Microsoft Windows Azure Makes Some Big Jumps Forward With FedRAMP and Barracuda

Microsoft’s Windows Azure product line first appeared in 2008. When I first learned about it, I concluded that it was a nice complement to Amazon Web Services and an alternative or competitor to Google’s cloud services. Windows Azure let you develop and run your applications in a PaaS space, analogous to Google App Engine but […]
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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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What Is “The Cloud” And How Can It Be Secure?

What is “The Cloud”? That depends on who you ask, and some of the answers are downright silly. A recent Microsoft ad campaign featured a woman frustrated with her attempts to take a family picture with everyone cooperating simultaneously. “To the cloud!” was her solution. “Photoshop-as-a-Service”, perhaps? Apparently, “The Cloud” means “Software”. Then I wandered […]
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The Cloud is Alive!

As I teach Learning Tree’s introductory course in Cloud Computing Technologies this week in Rockville, Maryland, I am once again reminded that things in the cloud can and do change often and quickly. Google Apps may change slightly. Google App Engine may change the way quotas are defined. Microsoft Office 365 may change the screens […]
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PHP on ElasticBeanstalk

I have been using Amazon’s Elastic Beanstalk for deploying Java applications for some time now. I find it is a perfect solution as it is simple to use and takes care of load balancing, server instance management and all the low level maintenance that is necessary but tedious to perform when running scalable, high availability […]
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