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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Review – Enterprise Network Attached Storage for the Home

In Cloud, General, Hardware, Opinion, Review by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I was dreading writing this review actually. And it wasn’t because the product is bad, quite the opposite actually. The product is actually quite good. It’s the number of features and configuration options that were making me drag my feet in doing my review. I was a bit overwhelmed as I had a couple of directions I could follow – one would be a complete geek-out on everything that the Netgear ReadyNAS can do (and it’s a lot) or I could try to over-simplify the product and my explanation and not give the product justice. I think, in order to …

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Is Storage Trendy? Or Just Following a Technology Trend? Top Storage Trends

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Ok, I know. Talking about storage solutions or what the top storage trends are is not exactly the #1 topic on people’s minds. In fact, I would say that we all take storage for granted…that is, until we RUN OUT of storage or a hard drive crashes or our storage solution is incredibly slow. And, many of us simply don’t know the intricacies and complexities that make up today’s storage environments. Storage has evolved. Tremendously. Especially over the past years. When we look at this 1980’s print advertisement, we almost find it comical. Is Storage Trendy? Or Just Following a …

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What is a Technology Evangelist?

In Cloud, Content Strategy, General, Opinion, Social Media by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I often get asked by friends, family, acquaintances and recently, companies that I’m interviewing with – what is a Technology Evangelist? While many within the technology space understand the position, it is still relatively unknown within the job marketplace. In fact, when I first started the position almost 6 years ago, it was definitely one of those niche jobs. Fast forward to today and you now see companies embracing directly-named “technology evangelist” positions or at least other names that have similar job qualities and requirements. The most important part of the title is “evangelist” – essentially spreading the gospel. Most …

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Coffee, Conversations and Commerce – The Barista Banter

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There is something to be said about coffee. Not only does it get your brain firing on all cylinders (sometimes over-firing so don’t drink too much), but it also is a conversation starters. In fact, coffee seems to grease the gears of conversation. In recent years, the coffee house has become an “office away from the office” – a casual and loud environment were friends, co-workers, partners and prospects can get together to discuss business or pleasure. Coffee shops are better than bars in many ways. For starters, alcohol does the opposite of caffeine. It can cloud your thoughts and …

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CrashPlan Online Backups Keep Your Digital Life #WorryFree!

In Application, Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Giveaway, Hardware, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Are you backing up your computer? How often do you do it? Do you do it manually or automatically? Have you ever thought about the possibility of hitting the power button on your computer and suddenly it not starting up? What would you do if that happened? What if you couldn’t access all of your home movies or photos, or your family documents or your kid’s paper they have been working on for weeks? I must admit, I had been sort of living my digital life a bit dangerously until recently. I’m hoping that I can tell you to WAKE …

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On Infographics, Cloud and How NOT to Run a Small Business

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Infographics seem to be one of the best ways to convey a message. More often than not, infographics compile industry statistics and tend to tell a compelling story. Some infographics can be complex while others are simply fun to read. One of the reasons for their success is due to their visual nature. As a result of high-resolution smartphones, better computers and easy publication options, we have become a society driven by visuals, whether they be images or video. Facebook has given graphics much more real estate within the news stream. And applications like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine have further …

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In Between Successes – The Career Pyramid

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Many years ago, I heard a career counselor talking about the time between jobs. He said never to call them “jobs” but rather “successes.” Using the word “success” to describe employment is a way to keep your outlook positive and convey that same positivity out to others. Ever since I heard that career coach, I have always used that term  – “I’m looking for my next success” or “I’m in between successes.” As luck would have it, I am currently in that period between successes now. For the past five and a half years, I have had my head in …

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To Boldly Go Where No MSP Has Gone Before

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I’m a big Star Trek fan. I have watched reruns of the original Star Trek series many times over. I liked Star Trek Voyager and Deep Space Nine, and, most obviously, Star Trek The Next Generation. (Oh, and I do recommend the latest Star Trek movie.) Where am I going with this? Ideas evolve. Technology improves. New strategic teams are created. New dynamics are explored. Much the same way that Star Trek has modernized (yet still sticks to the original themes), the Managed Service Provider (MSP) has evolved, deepening its roots. With advances in cloud computing, the Next Generation MSP …

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14 Things to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider – Part 2

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In Part 1 of my 2-part series “14 Things to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider” I walked you through several important evaluation criteria that you should consider when choosing a cloud provider. The topics covered in Part 1 are: Performance, Breadth of Service Offering, Ease of Use, Price, Support, SLA and Security. Do note that these items are not in any particular order but some do refer to others so be sure to read through both articles. In Part 2 (this article), I add 7 more items to the list of things to consider. It is important to approach …

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14 Things to Consider When Choosing a Cloud Provider – Part 1

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You should all know by now that the cloud is here to stay. It may be in one form or another and in various flavors (infrastructure, platform or application) and it may not be called “cloud” in a few years, but the concept of on-demand, pay-as-you-go, Internet-delivery, scalable, as-a-service functionality will persist. It’s efficient, it’s cost effective and it is becoming better each and every day. However, when it comes to choosing a cloud provider, there are several things that you or your business should seriously think about before plunking down your credit card and signing up for a service. …

15 Top Cloud Computing Use Cases

In Cloud, General, Opinion, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Cloud computing is established. And it has been proven by small and large businesses alike. Over the past 5 or so years, I have seen all types of companies adopting cloud computing as both primary and secondary sets of on-demand compute. Some cloud computing use cases are pretty traditional (e.g., a simple web presence) while others become extremely complex and complete edge-cases (think Netflix). Where do all of these companies fit in with their use of the cloud? I won’t talk to the edge-cases simply because they are often too complex or too niche-oriented (might be an interesting article though…the …

A Collection of My How-To Articles on GoGrid Cloud Computing

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While I spend a lot of time writing articles for HighTechDad during the off hours and in my spare time, my day job as Technology Evangelist for the cloud infrastructure company, GoGrid, allows me to do a lot of other types of articles. These articles tend to focus on the cloud, GoGrid product and service features, How-To’s, and reflections on the cloud industry in general. But I recently realized something, my tech-savvy audience at HighTechDad might not be aware of the other content I create on the GoGrid blog. Over the past 5+ years, I have been writing several articles …

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The 10 Best (and Worst) “Cloud Computing Explained” Videos on YouTube

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Cloud Computing has been around for many, many years now. Ok, at least 5 years using the name “cloud computing.” Ever since this new way of consuming compute, networking, storage and other infrastructure resources got off the ground, no pun intended…well, sort of…people and companies have tried to explain what exactly it is. From the barrage of written definitions “officially” sanctioned by various organizations across the globe, to the mainstream media and marketing monoliths defining the cloud as anything on the Internet, the descriptions and definitions have been flung around like rice at a wedding. The important thing here is …