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Maarten Ectors08/29/14
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The Next IT revolution: Micro-Servers and Local Cloud

The next IT revolution is about to happen however. Those proprietary hardware platforms will soon give room for commodity multi-core processors from ARM, Intel, etc. General purpose operating systems will replace legacy proprietary and embedded predecessors.

Peter Zaitsev08/29/14
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OpenStack Trove Day 2014 Recap: MySQL and DBaaS

The OpenStack Open Source Database as a Service Mission: To provide scalable and reliable Cloud Database as a Service provisioning functionality for both relational and non-relational database engines, and to continue to improve its fully-featured and extensible open source framework.

Phil Whelan08/28/14
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PaaS Services Roundup

For developers, one of the many cool things about using a PaaS is that you can easily connect your application to any type of service instead of being limited to what your IT department officially provides.

Omri Erel08/28/14
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Important SaaS Development Platform Checklist

SaaS development platform checklist includes a number of factors: the impact of SaaS applications on IT, IT roles and responsibilities, as well as the impact on regulatory compliance, and so on, and all these play an important role in successful deployment.

Gaurav Mantri08/27/14
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Making Azure Blob Storage Searchable Using Azure Search Service

The problem is that unlike Azure Table Storage, Blob Storage does not have querying capabilities and in order to find answers to questions like above one would need to list blobs in a container and then do the filtering on the client side.

Trevor Parsons08/27/14
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Real-time Alerting on Anomaly and Inactivity Made Simple

When someone is looking to be alerted when something unexpected happens within their environment they are usually referring to anomaly detection. But the problem is that it’s hard to turn a complex problem (i.e. looking for something when you are not sure what it is) into an easy to use solution.

Troy Hunt08/27/14
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InfoSec Insanity: Sharing the Crazy for the Betterment of Online Security

I was getting a little fed up with the craziness I kept seeing on the web when it comes to security, so I created this: That’s right, a great big freakin’ padlock with a straightjacket or more to the point, I created the Twitter account @InfoSecInsanity. So what exactly is InfoSec Insanity?

Phil Whelan08/26/14
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Microservices and PaaS (Part 2)

Part I provided a brief background on microservices, with a summary of some lessons learned by microservices pioneers. In this installment I will cover a number of practices related to microservices that were discussed during the meetup.

Manik Surtani08/26/14
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Partitioned Clusters Tell No Lies!

You are happily running a 10-node cluster. You want failover and speed and are using distributed mode with 2 copies of data for each key (numOwners=2). But disaster strikes: a switch in your network crashes and 5 of your nodes can't reach the other 5 anymore !

Ayende Rahien08/26/14
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Introducing Azure DocumentDB

On Friday, Microsoft came up with Azure DocumentDB. You might say that I have a small interest in such things, so I headed over there to see what I can learn about this project.

Brian Gracely08/25/14
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The Cloudcast #159 - Panamax - Docker Simplified

Aaron & Brian talk with Lucas Carlson (Chief Innovation Officer at CenturyLink Labs) and Jonas Rosland (OCTO at EMC) about the recently released Panamax system to manage Apps, Docker, Fleet and CoreOS. They discuss application templates and how to work with Mesos, Kubernetes and the Docker ecosystem.

Trevor Parsons08/25/14
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Traditional Log Management Is Dead. Long Live Autonomic Analytics!

In this new era of cloud computing, faster and cheaper are not enough. The modern Ops “toolkit” needs a log analytics service built for cloud-based environments that offers easy log data centralization, autonomic analysis, and a real-time monitoring service for connecting distributed systems and teams.

Benjamin Ball08/24/14
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The Best of the Week (Aug 14): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (August 14 to August 21). This weeks topics include microservices and PaaS, private cloud management, what is/isn't cloud computing, information security concerns, and cloud automation for Azure VM migrations.

Peter Zaitsev08/23/14
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Trove and OpenStack

Trove is OpenStack’s implementation of a DBaaS for its cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS). And as the mission statement declares, the Trove project seeks to provide a scalable and reliable cloud database service providing functionality for both relational and non-relational database engines.

Trevor Parsons08/21/14
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Why We Love Log Management (and You Should Too)

It doesn’t matter if your title puts you in, being able to track down the big insights from your data is the secret-sauce every engineer is looking for. Collecting data is a step in the right direction, but organizing, monitoring, and reporting provides the insights necessary to make business decisions.

Julien Danjou08/21/14
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Tracking OpenStack contributions in GitHub

I've switched my Git repositories to GitHub recently, and started to watch my contributions statistics, which were very low considering I spend my days hacking on open source software, especially OpenStack.

Dan Domkowski08/21/14
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Cloud Behind the Firewall: Private PaaS and FedRAMP

Is your organization experiencing pain points related to meeting FedRAMP requirements? Learn how companies like JPMorgan Chase and McKesson take advantage of a policy-driven platform without hampering innovation, and how the Federal Government can, as well.

Peter Zaitsev08/20/14
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Getting My Hands Dirty on an OpenStack Lab

Like you all may know, OpenStack is currently one of the coolest open source projects, so I was thrilled when I was asked to manage the deployment of an OpenStack lab for internal Percona use. Starting from basically zero, I created tasks in our Jira and assigned them to a pool of volunteer consultants.

Omri Erel08/20/14
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6 Tools Every SaaS Company Needs to Boost User Retention

Believe it or not, the average SaaS company loses 5 – 7% of their customers per year. This is surprising because most SaaS companies focus on acquiring users more than keeping the users they have. But why is user retention so much more important than getting new users?

Michael Mainguy08/19/14
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Things to Remember About Information Security

Gone are the days when a developer would write an application that only ran in a secure environment and now it is possible for applications to be moved to locations where previously well managed security gaps now are exposed to the internet at large.

Keith Mayer08/19/14
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Auto-provisioning Azure Virtual Networks with PowerShell and XML

In this article, we’ve defined a custom PowerShell function to quickly provision a new Virtual Network in an existing Azure subscription. Along the way, we’ve explored an approach that you can leverage to elevate your PowerShell skills from simple scripts to reusable tools.

Denis Goodwin08/18/14
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An APM Solution Divided Cannot Stand

Application Performance Management (APM) is a broad concept, and many technologies fall under its umbrella. With renewed focus on performance, APM is a very hot topic and a high growth area for products and services, which has given way to a gold rush of new tech vendors entering the space.

Cloudify Community08/18/14
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Bootstrapping Cloudify on Devstack

Cloudify 3.0 is a major milestone for Gigaspaces. It tightens our integration with Openstack and steers the product architecture to closely match the OpenStack architecture stack. There are several ways to get started with Cloudify 3.0 on OpenStack.

Tommy Patterson08/17/14
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Developing Cloud Based Automation for Azure VM Migrations and Self-Service Infrastructure

How do you approach infrastructure management in the cloud? Tune in as I welcomes Justin Pirtle to the show as we discuss how Microsoft IT has developed and implemented automation tools to enable self-service cloud provisioning that has resulted in lightning fast IaaS provisioning times.

Doug Winfield08/17/14
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Capturing Traffic via Virtual Router

Fiddler offers many ways to gather traffic from mobile devices; in most cases, you simply turn off the device’s cellular connection, enable WiFi, and point the device’s proxy settings at your desktop PC running Fiddler (see iOS, Android, Windows Phone).