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Troy Hunt10/24/14
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Disabling SSL 3 in Azure Websites

Just a quick one as it’s mostly explained in How to Disable SSL 3.0 in Azure Websites, Roles, and Virtual Machines, but there are a few bits worth adding. Oh – just in case POODLE was news to you, go back and read my post on Everything you need to know about the POODLE SSL bug from last week.

Benjamin Ball10/23/14
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8 Docker Deployment Patterns

I recently came across an interesting blog post that pulls together some different Docker design patterns that you might find useful. Vidar Hokstad wrote this blog article, and he has quite a bit of experience with Docker, especially in using Docker to create repeatable builds without data loss.

Brian Gracely10/23/14
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The Cloudcast #166 - Creating a Docker Cloud with Clocker

Brian talks with Andrew Kennedy (@grkvlt) Senior Software Engineer at Cloudsoft about the creation of Apache Brooklyn, "Clocker", and a modern approach to building applications on clouds that span Docker containers, VMs, Bare Metal and multiple cloud environments (AWS, OpenStack, Softlayer, etc.).

Gen Furukawa10/22/14
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Cloud Database Security, Farms and Restaurants: The Importance of Knowing Your Sources

Securing cloud-based assets starts by applying data-security practices modified to address the characteristics of virtual-network environments. Cloud services are slowly gaining the trust of IT managers who are hesitant to extend the security to accommodate placing their critical business assets in the cloud.

Omri Erel10/22/14
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3 Valuable Applications for Price Optimization and Management

Most businesses have adopted procurement management techniques to assist profitability by cutting down production costs. There are however, only a few companies which are addressing pricing strategies in order to drive revenue, which is the profitability equation’s other half.

Benjamin Ball10/21/14
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Apache Kafka Load Testing on AWS

An article from Jaime Alquiza talks about load testing Kafka clusters that are being hosted on AWS / EC2. Alquiza opens up the article with some words on what exactly the difference is between load testing and benchmarking, and how load testing doesn't necessarily characterize the same workload for your system.

Keith Mayer10/21/14
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Migrating Ubuntu Linux Virtual Machines to Microsoft Azure from Amazon AWS

I assisted an organization with defining a process for migrating web applications running on Linux virtual machines to the Azure cloud platform from Amazon AWS. In this article, I’m documenting the general steps we used in an attempt to help other organizations that may be planning a similar migration approach.

Andrew Phillips10/20/14
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How to Deploy a Docker Application Into Production on Amazon AWS

In this blog, you will learn how to deploy a Docker application to production in five easy steps. For demonstration purposes, you are going to use the node.js application that was build for CloudFoundry and used to demonstrate Deis in a previous post. A truly useful app of which the sources are available on github.

Mike Bushong10/20/14
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The Network Won’t Fit in Your Head Anymore

Triggered by a discussion with a customer yesterday, it occurred to me (again?) that network engineers are creatures of habit and control. We have strong beliefs of how networks should be architected, designed and build. We have done so for long times and understand it well.

Benjamin Ball10/19/14
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The Best of the Week (Oct 10): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (Oct 10 to Oct 16). This week's topics include microservice cloud platforms and Docker, cloud development obstacles, the emergence of SDN, OpenStack in Node.js with pkgcloud, and a guide to SaaS development frameworks.

Maarten Ectors10/18/14
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Who are the Winners, Losers, and Survivors of the Cloud Industry?

What does a cloud winner mean? Billions and fame for some, large take-overs or IPOs for others. But the cloud war is not over yet. It is not because the first battles were won that enemies can’t invent new weapons or join forces. So the war is not over, it is just beginning. History is written today.

Benjamin Ball10/17/14
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Docker 1.3 Releases with Security, Signed Images, and Process Injection

Docker, the ever-popular containerization tool, released Docker 1.3 today. This latest version includes over 750 new commits, and has many new capabilities and enhancements. Among these are digital signature verification, new process injection, container lifecycle management, security options, and shared directories.

Brian Gracely10/17/14
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The Cloudcast #165 - DevOps Automation as a Service

Aaron talks with Evan Powell(@epowell101, CEO of @stack_storm), about Automation as a Service, Infrastructure.next as Code, and increasing the efficiency of DevOps tools and workflows.

Jared Jaureguy10/17/14
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The 5 Biggest Challenges to Fully Integrating Cloud Computing

Cloud computing may be growing by leaps and bounds, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy road for businesses to fully take advantage of it. Adopting any new technology usually takes time, and considering how the cloud can change the way a company operates, a cloud computing transition can prove challenging.

Nishant Chandra10/16/14
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Software Stack Deployment Automation the Amazon CloudFormation Way!

Deploying a complete software stack is breeze with Amazon's CloudFormation. It provides a repeatable and predictable mechanism to launch a stack comprising of EC2 instances, load balancers, databases and other Amazon resources.

Peter Zaitsev10/16/14
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Rackspace Doubling-Down on OpenStack Trove and Percona Server

Today Rackspace is doubling down on open source database technologies. Why? Because that’s where the industry is heading. The company created a separate business unit of 100+ employees focused solely on database workloads.

Omri Erel10/15/14
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SaaS Development Framework Guide

Since Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) adopts a multi-tenancy architecture (MTA), and building an MTA SaaS application requires much effort, the SaaS development framework must address major issues of concern, especially security.

Ofir Nachmani10/15/14
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Cloud Content Marketing Through Knowledge

Remember, you want your blog to be a source of knowledge for your customers, potential customers, partners, and really the entire industry. Even if the reader does not turn into a conversion, you want them to leave your blog thinking “these guys are really experts at what they do.

Matt Farina10/14/14
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Connecting to OpenStack in Node.js with pkgcloud

If you've ever wanted to build a node.js app that worked with OpenStack, HP Helion OpenStack, or the HP Public Cloud the package to use pkgcloud. This is a multi-cloud library for node.js that includes support some of the common components of OpenStack.

Michael Collier10/14/14
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Azure Worker Role Changes in SDK 2.4

The OnStop method is actually overridden in the template. The cancellation token is triggered to indicate the running thread should be cancelled, and then wait for that to happen. In the RunAsync method, we’re waiting for that cancellation request, otherwise continue doing some business. Easy.

Omri Erel10/14/14
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5 SaaS Onboarding Techniques You Didn’t Know Exist

While user onboarding is crucial for the success of a SaaS business, it is even more important to get users to adopt your software for the long haul. This article includes 5 SaaS onboarding techniques you might not have known to exist, but are worth knowing about and utilizing.

Nati Shalom10/13/14
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Our Open Source Cloud (Re) Architecture with OpenStack + TOSCA

In this post I want to share some of the stories behind the design of Cloudify 3.0 and the approach that we have taken to make Cloudify *native* to OpenStack. I would first start by outlining our motivation behind this approach.

Benjamin Ball10/13/14
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How Do Cloud Developers Know When an App is "Done"? (JavaOne 2014)

This slideshow from a recent JavaOne session by Daniel Bryant was posted that elaborates on some of the obstacles for developing in the cloud. Bryant is a principal consultant at OpenCredo, and he has a lot to say about cloud development, useful tools, and helpful techniques.

Trevor Parsons10/13/14
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Logs: The Most Fine-grained Data Source

Logs are the most fine-grained data source for understanding today’s system. Unlike traditional monitoring and analytics tools, logs capture every single event so that you can understand not only the general trends, but EXACTLY what happened, in what order, and by whom.

Rick Delgado10/13/14
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5 Things You Shouldn't Store in the Cloud

Mobile users and enterprises are turning to the cloud to meet their storage needs, backing up a variety of data from emails to pictures. While the cloud can act as storage expansion and major cost saver for those with limited storage space, there are a few things that are best stored elsewhere.