I was reading an interesting article on Inhabitat about various large IT companies working to create code auditors that audit for energy efficiency. Being that server farms are a huge user of energy it makes perfect sense to not only try to use renewable energy sources to power them. But to go to the source of the issue and insure the code itself is as efficient as possible. It’s a simple idea but one that to be honest had never crossed my mind. You could compare it to a house that uses old fashioned everything that is an energy hog and is powered by solar. So it takes 10 times as many solar panels to run the house which basically cancels out any impact to the environment since the non-renewable energy used to make the solar panels to begin with. The article also pointed out a Greenpeace campaign called “COOL IT” that gives report cards to big IT companies and their use of renewable energy. To my surprise Cisco seems to be at the forefront. The stranger thing was I saw no mention of Amazon, who is one of the biggest cloud providers around now.
Would James Madison, for example, agree with some current interpretations of the Fourth Amendment, which hold that old-fashioned letters stored in a dresser drawer enjoy stronger legal protection against search and seizure than an e-mail stored on the Web or a private post left for a friend on Facebook?
In a world where every computer is connected, where it doesn’t matter whether your e-mail is on the hard drive in your bedroom or a server half a world away, where your critical company documents can be viewed from anywhere, where would the Founding Fathers draw the line for law enforcement? The “cloud,” already well formed with Hotmail and Google docs, is a potential treasure trove for police investigators. But how can we make sure the cloud doesn’t rain all over Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights to avoid unfair searches?
I have been reading recently about the “Lean Startup” concept, which is funny since I have been working with and been part of more than a few without knowing there is a nifty catch phrase for them. So now I am all up on the lingo and hash tag #leanstartup I can speak on it. Today is the perfect time to take a gamble and dive into a lean startup. Being that there are so many free tools and services you can use along with very inexpensive solutions to infrastructure that were not available even a few years ago. By using the power of Open Source software, free online services, and cloud computing one can build a scalable and very cost effective lean startup.
Let’s first look at your new companies hosting and servers. being that you are lean you may most likely be working from home. So let’s look at hosting and services you will need in order to host some of the Open Source applications will will talk about in a moment. In my experience the basic things you need to get going in terms of setting up shop are the basics: