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Cloud Computing… I know I have already expressed my interest for cloud computing, so here is another interesting article from Business Week. The author refers to cloud computing as sounding too good to be true like cold fusion or nuclear fusion reactor in a bottle, but warns you not to be fooled. It really is as good as everyone is revving it up to be. The problem was foreseen the CEO of Google when he explained, “When the network becomes as fast as the processor, the computer hollows out and spreads across the network.” This is exactly what has happened which has become a bit of an issue for some which is why they are turning to cloud computing to handle the speed and work load. The example used in the paper is when the New York Times wanted to archive 150 years of daily newspaper editions. That is approximately 54,000 editions, 11 million articles that would
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Unformatted text preview: consume 1.5 terabytes of memory. They tried to handle it internally, but when they realized it was impossible, they utilized cloud computing via Amazon Web Services. This process took days instead of months and cost hundreds of dollars instead of thousands. This is the first article I’ve read to bring up a different issue with cloud computing than the security and customer privacy. Apparently there are also plenty of high-level features that cloud computing does not offer yet, such as database management. I would not do anything differently. Cloud players are already addressing all the issues that have been brought to them and everything is moving along smoothly where many are saying this will be the new wave of computing in our very new future. Source: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/dec2008/tc2008128_745779.htm...
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