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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.

Secret Shopper Report – VMware CloudFoundry

September 8, 2011
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Secret Shopper Report – VMware CloudFoundry

To recap the story so far, I’m prototyping an application and deploying it to various PAAS environments. I am not getting any special help from any of the vendors in this exercise – you can think of me as a “secret shopper” for PaaS, although I don't hide my identity. I am approaching each platform…

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Cumulogic Launches Highly Diverse PaaS Cloud

August 9, 2011
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Over the last few months we have identified a trend towards "diversity" in the PaaS provider marketplace. Platform as a Service has become Platforms as a Service, the providers are offering multiple choices at each layer of the platform infrastructure, and seeing their role as automating the provisioning of properly-configured instances as required at each…

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PaaS Platform experience – Red Hat OpenShift

July 20, 2011
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As mentioned in a couple of recent posts, I have been building a prototype application using Open Source technologies that I plan to install on a number of available PaaS cloud platforms. The application is written in Groovy (with some bits in Java) and built on the Grails framework. This article is about my use…

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Cisco, Intel, and Citrix Re-invent OpenStack Networking for the Enterprise

July 13, 2011
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Cisco, Intel, and Citrix Re-invent OpenStack Networking for the Enterprise

Over the last few months an additional subproject codenamed Quantum has emerged which deals explicitly with networking and has particpation from networking giants Intel and Cisco as well as from Citrix. It's a mechanism for defining network topologies aimed at providing Layer-2 network connectivity for VM instances running in clouds based on the OpenStack cloud…

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Red Hat releases MRG 2.0 – messaging for the cloud.

June 27, 2011
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Red Hat's Cloud is to play at all levels in the stack, from IaaS and PaaS through to hypervisor and of course operating system. Each layer is comparable to offerings from competitors.except for MRG - Messaging Realtime and Grid, of which version 2.0 has just been released.

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VMware’s SpringSource Ecosystem

June 10, 2011
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As mentioned in my previous piece I've been doing some prototyping using SpringSource's Grails. Grails can be thought of as the top of the stack. If you pick up Grails you would naturally pull in the other pieces of SpringSource, including vFabric and ultimately vFoundry. In a future post I will deal with what happens…

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Citrix announces IaaS Project Olympus built on OpenStack

May 31, 2011
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One of the most intriguing names that has hitherto been at the periphery of the OpenStack initiative is Citrix. Up until last week, Citrix's contribution was to ensure OpenStack ran on XenServer. However, this week at it's Synergy event, Citrix made some more sigificant announcements about Project Olympus, through which it aims to provide (in…

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Why would a Developer choose VMware?

May 20, 2011
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It is interesting to see Edward’s comment that according to EMC/VMware, widespread production deployment of Cloud Apps is 3-5 years off. If that is the case the VMware CloudFoundry initiative should be focused on cutting-edge development rather than porting existing apps, and in much the same way that Microsoft has always courted developers, CloudFoundry should…

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Is Gluster the answer to Scalable Cloud Storage and the Amazon Outage?

May 13, 2011
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Is Gluster the answer to Scalable Cloud Storage and the Amazon Outage?

Amazon failed because of simultaneous failure of its EBS in two Availability zones. If you were dependent on one of these (or mirrored across the two) you lost access to the filesystem from your Instances. It may be sensible to move to the use of the S3 mechanism (or some portable abstraction over it) for…

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