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NoSQL Databases Go Mobile

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Key to many high-demand Web and cloud applications today is NoSQL, a collection of database and application technologies that eschew the SQL query language and many of the trappings of relational databases. And as developers of applications for mobile devices increasingly plug into the cloud to power their apps, some are turning to NoSQL again. But this time, they're putting NoSQL databases right on the mobile device.

The Slow-Motion Internet

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erica Naone.

The Internet is no longer fast enough for Google.

To see why, try the Chrome netbook. It's a prototype device that exemplifies one of the company's visions for the future: the idea that we can do nearly all our computing online, accessing information anywhere on a whim. This netbook has a pared-down operating system that's essentially a powerful Web browser. It stores almost no files or software. Almost everything you can do on the device requires an Internet connection.

Cisco Claims 4,000 Server Customers

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Data ownership in the cloud: Get it in writing

Grazed from Government Computer News.  Author: Rutrell Yasin.

Moving applications to a cloud computing provider does not mean giving up control of the data -- as long as agencies get a guarantee in writing, according to a panel of CIOs representing defense and civilian agencies.

For example, agency managers moving to the cloud have to stipulate upfront in their contracts that ownership of data must remain with the agency, agency CIOs engaged in cloud implementation told attendees at the recent Cloud/Gov 2011 conference.

 

Time to Take Cloud Security Issues off the Table

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

When it comes to cloud computing, there is plenty to be concerned about, but the more IT organizations think about security the less likely it is that security should be a major issue.


Right now, cloud security is primarily an issue because better known providers such as Amazon push security responsibility back to the customer. But there are also plenty of cloud computing platforms out there that offer more security than anything an internal enterprise is ever likely to be able to replicate.

Apple patents points to secure cloud storage box

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Ben-Camm Jones.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, due to be released in the summer, could include a new 'safety deposit box' for important and private files, it has been reported.

Patently Apple reports that the aim of the system is twofold - to protect files from unauthorised access and to protect files from loss due to a failure of a storage device.

Beagle Research Selects the Top Marketing Videos

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Research and consulting firm Beagle Research Group recently named Salesforce.com one of the first winners of its Short Tale Award, a competition to recognize outstanding use of videos by organizations in their customer service and marketing efforts. Salesforce.com received the grand prize for strategic use of video for, “How to Use Online Marketing for B2B Marketing.”

Cloud computing 'cuts computer maintenance costs'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

Businesses that adopt cloud computing on hosted systems can reduce the amount of money they spend on maintaining their PCs, a technology commentator has said.

Writing for Memeburn, Gareth Bloor said this is one of a number of "clear reasons" why the technology makes good business sense and is no longer "pie in the sky".

He explained keeping files in the cloud can reduce the cost of upgrading computers, the vast majority of which are able to automatically locate the latest software.

We Will Soon Live in a 100 Gbps World

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Accommodating Scale-out Architectures in the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

The cloud is all about scale. As enterprises seek to cobble together the resources needed to handle the unrelenting increase in data loads, a ready supply of on-demand IT resources is a welcome development indeed.


Unfortunately, there is a dark cloud to this silver lining. The fact is, there are different ways to scale resources in the physical world, and there are different kinds of application architectures designed to take advantage of different kinds of scale – and these architectures may or may not lend themselves well to a given cloud environment.