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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer As the fog slowly lifts with respect to defining cloud computing, enterprises must now decide where the value proposition lies within the platform. For most large enterprises, the IT department typically offers services internally to various departments. These services are mostly at the infrastructure level such as maintaining existing servers or provisioning new servers. Some enterprises allow developers to build out their own platform while more organized enterprises keep tight control over the platform, only allowing developers to work within a tightly pre-defined environment. While this is definitely the preferable way to reign in developers, it still isn’t the most optimal way to develop in house applications. Deploying a platform as a service to developers, who in turn develop software to be deployed as a service to internal departmen... (more)

Cloud Computing: It’s all about the Software

While I have probably beat the definition of cloud computing to death, I want to spend some more time on where the magic really lies in Cloud Computing. Without going into a Ballmerellian rant, the key to unlocking the full potential of the cloud is developers, developers, developers. More specifically, software is what will define not only what cloud is, but also what cloud is capable of. The faster that CIOs and CTOs come to this realization, the better it will be for their organizations. Figuring out ways to distribute applications across infrastructure is a difficult task th... (more)

Amazon Going PaaS? Introducing Elastic Beanstalk

Are you looking to enter the cloud but don't know where to start? Are you leery of 'cloud-washing' by so many vendors in the IT space? Let's work together to get your business into the cloud in a methodical manner. I am an expert in public cloud computing at all levels (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) as well 'private' cloud (VMware). We will work together to identify costs, risks and strategies to ensure your projects succeed in the cloud. Below is the email Amazon sent out to AWS customers announcing their new PaaS offering - Elastic Beanstalk. Dear Amazon Web Services Customer, We're exc... (more)

NFS and Eucalyptus: using a network file system to back your Cloud storage.

One of the questions that I am often asked by customers looking at Eucalyptus for a Private Cloud is “how can I use NFS with Eucalyptus?” The scenario is usually one where the customer has deployed a NetApp SAN and prefers to use NFS over iSCSI or has deployed another highly-scalable distributed storage platform, like GlusterFS, with NFS exports. In a normal HA deployment, Eucalyptus uses local disk for the Walrus storage and iSCSI SAN storage from a supported SAN (NetApp, EMC VNX or Dell EqualLogic). While the performance is much better with these types of storage back-ends, so... (more)

Cloud Computing Can Revitalize Your Career as Software Developer

Everyone knows that the longevity and ultimate success of a platform lies in the developers willing to create on that platform. Creating a healthy developer ecosystem in which both the developer and the platform vendor can grow and prosper is very important. No one knows this better than Microsoft. It has long been their mantra that “developers, developers, developers” are the key to success. With most of the new large scale websites and platforms being launched on open source platforms and now the cloud, this is becoming even more important. 4th International Cloud Computing Expo ... (more)