Very well written article comparing the two search technologies – http://www.8kmiles.com/amazon-cloudsearch-vs-apache-solr/
NSA feels it has an obligation to undermine major tools protecting our privacy – check out http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html?hp. NSA has apparently tried to get to truecrypt but without much success. They have now formalized a project to formally audit (read break into it) truecrypt – http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/
Recent conversations with major clients indicates a trend where large enterprises want the benefits of scaling of the cloud within their firewalls. Nebula One has come out with a product to satisfy this need – very interesting. check out nebula.com
I just completed a very thorough study evaluating costs of maintaining our internal IT infrastructure or moving to the Cloud. My conclusion is that the cloud is compelling!!
The ability to start small retaining higher margins, no forward planning required on hardware infrastructure, lowered Total cost of ownership and more importantly the ability for rapid deployment thus supporting new Business models make moving to the cloud very obvious.
With all applications moving to the Cloud, it is critical to have ability to move data through the internet to where the apps need it. We have a 100 MBits/sec line and noticed that different FTP/SCP clients transfer at different speeds and drastically slower than using command line. Has anyone tried comparing different FTP clients? What is your experience? which FTP client is the fastest?