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Cloud Computing information about online apps, netbooks, and the pros and cons of cloud computing.


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Saturday, July 31, 2010

 

Bright Future Seen for Cloud Computing | TechNewsDaily

"Cloud computing is catching on in the military, in gaming, and in business. And a new study suggests it's passed a tipping point among IT folks within businesses."

I know this is supposed to be new, but it is just part of the IT cycle from thin client to fat client back to thin client.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

 

DreamWorks signs cloud computing deal • Channel Register

"DreamWorks SKG has signed a multi-year deal with Cerelink for cloud computing access.

Instead of rendering movies like How To Train Your Dragon on thousands of its own computer cores, DreamWorks will use elastic compute resources housed in Cerelink's supercomputing-class facility at the New Mexico Applications Centre (NMCAC)"

Discussions about cloud computing usually specify video editing as something that is NOT appropriate for the cloud. This news challenges that assumption.


Saturday, May 8, 2010

 

Welcome To The Cloud, Microsoft

"In the coming days, weeks, and months, Microsoft will articulate and evangelize its cloud strategy. It will unveil its Office 2010 product line, and we’ll see if Steve Ballmer can stand behind his claim that Microsoft is truly “betting our company” on cloud computing."

A long thoughtful article on what Microsoft should do to "better embrace the cloud".


Thursday, December 24, 2009

 

Cloud computing 'will dominate focus in 2010' | Latest Industry News | News | Opinion, News, Analysis | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

"Cloud computing will dominate the focus of the industry in the new year, a new study has revealed."

Cloud computing is not new. It is just a new term for an old concept.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

 

What is Cloud Hosting? CloudHosts Guide to Cloud Hosting and Cloud Computing In The UK

"Cloud hosting offers processing capacity beyond the usual business horizons. It's dynamically flexible, resilient and scalable characteristics offer cost effective hosting solutions that can be pick n' mixed to your exact needs."

A sophisticated video describing cloud computing.


Monday, December 7, 2009

 

Windows Azure and the many faces of cloud | Software as Services | ZDNet.com

"One of the reasons it’s so difficult to satisfactorily define cloud computing is that people have many different needs and expectations from a cloud platform. First and foremost, we need to be clear whether we’re talking about cloud as a service or cloud as an infrastructure asset."

A thoughtful article about Cloud Computing.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

 

Top Tips on cloud computing for small businesses

"Robert Whiteside, Head of Google Enterprise, UK, Ireland and Benelux has put together the following 10 things to consider when getting started in the cloud:"

A very good list of potential benefits of moving to cloud computing for small businesses.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

 

Five fallacies of cloud computing

"In my answer, I went over how much of the thinking and hype surrounding cloud computing is built upon fallacies while ignoring the market realities. Let me outline those fallacies here."

A fine clear headed article on a subject that is getting more noise than signal.


Friday, November 20, 2009

 

8 Things You Need to Know about Chrome OS | Maximum PC

"Google pulled the wraps off of Chrome OS today, and while there isn't a general availability announcement today, they spoke briefly about the Chrome browser (Linux and Mac versions due this year, along with support for extensions) before diving into the nascent OS."

Chrome OS is not a replacement OS. It is a totally new concept. It turns a computer into something more like a smart phone. It is a Cloud Computing OS.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

 

Google to Show Off Chrome OS This Week | WebProNews

"Google will be holding a special Chrome OS event on Thursday morning, where they will show off demos and give an overview of the product, now said to be launching next year. Chrome OS is Google's attempt to "rethink what operating systems should be." It's an open source, "lightweight" operating system to be initially targeted at netbooks."

Chrome OS is a significant product. Will it move people to cloud computing?


Sunday, November 15, 2009

 

Netbook vs. iPhone: A better comparison | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News

"I'm going to break from the well-established tradition of comparing Netbooks to notebooks. This time my yardstick is going to be the smartphone. And no better yardstick than the Apple iPhone."

Not much new information, but I do like the Netbook vs. smart phone comparison, as opposed to the Netbook vs. Notebooks comparison.


Monday, November 9, 2009

 

Nine Applications to Make You a Netbook Rockstar | Gizmotastic

"Cloud computing can be something as simple as web-based e-mail to office productivity programs. Instead of having the programs installed on the hard drive of your computer they are installed and running on servers connected to the Internet through different software providers."

Nice overview of Netbooks and Cloud Computing.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

 

Putting Your Data in Danger | FileSlinger™ Backup Blog

"Would you entrust your data to a company called “Danger”? Microsoft and T-Mobile did. And it was your data, if you were a Sidekick user."

One of the biggest issues of cloud computing .. the safety of the data.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

 

Cloud Computing Journal Continues To Publish World's Best Cloud Analysts | Wireless Developer's Journal

"Only one publication in the world has been tracking Cloud Computing 24x7 since December 6, 2006, when we first mentioned the concept in an article speculating on the possibility of a Web phone being a possible candidate for something that could be run in the Cloud."

Good information on Cloud Computing.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

 

Fourth type of cloud computing | Virtually Speaking | ZDNet.com

"It is pretty much agreed in the industry that there are three expressions of cloud computing: software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (Paas) and infrastructure-as-a-service (Iaas)."


Forget the title, this is a good summary of basic cloud computing and the three recognized types.


 

Pentagon: Our cloud is better than Google's

"The U.S. Defense Department is offering cloud computing services that military officials claim are safer and more reliable than commercial providers such as Google."

99.999% availability versus only 99.9% for Google - but wait until there are as many users as Google.


Saturday, October 3, 2009

 

Dr. Dobb's | Coming of Age in the Era of Cloud Computing | October 3, 2009

"Cloud computing is coming of age. It provides virtually unlimited computing resources in a wide variety of offerings."

A good article on cloud computing.


Friday, October 2, 2009

 

Larry Ellison Still Hates “Cloud Computing Nonsense” (Video)

"According to Wikipedia, cloud computing is a paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. According to Larry Ellison, it’s nonsense and water vapor."

A video of Larry Ellison discussing Cloud Computing. He correctly identifies it as a new buzzword for an old concept.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

 

Appistry | Unlocking the Power of Cloud Computing

"Appistry simplifies cloud computing for the enterprise, opening the door to a more agile and scalable IT environment."

Some good education - white page and webinar on demand.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

 

Greener Computing in the Cloud

"Cloud computing may raise privacy and security concerns, but this growing practice–offloading computation and storage to remote data centers run by companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo–could have one clear advantage: far better energy efficiency, thanks to custom data centers now rising across the country."

Cloud Computing is greener computing.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

 

Larry Ellison, Cloud Computing And The Future Of Oracle | SiliconBeat

"“Known for his strong ego and outspoken views, Ellison drew laughter when he ridiculed the industry trend known as “cloud computing,” saying as he has before that it’s nothing more than a faddish term for the established concept of computers linked by networks. “A cloud is water vapor,” he observed."

Cloud Computing is a new name for an old concept.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

 

Unisys Poll Shows Security Concerns as Leading Cause of User Hesitancy in Adopting Cloud Computing | Reuters

"Uncertainty over adequate security and data privacy outweighs other barriers by a wide margin"

What are the concerns about Cloud Computing? This survey answers.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

 

Heads up Apple, the Intel Netbook is unstoppable | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News

"But there is just too much marketing momentum now behind Netbooks at large PC makers--and in retail. Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Toshiba, Sony, and Acer all are pushing Netbooks."

A personal perspective on the rise of Intel Netbooks.


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

 

Salesforce CEO Benioff: We Are Cloud Computing (and Twitter) Evangelists

"Benioff says that Salesforce is the “cloud computing evangelist” as the company tries to push for platforms and applications in the cloud. Benioff draws special attention to the SMBs as clients, which can run on the same software and platforms as large companies."

Salesforce.com is doing well in this economy.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

 

From Amazon To IBM, What 12 Cloud Computing Vendors Deliver -- Cloud Computing -- InformationWeek

"People love to quibble over cloud computing definitions, so let's lay this one out: This article's about infrastructure as a service, where companies rent virtual servers as needed for a variety of uses. Here, we're digging into gritty practicalities not often discussed, including pricing and contract rules."

A helpful look at the specifics of services.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

 

E-Commerce News: SaaS: Cloud Computing, or Everything as a Service

"If you ask anyone today to define 'cloud computing,' there is slim chance you will get agreement on an exact definition."

An intelligent look at 'cloud computing'.


 

City Brights: Yobie Benjamin : Twitter & Gmail outages raise question, "Is cloud computing ready?"

"The recent outages of Gmail and Twitter has caused a lot consternation among their users... The story though is deeper not because of the incident itself but the because of deeper questions on the readiness of companies and computer applications to move to 'cloud computing.'"

The bottom line is that cloud computing fails, but so do personal computers. How does one do risk assessment?


 

Netbook Fail: Nokia Booklet Sports a Big-Laptop Price - Business Center - PC World

"Nokia has announced pricing for its upcoming Booklet 3G netbook. At a hefty list price of $820, the Booklet 3G is sure to cause sticker shock among netbook shoppers. Apparently Nokia did not get the memo that the point of a netbook is to provide a smaller AND lower-cost alternative to the laptop."

This is not the right approach for netbooks, they need to be lean, mean, and low cost.


Monday, August 31, 2009

 

The Five Characteristics of Cloud Computing | Web 2.0 Journal

"So, in this article we will look at those specific characteristics that define exactly what is Cloud Computing, so that next time you will be able to evaluate if a specific offer is truly Cloud Computing, or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it."

Thoughtful analysis about Cloud Computing.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

 

Channel Insider Blog - Cloud Computing - Framing a Common Definition for Cloud Computing

"the National Institute of Standards and Technology, who last week released a draft definition of cloud computing."

A proposed definition of cloud computing.


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

 

Salesforce Opens Up Force.com Platform To Outside Partners

"Salesforce.com has continued to expand the capabilities of Force.com, its platform to build and deploy enterprise applications. The company recently rolled out Force.com Sites, which lets companies build and run their applications for internal use as well as for public use on Salesforce.com cloud computing platform."

One of the early cloud computing companies opens their platform for public use.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

 

webOS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The new operating system for the Palm Pre is called webOS, and it is based on the web ... the Cloud.


 

Federal News Radio 1500 AM: The complications of cloud computing

"Look before you leap.
That's the advice from one technology expert about federal agencies using cloud computing."

Site has interview.


 

Dr. Dobb's | Coding In the Cloud | August 14, 2009

"While there's a lot of talk about cloud computing these days -- why you should use it, why you shouldn't, and so on -- there's little discussion on the ramifications of cloud computing and really any on-demand infrastructure on application development."

Another angle on Cloud Computing.


Monday, August 10, 2009

 

DataPortability Blog » Blog Archive » Graceful Exit: The Power to Fight Eviction

"Jason Scott’s Protection From Online Eviction? and his follow up post make the argument that services like AOL, MySpace, flickr, or Skype should be treated like landlords."

Protection from eviction.


Sunday, August 9, 2009

 

Twitter breach revives cloud security fears

"Last month's breach of a hosted Google Apps implementation used by Twitter Inc. has heightened fears in some quarters that cloud computing could pose significant security and privacy risks to users."

Another example of problems of cloud computing.


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