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Five months ago, we joined a crowd of 20,000 technology enthusiasts for a week of little sleep and a whole lot of exciting tech discussions and networking at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) 2013 in Austin.
Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the rise of information technology has meant progress but it has also raised many challenges. Even with green IT initiatives, global data center energy consumption is on the rise and IT departments are continuing to look for ways to become more efficient. The nature of cloud computing solves for many IT problems and in the infographic below, we have illustrated how cloud computing is making a difference. In addition, projects like Open Compute, are helping IT industries create more efficient data centers.
Music distribution, news consumption, and postal mail delivery have all felt the effects of cloud-delivered models that break old, inefficient ways of doing things in place of faster, higher performing, easier-to-deliver technologies. Information access is also starting to make the move from page flipping to mouse clicking via the cloud. Recently, Britannica announced that it will no longer print physical encyclopedias and publish all of its content online. That shift prompted us to explore the reach, scale, and access of Wikipedia’s traditional online-only access model against the conventional print version of Britannica.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU. How-to’s, interviews with industry giants, and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find. If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
Hosting over 400,000 sites across 112 countries, the Rackspace Cloud Sites product is the Platform-as-a-Service many advertising agencies and web design shops go to for creating sites that are stable, scalable and backed by support that is available in a moment’s notice.
Home to more than 5,000 energy related firms, Houston is the fourth most populous city in the United States and considered by many as the Energy Capital of the World. It’s no wonder that the Rackspace Startup Program’s latest partner chose Houston as home base. SURGE Accelerator, a member of the exclusive TechStars Network, is the pre-eminent mentor-driven, early stage accelerator and venture fund that enables entrepreneurs to solve the world’s energy problems using software. SURGE assists startups seeking to innovate and exploit the massive shifts in technology, policy and expertise in the traditional energy industry.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU.  How-to’s, interviews with industry giants, and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find.  If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
Cloud computing helps businesses get off the ground with little upfront investment and operate on a shoestring while accessing technology and applications traditionally reserved for big businesses. Services like web hosting, hosted storage, and email hosting take the financial strain and workload off of business so they can focus on their core competencies. Take a look at what a big deal the cloud is becoming for small businesses.
CloudU Notebooks is a weekly blog series that explores topics from the CloudU certificate program in bite sized chunks, written by me, Ben Kepes, curator of CloudU.  How-to’s, interviews with industry giants, and the occasional opinion piece are what you can expect to find.  If that’s your cup of tea, you can subscribe here.
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