Cloud Computing Simplified Understanding the idea behind cloud computing is simple. Long before the term cloud computing was even invented, we had all been using some form of it. If you’re an online gamer playing games like WoW or Eve, the basic idea of cloud computing is used there. Their servers hold information (not that which is stored on your own computer), which makes the games you have installed work correctly. This is where the big difference is. You do not install any programs on your computer; they are rather hosted on a computer either at your company or a
Cloud Computing Turns Your Projects Into Open Source Experiments If you look around the world of software and computer platforms these days, you will notice that many of the most successful computer applications were actually built by a large number of people. Anyone who wants to bring this kind of success to their own business should look into the world of cloud computing. By helping everyone communicate in the cloud, you actually make it easier to make quick changes to projects and improve on some ideas that are already being kicked around. Although the open-source philosophy is already popular around
Top Trends In Cloud Computing For SMEs Following Gartner’s recent report on what it sees as the 5 key trends that will shape cloud computing strategies between now and 2015, provides his perspective on the impact cloud computing will have on an SME audience. Gartner’s trends tend to focus on the larger organisations, typically 5000 seats and above, yet in the UK, 99% of businesses are sub 250 employees and will have different requirements, benefits and considerations when looking to utilise a cloud platform. Many customers are still confused about what the ‘cloud’ is and what all the hype and
Microsoft’s Plans for Cloud Computing Influence: Incubating Startups For a long time now, Microsoft’s selling proposition has been to make Windows and Office users customers for life. There’s an even chance that if you were a Windows 3.1 user years ago, you are a Windows 7 user today. Of course, there are many who have shifted allegiance to the Mac, but compared to the hundreds of millions who still sign on to a Windows machine every day, that number is disproportionately small. If you combine this with the user base of Microsoft office, and there are Office users on platforms
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No More Cloud Delusions! I am sick and tired of the myriad cloud urban myths that run amok both in and outside of the IT community. One by one, I’d like to dismantle three of my biggest pet-peeve cloud delusions. Let’s begin with one of the more attractive and “boho-chic” cloud tall tales that never fails to spur lively debate between dissidents and optimists: the idea that the cloud is “green,” or environmentally sustainable and advantageous. Don’t think so! The energy that powers the data centers that themselves power the very notion of cloud computing derives from the same resources
Managing Mobile Devices Connecting to the Cloud As new innovations continue to fill the technology marketplace, a shift in how business and the IT consumer alike utilize technology is shaping the face of a more connected. We are becoming more streamlined in our day to day processes, thanks largely in part to the power of mobile computing. Computing technology available off the shelf is pound-for-pound, far more powerful and as such more sustainable, than ever before. Take into consideration the power of virtual computing and it would seem that the journey is just beginning. Like a Lightning Bolt Mobile devices
Africa: Cloud Computing’s Secret Weapon Cloud computing’s best opportunity for unparalleled progress and worldwide relevance lies in how deeply and effectively it penetrates the African information technology community. Point blank. Why is this so? Simply because the massive continent remains in the dark ages of technology of all sorts, a condition which has fostered as many difficulties in thwarting this lack of progress as it has defined Africa as a potential gold mine for the cloud computing set. Reconnaissance of Africa’s technologically stunted growth provides vital context. As the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania concludes, “Africa seems