Charting the Emerging Cloud Computing World

Abdul Jaleel Kavungal

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Facebook infrastructure has already become the buzz word in the industry and it is the objective of all top infrastructures that will migrate to hybrid and private clouds over the next 5 years.  Prediction in the industry is that all future IT enterprise infrastructure will look similar to Facebook like infrastructure – private and hybrid clouds.  Facebook has announced Open Compute Project to share specifications and best practices for creating the most energy efficient and economical data centers. Facebook has released technical specifications of the infrastructure components related to Servers (Chasis, Motherboards, Power Supply) and Mechanical & Electrical systems.  One of the key component that contribute to Facebook’s energy efficient datacenters is usage of Solid State flash drives.Facebook uses solid State Flash for storage due to its high performance and spe... (more)

Guide on hosting WordPress on Windows Azure

Windows azure platform is Microsoft's solution that helps developers build, host and scale web applications through Microsoft datacenters. The Azure Services Platform’s support for XML, REST and SOAP standards means that any of the Azure services can be called from other platforms and programming languages. To facilitate the interoperability between the Azure Services Platform and non-Microsoft languages and technologies, Microsoft has  provided funding for three other SDK projects that support 3rd party programming languages: PHP SDK for Windows Azure , Java SDK for Microsoft ... (more)

zCloud - A Better Business Cloud

The value of cloud computing is the availability of technological infrastructure support that is always available, comprehensively useful, highly scalable and attractively priced. By this modern definition of cloud computing, System z has been an internalized cloud for decades and has found to have all the features to make it a natural Cloud Platform. The power of the mainframe's software and hardware virtualization, its shared resources architecture, its real and virtual memory controls, its in-memory internal communications structure, its specialty engines, its energy efficienc... (more)

Host WordPress Blogging Platform on Windows Azure Cloud

Microsoft Azure services platform is a comprehensive offering that enables enterprises build full scale applications that leverage the advantages of the Cloud computing paradigm.  A useful analogy is to compare Windows Azure to conventional on-premise operating systems. Conventional operating systems manage basic storage, devices, and run applications. Windows Azure provides the same functionality within Microsoft's datacenters which are built to provide cloud computing. In order to provide a runtime environment for custom applications, Windows Azure's Fabric Controller manages a... (more)

zLAMP: Web's Most Popular Software Stack on IBM System z

In recent years, web development and deployment has become extremely fast and easy with the usage of open source software development tools and frameworks.  The usage of open source software has reduced capital and operating expenses for web startups to a greater extend that there is a significant increase in the volume of new internet startups with applications developed using open source software. One of the widely used open source stack for web application development is LAMP. As the expansion implies, LAMP stack consists of a web server (Apache), a database server (MySQL) an... (more)