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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 Hinkle10/01/14
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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.

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.

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.

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.