cloud technology

Taxation of Cloud Computing Varies Among States

Grazed from BNA. Author: Editorial Staff.

States continue to take a checkerboard approach in determining whether sales tax applies to cloud computing, according to a panel of experts at New York University's 31st Institute on State and Local Taxation, and only recently have buyers, more so than sellers, expressed an interest in the tax consequences of cloud computing issues.

Setting the Stage

From a technological perspective, cloud computing typically falls into three categories: (1) access to software, (2) access to platforms, and (3) access to infrastructure. Yet, according to Arthur R. Rosen, a partner at McDermott Will & Emory LLP in New York, many states will tax such access as either:...

Aereo CEO: Our cheap TV wouldn't exist without cloud computing

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Jeff John Roberts.

Aereo, a TV-on-the-go service that relies on small antennas, is getting a lot of legal attention. The bigger story should be how it is using economic breakthroughs in computing to offer a new form of TV.

The legal controversy surrounding TV-on-the-go service AEREO is interesting — but not nearly as much as the blend of technology that gave rise to the company in the first place. Aereo is a service that lets people watch live TV anywhere they go by renting them a personal antenna that beams shows to their phones, laptops or tablets. The service, which can be bought for $1 a day, is getting lots of attention because big broadcasters are suing try to sue it out of it existence...

The Cloud Is Good For Western Digital

Grazed from ForexNews. Author: David Trainer.

Contrary to public opinion, the long-term implications of cloud computing on the storage and computing businesses are very positive. Western Digital (WDC) is highly undervalued at anything below $70/share as this company stands to benefit more from cloud computing than it will suffer.

Not since the United States developed a national power grid for the delivery of electricity have we seen a movement as impactful to our daily lives as cloud computing may be. The national power grid effectively opened access to electricity to the entire country. And since that time have we seen a decline in the amount of electricity consumed or the number of devices that consume electricity? Not at all. In retrospect, the national power grid removed the bottleneck of proximity to the use of electricity as it allowed people and businesses most anywhere to access electricity in almost unlimited amounts...

Amazon CTO Details Cloud Computing Commandments

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon, has learned a thing or two over the years about what it takes to build a 21st century architecture. Speaking at the Amazon re:invent conference, Vogels detailed his commandments for modern IT architecture during a keynote session. For the CTO of Amazon, modern IT architecture is about the cloud and not being constrained by physical hardware.

Vogels admitted that he has somewhat of a love/hate relationship with physical hardware servers. He said that he has tried to hug servers to get them to do what he wanted. "Believe you and me, I've hugged servers enough in my life and they do not hug you back," Vogels said. "They hate you."...

Cloud Computing: EMC & VMware Spin Up Pivotal Initiative

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Maureen O'Gara.

EMC and VMware confirmed Tuesday that they're reshuffling their assets and forming a so-called cloud and Big Data "virtual organization" called the Pivotal Initiative under EMC's chief strategy officer, VMware's former CEO Paul Martiz.

VMware is contributing Cloud Foundry, SpringSource, Gemstone and Cetas. EMC is putting in Greenplum and Pivotal Labs. The move involves 1,400 employees, 600 from VMware and 800 from EMC. The companies said they "expect to formally unite these resources by Q2 2013, with a specific operational structure to be determined." So evidently for now it's being run out of EMC...

Will Cloud Computing Be To Labor What The Internet Was To Capital?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Robert Shaw.

In 1992, the CME Group launched the first electronic trading platform, which heralded a completely new age for anyone with capital to spare. Electronic trading and money transfers meant a whole new world of opportunity for potential investors.

In essence, the Internet freed wealthy (and even not-so-wealthy) investors to move their money wherever they wanted, whenever they wanted, at a negligible cost. The result has been hedge funds, day traders, a huge uptick in emerging market investments, and a veritable explosion of highly complex “financial instruments.” (Plus, grandpa gets to trade stocks at home.)...

Successful cloud adoption: It's the fit, stupid

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

InfoWorld's IT advice columnist Bob Lewis reached out to me last week after my blog post "How AWS can conquer enterprise IT's resistance to public clouds" with a few ideas. He suggested we should take a page out of the early PC and Web playbooks to help readers understand how to match up the new technology with the old problems. For example, we could use Amazon Web Services -- or any cloud computing technology -- to address business problems that would be impractical to deploy on traditional IT platforms.

Indeed, cloud computing providers tend to push their technology as the solution to any and all business problems. Unfortunately, there is not a universal fit for cloud computing technology, so you have to be careful to match the business problem you're looking to solve with the technology that best addresses it. To paraphrase James Carville, the political strategist for former President Bill Clinton, it's the fit, stupid...

Cloud Technology Gets Cheaper, but at What Cost?

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Bob Prince Alo.

Amazon has dropped prices on its popular cloud database servers and added a range of rentable hardware that customers can use to host cloud technology and related platforms. The cloud computing juggernaut lost some popularity in the wake of power outages that received its fair share of media coverage earlier this year. Amazon hopes to regain its market share by reducing prices and expanding product lines.

Amazon's price cuts comes amid a backdrop of increasingly steep competition from other cloud vendors like Microsoft and Oracle. Lower prices and diversified cloud products attract many small and midsize firms to cloud solutions...

Researchers find new way to perform computing tasks with cloud browsing

Grazed from CBROnline. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud based browser could allow mobile devices like smartphones with limited computing power to perform large scale computing tasks. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon have found a new way of performing large scale computing tasks through cloud based browsers.

The researchers claimed that the cloud based browser could allow mobile devices like smartphones with limited computing power to perform large scale computing tasks. Cloud browser can create a web interface in cloud though which computing tasks can be performed in the cloud instead of performing it on the devices...

Asian tech companies are eating HP, Dell and IBM's cloud lunch

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jack Clark.

Cloud computing is rearranging the datacentre infrastructure market: large server makers are seeing their dominance wane as competition grows from low-cost Asian manufacturers that sell directly to the clouds of Google, Amazon and others. HP, Dell and IBM are all struggling to ship servers due to competition from low-cost and specialist vendors, figures from Gartner shows.

The latest report by the analyst company on the worldwide server market was released on Wednesday. It paints a grim picture of the global datacentre market, with the market's overall revenues during the third quarter decreasing 2.8 percent year-on-year and overall shipments growing a measly 3.6 percent...