Posts by Stratus Innovations Group

Is Virtualization, a Private Cloud, or a Public Cloud Solution Best for Your Business?

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Virtualization and cloud computing are terms that even some IT professionals use interchangeably. However, cloud computing and virtualization are technically distinct, powerful technologies that can both make your IT systems more secure, agile, and cost-efficient. To learn more about the relationship between virtualization and cloud computing and find out which solutions are right for your…

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The Most Common IT Disasters (and How to Avoid Them)

IT disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Fortunately, the right disaster recovery solution can cover almost any contingency. In this article, we’ll discuss some common sources of IT disasters and explain how your business can navigate them without coming to a halt.

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How Edge Computing and Cloud Computing Work Together With the Internet of Things (IoT)

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The possibility of cost-effective edge computing has only recently become a reality. Sensors and computing hardware are becoming smaller, more powerful, and cheaper. Meanwhile, machine learning and analytics have become exponentially more advanced in recent years. And both consumers and business leaders are beginning to realize the limitations of cloud computing. At the same time,…

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Drive New Business Value With Microsoft Azure IoT Central

The internet of things (IoT) is quickly becoming a major driver of value for forward-thinking and innovative companies, but many businesses are struggling to keep up. In fact, according to a 2017 study by Cisco, three out of four IoT device implementations fail due to issues like technical challenges, security failures, and fundamental flaws in…

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Improve Customer Service With Automated Chat and Machine Learning

Research from the global consulting company Gartner shows that by 2020, chatbots and other automated solutions will handle 85% of customer service interactions. Companies are transitioning to automated customer service for many reasons. For example, it offers faster response times, can predict customer service issues, and is increasingly cost-effective. Additionally, when coupled with artificial intelligence…

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The Role of Error Functions in Machine Learning

Defining Error Functions in Machine Learning Algorithms In our last blog post on machine learning and mathematics, we defined an error function as follows: Next, we found a w that minimizes this error function, and we used that w to define our linear function that approximates our target function: g(x) = w ⋅ x It…

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Why Do AI and Machine Learning Matter for My Business?

  Machine learning has an enormous range of applications, and many of them already show up in our daily lives. When a dating app matches you with a potential partner, when a search engine suggests alternate search terms, or when an online shopping site recommends products based on your past purchases, machine learning is at…

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Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) vs. Backup as a Service (BaaS)

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If a disaster occurred or your system was locked by malware, could you survive without your data and applications? While some businesses can, many rely heavily on connected data systems for even the simplest of tasks. Before you select a backup or disaster recovery solution, consider your business’ unique needs. Below, we’ll cover some of…

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The Basics of Blockchain and Its Business Value

Thanks to the recent popularity surge of digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the term “blockchain” has gone from obscure technical jargon to one of the most bandied-about buzzwords in business and financial news. However, the concepts behind blockchain remain widely misunderstood, and most people still think its uses are limited to counting digital coins. In fact,…

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