Three Tips for the End of The Year

Three Tips for the End of The Year

These days it isn’t difficult to predict what kinds of technological innovations will take place over the coming year but with such rapid advancements it is hard to keep up.  Someone learning how to use cloud computers and network technology in general should include these three resolutions on this year’s list to prepare for 2016.   Make Full Use of Computing Power Cloud computing greatly reduces the hardware, software, and knowhow that is usually required to run internet based businesses but cloud computing does not end with the SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS that you use directly within your organization.  Cloud computing is in use almost everywhere from services as well-known as Google Docs to behind the scenes providers like Microsoft Azure.  What everyone should understand is that many of the simple tasks we complete throughout work and leisure days can be delegated to cloud computers that save us time and money.  The cloud is not just a distant storage space and it is not so complicated as to be above completing simple tasks.  Next year take some time to see what is available to enhance your productivity at work and in your daily life.   Understanding Internet Security One thing that everyone needs to know about security systems is that they need to be used all the time or not at all.  It is true that shared computers, passwords, files, and hardware are all security hazards but there is a simple solution to the problem of vulnerable information: keep it to a minimum.  Cloud servers are typically safer than your private computer unless you put your own safeguards in...
DNS and You

DNS and You

We all know and use domain names to find the websites we want to go to.  They are the text versions (www.inodecloud.com) of the Internet Protocol addresses (IP) that locate the content we want to find.  The concept is pretty simple – domain name systems (DNS) are registries that link textual domain names to numerical IP addresses like a phone book – but DNS can be applied in ways that make websites accessible in ways that take technical and regional differences into account. Before we move on to application of DNS you should know a few things about how they work.  There are several factors like aliases (CNAME), reverse DNS lookups and zone based registration that make DNS protocols powerful tools for consumers and providers. DNS Zone Authority Zone authority is the system that Domains use to delegate space to subdomains that are found at the same location (IP address).  Your IP address is tailored to your domain name and changes as new pages are added to your website.  For example, individual IP addresses begin at 0.0.0 (root host which can be your computer or your ISP’s root server) and grow as new locations are added to server space.  A zone is a portion of your IP address that is reserved for subdomains that require autonomy. CNAME Aliases are used in conjunction with search engine optimization.  They are additional domain names that link to the same address.  Aliases can serve several purposes like accounting for misspelled domain names and increasing your search engine ranking.  Platforms like Interworks come with tools for adding aliases to your domain.  Otherwise you could...
Application Certification for PaaS

Application Certification for PaaS

Cloud foundry announced its new position today as the industry standard in cloud computing services.  Several major software providers like IBM and Hewlett Packard have come together to declare Cloud Foundry as a reliable open source standard for application development.  This is good news for developers that design with cross platform capability in mind and for businesses that need to integrate services provided different vendors. Open source certification also protects developers from having to integrate code for proprietary software that a given platform was designed for so it serves as a clean slate for application developers and platform developers like IBM which used Cloud Foundry to build its own platform Bluemix which is also open source. The best part about open source software are the benefits of its use by private organizations.  Bluemix is free and incorporates open services for promotion of your product and your services. The vendors who have become certified (Century Link, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Huawei, IBM, Pivotal, SAP HANA, and Swisscom) dominate the market and independent developers who are looking for a competitive edge can become certified as well although it is costly, so costly that I will let you see the price on your own here although you can save an arm and a leg (60%) by becoming a member.  If you dare to look at the price, remember that you are joining the likes of IBM and Hewlet-Packard and if you don’t take pride in the fact that your applications are running on a trusted and secure base. Open source services are always a solid base for developers thanks to the wide collaboration...
Automate JavaScript with Open Source Tools

Automate JavaScript with Open Source Tools

If you are concerned with having secure and up to date code and don’t have unlimited time to spend testing your code, automation tools are a must have for developers.  Recently JavaScript developers have been in high demand and for anyone interested in taking advantage of that expanding market should get to know the tools that already exist to make configuring your system and finishing your work faster and easier. The JavaScript language relies on libraries that are contained within dependencies that are continually updated and need to be downloaded as they are released.  It is possible to collect and install these files manually but package managers like Bower and Npm can reduce the process to typing a few lines of code. The actual process of development is made much easier by a simple extension for Google Chrome called LiveReload will save you the trouble of having to refresh the page every time changes are made to your source code.  LiveReload can be used in conjunction with the automation tool Grunt for live updates to your webpage that can be seen while you edit your code. Grunt and its competitor Gulp are both great optimization tools.  For a developer who needs more customization options at the expense of a slightly heavier program, Grunt is for you.  Gulp has all of the same computing power without the tinkering. Here is a quick tutorial from the Pragmatic Bookshelf, a developer training website on using Grunt in conjunction with Livereload.   There are automation tools for use on the front end that can save time as well.  Launch Effect is a WordPress...
Amplify web apps with Azure

Amplify web apps with Azure

Web developers can benefit from powerful platforms that can handle machine learning and organize complicated infrastructures.  Microsoft’s cloud platform Azure is similar to the previously mentioned Google Container Engine except that Azure handles specific computing needs as compared to the cluster management or infrastructure platform provided by Google.  Azure is used to develop a wide variety of application types for tasks like machine learning, networking, and access management as well as the virtual machine services provided by other cloud containers. The Azure marketplace features small and large scale applications that can be useful for any business let alone an internet based service that might be hosted at Inode Cloud. WURFL Cloud Service WURFL can differentiate between the type, resolution and model number of mobile visitors and provides a long list of services that can tell you about their supported services and file types.  WURFL is easy to use and returns Boolean, string and enumerable values that are then integrated into the code for your website.  A list of the capabilities can be found on the Scentia Mobile website. Kentico Kentico is a popular and powerful content management system that was also developed using Azure.  It has ecommerce and marketing capabilities that include page building services that can help you create online stores with features like automated discounts and shipping calculations.  Behind the scenes are collaboration services and development platforms including an open API if you need to create custom services. WURFL and Kentico are at either ends of the spectrum in both size and price but they are examples of the power and versatility of a platform like Azure. ...
Extending to the Cloud

Extending to the Cloud

In spite of what you might think web hosting is not limited to journalism, commerce, and Netflix.  Cloud computing is becoming the norm for efficient and secure computing services as well as for storage and communication.  Hosting services like Inode Cloud will set you up with server space and a useful program called Interworks that can help you prepare your server space for your needs but there are options other than WordPress and Webmail to help manage your content. Cloud Container Platforms: Google Container Engine is a service built on top of another Google service called Kubernetes which is an open source application designed to help coordinate multiple applications/services working together as one machine.  Container Engine provides the same service as Kubernetes with the addition of developer tools and access to Google’s regional resources.  There is a wealth of other services that enhance coordination and security which make container engine a great platform for independent developers looking for mobile computing options. Container platforms provide a foundation as well as operational stability for anyone who doesn’t want to start from scratch but it is not infrastructure by itself so much as a map.  You need to have your computing needs in mind and chose a platform accordingly.  For example, Container Engine is designed to coordinate large systems made up of standalone programs but if you are interested in accessing a single application then there is an easier and less expensive option available. Virtual Machines and Hybrid Clouds: Hosting services can be used to create hybrid clouds which combine your onsite computing power with software or databases that run from a...
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