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 Alan Williamson's Blog We knew it was coming, the leafs were rustling and the wind was blowing. Yesterday Microsoft finally released their vision for their offering into the cloud space. They have published a whitepaper on Azure so with that, here are the highlights from that whitepaper. High level view: "a platform for running Windows applications and storing their data in the cloud" Four main areas; Windows Azure base, .NET services, SQL services and Live services All Azure applications run within Microsoft's data centers accessible via the Internet Applications built on .NET will only be able to run in Azure (non .NET apps possibly in 2009) Developers will use Visual Studio 2008 Azure supports background processes that run independent from the web app Access to the Azure Storage service is via REST API (which isn't MS SQL Server) Storage is not strictly SQL (R... (more)

Servlet to Servlet Communication

Java has brought much in the way of programming advancement within easy reach of developers. Powerful constructs such as multithreading and advance communication are now relatively easy for you to use in your programs. Java has also brought a strong sense of object orientation. The ability to reuse code and not reinvent the wheel each time you program is a great improvement over alternative programming languages. But for a developer to reuse code, the language has to support the mechanisms that make it easy to build complex systems by simply plugging objects together. Java has t... (more)

Sun "Believes In IP" But Not In "IP Colonialism," Says Schwartz at Open Source Conference

OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board Members Announced Schwartz Attacks GPL; Sun's Mention of "Stewardship" Has People Thinking of JavaAt the inaugural Open Source Business Conference, which opened today in San Francisco, Jonathan Schwartz has been giving a keynote. We bring here an early on-the-spot report, written by former JDJ editor-in-chief and LinuxWorld Magazine founding editor, Alan Williamson. Jonathan Schwartz, President and COO of Sun Microsystems, today opened up the spring Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in San Francisco. The OSBC is aimed at the business side... (more)

Cloud Computing Bootcamp Announced, Learn What All the Fuss Is About

Alan Williamson's Blog Everywhere you look, someone somewhere is talking about clouds. Cloud this, cloud that, what on earth is all this fuss about? Well the good news, as with most technologies it's never as complicated as the marketing hype would lead you to believe. We've been working in the 'cloud' world for over 2 years now, with many a large installation under our belts. We've worked with all the major cloud providers and deploying fault tolerant solutions both within and outwith the cloud. We were invited to conduct a 'boot camp', that would take people through how the... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing CEO Michael Crandell

"We are in an ideal position to accelerate our business to continue our leadership in this rapidly advancing cloud market," says RightScale CEO Michael Crandell, in this Exclusive Q&A with the editor-in-chief of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal, Alan Williamson. "We decided the timing was right to create a war chest that would take us to profitability," Crandell added. Earlier this month RightScale snagged $13M in a Series B round of venture funding. Here's the interview in full: Cloud Computing Journal: $13M is quite a chunk of change to raise in this climate. Was this about w... (more)