Connectivity is the Cloud’s Achilles Heal…Sort Of.

Having written about the challenges for Road Warriors and cloud computing, I thought it a good opportunity to write about the challenges that connectivity brings to a cloud-based methodology. Some challenges are very real while others are perception. It is…

Recommendations for Measuring and Reporting Data Center Efficiency

I've been part of a consortium lead by the US DOE and US EPA to develop recommendations in an effort to drive up the number of data centers that measure and report their efficiency. Today, the group published the first…

Leveling the Playing Field for the Startup and SMB

Cloud Computing is the number one strategic issue for enterprise organizations today (Gartner). However, it presents a new advantage for the Startup and Small and Medium Business (SMB) to level the playing field. Today, startups find it challenging to raise…

AT&T Data Pricing Changes: Good or Bad?

Yesterday (June 2, 2010), AT&T announced changes to it's data service pricing. The full press release can be found at: http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=4800&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=30854 The big news is that AT&T is doing away with their "unlimited" data plans. Many folks will question whether…

Energy Used by Google Search

Ever wonder how much energy is used for a Google Search? Here's an interesting comparison: http://nextround.net/upcoming/thumbs/2010/05/12/How-Much-Energy-Is-Used-In-a-Google-Search-full.jpg Armed with this information, how much energy do you personally consume? What about other online services? Will this cause you to think differently about…

U.S SEC Views on Disclosure Bring Focus to Carbon Impact

Recently, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) offered both a view and a reminder on release of data related to climate change impact. The interpretation is located at: http://www.sec.gov/rules/interp/2010/33-9106.pdf For businesses, this means a greater focus on carbon impact…