A couple of weeks back, at the IBF Panel discussion on PaaS, we were
discussing the opportunity for a Private PaaS. While a Private Cloud is
typically associated with IaaS, I started to ponder on the value of a Private
Installing the development platform / runtime running .NET or Java stack on a
set of VMs provisioned on the Private (IaaS) Cloud doesn’t turn it into a
Private PaaS. PaaS should really abstract the nuts and bolts of the
infrastructure (OS, middleware and other plumbing) and should expose only
what is required for the applications to run.
Microsoft’s announcement of Windows Azure Appliance at WPC underscores the
significance of the Private PaaS. This appliance will remove the overhead of
maintaining and running an environment to host applications. VMware is
aggressively positioning it's Spring framework on both Private and Public
PaaS ... (more)
The cloud world seems to have been received some interesting announcements
and offerings over the last week. There were some new feature releases and
price offerings from Amazon.
Microsoft has announced some important updates to Windows Azure Mobile
Services. Plus, Cloud Foundry has also announced its ‘handshake’ with
Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week:
Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has offered a month long free trial of
the AWS Trusted Advisor to all AWS customers. This service inspects the AWS
environment and makes recomm... (more)
One of the popular instance types supported by Amazon EC2 is the Micro
Instance. In November 2010, Amazon announced the free tier and started
offering 750 hours of Micro Instance usage free per month for the first one
year. Initially this offer was available only to Amazon Linux instances but
last month AWS announced that they are extending this to Microsoft Windows
Looking at the technical specifications, the Micro Instance type doesn’t
have the muscle required for heavy lifting. It comes with burst CPU capacity
that can go up to 2 Elastic Compute Units (ECU).... (more)
One of the critical requirements for enterprises to adopt Cloud is the Hybrid
capability. Since most of the mission critical applications live behind the
firewall, they should be able to extend the functionality of these
applications to the Cloud.
Since the initial announcement of Windows Azure, Microsoft has been
constantly investing in hybrid features. I want to highlight some of the
scenarios that are ideal candidates for the Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud.
Extending the Business Logic to the Cloud
Imagine a scenario where the e-Commerce storefront running on the public
domain nee... (more)
Last week, there have been few important feature releases from Amazon.
Apache CloudStack proudly announces its graduation to Top Level Project.
There were also some new releases from StackMob, Scalr and Appcelerator.
Here’s a quick sum up of Cloud happenings over the last week.
To begin with, IaaS leader Amazon has added another powerful security option,
the AWS CloudHSM service. The CloudHSM service helps customers to meet strict
requirements for key management without sacrificing application performance.
Next, they have also announced about the newest version of Amazon Linux A... (more)