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Personal cloud is a phrase I have heard being used for several years now. The image I have is a virtual storage cloud that contains all of your proprietary data through applications like Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive.
From what I’ve recently learned, this notion only scrapes the surface of both what is possible and what is unfolding right now.
The reason this is such a big deal is because it turns today’s data model on its head.
A plethora of big businesses today have many a zero added to the asset column of their balance sheets due to the vast quantities of personal data that they own relating to their users or customers.
Cloud computing may arguably be the biggest computing advance in the 21st century. And for good reason: thanks to the cloud, a good amount of the staggering computing power that's coming online is available to just about everyone.
But like all good things, the cloud is often the subject of hype and its advantages can be oversold.
Consumers may know Amazon as one of the internet's most dominant ecommerce brand, but over the years, Amazon has also built a formidable profile as a provider of cloud computing services.
Yesterday, Amazon announced that its cloud is growing to cover email with the launch of a new bulk email delivery service called Amazon Simple Email Service (SES).
Apple isn't known for sitting on profitable business ideas. But it appears to be doing just that with iTunes. The company has made no moves to network iTunes or allow users to access their music from multiple locations. And according to a new survey from NPD Group, a third of iTunes users might pay to access their music from the cloud.
What's more? NPD estimates that music in the cloud could be a billion dollar market. In the first year.
Hotmail may be the most popular email service worldwide, but that doesn't mean it will always be. At least in America, the service is falling out of favor (and often associated with spam). Slow to add new features, Hotmail's early popularity as a webmail provider is in danger, and the company is planning to change the way consumers perceive Hotmail with a new update that will go live this summer.
The announcement comes a week after the release of a major Office update, and among the many new features lies a significant counter to Google Docs: free access to Microsoft Office functionality for all Hotmail users.
Amazon is flying high. While the online retailer is still pulling in the vast majority of its revenue from retail, it has also become one of the biggest players in the cloud computing space.
And Amazon's cloud is only growing in size. Yesterday it announced that it will be launching a new relational database as a service called Amazon RDS and a new range of high-memory instances of Amazon EC2.
The cloud is all the rage today. For online business owners and startup entreprenurs, the cloud is often pitched as a low entry cost solution to many scalability challenges. Just throw your web application into the cloud and pay as you grow.
But does the cloud deliver? According to researchers at the University of New South Wales, the cloud may not be all that it's cracked up to be. When put to stress tests, cloud computing solutions offered by Amazon, Google and Microsoft showed some weaknesses.
Cloud computing is growing in popularity and many businesses, both large and small, are turning to the cloud to host critical applications.
Amazon's EC2 is one of the most popular offerings but all it took was a single lightening strike to take part of the EC2 cloud down last night.
'New Economy', 'Web 2.0', 'social media'. These are but a few of the prominent buzz phrases that the internet has produced over the years. Some have deserved the buzz, some haven't.
One of the rising stars in the buzz phrase-o-sphere over the past couple of years has been 'cloud computing'. The concept, at its core, is simple: 'stuff' - be it applications or data - sits on a server on the internet and the users of those applications and data access it over the network.