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Operating System Independence in the Cloud

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Datacenters today are hodgepodges of architectural, technology, vendor, and management decisions made incrementally over time. At the bottom of these series of decisions is the operating system. There are quite possibly scores of versions of operating systems in any large computing environment. As organizations look to public clouds for pilot projects in test and development Read more...

A Quick Comparison of VMware vCloud and Amazon EC2 APIs

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Amazon EC2 pioneered the cloud computing IaaS layer today. VMware vCloud Express recently entered the market. Many developers naturally are interested in how the two offerings compare – and differ – at the API level. In this blog, I’ll compare the two APIs to help developers make better decisions about which API best meets your Read more...

Why Put Software Testing and Development in the Cloud?

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When we’re on the customer trail discussing vCloud solutions and architectures, the cloud computing phenomena often presents itself as a series of executive briefing anecdotes.  One of our favorites is a senior IT leader at a major bank who through an audit discovered more than 5,000 virtual machines being consumed through public cloud services – Read more...

No Perfect Unit of Commerce in the Cloud…Yet

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We recently came across this blog http://bit.ly/6EypCv by David Mok and it reminded us of the truth that in cloud computing just because it’s abstracted doesn’t make it inconsequential. It’s early days in the public cloud and so the major players are still sorting out the basics of their business models, including pricing. Customers today Read more...

VMware vCloud Express and Developers, Developers, Developers!

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VMware today announced a lot of good news for developers and ISV partners for our vCloud API (http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vcloud-api.html). And there’s a lot more to come. Watch this space. Our support for developers on vCloud is what this announcement is all about. We’re not just talking, we’re doing. We’re making it easier for developers to adopt Read more...

webappVM Supports Platform-as-a-Service on VMware vCloud Express

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webappVM provides software solutions that enable PHP and Java developers to onboard existing Web applications to cloud computing environments such as vCloud Express while reducing risk by providing built-in scaling and monitoring. We talked to webappVM CEO Isaac Roth about what today’s VMware vCloud partner announcement means for developers (http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/vcloud-api.html). What does this partnership mean Read more...

Cloudera Supports VMware vCloud Express for Apache Hadoop

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Cloudera launched as a company with senior executives from Oracle, Facebook, Google and Yahoo! in early 2009 promising to provide enterprise-class support and services for Apache Hadoop, an open-source software project. In late 2009 the original creator of Hadoop, Doug Cutting, joined Cloudera. We recently caught up with Cloudera CEO Mike Olson to learn a Read more...

vCloud API and the OVF

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VMware submitted its OVF 1.0 standards-based vCloud API to the DMTF Cloud incubator back in September 2009. This was an effort to get the conversation and process started on creating a standardized cloud API for all to use. Putting that OVF wrapper around VMs makes everyone’s life easier. The vCloud API allows for upload and Read more...