The Heroku Platform

What is the Heroku Platform?

Heroku is a cloud platform based on a managed container system, with integrated data services and a powerful ecosystem, for deploying and running modern apps. The Heroku developer experience is an app-centric approach for software delivery, integrated with today’s most popular developer tools and workflows.

The Heroku Platform is designed so you can focus on what matters the most: the app. Getting apps out in the wild, in front of real users, and then iterating fast, is what can make or break companies. Heroku lets companies of all sizes embrace the value of apps, not the hassle of hardware, nor the distraction of servers — virtual or otherwise.

The Heroku Platform is great for the early part of the app lifecycle, but it really shines when you go into production. Heroku seamlessly supports every step of the app lifecycle — build, run, manage and scale. Heroku Postgres provides trusted database options at terabyte scale.

Dell Acquires EMC for $67 Billion

Dell has acquired EMC Corporation for the amount of a whopping $67 billion dollars. As a result, Dell has now doubled the size of its data centers due to the EMC acquisition. Was EMC worth it all that money? It does have a take of a bad marriage, mainly because Dell paid too much money. Second, as a cloud service provider, EMC is competing with Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Google Cloud Computing and many others. The competition is stiff. Will EMC bring value to Dell? Time will tell.

1TB Storage On Your Wrist

Forget the cloud. What if you can have 1TB secure storage on your wrist. Fasetto based in Superior, Wisconsin has a product called the Link. It’s a wearable wristband with 1TB of solid state drive. It can be made accessible to 20 devices. It can stream up to 7 devices at a time. It’s not connected to the cloud at all. It creates a localized cloud of its own. Access times are anywhere 470 to 530 mbps. Battery life is 12 hours. The 1TB model is currently priced at $799. Smaller models also exists all the way down to the modest 128GB model priced at $199.

Google 100GB for $2 Per Month

Find a 100GB of storage online for just $2 per month. Chances are you won’t. Because there aren’t any. You won’t find any better deal than what Google is offering. At least for the moment. What a great deal! Google just lowered the price of their cloud storage from $5 to $2. If you want a 1TB of storage, you can get it for just $10 per month. If you want to upgrade, just go to Google’s Drive.

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Owncloud 4.5

OwnCloud is an open-source file sharing and file storage cloud platform that’s similar to Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and other cloud sharing services. The difference is, OwnCloud allows you to install your own cloud storage on your own server. You manage the server software yourself making your data your own. OwnCloud has vastly improved the past year. OwnCloud has added a desktop client for Windows, MacOS and Linux, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Much has changed since the last time I played around with OwnCloud. Instead of performing an upgrade of my previous installation, I’ve decided to just reinstall everything from scratch. OwnCloud now gives your three options to install the server software. You can install it from a tar archive, a Linux package, or you can use the Web Installer. I chose the latter. It turned out to be the simplest option.

You simply download the small installation file called “setup-owncloud.php.” You then upload the it to your web server and run the install script. You will be asked to supply a username and password. The installation file will then download the rest of the program and complete the installation for you. It takes less than a minute to complete the install.

Just a couple of things worth sharing. I opted for SQLite install. So, there is no MySQL database needed. There’s only one thing I want to modify. I want increase the default allocated space to something bigger. Other than that, it’s a functional file sharing service. It’s not as polished as Dropbox and Google Drive, but it’s not too shabby either. At least, you can sleep well knowing your data is your own.

Google Samsung Chromebook for $249

Google announced today an 11.6 inch Samsung Chromebook for just $249. The Exynos 5 dual-core processor-powered laptop runs on ChromeOS and will have a 1366 x 768 screen resolution. In addition, there will be 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The battery life is six hours. This laptop is perfect for those who use Google cloud services regularly, such as GMail, Docs and Google Drive.

As expected, Chromebooks has its own set of detractors. People either love it or hate it. Some columnists label Chromebooks as netbooks, whose popularity have been waning the last year. Some argue Chromebook’s effectiveness, suggesting to go for a smartphone, a tablet or an ultrabook. With the price point of $249, it’s enticing enough for those wanting to go with ChromeOS, that’s quite dependent on the cloud.

The only big question is, for $249, will people buy it?