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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.

Application Vulnerability Scanning comes in from the Cloud

April 23, 2010
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the Cloud is increasingly being used to provide external security testing services (such as AVS, Application Vulnerability Scanning). The argument of the proponents of such services is that security threats come from the cloud, and thus it makes most sense to embed the AVS in the cloud. However after very detailed examination of the options…

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Developing PHP on Microsoft Azure

April 5, 2010
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PHP can run on the Azure Cloud. Microsoft has made this easier by sponsoring an Open Source SDK and Eclipse Plugin. It is not investing in Visual Studio for PHP.

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Development Tools and Application Servers for the Cloud

March 29, 2010
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Development tools like Eclipse and Visual Stuio are being built to ensur applications can be deployed in to the cloud on application servers. Key challenges include the manageability and scalability of application servers. Innovations include the use of non-java languages like Groovy and Jython and even PHP and Javascript on JVMs, and the final demise…

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Eucalyptus/Terracotta a scalable Java Cloud Platform?

March 18, 2010
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We recently received a presentation on a combined solution from Eucalyptus and Terracotta. Initially we were suspicious because they clearly share an investor – Benchmark Capital. Was this a PowerPoint integration dreamt up by two Venture Capitalists over a power breakfast? However, the combined solution was presented by some very plausible techies with a real-live…

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Windows MultiPoint Server

March 9, 2010
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Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server – globally available from March 1, 2010 – is a “shared resource computing solution designed for educational institutions”.  It is a Presentation Virtualization solution based on Windows 2008 server, and sharing codebase with Remote Desktop Server (i.e. the product formerly known as Terminal Services). It is designed to deal with a specific…

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CA Buys Cloud Platform Vendor, 3Tera

March 2, 2010
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The acquisition of 3Tera by Computer Associates signals an intent to move beyond traditional Systems Management, into something that may almost be viewed as Operating System: a layer of software called AppLogic that sits above the virtualization stack, and provides a consolidated abstraction against which composite applications may be built within the Cloud. Essentially the…

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Citrix/Novell Partnership SLES and PlateSpin

February 22, 2010
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In a slightly strange "didn't they already have Xen in the kernel" kind of way, Novell has certified Suse Linux Enterprise Server as a "perfect guest" running on Citrix XenServer, allowing joint support of the combined solution. The deal is asymmetric (it wouldn't really make sense to run XenServer on SLES) but it reflects an…

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SMBs – Desktops in the Cloud, or Symantec Endpoint Virtualization?

February 2, 2010
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Whilst new SMBs may be dabbling with online application suites, the bulk of the established SMB workload, however, is done in desktop applications, typically Microsoft Office, running in various flavours of Windows with a Windows Server. This is definitely not in the cloud, and there are lots of very good reasons why it won’t be,…

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Red Hat’s Spice and VMware View’s PCoiP – aligned against Microsoft

January 27, 2010
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Red Hat’s emerging VDI offering is based on its acquisition of Qumranet in 2008, more specifically a technology known as Spice which is designed to replace RDP and ICA as the protocol between the server and the client. Spice was made Open Source at the end of 2009.

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