I've written an article for
SD Times about the proliferation of standards for Cloud security. In
the article I mention the Amazon Query API method of authentication,
which although not an actual standard, has become something of an
After the Windows Azure AppFabric team announced the availability of Windows Azure AppFabric Applications (preview), I signed up for
early access immediately and got in. After installing the tools and
creating a namespace through the portal, I decided to...
Cloud Computing has a few varied meanings from API services such as
twitter to web-based (read cloud-based) email services such as gmail and
An even bigger tectonic shift is happening though, in the area of
infrastructure and hosting, to cloud...
This is an interesting concept: SocialCompare.com
is an, eponymously enough, social site for creating comparisons.
Find original user-generated comparisons tables. Compare anything
such as products, services, objects, software,...
Scaleability is a term near and dear to a CTO’s heart. It’s also the
most important factor in growing a website. If you want to avoid the “fail whale” at right, you
have to be able to scale your application to run on hundreds (and, if
One of the exciting companies I met with at the recent Structure Conference
was Cloudability – in fact a
number of commentators (well, myself and Paul
Miller anyway) were a little shocked at the relatively poor ranking
that the judges in the...
I'm really inspired with cloud ideas since I first time met it. No
doubt, that clouds are future of computing. I like the metaphor
comparing cloud and electric power plant: "Last century if you plan your
business depend on electricity, you have...
These days we face a challenging task: designing a very large system of
scalable instances. Each of these instances may be in a different
geographic location, and many of them are on demand instances that are
being started and shutdown...
Economies of Scale have been much discussed in The Agile Executive since the recent OpsCamp
in Austin, TX. The significant savings on system administration costs
in very large data centers have been called out as a major advantage of
In a blog post following a recent report by the 451 Group, Matthew Aslett, a senior
analyst for the research firm, defines the term “NewSQL”
as a new breed of SQL database-related products.
According to the 451 Group, NewSQL refers to “various new...
Hadoop is gaining users as a
way of running data-intensive distributed applications. I has been put
to good use to help with the data issues faced by companies such as
twitter, Facebook and eBay. Cloudera, one of the best known providers of
That is a bad blog post title, really! If Steve and Ryan have this post
in the Cloud Cover show news I bet they will make fun of
the title. Anyway…
Imagine you have an application running in your own datacenter.
Everything works smoothly, except for...
Google updated the Google
Cloud Print website today with all new documentation, code samples
and other goodies to help get up and running using Google Cloud Print.
The restructured site pulls together months of learning from behind
the scenes by...
For those of us who haven’t bothered paying much attention to that
whole server side of things, here’s a nice gentle introduction:
The Cloud From Cocoa Touch
Walks you through POSTing data to the server, which chances are...
The recent acquisition of Terremark by Verizon further illustrates
how the cloud would potentially undergo the same evolution that global
Telcos have gone through in recent years.
The hardware that makes up the cloud infrastructure is being...
In a comment
Urgency of Now, Marcel Den Hartog discusses technology assimilation
in the face of hype:
But if people are already reluctant to run the things
they have, on another platform they already have, on an operating system
My main development machine for a while has been an apple laptop.
From looking around at conferences, offices and usergroups I know I’m
not alone. But I don’t really run code on my mac very often,
certainly not for work. I might edit the code on my...
A little while ago Christina DesMarais from Inc magazine asked a question
on focus.com about the best small business applications out there. I
live SMB so this was a question right up my alley. It seemed worthwhile
to recount my answer here; Hi...
holds the promise of infinite scalability and capacity. We hust pay
for what we use, and whatever capacity you need is there.
This holds true on the server and back-end of “the cloud”. Where
this promse will begin to break down is...
For DeveloperFusion, I wrote an article on Windows
Azure queues. Interested in working with queues and want to use some
advanced techniques? Head over to the article: Last
week, in Brian Prince’s article, Using
the Queuing Service in...
There has been a lot of discussion lately about “cloud” offerings and what is the cloud.
I am going to avoid a definition of the cloud, but I am going to talk
about the various infrastructure offerings that are available,
Sometimes it’s fun to look back at your predictions to remember what
you were thinking at the time and see how accurate you turned out to be.
Based on some recent conversations, I decided to revisit one of our
early blog posts from 2009, where we were...
One of the core patterns for a Gateway is "Service Virtualization".
Service Virtualization means that an organization can expose virtual services in front of its
infrastructure. These virtual services can take the form of lightweight...
The Hama team have made their first release under the Apache Incubator.
Hama is a distributed computing framework based on Bulk Synchronous Parallel computing techniques. This initial 0.2.0-incubating release includes the Bulk Synchronous Parallel...
Last week I took part in a planning call for a focus.com roundtable
I’m taking part in soon that sees a discussion around the opportunities,
barriers and issues or Cloud computing outside the US – be it US
companies selling offshore, or non US...