Gartner’s analysis of IaaS
And this is a Decision Model Primer Decision Model Live Primer.
Was acquired recently by Microsoft. Maybe it could completely replace Sharepoint?
You can use this SoundCloud application to create your own archived radio station. Maybe radio will also become DIY – Do It Yourself.
I was interviewed about the cloud on a SoundCloud station Digital NIbbles Episode 11.
This is why I started this site. I couldn’t keep track of all of the new Social Media platforms, apps, tools, etc. This graphic shows a couple hundred apps divided into:
Social Marketing Management
Social Advertising Platforms
Social AD Networks
Social Business Software
Social Brand Engagement
Social Commerce Platforms
Social/Mobile Apps & Games
Social Search & Browsing
Social Networks (Other than Facebook)
So I just posted last month about the disks from the late 70s that were the size of small refrigerators and held 1GB. Well, I just install a 2TB disk into my desktop PC at home! I am about to move all of my old high 8 video tapes onto this disk. 2TB is a lot of space!!! It cost $129.00 This is probably more space that all of the machines in the room when I attended SuperComputing in the early 90s.
This is a new technology that will virtualize the network. I think I need to see an example so I can understand what this means, but I think it may allow applications to look at the network in an abstract way that will be very powerful. Probably can’t even grok the impact of this yet.
Now I’m getting really off topic. But, what was the topic anyways?
I used to be a programmer and had a spin-out company from Queen’s University in early 1980s where we had designed and implemented an awesome and mathematically robust parallel programming language, Nial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nial.
Listen, this was a loooong time ago – there was a bit of a Unix micro-computer bubble and the IBM PC arrived around 1982. Our research group was sponsored by IBM back then.
Anyways, the article below talks about how difficult distributed programming is. But, there is a new kind of application layering going on now with the cloud. I understand that it’s not easy to design a scalable application for the cloud, but I don’t think you have to worry so much about the grotty details that you do when distributed systems programming. I think you can achieve a tremendous amount by working primarily at the application layer and letting the virtualization and load-balancing do a lot of the auto-magic. I do know something about load balancing distributed systems as I wrote my Master’s on it and I also know that there is still a lot of promise that isn’t quite yet delivered in the cloud.
On the other hand I am not a programmer any more, so if it is still very very difficult, it’s not my problem!
A Canadian company that is one of the largest solar panel producers in the world are part of this international Green IT project.