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NetSuite Announces SuiteWorld 2015

NetSuite Inc. has announced the details of its SuiteWorld 2015 conference, slated to be an epic gathering of NetSuite customers, solution providers, ISV partners, and industry thought leaders. More than 7,000 attendees are expected to attend, coming together to inspire, connect with one another and to share their business vision, transformation success stories and best practices for getting the most out of NetSuite.

“NetSuite’s worldwide community of customers and partners continues to expand rapidly as more and more organizations realize successful business transformation thanks to the power of the NetSuite single unified cloud,” said Zach Nelson, NetSuite CEO. “SuiteWorld 2015 is our chance to celebrate our customer and partner success and to share their stories and best practices which have helped drive the ongoing growth of cloud ERP and omnichannel commerce around the globe. We’re looking forward to another stellar event.”

SuiteWorld 2015 will be held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, May 4-7. For registration and additional details, visit www.netsuitesuiteworld.com. To join the SuiteWorld conversation on Twitter, use #NSW15.

This year’s conference features:

Fast growth companies sharing their successes with NetSuite. Examples of some fast growing NetSuite customers include DocuSign, Hortonworks, MongoDB, and Zendesk.
More than 200 dedicated and interactive breakout sessions to offer attendees prime opportunities to learn how NetSuite customers are driving real-world success through the transformative power of cloud computing.
An impressive line-up of 100+ NetSuite partners and sponsors showcasing their products and services at the SuiteWorld expo where deals get done and connections are made.
NetSuite will showcase its products, customers and partners throughout the conference. SuiteWorld provides cloud innovators with the opportunity to learn from experts and their peers, share insights, network face-to-face and contribute to the continued global growth of cloud ERP and omnichannel commerce.
In addition, NetSuite customers can receive Pre-Conference Training on May 3-4 from trainers with a combined 100 years of NetSuite training experience, providing hands-on, in-person instruction across a range of topics and audiences, from new users or new partners to seasoned NetSuite administrators or developers. Attendees can also prepare for and take NetSuite certification exams over the two-day period. For more information, visit the Pre-Conference Training page.

Big Data

When Big Data and the Cloud Team up for Marketing

Knowledge really is power when it comes to marketing, and businesses can use big data to learn more about their customers than ever before. However, getting the right infrastructure and expertise to use big data effectively can seem like a challenge for businesses. That’s where the Cloud comes in. The Cloud offers businesses of all sizes, from multi-nationals right down to tiny startups, a more cost effective and often more user friendly way to use big data. So just how do the Cloud and big data work together?

Big Data Offers Valuable Insights
As the following article shows, there’s no doubt that big data and marketing go hand-in-hand. Big data offers businesses the chance to gain detailed insights into customer behavior and desires. Those insights can be used to make a noticeable difference to the success of their products and services. Say for example a business wants to increase the effectiveness of their social media strategy.

By analyzing the available big data, they could learn:

What their customers are talking about on social media
Their customers’ social media habits, including when they log on, how often and for how long;
Which kinds of content generate the most likes or shares;
What kind of offers or contests attract the most interest;
Whether using social media for promotion leads to increased sales.
All of this information could be used to refine their social media strategy to get better results by giving their customers what they want. Big data has a myriad of uses, from sales to customer opinions, to which problems customers want solved and predicting future trends. Big data offers businesses massive amounts of information, among which are hidden the kind of treasures that can help a business stand out from its competitors.

Cloud Offers Flexibility
One thing big data doesn’t usually offer is flexibility. A business owner considering using big data could understandably get caught up in just how they’re going to harvest, store and manage all that data. That’s where the Cloud and big data play well together. Cloud-based big data solutions offer businesses a way of handling big data that is light on infrastructure and hardware, and high on flexibility and scalability.

There’s no need for a business to house the physical hardware to handle big data, as the Cloud service has already taken care of that. Using a Cloud-based service to handle big data also means a business can scale up and down as needed. If they need to run large queries over the short term, and then scale back again, they can. That means using big data just got more cost effective.

Bridging the Big Data Gap
For businesses who want to embrace big data but feel overwhelmed by the practicalities of analyzing it, the Cloud can help to bridge that gap. Although planning out what needs to be analyzed and how best to source and sort that data is still very important, planning big data analysis in the cloud isn’t quite as daunting as planning it on site.

When it comes to analyzing the data, Cloud-based applications are frequently designed with user-friendliness in mind; offering easy to use control panels and clear, easy to understand reporting. Businesses who want to make better use of big data should find that by shopping around they’ll be able to find a Cloud-bases solution that meets their needs. The Cloud has the potential to make big data more accessible without compromising on the quality of the insights, making big data and the Cloud a partnership that businesses of all sizes can benefit from.

About the Author: Tristan Anwyn writes on a wide variety of topics, including social media, branding, big data and Cloud applications.

Industry Trends

This Year’s Tech Supports Your Sales Efforts

Technology and sales are almost inseparable these days. Salespeople are constantly on the go and need tools to help them connect with their team, access vital data and present their pitches to potential clients. So, what tech tools does your sales team need? Keep reading to find out.

Wearable Tech
One of the newest communicative technologies is the Samsung Gear S smartwatch, which has all of the functionality of your smartphone. This device links your sales team into the larger infrastructure of your business by giving them real time access to calendars, documents and emails. With a little clever app work, they can even log into shared printers and deliver official papers all from their watch. This gadget is perfect for traveling salespeople because it can go everywhere with them without the risk of being lost or forgotten.

Your sales team needs a computer everywhere they go. This is a simple fact of revenue building. These men and women are the face of your products in the real world, and the technology they carry not only keeps them connected to your business, but also reflects on the quality of your organization.

Not all laptops are the same. Large, bulky and underpowered systems can cost you a client. This is why Samsung introduced its ultralight, super powerful Ativ Book 9 Plus at CES this year. This 13-inch computer packs a lot of power into its slim body, which weighs a little less than two pounds. This makes the laptop more portable, and with 11 hours of battery life, you won’t have to worry about your computer shutting down in the middle of a presentation.

Rugged Storage
Data storage is a huge issue, especially for a mobile sales team. Large data files cannot be easily downloaded at a local coffee shop or transported from device to device. This can cost you potential clients if you can’t show them your sales pitch in a timely manner. So, for times when your people need a lot of storage, consider using a large portable storage device, such as LaCie’s Rugged RAID 4-terabyte model that is water, dust and impact resistant. This storage unit is designed to be dropped up to five feet and withstand one ton of pressure. This means that if your salesperson accidentally drops it or even runs it over with a car, there would be no damage to the valuable data inside.

Brainstorming Tools
Although this year’s CES showcased a plethora of great tech tools for businesses, one that stood out was the SMART Kapp. This digital white board turns your sales meeting into an interactive and digitally retrievable multi-system workspace. Anything written on this dry-erase board is electronically captured so that your remote team members can see it in real time. They can view this information on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. And most importantly, the system is HTTPS secured so you do not need to worry about the information being seen by the wrong people. Using the Kapp system lets your sales team be involved in the company’s strategy without needing to bring them in from the field.


BizCloud® Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments for Cloud Infrastructure Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—May 14, 2014— BizCloud® Inc., a leading edge provider of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions, announced today that it will begin accepting Bitcoin payments with BitPay starting May 15, 2014. BizCloud will accept the world’s most-used cryptocurrency Bitcoin as payment method for its public, hybrid, and private cloud infrastructure solutions. With this move, BizCloud becomes one of the first cloud computing providers to join the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Since its inception, BizCloud has been focused on technology and cloud innovations to assist businesses. With the decision to accept Bitcoin payments, the company is further demonstrating its ability to stay at the forefront of technology and willingness to support the free market by playing a role in a new digital economy. Unlike traditional payment methods, Bitcoin is used globally without any restrictions, enabling BizCloud to better serve existing customers and further extend its global client base.

“We decided to accept Bitcoins to give both our domestic and international customers a quick and effortless alternative payment option, but also to support the technology that we believe will disrupt the financial industry in the coming years,” said Vahid Razavi, Founder and CEO of BizCloud. “Considering our role in the cloud computing space and our commitment to provide industry-leading technology to our customers, Bitcoin was a natural fit.”

With Bitcoin, BizCloud’s customers now have a fast, secure and private way to purchase its cloud infrastructure solutions from the bizcloud.net site. Near instantaneous peer-to-peer transactions, with no intermediary banks or transaction fees, make Bitcoin a viable international payments alternative for the company’s global client base.

BizCloud has chosen BitPay, the leading Bitcoin payment processor, to provide its customers the most reliable means of transacting Bitcoin payments on its website. BizCloud.net accepts Bitcoin payments for all Cloud Infrastructure Solutions (BizCloud Private Cloud, BizCloud Hybrid Cloud, and BizCloud Public Cloud) without any additional cost. The prices will be calculated according to the current Bitcoin rate at the time of purchase.

Follow BizCloud on Twitter (@BizCloud) and Facebook (http://Facebook.com/BizCloud) for the latest updates.

About BizCloud®:

Based in San Francisco, California, with offices in Europe and Asia, BizCloud® is focused on technology and cloud innovations to assist businesses. BizCloud has mastered the art of integrated delivery alliances of cloud computing infrastructure, BPM platforms, business applications and service delivery organizations to deliver large inclusive customer outcomes for business owners. To learn more, please visit http://bizcloud.net/

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BizCloud® Joins Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network

San Francisco, CA – Jun 4, 2014 – BizCloud® Inc., a leading edge provider of cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions, today announced that it has joined the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network, the world’s largest ecosystem for commercial OpenStack deployments. Joining Red Hat’s OpenStack ecosystem represents a key step in BizCloud’s effort to provide its global customer base with the support they need to leverage the performance gains, flexibility and cost-savings of OpenStack for their cloud initiatives.

BizCloud has helped organizations worldwide build scalable, robust and agile IT infrastructures, giving them the ability to leverage multiple cloud delivery models with BizCloud® Private, Hybrid and Public Cloud offerings. BizCloud collaborates with leading information technology and infrastructure providers to offer comprehensive, best-of-breed solutions to its customers. Most recently, BizCloud partnered with Cyber Innovation Labs, LLC (“CIL”) to provide BizCloud-in-a-Vault, a private cloud solution specifically architected for delivery of mission critical applications and services – a fully turn-key, secure, and compliant solution hosted at one of CIL’s enhanced Tier-3 resilient data centers. CIL has adopted NEC’s Nblock technologies, an enterprise-class, resilient, and highly scalable server, storage, and network platform for powering service delivery with SLA’s exceeding 99.99% uptime. In the future, BizCloud plans to certify its private cloud infrastructure solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform.

The Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network connects both business and technical resources to third-party technology companies who are aligning with Red Hat’s OpenStack-based product offerings. Since the launch of the program in April 2013, hundreds of industry leading companies have joined Red Hat’s OpenStack ecosystem, delivering commercially certified and supported OpenStack software, plug-ins, and hardware systems . The partners building these solutions work closely with Red Hat to offer customers an enterprise-ready and commercial-grade OpenStack infrastructure, with complementary technologies integrated across compute, networking and storage.

“We are excited to be a part of the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network and to contribute towards the increased enterprise adoption of OpenStack – the fastest growing open source project in the industry,” said Vahid Razavi, CEO and Founder, BizCloud.

“We’re pleased to have BizCloud join us in the Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network,” said Mike Werner, senior director, Global Ecosystems, Red Hat. “To help customers get the most out of Red Hat’s OpenStack based offerings and our open hybrid cloud solutions, we work closely with technology companies such as BizCloud that provide powerful and complementary solutions. We look forward to continued collaboration with BizCloud as a key member of Red Hat’s OpenStack ecosystem.”

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About BizCloud®:

Based in San Francisco, California, with offices in Europe and Asia, BizCloud® is focused on technology and cloud innovations to assist businesses. BizCloud has mastered the art of integrated delivery alliances of cloud computing infrastructure, BPM platforms, business applications and service delivery organizations to deliver large inclusive customer outcomes for business owners. To learn more, please visit www.bizcloud.net

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BizCloud Selects OrionVM Wholesale Cloud Platform to Expand Cloud Offering

OrionVM®, a leading provider of wholesale Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and next-generation cloud technology, and BizCloud® Inc., a leading edge provider of cloud IaaS solutions, announced today that BizCloud has entered into a reseller partnership agreement with OrionVM. OrionVM’s Wholesale Cloud Platform will power enterprise-grade cloud solutions offered by BizCloud. This collaboration enables BizCloud to extend its current service offerings, expand into new verticals, and deliver increased value to existing clients.

“We serve a growing array of customers worldwide, and we wanted to offer the latest in cloud technology to address where the market is headed. Because we’re making an offensive play, we needed to get to market quickly, with an easy-to-use, efficient and well-supported product. We were extremely impressed by OrionVM’s new approach to cloud architecture, full reseller capabilities, and unmatched cost efficiencies,” said Vahid Razavi, Founder and CEO of BizCloud. “This partnership allows us to offer greater value and performance to our business customers, as well as to expand into new markets with a high-performing, enterprise-grade wholesale cloud IaaS suite.”

Through OrionVM, BizCloud is able to deliver world-class cloud at a remarkably lower cost because of efficiencies enabled by using components commonly found in supercomputers, such as Mellanox’s Infiniband® interconnect. OrionVM’s breakthrough technology and fully distributed architecture empowers service providers (MSPs, SIs, VARs and telcos alike) to deliver an optimum cloud competency with rapid time-to-market minus the hurdle of any capital expenditure. OrionVM earned the backing of tech luminary Gordon Bell, and is well-positioned to completely disrupt the market by providing enterprise-class cloud infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of incumbent vendors.

“We see our platform, and wholesale cloud in general, as the game-changing third option for companies trapped between the massive CapEx and complexity of building their own solution versus the limited features and extreme scaling costs of public retailers such as Amazon. Now IT providers, like BizCloud, can brand and offer enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure at a lower cost than the leading incumbent options, and still make a profit. OrionVM not only passes along a huge pricing advantage for channel partners, we also enable these partners to provide the best performing, most reliable cloud IT on the market to their end-users – so everybody wins,” said Sheng Yeo, OrionVM Co-Founder and CEO. “Next-generation cloud is the freedom and flexibility to fit a cloud platform to your business model and unique operational requirements, not force them into a predetermined box, which typically occurs when using any of the competing traditional approaches.”

BizCloud has helped organizations worldwide build scalable, robust and agile IT infrastructures with BizCloud private, hybrid and public cloud offerings. BizCloud partners with leading information technology and infrastructure providers to offer comprehensive, best-of-breed solutions to its customers. Through the partnership with OrionVM, BizCloud will broaden its cloud solutions portfolio to offer complete, enterprise ready cloud solutions with unrivaled price-performance ratios.

Follow OrionVM on Twitter (@orionvm) and Facebook (https://facebook.com/orionvm). Follow BizCloud® on Twitter (@BizCloud) and Facebook (http://Facebook.com/BizCloud) for the latest updates.