stev0dundun 270005274B Tags:  blog team_red reward risk cloud-computing cloud meltdown 942 Visits
In “The hidden risk of a meltdown in the cloud,” a Technology Review blogger reacts to a paper by Bryan Ford on “the unrecognised risks of cloud computing.” I don’t know, the risks seem familiar to me. Beyond security, they are:
Unpredictable interactions among loosely-coupled services
Inability to preserve or reproduce an application or data set
The Technology Review blogger, who is evidently known only by the nom de plume Kentucky FC, echoes Ford’s conclusion: We ought to study these risks “before our socioeconomic system becomes completely and irreversibly dependent on a computing model whose foundations may still be incompletely understood.”
OK, yes, we should study the risks. But that doesn’t mean we can’t engage with the cloud while doing so. It isn’t an all-or-none proposition.
Think about our relationship to the power grid. We are, in fact, irrevocably committed to it. And it is prone to occasional dramatic failures. I have a few friends who live off the grid, but most of us plug in, and then some hedge their bets to varying degrees. Do you own a generator? If so, how much of your demand does it power? And for long? An hour? A day? A week?
For enterprises, a hybrid strategy that blends cloud and on-premise resources is gaining traction. That’ll make sense for individuals too. Our personal clouds encompass resources both in the sky and scattered across our own devices. As we extend into the cloud we’ll learn how to use it to complement the strengths and offset the weakness of our local setups. There is, as always, a continuum of risk and benefit. We’ll make personal choices to occupy points along that continuum. And those points will drift over time.
Meanwhile, let’s consider one analogy drawn by Bryan Ford and echoed by Kentucky FC.
Ford: Non-transparent layering structures … may create unexpected and potentially catastrophic failure correlations, reminiscent of financial industry crashes.
KFC: The cloud could suffer the same kind of collapses that plague the financial system….
It’s true that the unpredictability of complex interaction is a similar concern in both realms. But when things have gone wrong, cloud providers have been refreshingly open about it. Consider the post-mortems for some notable Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure outages. Both set a high standard, explaining what went wrong, why, how it was fixed, and what steps are being taken to prevent a recurrence.
We can only dream of a financial industry that runs as transparently, and holds itself to such a standard.
stev0dundun 270005274B Tags:  ted talks blogging youtube blog surowiecki darkside social_media james 1,283 Visits
My love for TED Talks has brought me to summarize many talks over the years; but I will begin with this one...
...Yes, this (talk) is mainly the era of blogs and YouTube.
Dated from Feb 2005, James Surowiecki pinpoints the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering: the 2005 tsunami, when YouTube video, blogs, IMs and txts carried the news -- and preserved moving personal stories from the tragedy.
So, I think the first thing that the blogosphere tells us is...to expand our idea of what counts as rational...to expand our simple equation of value equals money...but that in fact you can end up with collectively really brilliant products without any money at all changing hands.
One of the things that happens if you spend a lot of time on...and...thinking about the Internet...it is very easy to fall in love with the Internet...the decentralized, bottom-up structure...to think that networks are necessarily good things -- that being linked from one place to another...tightly...is a very good thing. And much of the time it is. But there's also a downside to this -- a kind of dark side, in fact -- and that is that the more tightly linked we've become to each other, the harder it is for each of us to remain independent.
Verizon is not a just a cell phone provider, but a company that knows social media. Verizon is extremely well integrated with social media platforms to ensure that their company message and vision gets expressed through blogs, postings, tweets and various other portals. Predominantly Verizon is more integrated on Facebook pages. In fact Verizon has separate Facebook pages for the individual segments that they cover: corporate, residential, wireless, small business, and medium and large business. As well as social media portals, Verizon provides their clients a forums to communicate with specialist and others within the community. With these unique tools Verizon is able to stay connected to social media at all times, day or night.
cimazumi 2700051WHU Tags:  social blog interactive media san sjsu internet jose web first 945 Visits
This is Team Red’s first blog for The Great Mind Challenge. In this blog we will be providing news and updates of current s technologies that involve social media, TGMC, GBS and any other relevant news reguarding The Great Mind Challenge.
Team Red consist of four team members.
Craig Imazumi( Project Manager)
All four members of the team attend San Jose State University and are Management Information Systems. I will allow each team member to get a brief description about themselves in the following blog posts.
You will multiple blog postings from all Team Red Team members in the near future. Stay Tuned!