CCSK Guide



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Amazon & Google’s Price Drop

Cloud computing prices are being driven down, and quickly at that. On Tuesday, March 25, Google announced some pretty dramatic price cuts across its range of services for running software applications and websites and storing large quantities of data. Just one day later, Amazon echoed that by cutting prices on its own set of cloud [...]


Transitioning to the 3rd Platform

The 3rd Platform, simply put, is the next phase of the IT revolution. IDC, amongst other industry analysts, have based their 2014 predictions on the 3rd Platform, which is the emerging platform for growth and innovation based upon the pillars of mobile computing, cloud services, big data and analytics, and social networking. According to Frank [...]


WS-Security 101

WS-Security outlines enhancements to SOAP messaging in order to provide quality of protection via message integrity, message confidentiality and single-message authentication. These mechanisms can be used to accommodate a wide variety of security models and encryption technologies. SAML vs. WS-Security Contrary to popular belief, SAML and WS-Security are not competitive specifications for web services security. [...]


SAML 101

The Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is an Extensible Markup Language (XML) standard which allows a user to log on once for affiliated, yet separate websites. SAML is designed for both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions. The standards group for SAML is the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). Development The [...]


Rackspace Cloud Files

At first, Cloud Files seems to be not much more than an extremely large external hard drive attached to your PC through the internet. While this description isn’t inaccurate, Cloud Files allows users to store an unlimited number of files of various sizes, from just a few bytes to a few gigabytes. The best part [...]