Cloud Computing

5 Critical Cloud Components

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Mike Sciole.

While I'm not sure any core application could be sourced externally without segmentation -- which defeats the purpose of cloud computing -- there are a number of variables that insurers need to contemplate in the design of an internal cloud or for the use of external clouds. The internal or external cloud must possess the following components in order to function as desired:

1. Availability. The internal or external cloud must achieve a Data Center Tier 4 availability rating as specified by either the Uptime Institute or by TIA-942 standards.

Why does broadband speed vary so much?

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Jane Wakefield.

If you are a night owl who enjoys surfing between the hours of 4am and 6am and are fortunate enough to live on top of a telephone exchange then you are probably very happy with your broadband speeds.

But the majority of people in the UK are not getting the broadband services they signed up for, according to a comprehensive speed report by regulator Ofcom.

The survey found that for DSL services advertised as being "up to" 20Mbps, only 2% of customers got speeds in the range of 14-20Mbps. Of the others, 32% were getting a 8-14Mbps service and 65%, 8Mbps or less.

How Fast Can a Cloud Run?

Grazed from New York Times.  Author: Ashlee Vance.

The cloud has been put on notice: It’s being watched.

A new graphical tool from Compuware, CloudSleuth, has arrived, in beta form, to measure and display the speeds at which cloud computing services run. The CloudSleuth tool already tracks Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google and a couple of other cloud providers. And it demonstrates that response times do indeed vary from operator to operator. It displays these results on a map that gives people an idea for the worldwide performance of different data centers at a quick glance.