By John | April 4, 2009
These are my links for April 2nd through April 3rd:
- Georgia Trend – “The industry is booming,” says Pearce, an artist, author, game designer/developer and director of both the Experimental Game Lab and Emergent Game Group at Georgia Tech. “Basically, if your kid wants to be a game designer, he’s going to have a job.”
Georgia has a scrappy, close-knit video game industry, comprising about 70 companies and more than 2,000 workers, who produced an economic impact of about $71.8 million last year. And the state is home to some of the nation’s best university video game development programs.
- PHP and the Cloud – techPortal – Cloud computing refers to the utilization of shared, elastic resources and processing power accessed via the Internet. In some ways, it hails the reversion to the golden age of time-sharing but with significant improvements to the distribution philosophies underlying the delivery infrastructure. So, analogously, we now have the shared wonders of Hyde Park, where everyone and anyone can chill on the bench, throw some Frisbee, instead of having to financially pool money to buy a private park to shoot rabbits.
- Inside A Google Data Center « Data Center Knowledge – here’s a sneak preview with outtakes from the video tour of a Google data center, which showcased the company’s use of shipping containers to store servers and storage. Each of these 40-foot data center containers can house up to 1,160 servers, and Google has been using them since it built this facility in late 2005.
- Animoto – The Poster Child for AWS & EC2 « Barton’s Blog – "70 servers to 8,500 servers in 5 days" Funny the lower number keeps getting lower and the high number keeps getting higher every time the story is told.
- HP Cloud Assure – HP – BTO Software – HP Cloud Assure enables your IT organization to take advantage of the speed, flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness of cloud services with confidence. Leveraging nine years of SaaS expertise and advanced service-level performance, this solution delivers the three attributes industry analysts identify as key requirements for reliable cloud computing – security, performance and availability.
- IBM makes big online collaboration move with LotusLive Engage » VentureBeat – Engage appears to be the most comprehensive service yet offered under IBM’s LotusLive umbrella of web-based businesses services. The heart of the product appears to be a web meeting service, but just as Cisco says it wants to build a collaboration suite around its WebEx meeting service, IBM says Engage is “not a new meeting service, just a smarter one,” and that it “extends your online meeting experience by bringing together the essential collaboration tools you need before, during and after your meeting” — basically, it adds things like business social networking and project management on top of the meeting service.
- Amazon Web Services Blog: Announcing Amazon Elastic MapReduce – Today we are introducing Amazon Elastic MapReduce , our new Hadoop-based processing service. I'll spend a few minutes talking about the generic MapReduce concept and then I'll dive in to the details of this exciting new service.
- CloudFront | drupal.org – CloudFront module integrates with imagecache to serve dynamic images from the Amazon CloudFront CDN. Dynamic images are placed in a queue and served immediately from the local filesystem. Once the queue is processed (via cron job) the images will automatically begin serving from CloudFront.
- Citrix XenServer – Download XenServer now.
Enterprise-class. Cloud-proven. Free.
- I.B.M. Reportedly Will Buy Rival Sun for $7 Billion – NYTimes.com – I.B.M. appears on the verge of acquiring Sun Microsystems, a longtime rival in the computer server and software markets, for nearly $7 billion.