Amazon’s DynamoDB {3}

by Nicholas T
The article I read talked about the release of Amazon’s DynamoDB. It is a essentially a cloud based service but takes simple storage a step further and has added database capabilities such as the ability to create tables and queries. As with Amazon’s other cloud services, DynamoDB is pay as you go. In that you only pay for what you need storage wise. It is free to try and you get 100MB of initial storage but once you surpass that point, it is $1 per gigabyte per month as well as charges for data transfers from the database. read more...

CA Technologies-The Future of Data Modeling in the Cloud {1}

by Alexander H
John Heywood once said “two heads are better than one”. In our ever growing world of technology, this quote is quickly becoming the normal standard for the creation of products. From simple brain storms to application development, thinking in groups allows a broader range of ideas to flourish. This concept is being implemented by CA Technologies, the developer of our ERwin Data Modeler, with the help of the cloud. The ERwin software allows a user friendly approach to data modeling and is consistently utilized for data structure management. However, CA Technologies wishes to take this tool one step further in the form of three various releases that aim to take data modeling into the cloud. The first update has enabled “integration and management in Microsoft’s cloud environment”. This allows the data to be in a single area when share in the cloud. The second release in the trio is the CA ERwin Web Portal which is an “interface that allows for data architects to build their database models” in such a way that business and IT users can access the material. Finally, the ERwin Data Modeler r8.2 was altered in ways that accommodated the sharing premise, such as the availability of concurrent licensing agreements.
Being one of the programs we utilize in class, it is important to note that this is a professional program that successful businesses utilize in order to model their databases. I believe this article highlights the importance of cloud computing and how it can revolutionize how a company models its data. A group of database architects may be able to build a great database. However, if the development of the database was distributed and shared throughout various companies, whether they are sister companies or simply have a similar focus, the ideas from all areas can benefit the company immensely. This also leads to consistent data modeling throughout various companies and break free from the confines of the company for new and fresh ideas.
The main concern I have, as noted by senior director Donna Burbank, is the security of such information in the cloud. The models created could be potent in the hands of competitors if they ever got a hold of the information. I believe that overtime, the issue of security with cloud computing will be fortified and made more secure. This key element will open the lines for worldwide collaboration and I think that CA Technologies is taking a step in the right direction as technology progresses. read more...

Amazon’s CloudSearch Service {4}

by Jongwoo Y
Amazon has recently just launched their new web service, Amazon CloudSearch, a technology that will allow developers around the world use Amazon’s powerful search engine technology. This new service will allow developers to infuse Amazon’s effective search engine to their own websites or databases in order to more efficiently organize and configure their data. According to Werner Vogels, CTO of, Amazon CloudSearch is based on more than 10 years of research and development and will help developers avoid issues with developing their own search engines for whatever projects they will be working on (Taft, 2012). Vogels also explains how developers will only have to create a search domain, upload data, and start querying; rather than creating a new search engine from scratch. This new service will use a pay-to-go model that will on average be substantially developing a subpar search engine and also be at a low price familiar to many customers (Taft, 2012). read more...

NAS 101 {2}

by Jim J
NAS or network attached storage are essentially an array of drives accessible for a network. Both home and business users can benefit from this; it provides a centralized location of data. You and your brother at your home can both have access to your collection of movies, or for businesses all the users within small to medium sized businesses can have access to important files. NAS range from the low hundreds to a few thousands of dollars in price depending on your needs. Most home users are fine with the most basic of NAS devices. read more...

Updating an IT Professional {4}

by Miguel V
With technology trends like cloud computing, big data and converged infrastructures “significantly changing the way enterprise IT professionals run their data centers” Cisco Systems is teaming up with EMC and VMware to provide IT professionals training “in a wide range of areas impacting the data center, from networking and cloud computing to storage and virtualization.” Cisco goals are to give IT administrators the required training to address technology trend issues. With this program Cisco and its partners are leading the way in transforming skills for the next generation of IT professionals . With cloud computing changing the way information and data  is being sent from one server to the next “IT organizations must cultivate new cloud architecture skills, understand how to use big data and maintain deep domain expertise with a renewed understanding of virtualization and technology convergence.” Through its training courses Cisco plans on giving technical “professionals the skills to build and run these evolving data centers” by providing ” a prescriptive and simple way to acquire the right skills at the right time.
This article has a couple of topics that relate to what we discussed about in class when dealing with data modeling and the importance of knowing good naming techniques that everyone can understand. Personally I like that Cisco Systems is stepping up and providing IT professionals that don’t want to go back to college a simple course that is design to update them on the new technology and practices of an IT professional in a simple and easy to understand way. read more...

Cloud Security {2}

by Han C
Onsite resources are not the only ones in need of protection anymore. Every day new methods of cloud computing are being introduced and adopted by companies of all sizes, all over the world. That’s the beauty of the cloud. You can access it from just about anywhere but so can the bad guys. The article I researched discusses the importance of security in the cloud environment. It even states that “cloud computing is subject to the same threats as traditional dedicated hosting and in-house computing” meaning that hackers are able to prey on weak or unsecured passwords just the same and customers or end users need to be warned. Adopters of cloud technologies should learn how things work before going full throttle into adoption. This test drive can provide the IT department with insight into system integration and a greater understanding of how to mitigate risks within their infrastructure. read more...

Stormy Cloud or Clear Skies? {4}

by Abel R

Cloud computing refers to data storage on remote servers so that the data is available anywhere and anytime. This is concept of cloud computing, but there lies security concerns over how safe your information is. My article points out that in reality you have  no idea who is managing the computers with your information. You have no idea where they are. You have no idea what protections may or may not be in place to make sure your information is not stolen or disclosed or that it does not accidentally disappear.Another issue at hand is reliability, for example if a server crashes or is hacked into, your personal / private data can disappear. Lastly,the article talked about privacy issues within cloud computing. In the US for example, the article mentions that the legal standards are soft and the government can obtain your data without you knowing. read more...

Megaupload Cloud Data {3}

by Mike Y

Dvorak’s article talks about the seizure of Megaupload’s domain and website by the U.S. government and the negative effects to the movement of cloud computing. The data in the servers still exist but is planned to be deleted but has not yet happened as of March, 23, according to Information Week. The problem, stated by Dvorak, is that there were 50 million users held by Megaupload and contacting every single one of them would be impossible. The reason this is so bad for cloud computing is because it create uncertainty in the objective of cloud based services. It would not be used if any cloud based service could be taken down or deleted on the federal government’s wim. Cloud computing is relevant to our class because it is the current trend in the IT industry and web based services. Currently, there is a site for social networking, one for pictures, another for video, and many other sites to fill consumer needs. Eventually, it will be condensed to one single site in the place where it used to take many sites to fulfill user needs. As hardware becomes more powerful and less expensive, websites can charge for premium services or even be free. As the features of websites increase, so will the competition between websites offering similar services. I believe cloud computing is the future. At first I was skeptical of the services and had many questions. How reliable is it? How much down time? How long will my data be there? My mind was completely changed when I used Google Docs. In an age where individuals have multiple points of online access, the convenience cloud based services is almost a requirement. Having a single access point for files is very user friendly. There is no need to need to make sure every laptop, phone, or desktop has all the same and updates files; it’s all in one place. Of course, secondary and local backups should be made for important files as no service is 100% is reliability.

Dvorak, J. (2012, Janu 30). Megaupload equals mega fail for cloud computing. PC Magazine, Retrieved from,2817,2399578,00.asp

Schwartz, M. (2012, Marc 23). Megaupload host wants to delete data. Information Week, Retrieved from read more...

The Translucent Cloud {1}

by Robert T
Technology is moving quicker than ever in today’s day and age, and you can’t discuss the ever fast pace of technology without bringing to light the concerns of security. In Jon Udell’s, “The Translucent Cloud: Balancing Privacy, Convenience,” Udell expresses his concern with the cloud services and trust of the end user. In the past, every time a user would like to save or back up precious information, they would simply save it to a tangible object. Something that was right in front of them. Something the user could look at and think, “this is where I keep everything that is important to me.” Something they would know could be safe, and under certain restrictions could never be touched. But how safe is our information now that its in the hands of the providers we blindly trust? read more...

The Choice to use Cloud Computing or Not {3}

by Ermie C
There are many businesses that understand that they must find ways to create more and efficient business models for revenue, production, and growth. This article is about how cloud computing may be the next solution for a growing business.  They also mention that if a business hasn’t been using cloud computing, then it will eventually be integrated in the business.  “According to Cisco, the global Internet traffic generated by cloud computing services will increase 12-fold by 2015.”  That’s a pretty big statement because that’s only 3 years away. This article explains five points to consider using cloud computing.  These five points are lower cost of ownership, dependability, scalability, mobility, and future-proofing.  Lower cost of of ownership because since all the applications and hardware are off site, the costs  are lowered significantly.  Dependability because if other specialized people are already handling the data, like Microsoft, it will be much easier to fix a problem when you have a specialist on the job.  This is however, to alternative of having an actual employee take care of the on-site server.  Scalability because if the number of customers grow, the cloud is like a blob where it can adjust to how many accounts and how much information is given.  Mobility to limit and to increase the access of information all over the world.  All they would need is an internet source and they can handle the information from home, etc.  Finally future-proofing because there is new technology being created every day, month, and year.  So with that, the provider that is helping a business owner with cloud computing can and will upgrade to the technology and find ways to incorporate or update the technology. read more...