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Cloud computing competition

The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (2 of 4)

At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry I am evaluating which cloud provider is showing up with the most substantial ecosystem to tackle the concerns of the industry. If you'd like to get up to speed on some of the major themes of the conference or learn about the showing by AWS check out the first post in the series. This article article focuses on Microsoft/Azure, the #2 cloud provider in the outside of the M&E industry by market share:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
September 19, 2019
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The Cloud War: Battlefront IBC (1 of 4)

At IBC2019, the biggest international conference for the Media & Entertainment industry, there were some major themes:
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
September 19, 2019
Programming Journey

My Programming Journey

At some point after I learned to read, but before middle school, I took an interest in computers and used my dad's IBM PC to learn BASIC, a programming language designed to be simple. It had a good name, right? I started trying things out on my own but soon teamed up with my best friend from across the street. We made simple computer programs in BASIC and then C++ and eventually in Java - the newest language at the time. Through that early experimentation, I learned the ins and outs of…
By J.D. Sandifer, JavaScript Engineer
September 18, 2019
Consumer Grade Expectations

Consumer Grade Expectations

Here at Metal Toad, we’re constantly engaged in developing solutions for complex, cloud-focused application needs. What’s intriguing about the space I hold (account management and partner development) is that clients are increasingly sophisticated in their expectations.
By Jonathan Mills, Strategic Account Executive
August 29, 2019
Alibaba.com Panel

Metal Toad's CEO Talks Future of eCommerce at Alibaba.com Seminar

On July 26th, Metal Toad’s CEO and Founder Joaquin Lippincott, spoke at Build-up, an event hosted by Alibaba.com in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and California Market Center. As the world’s fourth most valuable tech company and a business to business (B2B) goliath, Alibaba.com holds these seminars to aid growing businesses access to the invaluable tools and services they provide.   
By Corinna Gelster-Borgardt, Creative Director
August 8, 2019
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An Overview of Redux Middleware for React Applications

While working with large React applications, having a solid Redux architecture can keep data flow clean and easy to debug. A common point of confusion in Redux is the middleware pattern. We'll discuss why Redux middleware is beneficial, where it fits in, and step through an implementation of it.
By Mike Guida,
August 2, 2019
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The Cloud is More Secure Than Your Facility

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal ominously titled Capital One Breach Casts Shadow Over Cloud Security, veers dangerously close to blaming an internal company error at Capital One on one of the most secure companies in the world.  The article might be better headlined as "dirty bath water casts shadow over baby".  
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
August 2, 2019

The Value of Android, iOS, and React to the Cloud

As an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, Metal Toad helps our clients identify their cloud solutions.  However, one question I frequently hear is, “If we are building cloud solutions, then why is there a need for engineers in Android, iOS, and React specialties?”.  
By James Simshaw, Senior Software Engineer
July 31, 2019
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How Cloud became the most important buzzword in business

Cloud is not the first (and probably not the last) disruptor to business via software.  Over the past 50 years or so there have been four major epochs of software, with Cloud being the latest. SaaS software is dying and the Cloud is coming for all of us.
By Joaquin Lippincott, CEO
July 21, 2019
How to Choose the Right Cloud Provider

How to Choose the Right Cloud Provider

The promise of cloud technology has spawned tremendous innovation by some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world. Choosing a cloud provider is a very important undertaking. Get it wrong, and you’ll incur big costs, delays, and headaches; get it right, and you’ll position your firm for a more scalable and profitable future. To make the right decision, it’s critical to understand the differences among the top cloud providers. Each brings a different set of strengths and weaknesses…
By Nathan Wilkerson, Cloud Operations Manager
June 14, 2019

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