Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet)

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What cloud backup solution supports a “backup server to cloud” configuration?

What online backup tool allows you to: A) Back up Windows, Linux and optionally Mac desktops and servers to the cloud B) Do so by first backing up to a central server or appliance C) Allow restoring ...
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Letting users make their own dns changes? Any software available to manage this tricky situation?

I currently waste a lot of time making dns changes for my organization. DDNS of course helps for workstations, but we still have a few thousand unique servers with still more applications needing ...
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SCOM vs. Windows System Center vs. HP Operations Manager

(I asked this question over on Stack Overflow and they sent me here. Sorry for the very basic question, but I have purely coding experience - no server management stuff at all - and this is ...
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“Cloud” term is being sold and abused, what do I do? [closed]

I'm employed by an organization that is selling their products by claiming that it's in the "cloud." Their "cloud" is 2 servers with a few external USB hard drives "at the ready." I told them that we ...
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Adding a new location through Active Directory. How should it be done?

Our entire Active Directory forest is currently on a single 10/8 private subnet. We're looking to migrate most of our servers to a cloud provider, but I'm not sure how to set up the first domain ...
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What is a VPU (versus CPU)?

I know that VPU stands for Virtual Processing Unit (versus CPU), but what does that mean exactly? Is it just the new terminology for referring to processor resources in a virtual server versus a ...
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High CPU performance on a cloud hosting platform

We need a cloud hosting platform that provides high CPU throughput for a very specific high-CPU utilization application we have. Can anyone recommend a cloud hosting platform whose virtual instances ...
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How to have proper expectations about AWS performance?

I'm in the process of moving a webapp from the local server that's been its development home to somewhere else for eventual deployment. I'm currently evaluating AWS and Rackspace, and am in the ...
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Migration between OpenStack and RackSpace cloud

So I am deploying a OpenStack private cloud in my business. As I understand from research the OpenStack project was created by RackSpace and that their own cloud platform uses OpenStack. So my ...
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How to the set the hostname in an AWS ec2 instance to a unique value in an autoscale group?

I wanted to find out what is the best practice of setting the hostname of an Ec2 instance that is in an autoscale group. I am looking for a method that is generally acceptable in the sysadmin/...
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How to estimate network data transfer volume for a mysql database

When planning to port my application (Java+Tomcat+MySql) to a cloud hosting, I've found that one important factor to consider is the volume of data transferred to/from the database, as it is limited ...
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Active Directory Deployment for a Worldwide Company with No Physical Premises

I have a client with no physical offices, where most of the users work from rented offices (by the hour), their own homes or on the road on laptops. The users (about 20) are roughly evenly distributed ...
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Eucalyptus or OpenNebula or… for a Linux and Windows build server private cloud

We are setting up an 8-machine build farm. Most of these builds need to happen on a specific flavor of Linux (Fedora 10 as of now), while some of them will happen on several different Windows VMs. We ...
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Decreasing Root Disk Size of an “EBS Boot” AMI on EC2

So I have followed Eric's wonderful article here: http://alestic.com/2009/12/ec2-ebs-boot-resize This was the code basically that helped me increase the default size of the AMI: ec2-run-sintances ...
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How can I add multiple private IP addresses for a single machine?

I have one Windows cloud server on Go Daddy. They gave me 3 public IP addresses and one private IP address per machine. And I know for more public IP addresses I have to call Go Daddy. How can I add ...
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Monitoring E-Mail Alerts Scalably

Anyone know of a way to monitor e-mail alerts scalably? For many of my on site services I have them e-mail me on success (and failure) of critical tasks. The reason I have it e-mail on success, is ...
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What is cloud computing?

What does "cloud computing" mean? There seems to be as many definition as there are people talking about it. Some people even say it doesn't exist. Personally, I think the "cloud" is a surge in ...
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Why do we use a OS Base Image with Docker if containers have no Guest OS?

I've just started to study Docker and there's something that's being quite confusing for me. As I've read on Docker's website a container is different from a virtual machine. As I understood a ...
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How does a geographically distributed web app handle stored data?

Hypothetically... I log in to a web app from Australia and change some data. In the US my colleague is using the same system and wants to view the data I've changed. How could the web app be deployed ...
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The simple “cron” that killed the cloud hosting option

My SaaS application required a nightly cron job to run, analyze a database, send out e-mails and do some database maintenance work. This job cannot be triggered by user action. Almost every 'cloud' ...
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Is cloud hosting, computing, server etcetra a buzz phrase?

I want an unbiased approach towards cloud term that is being hyped today. Is this really a new term, new dimension or is it just a buzz phrase to re-market existing technologies. Personally I think ...
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How does the Cloud compare to Colocation? And development too [closed]

Currently I/we run a SaaS web application where each subscriber has their own physical instance of the application in addition to their own database. The setup has each web application instance ...
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Excessive hosting costs

A client of mine is getting billed around ~$1400 per month for hosting. However the site is only averaging roughly 200 hits per day and it serves no large files nor videos. It's hosted with http://...
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Migrating to AWS Cloud with auto-scaling - where to put Redis and ElasticSearch?

I've been trying to research this topic but haven't found anywhere that recommends where to install services such as Redis and ElasticSearch when migrating to a cloud framework. I'm currently running ...
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Cloud hosting: do we need it?

We have a server (4GB RAM, two 4-core Intel Xeon E5420) performing the following tasks: website with static content (currently just some CMS, we plan to add a caching reverse-proxy) customer control ...
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Ubuntu in the cloud: what does it mean?

Can someone explain to me what does it mean to "install Ubuntu in the cloud"? How does that differ from signing up with a VPS with any hosting company? Really trying to understand what this means ...
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Is there a performance trade-off when using cloud servers?

When compared to a 'real' server does a cloud-hosted virtual server of a similar specification (available RAM, processer, disk etc) have a noticable performance cost?
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Amazon VPC Availability

We are trying to expand our reliability setup using VPC in us-west-1. The 'a' and 'b' AZs work fine, but when I try to create subnets on 'c' it just fails with the message: Value (us-west-1c) for ...
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Cloudify: bootstrap-localcloud: operation failed?

OS: Gentoo, CentOS Version: 2.1.0 Follow the quick start guide, I got the below error when running bootstrap-localcloud: cloudify@default> bootstrap-localcloud STARTING CLOUDIFY MANAGEMENT 2012-...
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Cheap 'n' easy AIX hosting services? [closed]

I'm working on a product that's written in generic, cross-platform-friendly Java. However, this Java component plugs into a natively-compiled, platform-specific third-party SDK. A potential customer ...
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Lost modified /etc/hosts file on Amazon EC2 every reboot instance?

I have setup an Ubuntu 8.10 server instance on Amazon EC2. I install ejabberd on server, but I face some problems on ejabberd node can't start because hostname on cloud changes each time we relaunch ...
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How to convert VirtualBox VM to OpenStack?

I'm running OpenStack in Ubuntu Server 11.10 (installation did using devstack script), but I have some virtual machines that are already running using VirtualBox. How can I convert the VirtualBox ...
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Expandable cloud software?

Is there cloud software like Eucalyptus that will let you easily 'flip a switch' and start expanding onto EC2 as additional 'virtual' Eucalyptus(or whatever) nodes?
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What is the difference between OpenStack, CloudFoundry and Stackato?

I'm quite new to all this *aaS thing, and currently I'm trying to wrap my head around concepts and how things basically work. What puzzles me quite a bit at the moment is the difference between a ...
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Virtual Private Servers/Cloud hosting - Suitable for CPU intensive tasks?

Can anyone with experience of deploying CPU intensive applications into 'cloud' environments (like e.g. Linode), comment on whether these environments have been suitable? It seems to me that with VPS/...
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private cloud for testing purposes

I'm currently responsible for setting up some infrastructure integration testing in my company. We'll definitely need to use virtual machines. I considered using libvirt for managing VMs in tests ...
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chef assign elastic ip to instance

I am using a custom bash script to spin up/down EC2 instances as needed. The script creates the instance similar to: knife ec2 server create --config .chef/knife.rb with a few other parameters. It ...
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Amazon Virtual Private Cloud - Can I use a normal VPN Connection

I want to use amazon VPC so that I can connect directly to cloud-based databases and application servers over a secure VPN connection. From the description on Amazon's site it appears to require a "...
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3 Servers, is this is a cluster?

At the moment I have one Ubuntu server, 9.10, running with a simple Samba share, a mail server, DNS server and DHCP server. Mostly its just there for file sharing and email server. I also have 2 ...
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Monitoring AWS Systems Behind ElasticBeanStalk

So I'm getting a company set up in the Amazon Cloud -- creating IAAS protocol/solutions/standardized implementation, etc while also being the SysAdmin for individual systems, app environments, and day-...
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How can I configure Munin to give me a “total” view of all my cloud servers?

I have a dozen load balanced cloud servers all monitored by Munin. I can track each one individually just fine. But I'm wondering if I can somehow bundle them up to see just how much collective CPU ...
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What happens if an OpenStack cloud controller dies?

I've been reading up on OpenStack and how we can re-create an EC2/S3-style cloud for our internal development and I'm having a hard time finding information on how the OpenStack cloud controller ...
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Managing rolling deployments with amazon EC2

Recently I've been experimenting with various cloud management tools like RightScale, Scalr, custom scripts for managing a variety of servers, each hosting several roles (app, db, load balancer, job ...
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Setting up authentication on virtual machine

I'm creating a system similar to a cloud computing provider using the libvirt python bindings. I would like to give users the ability to specify a custom virtual machine image, in a similar fashion ...
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Using Microsoft Azure to host a .NET solution

I'm working in a startup which looks to deploy their code to the "cloud". One of the options is Microsoft Azure - the questions is should it be used? We use .NET with SQL Server. The front end ...
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What's the difference between Rackspace Cloud Servers and Rackspace Cloud Sites? [closed]

I'm looking to host a video-centric PHP site. Video will be served from CDN. What does Cloud Site's $150/mo get you? [Edit] Seems like with cloud site you get: web server that's ready to go a web-...
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Things I should look for/tread cautiously if I am moving to the cloud

What should I be looking out for when moving to a cloud like Rackspace? Another user at serverfault had issues like compute cycles (CC) exploding and I did not want to have the same experience.
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Terminal Server hosted on cloud server or traditional VPS?

We're looking into alternatives for our very small datacentre at the moment. We have two Windows 2008 terminal servers that serve RemoteApps that we're looking to move off-site first off (and if we ...
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How do you do Cloud ROI analysis? Are you moving to cloud, and if so, which systems first? [closed]

Azure just released pricing a little while ago. And today I got a mail from Amazon advertising their cloud-based CDN. I feel like cloud-based systems are coming, but not yet ready for mainstream IT ...
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Automatically monitor new cloud servers using Open Monitoring Distro (OMD)?

I've been spending some time getting my head around using Nagios, Check_mk and some other very useful tools installed as part of the OMD package. WATO is especially useful for administrating all of ...