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7 Perks of Public Clouds That Private Clouds Don’t (or Seldom) Have

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Architecture Projects, Construction Material | Comments Off on 7 Perks of Public Clouds That Private Clouds Don’t (or Seldom) Have

Many companies and enterprises would argue that private clouds provide a more secure and risk-free setup, but what they are failing to notice is that public clouds have advantages which ultimately overshadow the ones offered by private cloud technology. In fact, some experts even argue that public clouds are the safer and wiser choice! As for the reasons behind this, just take a look at some of the perks that one can get from the said type of cloud technology.

1.) Expenses can be minimized – It’s a proven fact that if you choose private clouds, you had better be prepared to pay for the whole setup. In public clouds, on the other hand, payments can be made in installments.

2.) Technology used by public clouds are more often more advanced – Imagine having to mind the upgrading of your software and hardware just to keep up with the times. Not to mention the whopping costs of each.

3.) They are more elastic, usage-wise – You can’t say the same for private clouds because once the demand for more servers arises, you would have to buy and maintain them in order to meet the said demand. Public cloud services have a more convenient pay-as-you-need-it system. It is also virtually impossible to utilize their entire capacity.

4.) Public clouds by Amazon and Google almost always trump the competition – Of course, the “competition”, in this case, are private clouds. It is a well-known fact that the two giants are fastidious when it comes to keeping their security technologies up-to-date. Numerous hackers have tried to penetrate them for years now, and like the Incredible Hulk, Amazon and Google only become tougher and stronger with each blow.

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5.) Private clouds actually tend to be complacent when it comes to security – And this is the main reason why experts think public clouds are more secure. Private clouds, assured by their sophisticated firewalls and sheltered internal network, have an inclination to be overconfident with their security, to the point that they’ll develop a false sense of it.

6.) Public clouds are staffed by the best security experts in the world – After all, who wouldn’t want to work for a company that pays top dollar for keeping the most important aspect of cloud technology, which is data storage, secure? Can the same thing be said of private clouds?

7.) Private clouds are seldom tested for infiltration on a regular basis – And if they do so, it is only applicable for that brief time. Just imagine the amount of resources that you would have to expend just to keep this up daily.

 

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How to Test the Quality of Stainless Steel

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Construction Material | Comments Off on How to Test the Quality of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is well known for its durability and high resistance to corrosion. It is these two characteristics that make it one of the favorite kitchenware materials. However, not every cooking pot that claims to be made from stainless steel is of high quality. This is because despite some pots are made using very low quality stainless steel. By looking at the pot physically you may not be able to know if quality steel was.
To ascertain the quality of the material used you can do a few simple tests at home on your own. Two simple tests that you can perform are the magnetic test and the vinegar test.
The magnetic test
To perform this test, simply take a magnet to the stainless steel kitchenware and if it sticks the pot is safe for use. If it does not stick it means that it contains nickel (which means it is austenite steel). However, you will notice that the magnet does not stick on the inside of the pot. This is because there is no fully magnetic stainless steel used to make kitchenware.

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This is the most commonly used test but it is not very reliable. Besides from proving that the pot or any other utensil is made from steel it does little to show the quality of the material used. Some proponents of this method argue that the strength with which the magnet holds onto the ware will indicate the quality.

The vinegar test
Some people have different ways of testing the quality of stainless steel or the reactivity which is the main concern. One of this ways is to boil some water with a tablespoon of baking powder in the pot for some time. If the water has a metallic taste it means that the stainless steel is more reactive and hence is of lower quality.
The problem with this test is that with stainless steel the real issue is with the acidic foods. Due to this it will be prudent to taste it using an acidic food like vinegar. Repeat the test using vinegar in order to get more accurate results but leave out the water so as not to dilute the vinegar. All you will need to do is to pour a couple of tablespoons of vinegar into the pot and leave it for a while. After a few minutes you should go back and taste the vinegar if it tastes like metal then the pot is made of low quality steel. We would like to thank SizeMetal.com for providing the stainless steel sheets required for this test!

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The 10 Most Sustainable Architecture Projects

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Architecture Projects, Sustainable Architecture Projects, US Architecture | Comments Off on The 10 Most Sustainable Architecture Projects

  1. Arizona State University Student Health Services

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A versatile reuse venture that changed the current sterile and wasteful center into an obviously composed, proficient and inviting facility. The design permeates the new building with a feeling of wellbeing and health that powers Tempe’s regular habitat and adds to a more binding pedestrian arranged grounds.

  1. Bud Clark Commons

Bud Clark Commons
Centerpiece of Portland’s Ten Year Plan to Stop Homeless Occurring, this Platinum project gives administrations to help move homeless people to steady, perpetual living courses of action. The structural engineering assists attain to this objective with a stroll-in day focus with open patio and access to support services.

  1. Bushwick Park

Bushwick ParkThis venture is the first step of the change of the Greenpoint–Williamsburg waterfront from a rotting mechanical strip to a multifunctional open park. The designers coordinated a system of playfields, open gathering chambres, classrooms, and park upkeep offices, into a town-square estimated site. The recreation center building turns into a green slope on the west side, making 100% of the site usable to people in general, and offering perspectives to Manhattan.

  1. Edith Wyatt Federal Building Modernization

Edith Wyatt Federal Building ModernizationOne of the most reduced energy use structures in the U.S., EGWW is a model for U.S. General Services Administration across the country. The venture’s objective was to change the current building from a maturing energy issue to one of the debut naturally neighborly structures in the country.

  1. Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Gateway Center – SUNY-ESF College of Environmental Science & ForestryA striking image of natural stewardship and atmosphere activity administration. This Platinum campus project focus meets ESF’s objective of decreasing the general lead footstep of the project through net positive renewable energy creation, while making a joined hotness and power plant and serious green roof that serve as active showing and examination instruments.

  1. John & Frances Angelos Law Center

John & Frances Angelos Law CenterThe primary vast scale open door for the University of Baltimore to show its aim to seek after methods that dispose of unnatural global warming emissions and accomplish atmosphere nonpartisanship. In view of this, the Law Center is a profoundly sustainable and inventive building that strives to decrease dependence on energy and environmental sources, diminishing its reliance on mechanical ventilation and manufactured lighting of the inside.

  1. Sustainability Treehouse

Sustainability Treehouse
Arranged in the timberland at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, this intelligent, interpretive and gathering facility serves as a special symbol of scouting undertaking, natural stewardship and superior building design. Guests rise indoor and open air stages to experience the woodland from different vantages and captivate with instructive displays that explore the site and environment at the levels of ground, tree and sky.

  1. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters
An impetus for expansive authoritative sustainability and brings staff, grantees and accomplices together to take care of the world’s most unmanageable issues. Throughout the previous two decades, as its grant making projects extended locally and around the world, staff and operations have been scattered in structures all through the city.

  1. U.S. Land Port of Entry

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The principal to utilize a ground source high temperature pump system. Sustainably gathered cedar was utilized on the whole outside envelope, coverings and some inside dividers and 98% of all wood on the venture is FSC guaranteed.

  1. Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Embodying sustainable safeguarding, it restores and showcases memorable volumes and completions, while delicately fusing imaginative innovative systems and significantly decreasing energy utilization.
Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

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