Cloud Computing

Improving Databases and Datacenters {Comments Off on Improving Databases and Datacenters}

by Anthony T
The article is about the current trends in IT and how they relate to databases management. The author mentions the growth of e commerce and how companies are deciding to use the cloud to meet those needs. A problem which datacenter managers face is doing more with less funding. The author suggest advanced request distribution as a solution for datacenter managers. What this is basically is a process which sends request to certain resources which are best fitted to execute them. This technique is being used in the web and application layer of the application architecture. In terms of the data layer, advanced distribution techniques are used primarily on transaction processing done over the web. The authors go on to outline their proposed cost cutting technique. Their strategy basically assigns requests among a cluster of “off the shelf databases”. The steps of their process consists of developing a logical approach and architecture, develping a working model, and evaluation of artifacts. read more...

Keeping Clouds Green {2}

by Robert T
In this peer reviewed article titled “Green Cloud Computing: Balancing Energy in Processing, Storage and Transport,” the authors shed light on how difficult it is in today’s era to keep the heavy demand of resources a functioning cloud computing database would require while using as little energy as possible. The increasing attention around the world to emit as little waste into the air as technologically possible has been a primary concern for the companies set to release their highly anticipated cloud computing services. In the article the authors list all the available services that a cloud would provide: storage, software, and processing. The analysis also includes both public and private clouds. According to the mathematical results of the authors, “Transport presents a more significant energy cost in public cloud services than in private cloud services. “Significant energy savings are achieved by using lowend laptops for routine tasks and cloud processing services for computationally intensive tasks, instead of a midrange or high-end PC, provided the number of computationally intensive tasks is small.” Cloud computing does, in fact use more resources. In addition, the authors even mention that the problem should be addressed as a serious supply chain logistics problem. According to the authors, “under some circumstances, cloud computing can consume more energy than
conventional computing where each user performs all
computing on their own PC.”

Cloud Security Problems {2}

by Renee L
In his article “Addressing Cloud Computing Security Issues,” Dimitrios Zissis explains some of the risks when dealing with cloud computing. Despite all of the great features that cloud computing offers, your data may not be safe. Some of the issues involve privacy, especially when numerous parties, devices, and applications are all accessed to the cloud. For example, instead of your data being stored on a server that you know, it could be stored on a service provider’s server, in which it could be stored anywhere from all over the world. Another threat would be the cloud’s infrastructure. The cloud’s architectural design brings many risks because of its security, redundancy, and high availability. In addition, since data is traveled through a network, network traffic may occur, which could lead to data modification and data interruption. read more...

Oracle: Accruing Virtue {Comments Off on Oracle: Accruing Virtue}

by Miguel V
The article I chose to talk about this week is called “Oracle Buys Virtue to Add Cloud Social Marketing to App Portfolio” written by Robert J. Mullins. He talks about Oracles annoucement on May 23 where they annouce their “plans to acquire Virtue, a cloud-based social marketing company that helps customers create, publish, moderate, manage, measure and report on their social mareting campaigns.” Oracle plans on creating the most advanced and comprehensive social relationship platform by combining Virutal with it’s existing sales, service, commerce and social data managemetn and anaylistics capabilities. Oracle says that this new combination “is expected to help organizations develop more meanining ful customer engagements with consistent brand experiences, improve their return on investment across multiple channels and social media, and enhance customer service through real-time responsiveness to their communicaiton with companies” Since accords to comScore “social media sites now reach 82% of the world’s online population” marketing departments have relized that it’s an effective way to engage with the millions of members on these sites. Virtue already provides social networking services for businesses and manages 1.3 billion social interactions for 500 different brands. read more...

Top 15 Cloud Storage Tips and Tasks {2}

by Jonathan N
The Article by Paul Ian “Top 15 Cloud Storage Tips and Tasks” was a great article which listed several types of uses and purposes for Cloud Computing. It listed many different uses for cloud computing  and how they can be utilized for your everyday life. Cloud computing is a tool that is very useful for many different types of people. However, they have found that users utilize cloud computing the most for its music synchronization. The article also explains how to actually use cloud computing. It shows you how to upload your “My Documents” folder directly  into the cloud, how to access a PC remotley through the cloud, also it shows you how to merge multiple servers into your cloud network.  Some information that i have learned from this article include using a program called Spideroak to encrypt  your files in the cloud for protection reasons. Also, i have learned that Dropbox saves a snapshot of every document used or seen in the last 30 days. This feature helps you to check if you deleted a file or simply misplaced it. The article also demonstrate ways to send downloads straight from a website to your cloud storage, as well as attaching email documents into the cloud storage. read more...

SAP Moving Forward {2}

by Anthony T
The artcile focuses on how SAP is planning to remain competitive in the market. It mentions the acquisition it made of SuccessFactors which is a cloud computing company. SAP hopes that the expertise gained with the acquisition will ease their transition into the cloud computing market. Integration of their global payroll software is what they plan to achieve as well as releasing Financials OnDemand which they plan to market to large organiztions. On the customer level they announced their plans to provide quarterly updates for the Sales OnDemand CRM application. Another big anouncement made by SAP executives was their new PaaS, Netweaver Cloud, which features HANA in-memory database. Another announcement SAP has made is a cloud based data integration service. This service will allow for on demand applications or on premise applications to connect in the cloud. read more...

Microsoft SQL Update Caters to Big Data Needs! {2}

by Joshua L
The article I read for this week talks about Microsoft’s most recent update to SQL server. With the release of SQL server 2012 Microsoft has turned SQL Server into a tool that can help organizations analyze large amounts of unstructured data, an increasingly popular practice called big data. The new software is helpful for social networking analysis services. The new software is also very adaptable for use with cloud computing services. The software has already been proven to process about 350GB of social networking data each day by a company called Klout. The article says that SQL Server 2012 is a modern data platform that embraces the world of traditional structured data and brings in the world of unstructured big data. read more...

AWS Supporting Dynamic Content {1}

by Jim J
Amazon’s web hosting services now can support dynamic content. Dynamic web pages are a critical component of Web 2.0 and are the future of how websites are to be designed. Dynamic web pages are able to update their content on the fly based off of user input and algorithms and thus are able to provide more information that easily updates itself unlike the static web pages of the Web 1.0 era. According to Peter Sayer, “Pricing is the same as for static data, starting at US$0.12/GB (or $0.02/GB after the first 5PB) and $0.0075 per 10,000 HTTP requests.” Though Cloudfront (Amazon’s Dynamic Content) only has 30 locations compared to 100’s CDN’s, Amazon boasts lower setup time for using their service. read more...

Signs of a Maturing Cloud Industry {1}

by Robert T
In Todd Neilsen’s article featured on Wired named, “6 Signs of a Maturing Cloud-Computing Industry,” Neilsen describes what he sees as tell tale signs of how the cloud-computing industry is not only doing well but flourishing. Just like with most industries, the cloud-computing industry, from what Neilsen explains, is starting to produce specified niches in the market. Businesses realize that cloud-computing will be the next generation. If any businesses would like to stay alive in the market it should seem obvious to them, and to everyone else, to jump on board the “cloud-computing train.” According to Neilsen, “The biggest niche seems to be in the security segment. There were a couple of vendors of cloud-based authentication technology, cloud-based wireless routing management and technology, cloud-based VPN management and dumbed-down firewalls managed in the cloud and many more.” Security is definitely one of the more important things to be aware of. Especially when it comes to personal property, you can never be too safe. Another sign is what Neilsen describes as the “Death of Traditional Models.” More specifically how software is being installed. As of recently, many software providers would much rather have users download and install software straight online than having to send out a CD or DVD to install something. Neilsen also explains how the “death” of backups are starting to show up. “Deaths” are also happening in backup. A backup solution without a cloud option is not a viable option anymore. As the cloud continues to grow, we will continually see technology fade away. As I mentioned before, companies that plan on staying in the market should consider joining the cloud-computing game if they want to remain not only successful but alive. I found it interesting how the author of the article put it, “It is like watching 3-year-olds playing soccer. They are all following each other around in a pack, while a few lone wolves actually play the game.” To echo this example, Neilsen finishes the article with, “The Bottom Falls Out.” Simply meaning only the companies offering a better, more stable, more secure product or service which has differentiated itself in such a contested market will be able to “actually play the game.” From a consumer’s standpoint it’s definitely exciting to see what different options would be available to the market. However, from the businesses perspective it’s an all out war zone. Eventually, those defined as survivors and those labeled “dead” will be apparent. read more...

Visual Studio 2010 Cloud Plug-In {1}

by Antonio M
This article talks about Rackspace Hosting, which is a cloud and hosting company. At the
time when this article was released Rackspace had announced a “Cloud Plug-In” for Microsoft
Visual Studio 2010. This particular plugin would allow .NET developers to make applications
and deploy them to Rackspace’s Cloud Servers. This plug in will also allow developers to
become aware of their cloud server instances while they are developing applications. Their
are also API features of this plug-in that can have the ability to: read more...