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Windows Azure VMs with RightScale for Rapid Testing & Validation

With Microsoft's announcement today of the general availability of its IaaS solutions, it's only appropriate that we press on and get technical with how to use Windows Azure within your dev/test workflow. In my article on how to Integrate Windows Azure IaaS with RightScale to Improve Your SDLC , I talked about strategy for DevOps shops for improving development and test cycles, shared some...Read more

RightScale Compute: PCI-Compliant Apps in the Public Cloud

PCI compliance in the public cloud is a growing topic of concern and interest. Some people claim one can be a PCI-compliant merchant using a public IaaS cloud, while others say that's impossible. I am a former Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and have participated in multiple PCI working groups, and I'm firmly in the former camp. PCI compliance in the cloud is possible, but the hardest part is...Read more

Integrate Windows Azure IaaS with RightScale to Improve Your SDLC

Whether you have a formalized process that's tailored to your business, or you've chosen one of the Microsoft-provided ALM models within Team Foundation Server , or your process is seemingly ad hoc, it’s worth re-examining your software development lifecycle (SDLC) every once in a while. Integrating Windows Azure IaaS into your development and test process can help you deliver on-time and high-...Read more

Lessons Learned from Recent Cloud Outages

Outages happen, and they happen everywhere. Whether you leverage a public cloud, a hosting provider, or your own data center, infrastructure downtime is inevitable. Equipment breaks or does not function as expected, software bugs slip by, natural disasters occur, and unforeseen situations lead to unexpected consequences. Sometimes services are degraded and sometimes complete data centers go dark...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: Database Tier

This week brings me to the fourth and final post in my series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , where previously I’ve discussed techniques for hardening your application infrastructure at the load balancing, web/application, and caching tiers. In today’s post I will delve into the details of the most common bottleneck of a typical application – the database tier. The diagram...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: The Caching Tier

Last week I discussed the application tier and the implementation considerations that come into play with regard to promoting the availability and resiliency of that tier of your architecture. Here, in the third article in my series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , I will cover a part of the architecture that is often forgotten when implementing an application – the caching...Read more

DNS Load Balancing and Using Multiple Load Balancers in the Cloud

Load balancing in general is a complicated process, but there's some secret sauce in managing DNS along with multiple load balancers in the cloud. It requires that you draw from a few different sets of networking and “cloudy” concepts. In this second article in my best practices series (my first post covered how to use credentials within RightScale for storing sensitive or frequently used values...Read more

The Most Important IT Metric: Quality of Experience

Today’s guest post comes from Ephraim Baron, an IT operations expert at Equinix, a global platform of high-performance data centers housing many of the world’s largest public clouds and a RightScale partner. Application performance and end-user quality of experience (QoE) are critical to IT success. The primary goal of information technology is to make users – and, by extension, enterprises –...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud: Application Tier

This week’s post is the second in a series on Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud , which summarizes some of the typical discussions I have with RightScale customers as they bring their new (or existing) applications into the cloud. Last week I discussed the issues to consider when implementing a robust, resilient, and highly available load balancing tier . This week, I will drop one...Read more

Architecting Scalable Applications in the Cloud

As an architect in the Professional Services group, I get the opportunity to talk to a lot of RightScale customers . And I enjoy it very much since I get to learn about all their cool new ideas and the technologies and applications they are bringing to the cloud. Over the course of the last several years and hundreds of customer conversations, a few common threads of discussion always come up...Read more


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