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-Caleb Garling, via Wired.com/Cloudline
A purported leaked screenshot of a Google Drive download page. Image courtesy of TalkAndroid
This morning, Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin reported on newly leaked images of Google Drive, a rumored cloud storage offering from the web storage king. Gmail already offers more than 7 gigabytes (GB) of email storage, so the question was, what will Google Drive offer. From these leaked images — the validity of which is unverified — the answer is 5GB, even though last week it was 2GB.
Why the screenshots would show different starting sizes is unclear. Assuming the images are real, they could have been taken from different stages of development, or may not be representative of the final version that Google will offer.
In the last few months rumors have swirled any many have speculated on when exactly Google is going to jump into the consumer cloud storage market. Companies like DropBox and Box both offer gigabytes of free storage so that anyone can access their PDF’s, pictures and documents from any web browser. Despite not yet having a dedicated service, Google is still the web’s storage giant, so such a product is inevitable.
Have your say: Will you take Google Drive for a ride if 5 GB is on offer? Should the folks at DropBox be worried?
-Mike Barton, via Wired.com/Cloudline
While coverage ahead of Oracle’s fiscal third quarter results yesterday focused on it losing ground to younger cloud rivals, my question of “But for how long?” did not take long to be answered, sort of.
“After a long period of testing … Oracle’s cloud applications will be generally available. We’ve named our cloud the Oracle Secure Cloud,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said during yesterday’s analyst call about its Q3 results.
Oracle President Mark Hurd also stated in the press release before the call, “…Fusion in the Cloud is winning with great success against niche HCM cloud vendors in the US and worldwide. Our modular, integrated platform of 100 apps available in the cloud or on-premise is a key differentiator.”
Over at Forbes, Victoria Barret highlights how Ellison could not resist going after big-fish rivals Salesforce.com and SAP after he planted the Oracle Secure Flag brand in the ground:
Here he couldn’t help but take aim at Salesforce.com, suggesting that the company run by his former protege, Marc Benioff, can’t offer the same level of security. Benioff has long ridiculed Ellison for selling legacy software systems not able to keep pace with the shift to cloud computing.”
Then Ellison swiftly moved on to SAP, explaining that the German rival hasn’t yet moved its heavy-duty business software suite to the cloud. “Six years ago we made the decision to write Fusion. It will take years for SAP to catch up,” he said. SAP’s Web offering, called Business ByDesign, seems so far limited to smaller customers. SAP in December announced 1,000 customers to the product. Then again, Ellison did not mention customer names for Fusion or Secure Cloud.
Oracle Secure Cloud, which will be available in the next few weeks, is a private cloud, rented by the month and managed by Oracle, but living behind a company’s own firewall in their data center. “Salesforce.com does not offer this kind of security in their cloud. This is a key advantage for us,” Ellison said during the call yesterday. “But by far our biggest application competitor is SAP, not Salesforce.com. And SAP does not even offer CRM, HCM and financial applications in the cloud to their large customers.”
“Six years ago we made the decision to rewrite our ERP and CRM suit for the cloud. We called it Fusion. SAP called it confusion,” Ellison said. “It will take years for SAP to catch up.”
Ellison, well known for his flamboyance and fierce competitiveness, even went so far as to question SAP’s sobriety with its focus on building Oracle competitor HANA. “When SAP, and, specifically Hasso Plattner, said they’re going to build this in-memory database and compete with Oracle, I said. God, get me the name of that pharmacist, they must be on drugs,” he told analysts yesterday. “That was interpreted by Hasso as Larry doesn’t believe in in-memory databases… We’ve been working on in-memory databases for 10 years. We have the world’s leading in-memory database. It’s called TimesTen.”
So that’s where Oracle has planted its flag with regard to the cloud, in contrast to Salesforce and Workday, and butting heads with SAP. Is that going to do the trick? Is Oracle keenly aware of what the marketplace wants, or is it putting its game face on given what it can offer in terms of cloud now? Do the RightNow and Taleo buys, in addition to Fusion (in the cloud) give it enough to go on? Have your say in the comments section, below.
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-Jon Udell, via Wired.com/Cloudline (sponsored by IBM)
As we migrate personal data to the cloud, it seems that we trade convenience for privacy. It’s convenient, for example, to access my address book from any connected device I happen to use. But when I park my address book in the cloud in order to gain this benefit, I expose my data to the provider of that cloud service.
When the service is offered for free, supported by ads that use my personal info to profile me, this exposure is the price I pay for convenient access to my own data. The provider may promise not to use the data in ways I don’t like, but I can’t be sure that promise will be kept.
Is this a reasonable trade-off?
For many people, in many cases, it appears to be. Of course we haven’t, so far, been given other choices. And other choices can exist. Storing your data in the cloud doesn’t necessarily mean, for example, that the cloud operator can read all the data you put there. There are ways to transform it so that it’s useful only to you, or to you and designated others, or to the service provider but only in restricted ways.
Early Unix systems kept users’ passwords in an unprotected system file, /etc/passwd, that anyone could read. This seemed crazy when I first learned about it many years ago. But there was a method to the madness. The file was readable, so anyone could see the usernames. But the passwords were transformed, using a cryptographic hash function, into gibberish. The system didn’t need to remember your cleartext password. It only needed to verify that when you typed your cleartext password at logon, the operation that originally encoded its /etc/passwd equivalent would, when repeated, yield a matching result.
Everything old is new again. When it was recently discovered that some iPhone apps were uploading users’ contacts to the cloud, one proposed remedy was to modify iOS to require explicit user approval. But in one typical scenario that’s not a choice a user should have to make. A social service that uses contacts to find which of a new user’s friends are already members doesn’t need cleartext email addresses. If I upload hashes of my contacts, and you upload hashes of yours, the service can match hashes without knowing the email addresses from which they’re derived.
In the post Hashing for privacy in social apps, Matt Gemmell shows how it can be done. Why wasn’t it? Not for nefarious reasons, Gemmell says, but rather because developers simply weren’t aware of the option to uses hashes as a proxy for email addresses.
The best general treatise I’ve read on this topic is Peter Wayner’s Translucent Databases. I reviewed the first edition a decade ago; the revised and expanded second edition came out in 2009. A translucent system, Peter says, “lets some light escape while still providing a layer of secrecy.”
Here’s my favorite example from Peter’s book. Consider a social app that enables parents to find available babysitters. A conventional implementation would store sensitive data — identities and addresses of parents, identities and schedules of babysitters — as cleartext. If evildoers break into the service, there will be another round of headlines and unsatisfying apologies.
A translucent solution encrypts the sensitive data so that it is hidden even from the operator of the service, while yet enabling the two parties (parents, babysitters) to rendezvous.
How many applications can benefit from translucency? We won’t know until we start looking. The translucent approach doesn’t lie along the path of least resistance, though. It takes creative thinking and hard work to craft applications that don’t unnecessarily require users to disclose, or services to store, personal data. But if you can solve a problem in a translucent way, you should. We can all live without more of those headlines and apologies.
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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.
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Amazon Web Services is a service that approaches almost every aspect of cloud computing. They offer services such as computing, database, storage, networking, application hosting, web applications, high performance computing, backup, storage, and many more. From my knowledge you are also able to use their services for gaming servers.
Now the true beauty of about Amazon Web Services is that it is fast cheap and extremely robust with tools and applications to get you started quick and efficiently. If you are an individual or business who is dying to get into the cloud world I would seriously recommend checking out Amazon Web Services.
Dropbox is a free service offered to millions of individuals around the world. You may ask, "What is Dropbox?" To make the answer short, Dropbox is a cloud storage device similar to Amazon Cloud Drive. However there a few differences.
The major difference that I have noticed and enjoyed in how Dropbox integrates within your computer. Once you sign up for Dropbox, you have an option to install the application directly on your computer. Once the application is installed, it is fully integrated within your directories. In essence when you save a word document you have an option to save to you computer or directly to DropBox. This takes completely takes out the step of logging in, uploading, and then downloading your files. It is an easy, simple and useful application. In addition, once the application is installed on your computer Dropbox displays friendly notifications on the bottom right hand part of your screen letting you know if a new file has been updated. This helps keep you aware of changing files. Feel free to check it out at: Dropbox
Amazon Cloud Drive
Amazon.com is heavily known as one of the best places to shop online. They have a huge spectrum of different products and services. However, a service that has not really received the spotlight is the Amazon Cloud Drive.
If you did not already know, everyone
with an Amazon account gets 5GB of free storage space. With this particular storage space, users can upload documents, music, pictures and videos. The nice thing about this particular style of storage is that you can access it anywhere with unlimited access. This means that wherever you are, you still have your files as long as you have internet access. In addition this may be an alternate method of backing up your vital files that you can't risk losing.
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