Just about everyone who works with a computer knows they should perform regular backups, but only a very small percentage actually do. While people's intentions are good, most simply think backing up their computer is too much trouble or software is too complex to figure out. Unfortunately, when the big crash finally does occur or a laptop is stolen, for example, the resulting loss of important data has us pulling our hair out wondering why we didn't take the plunge on backup software.
Today, a front-runner in backup software on Windows machines released a strong backup solution for … Read more
Last week, Google updated App Engine with support for the Java programming language, opening up another chapter in the development-stack-in-the-cloud concept.
Still the most popular programming language--if only by a margin--Java support could mean potentially more apps being built and more developers using App Engine. Does this mean developers will simply be more productive and can deploy apps that just work? Or are there hidden issues in pushing those apps into the cloud?
I spent a little of Easter weekend preparing for Under the Radar, in which I will be one of several industry veterans judging some of the latest start-ups pitching their cloud-related businesses. (If you are interested, there are still VIP tickets available.) The conference organizers have told me that both the start-up and venture capitalist interest has been very high, and that registrations are actually higher this year than they were last year. Cloud computing remains an excellent draw, it seems.
In reviewing the companies I will be judging this year, it feels like the term "cloud" covers way too much ground to be useful in a venture pitch. In fact, a few weeks back I wrote a post that built on a conversation I had with venture capitalist Lars Leckie of Hummer-Winblad Venture Partners, in which I asked whether "cloud computing" has lost its VC luster.
It's possible I'm being a little too harsh on the term, however. Soon after writing that post, I exchanged e-mails with good friend and sometimes mentor Gamiel Gran, vice president of business development at Sierra Ventures. I asked Gamiel what he thought of the term "cloud computing" as it is applied to start-up pitches.
His response, frankly, surprised me. Far from being a confirmation that the use of the term has gotten out of control, Gamiel embraces "cloud" for all it's worth (and it's worth multiple trillions of dollars in Sierra's estimation). He is excited about the opportunities that cloud computing presents for new businesses, and wants to see more of it--lots more of it.… Read more
While cloud-computing news this spring has been dominated by the antics of individuals and small groups, a new class of services to support a new class of applications, and today the future of Java, there has been much less excitement about the advances being made in the world of data center hardware to support cloud computing.
This may be, quite possibly, for a very good reason: if you are a consumer of cloud-based resources, the mantra has long been that you can simply deploy or consume your applications/services without any regard to the infrastructure on which they are being … Read more
If you're not familiar with Seagate's all newBlackArmor NAS servers, there's another network storage option for your business that's a little more commonplace.
The new NAS server, called the ReadyNAS NVX, is designed for homes and small businesses. According to Netgear, the device offers double the performance of previous NV+ units and supports file and application services for Windows, Unix/Linux, and Mac systems, including Time Machine … Read more
In just two weeks, the annual RSA Conference takes place in San Francisco. What can we expect as the "hot topics" at this annual security love fest? I'm sure there will be plenty of buzz about securing virtual servers and cloud computing infrastructure, but this topic will likely focus on blue sky vision describing the safeguards we will need in 2012 or so. Rather than this hyperbole, I am looking forward to discussions focused on the marriage of identity and security.
Haven't these two areas been linked forever? Well, yes and no. Security folks think of … Read more
The debate about the validity of internal cloud implementations has raged on for some time now, with some claiming that cloud computing and wholly owned infrastructure don't mix, and others pointing out that applying "on demand," "at scale," and "multitennant" to enterprise IT data centers offers unique advantages to those who have already made that investment. It has been difficult, however, to do an objective comparison of the two approaches--until now.
The announcement on Thursday of Amazon's new Hadoop-based Elastic MapReduce service, combined with the introduction of a commercial Hadoop distribution from start-up Cloudera, … Read more
Telecommunications providers on four continents are testing a plan to provide so-called virtual desktop computing to their business customers.
People familiar with the outlines of the pilot program say the idea is to offer Internet access to companies via dumb terminals connected through the so-called cloud. The tests are said to involve companies in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China.
The testing period is slated to run through the middle of the year. If it works out to participants' satisfaction, the pitch to customers will be why it makes more sense in an economic recession to outsource their computing … Read more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking at using an internal (or private) cloud to manage disaster recovery.
In early testing, Joe Klosky, a senior tech adviser at the FDA, was able to successfully restart applications and services within 45 minutes onto other, differently configured servers in their environment without issues using Cassatt Active Response, not people or outsourced services.
Klosky notes:"An internal cloud approach means that we do not have to pay for costly service contracts with outsourcers, nor do we have to dedicate rooms full of servers to sit idly by just in case … Read more