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posted in December 2008

Beating Swords Into Data Centers

12/30/2008
Since my previous post about Canadian startup Bastionhost's hosting plan for an underground bunker in Nova Scotia, I've been investigating a number of former nuclear fallout shelters that have been converted into data centers.

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Cloud Maturity Models Don't Make Sense

12/23/2008
An issue that's been roiling the cloud computing blogosphere the past few months is the notion of a maturity model for cloud computing, which I oppose. Multiple maturity models (say that three times fast!) already have been defined for a variety of IT subjects, including business processes and at least five or six different ones for SOA, alone.

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The Economics Of Cloud Computing

12/9/2008
A special report on Cloud Computing in a recent Economist says that the current economic malaise should speed up the adoption of cloud computing since it will increase the pressure on companies to become more efficient.

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Start-ups In A Down Economy

12/5/2008
Six months ago I mentioned during my pre-employment interview with Rob Preston, InformationWeek's editor in chief, that I belonged to a Toastmasters club devoted to improving public speaking skills, and Rob told me a story about how in college his roommate got so carried away during a Toastmasters speech that he climbed on a desk for emphasis, only to hit his head on a ceiling fan and knock himself senseless.

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Does MapReduce Signal The End Of The Relational Era?

12/4/2008
Companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft that operate Internet-scale cloud services need to store and process massive data sets, such as search logs, Web content collected by crawlers, and click-streams collected from a variety of Web services. Each of these companies has developed its own strategy to support parallel computations over multiple petabyte data sets on large clusters of computers.

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