The Wayback Machine Hits 5 Petabytes of Storage & Your Data Center's Hidden Musical Talent: Weekly Roundup

Can the entire Internet be archived? The founder of the Wayback Machine, Brewster Kahle, is willing to bet that it can — but first, they'll need to locate an enormous amount of storage space. How much the Wayback Machine has archived and more cloud computing news from around the web in this week's roundup:  

The Wayback Machine Archives 4 Billion Webpages  

The Wayback Machine, an Internet archive project started by Kahle, founder of web crawling company Alexa Internet, hit 4 billion archived webpages this week. The Wayback Machine allows Internet users to access archived images of other websites going back to 1996. The project requires a whopping 5 petabytes of storage for all of its data. There have been important practical uses for The Wayback Machine over the years; for example, during the U.S. federal government shutdown, the Wayback Machine provided information on government sites that was otherwise unavailable.     

Read more at CloudTweaks  

Don't Make BYOD Your Scapegoat  

When a data breach happens because of BYOD, who's to blame? Should IT shoulder the burden of unruly employees putting company data at risk by accessing it from unauthorized licenses or should the burden fall to employees? The consequences of a data breach due to BYOD can be severe. For example, when an inadvertent data leak occurred at a hospital in 2010 because a physician used a personal device to access the hospital server, the hospital was fined $4.8 million. However, if the server was off-limits to personal devices, how did the physician manage to connect to it? According to InfoWorld executive editor Galen Gruman, IT pros who blame the employee in cases like this rather than their own oversight are making BYOD a convenient scapegoat. "There are still those in IT who refuse to accept that technology is part of most everyone's work and that many users need access to information from multiple locations and device types to do their jobs," Gruman says. "IT's job -- more complicated, to be sure -- is to figure out how to facilitate that."     

Read more at InfoWorld  

Why Cloud Expertise Belongs on Your Résumé   

In this digital day and age, job candidates are expected to stay up-to-date on the latest technology. Knowledge of cloud computing is one way that professionals can stand out from the crowd by demonstrating a high degree of resourcefulness and tech savvy, Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick says. According to McKendrick, there are a few things that having cloud computing on your résumé communicates to potential employers: 

  • You're a self-starter: "Having experience with important cloud offerings specific to your profession or industries not only shows you can hit the ground running — but you already have been running," McKendrick says.
  • You're a fresh-thinker: "If you’re resourceful at applying cloud-based solutions to problems and opportunities," McKendrick says, "You may be able to contribute the fresh thinking needed to reshape parts of the business outside your domain."
  • You're not afraid to learn new things: Because of the cloud, McKendrick says, "Massive open online courses have opened up courses from the world’s leading universities to anyone who wants to participate — and at no charge, for the most part."

Read more at Forbes  

Hidden Talents: Is Your Data Center Musical?  

The humming fans of your data center may be the least likely place you'd expect to find an international composer recording music, but composer Matt Parker has begun doing just that. Parker visits data centers around Europe to recording various sounds and turn them into minimalist electronic music. His first composition from this project, "Cities and Memory," uses recordings gathered from the server aisles at the Birmingham City University data center. “The idea is to highlight the physical nature of ‘cloud computing’ and to remind people that whilst their phones might be sitting silently in their pockets, somewhere out there, a huge hive of hard drives and fans is spinning around frantically, managing our digital identities," Parker says.    

Read more at Data Center Knowledge