Louise Merifield

Louise is a Monkey Hanger who started off at the North Sea and travelled up and down many mountains and via 3 countries to end up at Lake Geneva. She has spent her working life in various HR & management roles making the most of her organisational skills a.k.a bossing people around. She is sarcastic about her family, the SixSq team and technology, which, in true British fashion, means she loves them very much.
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What is a Smart City?

Posted by Louise Merifield on 02-Oct-2019 09:00:00

This basic guide to smart cities gives an introduction to one of today's hot topics.

Why is everyone talking about smart cities?

It is estimated that the world’s population will grow to nine billion by 2043 and ten billion by 2083.

This population growth is likely to produce the biggest strain on urban areas, with 11% of the global population currently living in the world’s 101 larger cities - a figure which is expected to rise to 23% by the end of the century. City governors and industry leaders have to find ways to deal with this huge expansion.

At the same time, the latest technological advances give us access to solutions and services which were previously unimaginable. Look at how the internet and smart phone have changed the way you live. To address the key challenges of population expansion and rapid urbanisation, cities are exploring these technological advancements, to find ways to increase efficiency and help tackle the issues that come with an increased population.

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Topics: Smart Cities

What's the Difference between Public and Private Cloud?

Posted by Louise Merifield on 30-Aug-2019 09:47:00

How do you choose between public and private cloud? What are the differences between them? What are the advantages of private cloud? How do I choose between public and private cloud? Let's have a look at the basics to help make the decision.

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Topics: Cloud Basics

How to Map a Billion Stars

Posted by Louise Merifield on 24-Apr-2018 15:57:45

Waiting for Gaia's second data release

Gaia is an ambitious mission of the European Space Agency which will make the largest and most precise 3-D map of our Galaxy by surveying about one billion stars. Which sounds like an awful lot of stars, but amounts to only 1 per cent of the Galaxy's stellar population. The Gaia spacecraft was launched on 19 December 2013 and the mission is planned to continue for 5 years, continually collecting data on the motion and characteristics of stars. The Gaia spacecraft is controlled from the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

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What is a cloud-in-a box?

Posted by Louise Merifield on 03-May-2015 10:31:00


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Topics: Cloud Basics

What's the Difference Between Virtualisation and Cloud?

Posted by Louise Merifield on 09-Apr-2015 09:30:00

The fact that  Babbage came up with the idea of the first programmable computer way back in 1837 totally blows my mind. How did he do that? I guess he was the very first geek. And these IT geeks continue to amaze us all. Some clever clogs came up with the idea that you can run virtual machines  inside a computer, so a piece of software pretends it is a real server. In this way, you can have one physical box running many operating systems and applications at the same time. This brings many advantages, including energy savings, faster server installation (you don't have to fill out a form and wait for a physical box to be delivered) and higher availability and uptime. So from a cost standpoint, virtualisation is a great move. You can do much more with much less, which is why, reportedly, more than 70% of companies run at least some of their workload on virtual machines.  This diagram gives an idea of the principal:

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Topics: Cloud Basics

Is My Data Safe in the Cloud?

Posted by Louise Merifield on 16-Mar-2015 11:30:00

Cyber security is, quite rightly, an issue which raises a lot of concerns. So is my data safe in the cloud and what can I do to ensure cloud security?

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Topics: Cloud Basics

10 Reasons to like Cloud Computing

Posted by Louise Merifield on 02-Mar-2015 15:57:00

It seems cloud computing, for both businesses and individuals, is here to stay, but it's still not obvious to everyone what it acutally is. What are the main reasons to adopt cloud computing? People talk about IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, application deployment and provisioning, multi-cloud... but what does it all mean in basic terms and what are the advantages of cloud computing for businesses ?  Well, you know what: cloud – it’s just computer power, like that big, old brick you used to have under your desk. It's a means of storing and accessing computer power via the internet, instead of via your computer hard drive.

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Topics: Cloud Basics