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A new Greenpeace report, entitled "Make IT Green: Cloud Computing and Its Contribution to Climate Change" has just been released. It encourages Apple, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others to be responsible in what power sources it uses for its new data centers. It frets that Cloud Computing--defined in this report exclusively as the Consumer Cloud of gmail, etc. and all the stuff that people might download to the new Apple iPad--will have an enormous, deleterious carbon footprint. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Specifically, it excoriates Facebook for commissioning a new data center in Oregon that burns coal. This seems to have been the precipitating incident that drove Greenpeace to write this report. The recent Apple iPad announcement serves as a nice foil in the group's argument as well. The report reads to me as an attempt to gr... (more)

Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) and Floods Hit the Philippines

I was lucky that Typhoon Ondoy did not affect my apartment. We are out in Pampanga two hours from Manila but we did not have a flood in my little neighborhood. But so many people died in this typhoon, and now the world knows what can happen in the Philippines. We get more than 20 typhoons each year and they cause many problems. Typhoon Feria back there in June damaged many houses in Samar Province where I am from. I was visiting then and it was very scary. You know we don't have a radio there or any way to know when a typhoon is coming. We just hope for the best and we know that no one will help us. Two other typhoons in August and September gave us rain for more than one week. A lot of floods and some people died then, too. But I think that nobody outside of the Philippines knows about these things unless they are very, very bad. As I said, my family and friends ... (more)

Cloud Computing Seen to Boost Asian Data Centers

It's the Year of the Tiger throughout Asia, even in the overwhelmingly Christian and Muslim Philippines. Nothing like a good icon to give people an excuse to party. The year may be propitious in bringing back some growl to a region once famed for its "Asian Tiger" economies, if the growth of Cloud Computing continues to have a positive affect throughout the region. One specific growth area is that of data centers, or server farms. I worried a week or so ago that it was simply too hot to afford the air-conditioning required in most of this region to make server farms a valid business proposition, ie, one that is not propped up by government subsidy year after year. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Then again, roads, trains, airlines, and even one of the world's two major airline manufacturers are propped up by governments, given what... (more)

Cloud Expo Coming to Javits Center in New York April 19-21

Cloud Expo will be arriving in New York again between April 19 and 21, with an expected 5,000 attendees and more than 100 sponsors and exhibitors. Oracle (ie, Oracle/Sun/BEA/Siebel/PeopleSoft/JDEdwards/etc.) has signed on as the Diamond Sponsor. Adaptivity and Cloud Revolution are Platinum Plus Sponsors. VirtualArk is the Platinum Sponsor. And the list of Gold Sponsors includes Cordys, Microsoft, NaviSite, Surgient, The Planet, terremark, and Unisys. There's a long list of Bronze Sponsors, special sponsors, and exhibitors as well. Why do i mention this? Why am I touting this? How can this be an objective report? Many of my readers know that I've known the folks at the show's parent company, SYS-CON Media, for many years. I first met them when Sybase bought Powersoft--I was producing Sybase Magazine at the time, and SYS-CON had launched PowerBuilder Developer's Jou... (more)

Can We Cut the Cloud Computing Overhype?

Hype is the enemy of success. But people just can't seem to help themselves, so new developments are invariably hyped. This is as true in the technology business as in any business in the world. Cloud Computing is the latest new development to get hyped mercilessly. Two years ago, a handful of companies were talking about a new way of doing things, a way that was in essence Grid Computing with Attitude. But Grid Computing sounds geeky and borgish; something best left for simulating nuclear explosions, perhaps. Today there is not a single technology company lacking a Cloud Computing strategy, whether real or ostensible, as far as I can tell. All these solutions are either unique, compelling, or ideal. The situation reminds me a bit of hyperinflation; when there are too many units of currency (or units of hype) to meet market needs, each unit has little or no value. ... (more)

Smartphones, Tablets, Consumer Electronics and M2M Connectivity in China

Welcome to the Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Panasonic’s Android-based Toughpad will be available in Asia starting September of 2012.  The tablet is aimed at organizations requiring rugged devices and will cost around $1,599.  Read Original Content GSMA predicts the business impact from the growth of connected devices – smartphones, tablets, consumer electronics and M2M connectivity – in China will increase six times, from $116 billion in 2012 to $707 billion in 2020.  Read Original Content According to IDC, investments in enterprise resource management applications are still on the rise, especially in China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand,... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Round-up

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Despite a push for mobile business, China’s Baidu only has 35 percent of the mobile search volume.  The company is pushing for pre-installation of its search engine in mobile devices.  Read Original Content According to a recent survey by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, over 50 percent of full-time employees prefer mobility and employing mobile technology into the workplace.  Read Original Content Indian e-commerce site offers a unique customer service plan in which customers can simply recharge their prepaid mobiles online and in return receive gift coupons of the same ... (more)

Software Development: The Potential for Outsourcing to the Philippines

Note: Ray Roxas-Chua is the Chairman of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), in the government of the Philippines. He is the youngest cabinet member in the administration of President Gloria Arroyo-Macapagal. I interviewed him in late 2008. The interview occurred before the Satyam scandal in India, which in my view threatens to disrupt all outsourcing growth in India, perhaps to the benefit of other countries, including the Philippines. Roger Strukhoff: Let’s start with some background information on the CICT. Ray Roxas-Chua: The CICT was formed in 2004, as a realization of the importance of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) to the development of the country. We are the lead agency responsible for the active development of ICT in the Philippines. In a nutshell, our mission is to leverage the benefits of ICT in all aspect... (more)

Election 2010, Philippines Style

Election season is in full swing here in Manila. The current president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (known as GMA) cannot be re-elected as president, even as it seems she wants to be. So several major names—and in the Philippines, you always run into the same major names—are competing for leverage and public affection in these months before the voters go to the polls in May 2010. The big news recently was the withdrawal of Sen. Mar Roxas from consideration. Roxas, who family names is among the most elite of the elite here, has been praised fulsomely for his principled decision. The praise is flowing because his decision has cleared the way for fellow Liberal Party Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to make his bid for the president’s office in Manila’s Malacanang Palace. The reality is that Roxas was running a poor fourth in the polls, with about 9 percent of voters sayin... (more)

Ulitzer Aid Campaign for the Typhoon Ondoy Victims Yesterday morning I checked the Ulitzer home page on my iPhone on my way to the office and I realized two of the top three stories were about "Typhoon Ondoy" in Philippines. Thirty-six hours later we still have three stories filed from Manila on Ulitzer's home page. Top Ulitzer stories on Ulitzer from around the 25 distinct subject categories it covers are processed every 60 minutes and displayed by an algorithm which we believe is more sophisticated than, say, Google News algorithms. Early this year, seasoned news man Roger Strukhoff, whose family owned and published their town newspaper in Wisconsin, launched the Ulitzer topic Philippines Online Journal. Strukhoff logged close to three million Ulitzer page views with his articles. Inday Vinas is a struggling young writer who grew up in a very poor area of the Philippines. She sta... (more)

Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGAUX) Continues Efforts After Typhoons Leave

The volunteer members of the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary continued to do their work after the headlines faded in the wake of the dual typhoons that the Philippines in September. A more recent storm approached the northern tip of the country, dithered, then moved northeast toward Japan without making landfall in the Philippines. The latest potential typhoon is brewing as I am writing this article. Current projections show that it may head for the country's mid-section, where rains occur regularly throughout the year, in contrast to the traditional six-month rainy season (May to October)  on the northern island of Luzon, the island on which the capital city of Manila is located. Commodore Harold Wolf sent along the numerous pictures attached here. He also referenced a stirring article that was written by Commodore Daniel G. Cabalde, District Director for the regi... (more)