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Practical tips for developers of cloud computing applications.

Using the new awscli with Chef and OpsWorks

We used to go through so much trouble to manipulate Amazon Web Services resources from the command-line. There were separate AWS command-line tools for each service, and each needed to be downloaded and had unique configuration, and each had its own unique output format. Eric Hammond wrote in detail about this. With the new awscli […] Read more

Ancient wisdom apparently has much to offer modern cloud application architects. This fragment was discovered in a shadowy basement in the Tel Aviv area of Israel. See a PDF of the fragment This finding clearly shows that ancient cloud application architects in the great talmudic academies of Babylon struggled with the transition away from classic […] Read more

Building and operating a private cloud ourselves is simple, right? Give our experienced IT folks a budget for hardware and software, a clear mandate, and deadlines, and we’re likely to succeed. That’s what we’ve always done, and it’s worked out tolerably well. Private cloud isn’t so different from running our own virtual machine environment, and […] Read more

Developing Means Delivering

An informal survey of my application developer friends revealed four main types of motivations driving developers. These four types of motivations are represented in this diagram: Individual developers can be motivated more or less altruistically. Individual developers can also be focused on the external manifestations of success – such as appreciative customers – or on […] Read more

Software Delivery Operations

Like companies producing any kind of offering, software companies require three elements in order to successfully deliver: knowing what to build, knowing how to build it, and knowing how to deliver it to the customer. When each of these three functions – research, engineering, and delivery – does its job independently, you get slow progress […] Read more

The missing layer

Traditional descriptions of cloud computing and the various cloud operating models – IaaS, PaaS, SaaS – focus on the locus of responsibility for various layers of the system: facilities, network, storage, servers, etc. But these descriptions typically omit a critical element. Can you spot it in the diagram below? The missing layer is the only […] Read more

As of Februrary 2011 AWS S3 has been able to serve static websites, giving you superior availability for unchanging (or seldom-changing) content. But most websites today are not static; dynamic elements drive essential features such as personalized pages, targeted advertisements, and shopping carts. Today’s release from AWS CloudFront: Support for Dynamic Content alleviates some of the challenge […] Read more

Scalability and HA Limitations of AWS Marketplace AMIs

Reading AWS’s recent announcement of the AWS Marketplace you would think that it provides a catalog of click-to-deploy, highly-available, scalable applications running on EC2. You’d be partially right: the applications available in the AWS Marketplace are deployable in only a few clicks. But highly-available and scalable services will be difficult to build using Marketplace images. […] Read more

Ten^H^H^H Many Cloud App Design Patterns

Today I presented at the Enterprise Cloud Summit at the Interop conference. The talk was officially entitled Ten Cloud Design Patterns, but because my focus is on the application, I re-titled it. And I mention more than ten patterns, hence the final title Many Cloud App Design Patterns. I explore a number of important issues for […] Read more

Roundup: CloudConnect 2011 Platforms and Ecosystems BOF

The need for cloud provider price transparency. What is a workload and how to move it. “Open”ness and what it means for a cloud service. Various libraries, APIs, and SLAs. These are some of the engaging discussions that developed at the Platforms and Ecosystems “Birds of a Feather”/”Unconference”, held on Tuesday evening March 8th during the CloudConnect 2011 […] Read more