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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If a Windows shop moves “everything” to the cloud, does it still need Active Directory?

Taking a spin off of this question: Do I really need MS Active Directory? in a new direction for 2014. Taking into account a basic Windows infrastructure: domain controllers Exchange 2007/2010/2013 ...
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Why does Heroku warn against “naked” domain names?

I ran across this page in the Heroku docs... Naked domains, also called bare or apex domains, are configured in DNS via A-records and have serious availability implications when used in highly ...
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Block employee access to public cloud

First of all, let me state that this is not my idea and I don't want to discuss whether such an action is reasonable. However, for a company, is there a way to prevent employees to access public ...
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How can I pre-sign puppet certificates?

Puppet requires certificates between the client (puppet) being managed and the server (puppetmaster). You can run manually on the client and then go onto the server to sign the certificate, but how do ...
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What are the benefits of running chef-server instead of chef-solo?

I am looking at automated deployment solutions for my team and have been playing with Chef for the past few days. I've been able to get a simple web app up an running from a base Red Hat VM using ...
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Centralized management system for SSH keys?

We are looking to switch to key-based management of SSH logins, and wonder if there any key-management systems which would allow us to centrally manage the access keys world-wide. The system should ...
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How to move files between two S3 buckets with minimum cost?

I have millions of files in a Amazon S3 bucket and I'd like to move these files to other buckets and folders with minimum cost or no cost if possible. All buckets are in the same zone. How could I ...
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The Hidden Risks of Cloud Computing?

In an era of ubiquitous broadband, smart-phones, and users who manage multiple computers and devices, it just makes sense to move your email, photos, documents, calendar, notes, finances, and contacts ...
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How to distribute torrent files?

I am doing some distributed work with RackSpace cloud servers and I am using bittorrent to distribute my files. It works surprisingly well. However, distributing the torrent files themselves are not ...
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Automatically Applying Security Updates for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

I've been a fan of Heroku since it's earliest days. But I like the fact that AWS Elastic Beanstalk gives you more control over the characteristics of the instances. One thing I love about Heroku is ...
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Has anyone got billed for malicious activities (DDoS) on a cloud server? [closed]

I would like to know if anyone got billed beyond expectation on a cloud service because of malicious activities (DDoS, etc)? How does EC2 and/or Rackspace Cloud handle these issues? Thank you!
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Running a Small 64bit Amazon EC2?

I'm playing with Amazon EC2, and I've got a 64bit AMI, but when I launch it, the 'Instance Type' only has 'Large', 'Extra Large' and 'High-CPU Extra Large', no 'Small' which the documentation lists as ...
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Why does Google recommend removing SSH keys from GCE for security?

Google recommends removing SSH keys from GCE instance to secure SSH. That does not make any sense to me. The keys are there for a security, right? When I remove the keys, SSHD stops working. I ...
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Cloud Providers that support FreeBSD? [closed]

NOTE: Even though I've accepted an answer for this, if you have a better one, please put it below. Thanks! I'm looking for recommendations from the wise and all-knowing Server Fault community on ...
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Why use a print server?

We have 3 network-printers to manage for about 50 users. Until now we have used a Windows 2003 Server Domain Controller with print service as our print server, but we are migrating many services to ...
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What's the difference between cloud hosting and normal hosting?

What's the difference between cloud hosting and normal hosting? And when do you use each? What are the benefits to the customer?
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Issues with EC2 Elastic Load Balancer DNS and routing

We're trying to run a fairly straightforward setup on Amazon EC2 - several HTTP servers sitting behind an Amazon Elastic Load Balancer (ELB). Our domain is managed in Route53, and we have a CNAME ...
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What's the exact technical difference between a public and private cloud?

I'm trying to figure out for a while now what the exact technical difference is between a public and a private cloud. I'd think I could find an article that describes exactly how it works, but so far ...
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Moving all internal servers to the cloud

Background One of my clients is an IT-dependent workflow-driven law firm with about 50 seats. They have been audited by one of their clients (an FSA regulated mortgage lender) and told that their ...
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How do I install CoreOS on Linode? [closed]

I'm trying to install CoreOS on my linode server, I followed the guide for installing custom linux distributions here: ...
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What is a practical way to mirror an Amazon S3 bucket?

I want to mirror my Amazon S3 buckets. I want to do this because 1) I don't want all my data only existing with one provider; and 2) in case of software error or security breach I want to have the ...
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What is the cheapest non-colocation way to serve about 10 static files at a rate of 100 megabits per second to the web? [closed]

I've looked at Amazon S3 and it costs roughly $4746 per month for 100 megabits/s (which translates into 31,640 Gigabytes of data transferred. That's at a rate of $0.15 per gig.) I haven't found a ...
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Amazon EC2 - No SSH After Reboot, Connection Refused

I've replicated this two or three times, so I'm guessing there's something wrong with what I'm doing. Here are my steps: Launch new instance via EC2 Management console using: Ubuntu Server 13.10 - ...
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What are common strategies for configuration management on EC2?

Without using a 3rd party cloud configuration service, what are common patterns/strategies or whitepapers written on the subject of configuration management with EC2? Specifically on how to configure ...
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Creating a pseudoterminal to make sudo happy

I need to automate the provisioning of a cloud instance (running Fedora 17) for which the following initial facts are true: I have ssh-key based access to a remote user (cloud) That user has ...
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Comparison of cloud hosting providers [closed]

Is there a place where we can compare* the many new arising cloud hosting providers? From reading into each of them, they seem very different and range from just hosting applications (google) to a ...
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persistent storage on Amazon EC2 and other questions

i come from the land of VPSes, and all this cloud hype confuse me. i have been reading through the amazon EC2 guide for the past 2 days, but i still have few sketchy points i'm not understanding. if ...
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Where is the best place to buy fast CPU time? [closed]

I sometimes have some data processing jobs to run, but my laptop is not fast enough (2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo) or don't have enough memory (4 GB). It may need to run for days. I want to buy fast computing ...
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Amazon EC2 instance ssh problems

I`m new to EC2 and I'm having some problems setting up my first instance. I followed this guide: http://www.robertsosinski.com/2008/01/26/starting-amazon-ec2-with-mac-os-x/ with the difference that I ...
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Can I host my web application in Cloud?

I have made a small web application created in J2EE which i want to develop as a "business". Can i host it in one of the cloud services ? Please do advice me as well on this issue. Will the cloud ...
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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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Track bandwith usage by application

I have a server at Rackspace and noticed my server is suddenly sending out 2GB of data per month (this is atypical since I don't use it that much) How can I figure out what application is using that ...
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Interaction between two Clouds

I have setup the Cloud-A with 1 - [CLC+CC] and 2 - [NC] computers. I have another Cloud-B with same configuration using the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Both of them working fine individually, in the same ...
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Cloud vs traditional iSCSI, xen, drbd, etc

I was wondering, how does a 'traditional' virtual machine setup with storage on iSCSI, with a fallback using DRBD, nodes with Xen installed the 'normal way', storing their images on the iSCSI target, ...
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Active Directory in the cloud

My company is considering implementing Active Directory and Windows Server to manage our local network and workstations. The main benefits sought are central management of machines, security ...
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Server recommendation for startup company… Cloud or not?

I have some general questions regarding the "best" way to deploy a web application (and host wordpress blog) for a small startup company with limited capital. Right now we have a simple Ubuntu ...
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The CPU and memory is limited in the Cloud, So where is the scalability?

I don't understand cloud, the CPU is limited, Memory is also limited, where is the scalability? Isn't it just the same like VPS with more expensive cost for bandwidth? So what scaling advantage is ...
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Fastest time to get an EC2 instance running

I am considering moving from a VPS to EC2. EC2 is elastic and so is its pricing; I could boot my instance on demand, then let it shut down if it isn't active by the end of some hourly period. How ...
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Choosing a monitoring system for a dynamically scaling environment: Nagios v. Zabbix [closed]

When operating in the cloud and scaling boxes automatically, there are certain monitoring issues that one experiences. Sometimes we might be monitoring 10 boxes and sometimes 100. The machines will ...
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Filesystem redundancy + speed

Looking for some input and if anyone has conquered this problem with a solution they feel confident about. Looking to setup a fault tolerant web environment. So the setup is a few nodes behind a ...
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How do I register only internal NIC address in AD DNS, with servers with multiple NICs?

I'm hosting some Windows servers on Rackspace, and have added them to a domain. Each server has two NICs, a public and private NIC. The public NIC has a public IPv4 and IPv6 address, while the private ...
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Are there any hosts that use openstack? [closed]

http://www.openstack.org/ I'm looking for a good cloud hosting company with utility style costs (paying for how much bandwidth, hard disk, cpu is used.
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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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“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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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 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 ...