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Cloudify Community10/31/14
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How Docker is Changing Configuration Management

When it comes to traditional configuration management tools, Chef, Puppet and others, these usually fall into the fry camp. This approach involves dynamic configuration at deployment time. Meaning, you have a server and need to configure it for the first time, including permissions, installing packages, etc.

Tetiana Markova10/31/14
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Extending Scaling Opportunities within Multiple Middleware Stacks

With Jelastic PaaS, hosting of your applications becomes truly flexible. In addition to the automated vertical scaling, Jelastic also lets you increase/decrease the number of servers in your environment, if it is required for your application.

Trevor Parsons10/30/14
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Mesos, Yet Another Cloud OS?

YARN stands for Yet Another Resource Negotiator. According to Hortonworks, it is “the architectural center of Hadoop.” YARN is the stack layer that allows multiple processing engines, with varying workloads (streaming, SQL, batch, machine learning etc.) to run on top of the Hadoop file system, HDFS.

Omri Erel10/30/14
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3 SaaS Monitoring Tools You Should Consider

Using SaaS monitoring tools allows you to evaluate and optimize your user’s experience. The correct questions must be asked by customers when they would like to evaluate security vulnerabilities or abilities of their third party SaaS providers.

Gen Furukawa10/29/14
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Contain(er) Yourself: Separating Docker Hype from the Tech's Reality

Even jaded IT veterans are sitting up and taking notice of the potential benefits of Docker's microservice model of app development, deployment, and maintenance. By containerizing the entire runtime environment, Docker ensures apps will function smoothly on any platform.

Omri Erel10/29/14
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SaaS Data Integration – Best Practices

Those who have built cloud-based systems clearly understand the strategy needed for SaaS data integration, and what the best practices entail. However, a majority of those who work to bring the benefits of cloud computing to their enterprise do not place the same value on this great technology.

Omri Erel10/28/14
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SaaS VS ASP – Understanding the Difference

Overall, between SaaS vs ASP, an application designed and created specifically as a SaaS offering is safer if you want to use a web-based application, as it will also be easy to scale without incurring further costs.

Keith Mayer10/28/14
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End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud

This article is part 1 of a two-part series. In this article, I'll provide an example of leveraging Azure Automation runbooks and PowerShell Workflows in a concerted approach to fully automate all aspects of provisioning new IaaS workloads on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Mike Bushong10/27/14
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Challenging the Value of the Public Cloud

Though the rapid speed of deployment and reduced capital expenditure has made services such as Amazon EC2 very attractive, the study shows that the rate of cost increase is often higher than that of a self-hosted private cloud solution.

Phil Whelan10/27/14
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The Cloud Foundry Foundation One Step Closer to Reality

Today is another exciting day in the Cloud Foundry community, with the Cloud Foundry Foundation taking a giant step toward becoming official: its draft governing documents and bylaws have been posted for public review.

Benjamin Ball10/26/14
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The Best of the Week (Oct 17): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (October 17 - October 24). This week's topics include the Docker 1.3 release with optimized tools, information retrieval with Apache Lucene and Tika, and configuration validating.

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, 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.