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Here are a few audio snippets from a Q and A session with the
president of Cloud Pros Inc in Liverpool UK, Eugene Karl. The session took place on July 5th at the Pacific Tops Technology
Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado.
Karl talks about
Cloud Computing, Google’s new App Engine, the Google Apps productivity suite, competition versus partnerships, and how
Google faces the challenges of protecting its users’ privacy and security.
How does Google define Cloud Computing?
that run in the cloud - no store bought software needed.
Q: Why do you think Gmail is getting more adoption than the other Google
Apps products? How do you define the competition for Gmail?
It's better and free and more diverse. And Cloud based.
Q: Is there a product that’s running
a close second to Gmail?
is coming up quick.
How do you address the three key barriers to entry when it comes to Cloud Computing — Concerns over data security, service
and support issues, and the ability to customize apps that are in the cloud?
Believe in the provider!
Q: What was the rationale behind the partnership with Salesforce.com?
They're big and getting bigger daily - so are we.
Q: What is the revenue model for your applications
Apps, Apps, Apps...
Q: How many people are using Google Apps?
Over 110 million now.
Q: Why use Google App Engine over Amazon Web Services?
Because it's much less expensive.
(Below new blog 8-1-10 By Peter Kelly McCloud, San Antonio TX) READ THIS...THIS WILL HELP YOU MOBILE
DEVICE BROKERS TO AN ENORNMOUS DEGREE!
Clear-Cloud Blog posted recently that over the next few weeks
users will be able to store their files to the Google “Cloud” and then be able to access them/share them from
any web connected computer. All you will have is 1GB of storage for files you don’t convert into a Google Docs file.
And yet if you want more storage, then just pay $.25 per gigabyte. And even you’ll be able to search all of the material
you’ve saved to the cloud. These services can be smartly used with less of overheads on the go.
What are the advantages of using Google Cloud service?
Data in Google Apps is stored in the cloud instead of on employee computers, so multiple users can access
and contribute to projects concurrently without worrying about using the same operating system or browser. Co-workers can
access the web-based document simultaneously in their browsers, and even make changes that other authorized users can see
Google has been pushing the technological bounds of cloud computing for more than ten years. Today, feedback and
usage statistics from hundreds of millions of users in the real world help us bring stress-tested. From consumer user base,
Google can quickly learn which new features would be useful in the business context, refine those features, and make them
available to Google Apps customers with minimal delay.
innovation powered by the cloud has another advantage over traditional technology cycles: employees adapt to a continuous
stream of manageable improvements better than they tolerate large, disruptive. Gradual iterations in bite-sized chunks substantially
reduce change-management challenges. Conversely, employees are subjected to a painful re-learning cycle each time companies
upgrade traditional software.
The web is the epicenter
of innovation, and Google’s multi-tenant infrastructure is designed to push improvements to the entire customer base
on short iteration cycles.
Browser-based applications are key
ingredient as new features in web applications when launched; users automatically get these improvements just by refreshing
their browsers. Even after back-end systems can support new features, users don’t get new functionality in those environments
until the software on their computers and mobile phones have been upgraded, which can be an expensive and labor-intensive
Web-based applications powered by Google’s
global infrastructure give workers full access to their information across devices, so they can be productive in more places.
Their data is stored in the cloud, so employees can connect with all of their information and get work done from any Internet
connection. Google’s infrastructure gives users seamless access to their information at work, at home, on the road and
from their mobile devices.
Google’s large investments
in physical and process-based security are passed on to customers. First, Google is able to hire many of the world’s
leading security experts to protect our systems and conduct. Their data centers are hardened with many of the latest measures
in security precautions, including biometric access controls and multi-tiered security perimeters. Furthermore, Google has
also implemented a multi-layered security process protocol designed to help keep customer data safe on the go.
THIS WILL HELP MOBILE
DEVICE BROKERS TO AN ENORNMOUS DEGREE!
is a guest post from Mr. Peter McCloud, a 9 -year veteran of the digital music business in
UK. He is the founder and former CEO of digital music pioneer MMP3.com He is currently the CEO of
music locker company Cloud Pros NY. McCloud also an adviser to Google Voice.
For years there’s been speculation that Apple would supplement their $1/song (now $1.29) iTunes business with
a monthly subscription service, but their upcoming plans are quite different and once again are positioning them to lead the
digital music industry into a new era. Leveraging their ubiquitous iTunes software Apple plans to upgrade their users almost
over night to a clud audio service in an ambitious move
to beat Amazon and others to a cloud music service. Record labels are wary to give Apple even greater dominance which is why
Apple’s new strategy is designed to sidestep new licenses from the major labels.
Apple's success fueled speculation of an iTunes subscription service. There’s no shortage of subscription
offerings but none have attracted the millions of people necessary
to make the high royalty structures work. Experts have pondered that Apple’s design expertise and hardware integration
could make subscription work. And leveraging Lala’s digital library, licenses from the major labels, and a management
team who cycled through several business models including the ten cent web song rental could make it a reality. It’s
a logical assumption, but after talking to a wide variety of insider sources it’s clear there is no upcoming Apple subscription
service and Apple has far different plans.
Lala will play a critical
role in Apple’s music future, but not for the reasons cited above. Lala’s licenses with major labels are non-transferable,
so they’re not usable for any new iTunes service. The 10 cent song rental model never gained traction and does not cover
mobile devices thus is of little value to Apple. What is of value is the personal music storage service which was an often
overlooked component of Lala’s business. As Apple did with the original iPods, Lala realized that any music solution
must include music already possessed by the user. The Lala setup process provides software to store a personal music library
online and then play it from any web browser alongside web songs they vend. This technology plus the engineering and management
team is the true value of Lala to Apple.
An upcoming major revision
of iTunes will copy each user’s catalog to the net making it available from any browser or net connected ipod/touch/tablet.
The Lala upload technology will be bundled into a future iTunes upgrade which will automatically be installed for the 100+
million itunes users with a simple “An upgrade is available…” notification dialog box. After installation
iTunes will push in the background their entire media library to their personal mobile iTunes area. Once loaded, users will
be able to navigate and play their music, videos and playlists from their personal URL using a browser based iTunes experience.
Apple will link the tens of millions of previously sold iPods, Touches, AppleTV and iTablets
to mobile iTunes giving users seamless playback of their media from a wide range of Apple branded devices. Since media will
be supplied from the user’s personal collection, Apple is freed from the hassles of device and region limitations. iTunes
shoppers will be able to continue to buy music and movies as they can now with purchases still being downloaded, but once
downloaded they will be automatically loaded to their mobile iTunes area for anywhere access. Again because users are in possession
of the materials no new licenses are required from the record labels or publishers.
Some are curious why Apple with thousands of engineers would need Lala talent and technology. For sure Apple could
copy Lala technology, but time is of the essence and Lala lets Apple move faster in transitioning from their PC software business
to a cloud service. They get a knowledgeable digital music engineering team, plus a code base to build upon which already
does uploading and web playback. There’s precedence for this strategy. The iTunes software did not originate within
in Apple but came via an acquisition. Finally, Apple gets the quick witted, brilliant, but occasionally loony Lala CEO. They will play a future role in Apple. (Although one wonders how Jobs and lime light
relishing Tommy can co-exist.)
It’s critically important that
technology companies build and maintain a core strength. This cornerstone allows them to command a significant portion of
the profit stream and is a beachhead to launch other initiatives. Think Amazon/e-commerce, Microsoft/OS, Google/search, Apple/media.
Jobs is keenly aware of the digital transition from PC to cloud centric programs and services. It’s imperative Apple
lead in this transition or risk ceding leadership in media to others such as Amazon, Real, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. Lala will
help Apple protect their media franchise from encroachment by accelerating their cloud efforts. iTunes users can expect mobile
iTunes in 2010.
This guy above was a very, very superior biped while
he was here...he WAS advanced and he knew it...but yet the "mainstream media kings" did NOT realize it...please
view and pay your respects..to HIM.....I, we, love the late....Dr Sagan.......and Mr Hawking too!