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+ - IPv6-only hosting won't make sense for years->

Submitted by rawagajah
rawagajah (1321705) writes "World IPv6 Day this Wednesday will shake out any bugs for websites running on IPv4 and IPv6 in parallel. However, cloud server provider ElasticHosts points out that IPv6-only websites are still a long way off — they only make sense after access is overwhelmingly IPv6 capable. In the meantime, the market in IPv4 space will presumably only grow, benefiting the IPv4 hogs..."
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Programming

+ - Designing great HTTP APIs: it isn't just about XML->

Submitted by rawagajah
rawagajah (1321705) writes "With the world moving to web services and the cloud, UK cloud provider ElasticHosts has written an amusing guide to designing a great HTTP API. As so often in computing, it comes down to KISS — but with so many cumbersome XML APIs with massive developer guides out in the wild, that's still advice worth remembering!"
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Announcements

+ - HP, Intel and Yahoo Create Global Cloud Test Bed 1

Submitted by CloudSeeker
CloudSeeker (666) writes "HP, Intel and Yahoo have announced "the creation of a global, multi-data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research and education. The goal of the initiative is to promote open collaboration among industry, academia and governments by removing the financial and logistical barriers to research in data-intensive, Internet-scale computing".

Cloud infrastructure is a hot area, with both the big players like Amazon EC2/S3 and Google App Engine and more specialist web hosting players such as GoGrid, Mosso and MediaTemple in the US and ElasticHosts, FlexiScale in the UK.

Do you believe that clouds can and will differ (e.g. on API, physical location, data jurisdiction), at least in the medium term, or that compute capacity is already a pure commodity?"

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov

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