Cloud

Cloud Computing, Benefits and Faults {1}

by Nicholas T
The article that I reviewed wrote about how to implement a cloud infrastructure into a high speed railway system in China.  As with many who speak about implementing a cloud infrastructure, security was the primary concern and hesitation.  One concern regarding security was that of access control.  Who would be able to have access to the information stored on the cloud and how would one prevent others from accessing it.  Another concern was that the technology of cloud computing is still in development.  There are not a great deal of documentation and standardization of the technology.  A third concern that the author brings up is that of data control, maintenance, and monitoring. read more...

Amazon’s Big Free Genetic Database {1}

by David A
This article is about Amazon’s release of the 1000 Genomes project using Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) cloud computing unit to the public for free. The Genome project comprises of the genetic information taken from 1,700 people, which amounts to about 200 Terabytes of storage data. AWS is going to spend a lot of money providing these services to the public and will have to charge normal rates per computer use for those companies wanting to manipulate and process the data, which is still considerably lower than buying a supercomputer to process large amounts of data costing millions of dollars. The article mentions a project done by AWS that created a virtual supercomputer for a pharmaceutical client which took an 11 year equivalent work, and processed it in a few hours, charging $1,279 an hour. This much data has never been available to the public before, and is revolutionary to the health care industry. We have learned about diseases such as sickle cell anemia to have genetic bases, and diseases such as diabetes, and heart diseases are suspected to be hereditary. With enough genetic information through larger sample sizes and variations, we could predict the risks of disease for individuals more accurately. read more...

Small and Medium Business Embrace the Cloud {3}

by Han C
The article I found was a survey conducted by techaisle regarding the trends of cloud applications in small and medium businesses (SMB). The survey was sponsored by Dell and discusses how to successfully select, deploy, and integrate cloud services. The survey showed that almost 70% of current cloud adopters, if given the option to start from scratch, would have preferred to purchase “best-in-class cloud applications from a single trusted IT vendor.” In addition, adequate planning would have made their transitions into cloud technology easier but the results of adopting cloud have contributed to operational efficiency and improved productivity. According to the article the average number of cloud business applications used by companies have more than doubled in the last two years and are continuing to grow due to a positive experience in tangible benefits. The number of cloud customer relationship management usage have jumped from 34% to 55% since 2010. Also, 87% of businesses stated that cloud business applications provided them a competitive advantage and 85% of businesses felt that they could now “compete with larger enterprises on equal footing.” read more...

More Jobs from Cloud Computing {4}

by Alexander H
The ecosystem of jobs in the tech industry has consistently changed in order to keep up with growing technology. A recent article by Ingrid Lunden titled “Apple Makes 500k Jobs? Cloud Services Could Help Make 14 Million, With Half in China and India” outlines the possibility of “14 million jobs worldwide by 2015” with the expansion of cloud computing services. These figures are derived from research done by Microsoft and the IDC after Apple announced that they had created 500,000 jobs in the U.S. through the various links that the “ecosystem it has created”. The bulk of the new jobs will be related to the cloud computing industry and according to the IDC, there will be an “equal split” between small and large businesses. This growth is predicted to be most prevalent in developing countries, such as China and India, which follows the trend of IT outsourcing. read more...

Large Data Into the Clouds {Comments Off on Large Data Into the Clouds}

by Ronny W
Technology advances each day. More and more public cloud is offering their service to organizations and businesses. These public clouds offer large storage spaces. Organizations and businesses tend to have a large amount of data. The amount of data have been increasing in the past few years. With large amount of data, it means a lot of data transfer and integration. “Many enterprises are actually shipping USB drives via Federal Express to their public cloud providers to pump their big data system with current data.” Public cloud is not always the most secure way to keep large amount of data. It is harder to manage and safely protect the data. As public cloud services become more public, organizations and businesses need to plan before they go into the clouds. read more...

Amazon Cloud Utility {2}

by Han C
This article talks about how the era of utility supercomputing will be an on demand type of service, for example, like electricity and gas. In November of 2011, Amazon launched CC2 beta which is its most powerful cloud service to date. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to pay a fee for consumption of this on demand service. Dr. Matt Wood is a strong Amazon Web Services technology evangelist, he agrees with Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing that the concept of supercomputing as a utility has enormous potential for growth in the coming years. The goal is to be able to utilize the EC2’s infrastructure to help solve problems related to business or research. Questions which might require a million hours to compute are able to be solved in just one day, securely, and at a reasonable price. Each leased instance will have 2 Intel Xeon E5 processors, containing 8 cores per processor, 60.5 gigabytes of memory, 3.37 terabytes of storage, and 10 gigabit ethernet. read more...

Oracle buys Taleo for $1.9b {4}

by Han C
This article was release just two weeks ago as the competition for cloud applications market share started heating up. The Wall Street Journal reports that Taleo has agreed to merge with Oracle for a whopping $1.9 billion. According the the article, Oracle’s Fusion Middleware which has been in the market for years will now be able to include Taleo’s employee recruitment, training and management tools into its suite. Enterprise customers would then be able to purchase Oracle Fusion and have more than a dozen featured applications to choose from. This merger will allow both Oracle and Taleo to invest more into SaaS R&D. Earlier SAP’s merger with SuccessFactor which was negotiated for $3.4 Billion. Oracle initially did not pursue cloud services but has since changed its mind. Now Oracle will be able to team up HR cloud software with predictive analytics. read more...

Cloud Computing Business Strategy {1}

by Richard H
This journal articles explains the cost-business strategy of outsourcing computer processes to specialized cloud computing companies. Businesses avoid the huge investment costs of computer hardware and software licenses by switching to cloud software and simply paying the subscription price. They also save on not having so many IT employees which are considered overhead in many cases, but they may still need some technology experts to oversee and assist in use of cloud software. The article also exposes some of the disadvantages of the cloud computing business model which mostly consists of lack of customization and privacy. read more...

Xeround Sound: Stable Funding for Cloud Database Service {1}

by Brian T
Among the multitude of organizations that have emerged in this newly created era of cloud computing, there is Xeround. Xeround is a database service that bases all of it’s in actions in the cloud.  As if the concept isn’t attractive enough, Xeround recently upped it’s start-up funds to 30 million dollars through Series C Benchmark funding allowing ample room for additional marketing and development. read more...

ERwin on the cloud {3}

by Quoc L
ERwin is moving to the cloud for storage. The CA’s program ERwin is getting a update that enable it to use the “cloud” to store it’s database. By storing databases on the cloud, customer can instantly and constantly track their DB whenever and wherever they are. User can now access the database from their workplace, their home or anywhere in between. This change help keep the data consistent throughout it usage. The IT department can also keep track of all the change made to it easier by enabling few or a single database up for modification. read more...