Daily Archives: October 30, 2008

The Crowd is Getting Into the Cloud

Many new companies are starting to test their hand at offering web-based application, storage, and services. While many companies including Amazon have done a decent job offering simple affordable solutions for small companies that don’t want to bother with bringing a highly available infrastructure in-house, their reliability, stability, and security still remains in question.

Randy George from InformationWeek wrote an interesting article, complete with survey data, that takes a look at what clouds could be reasonably be used for today:

  • A secondary or Tier-2 disk layer
  • Archiving non-critical data
  • Cloud-based NAS
  • Bulk digitization of digital records
  • Client backups into your own cloud

What I don’t see on the list is Tier 1 applications, so companies looking to reliably provide Exchange mail service, SQL databases, and SharePoint farms probably still want to keep this stuff managed in-house.

Useful PowerShell Links and Resources

Web Links:

Downloads:

Books:

  • Bruce Payette*, PowerShell in Action* (Manning Press)
  • Don Jones, Jeffrey Hicks, Windows PowerShell : TFM (Sapien Press)
  • Lee Holmes, PowerShell: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly Press)
  • Andy Oakley, Monad (AKA PowerShell) : Introducing the MSH Command Shell and Language (O’Reilly Press)
  • Ed Wilson, Microsoft PowerShell Step by Step, (Microsoft Press)
  • Jerry Lee Ford Jr., Microsoft Windows PowerShell for the Absolute Beginner (Thomson Course Technology)

Also this toolbar has some unique value in that it has embedded links to relevant blogs, resources, and software download sites:

http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/scriptfanatic/archive/2008/06/29/powershell-at-the-tip-of-your-browser.aspx