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Andy Mulholland's CTO Blog I have followed with interest a number of comments about the reliability of Cloud Computing, based on the actual, or perceived, problems with service from Google and Amazon. Of course there are some real incidents that have caused "out-rage" (my definition of the rage one experiences from a system ‘outage’), but are failures in ‘best endeavors’ mail services such as Gmail really the basis for considering the risks and rewards for Cloud Computing? Maybe or maybe not, but more serious was the outage of Amazon S3 storage service Sunday July 20th. This was the second outage from a respected leader who is selling cloud capacity as a service. Amazon is well respected for its technology capabilities so this was a shock especially as a month or so before they had apparently been blaming problems on their ‘complicated systems’, but then for Google t... (more)

Cloud Computing is a Better Business Model

Andy Mulholland's CTO Blog ‘Complementary’ models are an integral part of Cloud Computing... I have wondered for most of the last couple of years just how long ‘free’, meaning paid for by advertising, services on the web could go on for, and with a recession looming this seems to be the time that this could get cut back. However when I look into this a little more carefully I find that my impression of ‘free’ as a business model supported by advertising is perhaps already out of date as the successful players have used ‘free’ to reach either ‘freemium’ or ‘complementary’ models. E... (more)

Every C-Level Exec's New IT Dilemma. . ."Who Goes to Jail?"

The CIO has been living with the apparently unstoppable demand for more storage for quite a while, really since the Internet/World Wide Web introduced a whole new concept of "content." Recently American CEOs and CFOs have started to show an interest in this previously boring IT technology subject and it's discussed in quiet intense whispers. Put simply it's called the "Who goes to jail?" question, and it's tied up with the focus on corporate governance following the Enron and other scandals that have led to the Sarbanes-Oxley act. Not having kept, or being able to access, the right... (more)