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I have posted this to the Cloud Computing Group. But since you have not joined me in that group yet, I am posting my questions here too. Come on... isn't this important to you? It is very important to me...

I really would like to move to the cloud. It seems so very convenient.

Is it safe? What do I need to watch out for?

What are the best tools? Gmail? Google docs? What are YOU using?

What doesn't work?

I am using Gmail, although I hate the threaded index system. I am trying to get used to it. I am using Google docs for some things, but it doesn't seem convenient.

Does anyone store their data online? My Other Drive? What do you use, does it work?

Come on guys, help me out here!!! Best, Ginger

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Comment by Stephanie on April 9, 2010 at 9:39am
Thanks Ginger! I have forwarded your comment to the class :)

Meanwhile I came across this interesting article on Cloud Computing...

Coal fuels much of Internet "cloud", says Greenpeace
Peter Henderson, SAN FRANCISCO, Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:53am EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The 'cloud' of data which is becoming the heart of the Internet is creating an all too real cloud of pollution as Facebook, Apple and others build data centers powered by coal, according to a new Greenpeace report.

A Facebook facility will rely on a utility whose main fuel is coal, while Apple Inc, expecting its Web-browser iPad launch on April 3, is building a data warehouse in a North Carolina region powered by coal, the environmental organization said in the study to be released on Tuesday.

"The last thing we need is for more cloud infrastructure to be built in places where it increases demand for dirty coal-fired power," concluded Greenpeace, which argues that Web companies should be more careful about where they build and should lobby more in Washington, DC for clean energy.

Full article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62T0MK20100330
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on April 6, 2010 at 6:29pm
Thanks Steph! Your group is addressing some very important up-to-date concepts. Thanks for sharing this. I wonder if any of them would post practical examples?
Comment by Stephanie on April 6, 2010 at 3:19pm
Ginger and everyone, I thought I’d share with you some interesting reflections on cloud computing. The authors of these reflections are team members of Africa C, IGCBP10, who discussed cloud computing through hypertexts on the lecture text under the Infrastructure Basket, as well as through our very active class blog :o)


Equation: Is cloud = grid?
“Cloud computing derives from grid computing. Cloud computing may or may not involve grid computing . Grid computing may or may not be in the "cloud". Grid computing is also for specifically for omputationally intensive operations, usually technical or scientifc computiations that require a lot of computing power.”

“For me when we want to talk about “cloud”, the first idea came to my mind is the something like grid network… Firstly, Larry Ellison, Oracle CEO, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2008 said: “The interesting thing about Cloud Computing is that we’ve redefined Cloud Computing to include everything that we already do… I don’t understand what we would do differently in the light of Cloud Computing other than change the wording of some of our ads”. Secondly, so isn’t “cloud” just the new name for “grid”? No “Grid” is about mechanisms for federated, distributed, heterogeneous shared compute and storage resources (standards and software). “Cloud” is about on-demand provisioning of compute and storage resources (services). Therefore “No one buys a grid. No one installs a cloud.” Source: World Class Standards -ITU-T NGN GSI -15th May 2009. So the Cloud Computing refers to the services of networks, and grid refers to hardware and software that shape the network…”

“Cloud Computing”: what’s coming up!
“The main derivative of the success or failure of the cloud computing relies on companies that lead the computing process, provide applications and integrate with each other whenever there is a common interest... yet greater part relies on what are the strategies that these companies use to attract users and beneficiaries.. That’s what made Amazon, for example, stand out rather than others, what put Google on top of research engines, ebay as the leading market-trade site, and some other social networks in the lead... putting customers and users in lead drove these companies to attract more and more users by giving them the opportunity to interact, share, build and contribute to these communities…
That's what we call a good strategy. Furthermore, the dependencies in cloud computing are greater than we thought at the beginning. It isn't anymore a place where we abandon usual PC applications to run online, centralized applications… It is business, and even if these companies seemed to have low income, the potential for these companies, and maybe other million-dollar-based companies, to overtake the cloud and raise dependencies on them, hence, manipulate the market, is high…"
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on March 29, 2010 at 12:13pm
Hi Cha... that is helpful... particularly the site you posted, which led me to http://aws.amazon.com/what-is-aws/. However, this seems to be more for businesses, with PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) rather than CaaS (Computing-as-a-Service) . Even Verizon's CaaS (http://www.von.com/articles/telephony/verizon-business-launches-clo...) is business oriented. Unfortunately, my searches show CaaS as used only by Verizon, for business. I like the concept.. But is there something a bit more than Google Docs, a bit less than business? For mobile or for computers?
Comment by Charity Gamboa-Embley on March 29, 2010 at 5:56am
Ginger, one aspect of cloud computing that I am really interested about is in Mobile cloud computing. If you remember, one participant in MENA L posted an article in our class blog about "Why Cloud Computing is the Future of Mobile." It was an interesting topic and the link is here: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/why_cloud_computing_is_the_fut...

Here was my take on that particular topic (excerpt): "In the summer of 2009, Verizon launched their cloud computing service - CaaS (Computing as a Service). Until now I am still a little fuzzy about the CaaS but as far as I know I am paying around $29 extra for my data plan. I have my own apps for my Blackberry and these apps are linked to another site. For instance, I have Facebook for Blackberry which is downloadable (set up by verizon) and at the same time I can directly use my mobile browser to open Facebook. In this case, my mobile applications do exist in both formats. Just like what Sara Perez said, most end users (like me) are not aware of the difference. I am a little overwhelmed with this technology and imagine if this becomes so "overwhelmingly handy" that I would not even let go of my phone. This is what drives mobile companies to come up with newer technology. It did reinforce my knowledge today when I was in a workshop on Teaching Digital Natives, and where research in the US claimed that 83% of millennials sleep with their phones! "
Comment by Seiiti on March 28, 2010 at 5:12pm
i guess it is nice to have cloud services + backup of data in a external HD safely placed at home

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