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Microsoft Azure Outage Blamed on Leap Year

Microsoft Azure Outage Blamed on Leap Year All of us will remember the fears associated with the Y2K problem, where computers’ inability to distinguish between the years 1900 and 2000 was supposed to create a slew of problems. Although problems were never as severe as some doomsday prophets predicted, often due to precautionary measures, there were some incidents…

Cloud Computing Contract – US Army Awards First

US Army Awards First Cloud Computing Contract I have always stated that the best vote of confidence that cloud computing can get is from the military. By their very nature they are cautious, and will undoubtedly shun use of technology that can possibly jeopardize national security. In fact, military spending has long been a bone…

Can Cloud Computing Be Bad For Microsoft?

Can Cloud Computing Be Bad Microsoft and Cloud Computing share a strange relationship. On one hand, Cloud Computing threatens Microsoft’s dominance in the personal computing space through its Windows OS and Office suite; on the other hand, Microsoft accepts the inevitable progress of Cloud Computing and is investing considerable resources in that space – some…

Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions

Some Recent Cloud Computing Acquisitions As an industry matures, consolidation occurs and some prominent players emerge. With big companies already staking their claims in this space – a phenomenon which I had argued differentiated the cloud computing fervor from the dotcom bubble  – it was only time that the bigger fish started swallowing the small…

(Super)computing On the Cloud

Supercomputing On the Cloud $1279 an hour – seems a lot to hire a computer, right? What if it’s a supercomputer capable of performing 240 trillion calculations per second, or 240 teraflops (a flop is the acronym for floating point operations per second, the universal measure of a computer’s performance)? This is the performance promised…

Is Warren Buffett a Supporter of Cloud Computing?

Is Warren Buffett a Supporter of Cloud Computing? “It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked.” – Warren Buffett, legendary investor and one of the richest men in the world. In the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, Warren Buffett’s…

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