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You might be looking at possibilities for your business internet infrastructure. Cloud computing crossed your mind but you want to be as far as possible from it. In your world cloud computing is inherent to complexity, insecurity and most of all it’s just a buzz-word for ‘nothing new’. Think again. Or not. Because actually, cloud computing isnʼt new. The underlying concept is quite old, but has expanded over the years to what it currently represents. However, you shouldnʼt be thinking about what cloud computing represents or what the word ʻcloudʼ does or does not mean. Instead, you should be thinking about the possibilities and opportunities cloud computing might have to offer for your business these days. Hereʼs a comparison of a possible traditional internet infrastructure with a possible cloud infrastructure. Your traditional internet infrastructure Your tradi... (more)

A Cloud of Information

Watching the technology wave move with the release of new computer systems, namely hand held devices made me think about the influence that cloud computing will have in these spaces as we become a more on demand world. Right now we see a wave of devices enabled with Google’s Android system with more high tech [...] ... (more)

Amazon’s European Cloud Struck by Lightning

Amazon’s Web Services’ European cloud suffered an outage over the weekend due to a lightning strike to the transformer at one of its power suppliers. The outage affected its European Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Relational Database Service (RDS) cloud services, among others. According to the AWS status page, a lightning strike hit a transformer from a utility provider to one of the availability zones (EU-WEST-1 region) in Dublin. An availability zone is a set of hardware that supports cloud services and is independent from other zones. Due to the problem, services were ‘weake... (more)

Seemingly Slow Adoption of Cloud

So what do I mean by this? Well if we take a brief look at history we have seen good ideas and new technology provided by the industry that has taken a number of years to really take a hold in the market space.  I think the most recent example of this is the slow adoption of USB. USB was first introduced in the mid to late 1990s with the 1.0 release touting faster I/O over regular serial and able to chain multiple devices. At that time we saw a small number of devices, mainly early webcams and mice keyboard combos.  But really it did not take off until the iterations through ve... (more)

Better service at lower costs with cloud computing

When reading cloud computing surveys I constantly bump into the same arguments why companies hold back from investing in it; evidence of cost savings, assurances regarding reliability, security and potential loss of control. These arguments and concerns reflect earlier concerns when email, the Internet and instant messaging entered the workplace, for example. Confusion all over Although the majority of companies have heard about cloud computing, there is still much confusion about the definition of it. Perhaps this confusion – in combination with ignorance – is responsible for not... (more)