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When it comes to procurement, any technology or service should be evaluated with a good set of criteria. Executive decisions should not be weighted solely on a single selection criterion such as price. This applies to any cloud computing service as well. The twelve criteria listed below (see Chart 1) forces executives to take a broader review of the many elements of the total cloud computing service, and not just price. Each criteria starts with an R, F, or P which makes it easy to remember the total framework for the Yardstick for Technology Procurement (RFP). Chart 1: Yardstick for Technology Procurement (RFP) RELIABILITY At what percentage of reliability is the service? 99.9% 99.99? 99.995? How is this measured? What costs are associated with increasing reliability? (Cost/Benefit Analysis) REDUNDANCY Can the system survive a major disaster or is there a single ... (more)

MCX and Smartphones: How Good Is the Support Network?

Major retailers like Sears, Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Best Buy, Shell and others announced last week their focus on developing MCX, Merchant Customer Exchange, to enhance their sales and cover the growing demand for capabilities to buy things from the smartphone. This is a great milestone in the area of wireless because it adds credibility to all those preaching that mobile wireless will create a huge paradigm shift as to how the average consumer will be purchasing goods and services in the future. When you get retailers that represent over $1 trillion in sales today talking about devel... (more)

Cloud Computing and Precision Time Protocol (PTP)

If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission-critical type applications, it needs to get more accurate when it comes to transaction-based applications. Trying to keep everything in a structured framework is going to require a more rigorous network infrastructure that includes timing down to milliseconds, if not nanoseconds. One way to accomplish this is to use the IEEE 1588 protocol or "Precision Time Protocol" (PTP), which provides timing. In an earlier article entitled, "Cloud Transaction Synchronicity," I discussed the need for this type of capability if financial or... (more)

Hyperloop: A New Layer of Infrastructure?

Sometimes, people frustrated with the status quo within an industry come up with a better solution, much to the surprise of that industry's experts. Evolution comes from within. Revolution comes from the outside. Wake up America - especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so "last century" and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and there is only marginal ridership, they are a supreme waste of money and their residual ... (more)

Cloud Transactions: Timing as a Service (TaaS)

Many organizations are starting to look at cloud computing as a universal solution, but there are many applications that cannot be considered unless the framework of cloud computing includes Timing as a Service (TaaS)© as part of its fabric. Mission-critical applications require security measures including encryption, monitoring, and redundancy/resiliency, but that is not enough. As stated in an earlier article: (http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/2164323 ) If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission critical-type applications, it needs to get more exact and accur... (more)