Morgan Hill cloud computing news roundup – 15 July 2011

Alastair Aitken 15 July 2011 0

Microsoft Licensing Mobility extended to the AWS Cloud

Enterprises with the Microsoft Volume License with Software Assurance can now run their existing Windows Server application licences on Amazon Web Services (AWS).  The Microsoft License Mobility with Software Assurance Program facilitates moving Windows Server applications licences between in-house systems and cloud computing.  AWS and Microsoft have extended this via Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance to the AWS Cloud to allow running a number of Windows Server applications on Amazon Web Services.

There are no fees for transferring licences, which means they can be moved from in-house systems to Amazon's cloud computing system, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2).

The Windows Server applications that may be run on AWS include:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Lync Server
  • Microsoft System Center Servers
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server

Amazon Web Services Software Development Kit for Ruby

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has posted an Introduction to AWS SDK for Ruby.  The SDK (Software Development Kit) provides Ruby developers with code libraries that make it easier to build applications that use Amazon Web Services.

The SDK provides official support for accessing the following Amazon Web Services components:

  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) – a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) – a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) – a reliable, highly scalable, hosted queue for storing messages as they travel between computers
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) – a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud
  • Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) – a highly scalable and cost-effective bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers
  • Amazon SimpleDB – a highly available, flexible, and scalable non-relational data store that offloads the work of database administration

The Ruby language is probably best well-known for the web application framework Ruby on Rails that allows developers to rapidly create web applications following the popular Model-View-Controller (MVC) paradigm.

Matz joins Heroku as Chief Architect

A bumping of a previous missive from Salesforce in May 2011 has been performed by Heroku with the announcement that Yukihiro Matsumoto is to join Heroku: better known as "Matz", the creator of Ruby has joined Heroku as Chief Architect.  A cloud application platform, Heroku was bought by in December 2010.

This is not the first instance of an organisation employing the creator of a language or framework; Ryan Dahl, creator of Node.js, a framework for building scalable network programs, is employed by Joyent, a cloud computing platform provider.

How significant Heroku's announcement is remains to be seen since Heroku announced official support for Clojure, a concurrent language running on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Easy deployment from Cloud9 IDE to Joyent

Cloud9 IDE is an example of a shift away from an IDE (Integrated Development Environments) located on a developer's machine to a cloud computing IDE running in the browser.  The concept of Development-as-a-Service has been gaining traction recently, highlighted by Atlassian's $5.5 Million investment in Cloud9.

In a further enhancement to the Development-as-a-Service concept Joyent and Cloud9 IDE announced the ability to deploy code from a project hosted on Cloud9 to Joyent infrastructure, allowing developers to run, debug and deploy applications from a web browser.

CloudFlare raises $20 million

CloudFlare, a service to protect and accelerate websites, raises $20 million to aid expansion.  On the surface CloudFlare is a DNS provider but it also performs caching via CloudFlare's globally distributed network as well as implementing security measures to prevent a variety of attack.

Disclosure: this website is protected by CloudFlare.

Citrix Systems acquires has been acquired by Citrix is a cloud computing platform provider for several big name web companies including the world's largest web host GoDaddy, gamer's favourite Zynga and Tata Communications.

JBoss Application Server 7 released

Enterprise favourite, JBoss Application Server 7 has been released.  Amongst the claimed benefits for the new JBoss application server are a sub-3 second startup, small footprint, aggressive memory management, application isolation and improved administration.

Alastair Aitken (124 Posts)

As a contract developer and manager I’ve worked in a wide range of enterprises in a variety of countries where I’ve encountered everything from great work, awful work, bizarre work, all the way down to quasi-legal work. If you think that you recognise your own organisation within my articles then you’re undoubtedly wrong, where you work isn’t that unique.

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