Nebula launches its OpenStack “system”

The long-promised Nebula One cloud system — with its controller appliance — is now available. That piece of hardware could distinguish Nebula from the rest of the OpenStack cloud crowd.

Smart objects may talk, but will we listen?

Web-enabling all manner of non-computery things — parking meters, pill bottles, umbrellas — means that people can be reminded to do something: feed the meter, take the meds, grab the bumbershoot. But designing the alerts — in addition to the devices themselves — is a key consideration.