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April 19, 2012

99 days to go

99 days to go for London Olympics and I am wondering how is London Olympics leveraging cloud. I started my research by searching Google "London Olympics cloud" and I get this fascinating picture at http://www.raisethecloud.org/

The website talks about the "The Cloud" in the following words

"The Cloud addresses our twin attention spans of the short-term desire for information and stimulation, and our growing longer-term consciousness about our impact on the future, and our productive role within a larger harmonious ecology. It provides two resources - energy and data - harvesting both the natural ecosystem and humanity's complementary cyber-sphere, fusing the two"

Further search on "Cloud computing and Olympics" leads to site of Frontier Technologies and they are offering a cloud computing package for business as a business continuity measure. Very timely usage of cloud indeed. It is quoted at the site 

["It is essential that your organisation fully prepares for the event. There will be up to three hour delays on public transport, potential increased terrorist activity, criminal activity, public disorder and domestic extremism. On top of this there is a greater chance of non-malicious hazards such as pandemics and heat waves due to the huge influx of people in the country." Stated Paul Eskriett, Principal Security and Contingency Planning Advisor from The City of London Corporation in our meeting earlier this year.

... Frontier Olympic Cloud, a three month cloud computing package to ensure business productivity during the Olympic Games. ... they are delivered on demand to your employees from any location, from any internet connected device, using any type of internet connection... ]

Here is another article you should read, on why cloud computing will not be used in Olympics at techrepublic. It is said "When we did the analysis back in 2009 we were not ready to take that step... It's very interesting but it was too early for us.". Isn't this true for most of the enterprise, which have long decision cycles, and are locked in technology investments that are too soon to replace.

You should visit the websites to read more about it. I still feel Cloud should be the default way to manage large events. They are transient in nature. You need all the technology for a period of time and then no more. Cloud is also present via
1.Facebook and Twitter
     a. Analyzing what people are talking about Olympics could be useful news

2.Events updates, schedule, online reservation
     a. Event planner could be useful
     b. Finding where you can get meet your favorite athlete could be useful
     c. Building online reservation system on an elastic compute to manage the global  volume is clever

3.Maps and Directions
     a. Maximizing your season ticket could be useful
     b. Finding an emergency exit or medical facility when a situation arises can save lives
     c. Ensuring that the mobile network does not fail with large volume needs cloud

4.Finding friends in the Olympic stadium
     a. A solution using text phones could be useful
     b. Having a smart band on your daughters hand and ability to locate them on your phone is super useful

5.Finding Food
     a. When so many people are going to be around, they are going to hungry too

One thing is for sure, 100s of servers and several thousand enduser devices at the event, the local wireless network is going to be busy. Network bandwidth and wireless bandwidth is pre-requisite for any cloud play. 
This is just tip of the ice-berg. Do share your thoughts... Let the world benefit from your ideas.

April 4, 2012

Will the inclusion of cloud-computing in Industries may decrease the job opportunities in future?

We know that cloud-computing apart from providing benefits like reliability, availability, scalability, etc, it was also shifts some of the responsibility (from the infrastructure point of view) to the cloud-computing providers.

Once application/service deployed to the cloud computing infrastructure:

·         Network administrators need not to worry about the load balancing, bandwidth balancing, etc

·         System administrators need not to worry about updating the machines/servers with latest security and other patches, etc.

So from the application owner's perspective, he/she needs not to put much effort and money in this types of administrative works rather devote more on the application feature enhancement.

Does that mean personals involved in such administrative works are going to lose their job opportunities?

Such a type of concern also evolved during the inclusion of software in industries. Many thought using software, quite a few processes will be automated which otherwise would have needed manual intervention. And with such kind of automation in countries like India where population is very high, might result into the higher unemployment.

But in reality what actually happened? The job opportunities that IT/software industries fetched are very high and not comparable to any previous opportunities. In-fact the unemployment was addressed to the maximum extent.

So basically with the advent of new technologies, and the subsequent automation, the job opportunities were never decreased but a new/different skill set for working in a new environment was demanded. Similarly need for the above said administrators/professionals will never extinct but they will need to acquire a new skill set to manage the new environment that the cloud-computing is providing.

Having said this and in support of this, please refer to this wonderful article depicting some good data which will certainly bring delight especially to the Indian professionals. So cheer up and happy clouding....