When most people hear the word “BitTorrent” they immediately think of pirates – The Matrix kind not the Captain Jack Sparrow kind. Although…anyway, pirates. Pirates who infringe upon digital copyrights left and right with absolutely no regard for the people who put all that time and work in. Well, BitTorrent has taken all your constructive criticism and is looking broaden its horizons with some brand new features. Check ‘em out here.
Edward “One Man Making a Difference” Snowden currently resides in Russia due to the small matter of releasing classified NSA documents into the world. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a quick recap. NBD right? Well, Snowden has managed to kick off a major discussion about just how much privacy are we willing to give up in order to keep us safe? He’s also managed to make major American companies reconsider offloading their cloud based systems to the lowest bidder.
Licking your elbow. The city of Atlantis. Seeing this past week’s lunar eclipse from the east coast. All half truths. Just like the anything and everything is (and should be) moving to the cloud. MSPmentor rounds up the latest misconceptions about cloud computing.
For the Game of Thrones fans out there, season 4 is off to a great start and is once again shattering records. The kind of records that HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo calls a “compliment.” Despite the take my money HBO campaign, the streaming HBO Go app, for now, remains an extension of your paid cable subscription. However, for those who’ve cut the chord, Lombardo has some pretty interesting things to say.
How The Cloud Supports Green IT
Purchasing food from sustainable sources, riding bikes and recycling aren’t the only ways to “go green” and reduce carbon emissions. For IT, professionals the Green IT planning seeks to use computers and IT resources in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way. Additionally, organizations like Greenpeace are pushing big cloud providers to use cleaner sources of energy to power their data centers. Read the full HP whitepaper here.
3 Cloud Computing Trends You Didn’t See Coming
Before everyone starts going cloud crazy, (though much of the world already has) you may want to take a minute to consider a few unanticipated trends in cloud computing. SAP’s Tim Clark notes that cloud adoption will no longer be triggered by slashing prices, but rather by innovation. Click here to read the piece in full on Forbes.
Heartbleed Bug and The Cloud
Computer security expert Bruce Schneier has called the recent detection of the security vulnerability “catastrophic.” Popular cloud services such as Gmail, Yahoo, Flickr, OkCupid, and many other platforms were all reporting having been affected by the OpenSSL encryption bug. To see the latest on infected and fixed sites click here.
Lights, Camera, Cloud
Cloud computing isn’t just an esoteric happy hour topic for the Silicon Valley technocrats, instead the effects of the cloud services industry are proliferating all industries from gaming to retail and even filmmaking. In the recent film, such as American Hustle, cloud providers were used to render digital backgrounds, expedite the shooting process, and save money. See how “Cloud Computing Brightens Indies’ Outlook” here on Variety.
The Cloud’s Carbon Footprint
The rapid expansion of public cloud services and the increasing number of enterprise businesses which use cloud computing to manage their data, means the amount of energy necessary to power all these data center networks is also quickly skyrocketing. TIME magazine’s Bryan Walsh argues that despite the fact that most of this technology seems “invisible”, irresponsible energy sourcing for cloud computing technology can have disastrous effects for the environment. Read the full article, “Your Data is Dirty: The Carbon Price of Cloud Computing“.
Airlines Need To Bring Their Information Systems Into the 21st Century
The recent loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has caused many to ask how, in the age of advanced geo-positioning and communications technology, could such a tragedy go explained for so long. Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at Brookings, Darrel West argues that bringing airlines into the 21st century by transferring their information systems to the cloud could prevent future situations like this from happening. Read the full piece here.
Cloud Computing’s Watershed Week
Despite all the end of March hullabaloo in the tech world re: cloud computing, much of the deals struck by Google, Cisco, and Amazon were planned well in advance to further the move towards cloud based models of computing. Among the watershed moments of March 2014, were Amazon’s announcement of their cloud based desktop computing business and Google’s dramatic cut in cloud pricing. Read the full NY Times article here.
Climate Change and the Risky Business of Data Center Building
The recent flooding of the Thames river has brought in waves of concern over prospective building locations for data centers. While many CIOs are flocking towards premium rates on the Docklands, Nick Razey, CEO of Next Generation Data warns that “Businesses, governments offices, essential services data centres, located on or nearby London’s floodplain are in real and present danger from flood and the inevitable impact on business continuity, either directly or from the knock-on effects such as power outages, communications breakdown and traffic congestion.” Read more here.
What do Driverless Cars Have To Do With the Cloud?
Streaming movies, music, and cars? Imagine a world where your car could shuttle you around safely to wherever you needed to go. Imagine if there was trouble up ahead, and nearby cars could relay that information to your car, take you down an alternate route, and make sure that this new route didn’t get too congested. Cool right? On the other hand, these “cloud cars” will be collecting and sharing their fair share of data. Who owns that data? Read on here.
Bring-Your-Own-Cloud Draws Interest, Poses Challenges
Employees love BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Their IT department does not. But what about BYOC (Bring Your Own Cloud)? IT Departments have been faced with the challenge of keeping their company’s proprietary practices and files secure while allowing their colleagues to safely and easily have access to these materials. Fortunately, personal cloud programs have been teaching everyone how these systems should work. Unfortunately, these systems are being adopted so quickly that IT Departments are struggling to keep up. Read more here.
Popcorn Time over but pirate movie streaming technology lives on
For those born before 1990 (give or take), they might remember a little website named Napster. It was a file-sharing application that allowed users to download songs for free. It was shutdown not too long after, but could arguably be the inspiration for services like iTunes and many others. Fast forward to today, and you have Popcorn Time’s short lived movie streaming service. A service that streamed first-run movies for free. Much like the Netflix’s and Hulu’s of the world, they used cloud technology to bring you files right to your computer screen. Hollywood was not amused.