The Patriot Act and the Cloud

A year ago, Microsoft’s U.K. managing director surprised many people by publicly admitting that Microsoft will hand over data stored in any of its worldwide facilities when asked to do so by the U.S. government. In fact, the cloud customers and their data subjects would not even be informed if there was a gag order […]
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Serving Images from Amazon S3

One issue that’s been nagging me as I refactor www.cocktailsrus.com from a RAD site focused on jQuery Mobile to a properly architected site that just happens to use jQuery Mobile is the way I’ve been storing images on the file system. The file system approach is quick and easy and doesn’t clog the database with […]
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Amazon S3 Storage: A Flexible Cloud Storage Solution

Amazon S3 storage is one of the AWS services that has been around the longest and is one of the most widely used. For those unfamiliar with S3, it enables individual data items, ranging in size from one byte to five terabytes to be stored in scalable storage. There is no limit to the number […]
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Get a New File Server in 15 Minutes

Last week, a customer sent me an email that included the following. “The file server is full and slowing everyone down, and I’m tired of having to clean files off of it. Maybe we should get a new one.” So, I went to Dell’s Web site and found the cheapest file server they had. It […]
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Amazon S3 Durability

When adopting cloud computing services, reliability availability and durability are key concerns. It is important to determine what level the cloud provider is offering for the above parameters. Lets take Amazon S3 as an example. S3 is described by Amazon as a highly durable storage infrastructure designed for mission critical and primary data storage. Amazon […]
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