Metropolitan police in the cloud
The UK Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is planning to migrate various systems to the cloud. The MPS’s Strategic Cloud Programme is designed to increase collaboration, knowledge management, risk management, information sharing and business intelligence analytics tools. Once established in the MPS, other UK police services will then purchase similar services. In such a sensitive area, the emphasis will be upon strong security with a federated identity and comprehensive audit trails.
Microsoft Research claims to have designed a cloud that doesn’t leak data. Homomorphic encryption allows clients to encrypt data before sending it to the cloud, calculations can be performed on encrypted data and will produce encrypted results, in essence allowing all data to remain encrypted at all times. Whilst not even a production-ready method, it hasn’t stopped some reaching for hyperbole to determine it to be a technology that could save the cloud.
Java PaaS comparison
An article from IBM comparing what the three most prominent Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings for Java: Google App Engine for Java, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk, and CloudBees. As well as investigating each offering’s pros and cons, it also covers the basic concepts of Java PaaS.
Cray loses CTO
The supercomputer maker Cray has announced the departure of its chief technology officer, Steve Scott. A replacement has yet to be announced.
Okta raises $16.5 million in funding
Provider of single sign-on (SSO) solutions, Okta, has raised $16.5 million in funding for future expansion. SSO allows a single identity to access web applications and internal applications. The market has been hotting up recently with similar offerings from OneLogin and VMware Horizon AppManager (a rebranded MyOneLogin following VMware’s acquisition).
AppDynamics .NET monitoring and management
Producer of application performance management tools, AppDynamics, has launched a .NET monitoring and management solution. The solution is available as an in-house install and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
MongoDB at The Guardian
Mat Wall, lead software architect for guardian.co.uk, describes the various technologies that have been used over the years and why guardian.co.uk chose MongoDB as a datastore.
Windows Azure Tools 1.4 released
Windows Azure Tools 1.4 has been released by Microsoft as an update to the Visual Studio extension for Windows Azure. Probably of most interest to developers is the inclusion of MVC3 project templates.
PHP Fog renamed to AppFog
Presumably indicating a more language-agnostic future, PHP Fog has changed its name to AppFog. Also, AppFog announced a further $8 million in funding.
Comparing cloud computing prices
Cloudorado provides a calculator to determine the most cost-effective cloud platform to use, given a set of factors such as memory, storage, CPU, operating system and location. It compares pricing between the following hosts:
- Amazon Web Services
Couchbase raises $14 million
Leading NoSQL database company CouchBase has raised $14 million funding.
blitz.io uses Heroku, AWS and CouchDB
blitz.io has been gaining a lot of traction amongst developers recently. Designed to help developers load and performance test their applications, blitz.io have blogged about their Heroku, AWS and CouchDB infrastructure.