Cloud Computing

Hey! You! Check out Apple’s Cloud! {2}

by Stephen O

Apples long awaited iCloud Service was unveiled on the 12th with the free IOs 5 update that was released on the 12th to anyone who has an apple ID (mind you Apple ID’s are easy and free to get and setup). Cloud Services are increasingly becoming more and more popular, despite some concerns (Privacy and Legal) the amount of cloud services sprouting up every year is amazing. Evernote and DropBox, and GoogleDocs are some of the popular ones students and business professionals may be more familiar with right now. iCloud is Apple’s entry into the market of cloud services and like how MySpace, Twitter and Facebook and other social media have revolutionized the way we use the internet we can expect cloud services have the same impact.  “iCloud’s main purpose is to cut the cord between iOS devices — such as the iPhone and iPad — and PCs. Starting with iOS 5, Apple will back up user data to the Internet automatically, making it available to Macs, Windows PCs and other iOS devices without wires. The services at are just one-half of the equation for accessing your data on a PC or Mac. The other half is iTunes, which can be used to manage music, TV shows, apps and e-books.” (Newman, 2011)
Though this is only part of the interesting part, this is a calculated step to hinder Windows 8, which in itself will also have a cloud service available to its users. By having a cloud service available first, they have time to perfect it, add new features, and get it right before Microsoft has theirs even out of the gate. read more...

Is Cloud Computing Actually Something New? {1}

by Chris S
Cloud computing is talked about more and more these days, and about how businesses need to do start using it. But do people really know what cloud computing is? All that cloud computing is really is using offsite servers to manage one’s data, which can be accessed through a web browser. What people don’t realize, is they have been doing this for years. Almost all email can be accessed through a web browser, as well as many other applications, like google docs. read more...

House Committee meeting on Cloud Computing at Capitol Hill {3}

by Chris S

This last Thursday, political officials and industry experts met in Washington, D.C. to discuss topics related to cloud computing and potential risks that the new technology could introduce. Cloud Computing is where data is stored on a server that can then be access via a network such as the internet. Therefore, you can be anywhere in the world and as long as you have an active internet connection, you will be able to access your data. The technology is still considered to be in its infancy stages and like all new technologies, there are many defects that have yet to be exploited by attackers. What the big concern was homeland security and ensuring that government documents and information could be stored on a cloud computer and know that the data is secure. Many of those in favor of this change, argue that the data will be on a secure server and that cloud computing can cut costs in time. read more...

SQL server in the cloud? {1}

by Dean H

Summary: SQL server is a very powerful relational database system that can provide powerful calculations. Cloud computing is the up coming new star which many companies not only use it to maintain its competition, but also rely on it to perform the business operation. Microsoft came out with the idea of combining the two together and introduced the “Cloud SQL server”. It is “a distributed storage system for web-base applications”. It is also currently being used as the storage engine for Microsoft’s Exchange Hosted Archive and SQL Azure. There are two main approaches, one is a database without key (a co-located), or the traditional way with the keys to identify the different tables. Although the cloud SQL server is already implemented, there are some drawbacks such as the Cloud SQL performance is lower than the SQL server, unable to be self-monitoring and self- managing. A big improvement would be replacing the partitioning requirement and still maintain an acceptable performance. Response: I competed in last year’s IT competition and our topic was on Cloud computing. Personally I think it is the an inevitable trend of the future, so I am not surprised to see Microsoft introduce a “Cloud SQL Server’. It brings performance and mobility to the table, as well as an easier way to measure the cost of IT within a company. From this article I learned some technical terms that I have heard before, but not sure the actual implementation. An example would be “two phase commit”. It means “an all-or-nothing affair”, that if a series of operation bound as a transaction cannot be completed, the rollback must restore the system to the pre-transaction state, which leads the approach of a keyless data model. Citation Bernstein, P.A.; Cseri, I.; Dani, N.; Ellis, N.; Kalhan, A.; Kakivaya, G.; Lomet, D.B.; Manne, R.; Novik, L.; Talius, T.; , “Adapting microsoft SQL server for cloud computing,” Data Engineering (ICDE), 2011 IEEE 27th International Conference on , vol., no., pp.1255-1263, 11-16 April 2011 doi: 10.1109/ICDE.2011.5767935 URL:

Compute like a cloud!! {3}

by Wei C

This article I found is about the new way of computing, call cloud computing. In the article, It states that cloud computing is a way which can save a lot of time and money. Cloud computing is also a relatively new to use in the life science industry. In addition, it also has the potential to streaming the clinical development and saving for cost on the information technology. This article also defined the word “cloud computing”, it basically means that the software are not stored in the desktop but stored on a web server. Overall the article is talking about the efficiency and the benefits of using the cloud computing. The author also stated that the traditional paper-based and simple desktop methods to control documents are not efficient now compare to the cloud computing. Finally, the author believes that the potential of the cloud computing has more possibilities. read more...

What you “Need” to know about “The Cloud” {1}

by Caezar M

When you think about “The Cloud” you probobly see an omni system that is everywhere and nowhere at once. You probobly think that once in “The Cloud” your data aimlessly bounces arround the world waiting to be accessed, by anyone, and not just yourself. It is an interesting fact that only part of this is true.  The term “Cloud” is an over simplification for the idea of the infinite complexity of the internet, “The Cloud” = The Internet. The idea that “The Cloud” is a dispertion of computing resources is true and false at the same time. Large data centers and server farms make up “The Cloud,” data centers have physical and geographical locations but their locations are irrelevant to us as long as the services rendered are accessable anywhere the user is. what we probobly do not put too much thought into is the value of the information we put into these data centers and how it relates to our privacy. Since data centers are “somewhere” this emans they are subject to someone’s laws and regulation. what this means for the user is that any intellectual property can be subject to a subopena and disclosed without your knowledge. Cloud service providers work hard to protect your privacy but it is far from secured. Without worldwide laws governing data centers the use of “The Cloud” will not reach its full potential. read more...