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Simple scalability - that's the Terracotta value proposition. In this Quick Q&A with SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal editor-in-chief Alan Williamson, Geert Bevin - Evangelist at Terracotta Inc - explains that how Terracotta helps enable Java in the Cloud...and clarifies the differenc...
If your business relies on the speedy resolution of an issue from your cloud provider, then test them before you try. Send them that email out-of-hours to see how quickly and how useful the reply actually is. Try and reach someone on the phone. Look around the forums to see how many qu...
As the theme tune to the classic 1984 Ghostbusters movie goes, "If there's something strange, in your neighborhood, Who ya gonna call?", I am left wondering what we'll all be singing (shouting?) when something goes wrong in our cloud world. When you've got your whole business in the cl...
It was only a matter of time before we started seeing real how-to's pop up on how we can start profiling our Java applications running deep within the cloud. When my long term friend and colleague, Kirk Pepperdine, started talking about taking his world class Java performance tuning sk...
If you were to believe the hype from the media and certain so called industry experts, you would be forgiven for thinking that cloud computing is the second coming. The answer to all our scaling and usage problems. Everything to everyone. The notion that the "cloud" is always on, or up...
As the popular Belinda Carlisle song, Heaven is a place on earth, goes, while we talk about all this virtualised computing power and clouds, somewhere there is a real physical CPU doing real work somewhere on earth. In some data center your cloud application is taking up physical space...
The once darling of the software industry, VMWare, is currently struggling to recover to anything close to what it was. With stock once riding high at $124 per share, it is now struggling to break the $40 barrier. VMWare rode the initial wave of the virtualization revolution, producing...
"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing...
Finally, after years of providing just a command line interface to their web services, Amazon has released a web based management console. Has it been worth the wait? In a nutshell, yes. We knew this day was coming, and 8th of January was that day. Built using Yahoo's YUI framework, us...
Do not dis the very people that will build and create the community for your product to survive. Can you imagine a Java landscape without its yearly flagship conference JavaOne? Unthinkable, but you can be rest assured that it will be a wonderful benchmark to which to measure Sun's com...
The biggest problem we have is trying to figure out what to leave out, because we simply have too much to present. Attendees are going to get a real hands-on feel for how they can utilize the world of on-demand computing. It won't be a sit-back-and-listen day, it's a true hands-on, sle...
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 of...
Microsoft have done far more than simply follow others. They have created a complete new platform that leverages much of what the likes of Amazon, Google, Sales Force, Open Social API, all are doing in their own spaces but bringing them together. While sign-ups are being accepted to te...
Amazon made a special announcement today that they have officially thrown off their "beta" tag and are in full production. What does it mean? Well to the users of their web services absolutely nothing. It will be business as usual, except now, you know it comes with an SLA. Amazon are ...
Everywhere you look, someone somewhere is talking about clouds. Cloud this, cloud that, what on earth is all this fuss about? Well the good news, as with most technologies it's never as complicated as the marketing hype would lead you to believe. We've been working in the 'cloud' world...
Cloud computing is an opportunity for businesses to implement low-cost, low-power and high-efficiency systems to deliver scalable infrastructure. But moving to a cloud infrastructure is not necessarily as nice and clean as the providers would want you to think. With cloud infrastructur...
Amazon announced today they are changing the price for their S3 data storage service. In face of current credit crunch, they are bucking the trend and making their services even cheaper, particuraly for the seriously high volume users. If you are pushing a lot traffic through Amazon S3...
Cloud computing is real. Cloud computing is changing how we in the software world work. But it is not everything to everyone and it is definitely not the second coming that will change how we all interact on the Internet. While I respect Stephen Fry hugely, I find myself a little disap...
For many years, Java and web developers alike have had to explain to the unwitting that JavaScript had absolutely nothing to do with Java. It was one of the great marketing gaffes of the mid-90s. They were no more alike than chalk and cheese. But in the last six months, I have had to l...
Have you played with Google's Desktop tool? This is basically a strip on the side of your screen that lets you house small applications, called Gadgets. The tool is available for Windows, Linux and Mac so no matter your vice there is a flavour for you. There is a wide variety of Gadget...
Another big surprise, and to the relief of many a system administrator, is that Apache Tomcat is out. Instead Jetty is the new underlying servlet engine that will make the whole thing tick. I have long ditched Tomcat in favor of Jetty; principal reasons include much faster start up tim...
Yahoo has agreed to purchase Zimbra, the open source enterprise mail server company, for approximately $350M. As a Zimbra user, I am not sure if this is good news or not. Definitely good news for the employees, shareholders and investors for Zimbra. Although, it doesn't sound a lot ...
If you're a parent, then you'll have been through it. Your son or daughter wants to play on your computer and before you know it, you've given yourself up to the wonders of CBEEBIES and Club Penguin on MiniClip. This is all fine and dandy until they stray to another site and boom a who...
This week at LinuxWorld Laurie Tolson gave reporters an update on the planned release of Java and its associated tools under an open source license. By the end of the year, javac and the hot spot compiler will be released. The precise license details haven't yet been announced yet - th...
It really is our own fault; we have come to expect too much of Sun. They are like that lovable uncle we have. They have the best stories at the dinner table, but if you look around at the other adults, they are all rolling their eyes and laughing politely. They always promise they are ...
At the weekend my cousin innocently commented to me that he was having some problems with his Java installation and asked if I could have a look for him. He manages a fleet of lorries that go all over Europe and one of the tools he has is a real time tracker of where every driver and v...
'Commit reporting has been done before,' Micah Dowty tells LinuxWorld Magazine's founding editor Alan Williamson in this exclusive interview at the recent Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, 'but one of the things that makes CIA really unique is that it brings projects to...
At the Open Source Business Conference taking place today in San Francisco, Sun's President and COO, Jonathan Schwartz emphasized that 'free' equates not to 'no revenue' but instead to 'more opportunity to create revenue.'
JDJ's Alan Williamson caught up with the well-known Java luminary Richard Monson-Haefel just after his recent appointment to the JCP Executive Committee. Alan asked Richard a broad range of questions including his view on how Java as a language has matured and what we are likely to see...
All change on the JDJ front, eh? What's going on? It's all gone topsy-turvy! 'Alan at the back, a whole host of new faces, and a new front cover.' Don't panic; it's all under control. JDJ has undergone a major renewal process, taking us into version 3. We do this every so often so we d...
The latest dirty word to creep into people's vocabularies is used to describe the flood of unwanted e-mail: spam. This unintended consequence of the Internet has made checking e-mail a chore of wading through obscene and unwarranted material.
The journey of a developer is never completed - due to constantly learning, retooling, and grasping new concepts. It's this continual learning that lures many to our profession.
JDJ's Editor-in-Chief Alan Williamson was faced with having to build an IMAP server. Just as he was about to start getting into Sockets, Writers and Readers he happened upon a jewel lurking within the pile of open-source. Discover of what he found.
JDJ's Editor-in-Chief Alan Williamson finally had to find out what all the fuss was about. He accepted the invitation and headed down to Washington to witness and participate in his first NoFluffJustStuff symposium focusing on Java. Find out how he got on.
I want a wireless handheld device that works with me and doesn't make me jump through hoops just because I want to use Java. I don't even want to know Java is running; I just want it to do its job and make my life easier.
Is Sun justified in their use of the Java brand for something that is clearly not very Java!
Many readers ask how we do it and what it takes to bring each issue of JDJ together every month. I am fortunate to be part of a great team at JDJ. We hang out regularly in an IRC chat room, exchanging ideas and thoughts, and helping each other. Most of the magazine is constructed ...
Like many of the Linux devotees out there, I turned to Linux when the deep-pocket budgets dried up.
LWM's deputy editor Alan Williamson recently had the opportunity to speak with Eric Allman about sendmail, open source, and the secret to great software.
It was at the end of day 3 at JavaOne and I was tired. I was tired of product pitches, tired of talking, and tired of listening to all the hype. But Juliet caught his attention.