CloudStack is an open source cloud orchestration platform that essentially enables service providers to set up on-demand, elastic cloud computing services that function like Amazon EC2. If you've heard of Rackspace's OpenStack, you could consider CloudStack a direct competitor. Here's a TL;DR list of the main strengths of the updated platform.
Chris Keene explores how to measure cloud readiness, and how to avoid adopting the cloud prematurely, using IBM's Cloud Quickstart Architecture as a case study.
In a move against the current trend towards the public cloud, Zynga's business has increasingly invested in their own Z-Cloud.
Working with simple data formats such as log files is straightforward and supported in MapReduce. In this article based on Chapter 3 of Hadoop in Practice, author Alex Holmes shows you how to work with ubiquitous data serialization formats such as XML and JSON.
"This is going to be an in-your-face introduction to Scalding, the (Scala + Cascading) MapReduce framework that Twitter recently open-sourced."
Now that many enterprises have begun collecting vast amounts of data, the new challenge for many businesses is how to make his information useful.
Windows Azure Tables and Blobs provide support for storage using E-Tags. Larry Franks explains how this works using a wrapper.
Three potential cloud provider 'screw ups' are followed by a list of problems from 2011 that seem to be extending into the new year.
Ben Kepes suggests that the recentTopology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) proposal might actually work.
A 5-minute video interview with Steve Levine of The Cloudist TV offers some insight into early development of the DBaaS's Architecture, Differentiators, and how it all started.
This post explores the ways in which non Windows PC users who have access to an Outlook/Exchange account take up a similar amount of ELA licenses as Windows PC users.
Need to test your PHP apps in a Windows Azure environment? Brian Swan can help. In this post he presents three strategies for testing OSS/Azure applications, listed from "easiest" to "best."
Adding a new slave to support your MySQL system expansion is easier than ever, thanks to the cloud. This post show you how to do it in eight simple steps.
Geva Perry discusses some topics he covered in a recent post entitled "API's and the Growing Influence of Developers." He also discusses a recent conversation with Tom Greenshaw, founder of Cashier Live.
According to salesforce.com, a decision has been made to bring IT services to the cloud in washington. This blogger includes useful links to a couple interesting stories about cloud adption in Washington.
Rather than including the step-by-step process, this post provides links to various useful documents for installing the Heroku toolbelt and Git.
Including both a "short" and "long" version (no code v. a lot of code), this post demonstrates a step by step process for using Memcached in the easiest possible manner (including a custom scaffolder created by the writer).
From the article: Says JPMorgenthal, "I can store pedabytes of data in the cloud. I can run my E-mail, communications, CRM, HR and Accounting in the cloud. My employees can live and work anywhere in the world thanks to the cloud."
So far, Anders Karlsson is happy with Amazon's MySQL RDS, but there are a couple of things you should know before you use the services. This article will give you a quick look at the most important things to remember, and if you've considered using RDS, you'll want to read this...
Have no doubt – this is PaaS in all but name. From the announcement: "Today AWS launched an exciting new service for developers: the Amazon Simple Workflow Service. Amazon SWF is an orchestration service for building scalable distributed applications. "
This author claims that it "almost feels like science fiction to be able to spin up a powerful VM in seconds, use it for an hour, and terminate it, spending just pennies in the process."
Making apps ready for the cloud requires that development platforms are built with one purpose in mind: supporting on-site and on-demand computing.
Perry suggests that companies are adopting cloud computing services from the bottom up rather than the top down. He supports this by recognizing that, in most companies using cloud computing services, the decision is made by developers rather than the higher-ups.
The new version of the Direction extends usage to include the following: Extensibility, VMWare Support, Application Management, DNS/VPN Services, and Enterprise Readiness. This blogger offers his opinion on each.
Now that Windows Azure has an ASP.NET MVC 4 developer preview application, this writer was able to create a step-by-step tutorial for users new to the service. Includes useful screenshots.