Posts Tagged Cloud Computing
Last month we highlighted the big list of big data infographics. This month we’re focusing on cloud computing. Our “big list” of cloud computing infographics on the business impact; from small business to enterprise and what the C-suite is thinking about with respect to public, private, and the hybrid cloud.
Let us know your feedback and what if we’re missing anything. You can click into each image thumbnail to view the full infographic and we’ve highlighted applicable third party references as well.
One of the challenges to understanding cloud computing is that it’s not easy to visualize what the solution really looks like. Before heading to HP Discover, I had the opportunity to tour the SwitchNAP facility in Las Vegas. There are dozens of cloud solutions (including HP, EMC, Joyent, Nirvanix, VMware) hosted in the 407,000 square foot co-location facility, and there’s strong (e.g., guys with guns) cloud security. Taking the tour is a geek paradise – it’s like a James Bond villain stronghold: employees dressed in black, metal desks, red and blue LED lighting, and the most technologically advanced data center that I’ve seen. Switch is not only a showcase for the scalable, dense and efficient power and cooling of cloud solutions, but also has extra capabilities of a networking buying consortium and the US Cloud inter-cloud exchangeto enable lots of interesting cloud deployments.
The waves of cloud computing and mobile (smartphone/tablet) adoption have put a lot of pressure on IT. Whether it is using a corporate card to activate cloud services or bringing a personally purchased iPad, there has been a growth of “shadow IT” that do not follow a corporate governance model and leaves companies open to security breaches. IT needs to get in front of these trends by providing the services that business users need so that there is no incentive for lines of business to go it alone.
Today, as I was listening to a big data discussion for a Wikibon wiki post I’m working on, something kept distracting me. It was my thoughts on “IT vs. the cloud” as a follow up to a post I wrote the other day on why organizations that want to embrace the cloud in a significant way need to first get their governance house in order. I wanted to provide some additional thoughts based on some follow up items I received… I promise it’s the last thing you’ll read from me for a while on governance, but I believe strongly in these items.
The power of Green, it’s working! That’s right, growth of the world’s electricity consumed by data centers has slowed substantially despite the rapid growth in the number and power of data centers. The electricity conservation is directly linked to the adoption of Green friendly tactics of powering and cooling of many forward-thinking data centers.
A recent study executed by Stanford Professor Jonathan G. Koomey, PhD by request of the New York Times found that approximately 1.3% of the world’s electricity is being consumed by data centers. However, the growth rate from 2000-2005 indicated that by 2010, data centers should have been consuming 2.2% of the world’s electricity. What slowed the growth? Well the recession actually helped (maybe the only time anyone will ever say that) but more significantly, through an industry-wide effort to make data centers more eco-friendly via various energy saving techniques.
CIOs today have a top operational and strategic priority (not technology priority) to support the mission of the business through the application of technology. While they are under pressure to reduce costs, CIOs must deliver agility and efficiency to the organization. The CIO is also VERY concerned about risk. CIOs don’t want to disrupt what’s working while chasing new opportunities. Think of the CIO as managing a portfolio of applications, technologies, people and processes. The technology portfolio is allocated to initiatives that are designed to 1) Run the business 2) Grow the business and 3) Transform the business. Like a good portfolio manager, the CIO must balance risk and reward by allocating resources in a balanced manner. The degree of risk is a function of the objectives of the board of directors and the strategic plan and operating plans of the companies.
We are in the middle of a Data Center boom where tech companies all over the world are trying to compete for bigger, better, and more efficient info storage facilities. These Data Centers are used to accomplish a variety of online needs ranging from storing Facebook pages to Cloud technology. Take a glimpse into the innovative future of Data Storage with this list of Data Centers newly completed and still under construction worldwide.
A couple of weeks ago, we showed you pictures of some of the most artfully organized cables we could find. Today, we’re taking the opposite approach. We’ve all been guilty of the disorganized cable and wire heap, and frankly, it is a crime to be ashamed of. Most of us respectful citizens will clean up our act sooner or later, however, some others don’t. These serial tanglers have earned a notorious reputation because of their unrivaled skill at creating clutter. We’ve tracked down some of the worst cases of cable abuse and narrowed it down to the ten worst. Think you have cable clutter worse than these? Let us know in the comments!
The Big Data vendor landscape is developing rapidly. A number of vendors have developed their own Hadoop distributions, most based on the Apache open source distribution but with various levels of proprietary customization. The clear market leader in terms of distribution is Cloudera, a Silicon Valley start-up with an all-star line-up of Big Data experts including Hadoop creator Doug Cutting and former Facebook Data Scientist Jeff Hammerbacher. A new entrant to the market is Hortonworks, which was spun out of Yahoo in June 2011 and released a completely open source Hadoop distribution of its own in November 2011.