Amazon woos VMware admins (and workloads) with new portal

photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:Can you say hybrid cloud? AWS says its new portal will let VMware administrators manage AWS, as well as VMware, resources. Interesting. Late Friday, Amazon Web Services announced a portal that it says will make VMware admins comfortable managing workloads in the Amazon cloud. This is just the latest push by the public ...

New AWS Management Portal for vCenter

IT Managers and Administrators working within large organizations regularly tell us that they find the key AWS messages — fast and easy self-service provisioning, exchange of CAPEX for OPEX, and the potential for cost savings — to be attractive and compelling. They want to start moving into the future by experimenting with AWS, but they don’t always ...

Tectonic shift as public cloud giants acknowledge the power of private deployment options

photo: Barb Darrow SUMMARY:News flash: Amazon and Google start to realize that businesses want more than public cloud. Among all the cloud news this week, the bulk of attention went to dueling price cuts by Google and Amazon that went across the major services. But equally, or perhaps more important, was that Amazon continued to acknowledge the existence ...

SDN meets the real world: implementation benefits and challenges

This report underwritten by: Nuage Networks 1Executive Summary Software-defined networking (SDN) is an enabling technology shift that mimics for networking what server virtualization brought to data centers. From little more than a research project a decade or so ago, SDN has become one of the biggest trends in the data center, and for good reason. ...

Bringing in-memory transaction processing to the masses: an analysis of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 in-memory OLTP

1Executive Summary The emerging class of enterprise applications that combine systems of record and systems of engagement has geometrically growing performance requirements. They have to support capturing more data per business transaction from ever-larger online user populations. These applications have many capabilities similar to consumer online services such as Facebook or LinkedIn, but they need ...

Optimizing NGINX and PHP-fpm for high traffic sites

After 7 years of using NGINX with PHP, we learned a couple of things about how to best optimize NGINX and PHP-fpm for high traffic sites. Below is a collection of tips and recommendations: 1. Switch from TCP to UNIX domain sockets UNIX domain sockets offer better performance than TCP sockets over loopback interface (less copying ...

Confessions of a Full Stack DevOp

In an interesting post from Jeff Knupp, he laments the increasing tendancy for development and operations roles to merge into one: Rather than temporarily taking on a single role for a short period of time, then transitioning into the next role, they are meant to be performing all the roles, all the time. And here’s what ...

How I used Heartbleed to steal a site’s private crypto key

Extracting keys from unpatched servers requires skill, but it’s eminently doable. Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock By now everyone knows about the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability: a missing bounds check in one of the most popular TLS implementations has made millions of Web servers (and more) leak all sorts of sensitive information from memory. This can leak login credentials, authentication cookies, ...

Should you always pass just the bare minimum data into a function?

A look at two ways to the get a similar result—but one way is superior. Stack Exchange This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites. Anders Holmström asks: Let’s say I have a function IsAdmin that checks ...

How the PaaS market is moving beyond deployment and scaling

This report underwritten by: Restlet Executive Summary Platform as a Service (PaaS) is not only about deploying and scaling apps using APIs but also about creating, testing, and debugging those applications, as well as mashing together different web APIs to create new applications for business users. This report will examine the state of the PaaS ...