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Hooray for the Application Programming Interface

Have you ever wondered why there do not seem to be any new computer and network standards? Standards are still alive and well, but for the most part they have been replaced with application programming interfaces, which offer more flexibility in addition to being faster and easier to implement.

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Beth Cohen
Managed Hosting Services: The Next IT Dinosaur?

For years, specialized data center management companies packaged collocation and managed hosting services for their customers. Long the bread and butter of many data centers, is there still a place for managed hosting services now that public cloud IaaS is a well-established $13 billion industry?

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Beth Cohen
Application and System Orchestration with Evolving Cloud Architectures

As the cloud industry matures, it is finally poised for the next generation of cloud architectures based on innovative orchestration tools and service overlays designed to provide organizations more flexibility and more choices than ever before for building cloud applications and infrastructures.

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Beth Cohen
Cloud Application Migration—It’s the Network, Stupid

SaaS and IaaS vendors are looking for solutions to facilitate customer on-boarding, while customers are looking for ways to minimize vendor lock-in. Why have these services been so slow to mature? The functionality is much needed as more workloads are migrating or being built directly in the cloud.

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Beth Cohen
FedRAMP—Securing the Cloud Data Center Federal Style

In its continuing support of widespread federal cloud adoption, the US General Services Administration recently rolled out a security certification program, called the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) for public cloud data centers and service providers.

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Beth Cohen
Hystrix: Open Source Cloud Resiliency Release from Netflix

Chris Haddad takes a close look at Hystrix—an open source library that improves cloud resiliency and fault tolerance by preventing cascading failures, isolating downed services, and rerouting service connections. Hystrix joins a growing list of Netflix sponsored open source cloud projects.

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Chris Haddad
The Case of the Proliferating OpenStack Distros

It seems that a growing number of companies are not sticking with the main OpenStack program and deciding to fork off their own distributions for sale to their customers. If OpenStack follows the same development path as Linux, there will be hundreds of distributions with subtly different features.

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Beth Cohen
Merging IaaS and PaaS Platforms—Why We Should Care

Until recently, the OpenStack community was mostly concerned with building stable infrastructure platform functionality and viability. Now that it is robust enough for production, it is time to invest effort into integration with PaaS tools. Beth Cohen examines the options for integrated solutions.

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Beth Cohen