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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 gives Microsoft. 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)

Don't Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater | @CloudExpo #Cloud

It's a well-known adage, ‘Don't throw the baby out with the bath water'. These days we generally don't toss our bathwater out the window, nor do we make a baby take the last bath - but we should probably still heed this advice. Especially when we consider adopting and transitioning to new technologies. Benefits of Moving to the Cloud For companies moving their services or their infrastructure to the Cloud there are some obvious benefits: often the costs are lower, data can be accessed from desperate locations, and less maintenance is required. Features ‘Thrown Out' in the Move to... (more)

Redundancy Doesn't Equal Backup | @CloudExpo #Cloud

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)

Futurecasting: Impact of Self-Driving Cars | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Unless you don't use the internet, don't live in California, or haven't been paying attention to the recent news... you should be aware that self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a reality.  I have seen them - they are real. If you believe in the future reality of self-driving cars, then continue reading on. If you don't believe in the future possibilities, then I am not sure what to do to convince you other than discuss the very real changes that will roll out with the consumer production of self-driving cars - as well as the fact that you won't be driving your car as ... (more)

Machine Learning and Google Car | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #ML #API

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)