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The Best of the Week (Feb. 14): Cloud Zone

02.23.2014
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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone  (Feb. 14 to Feb. 20). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. The Hardest Task SaaS Faces is Getting Users to Invest in Your Product

This week I caught up with Stu Green- founder & CEO of an interesting initiative “Project bubble”. We spoke on topics that are particularly interesting and relevant to SaaS Addicts. Keep reading to hear his best of breed tips and practices.

2. “The Cloud Never Goes Down”, Azure SLAs and Other Availability Trivia

There are a lot of moving parts in these systems and every now and then, stuff goes wrong. Not often and even less frequently beyond what the scope of the SLAs provision for, the point is that services like these are not infallible.

3. DZone Weekly Link Roundup (Feb. 19)

The Sochi Olympics gets a new RESTful API for data lovers, Windows finally looks for platform unity, expensive 3D printers can now be yours, Coursera professes love for Scala, Oracle looks to please miffed Java devs, Irrational Games closes its doors, and Valve profusely explains to the gaming community.

4. Windows Azure Storage magic with Shared Access Signatures

When building cloud applications on Windows Azure, it’s always a good thing to delegate as much work to specialized services as possible. File downloads can be streamed directly from Windows Azure storage to your client, without having to pass a web app hosted on Windows Azure Cloud Services or Web Sites.

5. The Cloudcast #130 - Hyper-Converged & Software-Defined Collide

Brian talks with Gregg Holzrichter, VP Marketing at Atlantis Computing, about the evolution of hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage. They explore how the technology can be used for both desktop and server workloads, and how these systems are changing how organizations deploy systems.