Private cloud hosting attitudes changing

Limitations of public cloud helping drive private cloud adoption, growth

Attitudes toward private cloud hosting may be changing now that enterprises are beginning to bump up against the limits of public clouds. Albeit inexpensive in small allotments, public cloud infrastructure often becomes less cost-effective at scale and its performance typically deteriorates much more rapidly than private cloud hosting on dedicated servers. The need for the fine-grained control, reliability, and security provided by private cloud hosting will only grow as enterprises explore hybrid approaches to IT and roll-out big data applications and analytics. Read more

The Cloud in a Storm

Superstorm Sandy officially moved on to US shores on the night of Monday the 29th. Our hearts go out to everyone affected, and encourage anyone capable and willing to donate, to visit Red Cross’s website at RedCross.Org

Amidst my hyperbole 3 weeks ago jesting how ‘the cloud’ has become a huge buzzword, there is a much more serious and dark matter at hand: Hurricanes and storms consist of clouds that are quite real, and they can be quite a real threat to your Internet business.

Several major businesses that depend on their websites to run, crashed due to complications at their datacenter caused by hurricane Sandy. The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Gawker all went down. When your datacenter is literally flooded, the odds of your site continuing to run drop, dramatically. According to Datacenterknowledge.com , a flooded Peer 1 datacenter had 25 people relaying diesel fuel up 17 stories to their generator to keep their datacenter online.

Even Amazon Web Services are no match for the angry clouds. In late June, according to Venturebeat.com , severe storms in the region caused power issues for Amazon’s servers. In this outage, huge businesses on Amazon’s servers experienced service outages, such as Netflix, Pinterest and even Instagram.

This info graphic from Mashable does a great job illustrating the impact a hurricane could have on the Internet:

Dispelling the Myth of ‘The Cloud’

Humans love myths. The Discovery Channel has an entire show dedicated to testing myths; the insanely popular ‘Myth Busters’ has tested over 700 myths since its debut in 2003 (http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/mythbusters/db/myth-files.html). The Ancient Chinese and Mayans have left their calendars ending on the same date, perpetuating the extremely popular myth that the world will end on December 21st, 2012. So, in summary, we have one of the most popular television networks dedicating an entire show to testing hundreds of myths, and we have much of the world worried that the earth will be destroyed in a few months.

And yet, there is a myth that even Mythbusters has not tackled; A myth more disturbing than even the terrifying notion of the world ending on December 21st, 2012: The myth of “The Cloud”.

In August 2012, Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) conducted a technology survey on more than 1,000 American adults, and found that 51% of respondents believed that stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing. The concept of “The Cloud” has been twisted and turned into some amorphous buzzword serving as the symbol for the future and current states of technology.

According to Dictionary.com (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cloud+computing) “The Cloud” is: “Internet based computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked so as to allow sharing of data-processing tasks, centralized data storage, and online access to computer services or resources.”

To summarize, “The Cloud” is accessing information that is not stored on your computer or network.

  • Have you ever used AOL?
  • Have you ever used Gmail?
  • Have you ever used Hotmail?
  • Have you ever checked a bank statement online?
  • Have you ever purchased ANYTHING online?

You’ve used “The Cloud”!

“The Cloud” has been around as long as humans have been able to access information from outside their immediate hardware/network. The myth of “The Cloud” got out of hand recently because more and more services allow you to access your data from multiple devices. So now, when you close your iBooks App on your iPhone 5 and open your iPad, your iBook App knows you are on Pg. 387, right before (SPOILER ALERT) President Snow announces that Katniss will have to go BACK in the Arena and fight to death. The human functionality and application has majorly improved, but the underlying concept of “The Cloud” is no different than it was 15 years ago.

Although the world may end on December 21st, 2012, I can sleep well knowing that those who read this blog post have participated in dispelling the myth of “The Cloud”. Sure, weather can affect “The Cloud”. But, only if by “weather” you mean an EF5 Tornado tearing down your server’s Datacenter. Luckily, ZeroLag’s Datacenter can withstand the impact of a 747, so our clients are in good hands!