I knew one software company that failed their SaaS transition because they
chose to cut a few corners with the operations. Since they were software
engineers, they did not really want to spend time on such mundane tasks as
security, auditing, backups and so on. One day they let a disgruntled
employee go, the guy went to an internet cafe, logged into the hosting
account with the shared admin credentials, and deleted all customer data.
There were no backups or data replicas to bring the data back, no personal
admin accounts or procedures to prevent such an incident from happening, and
even no monitoring to learn about the issue before customers did. This was
the end of this SaaS application – it just never recovered.
Cloud business is more than just putting some code online (and collecting
money ;)) Whether you are offering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) web
Here’s how you can send a lot of individual personal messages if all you
have is a GMail or Google Apps account.
One of the key ways for successful startups or new IT projects is knowing
your customers (and partners) and being available to them – so you can
quickly collect feedback, learn more about what they are trying to achieve
with your platform, and just make sure that they know who to contact when
they need to.
Instructions below will help you set up your personal gmail account or
Google Apps account to send personalized email like the one you see on the
right. Note that ... (more)
With the recent changes in the leadership of one of Microsoft’s key
business units – Server and Tools – from Bob Muglia to Satya Nadella one
can’t help speculating what this means for the business unit and how it
will affect Microsoft’s cloud strategy, specifically Windows Azure –
Microsoft’s platform as a service.
Here’s my uneducated guess based on the assumption that given a new task
humans tend to use the same approaches which worked well for them last time,
and that Satya definitely got this post as a recognition for successfully
rolling out Bing and transforming Microsoft’... (more)
Dmitry Sotnikov's Blog
Overall, very exciting times, and a great event put together by the folks at
SYS-CON! There was a lot of excitement and optimism throughout the event. As
someone put it: cloud computing is about 700 days old. That means that there
are a lot of arguments about definitions, and where things are going, and so
on. And that also gives a lot of vibe and a lot of fresh community spirit.
Below are my notes from all the sessions I attended at the last week’s
Cloud Computing Expo 2008 on:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
A few general comments on the conference.
First and foremost,... (more)
I’ve been recently involved helping a new European start-up just launched a
new Platform-as-a-Service capable of running and automatically scaling any
Java application. Here’s a quick write-up on why I think Jelastic is really
onto something, a service to try and a company to watch.
Say, you’ve got a great Java application which you want to put on the
internet and make it available to the world. Believe it or not, up until
today, what sounds like a trivial task simply could not be done. You
effectively had to choose between lack of scalability, necessity to manually
set up and m... (more)