Category Archives: Technology

Oracle Announces “A Cloud in a Box”

recently Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced Oracle’s entry into the cloud-computing arena with Exalogic Elastic Cloud, that has been dubbed “Cloud in a Box”. Ironically the Cloud is supposed to eliminate the Box, so technically this is an oxymoron following current definitions and trends in Cloud Computing. So how can Oracle claim to have a cloud in a box? Continue reading

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Breaking: Oops, Google Wave a Fail!

Has the Brain’s Plan Been Foiled? OK – So its not quite breaking news. It took awhile to recover from the shock. For the moment just play along. Google announced recently that they are suspending further development of Google Wave[i].

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Announcement: Launching LOAF with JAM Project!

Just launched on Project Hosting at Google the loafwithjam project. LOAF stands for Live Object Application Framework and supports the Actor Model of Concurrency introduced in my last post. I have upload the documentation for codes that are similar to what have been in operation for web analytics collection and processing successfully for many years. Continue reading

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Cloud Computing: Needs a New Programming Paradigm …

We have seen in a previous post how Map Reduce is analogous to how business and product managers plan and implement projects with Gantt Charts allowing a number of tasks to proceed independently in parallel and integrating their products at the end. A question from those outside of computer science might be: why has it taken this long to figure this out? In fact, if computers are so fast and capable, why don’t they figure the quickest, most parallel way of executing multiple tasks all by themselves? Continue reading

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Cloud Computing From Upside Down

Google continues to snub their noses to conventional wisdom and build out their cloud their way. What is going on here? If anything history has taught us – don’t ignore the big brain in the corner. So we continue our irreverent look at Google as the Brain’s nefarious plan to take over the world continues. Continue reading

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Cloud Computing: 3 Reasons Why Analytics Should Care

From my blog analytics, I can actually see the eyes rolling as my audience quickly skirts my Cloud Computing posts to go to the old stuff (back when I was funny). In some ways I understand the ambivalence but I will give you three reasons to reconsider that ambivalence. As you may be aware, I am not big with posts that give lists of simple answers that can be quickly absorbed and just as easily forgotten. In this case will make exception and try not to spin the topic into simplistic babble. Continue reading

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Cloud Computing From Both Sides Now

This is an review of how cloud computing is defined today and what the pundits have to say about its future. Currently it is confined to IT and the ability to move enterprise functions into the cloud onto virtual servers that can be allocated to meet demand. But what is the effect beyond IT? Continue reading

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Clouds of Hadoop

We have been living in the age of Hadoop. I know this for certain because Yahoo! has recently announced it’s commitment to making Hadoop a commercial platform. Yahoo! has nearly a perfect record of picking winning technologies that have already crossed the finish line.
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Send in the Clouds

What is cloud computing? My views tend somewhat beyond the IT dream of utility computing to the implications that this brings to our everyday lives. How we get from utility computing to were it impacts on us in the “real” world is the purpose of this post. Continue reading

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Yes, The iPad is Revolutionary

The Valley Wag is all a stir lately over Apple’s claim that the iPad is revolutionary and magical. This is has been only the latest skirmish of a battle that has been going on ever since Steve Jobs announced and introduced the iPad in January. Immediately after the announcement, technologists and financial analysts began to pan and attack. The attacks continue to this day.

After having the iPad for little over month and experiencing it first hand, I have gone back to the reviews and pontificating concerning the iPad to see if they were right and provided any insight. My conclusion is that most were not. The summary of what I found is the title above. Though most provided very little insight, some had profound and thoughtful contributions with startling implications beyond the gadget that is the iPad. The supporting evidence with some surprising twists, I provide below the fold. Continue reading

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