Cloud Computing

  1. “It works.” That’s a term used to go right along with “success,” but these days it means that you’ve gotten an instance of a cloud solution up and running. But it’s typically falling short in some way that those that use the term “it works” don’t yet understand.

    Why? If you have an IT problem to solve using cloud computing technology, there are about 5! (five factorial) solutions, and they all “work.” However, only one solution pattern and corresponding technology solution are the most optimal.

    So, you can have something working, but it’s costing you $1 million a month in lost efficiency. Yet those who crafted the solution are marveling at the fact that it’s functioning—and are typically unaware of the lost value that they created. Nobody bothers to figure it out, so they move forward with a suboptimal solution, money is lost, and the business is worse off.

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  2. Fog computing is picking up steam as a buzzword in the tech world, often used in comparison to cloud or confused with edge, both of which have geography built in: either the computer is at the edge, or the computer is in the cloud. The easiest way to understand what is unique about fog is that it is location agnostic. The computers in a fog infrastructure can be anywhere: from edge to cloud and anywhere in between.

    In fog, you program against what a service does, not where it is. So the same service that was deployed to cloud today can be deployed at the edge tomorrow. Think of it as a framework that supports a vast ecosystem of resources. It enables the flexible consumption of computing resources that span a continuum from on-premises, to nearby, to cloud—with each used for the benefits it may provide like speed, availability, bandwidth, scalability, and cost.  

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  3. The rise of Kubernetes has significantly simplified the deployment and operation of cloud-native applications. An important part of that experience is the ease of running a cloud-native distributed database like TiDB. TiDB is an open-source, MySQL-compatible “NewSQL” database that supports hybrid transactional and analytical processing (HTAP).

    In this tutorial, we’ll discuss how to use the TiDB Operator, a new open-source project by PingCAP to leverage Kubernetes to deploy the entire TiDB Platform and all of its components. The TiDB Operator allows you to monitor a TiDB deployment in a Kubernetes cluster and provides a gateway to administrative duties.

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  4. A 2018 cloud computing study by IDG Communications, InfoWorld’s parent company, has found that organizations continue to increase their investment and evolve their cloud environments to leverage the technology to drive their business forward. With 73 percent of the 550 surveyed organizations having at least one application, or a portion of their computing infrastructure already in the cloud, it is no longer a question of if organizations will adopt cloud, but how.

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  5. I’m a car guy. I’m also a cloud guy. So, it is natural I would want to connect the two. But it’s not just me. In fact, the car-cloud connection is already happening.

    Cars have been pretty stupid in the past, even with all of the computerization and automation that has come in recent model cars. They still can’t diagnose and fix themselves. Most cannot drive without a person controlling them. And, worst of all, they offer pretty complex features that many drivers can’t understand, and thus can’t use.

    Over the last several years, cars have been more and more software-defined; Tesla is the best-kown example. We now have automobile capabilities that can be downloaded and installed, such as to provide added range or self-driving capabilities. You just have to look at who is entering the auto game—technology companies such as Apple and Google. We’ll be driving tech, not just vehicles.  

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