September 2016  |   David Richards, Network World

The 8 fallacies of distributed computing are becoming irrelevant

In 1969, the U.S. Department of Defense created ARPANET, the precursor to today’s internet. Around the same time, the SWIFT protocol used for money transfers was also established. These are both early examples of distributed systems: a collection of independent computers that appear to users as a...
July 2016  |   David Richards, Cloud Tech News

What the Brexit vote will mean for data sovereignty

The only certainty about Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union, is that it is going to create uncertainty in terms of data sovereignty, particularly in the field of cloud computing. Data sovereignty refers to data being held in a country in adherence to the laws of that state. That is...
July 2016  |   David Richards, Network World

The democratization of data in the cloud

Data democratization puts crucial business information into the hands of those who need it the most.  “Data is the new oil, the new natural resource of our time” is something I have often said. Yet this is misleading. Having a lot of data sitting around is, in fact, worthless. The real value...
June 2016  |   David Richards, The Huffington Post

Zen and the art of cloud computing

“The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn’t any other test. If the machine produces tranquility, it’s right. If it disturbs you it’s wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed” wrote Pirsig in 1974 in his classic book Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance...
June 2016  |   David Richards, Cloud Tech News

Hybrid Cloud and software defined data centres: how companies can have it both ways

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the fastest growing enterprise company that the world has ever seen - a testament to the fact that huge numbers of businesses are moving their data to the cloud not only to save on costs but to be able to analyse their data more effectively.  Netflix, Airbnb, the...
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