Tuesday, 23 October 2012

AWS Week in Review - October 8th to October 14th, 2012


Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week:

Monday, October 8
Tuesday, October 9
Wednesday, October 10
Thursday, October 11
Friday, October 12
Sunday, October 14


AWS Week in Review - October 15th to October 21st, 2012

Sunday, 14 October 2012

MindMap – Cloud Computing Vendor Ecosystem 2012

Click on IMAGE to Open Flash File which will allow you to navigate through all Nodes…

Cloud Vendors Ecosystem

Source: http://up-con.com/vote

Reblogged from clean-clouds.com

INFOGRAPHIC: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Cloud?

A really thoughtful infographic from CA Technologies’ CloudViews, based on a recent survey of IT leaders. 

It shows just how and why some companies have been slow to adapt Cloud Computing.

To read the complete story, CLICK HERE 


Reblogged from yoyoclouds.com

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Infographic : Innovations on Campus

The infographic focuses on the technologies used by the 10 winning projects of the 2012 Innovators Awards.

Innovations on Campus
Put Together By: OnlineUniversities.com

AWS Week in Review - October 1st to October 7th, 2012


Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week:

Monday, October 1
Tuesday, October 2
Wednesday, October 3
Thursday, October 4
Friday, October 5
Sunday, October 7


Infographic : Going BYOD

Going BYOD
Presented By: OnlineColleges.net

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Infographic : How Big Data is Changing the College Experience

How Big Data is Changing the College Experience
Presented By: OnlineDegrees.org

Infographic : How Safe is Your PIN ?

Since PIN guessing and hacking has been all over the news lately, we decided to take a comprehensive look at everything you should know about PINs and PIN safety - including some background, best practices and most/least common PINs.

How Safe Is Your PIN?
Compiled by: BackgroundCheck.org

Friday, 5 October 2012

VMware vCloud Service - Creating vApp

Another very nicely detailed post by yoyoclouds.com

In previous post of this series we saw how to create an account for VMware vCloud Service Evaluation using a Promo Code.
[...]Assuming that you have received your Username and Password for vCloud service evaluation via e-mail, we can now start by creating our first vApp !!
Login to your vCloud (https://vcloudservice.vmware.com) using the Administrative Username and Password :

Once you logged in, Select the "My Cloud Tab". This tab will display the VMs and vApps that you will create from now onwards.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Infographic: Which Country Uses The Internet Best?

According to a recent study, not only does the US have a lower percentage of households with personal computers, but also offers slower bandwidth per user than countries such as Canada, Ireland, Sweden, Japan, and others. So, which country uses the Internet best? 

Who Uses the Internet Best?
From: OEDb.org

VMware vCloud Service- Getting started

VMware vCloud Service - Part 1 Getting Started

As per VMware's Definition: "A vCloud Service Evaluation is the best way to experience how VMware can add infrastructure capacity within minutes without needing to purchase the capacity as capital expense yourself. It also provides the opportunity to learn how easy it is to administer workloads between environments of choice. The vCloud Service Evaluation includes an extremely flexible, on-demand, self-service public cloud service that allows for seamless migration of workloads between your existing cloud environment, the vCloud Service Evaluation, and VMware’s ecosystem of service providers (in conjunction with your internal vSphere environment)."
Want a simple one-liner? Refer the definition by yoyoclouds.com here
"A vCloud Service Evaluation is VMware's attempt (and may I add a good one !!) to creating a self-service, self-managed, automated, pay-per-use model based Public Cloud"

With vCloud Service Evaluation, you can:

  • Access your cloud through the “vCloud Service Evaluation Console”, an example of a customized user interface based on vCloud technology, and utilize virtual servers from a shared resource pool for a low hourly cost.

  • Enjoy a turnkey experience by deploying VMs or application
    templates in a matter of minutes. With VMware Virtual Appliances or vApps, you have the ability to provision multi-tier applications without manual configuration. You’ll also have unlimited access to pre-packaged infrastructure and application templates.

When you get started with the vCloud Service Evaluation, you will be using a public cloud that offers you:

  • Redundancy - If hardware that is powering your VMs fails, your VMs will be automatically moved to a new set of resources, regardless of operating system or underlying hardware configuration.

  • Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) – DRS enables your cluster to be properly balanced with the workloads running upon it. DRS automatically keeps physical hosts and clusters running smoothly by moving workloads off if they can be better used on different ‘less busy’ hosts.

  • vCloud Networking & Security - VMware vCloud Networking & Security Edge firewall control is built in, so no need to add a 3rd party firewall.

  • API - The vCloud API is your interface to building new management solutions and integrating existing ones with VMware cloud infrastructure. 

  • vApps - We provide a library of predefined vApps, or create your own. vApps (or “Virtual Appliances”) are a grouping of virtual machines that allow you to start, stop, reboot and even destroy your virtual machines with just a click or two.

  • Bandwidth – The vCloud Service Evaluation offers unlimited inbound bandwidth, and free outbound bandwidth up to 1TB.

  • IPs – We offer you a pool of public and private IP addresses OS Templates – We offer both Windows and Linux.

  • Application Templates – We offer a suite of application templates that greatly simplify development and testing of popular web applications.

Getting Started with the vCloud Service Evaluation

It’s very simple to begin your vCloud Service Evaluation. With just a few clicks, your account will be provisioned and ready to use in minutes.

Setting up your vCloud Service Evaluation account:

1. Visit http://vcloud.vmware.com/evaluate-cloud
2. Click the "Join Our Beta" button
vmware vCloud service evaluation beta

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Get Started With Oracle Applications Now With Our New Test Drive Program

AWS has just launched Oracle Test Drive Labs.
The purpose of the Oracle Test Drive program is to provide customers with the ability to quickly and easily explore the benefits of using Oracle software on AWSserver infrastructure.
These labs have been developed by Oracle and AWS partners and are provided free of charge for educational and demonstration purposes.
Each Test Drive lab includes up to 5 hours of complimentary AWS server time to complete the lab, and you can return here and to try any or all of the Test drive Labs at any time, so feel free to experiment and explore!
Please note that there may be some pre-requisitesfor few labs. Kindly understand them, acquire the required accounts or softwares before proceeding with the labs.

For example, Oracle Secure Backup to S3 requires Oracle Technet (OTN) account.
The products vary from Oracle products for Database and Infrastructure, Oracle Applications and Oracle Fusion Middleware.
We can select from nearly a dozen labs which include but are not limited to: 

  • Oracle Data Guard Disaster Recovery
  • Oracle Secure Backup to S3
  • Siebel on AWS

Read below post by Jeff for sample demo of back up Oracle database to AWS using the Oracle Secure Backup product.

One of the key advantages that customers and partners are telling us they really appreciate about AWS is its unique ability to cut down the time required to evaluate new software stacks. These "solution appliances" can now be easily deployed on AWS and evaluated by customers in hours or days, rather than in weeks or months, as is the norm with the previous generation of IT infrastructure.
With this in mind, AWS has teamed up with leading Oracle ecosystem partners on a new initiative called the Oracle Test Drive program.

Amazon RDS - Now Available in the AWS Free Usage Tier

Good News!!!

AWS has announced AWS RDS Support in AWS Free Usage Tier. Prior to this, AWS only supported AWS RDS - SQL Server in Free tier, such as:

AWS RDS Free Tier old

But starting today, AWS has announced support for all databases of AWS RDS :

AWS RDS Free Tier new
Starting October 1st, 2012

* These free tiers are only available to new AWS customers, and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date. When your free usage expires or if your application use exceeds the free usage tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details). Restrictions apply; see offer terms for more details.

Amazon RDS free tier is currently not available in VPC.

Read below abstract from Jeff's post on AWS Blog :

[...]  Our customers appreciate the fact that they can launch DB Instances on demand at very affordable hourly rates, with the option to purchase Reserved DB Instances to reduce their costs even more. Here's a video (featuring Biswaroop Palit of the Amazon RDS team) with more information about what RDS is and how it will simplify your life:

We are now adding RDS to the AWS Free Usage Tier. New AWS customers (see the AWS Free Usage Tier FAQ for eligibility details) can use the MySQL, Oracle (BYOL licensing model), or SQL Server database engines on a Micro DB Instance for up to 750 hours per month, along with 20 GB of database storage, 10 million I/Os and 20 GB of backup storage. When you combine this new capability with the existing EC2 usage available on the Free Usage Tier, you may be to build and run a complete multi-tiered web application without spending a penny. Here's another video with more information on this important new development:

In order to help you to get the most from Amazon RDS on Oracle, we'll be hosting a free RDS webinar at 10:00 AM (PT) on October 18th.
Attend the webinar to learn how RDS lets you focus on your business by addressing the key pain points that come with Oracle database administration.

AWS Week in Review - September 24th to September 28th, 2012

Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week:

Monday, September 24
Tuesday, September 25
Wednesday, September 26
Thursday, September 27
Friday, September 28

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Infographic : Goals Behind Social Media Use

According to the latest data100% of colleges and universities surveyed are using some form of social media. But what are their goals behind social media use? We published an infographic today that breaks these goals down into the following categories: 

1. Increase awareness/advocacy/rankings
2. Engage current students/faculty/staff
3. Recruit students, engage admitted students/alumni
4. Crisis issues and management

Furthermore, we look at social media engagement by channels (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and measure their effectiveness.

Goals Behind Social Media Use