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In an application deployed directly on IaaS, you know and control everything about the database; in a SaaS application you know little and control nothing. But how does it work in PaaS? Since a PaaS is essentially a container that runs application code, and virtually every application requires a persistent data store, most PaaS offerings provide some kind of database services. Not surprisingly, Resource PaaS offerings most closely resemble SaaS in that they hide more deployment details, while Server PaaS offerings are more flexible but potentially more complex. (For more on Resource PaaS vs. Server PaaS, see Keys to the PaaSing Game: Multi-Tenancy.) What is surprising is that some Resource PaaS offerings use a proprietary and non-standard database. Let's take a closer look at how several of the leading Platform-as-a-Service offerings handle databases and file syst... (more)

Web Application Lifecycle Maintenance

Like an automobile, a web application needs occasional maintenance and management over its life cycle. Although it doesn't need oil changes, it will probably need version upgrades. There may not be manufacturer recalls, but sometimes servers fail or hang. An application doesn't need to be washed and detailed, but it does need to be backed up. And both cars and applications need occasional performance tuning. This article provides a complete list of the system management functions that need to be performed on a standard architecture web application, with a particular emphasis on ... (more)

Ahead in the Cloud: 2012 Cloud Computing Predictions

Despite my shaky prediction performance in 2011, I'm going to try again. Last year, my best predictions were based on some sort of specialized knowledge or insight, and the worst came from looking into the macro environment and making guesses. So, this year's predictions emphasize the former approach, yet hopefully avoid sounding like claims such as "the market will fluctuate." 1. 2012 will be the Year of the Storefront in the cloud. Admittedly, this is a somewhat self-serving prediction, since Standing Cloud is (among other things) a storefront. But based on the variety of offerin... (more)

Keys to the PaaSing Game: Multi-Tenancy

Whether SaaS, IaaS or PaaS, one of the central concepts of all layers of cloud computing is multi-tenancy. If there is no shared resource in a deployment, it's difficult to justify calling that deployment "cloud." Even NIST makes it more or less official within its formal definition of cloud computing, which reads, in part: Essential Characteristics: Resource pooling. The provider's computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand. ... (more)

The Cloud’s Little Secret

Think back to when you were a kid. Remember that thing you thought, felt, wanted or did that you were embarrassed about? You probably worried that you were the only person in the world who had that thought, feeling, desire or behavior. It was your Little Secret. Only as you got older did you figure out that it was actually pretty common, that everyone did that, or felt that way, at least once in a while. And that maybe it even had a name. If you're a nerd like me, you probably had more than one of these. As we've talked to customers, prospects and vendors in the industry, we've r... (more)