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In a previous post (Approaching the SMB segment), I’ve already considered some solutions and approaches for SMB. Public cloud (especially in a SaaS form) could be an interesting way in several scenarios. The interesting aspects is that there are several services also for free, valuable both for personal use, but also for SMB (mainly for small-sized companies).

Some of those services are:

  • Dropbox : a popular cloud storage service, that allows you to store files and then sync them to a variety of devices (included different OS). The free version has some limit is size. Also you have to consider a good solution to secure your sensitive data (with a good encryption solution). Other solution like Google Drive or Microsoft SkyDrive.
  • Skype: actually is (still) a good instant messaging, audio and video chat solution. Could not replace completely a VoIP system (and in the free edition you do not have phone traffic) or video-conference, but is quite usable.
  • Gmail or Outlook.com: are just two example of some email services with some rich web-client and also accessibility from other devices. In the free edition you are limited to a fixed domain name. They include also an address and schedules/calendar management.
  • Apple iCloud: could become a simple (and limited) solution for your BYOD management (of course only for Apple devices).
  • Eventbrite: really powerful for build and manage your events.

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Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2718 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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