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New Mobile Services in Amazon's Cloud

by Chris Swan on  Jul 16, 2014

Amazon has launched new web services designed to simplify the building and operation of mobile applications using their cloud as a back end. Cognito provides an identity management platform and key/value store, and is complemented by Mobile Analytics. The AWS Mobile SDK has been updated to version 2.0 to provide integration with the new services, and there are samples in github for iOS and Android

AWS CloudTrail Expands Auditing of API Calls

by Steffen Opel on  Jun 25, 2014

AWS has considerably increased the number of services supported by AWS CloudTrail to cover the majority of the extensive AWS service portfolio. This now includes most compute and networking and all deployment and management services, thereby providing comprehensive end to end auditing of almost any changes to customer’s infrastructure.

AWS Management Portal for VMware vCenter

by Chris Swan on  Jun 03, 2014

Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced a Management Portal plugin for VMware’s vCenter. The plugin allows public cloud EC2 instances to be managed alongside of private VMware instances using the same administration console. The aim of the plugin is to make it simple for VMware customers to build hybrid clouds that span from their private environments to Amazon’s public services.

Comparing the Performance of Various Web Frameworks

by Abel Avram on  May 02, 2014 3

TechEmpower has been running benchmarks for the last year, attempting to measure and compare the performance of web frameworks. For these benchmarks the term “framework” is used loosely including platforms and micro-frameworks.

Heartbleed allows dumping client and server memory remotely

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 09, 2014 1

The recently disclosed Heartbleed bug allows a remote client to query the contents of a remote SSL server's memory when using vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, disclosing passwords and other secure credentials to eavesdroppers. Application sites like Yahoo! Mail and Amazon Web Services have been affected. Read on to find out more about what the bug entails,and what you should do.

RightScale: Top 9 Public and Top 6 Private Clouds

by Abel Avram on  Apr 02, 2014

RightScale, a service provider across multiple clouds, has published the results of their annual State of Cloud 2014 survey conducted in February of this year. This article highlights some of the most significant findings.

Amazon Responds to Recent Google Cloud Price Cuts

by Abel Avram on  Mar 29, 2014 1

Google announced major price cuts for some of their cloud services including Compute Engine, Storage and BigQuery. But their price advantage lasted for only for 24 hours because the following day Amazon slashed the prices for some of their services – EC2, S3, RDS, ElasticCache and MapReduce.

Espresso Logic DBaaS Now Wraps SQL Stored Procedures in RESTful APIs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 14, 2014

Espresso Logic has added RESTful endpoints for SQL stored procedures to their DBaaS service.

Amazon AppStream (GA) Apps Run on AWS and Stream to Devices around the World

by Abel Avram on  Mar 13, 2014

Amazon has made available the AppStream service which enables developers to run an application on AWS, then stream it to various devices.

Domino: Datascience-as-a-Service

by Michael Hausenblas on  Mar 11, 2014

Domino, a Platform-as-a-Service for data science, enables people to do analytical work using languages such as Python or R in the cloud (EC2).

What Is Going on with PaaS?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2014 4

Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.

Hadoop Jobs on GPU with ParallelX

by Charles Menguy on  Dec 26, 2013 1

The MapReduce paradigm is not always ideal when dealing with large computationally intensive algorithms. A small team of entrepreneurs is building a product called ParallelX to solve that bottleneck by harnessing the power of GPUs to give Hadoop jobs a significant boost.

Elastic Mesos service automates Mesos cluster deployment in EC2

by Charles Menguy on  Dec 17, 2013

EC2 users can now automate the deployment of Apache Mesos, an open-source tool to share cluster resources between multiple data processing frameworks, at scale through a new web service called Elastic Mesos provided by Big Data startup Mesosphere.

Streaming Big Data With Amazon Kinesis

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Nov 25, 2013 1

Amazon recently announced Kinesis, a service that allows developers to stream large amounts of data from different sources and process it. The service is currently in limited preview.

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.

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