Protecting the rainforest with upcycled phones and cloud computing

Rainforest Connection uses simple devices created from discarded cellphones to listen out for illegal logging activities and provide rangers with real-time alerts. The organization was founded in 2012 by Topher White, who gave a talk about his work at TEDxCERN last month. White’s system has already helped stop illegal logging in Indonesia and further pilot projects are set to be launched soon in both Brazil and Cameroon.
iSGTW speaks to White to find out more…

On the right track!

In the final instalment of our series looking at small business and the cloud, Bree Freeman offers up some advice on how to manoeuvre your way through the maze that is the cloud.
If you’re a non-techie person, you might think of cloud computing as programs that are floating around up there, somewhere. You’ve heard about it, but don’t truly understand what it all means and most importantly how the technology can benefit your business.

GÉANT Open Cloud eXchange

Cloud computing services are seen as a solution for the near insatiable demands of researchers for bandwidth and computing power for intensive applications. The cloud computing model is a perfect match for Big Data-related research since it provides unlimited resources on demand. Currently, increasing amounts of scientific data are available to research communities and collaborative groups in the form of Grid and cloud storage resources (e.g. LHC experiment data and genome data) provided worldwide.

Cloud computing still castles in the air for some tech investors

In the enterprise technology world, generational transitions in computing that seem obvious often take a decade or more to become significant. So it has been with cloud computing. The shift of corporate computing workloads to utility-grade datacentres has been on the cards since the end of the last century. Everyone saw this coming. Here is Sam Palmisano, then-chief executive of IBM, in 2002, when it was known as “on-demand” computing: “What you are seeing is a fundamental shift that is a long-term shift, that is irreversible.”

Russia unplugged!

By 1 January 2015 data operators will be required to store personal data of Russian citizens on servers inside the territory of the Russian Federation. The legislation which was signed by President Putin on 9 July and its roll-out was brought forward following a vote in September. Companies like Facebook and Twitter, for example, who store data on servers outside of the country will be in breach of the new rules.