How To Build Highly Scalable Web Applications For The Cloud

Scalability in the cloud depends a lot on application design.  Keep these important points in mind when you are designing your web application and you will scale much more naturally and easily in the cloud. ** Original article — Intro to EC2 Cloud Deployments ** 1. Think twice before sharding It increases your infrastructure and …

Metrics Bridge Gap Between IT & Business Units

On the business side we’ve all seen requests for hardware purchases that seem astronomical, or somehow out of proportion to the project at hand.  And on the IT side we’ve been faced with the challenge of selling capital expenditures on technology, as demands grow. Collecting statistics on real usage of server systems, and then connecting …

Review: Cloud Application Architectures

George Reese’s book doesn’t have the catchiest title, but the book is superb.  One thing to keep in mind, it is not a nuts and bolts or howto type of book.  Although there is a quick intro to EC2 APIs etc, you’re better off looking at the AWS docs, or Jeff Barr’s book on the …

iHeavy Insights 75 – Recognizing Quality

Finding good vendors who provide professional services may have a lot in common with finding good restaurants.  There may be an abundance of them, while the best ones remain difficult to find. A long line does not mean quality food Some restaurants have a long line because they have slow service.  If that’s because you’re …

Review: Host Your Web Site In The Cloud, Amazon Web Services Made Easy

Jeff Barr’s book on AWS is a very readable howto and a quick way to get started with EC2, S3, CloudFront, CloudWatch and SimpleDB.  It is short on theory, but long on all the details of really getting your hands dirty.  Learn how to: get started using the APIs to spinup servers create a load …

Introduction to EC2 Cloud Deployments

Cloud Computing holds a lot of promise, but there are also a lot of speed bumps in the road along the way. In this six part series we’re going to cover a lot of ground.  We don’t intend this series to be an overly technical nuts and bolts howto.  Rather we will discuss high level …