Nerd chic is what’s next in fashion

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Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele sent a troop of nerdy models down his spring 2016 runway on Wednesday, during Milan Fashion Week

Button-up blouses and delightfully tacky neck ties stole the show. In minimal makeup, the model’s faces were instead accessorized with oversized wire glasses and sparkly plastic frames.

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The look was a mashup of snazzy, power-women from the ’70s and the cast of Freaks and Geeks

When she wasn’t kicking ass and saving the world, actress Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman character killed it in the style game as alias Diana Prince. Read more…

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What’s so great about cloud computing and why should you invest in companies using this technology?

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by Carlos de Miguel

Question by Hip Hop Hero: What’s so great about cloud computing and why should you invest in companies using this technology?
I heard it’s good to store things so that businesses can have their employees able to work on the go (mobile).

Best answer:

Answer by Harley Drive
it’s all hype, trusting your data to a company that may not even exist next week is madness , any company can set up a private network using the internet, any outage and you lose everything and how can you trust a company that may also store your rival’s data?

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Q&A: Cloud computing, whats the name of the companies and their stock symbols?

Question by ken m: Cloud computing, whats the name of the companies and their stock symbols?
Im looking for the new companies

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Answer by Common Sense
Cloud Computing companies: AKAM, CRM, CTXS. RVBD, FFIV, VMW, RAX

New companies????? These may be new to you….. I’ve been in & out of these for quite awhile.

BTW: Joe Fahmy mentioned these this week in his Monday video;
http://www.stocktwits.tv/the-next-big-move-with-joe-fahmy-090610/

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Right now I’m in (since Jan, & May): AKAM, CTXS & VMW
I have (this year) been in FFIV. I’m looking at RAX as a new entry.

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What’s the best server?

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by IvanWalsh.com

Question by : What’s the best server?
I’m interested in starting my own cloud back up business. I was wondering what the best server(s) would be. Not too knowledgable with servers. Best RAM, best processor, etc. if I’m starting out small would a couple terabyte or maybe even more that that be enough storage? Would the backup software be better web based?

Best answer:

Answer by WireRydr
Do you have a budget already established for your server acquisition? If so then that will be a major influence on your purchase decision.

Other factors that you may want to consider might include:

1. Do you require redundancy? In what areas? Eg. redundant disks in your storage array, multiple network interfaces, multiple servers attached to common storage, etc? This HEAVILY influences price.

2. Capacity. You’ve asked whether a couple of terabytes would be enough. It might be better to first finalize what product offerings / tiers you wish to offer (e.g. different tiers of capacity at different prices). Take a look at what other players in your market are offering in comparison. Then, take a look at how rapidly you’re projecting your client-base will expand. You can better size your storage requirements if you’ve sorted these details out first.

3. If you’re providing “cloud” backup services (and this can mean several things), then will you be virtualizing your own infrastructure? If so, then in addition to costing out any licenses there may be for whatever virtualization platform you go with, you will need to ensure that the hardware you choose is fully compatible and supported (if you buy support) with that virtualization platform.

4. Will you be physically housing and maintaining your server and related infrastructure? Or are you looking at either colocation services (i.e. where you physically locate your server at some datacenter, and pay them a monthly fee to keep it running, keep it connected to the internet, keep power flowing, etc.). Alternatively you could look at hosting services (i.e. you rent resources from a hosting provider – where they’re probably providing you with a virtualized environment to suit your needs).

Bottom-line: There are a lot of questions you want to ask yourself BEFORE you start choosing best RAM, processors, storage, etc. If you’ve already sorted this all out, and if you have a budget, then it might make sense to take a look at places like newegg.com to see what your budget will allow you to buy. Your budget will probably constrain your purchase decisions far more than questions like “what’s the best…?” will.

Hope this helps get you started;

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Cloud computing whats the difference?

Question by Cookie Monster: Cloud computing whats the difference?
I’m not really understanding the difference between cloud computing and regular server hosting. Doesn’t a cloud still have to be hosted on a somewhere? I understand that a cloud is just something where people put a website, or some data that someone can access anywhere and we can increase decrease the amount of clouds based on the amount of traffic.
But how is the accessibility any different than regular server hosting and where is a cloud hosted?

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Answer by swalih
1. Firstly, “cloud computing” is a vague term created by marketing as a set of features, and diluted by sales people pushing services when applications aren’t obvious to their customers. I will assume we’re mainly discussing elastic computing and any technologies necessary to implement that, like hypervisors and distrubuted storage.

Elastic computing is a tool to scale your computer power up and down as needed. It’s related to time-share, but instead of one large mainframe to rent server time on, you’re given a large cloud of servers to rent or share. You can script the start and closing of additional nodes, to match your use of the cloud to demand for the services those nodes offer.

The important distinction between elastic compute clouds and normal hosting is provisioning. Imagine you run a website that publishes football scores, and you’re very popular. To make a profit you need to keep the website responsive under heavy load. We’re talking Superbowl heavy load. Constant refreshes and sustained traffic for hours. In order to meet that goal, you could buy a massive server farm that can handle Superbowl traffic, and let them sit mostly idle during the off-season. Or you could buy server time from an elastic compute cloud to make up the difference. Normal hosting services may choose to simply fail during high load, with catastrophic effects on your Superbowl revenue. They may even kick you off for too much CPU use or network traffic.

Economically, cloud computing allows for full employment of servers. Rather than have everyone buy lots of beefy hardware in case of Slashdot, the hardware that would serve Slashdotters can migrate to the sites that need it (and pay for it). Combined with economies of scale, we can expect that large compute farms may become cheaper than hosted or colocated solutions. If APIs are created to migrate servers between clouds, additional competitive forces may help drive prices towards marginal costs; hence the chasm between Amazon and the Cloud Computing Bill of Rights. Some are proposing a cloud marketplace, where cloud computing is bought and sold by principles of supply and demand. This would encourage people to shift compute power to off peak hours, as we see with cell phone plans and industrial use of electricity.

The reasons to stay away from cloud computing are twofold: price, and privacy. None of the above guarantees cloud computing will be cheaper than your current solution. You may be fine with failure during Superbowl events. Or it may be cheaper for you to build and buy your own servers and datacenter. Alternatively, you may have data you would prefer not reside in the hands of anonymous cloud vendors whose security and technology may leak information about your service or your customers. The last part means you may in fact be legally impaired from implementing cloud computing, as the cloud vendor has access to your disk and RAM.

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What’s Best for My Business? Cloud Hosting vs. Geo Hosting

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by qthrul

Cloud Hosting

A cloud host will have many servers, often located all over the globe. Using a technology called load balancing, the cloud host will allocate server resources to each customer as needed. Generally, you’ll pay a flat fee for cloud hosting, plus additional monthly fees based on time or resource usage. You’ll always have the bandwidth you need during peak traffic periods, but you won’t pay for unused resources during slow periods.

While the scalability of cloud hosting is attractive, many geo-based hosts offer scalability as well. Most large geo hosts can rapidly move your shared web hosting account to a more robust server if and when needed, although you may experience some downtime if it is necessary to migrate to VPS hosting or a dedicated server.

The flexibility of cloud hosting comes with a price; the unit cost of data transfer is usually higher from cloud hosting providers then from geo hosts.

Cloud hosting is particularly well suited to companies doing , as well as customers whose .

Geo Hosting

For the fastest connection to your server, you’ll want to minimize the distance your data has to travel. If you go with cloud hosting, you’ll never know the physical location of the server that the load balancer has assigned to you. It could be on the other side of the planet! If you’re on the West Coast of the United States, for example, and the load balancer moves your server from the West Coast to the East Coast, your server connection may be up to 23 times slower.

And what if your cloud host decides to serve your website from India, London, or the Philippines? This can make a significant difference when running server-intensive applications such as email – and time is money. The load balancing process also slows performance, as the cloud host is constantly adjusting and reallocating server resources.

If connection time is a priority, you’ll probably want to go with geo hosting. Of course, this requires you to do a little research; you’ll need to find a host with a data center that’s located close to you and your customer base.

Geo hosting is particularly well suited to , as well as companies that seek predictable hosting costs.

Security

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Another important factor to consider in deciding between cloud hosting and geo hosting is security. Cloud hosting, like shared hosting, places multiple websites in a common environment. However, cloud hosting adds another potential vulnerability by introducing the load balancer – a technology that constantly distributes storage and processing power among the servers in the cloud. While there are well-established best practices that make traditional shared hosting secure, cloud hosting is relatively new.

Although some cloud hosting providers are developing protections against unauthorized access and exposure, these are by no means standardized in the industry. Therefore, at this point, cloud hosting does not generally offer the same level of security as traditional shared hosting.

Of course, if security is critical to your business operations, the best way to protect your mission-critical data is with a dedicated server plan from a geo hosting provider.

(In addition, some cloud hosting providers don’t support SSH. Ask the providers you’re considering – migrating a large database without SSH could turn into a major headache!)

Conclusion

Cloud hosting is designed to be a scalable environment for resource intensive application development. Geo hosting eliminates unnecessary data connection delays, making it a great fit for business websites and email, and can provide greater data security. Make sure to factor these details into your decision about which hosting platform is right for your business. Take a look at the chart below for a quick recap of the relative strengths of each type of hosting:

Regardless of whether you choose cloud hosting or geo hosting, be sure to conduct careful research before selecting a hosting provider. You’ll also want to make sure that your provider offers knowledgeable, professional U.S.-based support, 24 hours a day/365 days a year.

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What’s the difference between cloud computing and hosting on a online web server?

Question by Penny: What’s the difference between cloud computing and hosting on a online web server?
Could somebody please explain to me what cloud computing is in laymen’s terms?

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Answer by Keith M
In practical terms, there is no difference. Cloud computing is just a buzzword that means a lot of different things depending on what company is selling something. In general terms the term “cloud” means “don’t worry about how, it just happens and it just works”.

Cloud computing, to me, is simply the provision of technology-based resources (processor power, storage, networking) on demand, just like the power company provides you with electricity to the plugs in your house.

If you want to read a bit more about it check out the Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

For an example of a currently available, real-world and seemingly successful cloud computing service, check out the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) at http://aws.amazon.com/s3/ . Other examples include Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and the Google search engine. They all run “in the cloud”. They don’t run on YOUR PC, right? 😉

If you REALLY want to read more about it go to the library and get a copy of “The Big Switch” by Nicholas Carr. I’m just starting to read it and it’s very interesting, not “techie” boring stuff, but “big-picture, history-making-and-changing innovation” kind of stuff.

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