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Mike Norman
Mike NormanDr Mike Norman, IT Strategist and Entrepreneur - Open Source; Server Scalability and Performance; Virtual/Remote Desktop. 10 years as a CEO at Scapa Technologies ensuring the scalability and perfromance of the largest Citrix, TS and VDI implementations on the planet. 5 years on the Board of Directors of the Eclipse Open Source Foundation. Set up and led the Eclipse Test and Performance Tools Project. 5 years as an analyst/consultant - Large-scale Database, Data Warehouse. Currently implementing hosted systems for virtualised application delivery, based on open source stacks.

AWS Console Extensibility & Asgard

March 3, 2014
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CloudComputing

The Amazon Web Services console isn’t extensible in the way conventional management consoles are. Asgard (a Netflix open source project) may provide an extensible open source alternative.

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Business Case for Open Source Contribution

February 24, 2014
By
agilecloud

Instead of just thinking about using open source software, enterprises should now be thinking about creating open source software.  That’s where the business benefits really lie.

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IBM SoftLayer Pretends to Be OpenStack by Bridging the API

February 20, 2014
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OpenStack Logo

After acquisition by IBM, SoftLayer has announced Jumpgate as an API bridge to OpenStack. This stops short of a full migration to OpenStack, and it is unclear whether IBM will ever go there.

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Ulteo Previews V4.0 of Its Open Virtual Desktop

February 13, 2014
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PresentationVirtualization

Ulteo Open Virtual Desktop v4.0 is available for download, with significant enhancements for enterprise deployments and better integration. It offers a flexible presentation virtualization alternative—particularly useful for Linux desktops and also for integration of desktop applications into web-based architectures.

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OpenShift, Why Won’t You Do What I Want?

January 3, 2014
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Agile Cloud Development

I recently spent a fruitless afternoon on the public PaaS version of Cloud Foundry. In this post, I document an equally fruitless afternoon spent on Red Hat’s OpenShift. It think it is fair to say that OpenShift has some advantages over Cloud Foundry for public PaaS. OpenShift feels more comfortable, its integration of a build…

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Cloud Foundry and OpenShift Comparison

December 23, 2013
By
agilecloud

I plan to spend an afternoon getting an ISV application to run on the public PaaS version of OpenShift—to allow direct comparison with a fruitless afternoon spent on the public PaaS version of Cloud Foundry. In this post, I explain the radical difference in approaches I am taking in the two environments to deal with…

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Red Hat OpenShift Enterprise 2.0

December 19, 2013
By
agilecloud

Red Hat has released a 2.0 version of OpenShift, its on-premises (private) PaaS. OpenShift seems to build on real customer experience to address a range of issues that come up in real deployments, providing an out-of-the-box solution that is likely to appeal to enterprises seeking to offer a consistent development/deployment option to reduce complexity and…

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Cloud Foundry: Life Is Too Short

November 26, 2013
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agilecloud

Pivotal’s public cloud version of Cloud Foundry really struggles with the loose integration of third-party services. To appeal to ISVs and others with real-world complexity in their applications, Pivotal needs to identify a coherent product and concentrate on delivering something that works. I tried assiduously to use it and ultimately failed. In case you think…

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PaaSLane: Ensure Your Software Will Run on AWS

November 12, 2013
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CloudComputing

Cloud Technology Partners has just released its new PaaSLane for AWS, a software solution that analyses codebases and pinpoints issues that would likely cause problems if the code were to be deployed to Amazon Web Services or other elastic environments.

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