Saturday, January 22, 2011
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) are often described as competing paradigms for the future of the cloud. A commonly heard view is "PaaS is the future of cloud services and IaaS will slowly go into the background". Here is a contrary view. First lets name some vendors: Microsoft's Azure is seen as a. NET PaaS, and Google's App Engine is seen as a Python&Java PaaS; while Amazon's AWS and Rackspace's Cloud are seen as IaaS plays.
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Friday, January 21, 2011
Last week, EFF joined a coalition of public interest and media groups in filing an amicus brief (pdf) urging a California Court of Appeal to uphold the public's right to access electronic files created and stored by local governments. The case, Sierra Club v. Superior Court, focuses on the public's right to access geographic information system (GIS) basemaps created by local governments in California.
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Increasingly powerful Mobile phones are making Internet access and use more convenient than ever. However, the security of mobile operating systems is not as mature or as strong as that of workstation and server operating systems. Platforms like Windows and Ubuntu receive security scrutiny, and regular and frequent updates to resolve security problems. The open source/free software communities and Microsoft are more or less open about security problems and fixes.
Last week's post about the increasingly draconian and desperate measures the Tunisian Government was taking to censor bloggers, journalists, and activists online was rapidly made irrelevant by subsequent events. Over the next few days, Tunisian dictator El Abidine Ben Ali promised not to run for re-election in 2014, then offered widespread reforms, including freedom of expression on the Internet, and finally stepped down from power and fled the country.
A few days ago, I announced a tool that I assembled last weekend, called luwak_mr. That tool extends Riak's map/reduce functionality to "Luwak" files. But what does that mean? What can it do? Luwak is a tree-based block-storage library for Riak. Basically, you feed Luwak a large binary, and it splits the binary into chunks, and creates a tree representing how those chunks fit together.
Every Thursday evening PT we'll be reviewing Internet of Things developments from the past week. Internet of Things is a term for when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. It's becoming an increasingly relevant trend for the Web and media, so we want to keep you updated with the latest news. Tune in every Thursday evening for our updates. This week we discuss the impending Internet address apocalypse, RFID's sweet spot, why the U. S.
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The Worldwide Web Consortium has unveiled its HTML5 logo. And much like Apple, Google, and Microsoft before it, the organization that oversees HTML5 has confused it with all sorts of other web standards.
TweetA few days ago Mark Zuckerberg was offered another podium at San Fransisco's Crunchies, where he dared to state that privacy was no longer a social norm: "People have really gotten comfortable not only sharing more information and different kinds, but more openly and with more people," he said. "That social norm is just something that has evolved over time. " Be that as it may, it is the people's choice to do so if they wish to do so.
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Contemporary websites are a whole lot different than they used to be a few years back. Modern websites predominantly deal with heaps of media content. Besides, with the advent of compulsory integrated features such as built in ads, flash and rich multimedia content means designing a website can be a fairly tricky job even for a seasoned web developer.
Today, exactly 217 days after the first Internet Explorer 9 announcement, Microsoft has released the third Developer Preview of the latest version of their browser. One of the most awaited and unannounced features this preview brings is the addition of the HTML5 Canvas Element. Defined in section 4. 8. 11 of the HTML5 specification, already implemented in all other major browsers, and now upcoming for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9: 2D Canvas is a go!
The HTML5 web standard is maturing swiftly, thanks to the backing by technology giants such as Google and Apple. The standard will now be recognized by a new logo that is officially released by the World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The keystroke shaped HTML5 badge is supposed to start a new era of web standard branding. The logo's official page defines the new badge, "It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write.
In the first post in Radar's new "visualization deconstructed" series, I talked about how Data visualization originated from cartography (which some now just call "mapping"). Cartography initially focused on mapping physical spaces, but at the end of the 20th century we created and discovered new spaces that were made possible by the Internet.
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Computational knowledge engineWolfram Alpha has just become more accessible from a variety of applications. Wolfram Alpha has thrown open access to its API to all developers with version 2. 0 of its Wolfram Alpha API, allowing you to integrate its results into a variety of sources of web, desktop, enterprise and Mobile applications.
Unlike many of the existing Platforms, in this second-generation phase, its not going to be enough to package and bundle different individual middleware services and products (Web Containers, Messaging, Data, Monitoring, Automation and Control, Provisioning) and brand them under the same name to make them look as one. (Fusion? Fabric? A rose is a rose by any other name - and in this case, it's not a rose.
Tweet OpenERP, the Open Source ERP and business applications provider since 2005, today announced the new version of their offering giving customers choice between on-premise and SaaS options. The new version OpenERP v6, a major upgrade from the previous version that makes implementation and use of a comprehensive set of business applications (CRM, Purchase Management, Manufacturing, Warehouse Management, Project Management, Accounting, Human Resources) much easier and affordable.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
A few weeks ago, we mentioned a rather unusual technological endeavor to create an online currency. We received a few queries about this subject, so decided to provide a more thorough description of what digital currency is, how this system works, why it's appealing and how it might fall short of user expectations.
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The new rules prohibit phone and cable companies from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services that travel over their networks. In its court filing, Verizon argues that the FCC overstepped its authority in adopting the regulations. » E-Mail This » Add to Del. icio.
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This month, we were reminded how important it is that Social Media companies do what they can to protect the sensitive Data they hold from the prying eyes of the Government. As many news outlets have reported, the US Department of Justice recently obtained a court order for records from Twitter on several of its users related to the WikiLeaks disclosures.
At EFF, we like to give credit where it is due. Over the past few years, we've repeatedly called out the Burning Man Organization (BMO) for using online ticket terms to require participants to assign to BMO, in advance, the copyrights to any pictures they took on the playa. The assignment was designed to allow BMO to send takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) if it discovers photos online that it finds objectionable.
Much of 2010's fourth-quarter action in NewNet technologies (i. e. , Social Media, real-time feeds) centered on consumer markets and applications. And as I detail over at GigaOm Pro, those actions sparked a number of noteworthy developments in the space surrounding communications, platforms and privacy issues. Just as in the third quarter, Facebook dominated the news.
DNS speed and reliability made the news last year when Google introduced their own open DNS system that every Internet user could make use of. The topic has lost much of its forward momentum since then and has taken the backseat once again. DNS in layman terms is used to "look-up" IP addresses of domain names. Ghacks. net for instance resolves to 96. 30. 22. 116.
Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge. Over the last few years, we have watched and supported the growth of Social Actions, including partnering for the Change the Web Challenge in 2009 - a Partner Challenge designed to tap into the NetSquared Community to find innovative ways of using the Social Actions API and data stream.
We've been working on a brand new API for Pingdom and would now like to work together with a selection of beta testers to make sure it's the best it can be before we release it into the wild. This new API is part of a wave of backend development we're doing here at Pingdom that will be the basis for taking our uptime monitoring service to new heights.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk will make it even easier for you to create, deploy, and operate web applications at any scale. You simply upload your code and we'll take care of the rest. We'll create and configure all of the AWS resources (Amazon EC2 instances, an Elastic Load Balancer, and an Auto Scaling Group) needed to run your application. Your application will be up and running on AWS within minutes.
Christopher Brown knows about big infrastructure and scalability. Brown was Architect, and Lead Developer for Amazon. com's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and then served as Director of Engineering at Microsoft for the Edge Computing Network within Global Foundation Services. Brown is now VP of Engineering for Opscode, which helps infrastructure companies develop fully automated servers. In this video from the O'Reilly Web 2.
Last week I showed you how you could style selected text with CSS. I've searched for more interesting CSS style properties and found another: INPUT placeholder styling. Let me show you how to style placeholder text within INPUT elements with some unique CSS code.
THE WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM (W3C) has given HTML5 its very own logo, and quite a nice little logo it is, too. Perhaps, given that HTML5 is supposed to ignite the online media experience, you would have expected the logo to leap out of your screen, grab you by the eyes and take you on a rollercoasting, flash-bang walloping tour of the web's graphical capabilities.
We live in a world of APIs, data formats and web applications. Integrating all of these services is one of the foremost challenges facing organizations as we move into the next stage of cloud adoption. If you have a product offering that addresses the challenge of web application integration in a unique way, you have a great chance to showcase it at Gluecon 2011 for free.
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Why firms should think twice before storing sensitive Data down south Canadian companies are being done a great disservice by the lack of available public Cloud Computing providers operating in Canada.
Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) is a service allowing you to rent servers in Amazon datacenters by the hour. Using EC2 for your desktop makes sense if you need a powerful machine with a great Internet connection, colocated with your production servers.
SaaS and cloud spending set to reach Â£8.13 billion by 2014, study says - Managed Hosting News from Hostway
Spending on managed hosting and Cloud Computing is expected to reach $13 billion (£8. 13 billion) by 2014 as more firms look for long-term cost benefits, according to a new report.
SmartDataCenter 6 Equips Service Providers and Enterprises to Launch and Manage their Own Clouds San Francisco, CA — January 19, 2011 — Joyent, the leading global provider of Cloud Computing solutions and technologies, today announced SmartDataCenter 6, the newest version of its Cloud Operating System, an integrated suite of software and services designed for Service Providers and Enterprises to launch and operate public, private and hybrid clouds.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
With multicore processors moving into the Mobile mainstream, there will be a rising need for clever compilers and programming languages to split the tasks most efficiently and ensure slick offload of tasks to graphics and video processors. This is the focus of the Khronos Group standards effort, with its OpenCL system for platform-neutral parallel programming. Its mobile profile is high because of the support of Google for Android and Nokia for all three of its OSs.
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John Savageau, January 3, 2011 This blog was reposted from "John Savageau's Technology Innovation Topics" website. 2010 was a great year for Cloud Computing. The hype phase of cloud computing is closing in on maturity, as the message has finally hit awareness of nearly all in the Cxx tier. And for good reason. The diffusion of IT-everything into nearly every aspect of our lives needs a lot of compute, storage, and network horsepower.
Verizon Business rapidly expanded its cloud capabilities last year, and plans to do the same in 2011.
For the past two years we've been keeping an eye on real-time search engine Collecta, watching as it's inked some big deals, widgetized its real-time feeds and raised some funding. Today, however, it looks like the company has decided to change directions. Collecta announced to developers today that "Collecta is changing over the coming months" and that the API will be unavailable as of February 11.
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Cloud Computing technology greatly improves the ability of companies to return to regular functionality after IT downtime, according to a recent study.
Co-authored by Corynne McSherry and Marcia Hofmann For years, EFF has been warning that the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be used to chill speech, particularly security research, because legitimate researchers will be afraid to publish their results lest they be accused of circumventing a technological protection measure.
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Fuzzy Boundaries: The Potential Impact of Vague Secondary Liability Doctrines on Technology Innovation
Last year, Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski and Josh Goldfoot from the DoJ's Criminal Division directly confronted some of EFF's concerns about overreaching theories of secondary copyright infringement. Playing on EFF founder John Perry Barlow's seminal essay, Judge Kozinski and Mr.
Over 50 of the Cloudstock 2010 sessions were recorded, and are now available for your viewing pleasure. If you missed a session, or if you weren't able to come to Cloudstock, here is your chance to enjoy the event online. Whether you're interested in leveraging cloud offerings from particular vendors, or how to construct APIs, or the particulars of scaling applications or using geo – it's all there. take your pick! http://www. cloudstockevent.
The O'Reilly Strata Conference on making Data work is almost upon us. There's one final opportunity to be a part of this epoch-defining event: the Startup Showcase. We're seeking startups that want to pitch the attendees — a broad selection of leaders from the business and investment community, as well as elite developers and savvy data-heads.
As storing Data in the cloud becomes increasingly more normal users will increasingly find themselves in the position of needing to access different types of data regularly. To this end we are starting to see a new breed of applications and services which themselves provide a service that interacts with data stored on the cloud. The challenge is that services that sell their products or service based on data access are in the position of having to choose which data services to support.
The spreadsheet application within Google Docs must be the most well known and most commonly used online spreadsheet. A bit like Google Search, the Google Docs spreadsheet dominates the online spreadsheet market. But also, a bit like Google Search, we occasionally we see companies coming along and trying out in an already dominated space.
Google Charts API is a nice, freely available tool for creating really good-looking graphs very painlessly. Don't be fooled by the "API" bit though, there is no need for advanced understanding of HTTP here - you generate most graphs just by adding parameters to a URL! In this post we'll take a look at a few different ways to generate charts.
Let's talk about the way that your design your application for use within AWS Elastic Beanstalk. As I have already mentioned, Elastic Beanstalk will handle the nitty-gritty day-to-day details associated with running and scaling your application. You get to focus on your application and on your customers instead of on the details of the infrastructure. You can use the development tools and development environment of your choice.
Referencing Jack's magic beanstalk that just kept growing and growing, Amazon Web Services launched its first platform-as-a-service today: Elastic Beanstalk. Initially, AWS will only support Java, but the company plans to add support for other languages and Application environments in the future. For example, Engine Yard is working with AWS to bring its Ruby on Rails stack to Elastic Beanstalk.
The default configuration settings for your AWS Elastic Beanstalk Application were chosen to work well under a wide variety of conditions. However, rest assured that you have the ability to view and to edit the settings as you'd like if and when you decide to "open the hood" (so to speak). You can do all of this from within the Elastic Beanstalk tab on the AWS Management Console. Here's an outline of the settings available for each Elastic Beanstalk application.
Amazon have finally annouced their Platform as a Service offering - Elastic Beanstalk so it looks like 2011 will finally be the year of PaaS. Strange name but it continues Amazon's focus on "Elastic" as their prime cloud benefit and makes deploying a scalable architecture "conceptually" a single press of the start button.
In this post I would like to introduce you to some of the principal concepts behind AWS Elastic Beanstalk. This information should be helpful to you as you read the remaining blog posts in this collection. Here are the terms that you need to know: An Application is a collection of Elastic Beanstalk application versions and environments that deliver some type of functionality to a customer—hosting a blog, running an online game, and the like.
Tweet As expected, Amazon has finally stepped into the PaaS world. I have long been arguing in this space that PaaS is the future of Cloud Services and many in the Clouderati and some pundits were waiting for Amazon to go up the stack to PaaS. Even in a recent post on Amazon's Android App Store strategy, I talked about Amazon's impending foray into PaaS.
You can create, test, debug, and deploy an AWS Elastic Beanstalk Application from within the comfort of the Eclipse IDE. The newest version of the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse includes a brand-new plug-in that lets you deploy Java web applications to Elastic Beanstalk from within Eclipse. This toolkit includes the AWS SDK for Java along with tools to manage EC2, SimpleDB, and Elastic Beanstalk.
Let's talk about the way that your design your Application for use within AWS Elastic Beanstalk. As I have already mentioned, Elastic Beanstalk will handle the nitty-gritty day-to-day details associated with running and scaling your application. You get to focus on your application and on your customers instead of on the details of the infrastructure. You can use the development tools and development environment of your choice.
Tweet Internap, Atlanta based high performance IT infrastructure provider, today announced the launch of their public Cloud Storage called Internap XIPCloud Storage. It is right now in beta and it is expected to be publicly available shortly. With this announcement, Internap expands the IT services portfolio they offer to organizations of all sizes, small businesses to multi-nationals.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The concept of Linked Data has largely been the domain of academics and geeks. But this is a new time and space for the Web and the possible uses of Linked Data are becoming more widely recognized. To illustrate the concept of Linked Data, Richard Cyganiak and Anja Jentzsch created the Linked Data Diagram of the Cloud. This image is widely used but it shows how much data has been added to the Internet in the past few years.
So, MongoDB presented us with two problems: When sharding it, we can't even use the basic security that it supports. The basic security that it offers is not reasonable for allowing external servers to connect to MongoDB. Let's just review: you have this sharding setup: on top of that add some Nginx switch from using a binary protocol to HTTP Doesn't sound easy or out of the box anymore.
Picture by Victoria (Mouse World) I've been working on a guide to data APIs, and making decisions about what to include has forced me to think about exactly what I look for. If you're going to build an API that's useful to a wide range of people, and will add value to the whole data ecosystem, here's what you need. Free, or self-service signup.
Predictive analytics is a subject we're keeping an eye on this year. Today we're taking a look at some of the ways predictive analytics are being used by businesses: to predict customer attrition rates, monitor IT systems and issue alerts when appropriate, optimize prices for auctions and prepare for GMAT tests. Sponsor Customer Attrition Rates Last year Theresa Doyon wrote about how survival analysis could be used to predict customer attrition rates.
If any of parameter/value used in string concatenation is found NULL, whole result becomes NULL. Here are three methods used to overcome this problem.
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Rogue: Rogue is a type-safe internal Scala DSL for constructing and executing find and modify commands against MongoDB in the Lift web framework. It is fully expressive with respect to the basic options provided by MongoDB's native query language, but in a type-safe manner, building on the record types specified in your Lift models Open sourced by Foursquare.
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CityGrid Media, the company behind local mainstay CitySearch, has announced a new version of the CitySearch CityGrid API. The service offers developers new access to content, as well as new ways to monetize whatever integrations they might build. The new API provides features now synonymous with local services, such as business listings and coupons. And CityGrid is sharing revenues with developers. The new version of its developer APIs falls in line with the company's evolution.
Today I am going to explain usage of key/value tables in database design. This has nothing to do with NoSQL initiative or Databases. Just an interesting approach to database design with its pros and cons which I will explain through nice example.
Earlier this week I spent some time on the phone with Eric Fontaine of HeyWatch. Eric gave me some background information on their video encoding and sharing platform and I thought I would share it with you. HeyWatch has been making use of AWS since 2006 and I am a bit embarrassed that it has taken me this long to find the time to write about it. Anyway, they offer a professional level video encoding platform.
Tweet Image via CrunchBase Recently, IBM released a study that talked about how midmarket organizations view IT in 2011. As US and rest of the world emerge from one of the worst economic troubles they have ever encountered, organizations are opening up their wallets for spending. IBM tried to find out the purchasing patterns, business issues and technological challenges affecting the mid-sized organizations.
Anant Agarwal of Tilera (far left) at Structure 2010 Tilera, a chip design firm that hopes to build a 200-core processor for hugely parallel compute problems, has raised $45 million in funding from investors that include Artis Capital Management, WestSummit Capital Management and Comerica Bank. The company has raised a total of $109 million, and now counts strategic investors Cisco and Samsung among its backers.
Monday, January 17, 2011
The vast majority of hi-tech attacks described as acts of cyber war do not deserve the name, says a report. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development study is part of a series considering incidents that could cause global disruption. While pandemics and financial instability could cause problems, cyber attacks are unlikely to, it says.
This may be a dumb question, but between a http POST and GET, what are the differences from a security perspective? Is one inherently more secure then another? I realize that POST doesn't expose information on the URL but is there any real value in that or is it just security through obscurity?
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online today at an event in Redmond. This is the cloud-based version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, which will go head to head with other cloud-based CRM products from companies like Salesforce. com and Oracle. "Sales professionals are at the heart of almost every successful business," said Ballmer.
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked an Illinois judge to quash subpoenas issued in predatory lawsuits involving alleged illegal downloading of pornography. In an amicus brief filed Friday, EFF argued that the adult film companies were abusing the law in order to coerce settlement payments despite serious problems with the underlying claims.
Something I've missed from the what's new in Cassandra 0. 7: The other big new feature is large row support for up to two billion columns per row. In previous Cassandra releases, there was a limit where a single column value could not be larger than 2 GB. But number of columns vs size of columns Data is quite different… Original title and link: Cassandra 0.
A core feature of the real-time web is the continuously updating real-time streams of information. These streams are commonly generated by social networks and with the continued uptake of social networking the amount of information is only going to increase. This will continue to introduce opportunities for companies to create products and services that extract value from that vast amount of Data.
RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady tackles the question "What Factors Justify the Use of Apache Hadoop? " O'Grady cites two of the most common criticisms of Hadoop: 1) Most users don't actually need to analyze Big Data 2) MapReduce is more complex than SQL. O'Grady confirms these criticisms, but finds Hadoop useful anyway. O'Grady acknowledges that volume isn't the only factor in the complexity of a dataset. "Larger dataset sizes present unique computational challenges," writes Grady.
A core feature of the real-time web is the continuously updating real-time streams of information. These streams are commonly generated by social networks and with the continued uptake of social networking the amount of information is only going to increase. This will continue to introduce opportunities for companies to create products and services that extract value from that vast amount of data.
Of all the technologies in the Spring '11 release preview, one of the most eagerly awaited has been the Force. com REST API - a lightweight alternative to the existing SOAP Web Service interface that really opens up Force. com to any platform, any language and any device.
Yesterday I was developing a new feature on Mashape and I wanted to backup my local DB. So I wrote a small script to backup Data of a list of sb (variable $DB) in a folder db-20110115 and to have it replicated on another pc in my LAN (just in case.
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It seems like every website these days has social media integration. On some websites you can simply "Like" something and have it shared on Facebook, while on others they actively pull your information from Twitter to create accounts for you. In some cases, they will even allow you to post custom messages or ask for the authority to autonomously post information to social networks in your name.
Posted by Kin Lane at 12:04 AM
More and more major online players have demonstrated how effective Cloud Storage can be, most notably Google Docs and Amazon S3 services. Since then, cloud storage has gained a lot more attention. What was once just a fad in storage now. Good Ezines - http://www. goodezines.
There is a tug of war going on in your Mobile devices and your desktop OS - between the world of apps and that of cloud-based Web services. The applications, usually designed and optimized for your particular environment, serve as familiar tools for you, and improve your productivity, bring you news, enabling you to do new things or they may simply entertain you.
Sysadmins love infrastructure control, and I have to say that there was a time when root access gave me a high. It wasn't until I moved to web operations team (and gave up my root access) that I realized that I was more productive when I wasn't dealing with day to day hardware and OS issues.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – GigaOm, a leading business media company, today announced the launch of its inaugural Big Data 2011 conference, set to take place in New York City. Big Data is the only conference to focus on next-generation solutions to today's "big data" challenges, providing organizations with strategies to more efficiently gather, store, manage, and analyze vast volumes of information to attain better business outcomes.
This week we had 47 new APIs added to our API directory including a Twitter advertising service, url shortening service, Google Buzz search engine, web telephony service and a Frisbee finding service. We wrote about several of these new APIs on the blog, including Quora quickly released Alpha API, Google's URL Shortener and MapQuest's OpenStreetMap mapping platform.
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Twitter has to be a top three tool for professional bloggers. We use Twitter all day for our work. We use it for getting a pulse of breaking news, particular topics we find of interest and to let people know about our posts. We use it for a lot more than that, too, but that's a pretty fair overview. Twitter Lists are often a good source when following a particular topic. If nothing else, the conversation in the list can help with other searches.
New cloud provider NephoScale announced its presence among IaaS providers earlier this week, touting itself as "an advanced cloud service for serious programmers. " However, as I explain in my weekly update at GigaOm Pro (subscription required), I'm afraid its message might fall upon deaf ears, as there's little evidence the world is clamoring for another IaaS cloud.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Tweet One of the concerns cited by people who believe in traditional ways of computing is the issue of service availability in the public clouds. For reasons known only to psychiatrists, they associate availability to the presence of the software inside their organizational boundaries. If we talk to enterprise users who use email system hosted on-premise, we can hear horror stories of how their email was not available at some crucial juncture.
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Mobile phone companies are rolling out faster wireless Data networks with names like LTE, WiMax and HSPA+, marketing them all under the name "4G. " But are they really much faster than 3G? Engadget senior mobile editor Chris Ziegler talks about how the new networks measure up. » E-Mail This » Add to Del. icio.
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Consider the following: Relational database management ideas and systems, introduced in 1970 by E. F. Codd, have been with us for over 40 years. Michael Stonebraker, one of the pioneers of the RDBMS, says that "these legacy systems are at the end of their useful life" in "The End of a DBMS Era (Might be Upon Us)". The Wikipedia page for NoSQL lists over 50 non-relational Databases at the time of this writing.
Here's a look at some links to Cloud Computing news announcements for today: GoGrid Expands Hybrid Cloud to East Coast Data Center – loud infrastructure provider GoGrid has expanded its 2nd Generation Hybrid Cloud capabilities, so customers can now use any GoGrid data center to build secure, high-performance and scalable infrastructures to power applications based on a combination of dedicated and virtual servers.
Intel, a global leader in developing and manufacturing processor technology. For its chip designers to continue to innovate and the business to operate globally, the company needs to leverage a lot of compute power, supplied by its 100,000 servers running in 97 Data centers throughout the world. On this video, Intel Data Center Architect Brad Ellison, Intel Global Data Center Planning Manager Erika Edgerly and other Intel staff describe the company's data center strategy.
Verizon is considering a site near Laramie, Wyoming for a massive Data center project, the company told local media. The huge communications company has secured an option on 160 acres of land about a half a mile north of Laramie, according to Wyoming Public Radio. Meanwhile, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is asking Wyoming lawmakers to approve incentives to attract data center projects.
No matter what line of business you are in, it is all about Data, lots of data, data from every source possible. The data can be collected manually, i. e.
"It's been pretty riotous," Tony Wright said. His LinkedIn mashup that lets people rate their co-workers has been more popular than he expected. Called CubeDuel, it's been out for less than two days and already it has hit the LinkedIn API limits. Twice. Wright is confident his site will see further increased limits, but it's Friday night and he's had to close the site to new users. It's both an API success story and a cautionary tale about relying too much on one platform.
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"Inside the Midmarket: A 2011 Perspective," commissioned by IBM and conducted independently by KS&R, Inc. , found 70% of midsize companies are actively pursuing analytics technology to better understand their customers, make better decisions and become more efficient.
The Cloud Computing hype machine is in full throttle. Even some rational CIOs we talk with predict that 20% of companies won't own their IT systems in five years. From their perspective, what better way to get off the hook for high capital costs and poor system performance than to outsource? It's the ultimate in blame avoidance.
Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars: Brightpearl | CloudTweaks.com - The Cloud Computing Community
Bristol-based Brightpearl was founded by Chris Tanner and Andrew Mulvenna in 2007 with the idea there is a niche in the financial software market. The company specializes in development of end-to-end web based solutions and offers its product as Software as a Service (SaaS). Actually, their flagship solution includes integrated CRM, accounting, order and stock management, website and e-commerce management, and help desk modules intended for SMEs.
There wasn't much news today, but Intel's fourth-quarter earnings make up for the dearth elsewhere. There are so many questions about Intel's future in the coming quarters and years, that one has to wonder if this might be the last record-setting quarter Intel has. The other links point to worthwhile analysis on Hadoop, Cloudant and cloud security.
In any developing market, doing a survey is always a bit of a roll of the dice. Sometimes the results can be pretty different from what you expected to find. I know a surprise like that sounds unlikely in the realm of Cloud Computing, a topic that, if anything, feels over-scrutinized.
Friday, January 14, 2011
It's still the middle of winter but API providers and developers are keeping early 2011 hot. The market is getting bigger and bigger by the day (we just announced that over 16 billion API calls per month are managed on Apigee's platform! ). And already we've seen some major moves in location services, hot new startups, and in-car app platforms. Check out the best news from this week and if there's something we missed, hit us up on Twitter.
In Recent times, Cloud Computing has become the major facilitator for Startup companies. According to IDC's(International Data Corp) estimate, a figure of 16 billion dollars has been invested by SMB's in cloud computing in the year 2010. YourStory - Indian Entrepreneurs. - http://www. yourstory.
Tweet Image via Wikipedia Cloudant, the company offering cloud based CouchDB solutions and creator of BigCouch Open Source product, has been gaining good traction ever since they delivered their first version of Cloudant in Q3 of 2010. In Q4 of 2010 alone they have seen 400% growth in customers using Cloudant's hosting services since the release of BigCouch, just over 3 months ago, to surpass 2500 customers for its hosted service.
He is focused on furthering awareness of web services and often helps developers and architects in Start-ups, Enterprises and Universities leverage Amazon's. www. cloudconnectevent. com/.
Guest post When Salesforce. com announced its database-in-the-cloud service, Database. com, at Dreamforce last month, I suggested smaller PaaS vendors might get squished. Unsurprisingly, those who read my remarks were none too pleased. Matt McAdams, CEO of TrackVia, was so incensed he sat down and wrote the following, which in the interests of balance, I've agreed to publish as a guest post. Last month Salesforce. com announced its new cloud database service, called Database. com.
Business Intelligence - SQL or NoSQL: The problem as I see it for most major business clients is who within their organizations to use to implement a NoSQL BI solution. […] However most current technical staff involved in BI projects in the corporate world will be skilled in SQL style RDBMS applications (Oracle, MS SQL, Microstrategy). I don't think there's a need to rewrite the existing BI tools to work either on top of SQL solutions or NoSQL Databases.
Dive into Redis Event Library: Yesterday while diving into Redis code you probably noticed Redis has implemented its own event library. Today you can learn more about the Redis event library implementation. The best way to understand how the Redis event library works is to understand how Redis uses it.
Last week we wrote about the services that Y Combinator startups use. For hosting, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace were the most popular services. Windows Azure was noticeably absent. But why? A topic turned up on Quora, citing our post and wondering why the lack of adoption. The topic has sparked a bit of discussion. The consensus: Azure is better suited for larger enterprise operations. Sponsor That does make sense to some degree. We'll just have to see by how much.
After Publishing Easy HTML5 Template last week, and getting some constructive feedback on the contents of the template, something dawned on me that has apparently been alluded to in a few different articles, including one on HTML5 Doctor.
HTML5, which has been in development for more than six years, comes with a great number of new elements. These new elements are supported by almost all of the popular browsers. The latest versions of Safari and Chrome are the two browsers that support most of the HTML5 and CSS3 features, followed by Firefox, and even Internet Explorer 9, which was released in beta in September 2010, is also almost fully HTML5-compliant. But what is new in HTML5?
"It is particularly successful in powering large web sites with sharp growth rates. " A number of large Web services have used this database, including Digg,.
Column oriented database or datastore as the name sounds it stores the data by column rather than by row. It has some advantages and disadvantages over traditional RDBMS. Developer should know the typical situation to choose column oriented database.
As part of a new, monthly 'hands on' series of webinars, I'll be giving a technical review of building, managing and maintaining high availability websites and web applications using Amazon's Cloud Computing platform. Hosting websites and web applications is a very common use of our services, and in this webinar we'll take a hands-on approach to websites of all sizes, from personal blogs and static sites to complex multi-tier web apps.
With all of the hype surrounding Cloud Computing, CIOs should ensure their business goals are what motivates them to adopt cloud services, such as SaaS,.
Many people have asked for more insight into the developer activities for OpenStack as the large number of code changes and proposals make it difficult to monitor everything happening. In hopes of exposing more of the developer activities, I plan to post a weekly or biweekly blog post on the latest development activities. If you have any ideas for this blog post, please email me at stephen. spector@openstack. org. I am always ready to listen to the community for new ideas.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
RavenDB: Emulating Group By Using MapReduce: Basic, but clear example with everything you need to get this working: RavenDB is a document database, and unlike a relational database (like say Microsoft SQL Server) – you can't do your usual group-by type queries quite as simply. […] For RavenDB instead I need to use a Map-Reduce query. The basics of this are that the first part (the Map) runs over the documents, and finds the matches.
Interesting question and answer on HBase mailing list: […] is it feasible to use HBase table in "read-mostly" mode with trillions of rows, each contains small structured record (~200 bytes, ~15 fields). Does anybody know a successful case when tables with such number of rows are used with HBase? My follow up questions: where is that Data currently stored? how will you migrate it? if this is just what you estimate you'll get, how soon will you reach these numbers?
Recently, Tim Anglade culminated his NoSQL World Tour with the release of the NOSQL Tapes, a collection of live interviews collected globally. Not only do I find that site aesthetically pleasing (courtesy of our own Steadicat), but there is a tremendous amount of solid content, from technical discussions to opinions and conjectures from many of the young leaders in the field.
Query optimizer is basically responsible for optimum plan selection and it mainly depends upon STATISTICS. Outdated statistics will definitely deceive query optimizer. Post describes how to detect that outdated statistics are being used.
Arbor is a graph visualization library built with web workers and JQuery. Rather than trying to be an all-encompassing framework, arbor provides an efficient, force-directed layout algorithm plus abstractions for graph organization and screen refresh handling. It leaves the actual screen-drawing to you. This means you can use it with canvas, SVG, or even positioned HTML elements; whatever display approach is appropriate for your project and your performance needs.
Video content is exploding over the web. It is likely that you have recorded a lot of files over the years and are looking at ways to summarize them into short capsules. Well, HighlightCam is such a service and they even have a HighlightCam API to go along with it. HighlightCam, as the site namesuggests, is a video summarization service that uses an algorithm to shorten the length of your video to a fraction of the original.
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This week I attended HP ISS Tech Day at Hewlett-Packard's Houston facility along with several other bloggers. We were given a tour and demonstrations of HP's Industry Standard Servers (ISS) technology. We didn't see new, unreleased products and we didn't talk about potential tech breakthroughs of the future. We focused entirely on technologies HP offers today and how those technologies can benefit IT workers.
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This is a professionnal grade MySQL database framework that we have developped and improved for years. It enables you to avoid writing and re-writing all the repetitive SQL queries and all the fetch arrays, help protect you against SQL injections, and offer you a very robust, but simple way to interact with your Databases. Features - Fully object oriented - Use one class file per database table - Automatically recognize your database tables and fields.
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First of all we need to understand that Cloud Computing is not a new technology, but just a new delivery model. We also need to understand that neither are new many of the risks and issues associated with Cloud Computing, and therefore. Racknine. com Blog - http://racknine.
Cloud Computing: Digital Forensics and Cloud Computing at Cloud Expo 2011 New York. Cloud Computing offers a sense of "vastness" in terms of storage and remote processing. In addition, there are challenges to any digital forensics. Technology - Latest News - http://www. prlog.
Last week, the FCC announced the "FCC Open Internet Apps Challenge," a contest to attract software that helps ordinary users measure whether their Internet services — both Mobile broadband and traditional "fixed" broadband — are consistent with open Internet principles. The FCC is also asking for submissions of "research papers that analyze relevant Internet openness measurement techniques, approaches, and Data.
By Sramana Mitra and guest author Shaloo Shalini, December 27, 2010 This blog was reposted from "Sramana Mitra's" website. Elaborating on our Top 10 Tech Trends for the Decade post last week, today we drill down into the top 10 Cloud Computing trends. The research and interviews can be found on our Cloud Computing Trends and Opportunities page. Let's take a closer look. 1. Collaboration Cloud-based collaboration is moving to the cloud in a big way across industry verticals.
By Brian Gracely, December 29, 2010 This blog was reposted from Brian's blog site called "Clouds of Change". Most of 2010 was consumed with the religious wars between Private Cloud and Public Cloud, debates about the best ways for businesses to build (or consume) the next-generation of IT services. But with the recent announcement by Amazon Web Services which allows the import of VMware VMs, the debate is starting to move towards the concept of a Hybrid Cloud.
Web Storage is a specification that was a part of HTML5 but was moved to its own specification. Currently, it is only a W3C editor draft but it is implemented in all the major browsers (even in IE from IE8) by the name Local Storage or DOM Storage. In this post I'm going to explain what is Web Storage and how you can use it even today in your web application/site.
We looked at just about everything we could think of. Lots of options like Cassandra made sense for a very narrow problem set, where MongoDB allowed for flexibility. We wanted that flexibility. Video and slides, highlights, and an interview with the architect of Shutterfly, Inc.
Backbone and CouchDB: CouchDB with Backbone and backbone-couchdb. And because it's couchdb, all you have to do is create the database record in futon (one click) and all the models are automatically saved away, the database doesn't need to be aware of what you're saving, it just saves.
Big Data and analytics have found their place in the sales cycle. In particular that part of the business known as maintenance and renewals. A method to aggregate and analyze multiple data sources is working for ServiceSource, a cloud services provider that offers a combination of managed services and its software to analyze data and help increase customer renewals.
In a previous post I was wondering if Big Data marketplaces represent the future. On one hand it looks like venture capitalists believe at least in the Big data analytics market. And there are journalists already saying that 2011 is the year of data marketplaces. Take O'Reilly's Edd Dumbill: Marketplaces mean two things.
The debate over RSS never seems to end. 2011 kicked off with a widely read post predicting the decreasing influence of RSS in 2010. There have been responses from Fred Wilson and GigaOM that argue it is still relevant today. We believe that it continues to be a solid mechanism for web sites to aggregate data from multiple sources, as displayed by the 121 RSS APIs in our directory. In this post, we'll look at RSS beyond blog syndication.
On the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, journalist Peter Aldhous created a data visualization that shows how the Carribean country's relatively low seismic earthquake had as many fatalities as all but one earthquake over a time span of almost 40 years. The data visualization is striking but also a study in how journalists are increasingly telling stories that leverage datasets that are freely available to the public.
Tweet Image via CrunchBase Apigee (see previous CloudAve coverage), formerly known as Sonoa Systems, today announced that there are 16 Billion API calls flowing through their technology every month. This is a clear indication of massive growth of APIs in this increasingly cloudy world. Stephen O' Grady of Redmonk also highlights this large scale proliferation of cloud APIs. As the cloud Marketplace moves towards an increasingly PaaSy future, APIs are getting even more important.
I had thought that "RESTful" meant "easily accessible with an HTTP GET, even when something isn't HTML". Shortly after a RESTafarian pointed out that there was more to it than that, I went to Brian Sletten's excellent presentation REST: Information Architecture for the 21st Century at the Semantic Technologies conference and I learned a lot more about what being RESTful implies.
The Department of Treasury has moved its main Website and four other agency sites to Amazon Web Services, said Smartronix, the systems provider that handled.
33 percent in retail and hospitality believe Cloud Computing is an opportunity for the IT department to be more strategic. 71 percent in manufacturing said that, in the next year, their IT departments must address the business. Site Home - http://blogs. technet.
and sales applications, shows that cloud adoption is accelerating as businesses become more comfortable with Cloud Computing and its security features. .
This week, we look at the problem of too much Government Data, and companies beginning to build air-economized data centers (some in barns! ). Plus: a few suggestions for pre-Strata reading on Big Data.
The use of the R programming language provide the spatial characteristics to display the size of the earthquakes in the Data visualization. It's a combination that shows the way journalists with some. While a direct port of your application's features and user interface would be simple, a bit of due diligence up front may necessitate minor changes that will ensure what you end up with at the end of the porting process is what you had envisioned. . ReadWriteWeb - http://www.
Here's what caught my attention in the Data world this week. Infopocalypse? As a former Bostonian, I well remember the Big Dig: a project to sink the city's Central Artery underground and add tunnels and a bridge to relieve traffic congestion. The effort consumed (not unpredictably) several years and billions of dollars more than originally projected.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Have you ever asked yourself why you can go online with your laptop in one room but not in another? Or why you get disconnects and a bad signal strength in one room of the house? The reason usually comes down to the wireless coverage of the Wi-Fi network. Heatmapper is a free software for Windows that can visualize the coverage of detected networks in the vicinity.
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How do three guys with only seed funding process a hundred million messages a day? I sat down with the BackType team to discover how they built a service relied upon by companies like bit. ly, Hunch and The New York Times. BackType captures online conversations, everything from tweets to blog comments to checkins and Facebook interactions.
If you have a need to manage MySQL Databases, you know that learning the syntax for the various MySQL tools can be a real nightmare. Fortunately there are tools out there that make this job far more easy. But of the web-based tools, which are easiest? You might have given phpMyAdmin a try, but found it a bit complex to get up and running (if you're curious about phpMyAdmin, read my article "Install phpmyadmin for easy MySQL administration").
Salesforce. com announced Database. com, its hosted relational database service, in December. Since that time it's clear that Salesforce. com is far from alone in the market for offering stand-alone, cloud-hosted Databases. There are at least four other competitors, with more on the horizon. And one of those is a company all too familiar to Salesforce. com: Microsoft.
Back in February 2010 we asked Why can't you share photos on Foursquare? We discussed that this could be seen as an oversight or an opportunity for others. However, this question has now been deprecated by Foursquare with the introduction of its add photo API method, which suggests that the previous absence of a method was simply because it wasn't a priority, it was an oversight or the opportunity hasn't been taken up by developers as Foursquare had hoped.
You may remember the full featured, unpublished API from popular Mobile photo sharing site Instagram that we covered last month. The interface was reverse engineered by a developer and today Instagram asked anyone using its private, unofficial Instagram API to stop. At the same time, it announced a beta public API would be coming soon. One third party service built on top of Instagram is Followgram, which bills itself as an Instagram directory.
How do three guys with only seed funding process a hundred million messages a day? I sat down with the BackType team to discover how they built a service relied upon by companies like bit. ly, Hunch and The New York Times. BackType captures online conversations, everything from tweets to blog comments to checkins and Facebook interactions.
Facebookâs Big Year: A Whole New Approach to its API, New Types of User Data, and Major Deprecations
The Facebook API saw huge changes in 2010 that moved the service away from being a closed network and towards being a more open community. The leading social network site must be doing something right on that front. Facebook was the third most popular service for use in new mashups last year, nearly doubling its total number in our directory. The big changes started in April, with Facebook's announcement of its new Facebook Graph API and Open Graph Protocol.
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RavenDB and HTTP Caching: Ayende writing about choosing between implementing RavenDB cache similar to Hibernate second level cache1 or HTTP caches: RavenDB is an HTTP server, in the end. Why not use HTTP caching? […] HTTP Caching is a somewhat complex topic, if you think it is not, talk to me after reading this 24 pages document describing it. But in essence, I am actually using only a small bit of it.
Backbase is proud to announce the release of Rich Portal Edition 4. 3. 0. Amongst the many improvements, the availability of Rich Portal Maven archetypes from the Backbase Artifactory provides a more convenient and robust mechanism for developing Rich Portal applications. Online resources: A live demo of Rich Portal is available at Rich Portal Demo. To request a trial version, please visit the Rich Portal Product Page.
I blogged about our new AWS SDK for Android a few weeks ago. The response to the SDK has been quite good and I expect to start hearing about some great apps and success stories before too long. If you are using the SDK to build an Android Application, I would like to encourage you to join our new Appstore Developer Program and to submit your application for review. Once your application has been approved and listed, you'll be able to sell it on Amazon.
Click jacking and cross-site scripting, Phishing attacks from "trusted" third parties, Cloud Computing concerns, Data exfiltration and insider threats, Attacks on Mobile devices and wireless networks. . HackerJournals - http://www. hackerjournals.
Top 25 European Cloud Computing Rising Stars Companies: Over the next month CloudTweaks will be presenting a series covering 25 growing cloud computing. CloudTweaks. com - The Cloud Computing. - http://www. cloudtweaks.
The Department of Treasury has moved its main Web site and four other agency sites to Amazon Web Services, said Smartronix, the systems provider that handled the migration, on Jan. 10. The revamped Treasury. gov. CyberNewz. com - http://www. cybernewz.
Cloud Computing – Amazon Web Services part 3 · Setup your Ubuntu 10. 04 server in Amazon EC2 in 10 minutes – Part 2 · PART 2: Lawson Announces Full-Function ERP on Amazon Web Services Infrastructure · Bundling Amazon Windows Paid AMIs. Linux/Unix Hosting - http://www. linux-web-hosting-unix.
"S3 allows companies to store Data on Amazon's servers. 'We talk of 'durability' of data – it's designed for eleven-9s durability,' says James Hamilton , a vice president for Amazon Web Services. That works out to a 0. 000000001 percent. Backupify - http://blog. backupify.
The Internet Society, a nonprofit organization for Internet standards has announced World IPv6 Day to take place on June 8. This is a day in which major web properties like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo (the three of which make up a combined billion visits per day) join major content delivery networks like Akamai and Limelight Networks for a 24-hour global trial of IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol. The need for the new protocol arises as the older IPv4 runs out of room.
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