Lump Crab and Data
The weekend began with some great apple smoked ribs, fettuccini with chicken and a creamy Dijon mustard sauce and finally Indian food (goat curry, lamb curry, vegetable curry, rice pilaf, and naan). Everything was very good. If I had not entered the weekend with a recipe of the week in mind, the pasta with cream and mustard would be the one. On Saturday, I had planned to simply stop at a restaurant for Tex-Mex when Gay, my wife, suggested pasta instead. Most of you would have selected an Italian restaurant, however, my most innovative cooking revolves around pasta. So, with no plan, I went into the kitchen, inspected the refrigerator and twenty minutes later we were enjoying a wonderful mustard cream sauce seasoned with a little bit of rosemary and thyme. What could beat that? Well, I wanted a different kind of salad as a first course for a pot roast dinner and after some thought I decided upon the steakhouse wedge salad. Iceberg lettuce is often ignored these days but a good wedge salad can steal the show. In this case, I selected lump crab to be the star over bacon and blue cheese. I also used a wonderful Remoulade as the dressing which highlighted the crab. This is a must try and very simple recipe, (especially if you buy a pre-made remoulade sauce). Wedge Salad with Lump Crab, enjoy!
Backing Up the Company Data
Recently, when we think of cloud computing we are addressing the new myriad of applications. However, a far more traditional use has been for data storage and back up. Although, data storage and backup services are abundant and very inexpensive, many businesses do not take advantage of them.
Forrester Research released a survey, Market Overview: Backup Software-As-A-Service, of SMBs and enterprises to understand their use of backup services. The report was released in December of 2010 and to me the numbers are very low. For example only 6% of SMBs, and 7% of enterprises, have adopted off site backup as a service. It is therefore not surprising how much data is lost when servers fail or disasters strike. Forrester found that only 11% of either SMBs or enterprises even have plans to implement off-site back up for their corporate data. This morning I read that a concern for utilizing these services was security of the data. I derived to key points from the article: encrypt your data prior to sending it into the cloud and use both strong usernames AND passwords.
This is much more relevant to the Broadvox Partner Program since the announcement of GO!Services in May. Our VARs and agents should be advising our mutual customers and prospects about the value of online data storage and giving them assurances regarding the safety and privacy of using such a service. Given the current level of penetration, there is a lot of opportunity. Perhaps, given the number of disasters this year, it is time for you to add such services to your portfolios. Consider that 40% of SMBs and 36% of enterprises indicate an interest in such services, but do not have plans to purchase. This is a rather simple introduction to the benefits of moving to the cloud with a solid value proposition. Losing company and employee PC data is very disruptive to business operations, customers and suppliers.
I was supposed to address unified communications and employee productivity improvement today. However, I will do that on Wednesday instead.