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I’m Monkey; I’m Donkey!   Leave a comment

This is something they used to do whenever they get an open mailbox on a workstation. This will go to all those are there in the contacts list. Now guess what will happen? Seriously, nothing but a smile on all faces who read that mail when they see you the ‘hacked’. There were people who were wandering around just to see some open inboxes. Thinking back, in those days, emails were not that handy and spasm were a virtual virtue.

Internet had gone beyond TBL’s dreams and has seen the only upward trends. But there was also a darker side growing as big, or maybe bigger, who threatens the world by their penetration power. These communities are exaggerated versions of the ‘I’m Monkey’ enthusiasts. Usually a smarter groups who are good in reverse engineering and black box analysis (Not a black magic!). Though both sides continue their battle, we get the best out of this.

Coming back to the email fun, today most people know that sending mails pretending to be any other is simple and its takes just seconds to identify them.  Because of these we are fighting against spam and are wasting much time in separating the bad and good. The extensive spam filtering implemented by many email provides have eased our task still most of the computing power is just wasted over the multilevel pattern matching and filtering. It’s not unusual that these filters sometimes send the most genuine emails into the spam box, which usually costs the most for the email owner. Even that is extreme, but we are far safer than the past, unguarded situation.

 There was a trend in past to host the mail servers in the company network or company owned servers collocated in some high secure datacenters. The main argument was the ownership of the data. The threats and need for global access made the IT mangers to suggest a shift to major email service providers, this definitely compromise the previous argument of data ownership. The economically smart CEO’s opted these services and too cautious corporates continued to the datacenter option. When the cloud came, more and more companies moved into it.

Now the IT Mangers are happy that the headache is with Google or Microsoft or someone else, but in deep anguish because of the lost control over the sending & receiving settings that they used to enjoy in all past arrangements. Now the cloud provider fixes their own levels of ‘pest control’ causing the friendly butterflies to get caged.  Again the line of control is fairly unjustified and will continue that way.

In any case, there will be the ‘I’m Donkey’ people looking out for your open boxes.

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Posted October 16, 2011 by jsusmer in Cloud, mind waves

Cloud DB comparison

  1. Comparing Google App Engine, Amazon SimpleDB and Microsoft SQL Server Data Services
  2. Torry Harris Service Comparison

Posted November 15, 2010 by jsusmer in Cloud, search

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Windows AMI from scratch?   Leave a comment

As a result of the further investigations in the Developer Documentations and community forum, I concluded that it is possible to build a Windows OS AMI from scratch.

Even though it produces some error while running the uploaded instance, the postings confirms the existence of a process to create and upload AMI on to EC2. But wait! The reply to the issue posted also says the build from scratch will fail due to jicensing issues related to the OS. Colin Rhodes says “…the ONLY way to create a new Windows AMI is to re-bundle an existing Windows AMI…”

Being said these, the following is a dead ends related to this, it suggests that they have created instances and are having some issues while logging in using RDP. The system could not log you on

Now, here is the one that wants to create AMI from scratch programmatically.

Finally, this one a recent post.

Posted October 25, 2010 by jsusmer in Cloud, search

Running Windows Server in Amazon EC2   Leave a comment

The following URL lists a step by step process to run a Windows Server Instance in EC2 http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2009/01/13/how-to-run-windows-amp-iis-in-the-cloud-on-amazon-ec2-in-15-mins.aspx

Though it started with a Free Account sign up, you need to enter Credit Card (CC) information to set-up an Instance.

As it was interesting to see how easy it may be to get my own AMI for windows server to be ran on EC2, I found this link
http://thewebfellas.com/blog/2008/9/1/creating-an-new-ec2-ami-from-within-vmware-or-from-vmdk-files
like many other links, this also starts with an interesting portion on Windows Server and EC2, but whil I was reading down realized that the AMI creation was mainly for Linux Virtual machines. Someone asked in the comments section about using this same on a Windows Server image, and well its just a ‘trail try’ as the author responds.

http://aws.amazon.com/windows/
Since I have no CC info to share with Amazon, I’m waiting for someone to list the steps to run our own windows AMI on EC2.

Posted October 25, 2010 by jsusmer in Cloud, search

Moving into Cloud   Leave a comment

Till now I was really concentrating on a path to decide whether to virtualize or to move to Cloud. Both seems to have its own pros and cons. The advantages of the cloud computing is truly tempting, but the migration seems to be a big task and lots of consulting and research is needed.

Some plans of easy migration of “Small business data projects” are recently being introduced by many vendors. One among them is Microsoft, who have released SQL Server Migration Assistant in August which enables Access 2010 based forms projects to be easily moved into SQL Azure Cloud. The tool offers Oracle MySQL migration too.

There may be more such tools as time passes and Cloud becomes more and more popular. On the other hand developing and testing for Cloud environments are also getting popular. Google App Engine, which I have tried in past (Using Python) and crated some sample Apps has a very easy development and deployment platform. Where as commercial tools are very popular fro Amazon Web Services, especially since EC2. Once of such tools is the CloufPort (Enterprise and Personal). This helps in building and designing SOAP based services that can be hosted on an EC2.

Posted October 20, 2010 by jsusmer in Cloud

The Cloud Migration: Can I Cloud?   Leave a comment

A good approach is to rebuild your applications to get it hosted omn some Personal/Commercial clouds (read in details http://www.opencrowd.com/services/migration.php). This approach is very effective and is the best one, so “how far you want to go?” This is the point where all will ask “So I’ll be redoing everything I did to migrate? is this going to be a complete rebuild?”, Oh! yes, to get the best results this will stay something nearer to a rebuild.

So, is there any short-cuts? To be really cloud, there seems not many short-cuts. If your systems are already built on some type of layered design, there is a very good chance that the migration will be need for some layers. Reducing core redesign. Something like moving on the data storage to Cloud and change the access methods to use the cloud.

If the above option tense you, and you start thinking of suing the developer? I think you can wait and think for going virtual (http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/), may be you can reduce some infrastructure investment (may be save the environment too) and see some performance hike.Alternatively you can as the developer if this can be moved into a SaaS design.

Posted October 19, 2010 by jsusmer in Cloud, mind waves

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A Migration to cloud: Take a break   Leave a comment

In laconic, “Its a confusion getting materialized to make money”The definite meaning of this process is ineffable. “cloud” many be a new technology for many, like all other booming technologies this also is misrepresented and widely mis-introduced to the fast extravagant targets to squeeze some early easy money.

Just like the saying “early birds catches the worms” , this zone is truly lacerative.

The most sympathetic thing is that the market is having many “free” cloud services that are never been tried or utilized by many of these immigrants. Unfortunate, but what else to say, Google, Adobe and many other have been providing free & faily good such real cloud service which has been giving very productive support for my online work.

I am a frequent user of Google Docs, an advocate of Google aps, A user of Adobe Acrobat.com. These products have been simplifying me documentation and reporting works.

  • Google Doc’s Download As option was saving me from upgrading to new MS office versions
  • Google Doc Forms has been serving as an easy way of work reporting to me from my managed resources
  • A combination of MS Word and Acrobat.com were helping me to produce great looking Reports and PDFs
  • Google Chart APIs where simplifying my Grafical Data reporting
  • and more …

As per my reading, the Cloud is not a way to virtualize your desktops, its a way to scale your services, ease your software service deployment and build a better scalable infrastructure. In this way the productivity will be growing fast but still in control.

Posted October 19, 2010 by jsusmer in Cloud, mind waves