Rainforests For Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is Internet based use of information service. Wikipedia (the most popular Internet based encyclopedia) defines the following applications as under the umbrella of Cloud Computing.

o Software as a Service
o Utility Computing
o Web Services
o Managed Service Providers

With major global players investing seriously in Cloud Computing infrastructure, chances are that Cloud Computing will become more compelling as time goes on. Should the average business organization jump onto the bandwagon now or later? We do not attempt to provide any guidance on when to jump or when not to jump but we will attempt to provide some guidance on how the average business or organization can put these global developments into perspective and gain maximum benefits from their own specific investments in information systems.

We propose a Rainforest model. Rainforests are an important part of the global climate eco-system. They are mostly self adaptive and they contribute to the stability of the biosphere of the Earth.

Treat the server room of your company as the rainforest. You have the equipment at your premises and you have IT people on your payroll. This combination of assets provides and supports a certain level of your information needs on a day to day basis.

There are two variations of the rainforest model. One is having the equipment at your premises and outsourcing the management of the equipment. The other is using your own human resources to manage information systems located outside your own premises.

Cloud Computing is a totally different scenario. In contrast to the above described Rainforest scenarios, you do not know where the Cloud Operators (such as Google and Yahoo!) keep their servers to run your email accounts or store your email files. Also you do not hire people to work there to keep all servers and storage operating- the equipment and people are all in the Clouds. You outsource servers and labours to the clouds and pay as you go (unless the service is free).

In order to obtain maximum benefits from your investments, you will need to compare the long term returns and costs of having everything under your direct control with the “pay as you go” scheme. You will need flexibility and this means that the equipment and the payroll shall be modular and scalable. Also, the information systems in the Rainforest shall have green features such as the highest benchmark in performance per watt or space or cost.

In summary, this Rainforest concept is to introduce the third factor for purchase decisions. Fitness of Purpose shall always stay as Number One and Total Cost of Ownership is Number Two. Cloud Computing will have an impact on these 2 – two factors and Rainforest considerations are the guide.

Rainforest Plants – Curare

Family: Menispermaceae

Genus: Chondrodendron

Species: tomentosum

Common Names: Curare, grieswurzel, pareira brava, pareira, vigne sauvage, uva-da-serra, uva-do-mato, ampihuasca blanca, antinupa, antinoopa, comida de venados, curari, ourari, woorari, worali, velvet leaf

General Description: Curare is a large vine found in the canopy of the South American rainforest. It is only four inches in diameter, but it grows high in the top of the canopy-100 feet. Also known as velvet leaf, its large heart-shaped leaves have a soft silky underside made up of tiny white hairs.

Uses: Curare, injected in high doses into straight muscle tissue, is a highly poisonous extract; it has been prepared throughout tribal history in South America, for the purpose of poisoning the points of arrows. Curare, in large doses, paralyses the motor nerve-endings in striped muscle, and death occurs from respiratory failure. Curare is very bitter, and is actually a common name for various dart poisons originating from South America. Curare is not to be confused with Curara.

Curare has differing effects depending upon dosage, whether it is injected into muscle tissue, or ingested. Curare is used internally in tribal medicine for edema, fever, kidney stones and testicular inflammation. It is also known to relax muscles into a state of inactivity.

Under appropriate medical care and attention, curare is also used to relieve spastic paralysis, to treat some mental disorders, and to induce muscle relaxation for setting fractures. Curare is now used extensively in modern medicine. It is only toxic if it enters the bloodstream. Curare is not for sale to the general public.

As with many Amazonian tribal plant history and legend, curare is prepared by old women. In some traditions, the witch doctor has a monopoly of the business, but generally, wise old men get together to brew a batch. Extra curare was usually carried by tribal members in a gourd or calabash, and stored with weapons.

Disclaimer: The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Any reference to medicinal use is not intended to treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease.

Benefits of the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo

Have you ever tried to complete a task, such as cook dinner, make a phone call, or clean the dishes, with a busy baby crawling around the house? If you have, you know how challenging it can be to keep your baby entertained (and keep him from harm) while you try to get something done.

My first son was a pretty easy baby. I could find all sorts of toys to entertain him with, and he would sit for at least 20 minutes trying to figure out how something worked or push buttons again and again. 

Fast forward a couple of years to my second son, and it was a completely different story. Christopher wanted to be held all the time. If he wasn’t being held, then he wanted me to sit and play with him on the floor. He could not entertain himself independently for even five minutes, and he would start to cry.

Thank goodness my husband had bought us the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo when my first son was starting to crawl. As soon as my second son was able to sit up on his own, I pulled out the baby jumperoo again. And it worked! Christopher would be entertained for 15-20 minutes at a time. In baby-land, that’s a coveted amount of time for any parent.

Benefits of the Rainforest Jumperoo

I found the Rainforest Jumperoo to be an invaluable addition to our baby toolkit. If you have a baby who is able to sit up and wants to move around, the jumperoo allows them to safely exercise and helps develop gross motor and fine motor skills. Here are some other benefits of this jumperoo:

  • Toys all around the toy in a circular design to give baby plenty of things to play with
  • Folds for storage
  • With a soft seat and 3 levels of height adjustment, the jumperoo is designed for baby’s comfort
  • Encourages leg muscle development at a time when baby is preparing to stand and walk
  • Easy to set up and easy to take the seat cover off for cleaning
  • Rainforest theme and colors are gender neutral, so the jumperoo is appropriate for girls and boys

If you are looking for a way to entertain your baby or looking for a gift for a new parent, look at the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. It is one of the bestselling baby products and is highly rated by reviewers.