The AWS team has announced a limited preview of Amazon Redshift, a cloud-hosted data warehouse whose cost and capabilities are poised to disrupt the industry. In addition, AWS revealed two new massive compute instance types, and a data integration tool called Data Pipeline.
Big Data services available from cloud computing vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google are uncovering interesting trends and opportunities.
A new Amazon whitepaper provides a set of commonly used programming patterns that can be used in application's decider logic to tell SWF how to coordinate the application's work.
AWS Elastic Beanstalk can now be customized and configured via YAML configuration files. You can use configuration files to download and install packages, download and extract archives, create files, create users/groups, run commands, start and stop services, and define container settings.
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) team just added Ruby support to its Elastic Beanstalk service and now has one of the most multi-language cloud platforms available. In addition, AWS introduced support for Elastic Beanstalk in its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) so that customers can deploy and manage private versions of their web applications.
Netflix has open sourced yet another piece of their architecture, Eureka – a RESTful service used to locate middle tier services running within AWS regions.
Amazon Glacier is a new service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that provides extremely low cost, durable storage for archive-ready data. This service targets organizations who want to retain large, infrequently-used data sets but don’t want to maintain a local storage infrastructure.
Netflix has just open-sourced its much talked about “Chaos Monkey” software which intentionally takes servers offline as a way to test the resiliency of a cloud environment. This is another in a long line of internally developed tools that Netflix has chosen to freely share with the technical community.
Another AWS outage hit several large websites and their services last week. What can be done to avoid downtime? Architect for failover not just for scale.
The release of Apache HBase on Amazon EMR both increases the reach of EMR by adding to it a significant new piece of technology and makes it easier to use HBase by automating many set up and maintenance activities.
Amazon has announced support for .NET on AWS Elastic Beanstalk and a new RDS service for SQL Server, bringing better manageability to .NET/SQL Server apps hosted on AWS.
Amazon launched CloudSearch to address growing demand for search capabilities in applications without the overhead of standing up and maintaining search infrastructure. The launch has spurred off a race among search providers. This article focuses on the strengths and gaps in the CloudSearch feature set based on experiences and reactions from the user community.
Amazon has announced Simple Workflow Service (SWF), a service for orchestrating distributed and fault-tolerant tasks that are part of a workflow implementing a business process. Are the recently announced DynamoDB and SWF pieces of a bigger puzzle suggesting Amazon’s entering into PaaS cloud computing?
With the recent advances in cloud computing and Amazon Web Services infrastructure, many companies are trying to abandon their IT shops and move their software to the cloud. In his new blog post, Charlie Oppenheimer discusses the economics of cloud computing, comparing it with traditional data centers.