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Reactions to the Amazon Cloud Outage and the Company’s Explanation

Reactions to the Amazon Cloud Outage and the Company’s Explanation The last two weeks have been the most difficult for cloud computing in general and Amazon Web Services in particular. The outage that left several online businesses non-functioning just before Easter.  The cloud has led to many analysis and debates. When Amazon finally came out…

Knowledge Sharing on Cloud Computing Between Government and Public Sectors

Knowledge Sharing on Cloud Computing Between Government and Public Sectors History is witness to the fact that technologies develop best when both the public and private sectors are involved. While sometimes this involvement involves competition, often its cooperation between the two that drives emerging technologies to maturity. Cloud computing can be one such technology. While…

Environmental Challenges to Cloud Computing

Environmental Challenges to Cloud Computing Cloud computing has been popularly considered to be environment-friendly. In fact, I had written an article along those lines, although I had expressed some skepticism on the extravagant claims being made on this issue (See: How Green Is Cloud Computing?). However, a recent report by environment watchdog Greenpeace does raise…

VMware Acquires Cloud-based Presentation Provider SlideRocket

VMware Acquires Cloud-based Presentation Provider SlideRocket Palo Alto-based cloud computing company VMware has announced the acquisition of San Francisco-based SlideRocket for an undisclosed sum. While the former focuses on virtualization and cloud infrastructure, the latter is a cloud-based online presentation application that produces slideshows and is used by over 20,000 customers and 300,000 users. Considering…

Lessons from the Amazon Cloud Outage

Lessons from the Amazon Cloud Outage Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock (or maybe a tropical paradise with no Internet connectivity), you must have heard about one of the greatest disasters of the cloud computing industry – Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) outage that happened last week. Now, mistakes are a part…

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