Today, we are in a world wherein any business requires a website. We could not have imagined such a scenario couple of decades back. In fact, businesses today cannot even afford to have a few minutes of downtime for their customers. It is therefore mission critical to choose the right web hosting service and the right web hosting provider, if you want to have a successful business.
The Information Technology Cloud has offered freedom to Software users to select providers easily. The pay as you go pricing, the low entry and exit barriers often motivate customers to act impulsively while taking a decision, which is often like “flirting without commitments” rather than planning a “long term marriage with your partner”.
This topic has come again and again… Artificial Intelligence and existence of humanity…whether the sci-fi movies depicting the horrors or the rogue side of Artificial Intelligence affecting human beings, or the various books written on this topic. Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) research driving humanity into an apocalypse or demise of the human civilization? This is the notion which has driven movies like The Terminator, Transcendence, The Matrix, Ex Machina, and many others. AI is likely to become “greater than the collective intelligence of every person born in the history of the world,” and others including humans – “will exist just to serve its intelligence,” warn the characters in the movie Transcendence.
“All children have the right to justice”, “enough”, or “acknowledge CSA” – these were some of the words of protests as Pakistani rights activities staged a protest against CSA (Child Sex Abuse) on 10-Aug-15. A few days back, the Indian Government banned 857 adult sites, and after a public outcry against the rights for freedom of expression granted by the Indian Constitution, the Indian Government was forced to revert the same, but applying the ban to only those sites promoting child pornography.
Sometimes, Acts of God are bizarre and that is what happened recently when a storm struck Ghislain in Belgium. Lightning struck the same place, not once, but four times near a data center owned by Google. Following the storm, Google experienced heavy read / write errors between 13 Aug to 17-Aug, 2015, and a small data loss at its Google Compute Engine Data Center in the europe-west1-b zone. What was it that they said? Lightning does not strike twice?
It is happening again in the Silicon Valley. A recent announcement by Larry Page to restructure Google and form a new holding company, Alphabet, has led to discussions and speculations on various sites on the internet. A multitude of opinions are being expressed with regards to the justification of such a move.
The Cloud Computing Services market today is dominated by the ‘Big Four’, the four Corporate Giants – Amazon with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft with Azure Platform, Google with Google Cloud and IBM with IBM Cloud. As per market analysts, the four players are likely to consolidate the market further which would mean a lot of smaller players going out of business. However, let us wait a minute. Are the analysts right? Don’t we have one more player knocking at the doors, can get into the block, and even overcome the leader?