Because more and more, company employees, independent contractors,
consultants and startup founders have the tools to work from anywhere,
there's now an app to help them find the perfect places to go.
It's called Cubefree, a free app that helps you find cafes with WiFi, power
outlets, parking and even a table to share. CubeFree shows a map view with
nearby cafes, along with user ratings and comments, as well as others who
have checked in.
This app perfectly complements the other tools the modern workforce uses to
work from anywhere: Virtual Desktops hosted in data centers, documents in
cloud storage, mobile work apps on tablets. To power these, all that's needed
is a quiet place to sit, WiFi and power.
For many that means working from home if they are out of the office, but if
you're on the road or just want to escape the house or office, Cubefree may
be the ticket... (more)
Chris Fleck's Blog
As described in part 1 of this blog series, the cloud is not the answer for
every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current
economics even without considering additional factors like security, control
and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cloud
advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. (Pointed out by
Michael Keen and Billy Marshall as well).
Perhaps this is not very surprising to many, but it does help to look at the
numbers to put it in perspective. The largest Intrinsic cost advantage of the ... (more)
Apps from the Cloud frequently means limited function browser based web apps
that may be OK for personal use but don’t cut it in the business world.
Citrix as an industry leader delivering full featured enterprise windows apps
to business has now enabled the Cloud to provide the delivery system. As a
public demonstration Citrix has posted a pre-built XenApp Server in
Amazon’s Xen based EC2 offering.
Anyone can now start demonstrating and testing rich windows app delivery from
the Cloud in minutes without committing to hardware or the typical set up and
A deta... (more)
Many of us in the IT industry recall the old adage "you'll never get fired
for buying IBM" this held true for quite some time while IBM provided a
comprehensive albeit expensive set of products that got the job done and
provided the safe bet vendor selection. As the PC era took hold and the
introduction of credible alternatives became available, the pendulum began to
swing the other way. IT started being challenged about the "safe bet" choice
and in many cases the assumption became if you were only buying IBM you were
probably paying too much. This phenomena also translated int... (more)
Ulitzer Cloud Computing Blog
Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one
question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up
on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple
example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified the
incremental costs of buying 5 servers and running them on premise or a Colo
and then compared that to Amazon EC2. The analysis did not include many
variables such as real estate costs and labor savings which may or may not
apply to the particular situation. The result... (more)