Blogs There is a lot of great guidance on designing and building cloud applications for Azure. But there are also so many things to consider that sometimes it's difficult to decide how to approach the architecture and design of a solution. Here is a short overview of my personal top 5 topics I typically look at first: 1. Multi-tenancy No matter if you are planning to use PaaS or IaaS building blocks, to decide on a single-tenant vs. multi-tenant deployment model is in my opinion the first topic to consider. Driver for Deploying Any App to Any Cloud Available for Free Last December, a company called GigaSpaces began demonstrating a unique kind of Java-based abstraction layer made for use within cloud platforms. Cloudify is a layer that abstracts the application platform from the cloud that it's running on. So you can literally do this: You can set up and fully flesh out your SaaS application on your local system, complete with middleware, just as though it's running in the cloud. Then once it works, you relocate it.
Open-source cloud frameworks: A work in progress Computerworld - When IT consultancy OpenCredo set out to launch three new applications within seven months for a major insurance underwriter, it had three goals in mind: Trim development time from the usual years-long pace, allow for frequent changes from the client, and build a system that can handle unpredictable traffic spikes. By using the Cloud Foundry open-source framework along with other open-source software, OpenCredo eliminated "heavy lifting" such as configuring virtual machines and adjusting the size of storage volumes, says CEO Russell Miles. The framework allowed developers to write code locally, share it with the client, and automate the integration, testing, and deployment of application components. Among other advantages, Cloud Foundry makes it easier to scale an application by adding more instances without downtime, Miles says. Because of the way it works with other open-source software, new features can be added in minutes rather than hours.
VMware: Now you can send your VMs to Amazon's cloud (and then back to us) In what some analysts are calling a dramatic shift in strategy, VMware today rolled out new features to its vCloud Suite management software that allow customers to migrate workloads to non-VMware cloud environments, including on Amazon Web Services. In July, VMware surprised many cloud-watchers when it purchased DynamicOps, a company that allows users to easily manage workloads across multiple hypervisors and cloud platforms. VMware said at the time it is committed to a enabling its users to access multiple services from different vendors. Today, the company followed through on its promise. "They're making some pretty strong changes," says Gartner analyst Ronni Colville. "DynamicOps was a major shift in VMware not just saying it will work outside its comfort zone, but really doing it."
Smart startups pick their (AWS) services carefully The sheer number of Amazon Web Services is a blessing but can also be an embarrassment of riches. Savvy startups know that choosing the right option for their purposes will make their lives easier and their company potentially more profitable. As an example, check out this Medium post by Talko software engineer Ransom Richardson on why Talko chose to use Amazon’s DynamoDB NoSQL database service over Amazon RDS managed MySQL database service. Talko is latest project of former Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie. Its goal is to make smart phones better collaborative tools by, among other things, improving the quality and flexibility of voice calls. BB Introduction ¶ OsmocomBB is an Free Software / Open Source GSM Baseband software implementation. It intends to completely replace the need for a proprietary GSM baseband software, such as drivers for the GSM analog and digital baseband (integrated and external) peripherals the GSM phone-side protocol stack, from layer 1 up to layer 3
Google downshifts App Engine to infrastructure cloud The Importance of Reputation Google I/O Microsoft just downshifted its Azure platform cloud so it could support raw virtual machines and any old applications companies want to cram into them, and now Google has followed suit with Compute Engine. Announced today at the Google I/O extravaganza in San Francisco by Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of infrastructure at the Chocolate Factory, Compute Engine gives Google customers what they have been asking for: Virtual machines that run on Google's vast infrastructure. And it gives Google something it wants: yet another product that can generate revenue and profits from its many large data centers scattered around the globe. To illustrate the power of Compute Engine, Hölzle talked about the Cancer Regulome Explorer application created by the Institute for Systems Biology, which used to run its genome-matching algorithms, used in cancer research, on an internal cluster with 1,000 cores. The Importance of Reputation
Try Cloud Computing Free with AWS Free Tier AWS Marketplace offers more than 700 free and paid software products that run on the AWS Free Tier. If you qualify for the AWS Free Tier, you can use these products on an Amazon EC2 t2.micro instance for up to 750 hours per month and pay no additional charges for the Amazon EC2 instance (during the 12 months). Software charges may still apply for paid software. * These free tier offers are only available to new AWS customers, and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date. When your 12 month free usage term expires or if your application use exceeds the tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details).
Email in the Cloud? Avoid 4 Common Pitfalls No matter what incentives vendors may offer to entice you to move email in the cloud, don’t rush the decision. Enterprise adoption of cloud-based email services may finally be gaining steam. After a slow start, CIOs at large public and private sector enterprises are showing a keen interest in putting email in the cloud, according to Roy Mathew, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Technology Strategy and Architecture service line. “Their interest is driven by a need to reduce costs and by the deep discounts and attractive payment options some cloud email providers have recently been offering,” he says.
File Sharing Made Easy With Media Servers and NAS These five open source NAS (network-attached storage) and media server solutions make it easy to centralize file sharing and storage on your network. 1. FreeNAS AWS: the good, the bad and the ugly Here at awe.sm we have been hosted from the beginning on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Over the past 3 years we’ve learned a lot about what it’s good at, what it’s not so good at, and have formulated our own set of best practices for running a high-availability, high-performance system, which differ in some important ways from Amazon’s own advice. We’re going to talk about two related things: