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It has been more than two years since the European Commission published in January 2010 its pioneering report about the Future of Cloud Computing. A group of experts was established with the aim to evaluate the state-of-the-art and develop future research directions in cloud computing....
It’s unlikely there’s anyone in IT today that doesn’t understand the role of load balancing to scale. Whether cloud or not, load balancing is the key mechanism through which load is distributed to ensure horizontal scale of applications. It’s also unlikely there’s anyone in IT that doe...
NAB kept me totally away from all the interesting online discussions last week. It’s too late to respond to @JoinToigo’s tweet (we’d call this Figs after Easter in Dutch), but I thought I’d share my thoughts in a bit more than 140 characters. The short answer is no … but a better answ...
In our last article we discussed best practices when using asynchronous calls. In this article we’ll look at guidelines for Locking and Synchronization. Locking and synchronization provide a mechanism to grant exclusive access to data or code in order to avoid concurrent execution. Det...
Taking advantage of cloud-hosted resources does not require forklift re-architecture of the data center. That may sound nearly heretical but that’s the truth, and I’m not talking about just SaaS which, of course, has never required anything more than an Internet connection to “integrat...
Virtualization has revolutionized the data center, and has solved much of the impending trouble organizations would have faced in the past few years. Greater demand for computing services has been met, largely, by technologies such as virtualization. Yet along with virtualization has c...
No sooner had I posted BYOD–The Hottest Trend or Just the Hottest Term, last week than yet another BYOD survey hit the news. The full results will be released in a webinar tomorrow but SANS announced their First Annual Survey Results on Mobility Security. Last December, SANS launche...
HP announced its HP Converged Cloud based on a ‘hardened’ version of OpenStack software, targeting hybrid enterprise deployments and pushing for a common architecture across private and public clouds as well as traditional data centers. To learn more about the components of the offerin...
What Is OpenNebula ? It is cloud management solution – industry standard open source cloud computing tool to manage the complexity and heterogeneity of distributed data center infrastructures. OpenNebula is a fully open-source management toolkit for on-premise Infrastructure as a S...
You are a software service provider. You develop software for you clients. Majority of your clients are from a different city or even a different country. You are in a discussion with your client where you are exploring the option of adopting Agile Development Methodology for your next...
Visual PaaS (meta-data PaaS) is purpose built for developing business applications like Order Management, CRM, Dealer Management Systems, Claims Processing - type applications. In such applications, the success of the project is determined by the strength of the "data model" created by...
The advent of cloud computing will have repercussions on the IT field for years to come. We’re really only now beginning to see how much cloud services will change the face of IT. In some ways, IT is shifting from the managers and providers of resources to the gatekeepers, deciding who...
Among the new crop of NoSQL database products, MongoDB ranks quite high, in my opinion. The company that produces MongoDB is 10Gen, a venture backed new start-up since 2008. But its rapid growth over last 4 years bears testimony to its technical strength. MongoDB’s name comes from the...
While it’s true that storage capacity has grown exponentially in the past decade, demand for that storage capacity has grown significantly, as well. There was a time when the answer was to just send more and more storage space at the growing demand, but that’s not a good option in a ti...
The first hit’s cheap kid … Recently Ben Kepes twitterbird started a very interesting discussion on cloud bursting by asking whether or not it was real. This led to Christofer Hoff twitterbird pointing out that “true” cloud bursting required routing based on business parameters. That ...
About VMware Turn your datacenter into a flexible cloud infrastructure with the performance and reliability needed to run enterprise applications on the platform trusted by the most demanding datacenters around the world. Leverage existing assets and applications while offering self-se...
It was widely reported today that Eucalyptus had struck some kind of deal with Amazon. The details of the deal, unfortunately, have been lacking. There’s no press release on either the AWS or Eucalyptus web sites or that I can find through Google News, PR Newswire, BusinessWire or ot...
This is the third blog post in a series of blog posts about open source Content Management Systems (CMS). You can find the first two parts here (Part 1) and here (Part 2) . In the last article in this series we covered Xoops, Seotoaster, e107, Concrete5, and Typo3, five leading Conten...
Recently the US Navy announced that they would start a 7,500 seat virtual desktop deployment next month as a way to lower IT and maintenance costs. The implementation leverages zero client laptops connected to desktop images streamed from regional data centres. The advantage of this t...
As regular readers of this blog already know, I have been championing the convergence of enterprise mobility and M2M (machine to machine) for several years now. Why? M2M is mostly data collected in the field and wirelessly sent and integrated with back-end systems and ERPs. That kin...
In the last article in this series we covered WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and b2evolution, five leading Content Management Systems. In this article we talk about the next five: Xoops, Seotoaster, e107, Concrete5, and Typo3. 6. Xoops Xoops (eXtensible Object Orientated Portal Sy...
A content management system (CMS) is a system facilitating efficient production of desired output by using managed content. The content may be text, images, graphics, documents, sound, video or other that can be managed in an electronic format. It is a software application used in uplo...
In this post, we’re going to examine two popular open source monitoring methods and their integration with the Monitis platform.  The first open source monitoring method we’ll discuss is Nagios — which allows you to monitor any network service with the use of plug-ins.
During the lifespan of M3 (Monitis Monitor Manager) there has always been something lacking – timers. M3 execution procedure was outlined in this previous article. The execution mentioned in the latter was a one-time-execution, whereas server monitoring requires periodic invocati...
Scaling agile is not simple. The complexity increases not in proportion to the size of the team but at the square of the size of the team. That means a 20 member team project will be 4 times as complex as a 10 member team. To ensure that complexity does not turn into chaos it is inevi...
Vendor lock-in is one of the strong objections of cloud computing and open source is changing that perception. HP and Microsoft fall under the category of major enterprise technology providers along with Cisco, IBM, Oracle, SAP and VMWare/EMC. With an eye on projected cloud computing ...
If you talk to the average software user, geospatial or not, about open source software you usually find three camps: Lovers, Haters, and Converters. Let's put these camps in crudely defined boxes: Open source "Lovers" are the lifers that live, breathe, and have never used anything bu...
Apache and MySQL make up the backbone of many Linux based web servers. According to the August 2011 Web Server Survey by Netcraft, Apache currently runs on 65.18% (or 301,771,518!) of web servers. Similarly, MySQL is the most popular open source database and holds a significant portio...
In the first part of our series we described how to use find (and locate) to search for files using their names. Today we are going to review how to utilize find in a less common but very useful way. But first a few words on testing (okay, this might not be necessary for everyone, but ...
While ETL continues to be the predominant data integration technology in use today, the sheer size and complexity of today's information and application systems require new levels of innovation that lower costs, deliver rapid time to value, and put more control into the hands of busine...
TechCrunch reported today that Citrix has acquired Cloud.com for > $200m. This is a great exit for a very talented team at Cloud.com and I’m not surprised at their success. Cloud.com has had great success in the market, especially in the last 12 months. This is both in the service p...
When it comes to having a Linux server hosted in a data center or it is not behind any kind of Firewall or NAT device there are a number of security requirements that need to be addressed. Linux servers generally come with no protection configured by default and depending on the hostin...
At Monitis, we strive to monitor and report high uptime and provide the best user experience for our customers. To achieve this goal, we are preparing a series of performance tuning tips that cover areas including Windows and Linux server performance and Javascript tuning. From a web ...
I was working with one of our clients on a Salesforce implementation and since they’re very active on Twitter they naturally wanted to take advantage of the Salesforce For Twitter app by ForceDotCom Labs. We decided to incorporate a Twitter Username field into most of their web forms a...
More than half -- 56 percent -- of respondents believe that more than half of software purchases made in the next five years will be open source. Once viewed in some quarters as a fringe movement and unreliable, open-source software is now a dominant force in the IT industry. It has b...
Mention VMware to anyone in IT and their immediate thought is virtualization. So dominant is the company in this space that the very word VM has a sense of ambiguity about it: does it refer specifically to a vmdk, or another hypervisor image like Xen? As with Kool-Aid and Band-Aid, the...
Since her abduction by her mother last summer, my two-year-old US citizen daughter, who is in ailing health, remains in her abducted country of Syria under the immigration status of "Palestinian Immigrant Worker." Sofia needs to appear every three months before Syrian immigration autho...
Here at Monitis, it’s our ultimate goal to make the life of sysadmins, webmasters and other IT pros easier – especially when it comes to monitoring networks, servers, apps, cloud platforms and other key IT processes. That’s why, in this post, we’re offering guidance on how you can dep...
This Friday at SCaLE 9x in Los Angeles, CA there will be a special build an open source cloud day teaching users how to use technologies from Cloud.com, OpenStack, Opscode and Zenoss to deploy, configure, manage and monitor infrastructure-as-a-service using open source software. “Bui...
It's hard to plan any strategy for business and the IT forces that drive it, if the continuity of those services is suspect. Social media and the accelerating uses of mobile devices and networks are only adding more questions to the daunting issues around privacy and access. And, the W...