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Posted by: Colby Dyess | April 23, 2014

In part 1 of our Cloud 101 series, we explained how cloud architectures work as we looked at some of the benefits of cloud computing. Essentially, the cloud enables rapid access to compute, networking and storage resources via an IP network, allowing organizations to improve IT workflows through high levels of self-service, elasticity and metering. Moreover, the on-demand nature of cloud solutions means that users can move past long provisioning times and cumbersome procurement processes....

Posted by: Colby Dyess | April 22, 2014

Last week we looked closely at hybrid and private cloud, as well as growing interest in open source cloud software among enterprises. Many organizations are keen to mix public and private cloud environments so as to strike a balance between the security and control of a data center and the elasticity of ecosystems such as Amazon Web Services.

While there are many options to consider when setting up cloud infrastructure, AWS has the lead, at least in public cloud. More than 80 percent...

Posted by: Colby Dyess | April 21, 2014

This blog posts kicks off a 3-part Cloud 101 series on what the cloud is, what advantages it provides and why organizations should use it. While this may be basic knowledge for many of our users, we thought it would be helpful to explain how we view cloud computing and how it impacts the way we build our private cloud software.

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is an increasingly fundamental part of IT. Starting with this entry, we will go in depth about what the cloud is,...

Posted by: Tim Zeller | April 17, 2014

Adoption of public cloud is undoubtedly taking off. A survey of 1,100 enterprises and SMBs, conducted by RightScale and released this month, discovered that almost 90 percent of respondents were using a public cloud platform in some capacity. Companies are investing in cloud services in order to speed up application development and testing and enable generally easy access to compute, storage and networking resources.

Amazon Web Services was the clear leader among public cloud...

Posted by: Colby Dyess | April 15, 2014

This week we will be rounding up news mostly about Eucalyptus, hybrid cloud, open source software and the ways in which economical, scalable and high-performing cloud computing solutions enable efficient business operations. Organizations are continually looking for ways to pair remotely hosted resources with on-premises infrastructure so that they can minimize the cost of each workload while still having the public cloud as a spillover option.

An AWS hybrid cloud via Eucalyptus lets...

Posted by: Vika Felmetsger | April 10, 2014
One of the most scariest bugs (CVE-2014-0160) has been recently discovered in the OpenSSL cryptographic library. From heartbleed.com:
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications,...
Posted by: Tim Zeller | April 2, 2014

Organizations have more incentive than ever before to adopt an AWS hybrid cloud. Infrastructure-as-a-service prices are steadily falling even as the number and variety of associated public cloud services are growing.

Setting Up Small Footprints of AWS-compatible Private Cloud Infrastructure

Amazon Web Services continues to add features at breathtaking pace, and its increasing versatility and security make it the de facto choice for many organizations that need the public cloud....

Posted by: Garrett Holmstrom | April 2, 2014

When looking for a summary of a git repository’s history, the output of git log isn’t always as informative as one might like. It displays every commit in chronological order, which effectively hides the changes that merges bring in. It is also quite verbose, showing complete log messages, author info, commit hashes, and so on, drowning us with so much info that only a few commits will fit on the screen at once. After supplying the command with the right cocktail of options, though, its...

Posted by: Colby Dyess | April 1, 2014

There was plenty of cloud news last week, as the Amazon Web Services Summit got underway in San Francisco and added more fuel to public cloud providers' ongoing competition over features and pricing. With the cost of infrastructure plummeting (both AWS, Google and Microsoft recently announced major price cuts), industry executives and observers have debated whether the public cloud can eventually become inexpensive enough for organizations to run most workloads on it.

The aftermath...

Posted by: Garrett Holmstrom | March 31, 2014

To unlock a disk that is encrypted with OS X’s FileVault feature one needs to type in the password that belongs to any user on the machine who is allowed to unlock the disk. The system then boots and helpfully logs you in as that user. In general that is probably a convenient little feature, but for me it just makes things awkward — I want to use different passwords for unlocking the disk and logging into my user account. To make that work I have to create a second account dedicated to...

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