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Age of Data Abundance and the cloud

I've been in a number of discussions lately where the folks were looking at cloud computing as just a continuation of the current computing paradigm. I firmly believe that is not the case.


unlimited data.pngIn the February issue of IEEE Spectrum, there is an article titled "Cellphones for Science", which discusses using sensors in cell phones to gather information from the environment. This information would be placed in a central location where researchers could access it for analysis, and the vast cloud computing resources available could then be applied for a wide range of purposes.


There is data all over organizations that's not used effectively. This possible use of cell phones to gather data is an example of how we'll have more data than ever at our fingertips - the age of abundance of data. It's not just data from cell phones though, since we'll be able to use tagging and sensing all over. Some of the EDS Fellows have been looking at a city of the future project. If taken forward as defined, it would strain the addressing space of IPv6.


Organizations need to start looking for the information they'd like to have and start planning for its collection during this downturn in the economy.

Anonymous | ‎02-11-2009 12:48 PM

Hi Charlie,

Hope all is well. My name is Kyle Austin and I blog for the RaceTalk   blog, which covers the digital evolution of media, marketing and PR. As part of a new series, I'm looking at bloggers for Fortune 500 companies spotlighted on the Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki ( I'm wondering if you'd be willing to take part in a Q&A to discuss the topics you are covering within your blog, how you got started, what works, responses you've got, goals you have for fostering conversation here, etc? I'd be happy to set-up via email or phone (whatever works easiest for you).

Let me know if you'd be willing to chat.



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