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9 Cloud Services To Keep You Productive At Interop

Interop is coming and it's time to get ready for the trip to Las Vegas. Here are 9 cloud services that can help make your travel to the expo or any other event less stressful and more productive.
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When you travel in 2016, the odds are good that "leaving it all behind" is the last thing you want to do. No, we're in an age of taking it all with us, even when we travel light. When you travel for business, taking your office with you is required.

If your business travel takes you to Interop during the first week of May, you want to make sure that you're able to keep up with the office while keeping track of all the information that will come from sessions, expo vendors, and conversations in hallways, meeting rooms, and coffee shops around the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. (Editor's note: Interop is produced by UBM, InformationWeek’s parent company.)

When it comes to taking everything with you, you have plenty of choices. Some travelers like to keep everything on a massively equipped laptop computer. I salute their strong backs and their sense of dominion over hard disk failure statistics.

Others want to take a slimmer laptop while leaving the heavy data-lifting to the cloud. Still others are minimalists, setting data up on their office computers then traveling with smart phone or tablet in hand, breezing lightly from meeting to meeting with their office in one hand and a half-caff, full-fat, no-foam caramel-mocha latte in the other.

[Read 10 Cloud Jobs In Highest Demand Now.]

Some of the services in this list are for basic business data services -- storing and sharing data using a cloud. Others provide a way for people to communicate and collaborate with their coworkers, clients, or customers. Still others provide business support services for business travelers that make trips (and their aftermath) easier and more productive.

Now, it's important to mention the difference, for the purpose of this article, between cloud services and apps. If a product is designed to be used only on a mobile device, with no data created on one device and retrieved on another, then I consider it an app. The same is true for software that's designed solely for delivering information for you to consume. That's why you won't see GateGuru or the Weather Channel app here.

The cloud services we use are a personal choice, and I'd love to know which services are on your "must" list. Is there something not on this list that has made your travel more productive, better, or more enjoyable? Let me know -- and let me know if I'll see you in Las Vegas at Interop.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

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Technocrati
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4/21/2016 | 1:09:57 PM
Re: Google Drive and a Chromebook is all I need

Thanks Pablo for passing on the information regarding Hangouts.  I didn't know one could use it directly from the browser.  A big plus in my book.

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Technocrati,
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4/21/2016 | 1:07:07 PM
Slack Me.....

I can't say enough good things about Slack. Another Cloud Solution that I have been recently introduced to.   It has been very useful and I love the fact that even though you can set it up for internal communication, all you need ( besides the software of course ) is access to the Net to use it.  

That is absolutely fantastic.

 

I am going to experiment using it for my own personal use.

Pablo Valerio
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4/21/2016 | 10:46:46 AM
Google Drive and a Chromebook is all I need
Curt, thank you for this interesting list, very useful.

I'm just about to travel to Madrid for a few days, and my Chromebook, using my Google account, is all I need now. Well, that and my Sony Android phone.

I still have my trusty Dell XPS laptop at home, which I use when someone send me a complicated Word document with comments. But it is hardly used now.

I have a Google for Work account with my own domain, and I use Drive for everything. Since my work computer, the one I'm using right now, is a ChromeBox, I don't need to worry about synchronizing my documents.

As for Skype, it is the most popular video conferencing service out there, but Google's Hangouts is hard to beat in quality and convinience, as you can use it directly on the web  browser without installing anything.

I've been using Chromebooks for the past three years and they are great for conferences, especially since WiFi is available everywhere. 

And Chromebooks encrypt all traffic with Google servers, plus you can't get infected because you can't install anything.
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4/20/2016 | 7:09:16 PM
Do You have a Crash Plan ?

I really appreciate your listing of Cloud resources Curtis to keep one productive while on the go or in this case at Interop.

As I started to review the options I was stopped cold by the Listing of CrashPlan. I had not heard of this company until a new client of mine was found to be using it.

After working with it for awhile I like the service but if I understand correctly how they work in order to do backups - the backups are also written to a external drive that you provide.  I am not sure why one would need CrashPlan if the backup is written to a external drive that you own.  Why do you need CrashPlan ?   You could just backup to an external drive yourself.

But as you point out one can access these backups without having to worry about connecting to your home network.  Which for the lay person is probably worth the cost.

 

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