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Posts tagged "AWS"
When did Amazon abandon Main Street for 'the Skyscrapers of Cloud Hosting' ?

When did Amazon abandon Main Street for ‘the Skyscrapers of Cloud Hosting’ ?

In the competitive world of cloud-based computing infrastructure, Amazon remains top dog. It’s highly visible, its footprint is almost global, it incrementally adds features or cuts prices to keep competitors on their toes, and it generally manages to meet most people’s needs, most of the time. It may not always offer the lowest prices, or...
Crunching the numbers in search of a greener cloud

Crunching the numbers in search of a greener cloud

Although sometimes portrayed as a big computer in the sky, the reality of cloud computing is far more mundane. Clouds run on physical hardware, located in data centres, connected to one another and to their customers via high speed networks. All of that hardware must be powered and cooled, and all of those offices must...

Repositories in the Cloud? Why on earth not?!

To be honest, I’ve never fully understood Higher Education’s penchant for building ‘institutional repositories.’ These frequently under-populated aggregations of academic papers produced by ‘research active’ employees of a particular university appear aligned almost exclusively to vaguely expressed institutional imperatives, and seem largely unrelated to either the selfish aspirations of the contributing authors or the tangible...

Keep your Executive Assistant happy if moving to the Cloud

Google held a small event in London late last month, at which senior executives from a wide range of organisations gathered to discuss the impact of the Cloud. Presenters included luminaries such as Marc Benioff, Werner Vogels, Geoffrey Moore and Nick Carr, as well as CIOs at the coalface in adopting various Cloud (mainly SaaS)...

Powered by Cloud conference, London

Image via Wikipedia Event organisers are feeling the squeeze as advertising, travel and ‘training’ budgets present easy targets to Finance Directors seeking to balance their books in the current economic climate. Amidst announcement after announcement of cancelled and radically down-sized trade shows and conferences, one bright spot in the event management space appears to be...

Synergies in Big Data ?

Image via Wikipedia A short post, sparked by two related items that arrived by Twitter and email almost simultaneously. Via Twitter, TechnologyReview reports that it’s getting easier to visualise massive data sets without the traditional supercomputer. Via email, the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) announces its contribution of £200,000 to a joint funding call...

‘Reinventing the Wheel’ becomes world’s only growth industry ?

I am increasingly concerned by the extent to which the tech sector's current and future behemoths squander finite effort on reinventing 'context' at the expense of excelling in delivery of their 'core' proposition. The post explores some of the reasons for this reinvention of wheels, and asks whether previously sound reasoning is increasingly becoming a...