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The 10 Best (and Worst) “Cloud Computing Explained” Videos on YouTube

In Cloud, General, Opinion, Sponsored, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Cloud Computing has been around for many, many years now. Ok, at least 5 years using the name “cloud computing.” Ever since this new way of consuming compute, networking, storage and other infrastructure resources got off the ground, no pun intended…well, sort of…people and companies have tried to explain what exactly it is. From the barrage of written definitions “officially” sanctioned by various organizations across the globe, to the mainstream media and marketing monoliths defining the cloud as anything on the Internet, the descriptions and definitions have been flung around like rice at a wedding. The important thing here is …

Agile Development & Big Data Management – Perfect for the Cloud

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I’m a firm believer that cloud computing helps companies innovate. It provides resources, services and infrastructure at a fraction of the cost and in less time than it would with a traditional infrastructure rollout. By dramatically reducing internal times to deployment and capital expenditures, businesses are given the ability to iterate more quickly, be more competitive in releasing products and features and get time-to-market timelines to the lowest numbers ever. Similarly, just as critical to businesses as the cloud is, Big Data, development and deployments have rapidly become one of the most sought-after resources and services in near memory. Data …

10 Tips to Help You Understand Your Business Needs Before Focusing on Cloud

In Cloud, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I think that perhaps all of this cloud hype is doing businesses a disservice. It’s everywhere. Even people on the street are talking about how their stuff is “in the cloud.” If you aren’t using cloud, you are behind the times and your technology is old and out of date. Cloud will make your teeth whiter, help your kids get into college and will be the next love of your life. We as consumers and business people are barraged continually about the benefits of cloud computing; after a while we all will cave in. Internal and external pressure will force …

Cloud Means Freedom – Evolution & Revolution

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When you think about earth-bound items, you think of things that are landlocked, tethered to a solid object or constrained by physicality. We, as a species are largely terrestrial, grounded with our feet on the ground and limited by gravity. For centuries if not millennia, humankind has dreamed and endeavored to break away from terra firma and soar beyond what surrounds us, to fly with the birds, to journey off into space and to explore that which we do not know. The spirit of exploration and the quest to understand the unknown propels us as a civilization to move beyond …

Using Cloud Computing to Test, Develop and Innovate

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Are you using cloud computing yet? If so, that’s great. If not, what is holding you back? Do you know enough about it? Do its capabilities confuse you? Have you not found a good use for it? I would guess that you are using cloud computing without even knowing it. As I work in the cloud industry, I get to see the trends as they happen and what innovative ways people are using the cloud to drive business success. Honestly, I think that developers and companies are only just starting to tap the vast potential of cloud computing. While many …

Understanding Cloud Security and Mobile Platforms on Digital Nibbles Podcast #6

In Audio, Cellular, Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Intel, Mobile, Opinion, PodCast, Safety, Security, Software, Tech News by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

You really should track your digital devices, at least according to Ken Westin who is the founder of GadgetTrak. I actually agree with that. In fact, I have been using some other services (Prey Project and Find my iPhone) to do just that. It does look like what Ken’s company has come up with in their GadgetTrak service goes quite a bit beyond that. And Ken goes into the importance of preserving your gadget (smartphone and laptop) security and privacy in the latest episode of Digital Nibbles.  Appropriately taking place on Pi Day (3.14) – which, also is, coincidentally, Albert …

Walking Through IBM’s New iPad Cloud Application

In Apple, Application, Cloud, General, iPad, Mobile, Opinion, Review, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

It’s no surprise that I’m writing about clouds and iPads and applications. If you do a search on my site, you will see that I write about all 3 of these topics, just never at the same time. When I found out that IBM had produced a Cloud application, my interests were sparked for many reasons: 1) I helped produce a cloud management app for the company I work for 2) anything that helps to spread a well thought out explanation of cloud computing is good for the cloud industry as a whole and 3) full disclosure, this article is …

Consumer Clouds – A Comfortable and Easy On-ramp to More Complex Business Clouds

In Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Opinion, Parenting, Security, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

I have multiple personalities. No, I’m not schizophrenic but I do have alter egos. During the day, I live and breathe cloud computing with my job as Technology Evangelist at GoGrid, a cloud infrastructure provider. And then the rest of my hours when I’m awake, I’m a dad, husband and technologist, trying to figure out how it all fits together without busting at the seams. This site, HighTechDad.com, represents many years of trying to figure out how technology integrates into the family, what works, what doesn’t, what to look out for and how to make sense of it all. It …

Guest on Intel’s Digital Nibbles Podcast – Talking about Consumer Clouds

In Audio, Cloud, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Intel, Opinion, Parenting, PodCast, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Recently, I was invited to be a guest on a podcast (sponsored by Intel) called Digital Nibbles and the topic was Consumer Clouds. Digital Nibbles is a podcast that discusses data centers, cloud computing and other topics around big data, DevOps, mobile and IT in the enterprise. As an interesting twist to the traditional corporate subject matter, we turned to consumer clouds, what they are, what they aren’t and how many of us are using them. We also dove into the dangers of many cloud-based services from the standpoint of a parent. Digital Nibbles is co-hosted by Allyson Klein and …