Office 365 should be a bargain. Is it? In one study, based on 5-7 year transactional deal, corporate customers will pay up to 80% more in subscriptions. The longer the term, the higher the costs. From ComputerWorld.com.
Amazon Web Services has a new G2 instance called g2.8xlarge. It has 4 high-performance NVidia GPUs for those needing a system capable of doing large scale video rendering, transcoding, or parallel processing. The g2.8xlarge is available in just about all regions. The on-demand pricing is $2.60 per hour. Spot and reserved instances are a little bit cheaper but require an entire month use.
Maybe OpenOffice is on it’s last legs. It’s down to just 16 developers. Compared to LibreOffice’s 268 developers, it pales in comparison. Armed with just a few a developers, OpenOffice releases will be slow and infrequent. I think it’s becoming more obvious to switch over to LibreOffice if you haven’t yet done so. Maybe, the two projects can lay their pride aside and combine their efforts and make an even more solid product.
Kapersky Labs have uncovered a malware that exists on hard drives. They say it’s a piece of work by a group called the Equation group. Or it could be the work of NSA. The malware is so sophisticated that there’s no known tool to remove them. The malware can rewrite the firmware of hard drives. They are impossible to detect, let alone remove. The Equation group has been known as far back as 2001.
Cloud Computing is a $20 billion yearly business. In the latest poll, Amazon Web Services dominates the market with a 28% market share. Microsoft Azure is gaining share at 10%, and there’s the rest of the pack lagging behind. Not only that, cloud revenues are increasing yearly. In 2014, cloud computing has gained 48% over the year before. ReadWrite’s article even mentions Digital Ocean as a favorite for web developers.