Category: Cloud

Encrypting Settings at Rest in Azure Service Fabric | 10th Magnitude

Included with every Microsoft Azure Service Fabric Actor and Service is a nice little settings.xml file that you may have considered using to store configuration values for your actors and services. Unfortunately, the documentation on how this file can be used is a bit lacking, so after hitting my head against it for a couple days, I figured out how it can be used so you don’t have to!

Tethered to the cloud — There is no cloud, it’s just someone else’s computer.

The “Cloud” is a technology that provides incredible convenience and flexibility. In fact, because of the cloud, I’m able to write this from the coffee house I’m at with two of my friends where we sometimes go to work. I love coffee houses, they’re where I seem to get my best work done. Working in these public spaces is a growing trend for remote employees and entrepreneurs. For many of us, it’s great to get out of the confines of our sometimes stifling home offices and venture out into the world to get our work done, in a new setting, with other people. It doesn’t surprise me any more to see every single table around me occupied by people who would otherwise be working from home. These people, like myself, need to get out of our caves and interact with the rest of the world. And we’re able to do this because of the cloud.

OpenStack Part II: OpenStack 2016 Survey Reveals Pattern of User Deployments

OpenStack use, and the pattern of users’ new deployments, were shown at the OpenStack 2016 conference in Austin, Texas, via the highlights of the OpenStack Foundation’s own survey of more than 1,600 respondents worldwide. The overview of survey results, accessible online via a Google search, casts more light on an important technology affecting the build-out of new cloud infrastructure.

The April, 2016, survey was the seventh one conducted by the OpenStack Foundation, to see how user adoption patterns are changing, over time. The shift in deployment types it reveals is significant, because new OpenStack releases are rolled out each year. This cycle roughly coincides with the two OpenStack conferences held annually.