Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

Book Review: Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook For Enterprises

November 27th, 2012 Leave a comment
Book Review: Cloud Computing Explained: Implementation Handbook For Enterprises

By John Rhoton Today’s environment has seen a tremendous amount of interest in cloud computing, especially for the enterprise community. Enterprises have responded to the credit crunch by downsizing or trimming their IT staff and reducing the amount they spend on hardware in any given year. Unfortunately, downsizing IT staff and equipment when you’re hosting critical services in-house can be a recipe for disaster: mission critical hardware begins to fail with no replacements, and the lack of IT staff means that there aren’t enough repair staff available to respond to critical failures that ultimately cost enterprises hours of lost labor while… View full post »

Cloud Computing Do’s and Don’ts

October 31st, 2012 Leave a comment
Cloud Computing Do's and Don'ts

Cloud computing is something of a dominant force in today’s IT enterprise and business world: much of the discussion in conferences and IT board rooms is about the pros and cons of the cloud and how it can apply to their particular business. Cloud computing is a powerful force that, used correctly, can increase an organization’s efficiency and reduce the cost of your IT infrastructure. Handled poorly, however, cloud computing can be an immense detriment to your organization’s productivity and ultimately be harmful in the long run. To help you avoid these issues, here are some general do’s and don’ts… View full post »

How Secure is your Cloud Provider?

October 26th, 2012 Leave a comment
How Secure is your Cloud Provider?

Since the cloud is becoming one of the principal areas of development for businesses, many companies are offering the chance to access file remotely from various locations. A lot has already been said about the potential benefits of the cloud and the role it can play in future development but what many companies are starting to ask is: how secure is my data? In this article, I hope to give you more information to help you answer that question. Security is probably the main area of concern for those interested in the cloud. This is a new worry for development businesses… View full post »

The Dangers of Cloud Computing – Staying Informed

October 20th, 2012 Leave a comment
The Dangers of Cloud Computing - Staying Informed

As more and more businesses move towards cloud computing, there are some pitfalls we have to look out for. Most business desktop computers depend on the Internet or Web hosted applications to run such as Google Docs, Amazon Cloud Storage or Dropbox. Employees depend on access to these services to check email, share documents and get work done. It makes sense for people that manage multiple devices to move all of their documents to a cloud service where everything is always accessible, but there are some serious implications that you should consider before moving all of your data to the… View full post »

Book Review: The Cloud Computing Bible

October 14th, 2012 Leave a comment
Book Review: The Cloud Computing Bible

By Barrie Sosinsky Cloud computing is one of the buzzwords that has taken the Internet by storm in the past couple of years, and it seems to show no signs of slowing down. There are a great deal of different cloud services out there and it seems that new ones are popping up every day. The urge to get involved in cloud computing is huge, especially for the IT cost savings and ease of use it can potentially provide, but for someone just wading into the cloud computing foray, all of the different services, acronyms, and applications involved in cloud computing… View full post »

Designing Applications for the Cloud

July 9th, 2012 Leave a comment
Designing Applications for the Cloud

Cloud computing has come to the front of application development with explosive growth. It is no wonder with things like multicore CPUs, tons of storage and excellent uptimes that many developers want to create applications for the cloud. However, what this creates is a new model for designing and developing code so that it will perform at its best in the cloud environment. We need to work on addressing the demands of computing in a cloud-based environment, and in this article we will look at the four areas that developers should focus on for cloud applications to… View full post »

Mechanics of the Cloud: Utilizing Cloud Platforms

June 27th, 2012 Leave a comment
Mechanics of the Cloud: Utilizing Cloud Platforms

Previously, I have written about cloud applications and how the distributed environment works. In this article I want to get a little more in-depth with how these multi-computer or multicore environments work from a development point of view. I will look at some of the mechanics that help with scalability, reliability and load balancing. Through better knowledge of the platform, you will be able to develop applications, have a better understanding of the environment, how it works and how you can write your cloud-based applications to take advantage of it. In a previous article, I discussed the four… View full post »

Developing Cloud Applications – Notes for Developers

April 9th, 2012 Leave a comment
Developing Cloud Applications - Notes for Developers

Many software developers are getting on board with the new idea of creating applications in the cloud that have a central point of install for all clients. This creates a new set of challenges for developers and it forces us to recognize that applications developed for the cloud are a different sort of animal. As the amount of cloud applications needed continues to grow, there are a new set of responsibilities and ideas that must be taken into account. In this article, I will address some of these new ideas and how they can impact development in… View full post »

Outsourcing Email to the Cloud

January 18th, 2011 (Guest Blogger)Leave a comment
Outsourcing Email to the Cloud

In recent months, the “cloud” buzzword has been thrown around quite often. Cloud applications, cloud storage, cloud email, cloud Sharepoint… the list seems endless, and at times it sounds as if the marketing drones in the IT world simply add “cloud” to whatever tag they can think of and try to pitch it to unsuspecting higher-ups who get dazzled by the hype and buy into the cloud. The cloud, however, isn’t always hype. The fact of the matter is that there are occasions where it is both advantageous and cost-effective to host your services in the cloud, and in this article… View full post »