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How are cloud computing companies going to effect the online storage service industry?

Recently Eric Greenwood from asked, me “..Do you have any opinions on how cloud computing companies are going to effect the online storage service industry? A view from an economic mind like yours would be very interesting!” Aren´t online storage service providers themselves also cloud computing companies? I am a heavy (not yet paying) user of [...]

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Using libguestfs to migrate images to cloud

In a previous post, I described some difficulties regarding manipulating VM images. Problems included mounting filesystems supported by the VM but not the host, and file permissions for those systems that were supported. One suggestion was to mount the image in another VM that would allow for complete control. Lucky for us, it turns out [...]

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Kernel 32 vs 64 discovery

We were recently given a VirtualBox image configured to run the HPCC benchmark suite. The code to determine the OS architecture is pretty naive, and we paid for it. The code simply checked for the presence of the substring ‘amd64′ in the kernel name. The image didn’t have it, so it was migrated to EC2 [...]

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EC2 Deployment and Lifecycle API

I’ve just finished my first working draft of a python API to describe and execute an EC2 deployment with a controlled lifecycle. This is part of the larger Desktop-to-Cloud (D2C) project, aimed at assisting researchers with deploying scientific, job-based applications to the cloud.

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