Cloud Computing Concepts

Technology acronyms and abbreviations are frequently used to simplify or express key concepts in the industry. Cloud computing is no exception:

Cloud ServiceDescription
IaaSInfrastructure as a Service
PaaSPlatform as a Service
SaaSSoftware as a Service
MaaSMonitoring as a Service
CaaSCommunication as a Service
XaaSAnything as a Service



Should you Friend your Supervisor?

David Perry writes on the dilemma with maintaining boundaries between work and private spaces on social media, and choices of not allowing colleagues into our private social space.

In a world in which virtual scholarly networks increasingly overlap with our personal virtual communities, we need to develop some clear standards with how we engage on social media with our colleagues, superiors, and subordinates. Here are my suggested rules:- Be aware of workplace hierarchies and your position in them.- You get to choose whether to “friend up” to people more powerful than you in the hierarchies.- You do not get to choose whether to “friend down” to your subordinates. They get to make that choice.- Either accept 100 percent of friend requests from subordinates or accept none. No middle ground.

Source: Should you Friend your Supervisor?


Hire and promote first on the basis of integrity; second, motivation; third, capacity; fourth, understanding; fifth, knowledge; and last and least, experience. Without integrity, motivation is dangerous; without motivation, capacity is impotent; without capacity, understanding is limited; without understanding, knowledge is meaningless; without knowledge, experience is blind. Experience is easy to provide and quickly put to good use by people with all the other qualities.

Source: Dee Hock on Management


Rob Sobers from Varonis provides a great summary on the differences between SMB and CIFS

This day and age, you should always use the acronym SMB.

I know what you’re thinking – “but if they’re essentially the same thing, why should I always use SMB?”

Two reasons:

1.) The CIFS implementation of SMB is rarely used these days.  Under the covers, most modern storage systems no longer use CIFS, they use SMB 2 or SMB 3.  In the Windows world, SMB 2 has been the standard as of Windows Vista (2006) and SMB 3 is part of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

2.) CIFS has a negative connotation amongst pedants.  SMB 2 and SMB 3 are massive upgrades over the CIFS dialect, and storage architects who are near and dear to file sharing protocols don’t appreciate the misnomer.  It’s kind of like calling an executive assistant a secretary.

Source: The Difference between CIFS and SMB

If You Accept It, Expect It

If the player lines up two yards over the start line in sprints and you do not correct him, do not jump his butt when he does it in the game . …If you do not correct the offensive lineman in practice for holding, do not bitch at the official for calling it in the game. If you accept it, you should expect it in the games, and that is on the coach.

– Chip Kelly

Source: The Tao of Chip Kelly by Mark Saltveit.