The Effects Of The Amazon Web Services Outages There has been no major cloud computing outage in 2012. However, non-believers had a field day when Amazon Web Services customers experienced some service disruptions on June 14. Although AWS went offline for a few hours only, the downtime experience did have an impact on customers’ businesses. According to reports, a power outage struck Amazon’s Northern Virginia datacenter. Internet sites and startups such as Heroku, Quora, Pinterest, and Parse were affected. Heroku filed an incident report. As per Amazon’s Service Health Dashboard, the problem was reported before 9 p.m. Pacific Time. The
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
The Cloud Effect: A Dent In Traditional Software Pricing Cloud computing is altogether a different realm of end-user software delivery architecture. Cloud computing is centred around the remote availability of required software applications, ensured via a streamlined, subscription-based, over-the-Web service mechanism. This particular approach enables users to acquire very specifically what is needed, and only for as long as the requirement prevails. The scheme is utterly powerful and is being endorsed by plenty of customers. Estimates by Forrester Research indicate that more than 33% of ventures rely on the Software-as-a-Service model to get some of their applications delivered. The cloud-based
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
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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
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
Big Data And Cloud Computing – Friends For Life Our age has moved into a complex situation. On the one hand, we are experiencing an ever-increasing level of home clouds and, while on the other hand, commodity data services are hungrily intensifying. In the midst of this chaos, big data and cloud computing have secured their bond, and their friendship has come forward. This has prompted a sigh of relief from the user group. Data is a common problem in organizations, and hence they want to figure out how to get their enterprise data assets under control. The friendship mantra