Hi I am currently working on an honours level dissertation in the field of cloud computing and particularly the areas of online backups. To gather primary data I have put together a simple 5 min survey that should provide me with enough information to either prove or reject my hypothesis. The questions are very straight forward and not leading in any way and for this reason I will not mention their overall purpose as this could be taint the result. The only personal information that is asked for is age, as there is not correlative information collected the results are …

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Hi please anyone know what is the différence between a DatawareHouse in cloud and a traditional DataWareHouse(in the company)in the Extraction of data (ETL)!!!!! pleaaaaaaase help me thunk hana

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Hi, Anybody have an idea of extracting data from tables of a database to another one in Cloud. I want to know the steps of extraction transformation and loading ETL. a diagram can be very useful. Thanks in advance Best regards Hana

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One of the frustrations of using the Apple iPad is that there is no conventional file system on it. What's more, there's no SD card slot or USB port to connect some sort of external storage, making it difficult to get files from one device to another without connecting the iPad directly to a PC or Mac. I decided to look at Dropbox, a tool that provides a way to share files on the iPad (and elsewhere) via the Cloud. Although the app lets you share files across many devices, this review is going to concentrate on how you deal …

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Last week, Google's [URL="http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html#marissa"]Marissa Mayer [/URL]and [URL="http://www.google.com/corporate/execs.html#eric"]Eric Schmidt [/URL]appeared in separate interviews on the [URL="http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/10129"]Charlie Rose [/URL]show, and not surprisingly they spoke in one voice where privacy and trust were concerned. They both said that when we use online services, we give up privacy in the process. There it is on the table. They are providing the service, and you're providing the information, and should you be concerned about this trade-off, Schmidt says simply: "Trust us." [B]Um, I don't Think So[/B] I'm a huge fan of Google services. I'm writing this blog post in Google Docs. I used Google Reader …

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Steve Ballmer dropped a bomb shell in a speech the other day at the University of Washington, letting it be known that the desktop software company was basically betting it all on the cloud. In a report on the speech [URL="http://paidcontent.org/article/419-ballmer-microsoft-betting-our-company-on-the-cloud/"]on PaidContent.org[/URL], Ballmer reportedly said the company was committing as much 70 percent of its employees to cloud projects, a number he said could reach as high as 90 percent in the coming years. As I interpret it, this doesn't necessarily mean they are abandoing the desktop, or that these employees are working exclusively on cloud projects, but they are …

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Not everything Apple touches turns to gold, a case in point is the .mac service which has recently been rebranded with not terribly clever moniker: MobileMe. What Apple fails to understand from the get-go is that people expect their cloud services to be free or at least extremely cheap and $99 per year (you can’t fool people by not making it an even hundred, by the way) is simply too much to charge. If you look at most cloud services, they are free. Google offers almost all its consumers services free of charge in exchange for viewing text ads—no such …

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[B]Web Site[/B]: [url]http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/online-backup/[/url] [B]OS[/B]: Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 [B]Cost[/B] $4.95/month or $49.95/year for 250 GB [B]Reviewer's View[/B]: Overall this a fine backup choice. It provides a generous amount of space for a fair price. They could do a better job of defining how to get started, and the web site recovery could be better integrated with the desktop software, but after you get going, it's a very straight-forward process. There's a lot to like about backing up to the cloud. I've got two external drives I use for backups, but I've been thinking it would be good to …

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A couple of weeks ago Alfresco CTO [URL="http://twitter.com/johnnewton"]John Newton[/URL] posted the following tweet on Twitter: [I]"Does Cloud = SaaS [Software as a Service]? I don't think so. Cloud is computing, more like electricity."[/I] My gut reaction was that they were equal, and up until that moment I had used the terms interchangeably, but Newton's post got me thinking that perhaps they were different. SaaS applications use cloud platforms, but are not exactly cloud computing. The more I thought about it, however, the less clear it got, so I decided to do some research and also take my questions directly to …

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The other day I was writing a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review271593.html"]review of an online backup product[/URL], and I wrote about the advantages of backing up to the cloud. Even though I have two external backup drives, they are both tied to the same electrical system in my house as my computer. If the house were struck by lightning for instance, it could hose my computer and my backups in one complete and utter disaster. My sister's house was hit a few years ago and it turned her TV, VCR, DVD player and several other pieces of electronics to toast. This got me thinking …

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I've[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4290.html"] speculated in the past[/URL] that nothing could keep Google from moving Android from a phone to a computer. After all a phone is just a hand-held computer, so it should come as no surprise that [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-google-chrome-os.html"]Google officially announced[/URL] yesterday that it was getting in the computer operating system business with a new OS, initially targeted for the Netbook some time next year. Meanwhile, [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/07/07/what-the-hell-happened-to-the-free-version-of-google-apps/"]TechCrunch reported[/URL] yesterday that the free version of Google Apps, that's the corporate package of Google Docs, Gmail and so forth, is no longer being offered offered on the Google Apps page. If you want it, …

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[I]How come I can't let go? I'm between two worlds ~Tom Petty, Between Two Worlds[/I] As I watched vendors navigate the changing software world last week at [URL="http://www.e2conf.com/"]Enterprise 2.0 in Boston[/URL], it struck me that the old companies are trying desperately to hold onto to the markets they have dominated for so long. I listened as executives from IBM, EMC and Microsoft tried their best to convince everyone that despite their old-world pedigrees (or perhaps because of them), they were the best choice for facing the new world of Enterprise 2.0, collaboration and sharing. To be fair, all three companies …

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I received a newsletter from [URL="http://www.rpath.com"]rPath[/URL] concerning Lean IT and it occurred to me that Linux is the keystone in each one of the elements listed in it: Virtualization, Cloud Computing and Cost reduction mandates. As more businesses work toward saving money, they'll look for ways to save on IT infrastructure (Hardware), labor and external services. All of those cost-cutting changes point suspiciously to Linux. [B]Virtualization[/B] - With the exception of [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s Hyper-V, all virtualization solutions are Linux or Unix-based: [URL="http://www.linux-kvm.org"]KVM[/URL], [URL="http://www.citrix.com"]Xen[/URL], [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL], [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Solaris Zones[/URL], [URL="http://www.openvz.org"]OpenVZ[/URL] and [URL="http://www.qemu.org"]QEMU[/URL]. It's obvious from this list that Linux is the preferred technology for …

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I've been to a couple of conferences recently where I was surprised to see representatives of the U.S. military on panels discussing various uses of technology, but I was shocked to learn that the military was on the cutting edge of the technologies being discussed. To be honest, my perception of the military would be more in line with the recent announcement that US Army was updating its 700,000 desktops at the end year, not with Windows 7 and Office 2010, but with Vista and Office 2007. So how is it that the military can be by turns cutting edge …

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A lot of companies are attempting to hitch their wagons to a star these days with a long layover in the Clouds. Big companies like [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Sun[/URL], [URL="http://www.ibm.com"]IBM[/URL], [URL="http://www.hp.com"]HP[/URL], [URL="http://www.cisco.com"]Cisco[/URL], [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon[/URL], [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL], [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL] and [URL="http://www.citrix.com"]Citrix[/URL] are making major financial investments in Cloud culture. Are they chasing rainbows or will they find gold in the silver lining? I think there's a good possibility that they will find gold--now the question is, how much will they find. Amazon proved that it's possible to develop, maintain, promote and make a successful cloud-oriented business. Are they making billions from their new enterprise? No. Will they? …

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I recently had a conversation with [URL="http://www.coda.com/about/management-team?KeyPlayer_ID=13"]Jeremy Roche[/URL], who is CEO at [URL="http://www.coda.com/"]CODA[/URL], a high-end accounting software solutions vendor with more than 30 years in the business. Roche told me how his company began on the HP 3000, then moved to the DEC VAX, client/server and all the way to today where CODA recently began offering a cloud-based application built on the Force.com platform. For CODA, the cloud represents another step in the evolution of enterprise computing. Roche says they considered a lot of ways to approach a cloud solution, including building their own data centers, before deciding upon [URL="http://www.salesforce.com/platform/"]Force.com[/URL]. …

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[I]This is the mystery of the quotient - Upon us all a little rain must fall. ~Led Zeppelin, The Rain Song. [/I] It's been quite a couple of weeks for Google. First there was the mistake that caused the entire Internet to be [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/31/google-flags-whole-internet-as-malware/"]flagged as malware[/URL]. Next came the great Gmail outage earlier this week (which I wrote about in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4036.html"]Let's Not Use the Gmail Outage to Trash Cloud Computing[/URL]). Google has been taking a few lumps and it's not what you expect from a company that has pretty much sailed through its history on a startling growth trajectory. But …

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The great Gmail outage, which as far as I can tell lasted a couple of hours over night in the US has prompted some nasty articles such as this one from [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/24/trouble-in-the-clouds-gmail-turns-into-gfail/"]TechCrunch[/URL] where they derisively refer to Gmail as Gfail. Let's grow up, people. Software fails all the time and online services like Gmail and other cloud vendors are not going be immune to outages from time to time. [B]Thunderbird Lost My Mail [/B] How many of us can say that we have never had a problem with our desktop email client? Issues happen all the time. I used to …

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Microsoft is readying a new cloud service called [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/myphone/myphone.aspx"]My Phone[/URL] that enables users of Windows Mobile 6 or later to sync contacts, calendar appointments, photos, and other information with the My Phone web site. According to an [URL="http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/02/06/microsofts-skybox-site-live-branded-my-phone/"]Engadget report[/URL] on Friday, Microsoft will officially launch the service at the[URL="http://www.mobileworldcongress.com/"] Mobile World Congress[/URL] February 16-19 in Barcelona. At first blush, the service resembles Apple's [URL="http://www.apple.com/mobileme/"]MobileMe[/URL] in many respects, but there are some key differences, at least based on how much one can learn from the My Phone [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/myphone/moreinfo.aspx"]FAQ[/URL] on the official Microsoft My Phone Beta web site. [B]Not The Same as …

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I came up with an idea this week: What if Microsoft made Windows open source? Before you accuse of me of link baiting, I believe this idea has merit for several reasons. It will reduce the cost of development, put the power of the community behind supporting what's become an endless and expensive project and let Microsoft concentrate on enterprise solutions and cloud initiatives. [B]The Future is in the Cloud[/B] Microsoft's future plans are clearly in the cloud. One of the big announcements at the [URL="http://www.microsoftpdc.com/"]Professional Developer's Conference[/URL] last Fall, in addition to Windows 7, was [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/azure/whatisazure.mspx"]Azure[/URL], a comprehensive cloud …

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I write a great deal about Google mostly because it is always trying new things and putting them out there for free for the world to try. The tools are easy to access and use from wherever you are--any device with a browser and an internet connection--and you can't beat the single-sign on across the tool kit, but for all it has going for it, Google has a major trust issue. Every time I write about Google the comments always include people who won't trust Google with their content ever. Just last Fall, in fact, Richard Stallman suggested that cloud …

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Everyone wants to know what's going to happen in the new year as if anyone can accurately predict these things. However, one can deduce, with reasonable accuracy, that there will be innovations that are designed to get our attention. This is my list of Linux-oriented predictions for 2009. [B]The keyword for 2009 is [I]Innovation[/I].[/B] [B]1. Buyouts/Mergers[/B] - 2009 will see its share of company buyouts and mergers--all innovation-related. Larger companies will buy up smaller ones with innovative products and services. Many new open source millionaires will be created through these transitions. [B]2. Gadgets, Gadgets, and more Gadgets[/B] - This will …

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I was watching a [URL="http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1568178642/bctid1906856143"]video[/URL] of a panel from the Web 2.0 Summit on [URL="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/cloud_computing_panel_at_web_2.php"]ReadWriteWeb[/URL]. I've had a growing fascination with Cloud Computing in recent months, and this particular panel included key players from Google, Salesforce.com, Adobe and VMware (with Tim O'Reilly acting as panel moderator). As each man made his opening statement, one statement in particular jumped out at me from Dave Girouard, who is president of Google's enterprise division. Girouard stated that his company's long-term goal is to open up the Google development stack to outside developers. If this is true, then it could have some serious long-term …

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[URL="http://www.salesforce.com"]Salesforce.com[/URL], best known for its cloud-based CRM package, announced on Monday that it would be providing web hosting services for web sites, intranets and web-based applications. The announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft's coming out party for its [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3431.html"]cloud computing services platform called Azure[/URL] last week at the Professional Developer's Conference. But Salesforce, much like Amazon is building this business as a logical extension of its existing business. It's already running a server farm infrastructure for Salesforce, so it only takes some minor tweaks to move into the hosting business. [B]Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon: Oh My![/B] Suddenly three very formidable …

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All last week, Microsoft was trying desperately to shift the spotlight from Vista, the OS that has become a major liability for the software giant. To that end, Microsoft made a flurry of announcements including Azure, the newly announced cloud platform, the Windows 7 Alpha and a preliminary view of the web-based version of Microsoft Office. It's clear that Microsoft has thrown in the towel on the woeful Vista. Maybe that's why Microsoft's love fest, aka the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) last week in Los Angeles, provided a 24/7 forum to discuss a future without Vista, but like a political …

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This week at the Professional Developer's Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft made a big splash by announcing a new [URL="http://cooney.typepad.com/lauren_cooneys_blog/2008/10/welcome-azure-qa-from-the-experts.html"]cloud computing initiative it's calling Azure[/URL]. It's significant on several levels. First of all Microsoft wants to compete with services like [URL="http://aws.amazon.com/"]Amazon S3[/URL] and offer online storage and online computational services. Secondly it begins to blur the line between the cloud and the traditional desktop operating environment where Microsoft has made its living, and finally and perhaps most significantly it will expose some key pieces of Microsoft business software including Sharepoint and Exchange to external developers who will be able to …

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Mainframes (MF) in the news again? Can it be or did I just wake up in 1980 all over again? It's true (the Mainframe part not 1980) that we are now looking backward for our future in virtualization and Cloud Computing using Linux as the delivery system. Mainframes have a 40-year history with virtualization--in fact, the IBM System z's z/VM is a Type-1 hypervisor--like VMware's ESX and Xen. Something old and something new. Melding the two disparate worlds of Mainframes and Linux is an exciting undertaking. Linux is the Operating System new kid on the block with its x86 orientation …

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The ominous 13th entry in my ongoing Crystal Ball Sunday series highlights a somewhat controversial and oft misunderstood computing space known as Cloud Computing. As I explained in my [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3340.html"]I'm Smarter Than Larry Ellison[/URL] entry, Cloud Computing allows applications to be hosted in leveraged environments such that you neither know nor care where they're coming from. Linux's place in Cloud Computing is, or should be, obvious: It is a cheap, viable Operating System that can be customized for any purpose--Cloud Computing being one of its easy triumphs. Linux is adept at serving applications either as a virtual host Operating System …

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The other day, I saw an article on Forbes.com named [I][URL="http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/10/ellison-cloud-computing-tech-enter-cx_wt_1010oracle.html"]Ellison Shoots Hole in Cloud[/URL][/I] and just had to read further. I did read it. The whole thing. I was puzzled, then I laughed, and finally I was mystified by his comments. The article made me wonder just what the hell is wrong with Larry Ellison and made me compare my intellectual prowess to his. The "Cloud" that everyone is talking about is just a bunch of servers that are usually spread out geographically but logically connected and load balanced to act as a single entity--one big server system that …

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Over the last week or so, I've been exploring cloud computing. My basic thesis through this series has been that as the economy sours--it's darn close to curdling--cloud computing gives you access to sophisticated applications without expensive hardware. Sounds like a smart play on the face of it, but when [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman"]Richard Stallman[/URL], the Dean of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org/"]free software [/URL]movement weighs in that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3277.html"]it's actually stupid[/URL], it's going to make you stand up and take notice. So to get yet another view on all of this, I had a chat with Rishi Chandra, the product manager for Google Docs Enterprise. [B]Perception …

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