Computing

The distributed cloud era has arrived

The term “cloud” has been evolving ever since the term was first used in the early 1990s. One could argue that Cloud 1.0 was really nothing more than a euphemism for hosted services. Hosted services gave companies the ability to run critical apps off their premises in a highly secure, predictable environment. This value proposition continued with the future rise of services like AWS and Microsoft Azure, where businesses would “lift and shift” legacy apps and drop them into a cloud. 

Cloud 2.0 gave rise to web-optimized apps. In Cloud 2.0 the apps were truly built for the cloud and

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Dealing with sovereign data in the cloud

It’s Friday, and you’re about to close your laptop and go to happy hour, when you get an urgent e-mail stating that due to data being illegally transported out of the country, the company has been fined $250,000.  

What happened?

As bad luck would have it, your cloud provider backs up the database containing sovereign data to a storage system outside of the country. This is done for a good reason: Relocating data for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes to another region reduces the risk of data loss if the primary region is down. 

Of course, this is not

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Google CAMP helps you modernize your cloud apps

Google has launched a cloud application modernization effort, which the company said leverages its experience in driving application delivery at speed and scale.

Unveiled August 25, the Google Cloud App Modernization Program (CAMP) Is intended to help large enterprises modernize application development and delivery and improve speed.

Facets of Google CAMP include:

  • Solutions, recommendations, and best practices for application modernization. The application lifecycle is covered from writing code to running and securing applications. Practices include driving alignment between developers and operators, lean product development, and technical practices such as implementing loosely coupled architectures and continuous testing.
  • Tailored modernization advice gained
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Do developers really care about open source?

FaunaDB founder Evan Weaver has a crazy thought. Even as open source projects like Linux and Kubernetes continue to thrive, he suggests that maybe, just maybe, “As long as you give developers an API that’s open and a cost model that works for them then they don’t care [about open source]. They just don’t want to operate anything.” Cloud, in other words, not code.

It’s a bold thought, and not an unreasonable one. When I floated this idea with a range of industry heavyweights, however, they pushed back for a number of different reasons. Among them? Well, according to Guarav

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9 ways to build privacy into your cloud applications

Privacy is one of those nebulous ideas that everyone loves. Delivering it, though, is a job that’s full of nuance and tradeoffs. Turn the dial too far to one side and the databases are useless. Turn it too far in the other direction and everyone is upset about your plan to install camera arrays in their shower to automatically reorder soap.

The good news is that there is a dial to turn. In the early days, everyone assumed that there was just a switch. One position delivered all of the wonderful magic of email, online ordering, and smartphones. The other

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How to find cloud talent during a boom

We made the call from the start: COVID-19 would spike the need for cloud computing and cloud computing talent. IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker noted an increase in cloud spending with traditional infrastructure taking a dirt nap. The pandemic was the primary driver behind the shift in IT spending, with IDC noting that widespread remote work triggered demand for enterprise cloud-based services.

Of course, that was last quarter. The outlook for the remainder of the year is explosive cloud growth with funding and acceleration of cloud projects underway right now or about to begin. What currently hinders

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