The Cloud, Week In Review: November 30th, 2012

The Cloud, Week In Review: November 30th, 2012

This week, Google and Amazon have brought forth new goodies for consumers that are going to make our lives even easier than before. And the privacy of the data we are going to use through their services may receive a new level of privacy security if a bill proposed by Patrick Leahy will be passed.

Google Drive Attachments Raised to 10 GB

Google has risen this week the maximum attachment size to 10 GB of data. It is a natural upgrade seeing how users have been uploading huge files to their Google Drive accounts and sharing them with everyone they needed. Now Google has simply created a seamless integration of its 2 services, Google Drive and Gmail and users can send directly through their email. In actuality the Google Drive account is the one being used and this is both an advantage and a disadvantage. It is an advantage because the files are stored on a data center and are thus very easy to download. But it is also a disadvantage because it makes for a very lovely trap: when you will attempt to upload anything above the 5 GB storage that comes for free from Google Drive you will have to buy the extra space, thus receiving the Google upgraded service for $2.49/month.

Amazon Launches a Data Warehouse Service RedShift

For most individual users it is almost impossible to imagine data gathered on such a monumental scale that it simply cannot be analyzed. And yet there are companies that need to buy the services of a data warehouse to report and analyze their data. However, this service used to be so expensive that the small and medium companies could not afford it and were forced to through away almost 90% of their data. But the new Redshift service that is integrated in the Amazon Web Services has been lunched in a scalable model that allows companies to choose exactly how much they are going to spend. What’s even more tempting is that even when using the maximum petabyte Redshift cluster users will pay less than $100 per year.

Google Avoids Webmasters Tools Disaster

Google is constantly trying to improve the level of service they provide their users so it is a statistically inevitable that they would do a blunder from time to time. This week they reactivated several obsolete Webmasters Tools user accounts. By doing this they have given former employees access to sensitive data of companies they were no longer working with. The issue was solved in time but it has put a rather unfavorable highlight on the integrating services they are providing. Having access to one service means users will automatically gain access to any number of other services like Google Docs, Analytics and even AdSense.

New Privacy Bill to Be Brought Up

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahyhas brought up a bill that will increase the level of privacy internet users currently have. According to the current law state and federal authorities may access any email that is older than 6 months. The new legislature argues that electronic communications are as private as any personal letter and should enjoy the same level of privacy. Even so a federal judge’s subpoena can allow law enforcers to access any email they want as long as they can show a reasonable suspicion of crime. So, if passed, the new law may raise security standards to a new level but not so high as to make our private lives truly private.

Predictive Software May Be the Way of the Future

Jeff Hawkins, one of the most famous lecturers in neuroscience, has co-founded a big data company called Numenta. However the extraordinary thing about this company is that it does not look the trillions of data that have been gathered by companies for years. Instead it uses Hawkins theory on how the brain works to work on stream of real-time information from sensors. The system called Grok is still in a limited release form but it is already delivering results that surpass traditional benchmarks like revenue, machine servicing and optimal purchasing mixes.

By Luchi Gabriel Manescu

About Luchi

Luchi is a Sociology major that worked as a technician in a computer shop to put himself through collage. He then continued to work for HP as a data analyst while trying to assert himself as a soft skills trainer. Finally he found the perfect balance between his diverging skills when he started writing tech related articles almost 3 years ago and since then he has continued to learn about almost every aspect of the IT world while continuously working on his writing skills.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Picking Up – Legacy Security Losing Ground

Cloud Native Trends Once upon a time, only a select few companies like Google and Salesforce possessed the knowledge and expertise to operate efficient cloud infrastructure and applications. Organizations patronizing those companies benefitted with apps that offered new benefits in flexibility, scalability and cost effectiveness. These days, the sharp division between cloud and on-premises infrastructure…

3 Keys To Keeping Your Online Data Accessible

3 Keys To Keeping Your Online Data Accessible

Online Data Data storage is often a real headache for businesses. Additionally, the shift to the cloud in response to storage challenges has caused security teams to struggle to reorient, leaving 49 percent of organizations doubting their experts’ ability to adapt. Even so, decision makers should not put off moving from old legacy systems to…

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

The Cloud Is Not Enough! Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions

Why Businesses Need Hybrid Solutions Running a cloud server is no longer the novel trend it once was. Now, the cloud is a necessary data tier that allows employees to access vital company data and maintain productivity from anywhere in the world. But it isn’t a perfect system — security and performance issues can quickly…

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

Lavabit, Edward Snowden and the Legal Battle For Privacy

The Legal Battle For Privacy In early June 2013, Edward Snowden made headlines around the world when he leaked information about the National Security Agency (NSA) collecting the phone records of tens of millions of Americans. It was a dramatic story. Snowden flew to Hong Kong and then Russia to avoid deportation to the US,…

How The CFAA Ruling Affects Individuals And Password-Sharing

How The CFAA Ruling Affects Individuals And Password-Sharing

Individuals and Password-Sharing With the 1980s came the explosion of computing. In 1980, the Commodore ushered in the advent of home computing. Time magazine declared 1982 was “The Year of the Computer.” By 1983, there were an estimated 10 million personal computers in the United States alone. As soon as computers became popular, the federal government…

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and…

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

Digital Twin And The End Of The Dreaded Product Recall

The Digital Twin  How smart factories and connected assets in the emerging Industrial IoT era along with the automation of machine learning and advancement of artificial intelligence can dramatically change the manufacturing process and put an end to the dreaded product recalls in the future. In recent news, Samsung Electronics Co. has initiated a global…

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Success for Today’s CMOs Being a CMO is an exhilarating experience – it’s a lot like running a triathlon and then following it with a base jump. Not only do you play an active role in building a company and brand, but the decisions you make have direct impact on the company’s business outcomes for…