I made some comments about the challenges that arise when hosting databases, in particular production databases, in a cloud environment. It was interesting to consider where the pain points would be with PaaS and IaaS, and the benefits and draw backs of each option.
When executing your organisation’s database strategy it is important to consider whether this will be an IaaS or PaaS implementation. A decision between IaaS and PaaS will generally depend on the type of database and the expertise in the business, according to Joe Gardiner, product head at cloud hosting firm CatN
“IaaS is becoming more and more commoditised so it can appear an inexpensive option. However, the expertise required to configure a scalable and resilient environment on IaaS for a production database are not to be underestimated and are rarely cheap,” says Gardiner.
Taken from the article Databases in the cloud – all you need to know on Cloud Pro.
Some points I made about the importance of good code hosted on the cloud were published on Cloud Pro.
One area that Joe Gardiner, head of product at cloud hosting firm Catn, believes is overlooked is the quality of code used in cloud applications
“Let’s face it – good code is better than poor code – especially if that poor code means you are using much more public cloud capacity than you actually need,” he says. “A good project manager should have regular “sanity check” milestones that should highlight whether there is a way to optimise the resource requirements of an application.
Taken from the article Cloud costs – making sure a move to public IaaS isn’t a financial drain on Cloud Pro.
This is a great article about the self perception of generation Y.
Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She’s also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y.
I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group — I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story.
Over the last few months I have been working with two business partners to get a new project off the ground. The project is called Brewly, and it is a home brew subscription service which makes brewing your own beer very simple and convenient.
Each month we will send our customers a branded box containing everything they need to brew their own: spray malt, sugar, hops (oil or dried, yet to be decided), and yeast. There is also the option to add a starter pack which will include a fermenting bucket, bottles and other paraphernalia. The starter pack is a one off purchase that can be used again and again with each month’s box.
I made some comments about selecting a hosting service for an e-commerce website. They were published on Tech Radar.
Coupled with this is the service level agreement (SLA) that supports the e-commerce servers in use, as Joe Gardiner, head of hosting at CatN, explains: “Make sure you have real people providing expert support. No IT system can be perfect and things will always go wrong at some stage, normally at a peak time. Knowing that you have a responsive, expert team that you can contact 24/7 is vital, especially in e-commerce where a minute of downtime can cost a lot of money.
“It’s also important to make sure that the system encompasses integration options, such as secure credit card transactions, credit checks and so on, and that it enables you to migrate away flexibly.”
Taken from the article How to choose the right server for your e-commerce site on Techradar.com.