Cloud Computing

How Cloud Computing Affects Security {Comments Off on How Cloud Computing Affects Security}

By Miranda O.

With big data becoming much larger, cloud computing has become the more favorable form to handle it. The fact that cloud computing is becoming far more mainstream these days also means that security risks are also increasing. Traditional forms of security such as firewalls will soon be obsolete with anti-malware and encryption taking over. Even load balancers will no longer be needed now that these features are already implemented in cloud infrastructure. The growth of cloud computing will see the fall of traditional security measures but the rise of new ones as it becomes much bigger.


iOS Applications with HTML5 and CSS3 {9}

iOS Applications with HTML5 and CSS3

Today, mobile application (app) development has become one of the most popular trends in software development as we emerge ourselves into an on the go, handheld device era. “A few short years ago, most mobile devices were, for want of a better word, ‘dumb’” (Charland & LeRoux, 2011). Now, mobile devices have advanced so much that it can take away much of a person’s daily usage of a desktop or laptop. “Mobile apps are currently evolving very rapidly but generally are targeted at a specific task, run on a mobile device, make heavy use of the data network, and have a simple delivery mechanism (i.e., Google Play Store or Apple Store)” (Tracy, 2012). Mobile applications can be used in a variety of operating systems such as the iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, and much more. To develop a mobile application, a basic knowledge of one or more programming languages is needed. This blog will focus primarily on the development of iOS applications using HTML5 and CSS3. Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are the core components in web development that have evolved tremendously over the past years. “Web design is becoming more sophisticated, with new browser techniques and design principles, including fluid grids, flexible images and media queries, making it possible to deliver a quality experience to users no matter how large (or small) their display” (Reyna 2012). The latest versions of the previously mention web development languages are HTML5 and CSS3. With the launch of HTML5 and CSS3, these two languages have opened a new form of computing: the ability to create iOS applications using HTML5 and CSS3 in native and web applications.


Data as a new Markets {3}

In the article ” Data Markets: The Emerging Data Economy” written by Gil Elbaz, the author talks about how people turn data into a new market where they collect, analyze and sell it to the market. There are advantages for both parties. One can make money out of it, the other can use the data and don’t have to maintain it. The author also give 2 examples of data markets like: Jigsaw and Kaggle. Jigsaw is a collection of contact information collect from individual and organization. On the other hand, Kaggle is more of a community where company provide the data and people from around the world join and analyze the data and make prediction, find pattern or whatever the goal of the project is. And in return, these contributor will get a reward.


Cloud computing the new big companies business? {3}

The article that I read about was about the fact that Oracle announced the launch of their new IaaS cloud computing service. The company’s CEO Larry Ellison affirmed that the company will have a new cloud infrastructure service during the company’s earnings call. This new service is said that will allow the customers the access to a secure virtualized computer power hosted in an Oracle data center. This new service will also bring other business to Oracle since this new product will also allow them to sell customers software to build “identical services” in their own data centers. All these new products are mainly created to allow them, the customers, to move workloads back and forth between their private clouds and them.


This Week on Survivor {1}

10,000 engineers and business people gathered together on September 30, 2012 to discuss the future of a company that made extraordinary announcements for computing that brings promise of a revolutionary future for people everywhere. That company isn’t Apple. Although unknown to most, these suited men gathered to hear about Oracle’s venture into the cloud. NASA missions started the trend decades ago – now it’s the turn for computing companies. To be clear: cloud computing does not take place in the physical clouds – rather in a virtual cloud, and the trend is growing. With the advent and talk of Big Data(bases) which recede into thousands of petabytes – of which I know not the term for – Oracle is gearing up to combat the likes of giant industry know-and-sell-it-all Amazon and the infamous, popular-kid-in-highschool Google, with their new cloud database titled 12c. “He said the new hardware could shift data twice as fast as machines from EMC, and costs one-eighth as much as machines from I.B.M.” (Hardy), and this is no small promise. As Hardy explains in the article, his so called superior database would be the first like it in the world and competitors are expected to push back. Hard.


The New Cloud Computing By Oracle {5}

The article I read is about the new cloud computing provided by Oracle. Oracle introduced its cloud computing service last year. It can be leased by business and kept behind their own security firewalls. Last month, Mr. Ellison, the founder and chief executive of Oracle, kicked off his Oracle Open World gathering and announced Oracle has a new cloud database, called 12c, which is “a sharply different way of accessing a database in cloud computing.” Mr. Ellison’s claims that may indeed be “the first multi-tenant database in the world.” The new hardware from Oracle could double the speed of shifting data  from EMC, but costs only one-eighth as  machines from I.B.M. Mr. Ellison also delivered three important truths about cloud computing; all these big companies are taking cloud computing for business very seriously, they know how much big business values; Companies are going further down the food chain, Oracle is looking into offerings as good products for small and medium-sized businesses. Lastly, companies are focusing on improving the speed of data processing.


Moving to “Private Clouds” {2}

The article that I read about was about private cloud computing and how it is something that enterprises will start to consider in a near future in order to have their data backup data information in-house instead of letting it be managed by an outside company. However, moving into private clouds has challenges such as operational and management issues which companies need to take into consideration before making the switch. The article explains how companies wanting to move to private clouds implementation needs to have a budget because it will require time for internal setup, IT training or hiring someone that has been exposed to clouding computing to perform the implementation process for the company. The main purpose of private cloud is to reduce costs and improve data access/backup efficiency. It is indeed important to have the IT management team be very sharp in server virtualization to be able to take advantage of all the things that private clouds offer.


Cloud Computing and Businesses {2}


This article presents five points for businesses to invest in cloud computing. The first point is the lower cost of ownership. Instead of maintaining an onsite server, the businesses’ data will be stored somewhere else. Other reasons are the dependability of the companies providing cloud computing services, scalability to meet the increasing demand of data from employees and customers, and mobility of the data. By having the “company’s data streaming from the cloud”, the company’s workforce can work anywhere from their house to their office. The last reason is how cloud computing providers will upgrade their technology any chance they get for fear of losing the company’s business to another cloud computing providers. This means the speed businesses will be able to access their data will usually be second to none.


Big Data joined by Nodeable {1}

I chose to read the article, “Twitter’s Open Source Big Data Tool Comes to the Cloud Courtesy of Nodeable” by Klint Finley. This article gives details of a new Big Data analysis software by Nodeable called StreamReduce. This software is based on a software created by a Twitter owned company called storm. Finley goes on to state, “StreamReduce is essentially Storm hosted in the cloud, with a few extras such as connectors to Apache Hadoop” (Finley, 2012). Nodeable began as a company which developed software for both data management and analysis, however due to market demand they have shifted their attention to analysis. Nodeable is joining an increasingly competitive market where companies such as HStreaming already exists, and possible companies such as Amazon may join in the near future.


Simplified File Sharing {1}

There are many forms of filesharing on the internet, with so many different types of business models out there, so what’s the next move to step up the ladder? As new technology comes out, they tend to go through many phases of upgrades, first with the addition of features, upgrades on horse power and storage, and the works. However, once it no longer becomes optimal to keep adding on new gadgets into a file sharing site, companies like Dropcanvas begin to optimize and streamline the system for ease of use, extending their reach to an audience that much more complicated file sharing systems couldn’t hope to access. File sharing in essence is a form of cloud computing, albiet one that everyone has public access to, and the fact that Dropcanvas is offering free service with up to 5gigabytes per “canvas” is quite amazing. But what truly makes them stand out is there unique system that is so easy to use that even children should have no trouble figuring out. They simply create a “canvas” page that users can drag and drop files into, and from there share with whomever they want. The ingenuity of the simplicity allows the business to reach consumers that have little patience or tolerance for the newfangled that seem to clutter the internet.