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Docker vs. VMs? Combining Both for Cloud Portability Nirvana

Docker and container technology in general is very interesting to us because it promises to help simplify cloud portability — that is, how to run the same application in different clouds — as well as some aspects of configuration management. We put Docker to the test to determine if containers do indeed make it easier to port applications across clouds.Read more

Automating Cloud Security

Posted by Tony Spataro   Ι   September 26, 2013 0 comments
For many enterprises, the move to cloud computing raises security concerns, but when applications and infrastructure are architected with attention to security, cloud platforms can be just as secure as those on-premises.Read more

Tips on Using the Cloud for Mobile, Social, and Games

"IaaS is the most appropriate infrastructure solution for social games, web-based games, mobile applications — any applications or products that can have a short lifespan — because you don't need to worry about the upfront infrastructure costs of hosting applications or back-end infrastructure. You're able to use what's appropriate for you at the time, iterate quickly, and if your game isn't a...Read more

Delivering IT As a Service

Peder Ulander, vice president of product marketing for cloud and open source solutions at Citrix, sees a trend among enterprise IT organizations to deliver not only infrastructure but also complete services on demand to make users more efficient and happier and IT more predictable and secure. Citrix created CloudStack , an open source IaaS platform that RightScale supports . In a session at last...Read more

RightScale Compute 2013: Day Two

The first day of the RightScale Compute 2013 conference was packed with information, but one day wasn’t enough time for us to share all the information we brought about cloud strategies and futures. Two days wasn’t enough either, but that’s all we booked the conference center for. Here’s a rundown of Friday’s agenda for Day Two .Read more

Overcoming Cloudbursting Challenges

Posted by Stephen Bylo   Ι   March 07, 2013 1 comment
One of the key benefits of cloud computing is that it gives you the ability to launch resources as needed to meet application demands. Some organizations that run their own private clouds are interested in leveraging cloudbursting, traditionally defined as an architecture where application workloads run fully in a private cloud until they grow beyond some threshold, after which the application...Read more

AWS Outage Lessons Learned: If Netflix Can Suffer, So Can You

Posted by Brian Adler   Ι   January 04, 2013 11 comments
On Christmas Eve and continuing into Christmas Day, AWS had a “Service Event” centered on the ELB (Elastic Load Balancing) service in the US-East region. Although only a small percentage of ELBs were functionally disabled and unable to route traffic to their backend servers, all ELBs in the region experienced a time interval in which they could not scale, nor could changes be made to their...Read more

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