Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An Open, Interoperable Cloud

This article describes how interoperable clouds can be created, today, through the integration of open standards such as the Open Cloud Compute Interface, the Open Virtualisation Format and CDMI. They provide the means to package virtual infrastructure deployments, an API for the runtime management of storage infrastructure and an API for the runtime management of infrastructure as service.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

EU Data Protection Directive and cloud backup

Tonight I was just investigating some "cloud backup storage solution (encryption included if possible)". I also discovered about the EU Data Protection Directive, that some cloud providers use as a marketing benefit for the final user.
What is it?
The European Union (EU) has a European directive restricting the use of a cloud backup in certain circumstances, the EU Data Protection Directive(EUDPD). The EUDPD defines some basic requirements on the protection of personal data of European citizens.

In practice the EUDPD prohibits many organisation to send any personal data to countries outside the European Union.

Sample company that I found zmanda.com (see logo at the bottom on the right border)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On clusters, the SQL Server Browser listens on which port?

Answer: IP_ANY

Explanation: In a cluster, the browser listens on the IP_ANY port, since this is not a cluster aware service.

Ref: SQL Server Browser Service - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms181087.aspx

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ABV - Architecture Business Value

Enterprise architects can add tremendous value to their organization's selection of a packaged application solution by analyzing each candidate's Architectural Business Value (ABV). Forrester Research's Randy Heffner explains how.
Read more here

Monday, July 4, 2011

Will Google+ dethrone Facebook ?

The announcement of the social network Google+ to dethrone Facebook captivated the world. Yet the service is no longer accepting any new tester until further notice, a victim of its success ALREADY.
Service here.