Hello guys, i never worked before with java and it was told to me to make a solution of cloud computing private for my university and i don't know how or even which How choose the layer to develop. Can you just help me please.

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I want to port some graphics applications in C++ which compile to Windows Executables to run as WEB apps. I don't want to throw away all the code I've written in C++, so it seems to me that Microsoft Azure would be prefect. My idea is that I learn to make the WEB interface in the appropriate WEB language, and it will send commands to the EXE which will create the images. Anything wrong with this idea?

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A couple of weeks ago Alfresco CTO [URL="http://twitter.com/johnnewton"]John Newton[/URL] posted the following tweet on Twitter: [I]"Does Cloud = SaaS [Software as a Service]? I don't think so. Cloud is computing, more like electricity."[/I] My gut reaction was that they were equal, and up until that moment I had used the terms interchangeably, but Newton's post got me thinking that perhaps they were different. SaaS applications use cloud platforms, but are not exactly cloud computing. The more I thought about it, however, the less clear it got, so I decided to do some research and also take my questions directly to …

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Hi all, Would you find a SaaS solution that would manage IT projects from beginning to ending useful? Beyond the capabilities of MS Project or similar, it would include a Vendor Portal and Management Portal. You would be able to connect to vendors, compare products, generate management documents with ROI tools, connect with other IT Pros and view recent Gartner/Forester reports. Thoughts?

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I recently had a conversation with [URL="http://www.coda.com/about/management-team?KeyPlayer_ID=13"]Jeremy Roche[/URL], who is CEO at [URL="http://www.coda.com/"]CODA[/URL], a high-end accounting software solutions vendor with more than 30 years in the business. Roche told me how his company began on the HP 3000, then moved to the DEC VAX, client/server and all the way to today where CODA recently began offering a cloud-based application built on the Force.com platform. For CODA, the cloud represents another step in the evolution of enterprise computing. Roche says they considered a lot of ways to approach a cloud solution, including building their own data centers, before deciding upon [URL="http://www.salesforce.com/platform/"]Force.com[/URL]. …

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[URL="http://www.salesforce.com"]Salesforce.com[/URL], best known for its cloud-based CRM package, announced on Monday that it would be providing web hosting services for web sites, intranets and web-based applications. The announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft's coming out party for its [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3431.html"]cloud computing services platform called Azure[/URL] last week at the Professional Developer's Conference. But Salesforce, much like Amazon is building this business as a logical extension of its existing business. It's already running a server farm infrastructure for Salesforce, so it only takes some minor tweaks to move into the hosting business. [B]Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon: Oh My![/B] Suddenly three very formidable …

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The other day, I saw an article on Forbes.com named [I][URL="http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/10/ellison-cloud-computing-tech-enter-cx_wt_1010oracle.html"]Ellison Shoots Hole in Cloud[/URL][/I] and just had to read further. I did read it. The whole thing. I was puzzled, then I laughed, and finally I was mystified by his comments. The article made me wonder just what the hell is wrong with Larry Ellison and made me compare my intellectual prowess to his. The "Cloud" that everyone is talking about is just a bunch of servers that are usually spread out geographically but logically connected and load balanced to act as a single entity--one big server system that …

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Over the last week or so, I've been exploring cloud computing. My basic thesis through this series has been that as the economy sours--it's darn close to curdling--cloud computing gives you access to sophisticated applications without expensive hardware. Sounds like a smart play on the face of it, but when [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman"]Richard Stallman[/URL], the Dean of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org/"]free software [/URL]movement weighs in that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3277.html"]it's actually stupid[/URL], it's going to make you stand up and take notice. So to get yet another view on all of this, I had a chat with Rishi Chandra, the product manager for Google Docs Enterprise. [B]Perception …

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My post the other day, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3277.html"]Does Using Gmail Mean You're Stupid[/URL], produced some thoughtful comments from people that made me me think harder about the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Computing. There are security risks and data ownership issues that you have to take into consideration. To get another point of view on the matter, I talked to [URL="http://www.alfresco.com/about/people/all/"]John Newton[/URL], who is the Chairman and CTO at open source content management [URL="http://www.alfresco.com/"]Alfresco[/URL], a company I've written about [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2681.html"]frequently[/URL] over the last year. I asked him about his views on some of these issues. [B]Tech Treasures: As IT budgets inevitably tighten …

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[URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman"]Richard Stallman[/URL], the founder of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org/"]Free Software Foundation[/URL], stated the other day that he thought Cloud Computing was stupid and we were all being duped by the cloud vendors. Specifically, in[URL="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/29/cloud.computing.richard.stallman"] an interview with London's Guardian[/URL] newspaper, he said, ""It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign," he told The Guardian. I was surprised by this response because as the economy worsens, it seems to me the Cloud is actually a safe haven where you can continue to operate without worrying about expensive infrastructure investments. On a consumer level it gives you access to free web-based …

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[I]You can't go back and you can't stand still If the thunder don't get you then the lightning will ~The Grateful Dead. [/I] Gloomy economic reports continue to pervade our daily news. It has me wondering if the problems on Wall Street will eventually trickle down to the tech sector or if by some miracle it will somehow escape the current crisis. Certainly, if the credit crunch were to continue, it would begin to wear on every business, regardless of the sector, but if the bail out passes and credit loosens technology could be just fine. In fact, content management …

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Microsoft products have always presented a paradox for organizations. On one hand they seem to be universally derided. On the other, they remain the corporate standard. Open source, SaaS/online and other alternatives have had a hard time gaining widespread traction in large organizations. That's partly because companies would likely rather deal with the devil they know, a de facto standard, rather than something else, and partly due to institutional inertia. It may not make sense, especially from a bottom-line cost perspective, but Don Lesser, who has been writing about computers since the early 80s, says that comfort level and the …

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Software as a Service (SaaS) is one of the new corporate catch-phrases that many claim reduces a businesses operating costs while increasing its efficiency. The jury is still out on just how effective it is, but you know you a business concept has arrived when it gets its own conference. For the uninitiated, SaaS takes the old-school idea of buying a DVD full of business applications and turns it on its ear. Rather than shopping around for the lowest price on, say, a boxed content management system, an increasing amount of CIOs are opting to purchase a service contract from …

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Cloud computing or software as a service (SaaS) has a lot of advantages, especially for small and medium sized companies with fewer resources to devote to an IT infrastructure. The cloud vendors, whether [URL="http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/var_1c.html"]Google[/URL], [URL="http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=16427261"]Amazon[/URL], [URL="http://www.salesforce.com"]Salesforce.com[/URL] (or whatever company) provide all the software and back-end infrastructure support. They even update the software on the fly sparing your company many of the headaches associated with implementation and ongoing maintenance. Given that all the transactions are actually crossing the internet, however, it would make sense that it would simply add to the increasingly clogged byways of the internet. But when I spoke …

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[URL="http://www.zoho.com"]Zoho[/URL], makers of an online office suite and business tools, aimed mostly at small to medium sized businesses, made its best effort to make a big splash last week when it announced it was introducing an enterprise version of the Zoho CRM product. Unfortunately, Zoho’s announcement was timed in the same week that [URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/posted-by-scott-mcmullan-google-apps.html"]Google and Salesforce.com announced their partnership[/URL] and Microsoft was having its MVP meetings. As a result, it got lost in the shuffle. Zoho hopes to take on [URL="http://www.salesforce.com"]SalesForce[/URL] in the Software as a Service-CRM space, and to hear Zoho tell it, it has a competitive product. I …

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The new version of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org/licensing/licenses/agpl-3.0.html"]GNU Affero General Public License[/URL] has been published by the Free Software Foundation, based upon the existing GNU GPLv3 license but with one important difference: support for on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. By publishing this license, the FSF aims to foster user and development communities around network-oriented free software. The GNU Affero General Public License is a free, copyleft license for software which has been specifically designed to ensure cooperation with the community in the case of network server software. It is intended to guarantee the freedom to share and change versions of a program, ensuring …

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