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A Quick Look at Cryptocurrencies and the Cloud Cryptocurrencies have gained traction in the past half-decade for a variety of reasons. Bitcoin has become the most popular cryptocurrency in the world due to its sudden rise in value and acceptance within the international marketplace. You might be wondering: What does cloud computing have to do with cryptocurrencies? Cloud computing is beginning to revolutionize the cryptocurrency industry. When cryptocurrencies first began gaining popularity, amateur miners would create rigs in their basements, garages and bedrooms that consisted of computing gear that sometimes housed dozens of video cards with high performance GPU chips. These cryptocurrency mining rigs generated enormous electric bills for consumers with power companies sometimes mistaking the sudden spike in power use as a drug operation. These sets of circumstan... (more)

How Green Data Centers Achieve Efficiency

How Green Data Centers Achieve Efficiency Data centers have matured immensely over the past decade with today's data centers being greener than ever. Pike Research mentions that the green data center market was worth $17.1 billion in 2012. The green data center economy is expected to grow rapidly throughout this decade. Pike Research estimates that the total market value for green data centers will increase to $45 billion by 2016. Green data centers are crucial for the advancement of computing technology. Data centers are being built all over the world to house large public com... (more)

Cloud Storage: The Truth About Your Security

In light of the recent NSA snooping scandal via their PRISM program regarding private cloud computing security, many people are left wondering if their sensitive data is actually secure. In fact, the statistics points to this startling fact: businesses and individuals alike have been scrambling to remove their data from the cloud and away from any potential threats. Industry analysts have recently stated that the cloud arena is slated to lose roughly $35 BILLION (with a ‘B') because of this debacle alone. People have already come to accept what they perceive to be future reality -... (more)

How to Provision Your First Virtual Machine in Window Azure

Windows Azure is currently offering an exclusive promotion. You can get $200 in free credits just for test driving the innovative public cloud service designed by Microsoft. What's the catch? When you sign up, Microsoft asks that you provide your credit card and a phone number so that they can verify your identity. Once verified, you are able to dive into the world of Windows Azure. How to Create a New VM Actually creating and provisioning a new virtual machine can be completed in just a few clicks. Once you've signed up for Azure, you'll want to find the tab on the left that sa... (more)

The Difference Between DAS, SAN, and NAS By @CloudWedge | @CloudExpo

Thoroughly knowing the difference between the three prominent types of datacenter storage will help you immensely in job interviews, product pitches and tech conferences. Server storage is typically stored in one of three different methods. Since each acronym is similar, it is imperative for you to know the stark differences when discussing DAS, SAN and NAS. What is DAS? DAS stands for direct-attached storage. Think about the way servers used to be managed. You would buy a 1U or 2U server, pop it in a rack and use the hard disk space or hard disk array present on the server itse... (more)