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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Cloud Applications are 3-5 years Out: Underlying Layers are Evolving

May 12, 2011
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These announcements and ideas paint a better direction for cloud development and creation than there existed even one week ago. These announcements also concentrate on the data, not the computer engine(s) within the cloud. It has alwys been about the data.

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Quest Buys RemoteScan

May 11, 2011
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Now I have to admit I have always had a bit of a soft spot for RemoteScan, it is one of those venerable SBC add-ons that always made a Citrix deployment easier especially in the Legal market space. That said, I was under the impression that they had disappeared as their marketing machine had been…

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Intel goes for 3D Transistors – Extends Moore’s Law Yet Again

May 10, 2011
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Intel has announced that it will start shipping chips based upon 3D transistors in 2012 - and using this design across its product line. This extends the benefits of the continuation of Moore's law across computing platforms ranging from servers to smart phones.

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VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift – Compare and Contrast

May 9, 2011
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VMware’s CloudFoundry and Red Hat’s OpenShift – Compare and Contrast

Over the last few weeks, VMware (as we indicated in an earlier post) and Red Hat have initiated two very similar initiatives known respectively as CloudFoundry and OpenShift. These are Platform as a Service (PaaS) plays, being developed for the longer term, primarily looking to encourage the development of (and thereafter to provide infrastructure for)…

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Security of Performance and Management tools within the Virtual Environment

May 6, 2011
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Security of Performance and Management tools within the Virtual Environment

The problem is that not everything is as black and white as security folks desire. If we implement performance and other management tools, we often need to expose part of our all important virtualization management network to others. But how do we do this safely, securely, with minimal impact to usability? Why do we need…

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