January 30, 2013
LONDON, Jan. 30 – New research from Rackspace Hosting, the open cloud company, shows that Brits may be trusting the cloud as never before with up to £24 billion worth of digital assets stored remotely.
According to the survey, people are also keeping treasured memories in the cloud with 68 per cent storing an average of 920 photos online. They’re also storing an average of 226 music tracks and 45 video files in the cloud.
However, few are planning ahead with regards to what happens to these prized assets when they die. Only 32 per cent of respondents have made any kind of formal provision such as plans to share passwords with loved ones or leaving details in a will. This means that billions of pounds of digital assets could be potentially lost forever.
The study, ‘Generation Cloud 2012’, commissioned by Rackspace and backed by quantitative third party research of 2,000 UK adults also reveals:
Fabio Torlini, VP at Rackspace, says: “It’s clear that the cloud has now become a massive part of our lives as we host our most treasured possessions in terms of both monetary and emotional value. With us already spending as much as three hours a day using cloud services, it’s now not too difficult to imagine a world where we no longer store data exclusively on our own computers and devices as we get used to having all that matters to us available wherever whenever we want it.”
Sarah Needham, Senior Associate at International law firm Taylor Wessing concludes: “There is no doubt that cloud computing is the key trend for the tech sector and for us as consumers over the short and long term. Consumers must re think their approach to the data they put in the cloud and how they can ensure that the content is protected as they wish after they die. The key message is still to check site terms and conditions match what you expect will be done with your data and consider including passwords in your will for your executors to manage your data after you have gone. Don't rely on the legislation tortoise to protect your data as the state will never be able to catch up with the innovation hare.”
Rackspace Hosting is the open cloud company, delivering open technologies and powering more than 190,000 customers worldwide. Rackspace provides its renowned Fanatical Support across a broad portfolio of IT products, including Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting and Dedicated Hosting. The company offers choice, flexibility and freedom from vendor lock in. Rackspace has been recognised by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as a Top 100 Performing Technology Company and is featured on Sunday Times list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Rackspace was positioned in the Leaders Quadrant by Gartner Inc. in the “2011 Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting.”
Frank Ding, engineering analysis & technical computing manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, discussed the advantages of utilizing the cloud for occasional scientific computing, identified the obstacles to doing so, and proposed workarounds to some of those obstacles.
The private industry least likely to adopt public cloud services for data storage are financial institutions. Holding the most sensitive and heavily-regulated of data types, personal financial information, banks and similar institutions are mostly moving towards private cloud services – and doing so at great cost.
In this week's hand-picked assortment, researchers explore the path to more energy-efficient cloud datacenters, investigate new frameworks and runtime environments that are compatible with Windows Azure, and design a uniﬁed programming model for diverse data-intensive cloud computing paradigms.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 10, 2013 |
Australian visual effects company, Animal Logic, is considering a move to the public cloud.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
May 08, 2013 |
For engineers looking to leverage high-performance computing, the accessibility of a cloud-based approach is a powerful draw, but there are costs that may not be readily apparent.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/02/2012 | AMD | Developers today are just beginning to explore the potential of heterogeneous computing, but the potential for this new paradigm is huge. This brief article reviews how the technology might impact a range of application development areas, including client experiences and cloud-based data management. As platforms like OpenCL continue to evolve, the benefits of heterogeneous computing will become even more accessible. Use this quick article to jump-start your own thinking on heterogeneous computing.