The Dao of Tau: Which Countries Have the Most IT Torque? — It’s been a year since I published my first Tau Index results here at Cloud Computing Journal. It has since been featured in Computerworld Philippines, as well as publications in Hong Kong, Canada, and Europe. I am now integrating more than 20 new parameters to the Index, to get an initial view of how aggressively countries are moving toward cloud computing. Its my view that cloud computing will be the great productivity engine of the next few decades. I’ll be presenting these results at Cloud Expo November 7-10
3 Key Questions about Cloud Computing People are Not Afraid to Ask I have been writing about cloud computing for quite a while now and I have tried to write on topics I thought would be useful to my readers. From my interaction with both insiders and novices, one thing has been made very clear, the process of adopting and migrating to the cloud is one that can look overwhelming and people have questions. So I have listened to the voice of the people and I would like to focus on three that seem the most important. Why is the
How Cloud Computing Helped Netflix Emerge as a Streaming Media Powerhouse Netflix may be getting a lot of bad press in recent times due to its management’s ill-advised decision to raise subscription rates by almost 50% resulting in widespread customer dissatisfaction and a groveling apology by CEO Reed Hastings, but it was not long ago that it was considered the epitome of home entertainment.Netflix is another new-age company that owes its success to cloud computing, the same way that Zynga, the creators of Facebook game sensation Farmville, does (See: Zynga, the Latest Cloud Computing Success). And not surprisingly, for both
Microsoft: Security Intelligence Report Volume 11 REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 11, 2011 — At RSA Conference Europe 2011 today, Microsoft Corp. released the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 11 (SIRv11), which found that less than 1 percent of exploits in the first half of 2011 were against zero-day vulnerabilities — software vulnerabilities that are successfully exploited before the vendor has published a security update or “patch.” In contrast, 99 percent of all attacks during the same period distributed malware through familiar techniques, such as social engineering and unpatched vulnerabilities. In the report, Microsoft highlights the fact that some of the more
WAN Optimization: The Key to Effective Private Clouds Organizations of all shapes and sizes are looking to private cloud implementations to increase IT efficiency and help end users collaborate more easily. They’re after benefits that include lower costs,easier management of IT resources, improved disaster recovery and employee productivity gains. But organizations are also finding out that such advantages can only be achieved when they ensure their wide-area networks can offer speedy access to centralized IT resources for faraway users. Addressing any network limitations can make the difference between success or failure of a cloud-based system, which, in turn, can impact
The Cloud’s Tipping Point I always enjoy hearing from those of you who have come to the conclusion that Cloud computing will not work, and decided you will not be developing plans to shift your business to the Cloud. Sometimes the analysis is sound. More often than not, it omits key variables. Perhaps you relied too much on vendor input for key variables in your analysis, or on your own in-house staff that may not necessarily have the skills, experience, or vested interest in such analysis. After all, how often do they undertake such an analysis in the first place?
7 Shortcuts to Losing Your Data (and Probably Your Job) This tongue in cheek white paper explores data loss from a contrarian point of view – exploring the top 7 shortcuts you can take to ensure that you lose your data. And since a fundamental responsibility of any information technology professional, as well as any C-level executive, is to ensure that the data upon which any company is created is protected – scrupulously following these shortcuts should also ensure that you lose not only your data but your job as well. What Are the Consequences of Data Loss? The consequences
Run Microsoft Windows on Amazon EC2 Cluster Instances Starting today you can run Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows SQL Server Standard 2008 R2 on Cluster Compute and Cluster GPU instances for Amazon EC2. Cluster Compute Instances provide customers with high CPU capability within a high bandwidth, low latency network for IO intensive computing. Cluster GPU instances allow customers to additionally take advantage of NVidia Tesla GPUs for general purpose GPU (GPGPU) computing using the CUDA or OpenCL programming models. A number of customers with database workloads and applications in areas such as media processing, rendering, and computational