Paravirtualization: A Trick in the Cloud

The very nature of virtualization makes it unique in that it adds a barrier between the traditional hardware and operating system layers.  By very definition, virtualization creates an operating environment on the host hardware that allows for complete customization and allocation of resources, regardless of which operating system is installed.  It is not uncommon to have several different operating systems reside side by side.  In fact, recently even Microsoft opened their proprietary Azure cloud platform to support Linux builds.

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Well, all the jokes can’t be good. You’ve got to expect that once in a while.

Organizations are busy working on creating cloud migration paths for their current applications and data stores, assuming that these systems can easily be ported. What is often overlooked is that most applications weren’t created with the cloud in mind, so expecting them to scale to cloud environments isn’t realistic. Unless you have the team to rewrite these applications for running in virtualized or cloud environments, the movement to a cloud model will need to be done in several steps up a steep learning curve. Continue reading

Normality? We can talk about normality until the cows come home.

Continuing from Monday’s post, today we look into Platform as a Service, or PaaS. This is one of the lesser known service models as it is sometimes hard to picture the difference between PaaS and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The key difference is really the type of users that typically work on creating the environment within PaaS, this is truly the developer’s domain. Continue reading

It’s In That Place I Put That Thing That Time

If you’ve been on any cloud or virtualization site lately, you’ve probably seen the picture of a bright yellow elephant staring you down. The Hadoop elephant to be precise. Apache’s Hadoop is considered to be one of the most important technologies in the transition to large scale cloud environments. In fact, Yahoo! has been the largest contributor to Hadoop and uses it across their entire organization, as does Facebook. So here is a brief introduction to this large-scale software framework. Continue reading