What’s With All The Linux, I Thought We Were Talking About The Cloud

As Larry Ellison has famously observed, people use “cloud computing” to mean everything, and therefore nothing. In with the buzzwords, out with the meaning. Take anything that involves two computers and a network connection, and someone is going to call it cloud computing. Or if you are going to use virtualization: some people rationalize this […]
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Cloud Skills in Demand

According to a recent analysis by CyberCoders cloud computing talents will be the second most sought after IT skill in 2013. Interestingly the analysis specifically calls out AWS and Azure. That these two are included is not a surprise to those of us that have followed the evolution of cloud computing over the past few […]
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Data Analytics in the Cloud – Microsoft Azure SQL Reporting

First, let me say I have been looking forward to using this service for some time. As a long time user of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) I was eager to use this technology in some of my cloud computing projects. I was disappointed a few months ago, however, when I started down the path […]
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Are We Holding The Cloud to Unrealistic Standards?

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has released a report saying that if the telecommunications service providers — the “phone companies” in older terminology — had followed their own industry’s accepted best practices, then a large percentage of the 911 emergency service outages in last summer’s derecho should have been “avoidable”. That’s right, 911 emergency service […]
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Ch … Ch … Changes in the Cloud!

Wow! You take a few months break from teaching cloud computing and when you come back to it things are not the same. Most notably, there are several significant new features in Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Let’s first take a look at Azure. The Management Portal has completely changed. It now has a […]
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