Apache SOLR or Amazon CloudSearch

May 4, 2014

Very well written article comparing the two search technologies – http://www.8kmiles.com/amazon-cloudsearch-vs-apache-solr/

Is Truecrypt Secure?

December 6, 2013

NSA feels it has an obligation to undermine major tools protecting our privacy – check out http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/us/nsa-foils-much-internet-encryption.html?hp.  NSA has apparently tried to get to truecrypt but without much success. They have now formalized a project to formally audit (read break into it) truecrypt – http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/

Private Cloud or within your Enterprise

September 25, 2013

Recent conversations with major clients indicates a trend where large enterprises want the benefits of scaling of the cloud within their firewalls.   Nebula One has come out with a product to satisfy this need – very interesting. check out nebula.com



Is it really Cloud after Cloud?

December 7, 2012


Move to the Cloud

November 11, 2012

I just completed a very thorough study evaluating costs of maintaining our internal IT infrastructure or moving to the Cloud. My conclusion is that the cloud is compelling!!
The ability to start small retaining higher margins, no forward planning required on hardware infrastructure, lowered Total cost of ownership and more importantly the ability for rapid deployment thus supporting new Business models make moving to the cloud very obvious.


Justifying Move to the cloud

November 9, 2012

Excellent articles explaining ROI to move traditional IT infrastructure to the Cloud



Not all Secure Copy Clients are Equal

November 3, 2012

With all applications moving to the Cloud,  it is critical to have ability to move data through the internet to where the apps need it.  We have a 100 MBits/sec line and noticed that different FTP/SCP clients transfer at different speeds and drastically slower than using command line.   Has anyone tried comparing different FTP clients?  What is your experience?  which FTP client is the fastest?



Fast data transmission in a Cloud enabled environment

October 28, 2012

With enterprises accelerating their movement to the cloud, data transmission speeds become environment.

Good article comparing open source and licensed versions.  we are currently in the process of evaluating the various options



New server from a vending machine

October 2, 2012

We need to get here and not wait weeks for our sys admins to set up a new server


Can Hadoop run on VMs ?

September 24, 2012

See below a good perspective different from VMware marketing material.