When Azure Breaks: Lessons For Every Cloud Programmer

Microsoft’s Azure cloud service aims for near-perfect uptime, but that doesn’t mean it is immune from major disasters. Here are some examples of the mistakes Microsoft has made that have caused Azure to temporarily break, and the lessons you can learn as a developer no matter what cloud platform you deploy.

Bees And Monkeys: 5 Cloud Lessons NAB Learned From AWS

National Australia Bank (NAB) has used Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide more reliable development and hosting processes for its online services. Here are the key lessons it learned as it moved key banking systems into the cloud.

'Don't Change Anything': A Problem With Cloud Computing

The move to cloud-based services has represented a big change in how we install and manage software. However, it hasn’t changed one of the fundamental principles: as soon as you start customising enterprise systems, you end up in trouble.

How Will Privacy Law Changes Affect Cloud Computing?

The growth of cloud computing has revolutionised the way that information is produced, stored, processed and consumed, with privacy laws sometimes failing to keep up. From 12 March 2014, changes to Australia’s Privacy Act will impose new obligations on companies that collect and process personal information, including those that operate in the cloud.

Why You Can't Just Switch To The Cloud Overnight

One of the often-hyped advantages of the cloud is the speed with which you can deploy a new service. In theory, you can whack down your credit card details and instantly have something working. But in reality, any full-scale shift to the cloud is going to require a planning process that takes months, if not years.

Single-Purpose Clouds: The Next Step After Private, Public And Hybrid

We’ve become accustomed to the notion of public cloud services (freely available to everyone), private cloud services (maintained by a specific company, but charged and deployed on a usage/needs basis) and hybrid clouds (which blend the two). The next possible development on the cloud horizon? Single-purpose clouds, optimised for a particular kind of workload.

Stupidly Obvious AWS Pitfalls That Trip Up Cloud-Hungry Businesses

Migrating a business onto Amazon Web Services (AWS) or another cloud provider can be a highly complicated process. Then there are the blatantly obvious dos and don’ts that nevertheless trip up an embarrassing number of companies.

Route 53: AWS' Secret DNS Cloud Sauce

The most frequently-discussed elements of Amazon Web Services (AWS) are its EC2 virtual server options and S3 cloud storage. Yet some long-term AWS customers reserve their highest praise for a rather more obscure product: the Route 53 scalable DNS management service.

Does The Cloud Mean Business Will Finally Use Unified Communications?

The concept of unified communications (UC) — voice, video, chat, email and collaboration all delivered over a single IP connection — has been hyped for more than a decade, but takeup rates remain low. Will shifting those services into the cloud make them more appealing to businesses?

Why Forced Web Shutdowns Are A Good Argument For Cloud

The government shutdown in the US means that many agencies are being forced to ‘bring down’ their web sites, even though actually leaving them in place would probably be cheaper. Those unusual circumstances deliver a lesson for everyone: using a demand-based cloud service can ensure you don’t end up stuck with excessive bills if you are forced to stop running sites or applications.