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Barton George09/29/14
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Bernard Golden: PaaS, Standards and Open Source

Last but not least in my series of four videos from the Cloud Standards Customer Council is an interview with Bernard Golden. Bernard, who is the VP of strategy at ActiveState, provided an industry perspective talk entitled: What Should PaaS Standards Look Like.

Brian Gracely09/29/14
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The Cloudcast #163 - Evolution of CoreOS

Brian talks with Alex Polvi (@polvi, CEO of @CoreOSLinux) about the evolution of CoreOS over the past year, and the breadth of products and services (etcd, systemd, fleet, Docker, Flannel) that have been built to integrate and augment CoreOS.

Benjamin Ball09/28/14
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The Best of the Week (Sept 19): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (Sept 19 to Sept 25). This week's topics include the post IaaS world, NCDevCon session summaries, Google Compute quickstart tutorials, how eBay uses OpenStack Trove, and the future of PaaS & Docker.

Trevor Parsons09/27/14
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Cloud Platforms vs. On-Prem: A Guide for the Rest of Us

There are always a few objections that come up as well. Following-up on a previous blog post where we discussed the business benefits of cloud computing, this will be a discussion on the most common objections and how to have a conversation around cloud and on-premise environments.

Troy Hunt09/26/14
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Everything You Need to Know About the Shellshock Bash Bug

The hype says that Shellshock is in the same league as Heartbleed. But in all seriousness, it does have the potential to be a biggie, so I wanted to put together something definitive both for me to get to grips with the situation and for others to dissect the hype from the true underlying risk.

Brian Gracely09/26/14
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The Cloudcast #162 - Building and Managing Scalable SaaS Services

On this episode of the Cloudcast, Aaron & Brian talk with Manoj Chaudhary (CTO & VP of Engineering @loggly) about building and managing massively scalable SaaS applications.

Tim Spann09/25/14
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Blue-Green Deployment with CloudFoundry

How to do blue-green deployment with CloudFoundry.

Benjamin Ball09/25/14
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How eBay Uses OpenStack Trove in Production

I came across a conference video starring Auston McReynolds and Mat Lowery, both software engineers at eBay, who go on to describe the use and role of OpenStack Trove in eBay's process. They cover the creation of eBay's OpenStack cloud and using Trove throughout the company.

Max Mccarty09/25/14
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Be Sure With Azure .NET: Azure Table Storage (Part 1)

In Part 1 of this article, we’ll cover NoSQL databases, differences between relational databases, designing, and creating your Azure Table. In Part 2, we’ll cover writing queries to our tables, retrying failed operations, concurrency, and of course security.

Trevor Parsons09/24/14
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How to Trace Transactions Across Every Layer of Your Distributed Software Stack

APM solutions give you great visibility into any code you have control over; however, today’s systems are largely a combination of code you write along with off-the-shelf components, sitting on top of VMs/containers, and cloud-based services.

Tomasz Nurkiewicz09/24/14
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Hazelcast's MapLoader Pitfalls

One of the core data structures provided by Hazelcast is IMap extendingjava.util.concurrent.ConcurrentMap - which is basically a distributed map, often used as cache

Cloudify Community09/24/14
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OpenStack Cloud Deployments Made Easy: Heat Plugin for Cloudify

OpenStack Heat makes orchestrating the deployment of multiple elements a breeze using its stack concept. I will explain as well as show a live example of one aspect of the integration that lets Cloudify import the Heat stack and build a Cloudify blueprint (that is TOSCA inspired) on top of it.

Benjamin Ball09/23/14
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Google Compute Quickstart: Creating an Instance and Installing Apache

This is a quickstart tutorial for getting started with Google Compute Engine: namely how to create an instance and install Apache web server. It's a pretty basic point for getting started, but definitely necessary, and includes a lot of great documentation on Google's behalf.

Barton George09/23/14
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The Future of PaaS, Its Value Proposition, and Docker

At last week’s Cloud Standards Customer Council held in Austin Texas, the first panel of the day dealt with “Current and Future PaaS Trends.” The panel debated whether there should or could be a PaaS standard as well as what its future might look like.

Mike Bushong09/23/14
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Adding Flexibility to the Cloud

The point is that the real conversation is not about open but about something more precise. Without that precision (the business objective behind the request), the discussion isn’t terribly meaningful.

Peter Zaitsev09/22/14
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OpenStack Users Shed Light on Percona XtraDB Cluster Deadlock Issues

The simplest way to overcome this issue from the operator’s point of view is to use only one writer node for these types of transactions. This usually involves configuration change at the load-balancer level. See this post for possible load-balancer configurations.

Mark Hinkle09/22/14
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The Report of CloudStack’s Death was a Great Exaggeration

Recently we combined the Citrix Cloud Platforms Group and the Citrix Cloud Networking Group into one integrated unit called Citrix NCSP (Networking, Cloud & SP Group). We believe these changes will strengthen our position in the quickly evolving data center market.

Benjamin Ball09/21/14
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The Best of the Week (Sept 12): Cloud Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone (Sept 5 to Sept 12). This week's topics include workflow automation, an OpenStack MySQL perspective, multi-tenant cloud platforms and virtualization, networking Docker containers, and scaling Azure sites.

Barton George09/20/14
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Preparing for the Post Infrastructure-as-a-Service World

Today I attended a day-long event put on here in Austin by the Cloud Standards Customer Council. It was a packed agenda focused around the theme “preparing for the post-IaaS phase of cloud adoption.”

Benjamin Ball09/19/14
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Take a Look at Developers In Action (NCDevCon 2014 Sessions)

DZone curators and research analysts recently attended NCDevCon, an annual event for web and mobile developers in Raleigh, NC. This article includes videos from a number of sessions they found interesting, as well as a link to the total video sessions from the conference.

Benjamin Ball09/18/14
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Orchestrating Docker with ElectricFlow (DockerCon Hackathon Winners)

An interesting (and informative!) video has come out of the recent DockerCon Hackathon. The video elaborates on how to manage Docker containers with ElectricCommander and demonstrates what the pipeline for that process is going to look like.

Phil Whelan09/18/14
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Microservices and PaaS (Part 3)

Moving from a traditional monolithic architecture to a microservices approach is an enormous change for any organization, and fraught with multiple challenges. I'll cover a number of these here, including an emphasis on a microservices approach that isn't to be taken lightly.

Trevor Parsons09/18/14
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7 Benefits of Cloud-based Computing for Non-Technical Techies

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what characteristics exist in a cloud based solution – do you think there should be other capabilities added? Do you feel capable of discussing your cloud decisions with someone non-technical?

Troy Hunt09/17/14
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10 Things I Learned About Rapidly Scaling Websites

More than anything, what I took away from this experience is that short term large scale is dirt cheap. I’d make sure that heaps more instances could be added early and when I next see, say, four or more instances being used and load escalating quickly, I’d up the instance size very early as well.

Yung Chou09/17/14
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Automating and Managing Hybrid Cloud Environment

In part 5 of our “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” series, Keith Mayer and I got a chance to discuss and demonstrate ways to manage and automate a hybrid cloud environment