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MongoDB, an open-source document store and most popular NoSQL database on the market today, offers a variety of advanced features to administer security over your MongoDB deployments. In this tutorial post, we're going to show you how to set up role-based access control (RBAC) to manage user access across your MongoDB systems for reIndex, mongodump and mongorestore. If you're the administrator of your MongoDB databases, you've likely received requests to provide an individual user with the capabilities to perform a certain action(s). MongoDB's security features are fairly mature now, and allow you to create and assign very granular role-based access control. We're going to walk through an example of granting a user the specific privilege of performing the reIndex action in a step-by-step approach through its resolution. Before we demonstrate how to perform this comm... (more)

Private Cloud the Migration Path | @CloudExpo ##CloudNative #DevOps #DX #DataCenter

Is Hosted Private Cloud the Migration Path Less Taken? If you read a lot of business and technology publications, you might think public clouds are universally preferred over all other cloud options. To be sure, the numbers posted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure platform are nothing short of impressive. Statistics reveal that public clouds are growing faster than private clouds and analysts at IDC predict that public cloud growth will be 3 times that of private clouds by 2019. However, recent Forrester research shows that migration to a Hosted Private Cloud is still a leading component of a Hybrid IT strategy for many organizations: "Hosted private cloud adoption rose significantly between 2015 and 2016 in North America (28% to 33%). . . . Among all cloud adopters and planners, 36% state that hosted private cloud is - or will be - their primary clo... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Ulitzer Names the World's 30 Most Influential Cloud Computing Bloggers

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer Ulitzer.com announced today "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo 2009 West, which took place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California. Cloud Expo 2009 West drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend. Detailed information on how to become a Ulitzer blogger can be obtained  here. Ulitzer New Media Power Panel at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, during Cloud Expo 2009 West. "Ulitzer New Media ... (more)

Oracle Disaster Recovery Site Hosted by Amazon Cloud

DR sites are typically built as an exact replica of the primary site. Application and database software is installed on DR site and sits there mostly unused, waiting for a disaster to happen. DR site is very expensive proposition than only large companies are able to afford. Amazon AWS is an interesting alternative to having your own DR site. Oracle databases on the DR side are in Data Guard configuration with a primary site and actively apply archive log files shipped from there. Pay per use, scalable Amazon Cloud model makes it an attractive alternative to creating and maintaining your own DR site. Operational expenses on DR site can be lowered by using AWS reserved instances. Reserved instances are cheaper from on-demand ( regular ) instances, but  you have to  commit to, or book an instance for certain duration of time ( minimum term is one year ), and you are ... (more)

Cloud Computing and Reliability

Eric Novikoff's Blog IT managers and pundits speak of the reliability of a system in "nines." Two nines is the same as 99%, which comes to (100%-99%)*365 or 3.65 days of downtime per year, which is typical for non-redundant hardware if you include the time to reload the operating system and restore backups (if you have them) after a failure. Three nines is about 8 hours of downtime, four nines is about 52 minutes and the holy grail of 5 nines is 7 minutes. From a users' point of view, downtime is downtime, but for a provider/vendor/web site manager, downtime is divided into planned and unplanned. Cloud computing can offer some benefits for planned downtime, but the place that it can have the largest effect on a business is in reducing unplanned downtime. Planned downtime is usually the result of having to do some sort of software maintenance or release process, which... (more)

View Cloud Expo Europe 2009 Keynote on SYS-CON.TV

By the end of the summer the cloud is going to be everywhere, predicts Good Data CEO & industry veteran Roman Stanek. "What is happening to computing today is a revolution, the biggest discontinuity I've experienced in the last twenty years of my career..." said keynote speaker Roman Stanek last month in Prague, the Czech Republic, as he gave the opening keynote at Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009. VIEW STANEK'S KEYNOTE HERE By the end of the summer the cloud is going to be everywhere, Stanek predicted. "It's going to be very disruptive and we still don't know what's ahead of us." So everything is going to be about Cloud. But is cloud computing enabling the construction of a completely new technology stack, or is it just moving the existing technology stack into the cloud? "I believe it is a new technology stack. I see a level of innovation in the cloud that I haven't... (more)

Oops, GSA Backs Away From Federal Cloud CTO Appointment

Interesting article on InformationWeek today in which the GSA is backing away from a recent appointment of Patrick Stingley as Federal Cloud CTO. Less than a month and a half after the announcement as federal cloud CTO position, Stingley has returned to his role as CTO of the Bureau of Land Management, with the General Services Administration saying the creation of the new role came too early. According to the statement by GSA CIO Casey Coleman "It just wasn't the right time to have any formalized roles and responsibilities because this is still kind of in the analysis stage, Once it becomes an ongoing initiative, it might be a suitable time to look at roles such as a federal cloud CTO, but it's just a little premature." To be honest, I was a little puzzled by the appointment of Stingley to the post of Federal Cloud CTO someone with no direct "cloud" experience. I can... (more)

Lightning Knocks Out Amazon's Compute Cloud

A number of users have reported that most of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud Service in North America was unavailable Wednesday evening and early Thursday. According to a post on Amazon's forums the reason for the outage was "a lightning storm caused damage to a single Power Distribution Unit (PDU) in a single Availability Zone. While most instances were unaffected, a set of racks does not currently have power, so the instances on those racks are down. We have technicians on site, and we are working to replace the affected PDU. We do not yet have an ETA, but we expect to be able to recover the instances when we restore power. Besides these affected instances, all other instances, and all other Availability Zones, are operating normally. Users with affected instances can launch replacement instances in any of the US Region Availability Zones or wait until their insta... (more)

Vivek Kundra Vindicated

Just a quick update from my previous post about Vivek Kundra being accused of being a phony. Turns out he's not and the only person who is looking like a phony is John C. Dvorak for not doing his homework. In some quick detective work Om Malik said, Dvorak is just flat-out wrong — or at least that was the gist of the conversation I just had with Kundra. He called back and said that it was clear that “someone was spinning partial truths.” He welcomed anyone to check with University of Maryland’s University College and said they will find that not only did he graduate from the University College, but also that he was adjunct faculty member. Nextgov.com writer Gautham Nagesh goes further However, after a few phone calls I was able to verify that Kundra did receive a Master's degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College in 2... (more)

The Transition to Cloud Computing: What Does It Mean For You?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer We are standing on the threshold of a new transition in information technology and communications; a radical departure from current practice that promises to bring us new levels of efficiency at a vastly reduced cost. Cloud computing is full of potential, bursting with opportunity and within our grasp. But, remember, that clouds always appear to be within our grasp and bursting clouds promise only one thing: rain! As with all radical transitions, it takes time for the various pieces to fall into place. Some of them are already in place; some of them have yet to be considered. In this article, we will take a look at both and try to gauge where we are today and what work still remains. In addition, we will try to understand what this means to the various stakeholders involved. Cloud composition So what is the cloud and who are the stakeholder... (more)