The Similarities between Airplane Travel and Cloud Computing “Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you.” – Satchel Paige (1906-1982), Baseball Hall of Famer. Over the decades, Mankind has had a love-hate relationship with airplane travel. In spite of the fears of cocooning themselves in an aluminum cylinder hurtling through the atmosphere at 600 miles per hour at heights of 30,000 feet, in a situation where someone once commented “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane…”, airplane travel has grown in popularity almost every year.
Should You Be Concerned? A List of Recent Cloud Computing Failures – I “One swallow does not a summer make, nor one fine day.” – Aristotle (384BC – 322BC), Greek philosopher. Now, Aristotle’s sayings are as relevant today as they were 2400 years ago. In case you differ, consider what he had to say about the youth of his age: “The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as if they alone knew everything and what passes for wisdom with us
LastPass Possibly Hacked, Cloud Security Concerns on the Rise Conspiracy theory admirers will be happy to hear the news that today, following Amazon’s outage and recent security breaches at Sony, cloud-based password storage and management company LastPass announced a possible successful hacker’s attack against its servers. “If you have a strong, non-dictionary-based password or pass phrase, this shouldn’t impact you – the potential threat here is brute-forcing your master password using dictionary words, then going to LastPass with that password to get your data. Unfortunately not everyone picks a master password that’s immune to brute-forcing,” the company wrote in a
Did Human Error Cause The Amazon Cloud Computing Outage? “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Famous scientist and Time’s Greatest Person of the Century. Amazon would like everyone to believe in the aforementioned quote. By blaming human error for the outage that left online businesses like Reddit and Foursquare hanging, Amazon can deflect flak from its technology. However, concerns still remain, and in spite of Amazon’s reassurances and its offer of a 10-day credit, there are valuable lessons to be learned here (See: Lessons from
Reactions to the Amazon Cloud Outage and the Company’s Explanation The last two weeks have been the most difficult for cloud computing in general and Amazon Web Services in particular. The outage that left several online businesses non-functioning just before Easter. The cloud has led to many analysis and debates. When Amazon finally came out with an apology and an explanation a week after the incident, it gave rise to further speculation and comments, and also taught some valuable lessons to providers and consumers alike (See: Lessons from the Amazon Cloud Outage). For example, questions still remain as to the
How Early is the Cloud Storage Market? Cloud storage and cloud computing are generating more and more interest as we move forward. By looking at the Google Trends graph of “cloud storage”, we can see the search volume going up exponentially since 2008. However, if comparing “cloud storage” and “FTP” on the same graph, you will see the search volume of “FTP” is declining but is still much greater than that of “cloud storage”. This makes sense, everyone knows FTP and it is widely used. However, the interest is declining. Cloud Storage is on the way up, but still in
Amazon Web Services Deployment The Right Way In general, when considering all things “cloud” it’s healthy to retain a skeptical mind set and avoid succumbing to hype. But the fallout from the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage is actually a very positive sign for Cloud Computing. Sure some sites got taken completely down, including a favorite of many, Quora. However, another popular site managed to survive the incident with comparatively minor hiccups: Netflix. This is the bright spot the cloud community should examine. As with many other leading websites, Keynote monitors the performance of certain transactions at Netflix.com. According