Posts Tagged ‘cloud computing’

The Cloud: Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Storing Data

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

These are all very important questions … and it’s kind of surprising that many people weren’t asking themselves these questions a year or two, when cloud storage first became popular.

The rise of cloud storage in the past two or so years was fueled largely by an increase in mobile Internet usage. Barely any smartphone gets released these days without Internet access and an app store that users can make use of to install apps on their phones. They can then browse the Internet, check emails, post updates to Twitter or Facebook, or play online games with other people. With mobile Internet came the desired to synchronize data like contact lists, the calendar or emails between clients,and with rising Internet speeds came the desire to access documents and files for entertainment on the go as well.


How Will Cloud Computing Change the IT Pro’s Job in 2011 and Beyond?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I don’t know if things will change all that much in 2011, but the author does seem to cover the “and beyond” part of the headline fairly well.

I don’t typically like perform prognostications but it is a new year and I have been thinking about what it means for our industry. Here’s what I see 2011 and beyond looking like for the IT pro in light of the impetus towards cloud based services.


Network Administrator – Best of 2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Here are ten handy tips for network administrators … almost as handy as an out of band management solution.

#1 How to create your own Cat 5 patch cables

For do-it-yourselfers, knowing how to create your own Cat 5 patch cables in the length that you want can be very handy and save you money. Jack Wallen shows you how to get it right. Read the original post.


Google Unveils Chrome OS – But Puts it Off to Mid-2011

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Cloud computing is an interesting concept for things like notebooks and netbooks, but I just hope that it isn’t used as an excuse to cut back on the amount of storage offered on PCs and laptops …

If the world needs an OS for netbooks and notebooks that depends on cloud connectivity, Google has the product for it – but not for six or seven months


Microsoft Shouldn’t Break Up, But Break Away from its Antiquated Business Model

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

… And the debate about breaking up Microsoft still rages on …

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Ten years ago this month, Microsoft settled its antitrust case with the US Justice Department and handful of suing states. The settlement eventually ended government plans to break up Microsoft into two companies. Yesterday, a Microsoft shareholder asked why the company doesn’t breakup now. It’s a good question. From a shareholder perspective, breakup is probably the best way to return value back to company owners.


Windows 8 to Sync Files to Cloud?

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

I hope this isn’t true; it sounds like just another factor that will end up slowing PCs down …

Windows 8 is the codename of Microsoft’s next desktop operating system. Information is sparse at this point in time, and information about Windows 8 is usually collected through indirect sources.

One of the latest Windows 8 rumors is that Microsoft has plans to sync core operating system files in the cloud. This would have serious implications if true.


EU to Fund 16m Euro Research Project into Cloud Storage

Monday, November 15th, 2010

There certainly is a lot of money being thrown at cloud computing these days …

The technology we use every day is move ever more relentlessly towards the cloud.  This isn’t a new concept, it’s been around since the birth of Hotmail and other similar webmail services.


How to Build a Windows Server in the Rackspace Cloud

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

There certainly are a lot of articles about Cloud Computing lately …

I am scheduled to do a presentation on Virtualization and Cloud Computing later this month at Microsoft Canada TechDays. As part of my presentation I will be demonstrating some cloud services. My plan is to demonstrate both a SaaS (software as a service) offering and an IaaS (infrastructure as a service) offering. I chose to use Microsoft Business Productivity Online (BPOS) and a Windows 2008 R2 Server.


Ten Questions to Ask Your Cloud Provider

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Here’s some food for thought for those who are considering a move to cloud based computing …

Earlier this month I attended a Red Hat sponsored Cloud Camp. (Full disclosure: They gave me a hat — guess what colour it is?) One of the most interesting discussions for me centered on Red Hat’s recently announced Cloud Engine. I found the Deltacloud API concept quite compelling. Without getting into technical details of an as yet unreleased product, let me quickly outline the parts that I found most exciting by describing a possible future scenario of how the Cloud Engine would work using the Deltacloud functionality:


Sign Up for Office 365 Beta

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

For those who can’t wait for the official release of Office 365, here’s how to sign up as a beta tester …

Mike covered Office 365 before here on Ghacks. Without rehashing what has already been said, Office 365 is a cloud based service by Microsoft that brings Microsoft Office, Sharepoint, Exchange and Lync together in the cloud. The service aims at business and organizations who do not want to invest in local server solutions by working in the cloud instead.