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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

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.

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.

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