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Grid computing is an impressive, confident, powerful technology model, winning high-profile admirers as it approaches full maturity. With the rise of Amazon Web Services, and, specifically, Amazon EC2, this style of computing is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The professional sector is increasingly adopting a distributed model for hosting and deploying applications that has become almost commonplace in Web 2.0 applications. The ability to deliver different elements of applications simultaneously over a cohesive network of servers essentially defines grid computing, also known as distributed computing. Grids embrace software or middleware, which enables a user community to make use of the combined power of networked hardware and access applications across the public Internet as services. It’s no longer relevant to define grid computing in terms of e... (more)

Getting Your Groovy On with Grails and Cloud Computing

David Abramowski's Blog You need to think of cloud computing in three different layers - infrastructure, infrastructure management & platform as a service. At the infrastructure level you have the basis for cloud computing. This is where you'll find virtual servers or services like Amazon.com EC2. A level above the infrastructure layer you find companies that provide tools to help developers deal with managing their own systems running on top of the infrastructure layer. The third layer is Platform as a Service and is where Morph plays. Groovy on Grails is catching on in the Java... (more)

eMarketing Summit @ InnoTech Portland

Today I attended the preamble to the InnoTech conference in Portland, OR called the eMarketing Summit.  The day was filled with energetic and passionate speakers that made the $149 fee well worth the price.  The topics varied by speaker but there was a common theme - there is much more to marketing these days than just blasting out advertising.  Words including interaction, experience and engagement resonated throughout the presentations. It is very clear that a new age of marketing is upon us.  Not that we should give up the past, but we need to learn to blend the two together.... (more)

Extranets Allow Start-Ups to Bill More Hours

Hey did you know that the term “Start up” isn’t exclusive to technology companies?  I was shocked earlier this week when a few accountants wanted to have coffee and discuss their start up.  Immediately my brain started to think about the types of software they must be creating.  As I entered the local coffee shop and met the duo I quickly realized they were starting up an accounting practice. It was amazing.  Two guys with a skill set outside of technology that were creating a new practice from the ground up.  They called it a start up.  After I got over my initial shock and awe... (more)

Damn You Google, Damn You Yahoo! Why D'Ya Do This to Us?

A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet.  Just as people expect sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software applications to be free.  Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree someone should pay, just not them.  Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! why did you do this to us? With companies left and right offering full versions of their products for free,  users have been conditioned NOT to pay for anything.  This conditioning can be seen across everything from social media sites to messaging to business applications.  The problem with this as I see ... (more)