The whole point of using a cloud service is to be able to use it intensively for a brief period just when it is needed and then clear out all your work when you've finished. This means automation to make the process as quick and easy as possible. It is likely to mean creating a VM, provisioning it from scratch and spinning it up using PowerShell. Relax, grab the popcorn, and let Adam Bertram show you how he does it in Azure.… Read more
OpenStack holds a great deal of promise as a cloud platform built on open standards, and has support from the major players in cloud services. It has the potential for allowing organisations to set up their own private cloud services that are designed to inter-operate. Is it ready yet for companies that want the convenience of cloud solutions, but with more control, and without the large subscription fees? Robert Sheldon finds out.… Read more
In a bid to challenge Intel's dominance of high performance computing environments, IBM have introduced OpenPOWER, a flexible open-source framework based on their POWER processor architecture. Robert Sheldon looks at the potential of this new platform.… Read more
If you need to receive and process a large volume of packets of data, such as telemetry, or event-log items, it may be worth considering Azure Event hubs. They aren't like traditional messaging but represent more of a stripped down one-way event processing system for large volumes of data. It could represent a good solution to an ever-present problem, but is it ready for production use? Rob Sheldon investigates.… Read more
With Amazon Web Services, you might find that a large Amazon Machine Image (AMI) as with over 1 TB, taken as a snapshot can take two days or more. If so, it is time to change your backup strategy and manage your EBS volumes as efficiently as possib… Read more
Windows Azure started out purely as a PaaS (Platform as- a Service). Since then, it has responded to market demands by introducing Windows Azure Virtual Machine (WAVM) in which the virtual machine is persistent.… Read more
Google Compute Engine (GCE) seems to be an extraordinary entry into the IaaS marketplace, but currently immature, and bare-bones. What makes the GCE interesting is that Google has demonstrated that it can scale up reliable networked operations.… Read more
Virtualization certainly has advantages, but using a private cloud means a lot of configuration, troubleshooting, and management; and you still get CPU, memory, and disk space constraints. Private Cloud feels more like traditional hosting than the silver bullet one is led to expect.… Read more
OpenStack is an open-source cloud platform based on Linux. It aims to allow organisations to run cloud services on standard hardware, with interoperability between cloud services such as Amazon AWS.… Read more
Eucalyptus is a rival to the open-source OpenStack as a software platform for private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds. Like OpenStack, it supports Amazon AWS APIs, and so is ideal for hybrid clouds. Is support from Amazon going to make it more attractive to paying customers?… Read more
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