Cloud Identities versus Federated Identities in Office 365

Identities, the 'accounts' by which Cloud and Web users identify themselves, are tricky to manage, and tiresome for the users. Cloud services such as Office 365 have their main use in large organisations and so there have to be easy ways for system administrators to maintain them. Microsoft provide three alternative strategies; Cloud identities, Synced identities and federated identities. What is the differences between them, and which should you choose? … Read more

Version Control as a Cloud Service

Source control is a conservative technology. Even so, there has been a general willingness to use internet-based servers for the task for a long time, especially for open-source projects. Will the trend toward cloud-based services for version control continue, or is the question made irrelevant with the growing acceptance of distributed source control? Is Cloud-based version control still too risky for a service that must be secure, and almost risk-free? … Read more

Cloud Services for the DBA

A critical part of any DBA's role is implementing the systems that will improve in the long term their organization's guardianship, use and understanding of its data. Too often, however, this gets lost in the fog of immediate and urgent tasks. Gareth Marlow explains why he believes Cloud services will play an increasingly prominent role in helping DBAs achieve their strategic goals.… Read more