As I wrote earlier this year over at InfoWorld, Microsoft took another step
toward being king of the cloud hill when it announced in January that it was
releasing its Azure stack to the public. There are many technical reasons why
this is cool, but more importantly, it's the psychological advantage this
Google has always had the ability for developers using its stack to develop
locally on the same tools that run in Google App Engine. It recently forked
its environments, so now the local and cloud environments are slightly
different for some of the configurations -- I can't tell you how many nights
I have lost sleep because of environments being slightly different!
Development and hosting are two completely different things. What Microsoft
did is one-upped Google and Amazon.
The psychological advantage comes into play for companies that aren't 100 ... (more)
Shocking Similarities Between School Lunch & Software Development
The need to add more features on shorter release cycles is ubiquitous. At
some point we will reach the threshold of gaining efficiencies and quality
will begin to degrade. There is some evidence that we've reached and crossed
that threshold already.
In the late 1960's the National School Lunch Program was struggling to keep
up with the growing number of children needing assistance. To combat the
issue The Child Nutrition Act was passed in 1966, but eventually
privatization of school lunches was seen as the only aff... (more)
Currently, the preferred method of data protection of cloud giants, such as
Google, is to replicate the data across different locations (i.e., data
centers), rather than performing a true back up. This is done because a true
back up seems logistically too complicated given the amount of data these
giants store. These companies have turned to replicated data because, the
assumed risk of all replications crashing simultaneously are extremely slim.
This risk assumption may be accurate but it does not take into account
unintentional data destruction.
From firsthand experience, we k... (more)
Many of the technologies we use in our personal and professional lives every
day are changing at a very rapid pace. So, do you try to keep up and if so,
how? Simple. You let go.
Firms often hold on to out of date technology because of the switching costs,
insecurity about the best tech choice, lack of expertise, and a host of other
reasons. In staying married to old technologies, firms make switching more
and more difficult. One of the most pervasive technology trends where this
phenomena can be seen is in the conversion from internally maintained servers
to cloud hosted servers... (more)
Google self-driving car finally causes an accident - a lesson in AI.
According to The Verge, Google had recently performed a software update
that changed the behavior to be more human like.
"So several weeks ago we began giving the self-driving car the capabilities
it needs to do what human drivers do: hug the rightmost side of the lane."
The truth is that one of the complaints about self-driving cars is that they
are too cautious so Google adapted the software so the car would move to the
far right of the lane so two cars could fit in the single wide lane. This
is what a regular... (more)