Today Elastic Beanstalk introduces support for PHP apps on Apache HTTP. Another recent change to Beanstalk was the Git interface for deployment. PHP-flavored Beanstalk seems like it will become a significant lightweight competitor to other PHP PaaS products like AppFog (formerly PHPfog), Engine Yard, and Zend PHP Cloud.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes monthly an On-Time Performance dataset for all airlines holding a Department of Transportation (DOT) Air Carrier Certificate. This in-depth discussion uses "Cloud Numerics" to analyze Air Carrier Arrival Delays.
A simple idea may turn out to be more trouble than it's worth. This article describes why the cloud may be a better place for your identity management solution than your security-conscious mind might think.
It's easy to believe that the cloud offers automatic scalability. Morgenthal discusses this common misunderstanding, as well as the role of the cloud in big government.
This video introduces anode, a platform for rapidly prototyping web apps on Windows Azure.
The physical-virtual server shift can lead to loss of time and money, but not for Wordnik, a site that provides example sentences, punctuation, and user comments for millions of English Language words.
From the definition of PCI to hosting on the Cloud, this comprehensive guide to PCI compliance provides both a surface-level and in-depth look at an important security issue.
This Agile Web Practices webinar follows the announcement of a partnership between CollabNet and CloudBees. It shows how to efficiently develop/deploy in the cloud and reduce overall cost.
Mike D offers some insight into Microsoft's problems with trying to deliver desktops as a service. He also provides one link to a useful licensing site for those with similar concerns.
Ming Lee, from A Cloudy Place, describes his company's shift to Amazon Web Services, starting with Planning and Test Deployment.
Gracely traces the short history of definition-swaps that have occurred since the cloud's popularity exploded, and discusses the nuances of the term "cloud management."
This writer claims that the collection of inefficiencies collected over time, even by a small web app on a huge server, ultimately hurts scalability.
A short discussion of how Cloud Foundry has bolstered the strength of a couple startups.
BenK discusses the need for geographically specific clouds for non-US customers. Oxygen cloud offers the functionality of a cloud collaboration service with specific geographic focus.
While vendors tend to be downplaying the need for dispersed geographic offerings, they’re quietly partnering behind the scenes to make it happen.
Links to registration site are provided. Webinars provide introduction to Cloud Foundry application deployment using a couple services, as well as Ruby application deployment.
Recently, during OracleWorld/JavaOne, Oracle announced its public cloud offering, including its Oracle Java Cloud Service -- the latest entrant into the increasingly crowded Java Platform-as-a-Service space. Despite being the most popular programming language, PaaS offerings for Java were not adopted as quickly as those for Ruby, Python and PHP.
We've been neglecting our blog lately for some really neat projects, hopefully laying the groundwork for bigger and better things to come. We have, however, managed to come across what we think is some interesting reading. Perhaps you might find it interesting too…
Do we often overlook the effects of jitter? It may be quite obvious on platforms such as messaging systems, but where else does it exist?
The outage occurred for about 1/2 an hour starting around 2:15 PST. Further details pending.
The folks over on Cloudbees seem to think very highly of Erlang, a programming language designed years ago for telecom companies. The community for Erlang is on the rise because of its ability to build reliable systems. Is it time for you to give it a try?
Here's how you can build a very simple Pub/Sub messaging system using the Azure SDK 1.6. I built this for a demo, so for production ready solutions you will need to alter how you define your message types, e.g. interfaces etc.
Ben Kepes was researching a whitepaper for CloudU that looked at the different languages modern developers of cloud applications might consider -- when he noticed some problems. While the myriad of different components of web applications provide great flexibility, they do little to hide the complexity of development...
A review of the recently published book, To The Cloud: Powering An Enterprise, which mainly looks at the cloud from a "high-level and strategic standpoint." Concentrates on Azure, but lessons are applicable to any cloud.
Each slideshow is approximately 40 slides long. The first dissects some trends among big name PaaSes, while the second demos NuGet, a packet manager.