Fighting Above Your Weight Class Through Cloud Computing

Imagine the following scenario. You, weighing a mere 150 pounds and an armchair fighter, are suddenly challenged to a boxing match with a 250 pound professional boxer with ham- sized fists. Under normal circumstances, you wouldn’t consider even stepping into the ring. However, you have a trump card – a magic glove that multiplies the

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WikiLeaks and the Cloud DDOS Strategy

WikiLeaks and the Cloud DDOS Strategy I found the recent WikiLeaks saga to be fascinating. Never in history has the individual had so much power to collate and distribution sensitive information, with the ability to embarrass governments around the world and put them into damage control. But for a cloud computing vendor like myself, this story

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Revolutionizing mobile applications: Plugging into the Cloud

Revolutionizing mobile applications: Plugging into the Cloud It is often forgotten that not everyone owns a smart phone. As a result, not every mobile device is entitled to processing powers similar to those of the Snap Dragon processor. Majority of the people still use feature phones with low-end functionality and features. With limited battery life,

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Agree on Service Levels – IaaS and SaaS

Service Level Agreements should ideally be agreements that describe the services delivered, customer obligations, warranties, disclaimers, service management levels, service availability and termination clauses. There are some important factors that the buyer should consider when discussing the SLA with a provider: How do the provider calculate the availability figure? You need to understand their formula

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Platform as a Service: Read the fine print

Platform as a Service: Read the fine print I’m surprised at the number of startups that are now going directly to the cloud, bypassing traditional web hosting solutions and avoiding the need to own a server in-house. That’s great news, and at a minimum it shows that the big players — Google, Amazon and Microsoft —

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When is cloud suitable for a basic website? Part 2

When is cloud suitable for a basic website? I recently argued that cloud is not a suitable solution for the online shops, blogs, forums and content driven sites that constitute the vast majority of the web. After all, these are websites that need nothing more than a CPU and a database, which can be provided

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Cloud Hypermarket on the Future of Cloud Computing and Microsoft’s “Cloud Power” Campaign

Cloud computing spending will account for 25% of annual IT expenditure growth by 2012 and nearly a third of the growth the following year. “The battle for Cloud dominance is heating up, with the release of Office 365, it will be very interesting to see where the next big play comes from. Andrew Gradwell Director

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Cloud vs. VPS vs. Shared Hosting – Part 1

A lot of startups and SMBs need access to very basic server resources to host their website. They don’t require cloud based REST APIs, automatic scaling or the ability to run their application as part of a high-performance compute cluster. These are your traditional content providers that sell products in on-line shops, host blogs with

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Africa and the Mobile Handset Series Part 1

Africa’s mobile market is the fastest growing in the world, growing at twice the global rate. 1 A consistent market growth can be witnessed with the rapid innovation of new products and solutions for the African mobile user by mobile carriers and content developers. In this part of the series: Africa and the mobile handset,

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Cloud Security – Is The Cloud Insecure?

Cloud security is on the top of every CIO’s mind. Apparently some people even consider that cloud risks outweigh cloud benefits.  Unfortunately, an overzealous approach to cloud security can lead to arguments that detract from the real issues, with little to no analysis of the specific problems at hand. Below is a list of cloud security

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Practically Speaking about Amazon Web Services – Part 1: The Evolution of Amazon AWS

Google Trends Cloud Computing

Practically Speaking about Cloud Computing – Series by Cloudtweaks Practically speaking: Gartner declared that Cloud Computing is at its peak of the Hype Cycle with inflated expectations in 2010. We are witnessing the same in reality now. The talk is no longer about its definitions or security concerns. As cloud computing is entering into the

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The Week Ahead – 3 Part Series Called:”Practically Speaking about Amazon Web Services”

CloudTweaks Update In the coming weeks CloudTweaks will be going through some continued developments to offer our readers a more international perspective. We’ve added some new contributors to our team. Malick and AWS expert from Chennai, India, will be adding a 3 Part Series called:  “Practically Speaking about Amazon Web Services” starting on Monday. Nimantha

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