Thursday, March 14, 2013

Surviving cloud failures

How to survive inevitable cloud failures | PCWorld: " . . . I chose all my cloud services based on the central principle of data redundancy. To wit: SkyDrive's desktop app saves local copies of your files directly on your computer. (Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync, and most other cloud synchronization services do the same.) Pixlr lets you save your edited images in an online locker or straight to your computer, while Evernote has a handy-dandy export option, as does Microsoft's OneNote. HipChat was foisted upon me by my PCWorld bosses, but I use Digsby for all my other instant messaging services, and Digsby allows me to save transcripts of my conversations directly to my computer. Google makes things a bit trickier, as Google Docs save in a weird application-specific format. Nonetheless, if you want to back up your files in one big .zip, select all the files and folders on your Drive homepage, then click More > Download. From there, you can choose the format you'd like your files exported in. Google Calendar has a straightforward export option. To save your Gmail messages, simply download them using an email client like Outlook or Thunderbird. Nice and easy. Most data- or file-focused cloud services offer similar ways to export your information, so you don't have to use the same services I do. . . ."

Cloud Computing and Open Architectures
Wall Street Journal (blog)
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Amazon's Cheaper Cloud Services—Up to a Point
The cloud computing division grew so large that the company couldn't rent out all its spare server capacity. So the e-commerce giant created a supply-and-demand-driven market called Amazon EC2 Spot Instances that allows clients to rent processors for ...

Don't let consumerization be the free lunch that eats you
InfoWorld (blog)
The long-term cost of cloud services. Given this, could somebody please tell me why, when you add the two little words "the cloud" to the discussion, everything is supposed to change? There are certainly good reasons to put some of your computing eggs ...

Dimension Data Launches Cloud Services in Nigeria
Dimension Data said that it's cloud offering will enable clients to accelerate their adoption of cloud computing, increase strategic agility, lower ICT infrastructure management expenses, and reducecloud migration complexity and risk. Cloud technology ...

IBM to offer cloud services to Fullerton India
Times of India
PUNE: Non-banking finance company (NBFC) Fullerton India Credit Company Limited has selected IBM SmartCloud Virtualized Server Recovery, a cloud-based disaster recovery service to ensure business continuity and operational resiliency for its clients'...

Times of India

Cloud Computing 2013 – What The Industry Experts Say
CloudTweaks News
The world of technology is doing wonders every now and then since many past decades –a few advancements here and a few there! So what does the year 2013 have in store for the world of technology? What are some Cloud computing changes that can be ...

Here are the top 50 cloud services your employees are using every day
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Cloud services market to reach $US131bn: Gartner
IDG News Service
"The continued growth of the Cloud services market will result from the adoption of Cloud servicesfor production systems and workloads, in addition to the development and testing scenarios that have led as the most prominent use case for public Cloud ...

Cloud Options Proliferate Across the Channel
When it comes to cloud computing, solution providers have no shortage of options. They can either opt to build their own cloud to provide services to customers or resell any number of other cloud services. The challenge is figuring out the right mix of ...


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