Cloud Computing

News and career advice from the Linux and Open Source worlds.

Imagine if OpenStack Could Get Its Act Together

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Linux won. If you think that statement is inaccurate you need only look at the nearest Android device or AMI options on Amazon to find out you’re mostly wrong. It took years — more than a decade and then some — but Linux has not only arrived, it’s nearly taken over the world. Fast forward 10 years and we’re looking at another highly recognizable open source effort, OpenStack. OpenStack is most often referenced in conjunction with cloud because it’s seen as one… continue…

SharePoint Is Not Dead, It Will Continue to Dominate

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Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann spoke at the 2013 Gartner Symposium on SharePoint and declared its inevitable demise. But, his assessment shows a distinct lack of understanding of what SharePoint is, what enterprise collaboration is and the fact that many companies will not go to the cloud for their content management needs. Mann’s presentation was confusing and misleading. By instructing CIOs to look to a post-SharePoint future, Mann displayed a distinct lack of foresight when it comes to collaborative solutions, SharePoint… continue…

Why You Should Back Up Your Cloud

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IT professionals are well aware of the need to retain documents based on everything from regulatory compliance to corporate policies. What many don’t consider is that data migrated to the cloud still may require a backup plan. A recent article in CIO Magazine makes this point: He [Holger Mueller, an analyst with Constellation Research] says IT leaders should pay attention to the fine print in agreements with cloud providers, which often don’t provide timely or complete data backup. If you… continue…

Why DevOps Is CPR for Cloud Applications

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In the old days (all you kids, get off my lawn!) moving an application from any environment to production was, well, quite the production. There was the scheduling, the change control meetings, the coordinate and the sign offs — oh the sign offs. Once all that was complete, there was the Saturday night (because maintenance windows only happen on Saturday nights, don’t you know?) move that required everyone responsible (across all impacted teams) be present and ready to test. If… continue…

Cloud: Throughput Versus Bandwidth

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One of the least acknowledged gotchas in cloud computing is the cost of transferring data. Most providers charge for data transfers in much the same way mobile service providers do. That means you not only have to estimate how much compute and storage you might need, but how much throughput, as well. Yes, I said “throughput,” not “bandwidth.” There’s a difference, and it’s an important one to understand as you consider migration to a cloud environment. Both bandwidth and throughput… continue…

Amazon’s Seeking Engineers for Super-Secure CIA Cloud

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Having trumped IBM for a $600 million cloud contract with the Central Intelligence Agency, Amazon Web Services is hiring the hundreds of engineers and other professionals necessary to bring the spooks’ new super-secure cloud to life. The company is reportedly hiring 500 employees at AWS’s recently opened Herndon, Va., facility, located not far from CIA headquarters in Langley. Included in many of the descriptions posted on Amazon’s jobs site is a qualification already familiar to those the company expects to… continue…

Even in the Cloud, You’re Oversubscribed

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Ever since Nicholas Carr wrote The Big Switch and introduced the concept of utility computing, the industry has been enamored with the idea. “Pay for what you use, and nothing more” is the current mantra and mindset, and the entire industry is moving inexorably toward such a model. Except the model’s not there – and it may never be. A true utility model, based on consumption, is not available for most infrastructure resources simply because the systems don’t exist to track such fine-grained usage data as memory and… continue…

EMC’s Joe Tucci Forecasts Future for DBAs

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Wonder what the future holds if you’re a database administrator or other IT pro? EMC’s CEO Joe Tucci on Tuesday sent a clear message on the future of the data center – be ready to transform yourself. Tucci, a keynote speaker at Oracle’s OpenWorld, addressed how technology has morphed into a software-defined data center, where the magnitude of unstructured data is growing at a phenomenal rate and millions of new applications are being built to access the information from across… continue…

Integrating Your App with Amazon Web Services S3

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By Jeff Cogswell If you can write software for the cloud, you’re one step ahead of other job hunters. In particular, one area you want to know about is Amazon Web Services (AWS). It’s huge and sophisticated, yet surprisingly easy to integrate into applications. Let’s look at how you can program AWS with Microsoft C# and Visual Studio. Specifically we’ll look at how to store data in the AWS cloud storage called S3. To get started, you have to sign… continue…

Addressing the Risks of Your Cloud Migration

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By the end of this year, nearly half of all workloads will be processed in the cloud, predicts Gartner. That means companies will have to be ready to address financial risk, data loss, downtime, business interruption, theft of intellectual property, outages and security intrusions within their cloud environments. What are those risks, and what steps are necessary to mitigate them? To explore these issues, we gathered security architects, product managers and insurance and risk analysts to delve into tactics and… continue…