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VCs Investing in Women - And Making it Pay
(This guest post comes to us courtesy of Stephanie Wanek, Entrepreneurial Alliance Manager for the National Center for Women & Information Technology, or NCWIT, a national organization working to support women technologists in the start-up community. You can read the full post here.)
In a recent filing in the MegaUpload case, (detailed here in Wired, in case you missed it), federal authorities say they may shut down cloud-storage services without having to assist customers in retrieving data lost in the process. Uh, yeah. You read that right.
Setting aside how you feel about MegaUpload, it’s pretty clear that the second order impact and unintended consequences around situations like the government takedown of it have wide ranging consequences for all of us.
Back in a pre-dev/ops era, application deployment via images and virtual appliances ruled the world. Amazon Web Services and VMware built their cloud empires on them. Flash forward to 2012. In today's fast-moving, agile environments, there’s zero tolerance for trade-offs between changes and repeatability. Machine images and other virtual appliances have become problematic, if not downright archaic.
Like an automobile, a web application needs occasional maintenance and management over its life cycle. Although it doesn't need oil changes, it will probably need version upgrades. There may not be manufacturer recalls, but sometimes servers fail or hang. An application doesn't need to be washed and detailed, but it does need to be backed up. And both cars and applications need occasional performance tuning.
OpenStack in the front seat. CloudStack in the back seat. Which one should I choose?
Standing Cloud CEO Dave Jilk recently took to the airwaves to clear up some of the confusion around competing cloud orchestration layer standards in a wide-ranging conversation with respected industry pundit Alan Shimmel in his Network World blog and podcast Open Source Fact and Fiction.
On the eve of a widespread Internet “Blackout” initiated by administrators of Reddit and backed by the likes of Wikipedia, Wordpress, Google, Mozilla, Boing Boing, TwitPic, and many other online organizations around the world, the Internet community has made it clear that the freedom of speech, innovation of design, and opportunity of shared information is being threatened and that a blackout to
It seems like everyone these days is talking about “the cloud” -- what it is, who needs it, why it’s so great -- all the hype can be really overwhelming. In a recent article for ReadWrite Cloud, Standing Cloud CEO Dave Jilk illuminates the current the buzz around “the cloud” and the various types of cloud computing.
In his most recent article for Cloud Computing Journal, Standing Cloud CEO Dave Jilk made some cloud predictions for the coming year. After giving himself a C+ on his 2011 predictions, he’s changed his strategy a bit.
You can read the full article on Cloud Computing Journal’s website, but for now, here’s his first prediction:
This is a scorecard on my 2011 predictions, graded on an A-F scale. I'll follow up with my 2012 predictions soon. Feel free to comment and disagree with the grading!
1. There will be a significant influx of shared hosting and telecom providers into the IaaS marketplace.
There are now several hundred IaaS providers of various sizes, many (but not all) of them existing hosting and telecom providers.
In his most recent article for Cloud Computing Journal, Standing Cloud CEO Dave Jilk recently discussed the varying degrees of database control allowed by leading Platform-a-as Service providers. The spectrum ranges from something very similar to IaaS, with near total control, to something more like SaaS, with very little or no control.
Here’s some of what he had to say: