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By the end of 2014, U.S. companies will spend more than $13 billion on the cloud. That’s according to a recent Forbes article, which also notes the global market for cloud hardware is predicted to reach almost $80 billion in just four years. Part of this growth is thanks to increasing adoption of basic cloud building blocks: public, private and hybrid stacks. But that’s only part of the story – here are three emerging developments in the cloud.
Bringing VMs (virtual machines) onto the cloud has become increasingly popular. Recent years have seen great advancements in both cloud computing and virtualization. On one hand there is the ability to pool various resources to provide software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. At its most basic, this is what describes cloud computing. On the other hand, we have virtual machines that provide agility, flexibility, and scalability to the cloud resources by allowing the vendors to copy, move, and manipulate their VMs at will.
Building highly available services can be a challenge. At Braintree, we value simplicity, open source and cheap commodity hardware. While many companies attempt to achieve high-availability through expensive, proprietary components like SANs and hardware load balancers, these sorts of devices are fraught with their own peril.
In this article, Lucas Carlson, Adron Hall discuss the relationship between the NoOps, DevOps and PaaS trends in software infrastructure. They start with some definitions. Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is a category of cloud computing services that provide a computing platform and a solution stack as a service. NoOps means no operational needs for developers except to deploy a PaaS enabled application, usually considered a SaaS App. DevOps is the combination of Developer and Operations, rolled into a single occupational characteristic that combines these needs.
SimpleGeo provides hosted services for location-aware applications, one of which is a cloud spatial database. The competitive features of our database include built-in scaling, high availability and data redundancy. Come hear how we are harnessing various open source software and cloud services to back up the promises made to our customers and allow them to store and query their data, big and small, without worrying about what’s happening behind the scenes; we’ve built an infrastructure that has the cloud mentality of a flexible, reliable, and highly available service baked in …
Cloud computing is now a valuable and important technology that is fundamentally changing the way we use and develop on-demand applications. As you would expect, Linux and open source provide the foundation for the cloud (for public and private infrastructures). Explore the anatomy of the cloud, its architecture and the open source technologies used to build these dynamic and scalable computing and storage platforms.
In this blog post, Gareth Rushgrove explains the first steps on how to install a package with Chef. Chef is an open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating the cloud. It makes it easy to deploy servers and scale applications throughout the entire infrastructure, combining the fundamental elements of configuration management and service oriented architectures with the full power of Ruby.
This video provides a short introduction to Scalarium. Scalarium is an automation solution to manage clusters on Amazon EC2 and other cloud providers.
This Business Week article explores the background behind Puppet and Chef competition to become the reference tool in Cloud computing software infrastructure management. Both Opscode’s Chef and Puppet Labs’s Putt are open source. The companies make money by selling enterprise versions of the core technology and by charging for advice on how to implement and best use it.
This blog post explains that when you get down to the architectures involving the Cloud – public, private or hybrid – the issue is really about integrating infrastructure. Cloud computing is forcing infrastructure – network, storage and application delivery – models to adopt many facets of development.