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The Cloud Changes Everything

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The concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1960’s, though it wasn’t widely known among consumers until much later. Amazon launched their Amazon Web Service (AWS) in 2006 that offered cloud computing to customers. Microsoft has been working with cloud technology for years as well. Today, Google, Apple, and countless other companies are providing some type of cloud experience, such as computation, storage and services, usually as a metered service. The Cloud has changed the way we conduct business, as well as our lifestyles. Often seamlessly, without us even knowing.

It is ground breaking, the extent that “green cloud technology” is changing our way of collecting data and addressing environmental sustainability. Monitoring soil moisture so farmers know when to irrigate, reducing water consumption by as much as 50%. Monitoring air quality that will alert people with asthma where higher levels of contamination are located. If you are not familiar with this fascinating technology, GreenBiz sponsored this video at a State of Green Business Forum. The presenter is Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft, who is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company’s environmental efforts.

How the Cloud Changes Everything – Rob Bernard (Microsoft)

It should be noted that green cloud technology is not be confused with the generic term green cloud. Cloud computing, as we know and use, has come under assault from environmentalists claiming anything using fossil fuels to function cannot be green. This is known, is understood, and is being addressed.

Taking green cloud technology a step further, the links below describes work IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft are doing that will bring to us Green Cloud Cities.

For additional information related to the green cloud technology:

IBM, Cisco, Microsoft Plan Green Cloud Cities

Just How Green is Cloud Computing?

The Green Grid

How Much Cloud for Construction?

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According to the recent article at Constructech, How Much Cloud for Construction? , the cloud has created much buzz in construction these days with many in the market still looking for answers. As with any technology investment, a good rule of thumb with the cloud is to take it in small steps. When it comes to cloud computing in construction, the question isn’t so much should you take to it, but rather what is the right amount? Information technology managers in construction are struggling with the tongue-in-cheek “fully vs. partially cloudy” dilemma regarding which construction technology applications are indeed best suited for the cloud.

The debate has been generating much discussion on Constructech’s own LinkedIn group lately, where many believe it comes down to the decision of which applications to take to the cloud, and which to leave in the standard delivery model.

“Programs that sync data in the background are a perfect fit,” says Morrow. “Data that is fetched via realtime requests may or may not present more of an issue. As a general rule, the more unique the software/data is to your specific business the more cloud resistant it might be. Start with services that every business uses. Get a comfort level, and then move to industry-specific software, (and) save any custom ‘in-house’ software for last.”

A recent survey of Constructech readers shows the applications best suited to take to the cloud include sales, scheduling, and project management. We have seen a growing interest in using the cloud for applications like project management in construction. Software providers continually embrace this model with companies like Meridian Systems,, Folsom, Calif., and Viewpoint Construction Software,, Portland, Ore., as just two examples, developing strategic partnerships for bringing their project-based solutions to the cloud.

Then there are those times when there isn’t a natural fit in the cloud. In those instances, Wes Smith, president, The Cram Group,, New York, N.Y. suggests Citrix XenApp. It is the product behind what most people mean when they say an application is “Citrix-enabled,” says Smith.