iCloud beats Dtopbox in Cloud Storage

According to the latest report published by Strategy Analytics, Apple is moving ahead of competitors Dropbox, Google and Amazon in the battle for cloud storage supremacy.

Over a quarter (27%) of Americans polled said they had used iCloud, compared with 17% for Dropbox, with Amazon Cloud Drive (15%) and Google Drive (10%) trailing behind.

Interestingly, over half of respondents (55%) had never used a cloud storage service, but 33% had first used one within the past week.

The report noted the key battleground in the cloud storage wars was music, with nine in 10 users storing music, although movie content has the potential to become a huge player in the space.

“The growth of video streaming and the desire to access content via a growing range of devices will see services such as the Hollywood-backed digital movie initiative Ultraviolet – currently used by 4% of Americans – increase market share,” noted Strategy Analytics’ Ed Barton in a prepared statement.

“The cloud’s role in the race to win over consumers’ digital media libraries has evolved from a value added services for digital content purposes to a feature-rich and, increasingly, device agnostic digital locker for music and movies,” he added.

Towards the end of last year, there were interesting developments in this field. Back in December Dropbox bought personal music streaming service Audiogalaxy, pushing itself further towards a cloud music service.

The other intriguing takeaway from the research illustrated how far away the rest of the players were for cloud storage. The aforementioned Ultraviolet was the next most popular service, followed by offerings from Samsung (3%), OnLive (3%), LG and Galkai (both 2%).

Google scraps Chrome's RSS extension for GReader

Google’s decision to kill its Google Reader service has caused some collateral damage: the end of a related Chrome extension that let the browser handle RSS feeds.

RSS and the similar Atom technology make it easier for people to subscribe to regular updates published on Web sites, and Google Reader was a popular way for people to read that content. Google announced that it’s scrapping Google Reader on July 1, but it’s already gone ahead and withdrawn the feed-finding Chrome extension.

The extension would detect Web sites’ feeds then let people use a variety of RSS reader services to subscribe to those feeds.

For those who want to replace Chrome’s reader extension, one option that seems to be actively maintained is the RSS Subscription Extension. According to the unofficial Google Operating System blog, it’s based on Google’s own RSS extension for Chrome, and based on my tests works identically so far.

I’m one of the people who bemoans the loss of Google Reader, since I use it daily to scan countless news sites and blogs for the latest updates and think it reduces the friction of information flow around the world.

Windows Dedicated Servers vs. Linux Dedicated Servers

When it comes to an affordable web hosting solution, Windows and Linux platforms are pretty popular but it is good to choose one of the platform that suits your needs better. Here are some points that can help you to differentiate between Windows and Linux, and that will surely help you in reaching your requirements.

Linux Hosting
Linux is an open source platform and most of the applications that run Linux, are open sourced. Linux is pretty cost saving so it is beneficial for hosting provider and as well as clients. Linux is pretty scalable and much faster than Windows platform. As because Windows server is offered as an complete package whereas Linux is server is offered as an extendable implementation enabling businesses to improve functionality as and when required. This thing contributes for a miniscule difference in the performance in between Linux and Windows. Actually, both types of servers are giving excellent performance.

Linux does not support lots of the Windows based applications and code languages. This can create a problem if you need to use those applications in your hosting plans.

windows hosting

Windows server is based on Microsoft Windows operating system. As it is compatible with all Microsoft based technologies, it is proved to be the most comprehensive hosting platform which is suitable for all types of businesses. The technology supported by Windows platform includes a number of programming frameworks like ASP.net, ColdFusion and as well as SQL server.

The only disadvantage of Windows web hosting is their cost, the cost involved in licensing these applications.

You don’t need to think about the cost of licensing Windows applications and setting up the Windows dedicated server if you are not doing it at your own. The web hosting provider bear the setup, license cost and there are also several other costs involved in setting up a hosting server whether it is Windows based or Linux based. In reality, the Windows server is pretty costly but there are still some hosting packages which can happen to be more affordable if compared between Linux and Windows.

If you are planning to create a website by using ASP, NET, MSSQL, Access, FrontPage or any such Microsoft application then Windows dedicated server is what you need. Linux is having limited support to some of these applications, but implementing Windows based applications on Linux may not be a good idea because of the lack of flexibility. Actually, both Linux and Windows based hosting packages are pretty good for businesses. NileWeb may help you to choose best affordable packages under both hosting plans, as it will surely depend on your website requirements.

Cloud Based Services

Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user’s data, software and computation.

In the business model using software as a service, users are provided access to application software and databases. Cloud providers manage the infrastructure and platforms that run the applications. SaaS is sometimes referred to as “on-demand software” and is usually priced on a pay-per-use basis. SaaS providers generally price applications using a subscription fee.

Proponents claim that the SaaS allows a business the potential to reduce IT operational costs by outsourcing hardware and software maintenance and support to the cloud provider. This enables the business to reallocate IT operations costs away from hardware/software spending and personnel expenses, towards meeting other IT goals. In addition, with applications hosted centrally, updates can be released without the need for users to install new software. One drawback of SaaS is that the users’ data are stored on the cloud provider’s server. As a result, there could be unauthorized access to the data.

End users access cloud-based applications through a web browser or a light-weight desktop or mobile app while the business software and user’s data are stored on servers at a remote location. Proponents claim that cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand.

Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale similar to a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network. At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services.

Twitter Joins Linux Foundation

Twitter has joined the Linux Foundation, making its commitment to open source software just a bit more official. Like many operators of high-traffic websites, Twitter relies on open source throughout its data centers, with Linux servers hosting workloads and software projects that make it easier to handle big data and serve up Web content.

The Linux Foundation funds development of the Linux kernel and acts as an emissary on behalf of the technology, while relying on corporate sponsorship from many prominent IT companies that use or build open source software. Twitter joined as a silver member, paying $15,000 for the privilege. The Linux Foundation announced Twitter’s membership today as it gears up for next week’s annual LinuxCon conference in San Diego.

Twitter courted controversy with developers recently with API changes that impose new restrictions on developers of third-party applications. But Twitter Open Source Manager Chris Aniszczyk said joining the Linux Foundation is unrelated and has been in the works for a while.

Twitter is no newbie in the open source world. It uses MySQL to store tweets, and develops its own publicly released fork. Twitter likewise makes heavy use of Memcached and releases its own fork called Twemcache. Cassandra, Hadoop, Lucene, and Pig are other open source tools used within Twitter’s infrastructure. Open source projects created by Twitter include Iago, a load generator for testing services before they hit production; Zipkin, a distributed tracing system; and Scalding, a Scala library that makes it easier to write MapReduce jobs in Hadoop. Twitter is also a sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation and recently joined the World Wide Web Consortium.

Twitter joining the Linux Foundation shows “just how important Linux is becoming to so many of these large scale-out Internet companies that essentially run on Linux and are working to build their infrastructure almost entirely on open source software,” Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin told Ars.

Google is another big Web company that is part of the foundation. One missing name is Facebook, but Zemlin hopes to get Mark Zuckerberg and team on board as well. “We would love to have them as a member,” Zemlin said. “They do participate in our events around the Open Compute Project so that’s a good thing. Their business runs on Linux as well.”