cloud computing en Google Expanding Retail Availability of Chromebooks <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Chromebook" title="Chromebook" width="228" height="212" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Walmart, Staples and many other retailers jump on the Chromebook bandwagon</h3> <p>In a major shot in the arm for Google’s cloud OS ambitions, <a href="" target="_blank">Walmart and Staples have agreed to carry laptops running Chrome OS</a>. What’s more, they aren’t the only ones, as several other retailers around the U.S. and 10 other countries where Chromebooks are already available will also be part of this massive retail push.</p> <p>Beginning with Walmart on Monday and Staples over the coming weekend, <a href="" target="_blank">Chromebooks</a> will now be available in “over 3 times more stores than before, or more than 6,600 stores around the world,” the search engine giant has announced. For good measure, select Office Depot, OfficeMax, Fry’s and TigerDirect outlets will also be jumping on the Chromebook bandwagon over the next few months.</p> <p>Retail availability is also set to expand in the 10 other international markets where Chromebooks are currently sold. “In addition to Dixons in the UK, now 116 Tesco stores are selling Chromebooks, as well as all Mediamarket and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden,” David Shapiro, director of Chromebook marketing, wrote in a blog post Monday&nbsp; “In Australia, all JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will be carrying Chromebooks for their customers as well. We’re working hard to bring Chromebooks to even more countries later this year.”</p> <p>While the increase in retail availability is definitely great news for Chrome OS, the platform has a long way to go before its <a href="" target="_blank">market share statistics</a> are respectable enough to warrant a mention.</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none;" href="">Google+</a></em></p> chrome os chromebooks cloud computing Google netbooks staples Walmart News Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:05:28 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 25753 at HP Pavilion Chromebook Specs Leaked <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="HP Pavilion Chromebook" title="HP Pavilion Chromebook Sports a 14-inch Display" width="228" height="160" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>HP goes against the grain with 14-inch Pavilion Chromebook</h3> <p>Chrome OS finally seems to be getting some attention from top PC vendors. Close on the heels of <a href="">Lenovo’s recent announcement</a> of its maiden <strong><a href="">Chromebook</a></strong>, a <a href=";cd=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=in">spec sheet detailing HP's first Chrome OS device</a> was discovered on the PC and printing ink behemoth's website on Monday.</p> <p>Before being pulled off <a href="">HP's website</a>, the said document gave away pretty much everything worth knowing about the device. We now know that HP has decided to go against the grain by opting for the 14-inch form factor for its Chromebook instead of the 12.1- and 11.6-inch options currently on the market.</p> <p>The other specs, though, are pretty standard: 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16GB SSD, 14-inch LED-backlit screen (1,366x768), HP TrueVision HD Webcam, three USB 2.0 ports, and a 4-Cell lithium-ion battery with a rather abysmal 4.25-hour battery life.</p> <p>An official announcement is likely on or after February 17, 2013, the ad embargo date mentioned in the document.</p> chrome os chromebook cloud computing cloud os Google hewlett-packard hp pavilion chromebook News Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:37:40 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 24922 at Acer's 'Popular' C7 Chromebook Now Available Through Additional Retailers <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /><a href="">Acer</a> quietly launched its second Chromebook, the C7, earlier this month, making it available through Google Play, and Best Buy stores. Now, according to the Taiwanese PC maker, the $199 Chrome OS-running device has become popular enough to force some other e-tailers to begin selling it.</p> <p>The C7, which is the only Chromebook to feature a hard drive, is now also available through TigerDirect, NewEgg and, the company announced today. As per Acer, the interest that this device has managed to generate among customers — and thereby retailers — is due mainly to the fact that it’s “easy-to-use, speedy and secure.”</p> <p>“Our customers’ enthusiastic response to the <strong><a href="">Acer C7 Chromebook</a></strong> has encouraged more of our e-tail partners to make them available for purchase online – just in time for anyone looking for a great holiday gift for a loved one or yourself,” said Scott Ledterman, vice president of retail, Acer America, in a <a href="">press release</a>. “The extra low price of only $199 is so affordable that customers can even buy them as stocking stuffers for multiple people on their shopping list.”</p> <p>Here’s a rundown of what's inside the 3.05-lb C7:</p> <ul> <li>Display: 11.6-inch HD Widescreen CineCrystalTM LED-backlit LCD</li> <li>Processor: 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847</li> <li>Memory: 2GB DDR3</li> <li>Storage: 320GB HDD and 100GB Google Drive Storage</li> <li>Webcam: HD 1.3MP webcam w/ LED indicator and microphone</li> <li>Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet</li> <li>Ports: 3xUSB 2.0, HDMI, Card Reader</li> <li>Battery: 4-cell</li> </ul> <p>Given the fact that the first Chromebooks were widely reported to have sold in the tens of thousands, it is difficult to say how Acer defines popularity when it comes to such devices.</p> <p><em>Image: TechRadar</em></p> Acer c7 chrome os chromebook chromium cloud computing cloud os Google News Sat, 01 Dec 2012 04:36:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 24603 at Chrome OS Gets Multi-Monitor Support <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46168/google-chrome-os-dual-monitor.jpg" width="228" height="149" style="float: right;" />Let's be honest, the little things that usually titillate our geek glands are unlikely to do so while we wait with bated breath for the release of some “exciting” data from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. The Chrome team nonetheless decided to push some new features to the <a href="">Chrome OS</a> Developer channel a few days back.</p> <p>“The Dev channel has been updated to 25.0.1324.1 (Platform versions 3196.1.0 for most platforms and 3196.2.0 for Samsung Chromeboxes) for all Chrome OS devices,” the <a href="">Chrome team said earlier this week</a>.</p> <p>The latest developer channel build features a number of improvements, but the most important of the lot has got to be the inclusion of multi-monitor support,which now makes it possible for Chrome OS users to extend or duplicate their displays. To be honest, though, most of them will probably have to work really hard at figuring out an excuse for doing so.</p> <p>Besides multi-monitor support, the latest developer channel also includes a new version of Pepper Flash ( for new Samsung Chromebooks and for all other platforms) and “intelligent window positioning.” Further, it is now possible to reorder the app list.</p> chrome os cloud computing cloud os multi monitor support News Sun, 25 Nov 2012 05:40:46 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 24557 at SkyDrive vs. Google Drive <!--paging_filter--><h3><strong>SkyDrive and Google Drive Go Head to Head</strong></h3> <p>After years of rumors and whispers, Google finally released its long-awaited <a title="Google Drive" href="" target="_blank"><strong>Google Drive</strong></a> cloud storage service in April, combining&nbsp;<a title="dropbox info" href="" target="_blank">Dropbox</a>-like synching abilities and a PC client with the company’s <a title="Google Docs" href="" target="_blank">Google Docs</a> service. Microsoft could have waved the white flag; instead, it released an excellent update for its own <a title="skydrive stories" href="" target="_blank"><strong>SkyDrive</strong></a> service, adding many of the features found in Google Drive. The chips are on the table and there’s only one question left: Which cloud storage service is better?</p> <p><em>Note: This article appeared in the August issue of the magazine. See author's note at end.<br /></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u154082/skydrive_vs_google_drive2.jpg" alt="skydrive vs google drive" title="skydrive vs google drive" width="617" height="311" /></p> <h4>Round 1: Interface</h4> <p>Microsoft and Google must’ve done their homework before launching GDrive and SkyDrive, because the PC and Mac clients for the respective services look and feel an awful lot like Dropbox’s. Basically, each appears as just another folder on your computer, albeit a folder that seamlessly syncs with the cloud whenever something inside of it changes. The synched folders even appear in Windows Explorer’s Favorites sidebar just like Dropbox’s client. It’s painless and wonderful.</p> <p>It’s a toss-up on the web interfaces, too. Both have simple, flexible, and functional UIs that deliver all the information you need without being overly busy. Both also feature list- and thumbnail-style viewing options. We prefer SkyDrive’s colorful look to Google Drive’s drab hues, but that’s just a matter of personal taste.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Winner: Draw </strong></p> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Round 2: Storage/Price</h4> <p style="text-align: left;">New SkyDrive sign-ups receive 7GB gratis—compared to the free 5GB offered by Google Drive—and veteran users can opt to grandfather in their full 25GB of free space. Plus, SkyDrive’s upgrade options are cheaper than Google Drive’s, and unlike Google, Microsoft offers a 50GB plan.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Google Drive outshines SkyDrive in the total amount of upgradable space available, however. SkyDrive tops out at 100GB, while Google Drive goes all the way up to a whopping 16 terabytes (for a similarly whopping $800/month). Also, Google Drive caps file uploads at 10GB, compared to SkyDrive’s 2GB max.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;">We think 100GB of cloud storage is more than enough for most people, though. SkyDrive’s cheaper prices and more generous free storage earn it the win.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Winner: SkyDrive</strong></p> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Round 3: Platform Support</h4> <p>Part of the allure of synching-style cloud storage solutions is the ability to access your files from virtually anywhere. Both services have Windows and Mac desktop clients while neglecting Linux lovers (who’ll have to stick to Dropbox). The real difference lies in mobile support: SkyDrive offers dedicated <a title="ios" href="" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a title="Windows Phone skydrive" href="" target="_blank">Windows Phone</a> apps, while Google Drive only has an <a title="google drive android" href="">Android app</a>. (<em>Both now offer iOS and Android apps. See note at end - Brad) </em>Neither has announced plans for BlackBerry support. <strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>As it stands, SkyDrive gets the nod for supporting two mobile platforms, including the über-popular iOS, and for its deep-rooted Windows 8 integration. An Apple-compatible app—which Google says is in development—will add a lot of appeal to Google Drive, though both services pale compared to Dropbox and <a title="SugarSync" href="" target="_blank">SugarSync</a>’s widespread mobile support.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Winner: SkyDrive</strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>To see which cloud storage service is better at file protection, click on the next page to read the conclusion.&nbsp;</em></p> <hr /> <h4>Round 4: Collaboration</h4> <p>Both services offer basic in-browser editing for documents, spreadsheets, slide shows, and more, and users can collaborate with others to tinker with files in real time. The superb feature sets SkyDrive and Google Drive apart from their competitors.</p> <p>Giving others permission to read or edit files is a snap in both services, and each gives you the ability to email direct links to specific files. SkyDrive goes the extra mile and includes a Public folder that anybody can access, as well as support for sending links to over 30 social networks (but not Google+).</p> <p>Once you’re actually collaboratively editing a document, though, Google Docs presents changes in real time, while SkyDrive’s Office Web Apps forces all users to save and refresh documents before showing others’ edits. Google’s approach is vastly superior.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Winner: Google Drive</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" title="SkyDrive" href="/files/u154082/skydrive_screenshot.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u152332/skydrive_screenshot_small.jpg" width="394" height="294" /></a></p> <p><strong>SkyDrive’s Office Web Apps mimic the look and feel of the stand-alone Microsoft Office productivity programs—right down to the controversial Ribbon interface…</strong><strong><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a class="thickbox" title="Google Drive" href="/files/u154082/google_drive_screenshot.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="/files/u152332/google_drive_screenshot_small.jpg" width="396" height="290" /></a><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>… while Google Docs lovers will feel right at home in Google Drive’s stark, black-and-white digs. The two services’ PC clients, on the other hand, look virtually identical.</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h4 style="text-align: left;">Round 5: File Protection</h4> <p style="text-align: left;">What if, in the midst of a hot-and-heavy collaborative editing session, a clueless co-worker accidentally deletes an important chunk of text and saves the change? Fear not: Both Google Drive and SkyDrive contain handy-dandy version history tools that can restore files to previous iterations. SkyDrive tracks the last 25 versions of a file, while Google Drive maintains file histories for 30 days or up to 100 revisions.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The big difference lies in what happens when you accidentally delete a file completely. In SkyDrive, deleted files are simply gone, never to be seen again. (<em>See note at end - Brad)</em> Google Drive, however, moves deleted files into a Trash folder, where you can then choose to delete the file permanently or restore it to its original location, complete with its version history intact if it’s a document.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Winner: Google Drive<br /></strong></p> <h3 style="text-align: left;"><strong>And the Winner Is…<br /></strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Sigh. Ties satisfy no one, but individual needs really do determine which of these closely matched cloud-based services is right for you. Google Drive, basically being Google Docs on steroids, holds the slight edge in productivity tasks; SkyDrive is slightly cheaper, offers slightly more free storage, and is available on more mobile platforms. Sign up for the service that supports your mobile platform of choice, or heck, give ’em each a whirl if you’re on the fence. Yay freemium!</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Author's note: This article first appeared in the August issue of the magazine, and it was actually written shortly after the launch of Google Drive, all the way back on May 8th. Both services have seen a bunch of changes since then; SkyDrive now supports file recovery, while both services offer apps for Android and iOS. If anything, the recent alterations to the services only serve to cement the fact that this is a closely fought battle with no clear winner</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: left; ">To manage all of your different online drives, check out our handy-dandy&nbsp;</span><a style="text-align: left; " title="good sync cloud storage" href="">cloud storage backup guide</a><span style="text-align: left; ">.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u152332/1000px-google_drive_logo_small.jpg" width="250" height="255" style="float: right;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u152332/skydrive-logo-l_small.jpg" width="452" height="281" style="float: left;" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p> cloud computing google drive head to head maximum pc online storage skydrive Software versus vs Windows August Features Tue, 09 Oct 2012 17:30:04 +0000 Brad Chacos 24208 at How To: Back Up Your Cloud Computing Storage with GoodSync <!--paging_filter--><h2>Cloud Computing&nbsp;</h2> <p>With so many <strong>cloud computing</strong> storage services available to you, you don’t ever truly need to pay for online storage. When your 2GB <a title="DropBox" href="" target="_blank">DropBox</a> runs out, you can always get 5 free gigs from <a title="Amazon" href="">Amazon</a>. When that runs out, why not open up a <a title="Skydrive" href="" target="_blank">SkyDrive</a> account for an additional 7GB? The only problem with cloud computing is that your files get spread out over different services, which can make it harder to find things, and can also increase your exposure to risk of losing access to files. If you use 3 online cloud services, there’s three times the chance that some of your files will be inaccessible at any given time, due to service outage. In this article, we’ll show you how to mitigate both of these problems, by using <a title="Goodsync" href="" target="_blank">GoodSync</a> to keep an up-to-date local backup of all the files on multiple cloud computing storage services.</p> <p><img src="/files/u57670/greenshot_2012-09-05_08-16-35.png" alt="cloud computing" title="cloud computing" width="620" height="405" /></p> <h3>Step One: Install GoodSync</h3> <p>You can find the GoodSync software available for free at <a href=""></a>. The free version does have some limitations—notably on the quantity of files that can be backed up—but it can be used indefinitely and is at least a good way to judge whether the full versions is worth the $30.</p> <p>Download the file and run the installer. There’s nothing much to configure during the installation; just see it through to the end, and you’ll be asked to name your first job.</p> <p><img src="/files/u57670/greenshot_2012-09-04_22-59-30.png" /></p> <p>GoodSync organizes all of your syncing tasks into jobs—each job consists of a two locations, which can be on your hard drive, USB or network storage, or even on the cloud.</p> <h3>Step Two: Pick your backup locations</h3> <p>One of the major advantages of GoodSync over a simpler sync application like <a title="SyncToy" href="" target="_blank">SyncToy</a> is the ability to connect directly to several of the most popular cloud storage services. If you use the cloud storage services from <a title="Google" href="" target="_blank">Google</a>, Amazon or <a title="Microsoft" href="" target="_self">Microsoft</a>, you can set up a job that backs them up without duplicating any files on your computer. To do so, just click on the Browse button next to the left location field, and in the menu that pops up, select the service you want to connect to. Enter your login credentials and click Go to connect to the service and see a list of folders to sync.</p> <p><img src="/files/u57670/greenshot_2012-09-04_16-49-33.png" width="640" height="480" /></p> <p>GoodSync can’t connect directly to DropBox, but it’s still easy to back those files up using the software, as long as you have the DropBox client installed on your PC. Simply click the Browse button, and select My Computer to browse to the location of your My Dropbox folder.</p> <p>Next, click the browse button next to the right-side location field. This time, in the popup window select the location you want your backup files to be stored. You can click my My Computer and choose a local location, or select Windows Shares or FTP to select a network location.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/files/u57670/greenshot_2012-09-05_08-17-50.png" width="620" height="425" /></p> <h3>Step Three: Schedule your backup</h3> <p>Once you’ve specified both the left- and right-hand locations, you just have to tell GoodSync how to transfer files between them. To do this, click the small icon in the upper center of the GoodSync window with a picture of two green arrows. In the window that opens click on the Sync Direction and to backup from the cloud account to your local location, not vice-versa.</p> <p><img src="/files/u57670/greenshot_2012-09-04_17-09-51.png" width="620" height="512" /></p> <p>Finally, click on the Auto tab in the backup options window to select how often GoodSync will automatically backup. Unless you need to know that your files are instantly backed up, we recommend conserving system resources by scheduling a backup every two hours or so.</p> <p><img src="/files/u57670/greenshot_2012-09-04_17-23-05.png" width="620" height="512" /></p> <p>If you’ve been following along, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve only scratched the surface of what you can do with GoodSync. With what you’ve done so far as a jumping off point, you can create a customized backup or sync routine that’s perfect for your system. Get experimenting!</p> amazon drive cloud computing dropbox free gigabyte gigs goodsync google drive Hard Drive how to online sink skydrive space Sync How-Tos Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:36:11 +0000 Alex Castle 24111 at Samsung Updates Series 5 Chromebook, Launches First Chromebox <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46168/device-category-chromebox.jpg" width="228" height="174" style="float: right;" />Unfazed by the general public’s poor response to first-generation Chrome OS hardware, Google and Samsung have introduced a <a href=";page=1&amp;gltype=localnews">couple of new devices featuring the cloud-based OS</a>. The <a href="">Series 5 550 is an update to last year’s Series 5 chromebook, whereas the Series 3 Chromebox is the first of its kind.</a></p> <p>Instead of the original’s dual-core Intel Atom N570 CPU and 2GB of RAM, the Series 5 550 features a dual-core Celeron B867 (Sandy Bridge) processor and 4GB of RAM. But there are quite a few things that remain unchanged, including the display, storage capacity and weight. While overall the Series 5 550, which is available in Wi-Fi ($450) and Wi-Fi/3G ($550) flavors, is much better than its predecessor, battery life is one area where it is vastly inferior. Here’s a quick rundown of the new Series 5’s specs:</p> <ul> <li>12.1" (1280x800) display</li> <li>3.3 lbs / 1.48 kg</li> <li>6 hours of continuous usage (down from the original’s 8.5 hours)</li> <li>Intel Core&nbsp; processor</li> <li>4 GB RAM</li> <li>Built-in dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Gigabit ethernet, and 3G modem (optional)</li> <li>HD Camera</li> <li>2 USB 2.0 ports</li> <li>4-in-1 memory card slot</li> <li>DisplayPort++ Output (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA)</li> </ul> <p>Powered by a 1.9 GHz dual-core Intel Celeron B840, the $329 Series 3 Chromebox is the very first Chrome OS-based desktop device. It features 4GB of RAM, 16GB of solid-state storage, built-in dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Gigabit ethernet, 6 USB 2.0 ports and 2x DP++ display out ports (compatible with HDMI, DVI, VGA).&nbsp; The 2.6-pound Mac Mini-esque Series 3 ships without a display, keyboard, or mouse.</p> chrome os chromebook chromebox cloud computing Google samsung News Thu, 31 May 2012 00:53:47 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 23472 at OnLive Desktop Plus Brings IE9, Adobe Flash to iPad <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46168/onlive_desktop_plus.jpg" width="228" height="179" style="float: right;" />OnLive kick-started its hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure service last month with the launch of the OnLive Desktop app for iPad. While OnLive Desktop launched as a free, as-available service, the company did announce a couple of subscription plans for those interested in priority access to a cloud-based Windows 7 desktop and more. One of those subscription plans is now available.</p> <p><a href="">OnLive Desktop Plus</a> is a service plan that costs $4.99/month and provides all the features already included in the Standard version (read: free version), albeit on a priority basis. However, that’s not the only advantage it has over the standard version. OnLive Desktop Plus includes a full Flash browser (Internet Explorer). The company is promising gigabit-speed accelerated browsing, which it says is “faster than any consumer browsing experience we know of.”</p> <p>“For you that means—whether you’re on Wi-Fi or 4G (Android LTE tablets coming soon!)—you can expect even the most elaborate Flash websites to load in seconds, even if it would have taken your home computer minutes to load the same page,” wrote OnLive founder and CEO Steve Perlman on the <a href="">company’s official blog</a> on Wednesday. “Perlman on Animation, video and sound come through impeccably and instantly. And, large cloud storage files and Web email attachments—even 50 MB PowerPoint presentations—to upload or download in less than a second.”</p> <p>“What’s really cool is OnLive gigabit-speed browsing doesn’t come out of your local data usage; you might actually save money. OnLive Desktop Plus can dramatically reduce Web browsing data usage by as much as a factor of 10 or more, since only the top layer of the current view of a website is sent over your local Internet connection. So you get the world’s fastest mobile browser, at quite possibly the world’s best value.”</p> <p>Currently only available to U.S.-based iPad users, the company has plans to expand the service to other countries and platforms.</p> cloud computing iPad onlive desktop onlive desktop plus onlive desktop pro onlive desktop standard vdi News Thu, 23 Feb 2012 13:37:16 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 22772 at OCZ Unveils 16TB Solid State Storage Solution for Cloud Computing <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u69/z-drive_r4_cloudserv.jpg" width="228" height="135" style="float: right;" />With so much data moving to the cloud these days, OCZ figured the time was right to roll out its Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCI Express solid storage solution, essentially a massive 16TB solid state drive (SSD) designed to accelerate cloud computing applications and significantly cut down operating costs in the data center, the company explains.</p> <p>"The Z-Drive R4 CloudServ PCIe solid state drive delivers game-changing performance and enables clients to process massive data-sets with up to 16TB of storage capacity on a single, easy-to-deploy card," <a href="">said Ryan Petersen</a>, CEO of OCZ Technology. "With this new solution, system architects are able to design more efficient and dynamic cloud computing infrastructures while simultaneously reducing system complexity and the high maintenance costs associated with traditional infrastructures."</p> <p>OCZ says its Z-Drive R4 CloudServ serves up to 6GB/s of bandwidth and delivers up to 1.4 million IOPS. It's built around cost effective multi-level cell (MLC) memory, supports 256-bit AES encryption, and implements OCZ's proprietary Virtualized Controller Architecture (VCA) 2.0 to provide a multifaceted virtualization layer with TRIM, SCSI unmap, and SMART monitoring.</p> <p>The <a href="">Z-Drive R4 CloudServ</a> will be available in capacities ranging from 300GB to 16TB. No word on price.</p> 16tb cloud cloud computing Hardware ocz solid state drive ssd storage z-drive r4 cloudserv News Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:30:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 22684 at Hate Apple’s iCloud? Hop on Acer’s Instead <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/acer-cloud.jpg" alt="acer cloud" style="float: right;" />If imitation is the highest form of flattery, than Acer has a serious case of Apple envy. At the company’s pre-CES conference in Las Vegas, Acer introduced a brand new Ultrabook tablet powered by a new set of cloud services that seem more than a little familiar. <a href="">AcerCloud, not to be confused with iCloud</a> offers photo, document, and media sharing between your PC or other Android devices.</p> <p>Of course you might say cloud services weren’t invented by Apple, however the similarities on the functionality and naming front make this “me to” offering more than a bit obvious. Photo sharing comes courtesy of “PicStream” (not “Photo Stream”), which automatically uploads your most recent photos for sync on other devices, and retains them for a period of 30 days. AcerCloud Doc’s like iCloud offers document sync, and the icing on the cake is the new “” media app that lets you upload your music files to the cloud for streaming later.&nbsp;</p> <p>It’s great to see more choices, but would it have killed them to be a bit more subtle about the whole thing?</p> <p><em>(Image Source = BI)</em></p> Acer acercloud android apple cloud computing icloud Sync tablets News Sun, 08 Jan 2012 23:41:16 +0000 Justin Kerr 22121 at Hard Drive Shortage Could Hurt Cloud Computing <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/datacenter.jpg" alt="Data Center" style="float: right;" />The impact of flooding in Thailand on PC inventories going into the holiday has been widely reported, but an obvious connection we’ve been missing has been raised by the New York Times, and it’s an important one. According to <a href="">interviews conducted by Nick Bilton</a>, cloud computing could grind to a halt early next year as storage prices skyrocket, and supply reaches historic lows. Flooding in the region has shuttered more than 1,000 factories, including several which are responsible for pumping out a significant percentage of the world’s mechanical hard drives.&nbsp;</p> <p>“You really can’t grow and expand the Internet without the expansion of storage hard drives,” explained John Monroe, research vice president at Gartner. “There are an awful a lot of ramifying impacts that are being incompletely considered here.” Google and Facebook are noted by Monroe as examples of companies that consume an immense amount of data, and the cost of storing it could become exponentially more expensive in the coming months.</p> <p>It is estimated by analysts that hard drive manufacturers will ship 50 million fewer drives than usual over the next two quarters, and Seagate has suggested it might be even higher. “By the first quarter of next year, all worldwide inventories of hard drives will be sucked dry,” Monroe warned. “This is a crisis of escalating dimension for many I.T. revenue streams.” Monroe said that the impact from the flooding are yet to be felt across the industry.</p> <p>You could argue that PC makers should transition more aggressively to SSD’s for storage, even though these prices will likely also spike due to increased demand, but datacenters don’t have that luxury. Backup plants in the Philippines, Malaysia, and China won’t be much help either. Almost every facility surveyed is already operating at 90% capacity or more.&nbsp;</p> cloud computing flooding Google hard drives seagate thailand Western Digital News Sun, 06 Nov 2011 18:43:38 +0000 Justin Kerr 21192 at Amazon's Silk Browser A Privacy Threat? <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u94712/amazon_silk.jpg" alt="silk" width="228" height="90" style="float: right;" />When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire tablet, the cloud accelerated Silk browser was one of the headlining features. While the speed and ease of use supposedly offered by Silk is intriguing, some privacy-minded folks are a little <a href="">concerned</a>. Since all your traffic is passing though Amazon, your browsing history could be at risk.</p> <p>Silk will work by connecting directly to the Amazon EC2 computing cloud. Here, web content will be cached and compressed by Amazon’s super-fast back end, and pushed down to the device upon request. The problems start in with the fact that Amazon will retain all the URLs and IP addresses you access for up to 30 days in their cloud. The retailer will also use a certificate to run an SSL proxy, thus allowing them to accelerate HTTPS content as well.</p> <p>Because all of your communications are stored, that makes the data vulnerable to intrusion, or more likely, to law enforcement warrants. There is an ‘off-cloud’ mode that user can opt into, and Amazon claims that there is no personally identifiable information in the data blocks. Do you trust Amazon on this?</p> amazon Browsers cloud computing ec2 kindle fire mobile silk News Thu, 29 Sep 2011 21:34:31 +0000 Ryan Whitwam 20595 at Chrome Web App of the Week: Quick Note <!--paging_filter--><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><img src="/files/u112496/qnote228.jpg" alt="qnote" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Cloud-based services such as<a href="" target="_blank"> Dropbox</a>,<a href=",2" target="_blank"> SugarSync</a> and Box simplify our lives by making even our most complex files obtainable with push button simplicity anywhere there’s an internet connection. <a href="" target="_blank">Google Docs</a> boils this convenience down even further by combining a robust document creation application and file syncing into one free-to-use solution. But to get down to the nitty-gritty essence of cloud-based note taking, we’d like to suggest you give <a href=";hcp=main" target="_blank">Quick Note</a> a try--it’s our Chrome Web App of the Week.</span></p> <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;</span>Quick Note’s interface will feel like an old friend to anyone that’s every used the iPad’s Notepad interface to jot down and retain data. Designed for use within Chrome, Diigo has provided users with an easy to navigate two-paned interface: One pane to take notes in, another pane to create, search for and select notes from. Nothing could be simpler. After installing the application, users are invited to create a Diigo account or use their Google credentials to log into the company’s servers. Doing so allows users to sync their Quick Note files to any machine rocking Google's Chrome browser such as Android phones or even an iPad.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"><img src="/files/u134761/qnote620.jpg" width="620" height="407" /></p> <p class="p1">In addition to text input, Quick Note also allows for the drag-and-drop addition of images to any note file, making it a great option for individuals that want to take their note taking to the clouds without the complexity or deep feature set of a service such as <a href="" target="_blank">Evernote</a>. What’s more, Diigo has mentioned that they have plans to integrate Quick Note with a number of online services, giving this already great web app a very bright future indeed.</p> <p class="p1">Be sure to check back every Monday for another edition of Maximum PC’s Chrome Web App of the Week.</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Chrome Web App of the Week cloud computing Diigo note taking Sync Columns Features Web Exclusive Mon, 26 Sep 2011 18:48:08 +0000 Seamus Bellamy 20501 at Microsoft Follows Google’s Lead With Online Services Downtime <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u46173/office365_0.jpg" alt="Office 365" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" />No matter where you choose to do your cloud computing these days, September is off to a rough start. First Google Doc’s is knocked offline for <a href="">over an hour on Wednesday</a>, and Microsoft followed suit on Friday, falling off the <a href="">grid for close to three hours</a>. Microsoft’s service disruption impacted several free services such as Hotmail and Skydrive, but also premium offerings including Office 365.&nbsp;</p> <p>Problems with cloud computing is expected these days, however the downtime with Office 365 so soon after launch is a bit of a black eye for the Redmond based software giant eagerly trying to convert clients over to the new platform.&nbsp;</p> <p>Microsoft blamed the downtime on a DNS issue which prevented some of its service domains from resolving properly. The company has attempted to downplay the impact on customers, and though we agree the outage was brief, they need to do better to convince enterprises they are worth the subscription fee.</p> cloud computing downtime Google Hotmail microsoft office 365 online services skydrive News Sun, 11 Sep 2011 16:51:32 +0000 Justin Kerr 20253 at Could Cloud Servers Heat Homes In The Future? <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/data_furnace.jpg" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />Now that the space shuttle program has flown its last mission*, the only things left skyrocketing in America are fuel prices and the number of companies hopping on the cloud services bandwagon. Some forward thinking engineers at Microsoft have proposed a radical new system that taps into the disadvantages of both of those issues, and <em>hey</em>! it's a Green one, too. Rather than stuffing OPEC's pockets to heat our homes in the winter, why not turn to the heat generated by all those cloud servers?</p> <p>Microsoft's research paper on the subject is titled "<a href="">The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing</a>." At the moment, it doesn't sound very feasible; Microsoft admits that the temperature exuded by servers doesn't get hot enough for long-range transport, so its solution is to replace the heating unit in a home with a "micro-datacenter" of between 40 and 400 computers. It's suggested that using data furnaces, server farms could offer "free heat" to people who agree to host micro-datacenters in their home. The report says cloud operators and home owners alike could see significant cost savings from such a setup. Server farms often require robust cooling systems that wouldn't be need in the data furnace scheme.</p> <p>*On a totally unrelated note, did you see they're looking to <a href=",2817,2389241,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03069TX1K0001121">crash the International Space Station into the Pacific in 2020</a>?</p> <p><em>Image credit:</em></p> cloud cloud computing energy costs heat microsoft Servers News Wed, 27 Jul 2011 18:18:02 +0000 Brad Chacos 19645 at