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Last Week in Performance Industry - December #1 Edition

Selected reading: Delivery drones, welcome?

Yes, drones from Amazon have been all over the news with the company unveiling their Prime Air model drones and their plan to deliver Amazon packages with drones in 5 years time. Nonsense or not, other companies are also doing research on how to harness the potential of small unmanned aircrafts, namely Google and UPS, according to Verge. But, is our technology mature enough to handle this? Will the federal agencies let it happen? What conclusions can be made about the physics of the Amazon octocopter drone? What Bill Gates has to say about it? Find out in some of the selected articles on drones below. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos suggests that commercial drone delivery could be only four or five years away.



DigitalOcean builds a new Data Center in Amsterdam

"DigitalOcean, the New York-based IaaS player that’s won plaudits with its cheap-and-easy cloud infrastructure, is adding lots of European capacity with its second major data center in Amsterdam," according to GigaOM. The new data center brings 500 more physical servers online, with capacity expandable to 10,000 servers. Although this is already their second location in Amsterdam, new data center is said to bring shared private networking to all DigitalOcean instances or “droplets”, which means customers can create virtual servers that mix a public and private address. Private network and an improved network design are so far available only only in their New York 2 and Amsterdam 2 data center locations. “The European market is very important to us,” said CEO Ben Uretsky. “Amsterdam hosts the largest internet exchanges in Europe; all the telcos and providers are there and that network offers free traffic exchange.”

Find out more from GigaOM or from TechCrunch.


Big Data: How Will it Affect Businesses?

Big data infographic has recently been released by the BCS group that aims to inform the debate on strategic IT issues. They claim that ninety percent of the digital data that exists today has been created in the last the years, and every two years it doubles in size. How will it affect companies, businesses, staff? Actually, they say, organizations that have successfully implemented advanced analytics, have seen 33% more revenue growth. Where is Big Data going, are we ready for the flood? Find out in an infographic below.


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Webinar: How to Migrate Business-Critical Applications to a Hybrid Cloud?

David Linthicum with Cloud Technology Partners created a webinar on how to migrate business critical applications to a hybrid cloud. Relocating business-critical applications and data sets from a traditional, enterprise IT platform to a cloud-based platform might seem straightforward, but migration teams must take into account a multitude of considerations before, during, and after the move to ensure the enterprise receives the greatest value from the migration, it is explained in an introduction. Topics covered include:

• What changes should be made to the application architecture to take better advantage of cloud platforms?
• How do you optimize applications to use native cloud features?
• What are the best ways to account for performance, security, and governance considerations?

The webinar can be watched in full here.


How Cloud Computing is Changing Job Descriptions?

The nature of jobs, of course, changes as well as the technology. "As a result of the shift to cloud, there is growing demand for professionals and managers that are more focused on business development than they are in application development," according to Joe McKendrick. "There will be greater opportunities for enterprise architects, and some offshoots will include cloud architects, cloud capacity planners, cloud service managers and business solutions consultants. Jobs being created may not always bear the term “cloud” in their titles, but cloud will form the core of their job descriptions." To get a glimpse at future, emerging class of IT professionals, and managers, continue to the full article at Forbes.

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