Cloud: IT in 3D?
While watching TV the other night, I saw several trailers for movies, all of which advertised “in 3D.” This got me thinking about how 3D and the move toward cloud computing share similar stories.
3D was first utilized in film in the 1950s, but because of several factors, the format was not widely adopted until almost 40 years later. Even then, the application of 3D in feature films was relegated to a niche market. Only more recently, with advances in technology, standardization...
Cloud Security Part 1: Why So Many Cloud Servers are Vulnerable
Not Only Is Tape Dead, Backup Is Too
I just finished reading a piece of marketing
nonsense hoo-hah from Iron Mountain that argues that tape isn’t dead. Methinks Iron Mountain doth protest to much. Let’s see, what’s Iron Mountain’s digital business? Oh, that’s right – tape vaulting. The death of tape, and Iron Mountain’s sudden exit from cloud-based storage and backup, must be cause for alarm in Boston.
Now, before I go any further, let me be clear that yes, I know that tape is being used today, and not technically dead… yet. When nScaled and others...
Service Assurance and Why You Should Care
Paranoia Will Destroy Ya
There’s an amusingly pugnacious post over at ZDNet by Ken Hess that asks why so many people seem to be paranoid about cloud computing.
Hess, with tongue in cheek (I think), conjures images of survivalist loonies in describing the mistrust that some of his readers apparently exhibit towards cloud. That seem like a bit much, but what with all the vendor hype surrounding cloud, I wouldn’t blame buyers for being...
Lies, Damn Lies, and Predictions
[Rant on] Is it just me, or is anyone else bothered about all the rumors and predictions that seem to dominate the technology news stream? I would hazard a guess that more top articles in the technology space are gossip or guesswork than actual reporting.
Part of this trend, perhaps the most annoying part, is the tendency to take the guesses of other people (predictions,forecasts,…) and report them as fact. Recent examples from the news:
“Sorry Android, iPad to Dominate Tablet Sales Until at Least...
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...
How Analytics and Business Intelligence Are Accelerating Cloud Adoption
Will Humanoids manage the Cloud?
I came across an interesting news article about a company called IPSoft and would like to share it to the readers.
The crux of the article is about IPSoft’s software based heavily on expert systems that mimic the human brain. They are capable of self-healing, self-learning and autonomously solving a majority of the problems that arise on computer networks.
And IPSoft’s correlation engines do what the human brain just cannot: pick trends by analysing hundreds of...
UK users now spend 300 billion hours online. Are you ready?
It's official: The UK is spending most of their time online, over 3 billion hours, with social media taking up the bulk of their attention. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, (all driven by cloud computing platforms) are sucking up 800 million hours of your time.
If you are left-brainer who exhibits a natural skepticism towards statistics such as those quoted above, you may be interested to know that Hitwise compiled these stats from anonymous ISP data logs, not user surveys.
About 9% of user time...
Announcing new program : Cloud Security Best Practices
Since joining VRStorm we have been very busy very quickly. It’s exciting how quickly the market in Canada is responding to our core ideal, ie Canadian technologists pioneering a locally owned and operated Canadian Cloud.
We recently formed and launched the Canadian Cloud Best Practices Council, and already this group has taken...
5 Simple Rules for Creating a Cloud Strategy
Is Cloud Computing 25% of Your Annual IT Expenditure Growth? [Infographic]
10 Questions with VI’s Patrick McCarthy
Buzzword Bingo and Acronym Update V2.011
By Greg Schulz
Buzzword Bingo and Acronym Update V2.011
Note: THis is in part fun!
R U (e.g. Are you) JASSD about JACD or do you have a case of JAID and JACBUS? Will RAID RAIN on your cloud parade?
As to which are real or new, fun or old, I will leave that up to you.
- BD = Business Development or Big Data or Backup Device
- CEO = Chief Evangelist Officer or Change Everything Often
- CJO = Chief Jailable Officer or anyone who is a legal Chief of a company
- CMO = Creative Movie Officer or Chief Marketing Officer (same thing)
- CNOC = Cloud network operations center
- CPOP = Cloud point of presence aka cloud gateway, cloud appliance, cloud ...
What Do You know? Our Survey Results
The Wrong Tool: Test before you buy
Did you ever buy something, only to find out that it just wasn’t quite right for you? I don’t mean the usual buyer’s remorse over a large purchase, like a new car. I mean you bought a sports car, and somehow missed the fact that you like to haul your motorcycle to the desert on weekends. Oops!
Not surprisingly, you’ll find people do this frequently with small purchase, for example apps for your phone. You’re hoping for a specific utility, you read a description, it sounds right...
Live Video streaming from the Cloud
Live video streaming from the Cloud is an interesting area. Cloud’s elastic infrastructure provides new ways of delivering rich media content (video and audio) . One can run their own rich media infrastructure ,flexibly and effectively at low cost with out depending on third-party hosts. This includes delivering Ondemand video and Live video streaming.
Wowza media on Amazon EC2 cloud provides such an opportunity. However, with wowza’s low...
Microsoft’s Big Easy: An Easy Way to Earn Some Extra Money
Just as apple picking, raking leaves, and football are reminders of fall, Microsoft’s end-of-year Big Easy Promotion is a reminder about how to obtain some extra subsidy dollars to put aside for future purchases. Yes that’s correct, the Big Easy is back for another go round, and I know you’re excited.
You may be asking, what are you talking about? Did you say Microsoft and promotion? That’s like saying oil and vinegar, Athens and Sparta, Sox and...