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I was reading a blog post the other day titled: Service Instability Underscores Serious Cloud Issues – and the Need for Better SLAs that focused on the unfortunate series of highly visible cloud outages recently. It asks the question “Are cloud providers doing enough to address the underlying issues and reassure enterprises?”
I couldn’t agree more with the concerns expressed. These outages are causing the market movement to cloud to be questioned? HP believes that Choice, Confidence and Consistency are key to overcoming these concerns, by increasing the consumer’s options.
The one point that was overlooked in the post is that a service consumer has responsibilities as well, since there are ways to fail over to other services. The additional work is necessary, if the service being performed is mission critical. It needs to be architected effectively.
No one is shocked that their car has a spare tire. Having a spare doesn’t mean we lost faith in tire companies or the product they produce. It means that if we have a tire problem and are forced to sit on the side of the road, we don’t want to do it for very long. Why would we think that computing services would be any different?
I had a chance today to present to an HP Workstation Advisory Council during Siggraph 2012. I talked about HP labs research and the likely implications of memristors to the content creation industry. There was also quite a bit of discussion about 4K or larger screen size, fan noise and which interface ports to drop off and which ones to add. One thing I was actually a bit surprised wasn’t brought up was haptics.
It is clear that Disney was showing off some new techniques for providing touch feedback to users. I’ve seen some interesting work done with vibration in the past. It is fascinating what your brain can do with only a mild amount of correctly timed vibration feedback – making an object feel slick or rough…
Even the HP Touchpad last year had a fairly effective implementation of vibration feedback for the virtual keyboard that I can still use even though it is now running Android. This kind of tactile feedback can make a virtual environment have more impact. It makes me wonder how much of this functionality will be embedded in Microsoft Surface running Windows 8? Or other implementations??
I could easily see some big data analytic applications benefiting from some touch feedback techniques.