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…

Rackspace Data Center Outage: Cause for Concern or Time for a Change in Strategy?

Rackspace, a popular hosting provider in the cloud, suffered a significant outage on June 29, 2009. Apparently, a power interruption caused their Dallas (DFW-Grapevine) data center to go offline. Rackspace has posted a copy of the incident report here: http://www.rackspace.com/downloads/pdfs/DFWIncidentReport6-29-2009.pdf…

Strategic Impact of Acquisitions: Oracle Acquisition of Virtual Iron Example

This week’s announcement of Oracle’s (NYSE: ORCL) acquisition of Virtual Iron caused a bit of a stir. Oracle’s press release is a bit vague and financial terms were not disclosed: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/018535 The acquisition acknowledges an architectural shift toward a collapsed…

Storage Failure in the Cloud

Is storage in the cloud a failure? I'll answer that further down...read on. It started with a story in the Boston Globe on March 21, 2009: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2009/03/21/data_backup_firm_sues_2_hardware_suppliers/ That spawned a series of threads on the failure of Cloud Storage. Carbonite's…