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10 December 2013 – Computer code is something most people enjoy the benefits of without ever laying their eyes on it. But this week, it will be hard for students to avoid calls for them to learn how to program. There has been a promotional blitz this week for an education event called “Hour of Code” which has featured video statements from President Obama calling on students to learn how to write code, plus the home pages for Apple, Disney, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo promoting the event.

Then there is Apple.  Tomorrow every Apple store in the United States will host code education events. Microsoft will host similar events at 51 Microsoft retail stores all this week.

Hour of Code, which coincides with Computer Science Education Week, is organized by a nonprofit organization called Code.org which is seeking to get more students interested in programming. It has the support of nearly all the major technology companies which say they need a stronger pipeline of engineers to supply the industry with the talent it needs to thrive. And you … Read more

For Apple, Facebook and Google: the era of the 100 MW data center

2 February 2012 –  The first phase of Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Ore. will have a capacity for 28 MW of power, points out Data Center Knowledge. That’s about the same amount of power used by all the homes and businesses in the rest of the Oregon county where the data center is located. And that’s just the first of three potential parts of Facebook’s data center in Oregon. When all three stages are built out, the entire facility could have a whopping power capacity of 78 MW.

Data centers are increasingly requiring energy capacity of close to 100 MW of power, which is the equivalent power for about 80,000 U.S. homes, says Greenpeace. While most Internet companies don’t disclose the details of their facilities’ energy consumption, Apple’s billion-dollar data center in North Carolina is estimated to require 100 MW, according to Greenpeace. Google’s data center in North Carolina is estimated to require between 60 MW to 100 MW when the second phase of it is fully built out, and Facebook has another data center in North Carolina, which … Read more

Cloud server market explodes, fueled by of cloud-based consumer services from Apple-Amazon-Google

 

23 January 2012 – Cloud server sales will double in 2012, compared to 2010, and will double again by 2015, as a result of the stellar success of cloud-based consumer services from Apple, Amazon, Google and other industry powerhouses.

Cloud servers, which supply services to smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers, are on track to become the most important segment of the server market, according to IHS iSuppli, which predicts that cloud server shipments will reach 875,000 units in 2012, up 35 percent from 647,000 in 2011, and nearly double the 460,000 cloud servers sold in 2010.

Consumer services such as Apple iCloud and the exploding diversity of software-, platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service business models, are driving a skyrocketing demand for cloud servers. Over the next three years, growth rates will be between 23 percent and 30 percent, ultimately doubling the consumption of cloud servers over 2012 to more than 1,774,000 units by 2015, according to iSuppli. This will make cloud servers the fastest-growing segment of the server industry.Overall, the five-year compound annual growth rate for cloud servers is destined … Read more

France’s cloud computing market set to exceed EUR 2 billion in 2011

23 January 2012 – The recent boom in data transmission and storage capacity has given rise to an increase in cloud computing in France — a sector that has been given the backing of the government’s National Investment Program. This market is set to surpass the €2 billion mark for France in 2011, and may make up more than 6% of the French software and IT-services industry in 2012.

“France is a growth market for high-tech and innovative companies, particularly in the cloud-computing sector, where the leading players are already here [in France], doing business,” points out David Appia, Chairman & CEO of the Invest in France Agency (IFA). 

In 2012, revenue from the global market for cloud-computing services totalled US$68.3 billion while, in Europe, the cloud computing market surged 20% and is predicted to account for almost 15% of the European software and IT-services market by 2015. 

The French market, which continues to grow strongly, was worth €1.85 billion in 2010, €672 million of which was generated by SMEs. This market is set to exceed €2 billion in 2011 … Read more

Apple Pumps Sunlight Into iCloud Data Center

26 October 2011 – Behind Apple’s new cloud, there’s sunlight.   Apple’s massive new data center in Maiden, North Carolina drives the company’s sparkling new iCloud service, and according to a report from the Charlotte Observer, sunlight will provide some of the considerable power needed to run the facility.  The company is building a solar power plant across the street from the data center, the newspaper said, citing county permits that allow the company to regrade 171 acres in preparation for building a solar farm.  Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. But the investment in renewable energy clearly marks a shift for the company, which has taken heat from environmental groups for its energy practices. The company has lagged behind other cloud players, most notably Google, in going green.

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Cloud May Put Operating Systems Out of Their Misery

14 October 2011 —  Think back to 1995, to one of the biggest events of that year — Microsoft’s launch of Windows 95. Lines formed at computer stores. Mick Jagger performed the OS’s adopted theme song “Start Me Up.” Jay Leno emceed the launch event. Graphics! Icons! Toolbars! Everyone was excited.

Nowadays, outside of developers, does anybody really get excited about new OS launches anymore? Now the excitement is on the services that reside out on the Web — be it social networks or cloud-based services. Often anymore, the OS just seems like something that gets in the way.

That’s why Mat Honan’s latest post on Gizmodo was so intriguing — suggesting that Apple’s now-available iCloud represents the beginning of an era of computing without computers.

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Cloud comparison: Apple iCloud vs. Google vs. Windows Live

3 October 2011 – “The cloud” has long been a buzzword in the tech scene but it has become an ever-important part of our daily computing lives and Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango all have deep integration with the cloud, but use it in slightly different ways.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire is Powered by the “Cloud”

28 September 2011 — Amazon is finally jumping into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, a 7-inch $199 device built off of Android with its own custom interface and plenty of hooks into Amazon’s marketplace of  digital goods. But beyond being just a cheap tablet, the Fire is leveraging a lot of Amazon’s smarts across its inventory of assets, including some very impressive work in the cloud. That reliance on the cloud makes sense for Amazon, which is using all its strengths to help launch the Kindle Fire, just like Apple has poured in great design and user experience into its tablet.

The tablet also taps into Amazon’s cloud infrastructure to offer free cloud storage and back-up of all content, so users don’t have to worry about irrevocably deleting something from local storage. And there’s also simple wireless syncing and integration of Amazon’s Whispersync technology in movies and TV shows, so users can keep their places in videos when they switch from one device to another.

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Google Drive Takes Aim At Amazon, Apple For Cloud Storage

26 September 2011 – Google upcoming Google Drive, or GDrive, is expected to compete with similar offerings from Amazon and Apple.  Google Drive has been rumored to be in the works for years and the images show a Google Docs-style interface with the word “Drive” in the upper left corner, indicating that it’s a cloud-based storage offering.

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For California, rise of cloud services another blow to local government tax revenues

17 September 2011 — Cloud computing is one of those disruptive shifts in technology that has Silicon Valley giddy with excitement. Just don’t expect to find local governments among those cheering this revolution.

Thanks to California’s hopelessly outdated sales tax rules, the move to delivering technology through the Web — the essence of cloud computing — is eroding the sales taxes that towns depend on to fund everything from police to parks. And as cloud computing extends its reach, it promises to further squeeze the budgets of towns that have already been pinching pennies for years.

It’s hard to put numbers on the impact of cloud computing on local budgets. That’s because sales tax collection data are deemed private information, another ridiculous concession the state has made in favor of businesses over the interests of citizens.

Local government officials know the numbers, though they are sworn to secrecy. But what they see happening has them urging the state to overhaul its tax rules.

“Increasingly, major technology companies don’t bring any sales tax revenues,” said Kim Walesh, economic development director for … Read more