All Things Apologetic: Cisco Connect Cloud Gets Overhauled Last week witnessed the networking giant Cisco being exposed to an immense conflagration of criticism from its customers, primarily because of policies pertinent to its novel Cisco Connect Cloud solution. A fresh line-up of Linksys Wi-Fi routers meant for home usage was revealed – the EA2700, the EA3500 and the EA4500. Cisco boasted about the ability of the amalgam of its software and hardware, which ensures administration of the wireless LAN from a remote location by means of a smartphone app or Web browser. In addition, about six third-party apps were presented,
Cloud Computing Platform as a Service Many businesses and related organizations are now turning their gaze at cloud computing and all the possibilities that it brings. One of the services that can be offered through the cloud is Platform as a Service (PaaS). This is essentially delivering a computer platform over the web. PaaS is considered as the most confusing service among the many that is available. It can sometimes be hard to identify and is often mistaken for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The defining aspect of PaaS is that it allows developers to create and deploy web applications
Accountability In The Cloud Shouldn’t Be Overcast The cloud has radically shifted the definition of software since the early days of computing, when it was once generally thought of as a program that came to us on a disc. The disc would transfer the program to our computer through an arcane process of whirling motors and moving magnets or lasers. Then as time went by, the physical medium was replaced by downloadable software. But, at the end of the day, you’d still have a running application that lived on your computer, and you owned it forever. For a company, this
Putting A Figure On Cloud Failures: $71 Million Since 2007 As supporters of cloud computing, it’s expected of us to report on all the positive developments in this field, and as is obvious, there was, is and will be many of those. At the same time, as commentators with integrity, it is our duty to present to our readers negative news about cloud failures as well. As long time followers of this site will attest, we have done that consistently, some of my relevant articles (in chronological order) being: 1. Gmail Outage – Is Cloud Computing To Blame? 2. What
What To Do With Humongous Student Data Some US states are taking the bold step of resolving the problem of streams of student data scattered everywhere. Usually, voluminous student data is stored in various programs. For instance, testing scores are saved in testing programs, and grades are kept in instructional software and learning management applications. More often than not, this data resides in the program and is never extracted and combined with the other data. Now, there is a new project underway that is being supported and funded by large foundations and state education leaders. The project aims to provide
Cloud Computing Market Size – Facts And Trends Although estimates of the overall cloud market size vary considerably, the consensus is that cloud computing is growing rapidly. I came across interesting statistics while reading about this topic. Market Research Media, cited in the Bloomberg report, says the cloud market will reach $270 billion in 2020 while Forrester is not that optimistic, predicting last year that the market will hit $241 billion by that time and says the market will hit about $55 billion by 2014. So, what are the trends in the cloud market? Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offers more growth opportunities
The Dropbox Controversy The two most popular cloud services in the market among mere mortals are Gmail/Google Docs and Dropbox. To many, these have become the Mecca of file sharing. However, questions and doubt always accompany popularity. For the last couple of years, Google has been subjected to a barrage of criticism. Google, as we all know, provides many free cloud services, and this has become both their strongest selling point and also their weakest feature. Many question the sincerity of the free service. Many critics think that no company will give away anything unless they get something in return.