Binary Large OBject (BLOB) storage is the usual way of storing file-based information in Azure. Blobs are charged according to outbound traffic, storage space and the operations performed on storage contents. This means that the ways that you manage Blob Storage will affect both cost and availability. … Read more
Dynamo is a fast and scalable proprietary key-value structured storage system that gives the features of both simple databases and distributed hash tables (DHTs), running on SSD storage to provide other Amazon services such as S3. It it not ACID-compliant ore relational but is great for doing analysis on large amounts of simple data… Read more
Shameer continues in his quest to use the Toto Blogging engine and Git to create a fast blogging platform on Heroku. In part 1, he showed how to get a basic blogging platform up and running. Now he shows how to customize a Toto template and engine, and edit the engine to have more sophisticated functionality such as tag clouds or related articles.… Read more
Windows Azure is the Microsoft cloud computing platform which enables developers to quickly develop, deploy, and manage their applications hosted in a Microsoft data center. As a PAAS provider, Windows Azure not only takes care of the infrastructure, but will also help to manage higher level components including operating systems, runtimes, and middleware.… Read more
As long as you use TSQL DDL to do it, creating a federated SQL Azure database is simple. What, then, of populating it with data? It is surprisingly straightforward to upload data from a BCP file via secure TDS in parallel multiple connections, even when things go slightly wrong… Read more
In the Cloud, services come in the form of Software (SaaS), Infrastructure (IaaS) and platform (PaaS). when moving a service to the cloud, IaaS and PaaS provide two different service models and provisioning steps of solutions. A PaaS providers has more responsibility for your solution than an IAAS provider. wherase an IaaS solutionmay offer more flexibility at lower level. Wely Lau explains.… Read more
When providing cloud solution to connected mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in particular, there are several practices that make a great difference to the quality of the service that you provide.… Read more
Microsoft's OData, the Open Data Protocol, allows consumers of data to get the metadata of data sources, to perform queries and, if necessary, to create, change or delete data items. It now provides the API for many of the available services on the internet, including the Open Government Data Initiativ… Read more
Cloud platforms such as Heroku, AppEngine, PHPFog and Pagoda Box are ideal for companies who just want to focus on providing applications without the distractions of infrastructure management. Both Pagoda and PHPFog are particularly suited to PHP-based applications using the LAMP stack… Read more
Before leaping head-first into the cloud, spinning up a few EC2 nodes or Azure web roles, it pays for an existing company with established servers to set up private cloud, virtualise your existing servers, spin up a second e-commerce server to prototype a multi-node solution, and sort out all the snags.… Read more
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