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Smart Clients, Dumb Servers? AWS Releases SDK for JavaScript in the Browser

by Richard Seroter on  Nov 07, 2013

For years now, developers have been asking their client-side code to do more work while still relying on server-side code to do some heavy lifting. AWS is shaking up that model by releasing a JavaScript SDK that securely accesses AWS services from the browser, thus eliminating in some cases the need for any server-side code.

NuoDB Blackbirds 2.0 Gets Geo-distributed Capability

by Abel Avram on  Oct 17, 2013

NuoDB has announced version 2.0 of their NewSQL database, now a globally distributed database that can run in the cloud or on premises with real-time replication.

Amazon Web Services Stability and the September 13th US East 1 Outage

by Chris Swan on  Sep 20, 2013

Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered another outage of its US East 1 region during the morning of Friday 13th September. A number of popular applications such as Heroku, Github and CMSWire were disrupted along with many other customers in Amazon’s largest, oldest and busiest location.

AWS Gets Redis, Several RDS Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Sep 06, 2013

Amazon recently announced several new features for the AWS platform, including option to choose Redis for it's ElastiCache service, several RDS related improvements, and even the release of their unified command line interface.

Developers, Developers, Developers: Rackspace and Others Aggressively Court Key Cloud Consumer

by Richard Seroter on  Sep 06, 2013

Recent research has made it increasingly clear that developers hold the key to cloud adoption, and Rackspace is trying to make themselves an attractive option. The Rackspace Developer Discount program is designed to lower the barrier to entry and follows similar efforts by AWS and Microsoft.

AWS and Microsoft Release Dueling Mobile Notification Services

by Richard Seroter on  Aug 30, 2013

Within days of each other, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) released mobile-friendly notification services aimed at developers. Both services make it possible to quickly and cheaply broadcast millions of messages to devices of all kinds. While similar on the surface, each service offers their own unique capabilities.

Best Practices for Amazon EMR

by Boris Lublinsky on  Aug 16, 2013 2

In his new whitepaper, Best Practices for Amazon EMR, Parviz Deyhim outlines the best practices in using AWS EMR including moving data to AWS, strategies for collecting, compressing, aggregating the data, and common architectural patterns for setting up and configuring Amazon EMR clusters for processing.

Closing the Gap: Latest Windows Azure Release Beefs Up Database, Load Balancing

by Richard Seroter on  Jul 27, 2013 1

Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie announced a range of updates to Windows Azure that fill in platform gaps while leapfrogging market leader AWS in one particular area. The new database export service provides a much-needed backup capability – albeit with controversial pricing – and the updated Traffic Manager delivers a cross-region load balancing experience that appears superior to what AWS offers.

Economics of Application Virtualization on AWS

by Saul Caganoff on  Jun 30, 2013

Most users of Amazon EC2 use the service inefficiently with only a 15% utilization of the infrastructure. The most effective way to use EC2 is by running many applications in large memory reserved instances. James Watters describes how the new architecture of Cloud Foundry uses Linux Control Groups to optimise efficiency and reduce costs by up to a factor of 10.

How Netflix Deploys Code

by Zef Hemel on  Jun 13, 2013 3

Netflix deploys a hundred times per day, without the use of Chef or Puppet, without a quality assurance department and without release engineers. To do this, Netflix built an advanced in-house PaaS (Platform as a Service) that allows each team to deploy their own part of the infrastructure whenever they want, however many times they require.

Google Extends Their Services with Cloud SQL

by Abel Avram on  Jun 07, 2013 1

Google is making MySQL available in the cloud as a fully managed service, including a JSON API for programmatic management.

NuoDB 1.1 Targets .NET Developers

by Abel Avram on  May 29, 2013 2

NuoDB 1.1 includes a ADO.NET driver, LINQ and EF providers, support for Windows 64-bit and Azure, performance improvements.

Zend Developer Pulse 2013 Survey Emphasises on HTML5, Geolocation and Amazon Web Services

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  May 28, 2013

Zend, the company which builds PHP platform has released the results of its annual Developer Pulse 2013 survey and it indicates the growth of HTML5, native apps, Objective C, Java, Geo-location support, Amazon Web Services including general work habits of developers.

Netflix: Dystopia as a Service

by Saul Caganoff on  May 22, 2013

A keynote presentation by Adrian Cockroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix, describes the Netflix "Cloud Native" architecture and the trade-off between the Utopia of perfection versus the new engineering challenge of building highly agile and highly available services from ephemeral and often broken components.

Microsoft Makes Infrastructure Cloud Generally Available, Matches AWS Prices

by Richard Seroter on  Apr 16, 2013

Today, Microsoft took their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud product – called Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – out of preview and made it available to the general public. Microsoft is entering a crowded IaaS market but they’ve committed to matching cloud leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) on price while also promising enterprise-class SLAs and services.

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