Cloud Computing and the Wheel

When you look at the advances in technology the changes in the past two years have been amazing.  The past six months alone have been truly revolutionary with the OpenCompute platform announcement from Facebook, the OpenStack announcement from Rackspace, Dell and others and of course, the new c5000 series and c6145 from Dell Data Center Solutions.  When it comes to turnkey Cloud solutions, the team at Dell Data Center Solutions also has full solutions around Cloud and Big Data with our offerings around Hadoop and Aster Data.  When you look at the opportunity to deploy on efficient hardware with a turnkey solution that is already ready for production (with room for you to add to it) the question then becomes why recreate the wheel?

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Ensuring Business Continuity in the Cloud

I am, I must admit, at a loss here because I got “beat to the punch” on this one, but the article needs no commenting.  It needs no input from me, other than to make sure those of you who read my blog have a chance to read this article posted on Gigaom.com by Michael Crandell, the CEO of RightScale.

Ever since the Amazon EC2 (Amazon Cloud) outage, I have been hammered with calls and emails from people who are looking at moving into the Cloud, but this game them pause.  Rather than re-create the wheel here and write another article, Mr. Crandell’s article should provide that business in the Cloud can indeed continue, even in the event of a major outage, provided you take the right steps to protect yourself.

Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Cloud Computing

This past few days we have seen yet another example how with all of the technological advances we have made, we are not immune to mother nature and the forces that we must contend with on the earth every day.  Japan was my home for two years, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the people who were effected by this tragedy.  Like it or not, the Pacific Rim and other areas of the world are prone to incidents like this.  Life and Business need to be able to go on even when things like this happen.  I was reading CNET.com the other day and came across this article that tell us that the “Tokyo Quake puts data centers, Cloud services at risk“.  There was then this article more or less echoing the article with a bit more detail.  With all due respect while the events that took place were devastating and will impact the area for years, or potentially thousands of years if the nuclear issues can’t be addressed, these events should have little impact on business, and here is why I say that (hear me out on this). Continue reading “Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Cloud Computing”