OOW, Larry Elison anounce “Cloud in a box” or “Exalogic Elastic Cloud”

This is a great announcement from Larry Elison in his Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Opening Keynote about “Cloud in a Box” and his definition of Cloud Computing.

Ellison’s description of cloud computing led up to his big announcement: the Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform, a combination of hardware and software or “cloud in a box.” It has a total of 360 cores in the box, each interconnected with each other and to the storage device.  He also stated that there are no single points of failure in this box and that it “scales symmetrically in a balanced way.”  He had one of thse standing behind him as he spoke and it was a big box.

See his presentation at:

http://www.oracle.com/us/openworld/keynotes-143370.html


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How social networks predict epidemics

After mapping humans’ intricate social networks, Nicholas Christakis and colleague James Fowler began investigating how this information could better our lives. Now, he reveals his hot-off-the-press findings: These networks can be used to detect epidemics earlier than ever, from the spread of innovative ideas to risky behaviors to viruses.

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85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud

This is a good article to understand the main vendors in Cloud Computing from Datamation, August 25, 2009, by James Maguire, Jeff Vance and Cynthia Harvey

As cloud computing reshapes business and technology, these pioneering cloud computing vendors lead the way.


Worldwide cloud computing spend by type, 2012 forecast (source: IDC)

 

 

 

 

What exactly is cloud computing?

In the gold rush, many general IT vendors are becoming cloud computing vendors – or at least touting their products as such. In the same way that the lowly pretzel, once merely a salty snack, is now “low cholesterol,” these days every new app is Specially Designed for the Cloud.
At times, it seems all tech vendors are cloud computing vendors.
In the hubbub, the term cloud computing is an ever expanding buzzword. There are private clouds and public clouds and hybrid clouds. Some people use “cloud” as a synonym for virtualization – while others clearly disagree with this use. So who’s right?
In lieu of an ultimate authority, let’s use research firm Gartner’s definition. It’s a good one:

“…a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies.”

Translated into human-speak: We’ll access our software over the Web, instead of on our hard drive.
Your software might sit on a server in New York or New Delhi or New Haven, Connecticut. Or – hang on to your jetpack – maybe that app combines services from apps that reside in New York and New Delhi, with an add-on from a New Haven provider. Beam me up, Scotty.

Read the entire article with the 85 cloud computing vendors at:

85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud

 

 


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If is not virtual, is not real

A simple phrase, but what a big true today.
I always remember this phrase from my argentinian colleague Marcelo Galperin, who founded MercadoLibre.com.ar and today is the CEO of Virtual Company Services.
We talked about that many years ago in our lunch.
It is very simple Phrase, but it is becomming more and more real every day.
If your business doesn’t have an internet presence, nobody will know you. More over, and if your company doesn’t have a good reputation and good reviews in the social media, it will be very difficult to sell your products.


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Why Social Media is important for your business? (very basic)

Let me ask you a simple question. How did YOU buy today?
For example, if you want to buy a camera for your kids or for your self. Usually you read about the specifications of the camera over the internet. You compare the prices through several stores using the internet.
You also check in eBay.
You read the blogs, forum and some of the reviews. This is quite important, you trust more what other people said about the products than what the company try to sell.
You ignore advertisiments (unless that there is a big offer), and also all the most of the people trust in the brands.

But many companies today are still selling in the old way. I mean, they spend a lot of money in TV advertising, newspaper advertising, etc. Some of them started to launch internet campaigns. This is not enough, because the companies must hear also what the people said about their products and their companies. They have to hear what Social Media is talking about that.

So, there is a disconnection between the buyer behaviour and the way that the company sell today.

When you enter in a store, usually you know more about the product than the expert.

This is a new revolution that the companies must to addapt quickly and now:

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