According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology:
"Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand
network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g.,
networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly
provisioned and released with minimal management."
While this definition is broadly accepted and has, in fact, been my adopted
standard for years, it only describes technical aspects of cloud computing.
The amalgamation of technologies used to deliver cloud services is not even
half the story. Above all else, the successful employment requires a tight
linkage to the economic and business models of the enterprise. Critical
components for any transition to cloud include:
Enterprise economic model Organizational goals (financial and operational)
Enterprise operational model Relevant op... (more)
Cloud Computing Price-Performance Could Vary by 1000%!
Yes, you read that right. The price/performance of your cloud computing
infrastructure could vary as much as 1000 percent depending on time and
location. High levels of variability have actually been seen within the same
cloud service provider (CSP) processing the exact same job. This also means
that the cost to you of processing the exact same job in the cloud could vary
by this much as well.
This surprising result was discovered by a Rice University group, headed by
Dr. T. S. Eugene Ng, that has been focusing on cloud comp... (more)
There is almost a deafening discussion going on about the self-centeredness
of today's young adults. Wether you call them Generation Y, millennials or
twenty-somethings, the general refrain seems to be a perception that the
entire lot of them only care about themselves.
Patricia Greenfield of the University of California in Los Angeles actually
used the Google Ngram Viewer to study this perception. Her findings,
published in Psychological Science, showed that there has indeed been a
distinct rise in more individualistic words such as "choose," "get," "feel,"
"unique," "individua... (more)
As a business communications tool, email is the dominant option, and many
corporations have policies that allow the use of personal email on corporate
computers. In a recent Adobe Systems commissioned online survey of 400 U.S.
white-collar, adult workers, more than 90 percent of them admitted checking
personal emails at work. The workers questioned in the poll estimated they
spend 6.3 hours a day checking emails, with 3.2 hours devoted to work emails
and 3.1 hours to personal messages. Nearly half of the respondents also said
that their use of emails for work will increase in com... (more)
Cloud Hosting: Look Beyond Cost Savings and Weigh Pros, Cons
Is your company struggling with the idea of using "cloud hosting" in order to
Truth be known, using cost savings as the primary reason for moving to cloud
will almost guarantee failure. Some reasons that typically lead to cloud
computing costing more include:
Building and migrating to a private cloud, which will almost always cost more
than staying in a traditional data center; Migrating legacy applications that
weren't designed to operate in a virtualized environment or are tied to very
specific environmen... (more)