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Tommy Patterson06/05/14
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Microsoft IT’s Deployment of Azure Multi Factor Authentication in the Cloud

Join me as I welcome Principal IT Enterprise Architect, Laura Hunter to the show as we discuss how Microsoft IT has internally simplified the authentication process for its employees and their devices using Microsoft Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).

Chris Haddad06/04/14
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The Flight to Managed Cloud

A managed cloud delivers a private, off-premise Cloud managed by a service provider. By blending DevOps practices, policy-driven configuration, expert management, and Cloud infrastructure, a managed cloud environment exhibits high on-demand scalability, flexible self-service, and affordable pay-as-you go pricing.

Yung Chou06/04/14
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DevOps, Automation, and Cloud Computing

Convention wisdom refers DevOps as a strategy, an approach, or a movement as some call it. DevOps addresses the idea that Development and Operations need to be aligned well in an application lifecycle, work closely and collaboratively to eliminate inefficiency, reduce bottlenecks, and maximize productivity.

Brian Gracely06/04/14
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The Cloudcast #146 - Red Hat's Big Cloud Vision

Aaron and Eric Wright (@discoposse) talk to Brian Stevens (@addvin, CTO/EVP at Red Hat) about being a CTO, customer expectationd of OpenStack from RedHat, how he see Private and Public Cloud evolving and how Red Hat is pulling together all the "full stack" pieces they have developed and acquired for the Cloud.

Matt Farina06/03/14
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State of Application Developer Experience with OpenStack

When I first started writing applications that ran in OpenStack clouds or worked against the APIs the experience was painful. To figure out what I could do with the APIs I ended up in the source code for OpenStack or asking those who were in the source or knew the system better.

Alexey Olenev06/03/14
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PHP + Java, or In-Memory Cluster for PHP Developers

Last year I participated in the development of distributed systems in Java, and I use in-memory data grids (IMDG) for building of such the systems. What is IMDG about? It's a durable clustered in-memory cache with the possibility of distributed data processing and writing data to persistent storage (for example relational database).

Sharone Zitzman06/02/14
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OpenStack Heat and DevStack on HP Cloud

OpenStack is clearly making waves and rapidly becoming the de-facto standard in private clouds. In the last few releases, its orchestration engine, Heat, which was originally inspired by Amazon CloudFormation, is getting more mature with more desired functionality.

Topher Marie06/02/14
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A Deeper Look at Automating Server Management in the Cloud

With the explosion of cloud servers and cost-effective physical servers, there is a significant challenge that IT organizations face: managing and maintaining all of those servers. Today’s modern day servers are generally single purpose workhorses running applications, Web servers, or infrastructure tools.

Benjamin Ball06/01/14
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The Best of the Week (May 23): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (May 23 to May 29). This week's topic include the heartbleed bug, conversations about cloud security, what makes a SaaS company successful, an edition of the Cloudcast, and Openstack with Cloud Foundry.

Phil Whelan05/30/14
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Service Discovery Solutions

For the most part, PaaS removes the need for service discovery - automatically wiring service credentials into application instances and freeing developers from working with service discovery infrastructure. This is the ethos of the 12 Factor App and something you will often hear ActiveState talking about.

Brian Lewis05/30/14
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Infrastructure as a Service Product Line Architecture Documentation

he Infrastructure as a Service Product Line Architecture documentation is a toolset that helps you arrive at a design pattern and make informed decisions about Microsoft’s Cloud OS platform. Covers common elements in hybrid cloud fabric design: compute, network, storage and virtualization.

Brian Gracely05/30/14
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Talking Cloud, DevOps and OpenStack on TheCUBE at OpenStack Summit

This past week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Stu Miniman (@stu) from Wikibon on theCUBE at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta.

Sharone Zitzman05/29/14
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How to Install Devstack over Virtual Box using Vagrant

A good solution is to install DevStack over a VirtualBox, but the challenge here is to overcome some OpenStack configuration and networking issues. By using this combination of Vagrant, VirtualBox, and DevStack, I found simple workarounds to easily install and work with OpenStack on a local environment.

Brian Gracely05/29/14
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The Cloudcast #145 - OpenStack at VMware

Eric Wright and Kenneth Hui talk to Dan Wendlandt, about Vmware's involvement within the OpenStack community, his experience as Quantum PTL, the integration of ESX/vCenter and NSX into OpenStack projects, and his experience with customers looking at both VMware and OpenStack.

Tatiana Crawford05/29/14
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What You Can Learn From Cloud Security Conversations

Security is a critical conversation for every business using the cloud, we at CloudPassage know that full well. But how has the conversation of cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) security evolved over time? Where has the emphasis for cloud and SaaS security turned in the past three quarters?

Phil Whelan05/28/14
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OpenStack and Cloud Foundry

Cloud Foundry seems like a contentious issue in the OpenStack camp with "it's not OpenStack" being the main theme of discussion when discussing PaaS. Should PaaS be fully integrated with one specific IaaS or should there be a clear separation between IaaS and PaaS?

Brian Gracely05/28/14
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The Cloudcast #144 - The OpenStack Rebel Alliance

Brian and Kenneth Hui (@kenneth_hui) talk to Troy Toman (@troytoman) about the evolution of OpenStack at Rackspace, scaling OpenStack in production environments, his OpenStack keynote, what is "Core" within OpenStack and the thinking behind adding new projects to OpenStack.

Oliver Hookins05/28/14
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Understanding Upstart’s Logging Options

The actual services running on these instances tend to run through Upstart. The result of the recent Init Wars in the Debian community, I find Upstart to be an acceptable Init system, and certainly is easy enough to configure – drop a conf file in a reasonably minimal format into /etc/init and you are done.

Sharone Zitzman05/27/14
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The OpenStack Summit - In Bits and Byte-Size Pieces

My general impressions from this summit are two-fold, both on a personal and technical level - the community itself is great, and that people are doing some really amazing and useful stuff. In this post i will give a short technical overview of a few interesting projects i think are worth mentioning.

Tatiana Crawford05/27/14
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Deputizing Everyone For Cloud Security

If you track back the origins of most IT compliance standards and regulations they have emerged as a way to drive and enforce specific behaviors. It’s a way industries help reduce risk aspects, hopefully driving an improved collective behavior for all.

G. Andrew Duthie05/26/14
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Cisco AnyConnect and Hyper-V - Connect to a VPN from Inside a VM Session

With my current client, I need to be able to access files, servers, and tools on their remote network, which they enable via the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client software. So far, so good. I had no trouble at all installing and connecting with this software from my laptop over my FiOS connection.

Omri Erel05/26/14
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How to Choose a Cloud Provider

As a company, you need to know how to choose a cloud provider because the cloud, just like every other computing platform, need to be managed efficiently. Once you have made the decision to move to a cloud, the next critical decision is choosing the right cloud service provider.

Benjamin Ball05/25/14
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The Best of the Week (May 16): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (May 16 to May 22). This week's topics include two new episodes of the Cloudcast, getting started with clustering, building Azure cloud systems, and powerful tactics for cloud migration.

Ilyas Fakir Mohammed05/24/14
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16 Ingredients of a Successful SaaS Company

The degrees of complexity in building “Pure” Multi-Tenant SaaS application will vary from one domain to another for Example: Building a SaaS Application targeted to HealthCare industry is completely different from SaaS based education or collaboration platform.

Tatiana Crawford05/23/14
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Getting Past Heartbleed: What Happens Next

The discovery of the Heartbleed vulnerability was one of the most impactful events in recent security history. Although roughly 51,000 software vulnerabilities were reported to NIST in the last decade, few have had the broad impact of Heartbleed.