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Dan Woods' excellent article Putting The Brakes On Public Cloud Adoption highlights some of the biggest concerns IT professionals have about using the public cloud - SLAs in particular. There is a solution to this problem that he doesn't mention.
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Standing Cloud has demonstrated unprecedented reliability for end users at a time when host providers like GoDaddy go down from time to time, as do app-only services like Wordpress.com.
We were excited to see the announcement of Rackspace Cloud Connect. This is essentially just the ability to connect Rackspace Cloud servers with Rackspace dedicated servers through their internal network - i.e., a faster connection. A similar capability is offered by GoGrid, so this new offering provides the potential for hybrid environments at attractive Rackspace prices.
Hadoop Storage is all the rage these days. If you have a very large data store, particularly one that requires a lot of parallel processing or access, map/reduce (via Hadoop or otherwise) is an option you should look at carefully, as it can provide both performance and cost advantages. However, it is important not to get caught up in the excitement and technology novelty if your particular application does not demand it.
Standing Cloud's latest feature release went live Wednesday night, September 22, and we added some fantastic new features for both Business Edition and Community Edition users. First, for Business Edition users only, we added the ability to upload your own themes, plugins, and modules for both trial and hosted installations of WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, SugarCRM, and DotProject, making customization of these applications much easier.
It's been a great week in the cloud (as always), and we want to share some of the cloudy goodness with you, our loyal readers. Here are some of the most interesting, thought-provoking tweets, articles, and blog posts we came across this week.
By Dave Jilk and Joel Wampler
Amazon Web Services recently introduced two new capabilities that look suspiciously like defensive competitive moves against other cloud server providers. Specifically, the "micro instance" is a virtual server with much less (613 MB) RAM and no directly associated storage that is available for 2 cents per hour (about $15/month), and the Amazon Linux AMI is a standardized Linux boot image that incorporates Amazon's "best practices" for a base operating system.
Standing Cloud’s latest release went live Sunday night, September 5, 2010, and we’ve added some great new features for both our Business Edition and Community Edition users. First, we’ve added the ability to convert a trial application into a hosted application, without losing any data you may have created during your test drive. When you find the application you want to use “for real” (i.e. to host instead of just test drive), click the “Host Application” icon, wait for the app to start up on your cloud account, and you’re good to go.
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With 34 votes in our forum, we are happy to announce that Standing Cloud now supports the popular Plone CMS. Plone is a powerful, flexible Content Management solution that is easy to install, use, and extend. Plone lets non-technical people create and maintain information using only a web browser.