Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).
There may be legs under the claim that datacenter outages are more widely reported than cloud outages. But there were some early problems with Amazon's service and a couple of others that basically had some ITers running for the hills.
On the other hand, I suspect there's plenty of reporting on cloud security to come. So far, hacking is about data centers, home computing, mobile devices: another shoe is waiting to drop. (How many shoes is that altogether?)
"The main issue for many IT professionals seems to be the lack of control perceived when a service is actually not hosted on site. It's about time that perception was challenged."
Last week at Interop a speaker made a comparison between perception of clouds vs. datacenters to how people perceive airplanes vs. cars. While driving is, statistically, more dangerous, people perceive airplanes to be more dangerous because they're not in control of the machinery.
Kim, that was the opinion shared during one of the keynotes at Interop last week... that cloud outages get reported but data center outages don't. Granted, the person making this point was a cloud vendor... but it's a good point.
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Recently, the Obama administration has been of two minds where privacy rights are concerned. On one hand, you have an administration that vowed to veto CISPA and mandated open data for government websites. On the other hand, you have an increasingly out-of-control Department of Justice on a fishing expedition at AP and demanding legislation to let the FBI wiretap private, encrypted communications and levy fines if a company fails to comply.
The apartment and house sharing service, Airbnb, now requires members to verify their identities by demonstrating a presence on the web, and by either scanning a government ID or entering detailed personal details. Other enterprises should take a close look at Airbnb's verification policies.
Facebook advertising is a lightning rod. It seems neither brands nor consumers are 100 percent happy about the social media site's policies, placement, or procedures. But the real controversy about Facebook ads and promotions is over whether they work.
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
Enterprises would like to move to cloud computing but are hesitant because they are concerned about providers’ ability to secure company data. Here are some tips that help to ensure that if breaches occur, the business is not left holding the bag.
Edmunds separates customers into segments based on the info it collects on its site and from partners, and uses that to push out custom content, said Brian Baron, director of business analytics for Edmunds.com, at Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
The automotive website uses propensity modeling to target ads and customer registration forms, said Brian Baron, director of business analytics for Edmunds.com, at Predictive Analytics Innovation Summit.
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