The Cloud

DBA’s move to Cloud {5}

by Garcello D
My final blog is called “Database Administrators prepare to move to the Cloud,” it was written by Maxwell Cooter from techworld.com and was written about a year ago. The article starts of stating how cloud computing is supposed to transform the use of databases within enterprises. According to a survey on Database trends more than a third of the database professionals think that cloud computing is to have the biggest transformational effect on database technology.   Seventy three percent of the individuals that took the Survey voted up for cloud, meaning they believe that moving to cloud would have the most effect on their lives. The results of the survey also stated that production database performance was nominated as the biggest factor that kept staff awake at night with 43 percent placing that as the top of their list. read more...

The Cloud, Day 21: My Data Might Be Safer in the Cloud {1}

by Bach B
“30 days with the cloud” is a series of blogs of PCWorld magazine’s writer, Tony Bradley. By this, he is sharing his experience and also his concern during his 30 days journey using cloud-based products, such as Google Docs, Zoho Docs, Box.Net, etc. One of his concern is security. By using cloud-based storage, we can convinnently access our data everywhere as long as we have  a Web-enabled device and an Internet connection. However, it seems like an awful lot of faith to put in a third-party to expect it to protect our data. We  surely don’t want our data accessed by anyone but us and maybe a handful of authorized people that we designate. By placing it out on the Internet, even that the data is locked and protected by a third party, but “it feels like taking my valuable possessions, putting them in a box with a padlock, and leaving it in the middle of Times Square.”, Tony said. Nevertheless , there is a fallacy to this analogy. People usually think that keeping their possession at home is safer than it is in the middle of Times Square is based on an underlying belief that their home is more secluded, and less accessible to potential thieves than Times Square. But it is not neccessarily true that their personal computers is  safer places for their data than the cloud. The reason is no matter where we choose to store our data, in our personal computers and/or in the cloud, it is still ultimately our responsibility to secure it. While we might not have time, knowledge, or an entire IT department working on our behalf to make sure our data is protected, the service provider surely has that. By that, Tony concludes that the data might be safer in the cloud. read more...

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

by Caezar M
Summary:

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...