What’s new in the world of Big Data and Cloud

Three things you need to know from the week of September 7 – 13, 2014 Apache Cassandra –  Cassandra continues to gather momentum as a preferred noSQL database, both in terms of commercial backing and performance. Apache Cassandra v2.1, was announced at September 11 at the Cassandra Summit. The most important change is a significant improvement in […]
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Learning Tree’s Expert Cloud Instructor Kevin Jackson Announces Multiple Speaking Engagements

Kevin Jackson, a certified Learning Tree cloud computing instructor and Learning Tree Cloud Computing Curriculum Initiative Manager, is set to speak at two exciting cloud computing conferences in June. On June 16, 2014, Mr. Jackson will be speaking at the inaugural “Cloud for Vets Training Class at Veterans 360 in San Diego, CA, and on […]
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Smart Phone and Tablet Problems Can Let Your Cloud Data Slip Out the Back Door

When you put your data “out in the cloud”, you will want to get it back eventually. Maybe even interact with it frequently. You lost direct control and even the visibility of the control of your data when you moved it to the cloud. Just how much you lose depends on the cloud service model, […]
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EC2 Security Revisited

A couple of weeks ago I was teaching Learning Tree’s Amazon Web Services course at our lovely Chicago area Education Center in Schaumburg, IL. In that class we provision a lot of AWS resources including several machine instances on EC2 for each attendee. Usually everything goes pretty smoothly. That week, however, we received an email […]
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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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