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Benjamin Ball10/12/14
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The Best of the Week (Oct 3): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (Oct 3 to Oct 9). This week's topics include app development in the cloud, CloudStack simulator on Docker, datacenter resource fragmentation, distributed in-memory aggregation, and HTTPS on AWS.

Phil Whelan10/10/14
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Getting Granular With Microservices, PaaS, Twelve Factor Apps and Docker

The world of IT has changed. Applications are getting more granular and with this the culture and structure of IT organizations is changing. Design your architecture to take advantage of the cloud, because building monolithic applications no longer scales to the modern business demands.

Mike Bushong10/10/14
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OpEx Savings and the Ever-Present Emergence of SDN

Software-defined networking is fundamentally about two things: the centralization of network intelligence to make smarter decisions, and the creation of a single (or smaller number of) administrative touch points to allow for streamlined operations and to promote workflow automation.

Eric Minick10/09/14
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Achieving Highly Repeatable, Highly Reliable Deployment Processes for Hybrid Clouds

We’ve all heard this before; “market pressures and the demand to move more quickly and develop innovative applications” are forcing organizations to rethink how they develop and release applications. But what options exist for organizations? How about public clouds?

Max Mccarty10/09/14
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Be Sure with Azure .NET - Azure Table Storage (Part 2)

Learn tips, best practices and pitfalls to avoid with Azure Table storage as we look at queries, concurrency, security and much more in Part 2.

Matt Butcher10/08/14
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How to Allow Only HTTPS on an S3 Bucket

It is possible to disable HTTP access on S3 bucket, limiting S3 traffic to only HTTPS requests. The documentation is scattered around the Amazon AWS documentation, but the solution is actually straightforward.

Peter Zaitsev10/08/14
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MySQL & OpenStack: How to Overcome Issues as Your Dataset Grows

MySQL is the database of choice for most OpenStack components (Ceilometer is a notable exception). If you start with a small deployment, it will probably run like a charm. But as soon as the dataset grows, you will suddenly face several challenges.

Shay Shmeltzer10/07/14
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An OOW Summary from the ADF and MAF Perspective

Another Oracle OpenWorld is behind us, and it was certainly a busy one for us.

Robert Diana10/07/14
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Geek Reading October 6, 2014

These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. This week's topics include SQL lite, NoSQL benchmarking, new release phases for Google Cloud Platform, refactoring Ruby, JSON serialization protocols, and HP's company split.

Maarten Ectors10/07/14
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Amazon AWS Will Continue to Compete With Its Best Customers

Simon Wardley just explained why Amazon is fast following their best customers and why more companies should do it, even in the physical world. If you don’t want to launch 100 new services and assume failure on 90-95, then let others launch thousands and you commoditize the successful ones.

Nati Shalom10/06/14
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Aggregations in Distributed In-Memory Grids

Today we see more applications that are no longer built on relational databases but instead on distributed environments. This occurs because they need to be scalable, highly available and be able to provide high throughput and low latency that cannot be achieved with older relational databases.

Brian Gracely10/06/14
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The Cloudcast #164 - Full-Stack Real-Time Monitoring from the Cloud

Brian talks with Alexis Le-Quoc about managing and monitoring modern infrastructure and applications, in real-time, from the Cloud. They also talk about using tagging and timelines for team collaboration, and why Go and Docker are trends that professionals need to get onboard with now.

Keith Mayer10/06/14
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12 Steps to Build Highly Available Linux Servers in the Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Linux is certainly a first-class workload on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, and it's super-easy to get started with Linux + Azure to build a highly available and scalable solution in just a few minutes.

Benjamin Ball10/05/14
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The Best of the Week (Sept 26): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (Sept 26 to Oct 2). This week's topics include the shellshock bash bug, managing and building SaaS services, horizontally-scaled apps, Docker and Kubernetes on CloudStack, and PaaS standards and open source.

Mike Bushong10/03/14
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Datacenter Resource Fragmentation

As datacenters grow, application resources will become fragmented. The question is not whether you will have to deal with this but rather how quickly your infrastructure can adapt. But what does resource fragmentation look like in the datacenter? And more importantly, what is the remediation?

Mark Hinkle10/03/14
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CloudStack Simulator on Docker

Docker is a lot of fun, one of its strength is in the portability of applications. This gave me the idea to package the CloudStack management server as a docker image. CloudStack has a simulator that can fake a data center infrastructure.

Doug Winfield10/03/14
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 (Correct, No Windows 9)

I guess the announcement of Windows 10 came as a surprise because there’s an exponential growth of theories on why it is called Windows 10 and not Windows 9. I personally don’t care about the numbering as long as Microsoft doesn’t introduce Windows 9 later on.

Barton George10/02/14
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Azure Architect Talks About Kubernetes and the Future of PaaS

Here is the third of four interviews that I conducted last week at the Cloud Standards Customer Council. The theme of the conference was “preparing for the post-IaaS phase of cloud adoption” and there was quite a bit of talk around the role that PaaS would play in that future.

Troy Hunt10/02/14
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The Anatomy of a Shellshock Attack in the Wild

Nobody quite knows yet what the full impact of Shellshock will be, but it’s interesting to watch attackers trying on stuff like this. It’s worthwhile keeping an eye on your logs, there can be some very interesting stuff in there.

Mark Hinkle10/02/14
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The Beginner's Guide to Apache CloudStack Series! (Part 1 - Intro to Apache CloudStack)

John Kinsella kicked off the night with an introduction of our speaker, Geoff Higginbottom, and a quick reminder about the CloudStack Collaboration Conference Europe held in Budapest, Hungary on November 19-21st, 2014. The schedule is now available.

Mark Hinkle10/01/14
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On Docker and Kubernetes on CloudStack

While the buzz around Docker has been truly amazing and a community has grown over night, some may think that this signals the end of the cloud. I think it is far from the truth as Docker may indeed become the killer app of the cloud.

Kin Lane10/01/14
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Moving Beyond Server Side Code And Hosting

I think APIs and containers will go a long way into moving us towards this future. It is something that won’t happen overnight, but eventually hosting, and much of the server side code wrangling we’ve done in the past will go away.

Mike Bushong09/30/14
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High Availability in Horizontally-Scaled Applications

The networking industry has a somewhat unique relationship with high availability. For compute, storage, and applications, failures are somewhat tolerable because they tend to be more isolated (a single server going down rarely impacts the rest of the servers).

Brian O' Neill09/30/14
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[YARN] : NullPointerException in MRClientService.getHttpPort()

Have you moved your Hadoop jobs over to Yarn? Are you seeing the following NullPointerException coming out of your job?

Tatiana Crawford09/30/14
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Finding the Shellshock Vulnerability with CloudPassage Halo

A serious vulnerability, being eferred to as Shellshock, was just reported in the Bourne-Again Shell (bash) that affects most *NIX-based systems. Halo users can quickly find out which servers have this vulnerability present using the newly-released Reports page in your Halo portal, or using the Halo API.