Cloud Computing

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Can You Buy and Sell The Cloud’s Future Value?

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Can you put a value on cloud capacity three months from now? A number of people think you can. In other words, one day businesses may be able to buy and sell cloud computing capacity before it’s needed. But what would be involved? That’s what a panel of cloud practitioners and financial experts explored in San Francisco this summer. You’ve probably heard about trading futures in pork bellies or corn. These folks were talking about buying and selling futures in… continue…

Jobs in Enterprise Cloud Governance

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By Myra Thomas As enterprises rally their IT departments around cloud governance, the demand for experienced architects with governance expertise is on the rise. “We’re certainly still in the very early stages of the conversation around cloud governance,” says Eric Marks, President and CEO of AgilePath, a management and consulting firm that handles cloud strategy, management and governance. But, he observes, the need for experts inside and outside the enterprise is already becoming clear. For IT departments, a shift to… continue…

Developing Cloud-Based SaaS Web Applications

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The demand for Web development skills needed to design, build and deploy Software as a Service applications should continue to increase over the next several years as more companies seek solutions tailored to the capabilities of the cloud. According to SaaS blogger Dave Key, designing software for SaaS is fundamentally different from designing software for the more traditional client/server model in terms of architecture, user interface design and the exposure and use of APIs. Key points to consider: Design for… continue…

NSA Revelations: Has The Planet Gone Mad?

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It was intriguing to see the tech community’s response to the NSA information-gathering revelations last week. High drama was the order of the day after The Guardian broke the story of a National Security Agency contractor releasing some strategic, classified PowerPoint slides, then hightailing into the shadows of Hong Kong. Dozens of NSA, spying and civil liberties stories dominated tech media outlet giants like YCombinator, ZDNet and GigaOM. As you’d expect, talk radio was abuzz with speculation and commentary. High-ranking,… continue…

Dropbox Plans Developer Conference to Push API

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By Jennifer Goforth Gregory Most likely, you’ve uploaded one of the more than 1 billion files shared through Dropbox each day.  Despite those kinds of numbers, Dropbox isn’t content to just be the most used files sharing program around. It wants IT professionals to use Dropbox in a different way – to build applications on top of its data layer platform. As part of the development of the Dropbox API, the company is holding its first developer conference to educate… continue…

Why the Future Belongs to Big Data

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When it comes to buzzwords, Big Data is currently at the top of the technology heap. You may have your own definition, but Michael Minelli, Michele Chambers and Ambiga Dhiraj, the authors of Big Data, Big Analytics, describe it this way: Big Data goes beyond the traditional limits of data along three dimensions: volume, variety and velocity. The combination of these three dimensions makes the data more complex to ingest, process and visualize. It’s the wide variety of available data… continue…

A Cloud Storage Latency Fix With Minimal Code Change

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In my first article on cloud storage latency, I gave a brief review of cloud storage, specifically how Amazon S3 stores and references objects. Now we’ll pick up where we left off to begin illustrating one of many possible solutions that can help solve the latency that haunts cloud storage, specifically in the mobile space. Cloud storage providers that are worth their salt all have at least two regions in the U.S. to choose from to store your objects. For… continue…

How to Land a Job at Barracuda Networks

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Barracuda Networks plans to double the size of its development branch in Ann Arbor, Mich., over the next three to five years, and that means it will be hiring aggressively. About 195 people currently work at the company’s offices there. Barracuda will be looking for software engineers on the Linux side, mobile developers for iOS and Android applications, test engineers and technical support staff. “We just released our Copy cloud storage service that offers file-sharing and synching that allows you… continue…

Netflix Could Pay You $10,000 to Improve Its Cloud

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Netflix is awarding $100,000 in prize money for help in making their open-source cloud computing projects better. Contest submissions will be judged by a panel of experts, and anyone can enter. The Netflix Cloud Prize is divided into 10 categories that each offer a $10,000 prize. The judges include: Amazon.com Chief Technology Officer Werner Vogels Thoughtworks Chief Scientist Martin Fowler Strategist Simon Wardley Telx Senior Vice President and author of Cloudonomics Joe Weinman University of Aarhus Developer Training Expert Aino… continue…

Rackspace’s Academy: Training and a Job, Too?

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Cynics will say that Rackspace’s creation of Open Cloud Academy is self-serving, but that doesn’t mean it won’t help tech professionals who want to expand their skills. Rackspace, after all, is a player in the open cloud world, and offering courses based on its internal training programs looks like a logical way to share hints of the company’s thinking about its services specifically, and cloud practices in general. The six- and eight-week courses will be held at Rackspace’s headquarters in… continue…