Cloud computing news digest 15 August 2011

Alastair Aitken 15 August 2011 1

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.

Non-leaky cloud

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, describes the various technologies that have been used over the years and why 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:

  • CloudSigma
  • ElasticHosts
  • Storm
  • BitRefinery
  • Linode
  • OpSource
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Terremark
  • Rackspace
  • GoGrid

Couchbase raises $14 million

Leading NoSQL database company CouchBase has raised $14 million funding. uses Heroku, AWS and CouchDB has been gaining a lot of traction amongst developers recently. Designed to help developers load and performance test their applications, have blogged about their Heroku, AWS and CouchDB infrastructure.

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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  1. Marcin Okraszewski 16 August 2011 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Actually Cloudorado can also take transfer, max subscription duration and how many hours per month the server will run. The last one is available in advance mode only, while first two also in simple, while additional panels needs to be expanded.

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