Using DropBox and Ubuntu One for backup

Ever since I read Joel Spolsky’s password management article from 2008, I have enjoyed using Dropbox to synchronize files between my various computers. Recently I found a page of tips aimed at using the service as an automatic backup of important files, rather than just for transfer between machines. You get 2GB of free “cloud” …

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Google App Engine for Java — First Impressions

The news was pointed out to me by a friend before I could blog about it, but Google App Engine supporting Java and servlets is a massive move forward for server side Java. I’m currently experimenting with my own evaluation of this, but in the meanwhile, here’s Michael Yuan’s take on it. Michael Yuan » …

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Citrix Gives away XenServer for Free

They spin it as a way to promote their associated services. More cynically I;’m guessing they are scared of losing their business to Amazon and Google, who can offer much broader cloud offerings and are gobbling up the cloud market. On the other hand, if you are actually interested in setting up your own local …

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How Difficult Is Securing Cloud Platforms?

In my dark moments I worry about the security of cloud computing. I used to be pretty upbeat about security, until some servers I was using to run a small specialist java hosting business were hacked. This resulted in the collapse of that business and the loss of several customer sites. Since then I have …

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Tactics, Strategy and SOA in the cloud – conflicting views

I’m in two minds about Service-Oriented-Architecture (SOA). On the one hand it seems obvious that future systems will need to inter-operate increasingly in order to gain business benefits without requiring complete software development projects. On the other hand, I am distinctly under-impressed by the current approaches to SOA, and even by the emphasis on services …

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More Cloud platforms: Hadoop, Eucalyptus, 10gen

A lot of the cloud computing hype is grabbed by Amazon and Google, but alongside those giants of the field there are a lot of smaller projects and organisations trying to push and grow cloud concepts. Here are a few which I have bumped into recently. Cloud platforms of the future: Hadoop and Eucalyptus | …

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Experimenting with GigaSpaces

As I was driving home from work yesterday it occurred to me that Sun seemed to somehow have missed a golden opportunity a few years ago. Their motto for ages was/is “The Network is the Computer” but the names everyone thinks of for “cloud” technology do not include Sun. What is most saddening is that …

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Comparing Amazon’s EC2, Google’s App Engine and Microsoft’s Azure

“Cloud computing” is still very high on my list of things I need to get up to speed on. One trouble is that innovation in this area seems to be coming faster than I have time to experiment. Still, this article seems a useful summary of the current state of play. InfoQ: Comparing Amazon’s EC2, …

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Calculating your cloud storage costs

Cloud computing is taking up more and more space on my virtual radar at the moment. Implementing an actual project on a commercial distributed virtualised platform is becoming a high priority for my scant spare time. It’s nice to see that the cloud market is beginning to mature, with increasingly diverse offerings and even price …

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Amazon announces a cloud-based content-delivery service

The industry in which I work involves a fair amount of content delivery over HTTP. or at least it does when the rest of the system is in place to allow people to buy stuff. As such, we have a fair amount of operation and deployment issues around keeping this working. For each new customer …

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Frustrated with the WordPress tag cloud widget

As you can see if you are reading this on the blog,punchbarrel.com web site (you will need to imagine if you are using an RSS reader or some fancy blog-to-email thingy), this blog has a “tag cloud” in a sidebar. I really like the way that a tag cloud allows quick and easy access to …

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Cloud computing testbed – new research centre announced by Yahoo, Hewlett Packard and Intel

Obviously Yahoo is still trying to fight back against Google’s dominance of all things big and cloudy. It will be interesting to see if their approach of trying to claim some sort of ethical high ground by pitching their new cloud system at research and education pays off. Cloud computing testbed – new research centre …

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Clouds in Store on the Horizon

The post below is another example of the way that active (powered) storage is seen as the answer to almost every computing problem. I am concerned, though about the long-term impact of such approaches. As time progresses, and more digital data accumulates, presumably an ever increasing amount of powered storage will be required. There are …

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InfoQ: Vertebra: EngineYard’s Next Generation Cloud Computing Platform

Even though this article uses the term “web 3.0”, it’s still worth reading. The idea of moving from specific “cloud computing” implementations to a more generic and pluggable approach is a neat idea. Using ruby as a scripting language for “agents” and Erlang for the infrastructure seems a good balance, too. InfoQ: Vertebra: EngineYard’s Next …

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