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Contingency planning efforts for continuity of operations and disaster recovery are concerned with designing and implementing cloud architectures that provide runtime reliability, operational resiliency, and automated recovery when interruptions are encountered, regardless of origin. The patterns in this chapter from Cloud Computing Design Patterns address different aspects of these requirements.

This chapter from The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Designing and Operating Large Distributed Systems, Volume 2 is an overview of what is involved in designing services that use distributed computing techniques. These are the techniques all large web sites use to achieve their size, scale, speed, and reliability.

Dropbox offers free cloud-based storage for personal use, with highly affordable options for commercial use. But sharing files via Dropbox comes with some interesting gotchas, especially when large volumes of data are involved or when files are shared by many users. Learn how to handle these gotchas with dispatch and aplomb, and avoid potential loss of access to important files or content.

This chapter from The Practice of Cloud System Administration: Designing and Operating Large Distributed Systems, Volume 2 starts with some operations management background, then discusses the operations service life cycle, and ends with a discussion of typical operations work strategies.

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Brad Yale

In case you happen to be looking for web hosting or cloud hosting solutions at this very moment, I want to take some time to address an issue which continually annoys me and, in all likelihood, will annoy you. That issue, how web hosting, cloud hosting, VPS/VDS and dedicated web hosting is marketed.

While a fair amount of web hosting marketing is straight forward, a good amount of it is designed to confuse and mislead.

Here are some examples.

Brad Yale

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure to represent InformIT.com/Pearson Education at GDC 2015. While at the game developers conference, I gained further perspective into a growing line of thought which has been growing in my mind for a while. As a Playstation guy through and through, this saddens me to say, yet: even though Sony Playstation has made excellent leaps forward in terms of providing the PS4 market with cloud gaming, the Microsoft XBox One has the competition whipped.

My contention going into GDC 2015: The Microsoft XBox One is a cloud computing platform in the form of a console while the Sony PS4 is a console reaching into the cloud gaming space.

My contention leaving GDC 2015: Not only is the Microsoft Xbox One way ahead of the Sony PS4 in terms of cloud gaming, the Azure cloud platform is flat out, incredible.

Here's why.

Brad Yale

In an ongoing effort to shed light on basic concepts within the Internet, this article is going to touch on a underlying principle of cloud based solutions, PaaS. This article will aim to answer the following questions:


  1. What is PaaS?
  2. How does PaaS Work?
  3. How is PaaS Different than Traditional App Development?
  4. What are the Major Benefits of PaaS?
  5. Who Should Utilize PaaS?

  6. If you need a refresher on how the cloud works, check out "How the Internet Works: The Layers of the Cloud"

Brad Yale

For most of us, haptic feedback takes two forms - a vibrating phone in your pocket alerting you to an incoming message and key stroke vibrations when typing a text message/playing a game on your smart device. This though, is a shame because as Apple and Google engineers know, haptic feedback could be and should be used for so much more.

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