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Cloud Could Easily Be The Next Big Memory Option For Trim Automated Auto Interiors

Cloud Could Easily Be The Next Big Memory Option For Trim Automated Auto Interiors

Cloud Could Easily Be The Next Big Memory Option for Trim Automated Auto Interiors

Hitherto, a typical car has been full of paraphernalia in the driver’s seat. There have been more than a dozen buttons to hit for various initializations. The radio multimedia alone accounts for twenty such buttons. This is all in the name of storing data within a few square feet trapezium that the front seat occupies. Things are changing, however, courtesy of cloud computing. It will now be possible to enjoy everything data handling has to offer and still stay on the posh front seat of a trim car.

The minimalist technology

The essence of cloud computing in the auto industry, as in any other niches, is to create remote connections. Servers in physical locales supplement the minimal disk space inside the vehicle. This is all courtesy of minimalist or nanotechnology. If it is a radio that one wants to tune to, he or she need not install big multimedia systems inside the vehicle. The tiny computer will do that conveniently courtesy of its touch-screen technology. If one wants to visit the nearest marketplace to compare deals about accessories like tires and gear boxes, there is no easier way than using the Internet device right inside the vehicle.

Nanotechnology has advanced to such an extent that some of the best known vehicle manufacturers are installing the systems. They are acknowledging the role of cloud computing to de-clutter the front seat.

Automated intelligence & handling business in transit

Who thought that robotics would one day control the auto industry? That is exactly what cloud computing is doing to the auto industry. It is now possible to use artificial intelligence to instruct the automobile to set particulars such as interior atmosphere minutes before the driver embarks. This means that the computerized system in the automotive will be sensing the time that the departure is imminent whereby it will be lowering or raising the temperature degrees as preset by the owner. The driver can also use a remote to cool the vehicle manually.

What is even better is gaining control of all the places that matter to a car owner at once. He or she will be able to work away from the office, arrange an auction far away from home, and even attend a conference while driving. This is the vision that cloud computing networks are having for the busybodies out there.

The practical side: memory

It is easy to perform all these incredible fetes courtesy of the memory that remote servers provide. Instead of carrying memory sticks and even laptops to the vehicle, a remote machine will be entrusted with the data. It will have all the latest programs so there is no need to be jittery about lack of compatibility with the small screen in the vehicle. Indeed, cloud systems everywhere offer infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This means that every integral part of data exchange is available from the provider. Unlimited memory is one of these, so is syncing programs.

There are many things that cloud computing will soon enable drivers to accomplish inside their now-trim cars. They range from enjoying stats without downloading them, preheating their interiors and watching videos in traffic. Need one add that the vehicle will be a residence and office in transit? Some firms are already integrating the systems inside their latest models.

By John Omwamba

When Work And Personal Life Overlap: A Primer To The “Bring Your Own Device” Era

When Work And Personal Life Overlap: A Primer To The “Bring Your Own Device” Era

The “Bring Your Own Device” Era

In the modern business world, carrying more than one device is most often a factor of available applications, device capabilities, or personal preferences rather than a solid-walled barrier between work and play life. A “bring your own device” (BYOD) landscape exists because, over the last decade, the line has increasingly blurred between “business” and “personal” technology usage. BYOD may be defined as a business policy allowing employees to bring personally owned mobile devices to their places of work and use these devices to access privileged company resources such as e-mail, file servers and databases, as well as their own personal applications and data. Understandably, a BYOD world creates some challenges for business owners. Without formal acts of rebellion or revolt, the professional masses have forever reformed the landscape of corporate IT by simply using the available technology that makes sense to them—by bringing their own personal devices into the professional setting.

This phenomenon is often referred to as IT “Prosumerization” — a cute term that cleverly blends “professional” and “consumer” into a tight, one-word package that is largely responsible for the graying of traditional IT managers’ roles across the globe. Organizations are confronted by increasing numbers of individuals carrying their own smartphones in addition to company devices. Managers find employees wishing (or demanding) that they be relieved of the burden of carrying two devices by combining the roles of both into one and sharing the cost.

It isn’t hard to envision the economic benefit to both parties if the costs of hardware and service are shared, but it’s rarely that simple. The costs of supporting a user carrying a smartphone are increasing as costs for the latest hardware and services alike are on the rise.  Many organizations are reevaluating which segments of their workforce have a founded business case for carrying a fully subsidized device and whether or not to offer a BYOD alternative.

Any device used in the normal course of business connects to business networks and can access or create sensitive company data becomes a potential liability. The business is then faced with the conundrum of how to manage, protect and patrol those devices. Just as important as the proliferation of Prosumer devices is the rapid adoption of remote storage solutions over device-based, local data storage. The days of the local hard drives are numbered as more consumers require “anywhere, anytime” access to content.

A common question is what role cloud storage plays in the future of technology. It would be easier to explain how the two are not related, since cloud services and emerging technologies are evolving in the same techno-system, each influencing the over other. In our present phase of technolution, the concepts behind Prosumer devices and the cloud as a content/data silo fit well hand-in-hand.

When you throw consumer devices and the cloud in the business data blender, the result is a completely new set of game rules where the historical gatekeepers of the data mines need to be revisited, revised, adapted, and, perhaps, thrown away for a new set of rules, procedures and mechanisms. It’s remarkable to be a part of a world where devices and applications are no longer the key bottlenecks to when, where, and how data is created and consumed.

The reality is most companies won’t be able to standardize a single mobile device platform. While workers are accustomed to using their own personal devices, and switching back and forth from a company-provided device to their own, this process can become very time-consuming and counter-productive.  Beyond the actual device, there are the issues of deciding which features should be supported on what devices and how. BYOD users must be able to add applications to their devices to conform to company protocols and standards.  With so many disparate devices, if some applications are not available on certain platforms or operating systems, then it falls on the user to discover the issue, research the solution, and report the problem.

In the foreseeable future, it is quite possible that mission and business critical functionality will remain within the strictly protected confines that are currently in place to ensure that sensitive data is propagated only through properly sanctioned, monitored and controlled channels. BYOD users may just have to accept this and realize the benefit and the productivity of fully sanctioned accessibility to certain features may be sacrificed by their choice to use their own devices. With the growth of businesses using cloud storage technologies, though, expect the BYOD world to be ever-evolving.

By Brad Robertson

Brad is the CEO of CX, which provides cloud storage solutions to businesses and individuals. Robertson is a seasoned technical executive and entrepreneur who has been involved in Internet start-ups for two decades and now oversees the creative and technical teams at CX. CX for Business provides collaborative online storage features for small-to-medium businesses. 

Is PaaS Enough To Serve As A Security Platform For Cloud Computing?

Is PaaS Enough to Serve as a Security Platform for Cloud Computing?

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is the part of Cloud Computing most synonymous with app development; one that lays open its doors for innovative minds to interact. There is also the perception that technology, due to dynamism, leads to better security. This platform exemplifies this need by introducing open source stats that are, in themselves, encryption tools. Take for example the processing of money through credit cards: there is usually a code that one needs to crack in order to gain access to an account. There are many more examples of how PaaS combines independent stats and makes them accessible in one compatible server.

There are of course security challenges that beset the would-be cloud stakeholders. Though they get fast blocks for bringing their apps to the world, they need to interact with others through data exchange. The interaction can be rather insecure and thus needs an inherent solution including the following approach.

There are roughly three elements that characterize the PaaS security platform:

  • Information processing
  • Information interactivity
  • Storing data

Information processing refers to that stage when one is creating data so that it can be available to the rest of the local network or the web. Sometimes this data is so bulky that the creation process occurs live on the remote server. This increases the document’s risk of being intercepted by others who are essential third-parties to its authorship. Luckily enough, PaaS can provide apps that reinforce the security of the document even in the process of ‘open’ processing on a shared server. It is critical to note that this platform provides great data protection in its stored format. Thus, one has to have doubts only when it is in the processing stage.

Information interactivity is the process of sharing data across the board. It goes through various Personal Computers, seeps through networks and migrates through other devices like phones. It also finds its way through nodes that switch it from the access to the core layers. This interaction sometimes connects local networks that have confidential data with the free web where everybody gains access to the same. This is where the issues of security come in.

PaaS basically enables users to control the data through automated apps from their sources. If a client wants to view confidential data over the Internet, he or she may do so in a Cloud environment where no one can hack. In a reverse situation, there can be firewalls all over that restrict how much outsiders can view some data. This is where news sites use proxies to deny access to some information to people outside the home country such that they only see what matters to the rest of the world.

Datastorage signifies the hosting aspect of Cloud computing. Thanks to the mechanisms in PaaS that endorse multiple applications to encrypt data in servers, many documents do not leak. However, this is hard to verify because data is always in shared servers. This has been a prominent issue in the entire Cloud community but the advent of independent clouds even inside dedicated hosting platforms could help to overcome this issue.

In short, Platform as a Service can be a good but not enough solution in offering Cloud Computing security. However the main point to note is that it brings together multiple apps from both device manufacturers and network companies. When these integrate, they make a dynamic fabric where the devices and systems in place act as safety icons themselves. This is why one will never find a credit card that does not automatically deny retrieval of data if the password is incorrect.

By John Omwamba

Towards Intelligent Cloud Diagnostics: Well Researched Software Marvel

Towards Intelligent Cloud Diagnostics: Well Researched Software Marvel

A devoted group of researchers at North Carolina State University have painstakingly developed a novel software tool aimed at addressing performance disarrays in cloud computing systems. The tool functions to automatically classify and respond to potential network disruptions before they actually occur.

Cloud computing provides the freedom of creating numerous virtual machines provided to the end-users across a single computing platform – all that functions autonomously. Performance issues with such an approach are bound to occur. In case of a software glitch or a closely related hiccup, problems arising across a single effected virtual machine may end up bringing down the entire cloud down on its knees.

Determination of various contingencies across a system can be simplified by sensing and keeping a track of numerous machine related variables. The software does exactly that. By calculating the current network traffic, extent of memory consumption, CPU utilization, and several other parameters of data within a cloud computing infrastructure, the tool is able to estimate an effective measure of the overall system health. This renders the software flexible enough to formulate an adequate data-range characterization that can be safely considered as being normal. The processor usage, for instance, reflects the amount of computational power being required at any instant of time. The software outlines normal performance for every virtual machine in the cloud, and reports deviation of almost any sort. Based on the aforementioned information the tool predicts incongruities that might potentially affect the system’s capacity to provide service to users.

This particular approach is immensely beneficial in terms of associated benefits, including the all-important savings inherent with the alleviation of personnel training requirement. The software, being entirely autonomous depicts aberrant behavior on its own. In addition, the ability to predict anomalies is a feat that has never been achieved before. Not only that, upon sensing abnormal behavior in a virtual machine, it executes a pre-defined black box diagnostic test that determines which variables (memory usage, for instance) might be affected. The diagnostic data is then used to prompt the suitable prevention subroutine without making use of the user’s personal data in any form.

Helen Gu, co-author of the paper articulating this research marvel and an assistant professor at North Carolina State University explained: “If we can identify the initial deviation and launch an automatic response, we can not only prevent a major disturbance, but actually prevent the user from even experiencing any change in system performance.”

Most importantly, the software is not resource hungry (power in particular) and does not consume considerable amount of processor cycles to operate. It has the ability to fetch the preliminary data and classify normal behavior much quicker than the existing tactics. With CPU power consumption less than 1% of the total and a mere 16 megabytes of memory, the software is bound to pack a punch.

During the testing phase, the program recognized up to 98% of incongruities, which is the utmost as compared to existing approaches. It prompted a mere 1.7% of false alarms. Gu says: “And because the false alarms resulted in automatic responses, which are easily reversible, the cost of the false alarms is negligible.”

The software does sound like a real game-changer altogether. However, commercialization of the said research would eventually reveal the true benefits this tool has in store for the cloud computing industry – fingers crossed.

By Humayun Shahid


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True Facts To Help You Talk About Cloud Computing In The Social Scene

True Facts To Help You Talk About Cloud Computing In The Social Scene

True Facts To Help You Talk About Cloud Computing In The Social Scene

Cloud computing as a technology is changing the way so many things are done today. It’s at the center of how you use another company’s e-mail, how you share documents on Google, how you chat on Skype, and so much more. The list of what the cloud implies is endless; however, if you have no clue about what cloud computing does for you, you are not alone. There are many people as you out there who have no idea what the cloud does for them.

Cloud computing is not entirely new. It’s been here for a decade or so. However, if you think it’s alien, more than 50 percent of Americans have no clue about it as well. Many think cloud computing has something to do with tissue paper, weather, or even soap. If you do a bit of research, you will be amazed at how much cloud computing is familiar and easy to apply.

If you happen to be in a social setting where everybody talks about cloud computing, just say anything. The truth is that there are virtually a million cloud computing solutions for each and every digital function in the world. The common functions are storage, hosting, and sharing, and they are different for lawyers, doctors, accountants, and so forth. Cloud computing is very specific, adaptable, and it cuts across different sectors of the economy, politics, and functions. Therefore, when you are in a social scene, understand that there is a possibility for something that’s different, but the concept is the same.

When the discussions shift to economics, it’s essential you emphasize the role cloud computing plays. The first front you can use to enlighten people about cloud computing is cost efficiency. People concerned about economics love to hear this. When businesses spend less on acquiring less IT infrastructure, such as hardware and software, they make more profit. The economic implications are straightforward. The adoption of cloud computing triggers a chain reaction that boosts the government’s tax bracket collections. You can also choose to dwell on how the cloud promotes cheaper working options, such as telecommuting, especially for IT-based companies. This helps individual economics directly. There is no limit to what you can talk about the cloud in a social setting, economically speaking.

In general, there are so many facts about cloud computing that can power social conversation. You just have to understand the social problem or topic. If there is a way it can be automated, cloud computing won’t be hard. The above are just some ideas for popular social chat topics you could borrow from and develop into good arguments.

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By Gregory Musungu

Cloud Availability: Are You Feeling Lucky?

Cloud Availability: Are You Feeling Lucky?

Cloud Availability

I’m a firm believer in having control over anything that can get me fired. So, while the cloud is wonderful for solving all sorts of IT issues, only the bold, the brave or the career suicidal place business-critical applications so completely out of their own control.

My company began pushing applications to the cloud around 2004. Today the majority of our applications are cloud-based. Our most important applications, however, stay in-house and run on fault-tolerant servers. I know everything about them … where they are, what platform they are running on, when and how they are maintained, where data are stored, what the current rev levels are for everything that touches them. More importantly, I know what is being done and by whom if the server goes down, which hasn’t happened in years. Thanks to how my platform is architected, I can be reasonably sure when applications will be back up and running. And, problem’s root cause will not be lost to the ether. This is how I sleep well at night.

On the other hand, having a critical application go offline in the cloud is a CIO’s nightmare. The vendor is as vague about the problem as it is estimating recovery time, saying (or, posting to Twitter) only that they are looking in to it. Of the thousands or millions of clients they have (think Go Daddy), whose applications come back first and whose are last? No matter how cleverly you phrase your response when the executive office calls for a status update, the answer still comes across as, “I have no idea what’s going on.”

No worries, you have a failover plan to switch to another location or back-up provider. This being the first time you are actually doing it for real, some critical dependencies or configuration errors surface that were missed in testing. All this also adds cost and complexity to a solution that was supposed to yield the opposite result.

Why this is important

Getting sacked notwithstanding, losing critical applications to downtime is extremely costly, whether they reside in the cloud or internal data center. Many may think this is stating the obvious. In our experience, corroborated by ample industry research, more than half of all companies make no effort to measure downtime costs. Those who do, usually underestimate by a wide margin.

Cost-of-downtime estimates provided by a number of reputable research firms exceed $100,000 per hour for the average company. The biggest cost culprits, of course, are the applications your company relies on most and would want up and running first after an outage. The thought of ceding responsibility to a third-party for keeping these applications available 24/7 … whose operations you have no control over, whose key success metric is the lowest possible cost per compute cycle, whose SLAs leave mission-critical applications hanging over the precipice … is anathema.

This is not an indictment against cloud service providers. This is only the current reality, which will improve with time. Today’s reality is completely acceptable for more enterprise applications than not, as it is in my company. Regrettably for some companies, it’s even acceptable for critical workloads.

At a recent CIO conference my conversation with a peer from a very recognizable telecom and electronics company turned to application availability. I was confounded to hear him declare how thrilled he’d be with 99.9% uptime for critical applications, which I believe is the level most cloud providers aspire to, and ordinary servers are capable of. If analysts’ downtime cost estimates are anywhere close to reality, 99.9% uptime translates into about $875,000 in cost per year for the average company. This was a Fortune 500 firm.

Determining the total of hard and soft downtime costs is not easy, which is why it’s often not done well if at all. For example, downtime impact can ripple to departments and business functions beyond the core area. There may be contractual penalties. News headlines may be written.

Making technology choices without knowing your complete downtime costs is a crap shoot. Making informed ROI decisions is impossible. You may even find that savings from moving not-so-critical applications to the cloud are inconsequential, as I did with our company’s email system. That will stay in-house. And, I will continue to sleep soundly.

By Joe Graves – CIO of Stratus Technologies

Joe was named CIO of Stratus Technologies in 2002.  During his tenure, Joe has recreated the Stratus IT environment using innovative approaches such as virtualization and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Prior to becoming CIO, he was responsible for managing IS operations followed by IT application development. Prior to Stratus, Joe held various software engineering positions with Sequoia Systems and Data General.

Any Future For Open Source Cloud Computing?

Open Source Cloud Computing?

The dominant growth of open source in infrastructure software design and the vast adoption of cloud computing have resulted in a powerful synergy whose impacts and benefits are far-reaching. This synergy was born out of the need for flexibility, savings by free or low cost software licensing fees, and vendor lock-in (that deters vendors who seek to control the system framework), among other benefits.

The question is how will open source cloud computing survive in a market environment where services and infrastructure platforms are continually being commoditized?

Apart from the earlier stated benefits, open source cloud computing ensures that the end users access free source codes that they can freely share. Since this software will be open to change and improvement to fit varying needs, its popularity is guaranteed.

The future prospects will converge around the ‘need-use-gratification’ system. Chances are that a cooperative cloud model of computing will emerge, inspired by the open business model. To get the idea, imagine a vast barter market where people develop and exchange services and ideas, improving them in the process and, thus, adding value to the barter services. This would also mean that efforts may be consolidated and infrastructures shared in order to attain better scales. This prospect is emerging in what can be referred to as ‘cloud federation’, a growing endeavor in the world of open source cloud computing.

Big steps have already been made towards this endeavor by some companies embarking on open source cloud projects. Number one ought to be Amazons’ Eucalyptus project that utilizes Amazon Web Service API which allows cloud service functions. They also support services from open source distributors such as Linux. Another notable example is OpenStack, which is a new but formidable player into open source cloud computing service provision. Their services constitute managing computing and storage through two projects, namely OpenStack Compute and OpenStack Object Storage. Others include the famous OpenNebula, Sheepdog, and Ganeti (all utilize open source tools, Kernel-based Virtual Machine-KVM and Xen).

So why is the cloud computing trend likely to move towards open source? According to Pete Chadwick, Sr. Cloud Solutions Manager at SUSE of Attachemate Group, cloud computing needs and will go this way because of the following reasons. First, open cloud environment supports more flexibility (a key principle in cloud computing) by presenting the end user with more options rather than being stuck to a single choice. Secondly, the security concerns of cloud computing will be better addressed in an open environment where these are more open to scrutiny by various specialists and developers. In such a setting, someone will always have your back covered.

According to another industry authority, Dion Hinchcliffe, an information technology and business strategy expert, better prospects in open source cloud computing are unavoidable as this will be the key means of leveraging patented services for better market situations.

By John Omwamba

Why Haven’t Companies Caught Up With The Cloud Yet?

Why Haven’t Companies Caught Up With The Cloud Yet?

The concept of ‘the cloud’ has been around for some time. More and more businesses are using it every day. This is because cloud computing as a concept and technology brings immense benefits to businesses. It not only streamlines daily activities, but it also saves them a lot of money. Even so, the application remains slow. What are the reasons for the lag in cloud computing uptake even when its benefits are evident? This article gives you three reasons why the uptake of cloud computing by corporates remains low and will be so, unless something changes.

IT decision-makers’ laxity

The first groups that should be to blame for the slow IT uptake by corporates are the IT decision-makers. Most IT managers in many companies are reluctant to suggest new technological applications. Naturally, this is because, more often than not, it requires new training. Most of them are highly qualified in different IT fields; however, most of their certifications are built upon old IT business models and technologies. Because of this, implementing technology they themselves aren’t experts in, is challenging. Some of them may be afraid of losing their authority in their field and, thus, may capitalize on the small cloud computing weaknesses to avoid suggesting it to senior management.

Poor service providers

The other valid reason for the slow cloud computing uptake is poor service providers. Most huge companies provide lip service to companies in IT. In most cases, they have invested heavily with their customers. Running these systems manually also becomes a major revenue earner for many. As such, they control whatever technology a company’s operation history, function and operation culture is based on. Also, they control what technology their corporate client uses. They can only move in with new technology—such as cloud computing—when a competitor moves in. Adoption then becomes difficult as little or no advanced cloud technology is taken up. With these rigid IT companies offering services to many corporates, the uptake for such new and useful technology will remain disappointingly slow.

General bad publicity in the public domain

Cloud computing technology receives a lot of publicity, mainly negative. Media reports on security breaches at cloud computing platforms are often blown out of proportion. There are many conspiracy theorists that thrive on all the negatives surrounding cloud computing technology.

Cloud computing has been tagged ‘one big conspiracy’ by huge corporates who want to control personal details and information. When such sentiments are left floating in the public, the results echo a lot of negativity. The fact that most people worry about their privacy and who has access to their data also makes business’ adoption of the progressive technology behind cloud computing slow or non-existent in certain cases.

Cloud computing faces many challenges. However, these cannot be matched with the benefits businesses stand to gain with it. Educating the larger business community, employees, service providers, and vibrancy in the sector may be the only solutions to the slow uptake.

By Walter Bailey

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