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09 Feb

How to setup Drupal project instance on AWS EC2

in AWS, Cloud, cloud migration, CloudComputing, Drupal, Drupal Planet, Drupal setup, ec2

In this blog I will drive you through setting up Drupal project instance on Ec2 micro instance of AWS and setting up ftp on your Drupal instance. Before this, of course you have to register with AWS which is straightforward.

So, what we will understand from this blog:-

1       Choosing OS and assigning some security rules on our instance.

2       How to access our instance and play around it? Read more »

20 Jul

Powering E-commerce (Product Based) WebSites With Solr Search

in CloudComputing, Performance

Apache Solr/Lucene is a popular open source search engine widely used to power search across websites. A sizeable number of such websites are e-commerce sites (as expected!).

 

When it comes to building the search infrastructure of an ecommerce site with Solr, One would find that Solr  provides an excellent and tunable platform and in no-time the site will be up and running powered by Solr Search. Then comes the interesting and challenging part of building the search infrastructure such that it is  ‘Highly Relevant’ Read more »

08 Mar

thegateway.org and 10jumps deliver skills for 21st century

in Cloud, CloudComputing, Drupal, Drupal Planet, Performance

The Gateway to 21st Century Skills (www.thegateway.org) is a semantic web enabled digital library that contains thousands of educational resources and as one of the oldest digital libraries on the web, it serves educators in 178 countries. Since 1996, educational activities, lesson plans, online projects, and assessment items have been contributed and vetted by over 700 quality organizations.

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28 Mar

Setup your own Drupal in the Amazon EC2

in Amazon, AWS, Cloud, CloudComputing, Drupal, Drupal, Drupal Planet, Drupal Planet, ec2, setup

Amazon AWS + Drupal

(Some familiarity with Amazon AWS is assumed.)

I have always wanted to setup a high performance Drupal on an AWS EC2. There are several advantages of running your website (or web application) on the AWS. Amazon EC2 creates and provisions virtual Linux (or Windows) servers for you and charge you an hourly rate for usage.

With AWS, it becomes easy to distribute and share the Drupal image with others. And of course it is much easier to scale and is definitely cheaper. You can have different virtual servers running the search engine, database and application servers, therefore all scaling independently of each other.

With the introduction of Micro instances and better yet, free micro instances, the barrier to entry for a new user has really dropped. 

I assume you have or can create an Amazon AWS account and use their management console. These aspects are very well covered in Amazon's site and I will not get into the details of creating an account, etc. Amazon has done a great job of creating the documentation and tutorials for getting started.

I will show how to:

1. Setup a LAMP stack on Ubuntu

2. Setup Drupal on the LAMP stack

3. How to install phpmyadmin

4. Configure the database to reside in the EBS instead of the ephemeral instance storage.

21 Jan

Drupal in the cloud Beyond Content management

in Cloud, Cloud, cloud computing, CloudComputing, Drupal, Drupal, Drupal Planet, Drupal Planet, Scalability, scalability

Drupal is widely recognized as a great content management system, but we strongly believe that Drupal offers a lot more than that – a framework, a platform, and a set of technology – to build and run enterprise applications, specifically on the cloud. This post is an attempt to explore the benefits and potential of Drupal on the cloud.

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27 Dec

How is Netflix changing the game with Cloud

in Cloud, cloud computing, CloudComputing

You are probably familiar with the movie renting and now movie streaming site Netflix. If you are a subscriber, you might have noticed that Netflix is transitioning to a movie streaming site and is probably the leader in that space. However, with the move in this business direction also came massive technical challenges for Netflix.

Their existing data centers were simply not sufficient to meet the spikes in growing demand, storage and computing requirements. Netflix published a very informative paper illustrating their problems and how they are addressing the needs by leveraging the cloud (especially Amazon AWS).

The paper talks about two very interesting aspects:

1. How they are using the cloud as a infrastructure (Amazon EC2) and a platform (Amazon Simple DB).

2. How they manage to sync the data between on premise and on the cloud storage.

At large companies like SAP there are similar challenges to address where the customers have large amounts of data and want to migrate gradually to the cloud. Netflix achieved this with their in house bi directional data replication system called IR (Item replication). Data replicators like the one from Sybase are a good fit for such a use case.

The data would have to be modeled to sit as key value instead of highly normalized RDBMS data sets.

Netflix paper also covers some fundamentals which are important for any cloud architect. Specially the application of the CAP theorem.

 

So if you are thinking about how to leverage the cloud for the next generation architecture, this paper is a good starting point with enough technical architecture pointers as well as a great use case.

28 Oct

But ... what is cloud computing?

in Cloud, CloudComputing

 

There is a certain awe associated with the term cloud. It could be because clouds are so nebulous themselves. But more so because it is used more as a euphemism for resources outside the traditional data centers. They denote almost mythical data centers of companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc.

However, there are very concrete ways to describe what is cloud computing. But instead of getting to a definition right away, lets look at a few analogies and different types of offerings from cloud providers. Read more »

06 May

Emails could be marked spam if the email server is in EC2

in Cloud, Cloud, CloudComputing, DNS, ec2, email

Its a known fact that all the cloud offerings are different from each other. Weather they are big or small players, everyone is innovating at break neck speed and there is no point in comparing feature by feature because such a comparison could be obsolete before it is useful. I have a personal bias towards Amazon's EC2 because I have spent most time on it, and it seems to be far ahead of rest of the herd. However, I don't find everything easier and nicer in Amazon. Some use cases can be very simple and EC2 would be an overkill or insufficient. One example is if I want to host a website in the cloud. Sure, I could go with a traditional web hosting company, but if my requirements needed me to look at IaaS providers then there are a couple of things to consider. Read more »

09 Feb

Scalability 101

in Cloud, CloudComputing, perfromance, scalability

Scalability can be a confusing topic, because it is usually not defined in easy terms. If I were to characterize scalable system,

  1. The system should be able to accommodate increase in data
  2. The system should be able to accommodate increase in usage
  3. As the load increases on the system, the system still remains relatively accessible and maintainable.
09 Feb

Who is responsible for security in the Cloud?

in Cloud, CloudComputing, security

Three are at least three categories of service providers in the cloud : 1. IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service (e.g. GoGrid, Amazon EC2) 2. PaaS - Platform as a Service (e.g. Force.com, Google App Engine) 3. SaaS - Software as a Service (e.g. Salesforce, SAP Business By design, ...) The details of these different providers is not in the scope of this post. I will write about how to manage security on these platforms and who is responsible for which part of the security. there are two main parties involved - service providers and customers. Read more »

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