We have touched on Hadoop before in our blog, first announcing our partnership with Hortonworks, back in February of 2014, and more recently on our Big Data Solutions Page. Hadoop is a powerful open source framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models, making it an excellent Big Data tool. Hadoop can benefit from the operational efficiencies of Cloud-A’s elastic, API driven infrastructure-as-a-service – and it is a growing use case among our users.
There are many aspects of our compute that lend themselves to successful Hadoop deployments on Cloud-A, like our Big Data High Memory® and Big Data High Compute® instance flavours that provide the scale and power for the biggest jobs, but there are other elements of Cloud-A infrastructure-a-service that make it an ideal host for Hadoop Big Data solutions.
Let’s take a look at how you can leverage Cloud-A Bulk Storage, our object storage product, as a reliable, scalable and cost-effective Big Data repository for your Hadoop platform.
We like to think of ourselves as thought leaders in the cloud space, but sometimes some people have already said it best. This is certainly the case with the eBook “Migrating to Cloud Native Application Architectures” written by Matt Stine of Pivotal.
The 51 page eBook, introduces and outlines the concept of modern application architecture that is “cloud aware,” and enables organizations to ship better, faster and more robust software.
The book is organized into three parts, The Rise of Cloud-Native, Changes Needed and the Migration Cookbook. The first section of the book explains the “why” of migrating to cloud-native architectures, as well as the unique characteristics of cloud-native application architectures. The section introduces new concepts and buzzwords like the Twelve-Factor App and Microservices utilizing Containerization, which we have covered in in detail on our own blog.
The “Changes Needed” section of the book discussed the required cultural, organizational and technical changes required to adopt this new methodology of application architecture. The section introduces the importance of moving from siloed IT resources to a DevOps methodology to enhance communication and collaboration through software development, quality assurance, database administration, system administration, IT operations, release management and project management. Stine also explains the importance of embracing a Continuous Delivery model to ship better software more efficiently.
You may or may not have noticed that we have quietly launched brand new functionality to our Bulk Storage product. We are very happy to announce that you can now access your Bulk Storage files faster than ever before with the public BETA launch of our new Bulk Storage Content Delivery Network (CDN.)
Our Cloud CDN technology was built from the ground up to deliver your content most efficiently from anywhere. Bulk Storage content served through the blkstr.ca network is propagated intelligently to edge nodes for blazing fast downloads of media, large static files, or dynamic content.
Cloud-A provides a flexible, scalable cloud infrastructure platform to allow users to select the right tool for each job. Cloud-A has recently announced its technology partnership with MongoDB, to provide a supported, scalable NoSQL solution for Cloud-A users.
MongoDB is a next generation database for modern application architecture that accelerates time-to-market with less resources, reduces risk for mission-critical deployments all with a lower total cost of ownership when compared to other NoSQL databases.
This whitepaper outlines
- Introduction to NoSQL Databases
- Benefits of NoSQL Databases
- MongoDB Use Cases
- MongoDB on Cloud-A
- Best practices
We are happy to announce that Cloud-A is now a MongoDB technology partner. MongoDB is the world’s fastest growing database ecosystem, and we are excited to be a part of it!
This new partnership helps allow our users to build better solutions on Cloud-A infrastructure with the tools they want. Deployed where and how they want.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, MongoDB is a NoSQL database for today’s applications, enabling users to:
- Leverage data and technology to maximize competitive advantage
- Reduce risk for mission-critical deployments
- Accelerate time-to-value
- Dramatically lower total cost of ownership
MongoDB works particularly well for Big Data and operational intelligence solutions, product data management, mobile app backends, IoT (Internet of Things) apps and Content Management Systems (CMS) due to its agility, scalability and performance.
Stay tuned for more information on how our partnership with MongoDB will benefit you! Be on the lookout for a Whitepaper and some technical blog posts to enable successful MongoDB deployments on Cloud-A.
With the Canadian dollar on the decline and the high cost of popular US-based PaaS providers like Heroku, we are finding that more and more Canadian based SaaS providers, agency development shops and IT departments are on the lookout for an alternative solution that provide similar functionality at a lower cost.
You do not have to look very far. It is no secret that we are huge fans of our partner, Cloud 66. Cloud 66 provides full stack container management-as-a-service. What does this mean? Cloud 66 is DevOps-as-a-service and it provides you with everything you need to deploy, scale and protect your applications on a number of approved public clouds, including Cloud-A.
Let’s take a look at how Cloud 66 + Cloud-A stacks up against Heroku.
We have happy to announce the launch of our new community based documentation platform available at http://docs.clouda.ca. We’ve updated and refreshed many of our existing docs and are committed to adding new documentation as new features are released.
The great thing about this new docs platform is that it is community based, meaning that we encourage Cloud-A user’s to contribute new documentation through the knowledge base GitHub page.
If you find any issues with our articles, feel free to create an issue or submit a pull request with any changes, and someone from our team will review.
Cloud-A Customers who contribute documentation or changes will be added to the Credits section, and awarded with a credit on their account for each accepted pull request.
We hope you enjoy!