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- Cloud 101: Myths And Realities
- Single-Purpose Clouds: The Next Step After Private, Public And Hybrid
- Stupidly Obvious AWS Pitfalls That Trip Up Cloud-Hungry Businesses
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Microsoft has appointed current server and tools head Satya Nadella as its CEO, succeeding Steve Ballmer. The widely-rumoured appointment reaffirms a key point about Microsoft that is often neglected: its enterprise business is more important to its future than what happens with Bing or Surface or Windows Phone.
iOS: You probably don’t store all your files in one cloud service. For example, you may have links and notes in Evernote, documents in Google Drive, and images in Dropbox. Octonious not only browses and searches through all of these services, but also lets users create “collections” to share with others.
Windows/Mac/iOS/Android: Storing and syncing your files to a cloud service like Dropbox is fine for most people. If you’d prefer a little more privacy, AeroFS is a service that allows you to sync the contents of a folder between devices and access it from anywhere without storing your data on a third-party server.
Amazon Redshift, the data warehousing service based on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, has been available in Australia since last October. Amazon has now introduced a new option, Dense Compute, designed for warehouses less than 500GB in size or where performance is a major issue.
It’s a pattern that has become familiar: Amazon Web Services (AWS) cuts pricing on a specific service, but customers using the Sydney data centre don’t get the same degree of discounting as in other locations. But Amazon’s latest round of price cuts — for the S3 and EBS storage services — don’t work out too badly.
We’ve become accustomed to the notion of public cloud services (freely available to everyone), private cloud services (maintained by a specific company, but charged and deployed on a usage/needs basis) and hybrid clouds (which blend the two). The next possible development on the cloud horizon? Single-purpose clouds, optimised for a particular kind of workload.