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About World Statistics Day
The celebration of the World Statistics Day will acknowledge the service provided by the global statistical system at national and international level, and hope to help strengthen the awareness and trust of the public in official statistics. It serves as an advocacy tool to further support the work of statisticians across different settings, cultures and domains.
The International Telecommunication Union recently published The World in 2010: ICT Facts and Figures that revealed that the number of Internet users worldwide doubled in the past five years and will surpass the two billion mark in 2010. That’s 30% of the world’s population!
Here are some other notable statistics from the report:
The number of people having access to the Internet at home has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.6 billion in 2010.
162 million of the 226 million new Internet users in 2010 will be from developing countries, where Internet users grow at a higher rate.
By the end of 2010, 71% of the population in developed countries will be online compared to 21% of the population in developing countries.
While in developed countries 65% of people have access to the Internet at home, this is the case for only 13.5% of people in developing countries where Internet access in schools, at work and public locations is critical.
Regional differences are significant: 65% of Europeans are on the Internet, compared to only 9.6% of Africans.
Are there differences in application architecture that are important for the cloud?
It is important to build applications and workloads specifically for the cloud. You will want to carefully consider what services the cloud provider of your choice has to offer and how your application leverages those services.
What’s the benefit of hosting in the cloud vs. traditional options?
Reasons not to host in the cloud are few and far between. If you don't host in the cloud, you will spend more in both CapEx and OpEx to manage your applications or websites in a traditional environment.
How can I improve the performance of my application?
There are several primary reasons that applications perform poorly, and in some cases it’s a combination of several. 1) Data latency: If your application is making calls to a data source (whether it’s an API or a direct call) and there is latency at the data provider, your application performance will suffer.
The answer is ‘probably yes’. There aren’t many reasons for an application to be hosted elsewhere, aside from occasional compliance standards, or requirements to integrate with local services that would require large amounts of data to move from on-premise to cloud.