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Google: The cloud is cheaper

McKinsey released a report in April 2009 that concluded small to mid-sized businesses saved money by moving to a cloud computing environment versus a traditional data center; however, large businesses were better off running their own data centers. Companies, they said, could match or even surpass cloud computing savings by …

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ICANN Slammed by CADNA for Poor Job

ICANN has been criticized yet again this week. This time, by The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA). CADNA was founded in 2007 to fight cybersquatting, the abusive buying and selling of domain names with spellings similar to trademarked names (googgle.com, bbc.info, etc.) Members of the non-profit organization, which has …

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Bandwidth Usage Increases as Infrastructure Grows

After the telecom bubble burst in the early 2000s, networks took a huge hit. Without the capital to lay new cable, Internet infrastructure did not get better and bandwidth usage stayed about the same. According to analyst TeleGeography, things have gotten better. The research service, which tracks 224 network operators …

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Who Should Control ICANN and the Internet?

In her weekly video message posted today, Viviane Reding, the European Union Commissioner for Information Society and Media, discussed the future of the Internet and ICANN. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, is a private non-profit created more than a decade ago in the United States to …

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EU calls on Obama to give up Internet oversight

The European Union has called on U.S. President Barack Obama to turn over U.S. oversight of the Internet to a larger body of nations. Currently, governance and security of the Internet rests solely with the non-profit organisation Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN. The EU Commissioner, Viviane …

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DDos Attacks on the Rise

Over the last six months, Internet security experts have observed an increase in Distributed Denial of Service of Attacks (DDos). DDoS attacks occur when an attacker uses a large number of compromised computers to send tiny pieces of data, often as small as a 52-byte ping, to a server. So …

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Google Obtains Patent for Water-Based Data Center

This week, the United States Patent Office awarded Google a patent for floating data centers. Filed in 2007, it took nearly two years to be approved and combines computing equipment with electrical generators to provide large-scale computer power from any body of water. Patent abstract: A system includes a floating …

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