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Omri Erel02/28/14
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5 SaaS Churn Rate Reduction Unique Methods

The maturity of Web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as underlying technologies has made SaaS an increasingly prevalent delivery model. As a result of new developmental approaches, AJAX is also gaining popularity.

Trevor Parsons02/27/14
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Amazon S3 Archiving…You Asked, Logentries Delivered!

Ask and you shall receive – we have now opened a Beta for archiving to Amazon S3. So you can be safe in the knowledge that your log files will be archived safely every night to a reliable storage facility should you ever need them in the future.

Brent Stineman02/26/14
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ARR as a Highly Available Reverse Proxy in Windows Azure

I’m here to share one solution I created for a customer that I think addresses some of this need. Using Microsoft’s ARR modules for IIS, hosted in Windows Azure’s IaaS service, as a reverse proxy for a high-density application hosting solution.

Wolfram Rittmeyer02/26/14
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An XMPP Server for Google Cloud Messaging

In this post I am going to write about the server-side of upstream messages with Google Cloud Messaging.

Chip Bates02/25/14
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Office 365 Migration Best Practices

With the end of Microsoft XP/Office 2003 many SMB are considering moving to a new platform, preferably one that allows for more collaboration in an increasingly mobile world. While some are considering ODF platforms, others may be more comfortable with a format they already (somewhat) know.

Phil Whelan02/25/14
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10 Steps to the Cloud

In this post we will look at common steps IT organizations take when adopting cloud technologies. From starting small, and gaining expertise, to rolling out IaaS, PaaS and continuous integration. We look at one possible route you might take.

Brian Gracely02/24/14
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The Cloudcast #131 - Distributed Chaos, Security's New Normal

Brian talks with John Barco (VP of Products @ ForgeRock) and Engin Kirda (Co-Founder @ Lastline) about Identity Management, Advanced Persistent Threats, Open-Source, Advanced Malware, State-Sponsored Attacks, Internet of Things and other security trends prior to the RSA Conference.

Keith Mayer02/24/14
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Step-by-Step: File Server Disaster Recovery in the Clouds with Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2

When planning a disaster recovery strategy, shared file services are often one of the first workloads for which organizations find themselves needing an effective recovery approach. Of course, you may already have a traditional backup plan for recovering file servers, but have you tested it recently?

Benjamin Ball02/23/14
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The Best of the Week (Feb. 14): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (Feb. 14 to Feb. 20). Topics this week include getting SaaS users to invest, Azure SLAs and provisioning, the DZone Weekly Link Roundup, Azure storage, and the latest episode of the Cloudcast.

Omri Erel02/21/14
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Top 5 SaaS Articles

This article includes a link roundup of the very best articles of the week about SaaS and cloud platforms. Topics include entrepreneurial investment, e-mail and work productivity, SaaS platform vendors, and SaaS metrics that you need to hear about.

Bruno Terkaly02/20/14
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If You Can Do Just One Lab to Learn Windows Azure, This is It

In this Lab, you will learn how to deploy a simple ASP.NET MVC 4 Web application to a Web server hosted in Windows Azure, using SQL Server and configuring load balancing. This lab will appear at one of the Microsoft Windows Azure Developer Camps hosted throughout the United States.

Phil Whelan02/20/14
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PaaS: Service Orchestration Vs Container Orchestration

There is a lot of speculation on the future of PaaS. As a technology, PaaS adoption is not moving quickly enough for some, and they equate rapid adoption to a successful market. PaaS is new, and PaaS is definitely evolving, but we are definitely seeing adoption.

Benjamin Ball02/19/14
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DZone Weekly Link Roundup (Feb. 19)

The Sochi Olympics gets a new RESTful API for data lovers, Windows finally looks for platform unity, expensive 3D printers can now be yours, Coursera professes love for Scala, Oracle looks to please miffed Java devs, Irrational Games closes its doors, and Valve profusely explains to the gaming community.

Omri Erel02/19/14
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The SaaS Metrics You Don't Want to Ignore

SaaS has opened up the software world to a lot of new developers who lacked the resources or experience to get into more traditional platforms due to expensive software and hardware needed. There’s also a lot of complexity in traditional software that is greatly reduced in the web standard SaaS platform.

Brian Gracely02/19/14
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The Cloudcast #130 - Hyper-Converged & Software-Defined Collide

Brian talks with Gregg Holzrichter, VP Marketing at Atlantis Computing, about the evolution of hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage. They explore how the technology can be used for both desktop and server workloads, and how these systems are changing how organizations deploy systems.

Maarten Balliauw02/18/14
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Windows Azure Storage magic with Shared Access Signatures

When building cloud applications on Windows Azure, it’s always a good thing to delegate as much work to specialized services as possible. File downloads can be streamed directly from Windows Azure storage to your client, without having to pass a web app hosted on Windows Azure Cloud Services or Web Sites.

Ofir Nachmani02/18/14
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Why Multi-Cloud? Evolution and Freedom

There are various incentives when considering multi-cloud deployment, including regulations, high-availability, and global presence, to name a few. However, when looking at the main factors, two key words come to mind: Evolution and Freedom.

Sharone Zitzman02/17/14
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Networking From Then to Cloud: Where Networking & Cloud Should Be

Cloud providers are faced with the challenge of providing a dynamic network not just in the context of elasticity, but also flexibility to define capacity, and bandwidth, to redefine configurations, and re-tune them to your needs, agilely.

Tatiana Crawford02/17/14
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Establishing Leadership in Securing Cloud Environments

Gartner predicts that cloud computing will become the bulk of new IT spend by 2016, but security remains the top inhibitor to cloud adoption. Every organization using the cloud needs a security solution purpose built for the cloud.

Benjamin Ball02/16/14
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The Best of the Week (Feb. 7): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (Feb. 7 to Feb. 13). Topics this week include setting up Devstack Havanna on a network, a shakedown of AWS S3 archiving, choosing a cloud integration solution, PaaS application requirements, and SaaS obstacles.

Omri Erel02/14/14
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The Hardest Task SaaS Faces is Getting Users to Invest in Your Product

This week I caught up with Stu Green- founder & CEO of an interesting initiative “Project bubble”. We spoke on topics that are particularly interesting and relevant to SaaS Addicts. Keep reading to hear his best of breed tips and practices.

Troy Hunt02/14/14
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“The Cloud Never Goes Down”, Azure SLAs and Other Availability Trivia

There are a lot of moving parts in these systems and every now and then, stuff goes wrong. Not often and even less frequently beyond what the scope of the SLAs provision for, the point is that services like these are not infallible.

Phil Whelan02/13/14
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This is PaaS. Confused?

There is a lot of confusion about "PaaS" and what it means. The definitions are vast, vague and varying. The market and the media are understandably confused. This article lays out what exactly it means to be PaaS, and the various features of a PaaS.

Sharone Zitzman02/12/14
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Openstack in a Box - Setting Up Devstack Havana On Your Local Network

The Openstack project is hugely popular, and it is also pretty damn complicated to set up. Fortunately, the good folks as Openstack have set up an ‘all-in-one’ configuration allowing you to install all of the Openstack components on one machine using a fairly straightforward script.

Trevor Parsons02/12/14
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What’s So Great About AWS S3 Archiving?

As roll your own logging solutions go, archiving to S3 is by far the most popular. This is, in fact, usually the first step an organization takes to implement a log management solution. Why do they do this you ask? Some good reasons to follow.