A steel bar is resistant to stress and is capable of maintaining its form
while bearing large loads. While steel is also known as one of the world's
strongest metal's (Titanium, Tungsten and Iconel round out the top four), it
is also susceptible to shearing and completely breaking. A rubber brick, on
the other hand, will bend easily under even small loads, but it's extremely
difficult to snap or break. Moreover, once the load is removed from the
rubber, its flexibility returns it to its original form. This is how the
rubber brick displays resiliency.
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Business resiliency enables organizations that have suffered a damaging
incident to bounce back to their former form. This is especially important
for small and medium sized businesses because according to Tim Francis,
enterprise leader for cyber insurance for Travelers, 60% of all cyberattack... (more)
Today data has replaced money as the global currency for trade.
“McKinsey estimates that about 75 percent of the value added by data flows
on the Internet accrues to “traditional” industries, especially via
increases in global growth, productivity, and employment. Furthermore, the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that
about 50 percent of all traded services are enabled by the technology sector,
including by cross-border data flows.”
As the global economy has become fully dependent on the transformative nature
of electronic data exchange, its p... (more)
It was late 2011 and Steven Donovan was comfortable working at SHI
International Corporation, a growing information technology firm, as a
personal computer break/fix technician. His company had been growing quickly
from a $1 million "software-only" regional re-seller into eventually becoming
a $6 billion global provider of information technology products and services.
At that time, cloud computing was just starting to explode onto the
information technology scene. Although Amazon Web Services had been offering
its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) since 2006, browser-based enterprise
A revolutionary change in the industry was the foundation for cloud on the
automation of virtualization technologies. Initially it was meant for
infrastructure, but with the advent of new and innovative cloud services it
has crossed the boundary of Infrastructure and invaded the application space.
The concept of ‘as a Service' model has three pillars: IaaS (Infrastructure
as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service).
Over a period of time cloud services have grown and diversified to the extent
that clubbing the services into these three pillars is ... (more)
The "Internet of Things" depends on the "Cloud" for the processing and
storage of data. The Cloud's backbone, however, is the network. This logic
train reveals the importance of professional rigor and solid System
Engineering (SE) of the network.
Imagine a sea of sensors, put out in the field by multiple independent
vendors. Complying with specifications only in an informal sense, these
sensors are sending Terabytes of data to the cloud. The availability of this
data to anyone globally is impressive enough. But even more amazing is the
fact that anyone in the world can also deve... (more)
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Sant... (more)