I’ve just come back from hosting room another packed Cloud Computing
Bootcamp, at the Cloud Computing Expo in Prague, Europe. We’ve done a
number of these bootcamps in the last 6 months and we’re starting to see a
common theme of questions bubble through. Namely, how fast is it, and what
support can I expect?
SOA & Cloud Bootcamp
June 22-23, New York City
We’re starting to see a number of real alternatives pop up on the cloud
infrastructure scene now. In the past year alone, we’ve seen the number of
providers nearly double, starting to give the ‘grandaddy’ of cloud
computing, Amazon, a run for its money.
So now we have real choice to build solutions that are no longer locked into
a particular provider - assuming of course we don’t immerse ourselves too
deeply in their feature list. But how can you compare providers?
The first comparison point is of course performan... (more)
Alan Williamson's Blog
The line between what is considered a cloud and what is paramount to hosting
is a blurry line at the best of times. What qualifies a companies offering as
a cloud based product offering? That is a question that is continually
debated in the cloud circles and no one has really yet to offer a real
Setting aside all the marketing buzzwords that will get thrown in
"scalability" / "on-demand" / "deploy", a cloud offering has to deliver on
For me when words like those are thrown around I want to see:
The ability to start u... (more)
Last month, we started this column by looking at the development tool, Visual
Café Pro. Visual Café Pro makes the perfect companion for the developer,
giving instant access to the editor, on-line help and runtime environments.
The main goal of this column will be to teach the reader the power behind
Java by using Visual Café Pro, one of the most popular integrated
development environments in use today.
There are many ways to teach Java. Some are good, some bad. I have always
felt the best way to learn about anything is through example. Show somebody
how it works and suddenly a l... (more)
Can you believe it? I know I certainly can't. This column is officially
celebrating its twelfth issue, and being the mathematical genius that I am
and since this joyous magazine is printed on a monthly schedule I can
safely deduce that our first year anniversary is upon us. Fantastic. Experts
reckon that most marriages break up in the first year, so I guess we've
successfully made it past the hardest part.
On that note I think we'll take a whistlestop tour of what I've been ranting
about over the last year and look at any changes that make the arguments
posed in the last 12 m... (more)
Like many of you, I keep an eye on what Sun is doing as a company. I keep an
eye on their press releases, official statements, and general product lines.
I don’t necessarily pay a great deal of attention to the output unless it
specifically mentions Java because, as we know, there is more to Sun than
I’ve known about their "Mad Hatter" (Linux desktop) project for some time
now. It’s essentially a collection of open source projects, all designed to
work together in one desktop, running initially on Linux. This is Sun’s
continued play to become a single-stop solutions co... (more)