Is The Xbox Music Project Dead On Arrival? Microsoft has recently come up with a service that allows you to handle all your music collection with one single app across as many platforms as you have that are working under the Microsoft license. The program, called Xbox Music, is a bundle of two services, the Xbox Music Pass and the Xbox Music Store. The latter is pretty self-explanatory and the only relevant thing to add about it is that it allows you to pay with money and not Microsoft points. The Xbox Music pass has both a free version and
Cloud Services On The East Coast Clog In The Wake of Sandy In an age where the Internet infrastructure depends on the engineered redundancy of underwater cables, it is hardly possible that the effect of super storms like Sandy can go unnoticed. Hosting and colocution services went off tune after data facilities and websites on the East Coast went down in the wake of the super storm. Since the Internet is a real industry in the US, it is easy to imagine the level to which cloud providers have reached the blink trying to restore unstable networks. Like a herald,
Cloud Sites in the eye of Super Storm Sandy Hanging by a Moment Super storm Sandy is the old man of the sea wrecking havoc everywhere, from data centers to homes. However, it seems like the American spirit is not yet doused by the news as disaster recovery is underway. According to Fox News, a woman told the New York governor that she had lost all her effects and even then, those around were reiterating to return and start from scratch. Echoing these views were site managers and colocation service providers, who as it is now, are hanging by a
Northern Sweden Experiencing A “Facebook Effect” – The City of Lulea, one year after Facebook’s announcement of its first datacenter outside the US Close to the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden lies the City of Lulea – home to Facebook’s new European datacenter. Following a year of construction work, the datacenter is taking shape and is getting closer to being operational. Already in the first year of construction, the local community in Lulea has started to notice a “Facebook effect”. On October 27th 2011, Facebook announced the establishment of their first datacenter outside the US – in the City of Lulea, close to the Arctic Circle. Natural cooling, low-cost hydropower
A Flash View In The Building Of The Cloud How often did you want to share a picture, a favorite song, or even a movie with a friend but suddenly realized that you had deleted those files from your laptop and only had them on a backup hard drive at home? Probably not very often, but often enough for you to begin thinking fondly about the cloud. And now that the IT world is becoming more and more mobile, with smartphones, tablet PCs, and mini laptops, we are bound to see how more personal data will begin their cloud existence.
Key Cloud Computing Trends In Each Of The Five Continents Going by recent surveys in all the five continents, it is telling that bigger things are yet to come in cloud computing. While Europeans are taking an exacting, albeit generic approach to changes visiting upon the scene, the Americans are considering the capital side of the equation. While Asians are gnawing at the meat pie of reducing infrastructural expenditure, Africans are embracing startups and the state machineries are going into the sector with aplomb. The Australasia region, on the other hand, has posted one of the biggest stories in recent
Important IaaS Cloud Industry Platforms Worth Knowing Every now and then one often hears of a new terminology in the cloud platforms. As the industry grows by leaps and bounds, it is hardly necessary to expect nothing short of dramatic and innovative changes. In this wave of developments, the established companies bask in all the glory while the new fish in the pond try to surface to the ground. Still, the latter are providing an alternative platform that might be revolutionizing the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) scene by their open-ended technologies. Before introducing the new giants in the field
The Cloud: Focusing On Cloud Performance – Part 2 Continued from Part 1 Companies are usually recommended to do a workload analysis exercise before deciding on moving a process to the cloud and choosing a provider. For vendors it is, again, critical to understand in both business and computational terms (like number of records, size distributions, CPU and memory consumptions) the loads of the companies they wish to serve. While this may sound obvious, the outcome of a study conducted by the IEEE will explain why it needs to be articulated. The study published in November 2010, Performance Analysis of Cloud