Cloud Computing

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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…

High Demand Pushes Linux Salaries Higher

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Salaries for people skilled with Linux are rising at nearly double the rate of other tech professionals, and job prospects are strong, too: Some 93 percent of hiring managers plan to recruit Linux talent in the next six months. Those are just two of the optimistic findings in The 2013 Linux Jobs Report, a global survey of 850 hiring managers and 2,600 Linux professionals conducted by Dice and the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering the growth of the… continue…

Experience Trumps Certifications for Cloud Jobs

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If you’re a cloud engineer, architect, developer or support specialist with strong cloud computing skills, you’re in luck. Demand for professionals like you vastly exceeds supply. Some 1.2 million cloud jobs went unfilled during 2012, says Marcus Robertson, chief technical officer of True Ability, a San Antonio IT staffing company. Research firm IDC says that number is close to 1.7 million and estimates there will be as many as 7 million cloud jobs by 2015. “I have hired about 150 people… continue…

Microsoft’s Simple Slip Crashes Azure Worldwide

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On Friday, a lapsed security certificate brought down Microsoft’s Azure worldwide. Would you be shocked to learn that the same thing happened less than a year ago? On Feb. 29, 2012, Azure went down worldwide. The reason … wait for it … a certificate issue. Cloud outages like this strike fear in the hearts of IT directors and CIOs. And for good reason: When Azure goes down, critical business applications and data become unavailable, and every minute costs companies untold… continue…

What Managers Say About Cloud Certifications

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Cloud certifications and other related courses can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. While there are a number of reasons why this kind of training can boost your prospects of getting a cloud-related job, many tech professionals, including a number of Dice News users, don’t buy it. “Why bother if I’m already doing the work?” one asked in the comments to this story. Another wondered: “Do employers really expect to find the perfect candidate with the list of 20… continue…

When Do Cloud Certifications Really Matter?

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While employers struggle to fill cloud-related jobs, they’re not using certifications as a litmus test to help them identify the right candidates. While they’ll demonstrate that you have some knowledge about the skills they’re seeking, certifications aren’t a magic bullet when it comes to making a hiring decision. “Certification tells me they have knowledge of the topic, and cloud certification will help get them in the door for an interview,” says Erin Swike, director of hosting provider Bluelock’s client services.… continue…