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Have you ever changed your mind about seeing a movie because the line outside the theater was too long? Have you ever decided to go to a different restaurant after the host estimated a 40-minute wait for a table? If so, you’ve done exactly what web surfers do in large numbers every time they hit a slow website.
For years we’ve said that the “cloud is for everyone, but not for everything.” Though we all benefit from cloud technology – from mobile to social media to faster processing of tax returns – not every enterprise workload is right for cloud. Enterprises understand this as they look to move more workloads to the cloud. Enterprise IT teams must balance performance, compliance, interoperability and compatibility to decide which enterprise applications or workloads make sense in the cloud, which need to stay local or when a hybrid cloud or private cloud is the best fit.
Mobile isn’t just revolutionizing how we communicate, but also how we shop. Mobile transactions from the ever-increasing number of smartphones and tablets now account for one out of every 10 ecommerce dollars spent. This shift from ecommerce to mobile commerce, or m-commerce, means online and offline merchants need to take note and adjust their IT strategies to compete. Cloud-based services can help. The infographic below details the mobile ecommerce trend with some advice to help you win the click (and the sales).
Though Microsoft Exchange with the Outlook client is the most popular email combination in business, it’s also cost and time prohibitive for many businesses to run internally. The level of complexity, its mission-critical nature and the potential for cost savings make Exchange an attractive application to move to the cloud. Choosing Hosted Exchange, as detailed in the recently updated whitepaper, The Case for Hosted Exchange, dramatically reduces the deployment costs of Exchange and offloads most of the administrative duties, like spam filtering and backups, to a trusted cloud provider. The infographic below takes a quick look at the high-level reasons why Hosted Exchange is the best choice for business email and how to get started.
Whether you’re an end user trying to place an order on an ecommerce site or the site owner who needs that order to stay in business, no one likes downtime. The cost to users is frustration and wasted time, however, downtime for businesses means lost money. Take a look at the numbers in this infographic to help you understand the value of keeping your website up and running.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is so near and dear to us not only because the “T” in STEM is what our business is based on, but also because STEM education is fundamental to driving innovation and keeping our nation’s workforce competitive. Through the Rackspace Foundation and the efforts of individual Rackers, we support a host of STEM-focused organizations and programs in our local communities and nationwide. To coincide with today’s kickoff of Computer Science Education Week, we prepared an overview of the current state of STEM education. Despite a bleak outlook just a few years ago, the infographic below reveals advances in scoring and participation in STEM subjects.
If you need help evaluating whether your current SharePoint deployment can be optimized in a service provider environment, we’ve developed this short quiz to help you determine the best path. This evaluation is a high-level assessment and not inclusive of every consideration involved for your business. Use this quiz as an initial step to determine if hosted SharePoint is a fit for your business. After you take the quiz, contact one of our SharePoint experts with your results to further discuss your SharePoint options with Rackspace, or take SharePoint 2013 for a test drive with our free 45-day trial.
This weekend we were at the National Association of Realtors Conference & Expo in Orlando helping real estate professionals discover the magic of cloud-based applications like hosted email and file storage. More so than most industries, real estate is a truly mobile business — most real estate business activities take place outside of a traditional office. Take a look at this real estate-inspired infographic to see how accessing files on the go, posting virtual tours and even processing  mortgages has been improved and accelerated by advances in cloud technology.
Navigating the intricacies of Windows Server 2012 on your own can be complex and can hamper your ability to take full advantage of its advanced capabilities and benefits. With a team of experienced Microsoft pros, access to unlimited scale and a strong relationship with Microsoft, Rackspace is uniquely positioned to partner with you to deploy or migrate your Windows environment to bring it to the next level. Learn more below about what Microsoft Windows Server 2012 on the Rackspace open cloud can do for you.
For an e-retailer, if their web site goes down for a day during the holiday shopping season, that can mean an average loss of $13 million in sales.
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