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The Best of the Week (Feb. 28): Cloud Zone

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Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Cloud Zone  (Feb. 28 to Mar. 6). Here they are, in order of popularity:

1. Dev of the Week: Matt Butcher

Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to Matt Butcher, Lead Cloud Engineer at Revolv, Inc, author, and teacher at Loyola University Chicago.

2. Coding to Various Cloud APIs Using an All encompassing Uber Abstraction Layer

The JClouds API can be integrated into any Java project, and makes it possible to provision machines, terminate them, and even run scripts on these VMs. JClouds serves as a framework that enables you to provision pretty much anything on a lot of different clouds, something that was not previously possible.

3. 5 SaaS Churn Rate Reduction Unique Methods

The maturity of Web services and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as underlying technologies has made SaaS an increasingly prevalent delivery model. As a result of new developmental approaches, AJAX is also gaining popularity.

4. Which hypervisor? Why not all of them!

Stackato micro cloud runs on VMware hypervisors, KVM, Xen, Virtualbox, naturally meaning it can run on vSphere, Openstack, or CloudStack. We keep emphasizing that you can run Stackato on any hypervisor. We wanted to show you the strength of easily moving your applications to ANY cloud environment.

5. The 5 Layers of PaaS

As we've seen, each functional phase of PaaS can be done to greater or lesser degrees of complexity. Old guard PaaS systems often come feature-packed. But with PaaS building blocks like Docker, Flynn, and CoreOS, building a special purpose tailored mini-PaaS is not out of the question.