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Forget the Driver: Put the Cloud Behind the Wheel – Self-Driving Components & How the Cloud Plays a Part

Cloud Computing and Driving

The idea of a robot car may seem outlandish and futuristic, but automotive technology has been gradually automating over time. In 1939, General Motors took the first bold step forward with automatic transmission. More recently, GPS tracking became prevalent. The pace of adoption for automation technologies has increased rapidly since the turn of the century, as computers have become more sophisticated and virtual technology has accelerated to allow for more complex processing and integration of data.

In other words, like images in your side mirrors, the self-driving car was always much closer than it appeared. It does not need to be built “from the ground up.” Instead, the automated features in cars that have been developed over the years are being  pieced together and combined with new technologies and software to allow for 100% self-driving capabilities.

One important advance in computing technology that will allow these cars to eventually drive without human assistance is Cloud Computing. Speed, efficiency, reliability and affordability all make Cloud Computing the simple and most efficacious choice to host the applications that allow for interaction between cars and elements of the road.

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Is Big Data Good for The Internet of Things?

If you happened to be in attendance at CES (Consumers Electronic Show) 2014 in Las Vegas, you might have picked up some information about the Internet of Things. It seems, to our ears, the Internet of Things has gone from a small and interesting topic of conversation at Cloud trade shows, to an industry with the potential the change the way the world functions. Point in case, as overheard at CES2014:


The IoT

We have to say, that is a pretty bold prediction. “The Internet of Everything will be five to ten times more impactful in the next decade than the entire Internet has been to date.” We suppose coming from John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, we have to put some weight behind the prediction. Yet, we still have to wonder, will the Internet of Things – the Internet of Everything – turn out to be all it can be? Or will the Internet of Things turn out to be another industry which changes the way the world works however never reaches its full potential?

Much like the current fate of the Cloud – highly utilized but hardly understood – will the Internet of Things quietly take over the global marketplace or, with the combination of Big Data, will it prove to be more of a headache than it’s worth?

The Cloud. The Internet of Things. Two Questions.

Does the Cloud seem so last year to you? With the pace at which IT moves, does Cloud Computing seem like it passed everyone by only to give way to yet another technology acronym trend? If you’re like us, when you travel the Cloud and Tech industry conference route, you have front row seats to all the new technologies which providers are talking about/working on. One of those tech industries is the Internet of Things or IoT.

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5 Lessons From the Cloud

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

So, last week, as some of you might know, Solar VPS attended Cloud Expo 2013 in Silicon Valley. While we didn’t exhibit at the Cloud conference, our COO and President, Ross Brouse, gave a few speeches and we got pretty interactive on the social media networks all those crazy kids love. (Insert shout out here to @RobustCloud, @GESoftware, @SHI_INTL, @ThousandEyes & @AriaSystemsInc). Outside of giving speeches and getting really active on Twitter and Google +, we took the time to hear from other Cloud companies both within their keynote presentations and outside within spur of the moment meetings.

This said, we want to use this space to elucidate (yes, we are trying to expand our lexicon), on five insights we learned at the show and why those insights are either excellent or terrible. So, here we go.

1. Smaller Cloud Providers Need to Rise Up

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