Uncle Louie

June 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Let’s talk about connections.

No, not the ones your uncle Louie has.

Here’s what  Scott Martin has to say.

“Q: How do you get people pointing to your site?

A: The content must be really, really compelling. And that’s where serious writing comes into play. Technically, anyone with a computer can be a writer. But a big reason to hire a seasoned and experienced writer is to generate compelling content.“

Couldn’t agree with him more.

All the dancing baloney you put on a site without great content won’t connect. With social media it’s more important what others say about you, than what your say about your business.

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Cloudy on Cloud computing?

June 5, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s not just the Cloud, but Clouds.

Just as you access multiple cable channels you can access multiple clouds.

A good way of thinking about The Cloud is like cable channels. You have a basic package and can add as many other channels both paid and free as you work in the Cloud.

The three segments of cloud computing:

1. Cloud Infrastructure, the hardware and other infrastructure to be a cloud provider.

2. Network Services, which provides the interconnection between all the points of a cloud, including the connection from the client to the cloud provider.

3. Cloud Applications which concerns specific applications that would be accessed in the cloud instead of on-premise, such as HR, CRM or document management — what’s commonly known as software-as-a-service.

As the IT industry moves to cloud computing one fact remains unmistakable: the cloud, still has to exist in the physical world as a data center full of heavy iron and humming like the factory that it is — a factory manufacturing compute cycles.

The biggest legitimate cloud provider is Google, made up of 500,000 systems, 1 million CPUs and 1,500 gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwdith. Amazon comes in second with 160,000 systems, 320,000 CPUs and 400 Gbps of bandwidth, while Rackspace offers 65,000 systems, 130,000 CPUs and 300 Gbps.

You access one very secure cloud when you do online banking. You access another cloud when you buy online music for example. The payment for the music may come from the banking cloud so their connected but separate.

It is generally agreed that this dark web is much larger than the World Wide Web.

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Data Silo

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

With the variety of free or low cost options available, which one do you use?

Microsoft Sky Drive, Google Docs and Amazon.com are three that come to mind. But there will be other players.

I think a small business could safely store most of  it’s “must have” company data on services like Amazon or any number of players in the data silo market.

And look for the ongoing Data Storage Wars to continue to keep prices low.

Amazon s3


5 GB of FREE Amazon S3 storage, 20,000 Get Requests, 2,000 Put Requests, 15GB of data transfer in, and 15GB of data transfer out each month for one year.

Amazon’s price for additional space

Standard Storage

First 1 TB / month $0.140 per GB
Next 49 TB / month $0.125 per GB
Next 450 TB / month $0.110 per GB
Next 500 TB / month $0.095 per GB
Next 4000 TB / month $0.080 per GB
Over 5000 TB / month $0.055 per GB

I would be interested in how you calculate your data storage cost.

Paul Goda

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