Creating Amazon EC2 Machine Instances (AMIs) for Test Servers

Recently, I had to add some features to one of my servers running on Amazon EC2.  Not surprisingly, I was afraid I might break something that was already deployed.  So, I needed a test server. A test server should, ideally, be exactly like the production server being tested — same hardware, same version of the operating […]
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Oracle Cloud Computing Solutions

Not so long ago Larry Ellison referred to Cloud Computing as a “computer attached to a network”. I was thus interested to hear two recent announcements from Oracle related to Cloud Computing. The first announcement was the certification of a wide variety of Oracle applications for running on Amazon EC2. Applications such as Oracle E-Business […]
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Requirements are Considered Traceable If…

I use a simple checklist to implement traceability on my projects.  I think it is important that all stakeholders understand what is needed on a project from a traceability perspective.  Traceability begins in earnest with the requirements development activities on your projects. I believe project requirements are traceable if: The source of the requirement is documented. Common […]
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Using C++ in an Azure Worker Role for a Compute Intensive Task

Recently a situation came up with an application I was working on. My client had implemented a proprietary algorithm in a legacy desktop application. This algorithm is very compute intensive. It happened that it was an actuarial calculation, but the specifics don’t really matter. The computation was written in highly optimized C code. In thinking […]
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Amazon Dispels Cloud Computing Myths

The Learning Tree Cloud Computing training course has a section that considers cloud computing myths. My experience of teaching the class and the wide variety of misconceptions I encountered led me to write a white paper on these Cloud Computing myths. On this theme I was interested to hear Adam Selipsky, vice president of Amazon […]
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