Cloud computing news digest 10 Oct 2011

Alastair Aitken 10 October 2011 0


Isle of Man cloud computing

The Guardian reports that the Isle of Man government applications have been moved onto cloud computing. Although the Isle of Man has a population of only 80,000, claimed savings are £250,000 from a previous data centre cost of around £2 million.

Cloud Provider Global Performance Ranking

CloudSleuth have a 12 month average Cloud Provider Global Performance Ranking which displays benchmark performances of 25 cloud computing providers, measured at various locations around the globe.

Oracle launches its cloud computing solution

Offering both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions, Oracle has launched its cloud computing solution. Oracle has previously been critical of cloud computing but now appears to have embraced it completely, including an Oracle social network to boot.


Savvis launch Database-as-a-Service

Savvis Symphony Database offers either Oracle Database 11g or Microsoft SQL Server as a service. Symphony Database is scalable and handles all Oracle and Microsoft licensing.

Getting started on Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have released a couple of getting started guides for hosting web applications on AWS using either Microsoft Windows or Linux. AWS has also announced that the AWS Management Console supports Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS) as well as now having an integrated IAM Policy Generator.


Scala available on Heroku

The functional programming language, Scala, is now available on Heroku. Scala runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) meaning it has access to all Java’s significant code libraries. Heroku is best known as a PaaS provider for the Ruby programming language.

Google Cloud SQL

Until now Google App Engine (GAE) developers had to use GAE’s proprietary data store. Google Cloud SQL is available for GAE which gives a MySQL compatible database engine with JDBC and DB-API support for Java and Python.


Bitbucket now supports Git

Github is probably the market leader in hosted Git source code management services. In an attempt to muscle in on Github’s market share, Bitbucket has announced support for Git. Previously Bitbucket supported only  Mercurial source code management.

Company news

Adobe acquires Nitobi and Typekit

Adobe has been acquring a couple of key players in the web application development scene. Adobe has acquired Nitobi, makers of mobile phone development framework PhoneGap and Adobe has acquired Typekit, a web-based font hosting service.

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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