Lessons In Cloud Fail Damage Control

Lessons In Cloud Fail Damage Control Detractors of cloud computing received unexpected buttresses to their arguments this past weekend, as a pair of noteworthy power failures sent the Internet reeling. Friday night (June 29), a storm electrified by lightning temporarily wrecked a sizable section of Amazon Web Services’ cloud computing service. AWS’ enormous clientele, of

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The Stormy Outage: Criticism Pouring On The Amazon Cloud

The Stormy Outage: Criticism Pouring On The Amazon Cloud Last Friday night proved very gloomy for Amazon’s Cloud Service. It all started off with colossal thunderstorms jolting the Amazon US East datacenter and reportedly bringing it down (yet again). On the other hand, alternate cloud computing services within the same geographical location remained intact and

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The Effects Of The Amazon Web Services Outages

The Effects Of The Amazon Web Services Outages There has been no major cloud computing outage in 2012. However, non-believers had a field day when Amazon Web Services customers experienced some service disruptions on June 14. Although AWS went offline for a few hours only, the downtime experience did have an impact on customers’ businesses.

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Why Redundancy In The Cloud Is A Marvelous Thing

Why Redundancy in the Cloud is a Marvelous Thing Dunce, dumb, reductive: these are all words that would appear to have much in common with redundancy, if only in the similar sounds they produce when spoken. The idea of being redundant is one that repels those who read books, follow current events, and who endeavor

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Should Cloud Computing Service Providers Screen Potential Customers?

Should Cloud Computing Service Providers Screen Potential Customers? The World Wide Web is full of articles advising consumers on what they should look for when choosing a cloud provider, how they should negotiate contracts with providers, what danger signs they should be aware of and a plethora of other advice. However, an extremely illuminating article

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How To Find IT Specialists For The Cloud

How to find IT specialists for the cloud – CISCO implementation for ConnectEDU As I said in an article some time ago, Cloud Computing Decreases Production Infrastructure Expenses by over 30% for Web Based Leader in Education Management, as a CTO, I had to find the best solution for implementing efficient and cost-effective production infrastructure.

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The Social Cloud: Twitter’s Top Cloud Titans

The Social Cloud: Twitter’s Top Cloud Titans It’s fair to say that a sizable percentage of cloud-savvy folk maintain active social networking profiles, one of which being an account on mega microblogging titan Twitter. Facebook may tout a larger membership, but few social networks (besides, perhaps, Pinterest) can brag of as compellingly quick growth as

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Zynga’s Shift from the Public to the Private Cloud

Zynga

Zynga’s Shift from the Public to the Private Cloud Zynga is a company that has grown tremendously since its modest beginnings in 2007. Named after a bulldog named Zinga once owned by founder Mark Pincus (who also features prominently in the company logo), Zynga began life as a startup and got $29 million in venture

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Why Did Amazon Cut Cloud Computing Rates? Part II

Why Did Amazon Cut Cloud Computing Rates? Part II (Continued from Part I) Of course, the explanation behind the price decrease may be as simple as economies of scale. After all, the amount of data stored in S3 did triple in 2011, marking its fastest year of growth since 2006. At the same time, the challenge posed

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HP Seeks To Give Amazon Competition with a New Public Cloud Service

HP Seeks To Give Amazon Competition with a New Public Cloud Service For several years now, Amazon has held sway over the cloud computing heap, especially in IaaS. HP, in contrast, though being one of the largest traditional IT infrastructure players, had been slow to jump onto the cloud computing bandwagon. However, over the last

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Making The Leap From Public To Hybrid Cloud Computing

Making The Leap From Public To Hybrid Cloud Computing While the Private vs Public Cloud debate continues to plod along, a major Public Cloud user struck an equally massive blow for Hybrid Cloud when Zynga decided to make the move from AWS to their own zCloud private servers. In a move which flipped 80% of

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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 (See: Are Cloud Computing Stocks Overvalued?) – it was only time that the

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(Super)computing On the Cloud

(Super)computing 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

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Best Cloud Computing Apps You’ve Never Heard Of

Best Cloud Computing Apps You’ve Never Heard Of This article’s title may arguably mislead you. Cloud connoisseurs will express familiarity with one app featured here. And even your grandmother has heard of yet another. But no matter where you are in your grasp of cloud computing, you should find something new here to inspire you

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