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How to Capitalize on the Use of a Public Cloud Infrastructure
Author: Staff Writer on October 21, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Guest Blogger: Mano Paul, CSSLP, CISSP, GWAPT, GSSP-.Net, ECSA, MCAD, MCSD, CompTIA Network+ (

 In today’s computing landscape, it is unlike that anyone would disagree on the inevitability of the Cloud; in fact, it is only a matter of time before the Cloud becomes the sine qua non for the continued success of a company. Assuming that you are familiar with the characteristics of a Cloud (on demand self service, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, broadband connectivity, measured service), Cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and the types of the Cloud deployments (private, public, community, hybrid), the contents of this article primarily focuses on how one can capitalize on the use of public Cloud infrastructures.

 Since the public cloud computing model is a shared resource pooling, pay-as-you-use model, it does bring with it certain benefits in terms of both time and cost. The infrastructure is leased, which means that there is no need to re-invent the wheel for common, non-critical services that can be rented, which can significantly reduce the time to market for your company. The utility-like, pay-as-you-use financial model, combined with the increase in technological power and low cost for computers and storage devices, makes it possible for your company to avoid upfront infrastructural costs and shift your expenditure from CAPEX (capital expenditure) to OPEX (operational expenditure). It also makes it possible for your company to focus on your projects rather than on the infrastructural requirements, which could be quite costly.

You Don’t Need to Know Everything
Author: Michael Osterman on October 14, 2014 - 7:20 PM
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Many years ago when I was early in my career, I worked for one of the leading market research companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shortly after I joined the company it was acquired by DRI, a small subsidiary of McGraw-Hill. After the acquisition, a DRI employee was transferred into our offices to serve as a liaison between corporate and their new acquisition. He was a very bright guy with an exceptionally quirky sense of humor. Among the various things I learned from him, the most notable was a comment he once made: “You don’t have to know everything, but you do have to know how to find everything”.

The first iteration of what our liaison was describing, in a sense, became Google and other search engines. In theory, at least, there is a collection of all relevant information somewhere in the cloud and all you have to do is type in a few words to gain access to it. In short, you don’t have to know everything, but you at least have the opportunity to find everything. There continue to be shortcomings in modern search engines driven by incomplete information, intentional biases from prioritizing some information sources over others, the desire of search engine companies to generate revenue from search, and user limitations in not being to adequately describe exactly what they’re looking seeking.
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