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As new offerings like Amazon's CloudFront, Microsoft's Azure, Hosting.com's CloudNine and VMware's vCloud are rolled out week in, week out, the worldwide cloud computing momentum continues to grow. Amid all the change, I asked some leading infrastructure experts, IT industry executives and technology commentators for their views on The Shape of Cloud Computing To Come. Contributors include Salesforce.com's Peter Coffee, Geve Perry of GigaSpaces, Ben Rushlo from Keynote Systems, Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan Williamson, Enomaly founder Reuven Cohen, open source entrepreneur Krishnan Subramanian and Markus Klems of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology in Germany. PETER COFFEE Director, Platform Research - Salesforce.com Peter Coffee was Technology Editor for industry journals PC Week and eWEEK from 1989 through 2007, after spending the prior... (more)

NPR Asks: Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House?

"The Internet IS cloud computing," according to a holiday-time broadcast on National Public Radio. The program, called 'Will Cloud Computing Work in the White House' aired December 21 on NPR's All Things Considered and involved NPR's Andrea Seabrook discussing with security and technology experts how the White House computers should run under incoming President Barack Obama. The program focused on how cloud computing technology can potentially be used to improve government services - a much discussed topic as the new administration moves into the White House. Experts consulted included Google's Vint Cerf (a.k.a.'The Father of the Internet') and Dataline's expert on Cloud Computing Security, Kevin Jackson. Jackson discussed how cloud computing can make data and computing more secure than traditional systems. Cloud computing would also improve collaboration, an area that... (more)

Privacy, Security, Functionality and Enhanced Benefits of Free Commerce

If you are a technologist in the IT industry I would like to recommend some reading to you. The US Department of Commerce has unveiled a report which includes a policy framework designed to enhance the protection of consumer privacy online while supporting innovation and continued enhancement of functionality for consumers. The report was developed with a broad range of stakeholders in the innovation and technology community, and is a sound framework that I believe we should all just move out on.  However, the department is soliciting inputs if you have other suggestions on this work. Below I’m providing their official press release plus a link to the full report. I would also like to recommend you review the charter and website of the Internet Policy Task Force that shaped this framework.  Their site is at: http://www.ntia.doc.gov/internetpolicytaskforce/ FOR IM... (more)

Obama Becomes First Candidate to Accept Text Message Donations

President Obama Barack Obama’s re-election campaign became the first presidential campaign in history to accept money via text messages, the campaign announced Thursday. Obama supporters on most major cellular networks can now donate up to $50 each billing cycle by texting “GIVE” to 62262. The money will be charged to cellphone owners’ bills, the same way donations have been collected in the past by non-profits such as the Red Cross. The Federal Elections Commission cleared the path toward political donations over cellphones in June after lobbying from the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns to do so. Read the full story at Mashable. ... (more)

Load Test and Be Sure Your Website is Ready

Your website is up and running and everything is chugging along nicely. Pages load quickly and your customers are happy and life is all rosy. You are sitting back and taking a well deserved breathe in the normally hectic day in IT ops. Then all of a sudden your calm is shattered by call after call from the marketing and sales people screaming that the website is down and customers are screaming. What could have gone wrong? After a quick look you have determined that the normal traffic levels have suddenly doubled and the few site visitors getting through are creeping along at a snails pace and dropping off one after another.     Sound familiar? You would be surprised how many times we hear this exact story and the sad part is that it is all preventable. On Black Friday and Superbowl Sunday we hear the horror stories of the sites that crashed because they weren’t... (more)

Google CEO To Stump for Obama

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who missed out on being in Al Gore’s cabinet when Gore lost to Bush eight years ago, will campaign for Barack Obama starting with a panel on the economy Tuesday in Florida at which both will appear. Schmidt’s been an Obama advisor on technology and energy and describes his support as “personal.” Of course Google does have the little matter of its controversial Yahoo agreement before the Justice Department right now. ... (more)

What Does Obama Revolution Mean to Cloud Computing?

The "CloudAve" Blog The technology blueprint of President Elect Barack Obama, if implemented as promised, bodes well for the future of Cloud Computing. Let me consider some of the Barack Obama's Technology proposals and explain how it is relevant to the success of Cloud Computing. His proposals include Protecting the openness of Internet: In other words, supporting net neutrality. This is crucial for innovation in the field of Cloud Computing and it is also very important for ensuring vendor diversity. In the absence of net neutrality, big vendors can easily crush smaller players and establish monopoly in the Cloud Computing marketplace including the SaaS marketplace. Safeguarding our right to Privacy: One of the biggest concerns for consumers and businesses when it comes to Cloud Computing is the issue of Privacy. They are worried that their data will not be safe in the... (more)

Are the Good Times Back for Technology in 2009?

Trevor Doerksen's Blog What is going to happen to technology companies in 2009? If Democrats are good for technology what companies are Republicans good for - that is, what is going to happen to non-technology companies in 2009? Here's a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of stocks. Have a look at some charts that correspond to leadership in the White House and performance of stocks. Starting with Bush Senior, a Republican, in 1988 you can see that the markets were pretty turbulent. One thing I notice over that 4-year terms is that the the most turbulent was the technology heavy Nasdaq stocks. Notice, that in late 1992, the same time the markets could see Bill Clinton would be the next US President the Dow dips and the Nasdaq takes off. OK, now have a look at the next chart. This one, is focused on the two terms in ... (more)

Web 2.0 Journal Book Review: Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott

If you have read the book "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams, then you should not miss this new book "Grown Up Digital" by Don Tapscott.  Ten years ago, the same author wrote a book entitled "Growing Up Digital" - and, this book is a sequel and traces how the Net-Geners have evolved. The book was inspired by a US$4M project "The Net Generation: a Strategic Investigation" started by the company "New Paradigm" founded by the author and funded by large companies. With a survey of 11,000 young people, this book looks at the new generation who have literally grown up digital, a cultural phenomenon characterized by a few things they do: (1) texting friends, (2) downloading music, (3) uploading videos, (4) watching shows on YouTube, and (5) communicating via social networking platforms such as MySpace and Facebook. If you are a practitioner of social media or... (more)

Kevin Rose: 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers

This guest post is written by Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and the cofounder of Revision3 and Pownce. Kevin, who has over 88,000 followers on Twitter (making him the second most followed after President Obama), also “bloggs” at kevinrose.com. He is an investor in Twitter. Ten Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers: Explain to your followers what retweeting is and encourage them to retweet your links. Retweeting pushes your @username into foreign social graphs, resulting in clicks back to your profile. Track your retweets using retweetist. Fill out your bio. Your latest tweets and @replies don’t mean much to someone that doesn’t know you. Your bio is the only place you have to tell people who you are. Also, your bio is displayed on Twitter’s Suggested Users page. Leaving it blank or non-descriptive doesn’t encourage people to add you. As @garyvee says, “link it u... (more)

Symantec CEO Will Not Be Secretary of Commerce

After looking for a while there like a shoe-in, Symantec's outgoing CEO John W Thompson is NOT going to be secretary of commerce in the Obama administration. Instead the new president crossed party lines again and picked Republican Senator Judd Gregg from New Hampshire. Presumably Mr. Gregg is up to date on his taxes unlike three of Mr Obama's other cabinet nominees, two of whom have now quit the field. Obama lost his first choice for commerce secretary, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, to a corruption probe related to state contracts. Presumably the governor of New Hampshire will feel no itch to award Mr Gregg's seat in the Senate to the highest bidder like the ex-governor of Illinois tried to do with Mr. Obama's seat. ... (more)