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
Reframing The Cloud Computing Argument: Managing Inaccurate Perceptions Human rationality is quickly becoming a castaway in the study of economics and psychology. That humans make decisions irrationally is an irrefutable precept as evidenced by empirical research. What these studies have uncovered is than when it comes to dealing with the emotions that naturally arise in the decision making process, avoiding risk trumps rational decision-making. The key issue is how the issue is framed to begin with. One of the problems with cloud computing is overcoming its name. For most people, “the cloud” does not relate to some diagraming by computer
Can We Afford The Resources We Spend on the Cloud? We often think about the Cloud in terms of security, services provided, storage space and price so it is fairly easy to forget about the resources that are needed to keep the Cloud floating in the blue, virtual sky. And yet even our home computers are sucking enough power that if you did not use them for a month and you and would set in place green measures like auto sleep, you would see a significant improvement in your electrical bill. So how much electricity does the Cloud eat up?
Cloud Computing Crunches Mind-boggling Data in Advanced Treatment One of the major breakthroughs of cloud computing is the trend of leveraging investment costs during advanced treatment. For example, it might require a set of interlinked computers, in their thousands, to configure the human genome in a normal bureaucratic situation. This would require the health institution to purchase thousands of equipment to conduct the experiment. Still, it might take years to systemize the little gains made in mapping the DNA strand while investment and operational costs are still multiplying. The trend now is the reverse situation. The multiple computers will be
Cloud Telemetry to Make Vehicle Users Safer on the Roads It might appear like rocket science, but black boxes that are usually the last sign of life after an air crash may be transmuting into automobile effects. These will be able to tell every practical detail of what happens prior to and in the aftermath of a collision. They will even supply all details pertaining to the occupants, whether they are alright or maimed. However, this comes after an accident occurs: what cloud computing is concentrating on now is to save a life before such an occurrence. Automakers are relying
How Good Do You Feel About Your Cloud Security? When most of us think about our online security, we tend to feel very pleased about ourselves because none of our friends are able to guess our password. And, as far as personal privacy is concerned, we are right to assume that our friends, acquaintances, and the occasional stalker are all that we have to guard against. However, with the great advantages of the cloud comes great responsibility. The cloud is making available for free a fantastic array of tools and apps that make life more beautiful. But each one of
Top 25 European Rising Stars 2012: ComodIT The Top 25 European Rising Stars is a special annual series by CloudTweaks, where we seek to celebrate new cloud startups that have demonstrated the strongest impact across the year. These have earned little or no press coverage nor loquacious claims but they are indeed rising. To authoritatively arrive at the top 25, we have applied a criteria pegged on critical parameters like the quality of management, current funding, valuable service provision, European based and professionalism in all respects. We welcome you to join us in this year’s tour de force where as