challenge for mature cloud users in 2017. That makes sense–after all, what’s the point of adopting hybrid cloud if it ends up being too cost prohibitive? Different from managing your bill, this post talks about how to manage your costs within public cloud, such as Microsoft Azure. So, why is public cloud so expensive? Well, on paper, paying pennies per minute sounds cheap, but costs quickly rise when you factor in every minute …

Hybrid cloud, also known as multi-cloud, continues to grow at a rapid pace. Eighty-five percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, increasing from 82 percent in 2016. And according to Rightscale’s 2017 state of the cloud report, companies run 41 percent of workloads in public cloud and 38 percent in private cloud. However, the biggest challenge for cloud users is cost management, and that is because of significant cloud waste that organizations were unaware of. Rightscale also found that cloud …

As mentioned previously, server tagging in public cloud offers many benefits, including the ability to better track your cloud resources and get more meaningful KPI metrics for financial and usage reporting. How do you tag your servers though? In this post, we’ll offer tips on how to tag servers in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. No matter how you organize your tags, it’s important to remember that people aren’t perfect. Therefore, you’ll need to have a protective mechanism in place …

For organizations that use public cloud services, the biggest goal is to optimize the usage and spend of those services. It all comes back to cost management and control–it’s all too easy to lose control of your cloud spend, especially when you don’t know who is spinning up more servers or whether they’re being used in the most cost-effective way. CIOs are experimenting with server tagging as a way to overcome this challenge. What is server tagging? Essentially, it’s creating …

Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are two of the biggest names in public cloud computing. Which one is right for you? To help you make that decision, let’s talk about what each provider brings to the public cloud table, and key differences between them. Compute power AWS: AWS EC2 users can configure their own VMs or choose pre-configured machine images, or customize MIs. Users choose size, power, memory capacity and number of VMs, and choose from different regions …

While hybrid cloud is rising in adoption, many organizations are struggling to take full advantage of the efficiency it offers because of application portability confinements.  However, there is help at hand: Containers. RightScale’s State of the Cloud report says that Docker is the leading tool for DevOps processes, and overall Docker adoption rose to 35 percent, taking over from configuration management tools Chef and Puppet. So why are businesses so excited about this tool, and why do containers help configure a …

If you’re attending the inX3 conference in Indianapolis this year, be sure to say hello to us! Online Tech is an Entrepreneur sponsor of the event, and we’ll be onsite to meet and mingle with our fellow business colleagues. We’re looking forward to connecting with investors, policy makers and influencers to help grow the Indianapolis business community and beyond. We hope to see you there, too! About inX3 inX3 is the largest regional gathering of entrepreneurial companies. For one week, …

In today’s modern IT world, whether you have a new project, line of business, or a newer version of an existing product line, you’ll need to scale, and scale quickly. More organizations have been turning to hybrid cloud to do that, and the market reflects that–according to RightScale, hybrid cloud is the preferred strategy for enterprises. Why is the hybrid cloud the best way to scale your environment? A public cloud delivers resources over the internet instead of being tied …

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