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Grid computing is an impressive, confident, powerful technology model, winning high-profile admirers as it approaches full maturity. With the rise of Amazon Web Services, and, specifically, Amazon EC2, this style of computing is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The professional sector is increasingly adopting a distributed model for hosting and deploying applications that has become almost commonplace in Web 2.0 applications. The ability to deliver different elements of applications simultaneously over a cohesive network of servers essentially defines grid computing, also known as distributed computing. Grids embrace software or middleware, which enables a user community to make use of the combined power of networked hardware and access applications across the public Internet as services. It’s no longer relevant to define grid computing in terms of e... (more)

Monitoring Applications in the Cloud

Cloud computing is a rather powerful tool that allows even the smallest of businesses to provide an enterprise class environment for web applications.  In a nutshell, the cloud is nothing more than the ability to rent computer services on demand from a 3rd party provider.  At MioWorks.com we use Amazon Web Services, but there are several other services out there for you to explore. Mastering the cloud takes a bit of work, a dash of experience and an openness to learn from others.  But once you do master it, the benefits are tremendous.  You’ll never have to order another server ... (more)

Portland Web Innovators

No it wasn’t an April fool joke.  The Portland Web Innovators really held their quarterly Demolicious meetup on April 1st.   It seemed that nearly 100 people gathered at gracious host Jive Software to see demonstrations of some of the latest projects here in Portland. Kicking things off was Benjamin Stover & Jason Grlicky with I need to read this They sum up their application with a rather easy to remember phrase - bookmarks meet to do lists.  The problem they are solving revolves around the multitude of information that we read every day on the Internet.  Blog posts, articles, ... (more)

Create a User Guide With WordPress & Jing for Free

As my development team at MioWorks rounds the corner on a significant update, I thought it was important to have a user guide that explained the features and told the story of the MioWorks application.  I started looking into online help systems around the open source ecosystem.  It seemed that everything I found was either overly complex or required time from my development & system administration team. As my frustration level grew I realized that WordPress was a solution I could use.   With WordPress.com I didn’t need technical help from my overloaded developer team.  I didn’t... (more)

VPS in the Cloud: a Battle or a Love Affair?

Across the Internet a rumbling chant can be heard: “virtual private servers are dead. Long live cloud servers.” Being a technologist of over 20 years this chant sounds very familiar. As a matter of fact, this chant occurs whenever software or service vendors engage in the all out land grab on a perceived new market segment. Enter cloud computing, our latest technology gold rush. The cloud is the new battlefield and once again the techno-shift chant is growing louder and louder fueled by boardroom expectations and Wall Street demands. Over the past 18 months cloud computing has b... (more)