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In March I had the honor and privilege to serve as .NET Track Chair for SYS-CON Events' Web Services Edge East Conference & Expo in Boston. It is no exaggeration to say that it was simply the best conference I have attended in several years. The technical content was meaty, the opinions were strong, and the discussions were open - who could ask for anything more? Of particular joy to me was the warm reception with which my long-anticipated "CLI Day" was received by the conference audiences. Miguel de Icaza, CTO of Ximian and founder of the Mono Project to port .NET to Linux, kicked things off with a truly brilliant keynote on the afternoon of March 18. On March 19 we had a day's worth of sessions in the .NET track that focused exclusively on CLI implementations other than Microsoft's CLR. Yahya Mirza, Brian Jepson, and Brad McCabe all did incredible jobs presenting t... (more)

Running a production site on the Amazon EC2 / SDB / S3 services stack

Over the past few months or so I’ve been working on rewriting my web application engine to go from running on a virtual dedicated server at a hosting company to running an instance on Amazon EC2 instance. Additionally, I decided to take a risk on Amazon SDB and despite its many flaws, eschew MySQL completely and utterly. One thing I like a lot about Amazon’s service stack is that it forces you to think about scalability problems right up front. If you design with MySQL on a VPS, it’s easy to get into using a lot of the features that don’t scale – so you make a mess for yourself down the road. There were several challenges to running a site completely on Amazon’s stack: Amazon has a large distance between their small nodes and the next size up node. – The small nodes are pretty weak by themselves, you wouldn’t want to base a website on a single node by itself. This ... (more)

rPath Founder & CSO Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

Billy Marshall's Open Source Blog The problem with the notion of “Windows for EC2” is that it perpetuates the broken, legacy model of tying your application to the infrastructure upon which it runs. In the legacy model, applications became artificially tied to the physical server upon which they ran, and server utilization was low because it is very difficult to run multiple applications on a single instance of a general purpose operating system. The reason it is difficult to run multiple applications on a single instance of a general purpose operating system is because each application has unique needs which conflict or compete with the unique needs of other applications. Virtualization technology, such as that provided by VMware or Citrix with XenServer, breaks the bond of the application to a physical server by placing a layer of software, called a hypervisor, on t... (more)

Amazon, Google, Microsoft - Big Three Cloud Providers Examined

Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts. I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understanding the delivered product. Amazon Let me start by giving a hat tip to the AMZN guys. Their web services platform (AWS) has really been at the tip of the spear for cloud computing. or the sake of this discussion, when I use the term “cloud computing,” I am talking about the developer platf... (more)

What Does Microsoft Consider Cloud Computing To Be?

Richard Seroter's Blog Yesterday I was hanging out at the Microsoft office in Los Angeles for an “Architecture Council” meeting on the new Cloud Computing platform. You can find the slide materials on the Strategic Architecture Council blog. Overall, a worthwhile session that you should attend if you get the chance in your city. My favorite local evangelists were there, including presentations from Woody Pewitt, Kevin Boyle and the delightful David Chou. We discussed what Microsoft considers cloud computing, the trade-offs between “on-premises” and cloud apps (e.g. on-premises apps have more control, customizations vs. cloud apps that are cheaper but sacrifice control and customization). lso liked the point that we shouldn’t see cloud apps as simply current in-house apps that we shove to the cloud (ala people throwing SOAP interfaces on existing APIs and claiming to ... (more)

Is Microsoft Starting a Cloud Computing Price War?

Earlier today Microsoft unveiled it's pricing model for its forthcoming Windows Azure cloud services platform. What's interesting about the pricing model is that they seem to be taking direct aim at Amazon Web Services. To recap, Amazon charges 12.5 cents per hour for a basic Windows Server instance in contrast Microsoft's stated that their price will be 12 cents.They noted that the service will remain free until November. I should also point out that it still isn't clear if comparing Windows Azure to Amazon's Windows EC2 is a fair comparison given the rather drastic differences in functionality. Microsoft calls Windows Azure a "cloud services operating system" that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Platform. They've also said they will offer a private data center version of Azure that will be capable of being ... (more)

20:20 Consulting chooses MindGenius

- Change management consultancy uses mind mapping software to improve effectiveness - London – 29 September 2009, MindGenius, the leading mind mapping software developer today announced that 20:20 Consulting has bought its software to develop strategic business plans, gain clarity into high volumes of complex information and advise customers on how to implement change effectively. Mind mapping software takes information from a variety of sources and organises it into a map, providing a logical overview of any given situation and allowing easy navigation from one subject (or document) to another. 20:20 Consulting enables change by providing organisations with a clear path to achieve their objectives. 20:20 uses MindGenius to create plans for future development, including goal setting (vision statements), clarifying future purpose (mission statements) and strategic pla... (more)

Advertising SnM Award 2009

Vizitag has been a user, supporter and promoter of Microsoft Tags since they were available in early 2009. However, in the last 9 months Microsoft has done very little to promote the technology themselves. So I was quite jazzed to see that Microsoft had launched 3 videos to promote their tag technology: Production quality videos full of cool images, creamy tag lines and culminating in a new Stewart [email protected] ... (more)

Microsoft to Support Open Source CloudStack

Microsoft says it's going to help open source cloud orchestration software start-up Cloud.com integrate and support its Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V in the OpenStack project, the Rackspace/NASA-started open source cloud platform. Microsoft muttered something about obliging organizations and service providers running a mix of Microsoft and non-Microsoft infrastructure with more flexibility when using OpenStack. It pointed out that Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V can run multiple different operating systems (like Linux) in parallel. Cloud.com CEO Sheng Liang said that as the cloud catches on "there is an increased demand from customers for support of their existing technologies, such as Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V." Cloud.com became one of founding members of OpenStack when it kicked off in July right after Cloud.com came out of stealth mode. The move gives the... (more)

Itransition Extends Its SharePoint Development Division

Austin, TX, December 20, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Following the growing market demand for content management, portal and collaboration solutions Itransition Software Development Company announces the extension of its Microsoft SharePoint Development Division. The Itransition SharePoint Division offers a complete suite of services ranging from consulting and business analysis to SharePoint custom development and post-implementation maintenance and support. In addition to “traditional” SharePoint services Itransition now provides a professional upgrade/migration to SharePoint 2010 for companies that aim to minimize migration risks and take benefits of new enhanced features of this excellent framework. The success of SharePoint-based solutions developed by Itransition is determined by a 5-year SharePoint technology expertise and holistic approach to the developmen... (more)

Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: A report from Egypt

Here is an email Nagla Rizk sent to the Berkman mailing list. I’m posting it with her permission. When we stormed the streets last January, we chanted “Aish, Horreya, Adala Egtema’eya” (“Bread, Freedom, Social Justice”). We knew exactly what we wanted: a better livelihood for all. At the time, Egypt was experiencing high rates of economic “growth”, a superficial sign of positive economic performance that did not trickle down to the masses. Part corruption part inaction, a 4-5% (or even the earlier 7%) growth rate was by itself meaningless as it did nothing to alleviate poverty or ease the merciless income inequality. Equally serious was the iron grip on freedom of expression. In a typical Arab regime manner, Egypt focused on encouraging economic freedoms in the strictest neoclassical sense, while simultaneously continuing to harshly stifle political freedoms. Not ... (more)

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DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed by some of the world's largest financial institutions. The company develops and applies innovative machine-learning technologies to big data to predict financial, economic, and world events. The team is a group of passionate technologists, mathematicians, data scientists and programmers in Silicon Valley with over 100 patents to their names. Big Data Federation was incorporated in 2015 and is ...