AWS has simplified the pricing model for Amazon EC2 reserved instances. It has replaced the utilization based pricing model with a simpler model to buy reserved capacity.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Amazon has announced two licensing deals with Microsoft. The first eliminates the licensing fees for running Microsoft software on EC2 for BizSpark members. The second allows all developers to run the preview of SQL Server 2012 on EC2. It should be noted that normal EC2 service rates still apply for both.
Amazon.com formally added three new capabilities to its cloud computing portfolio with the introduction of Direct Connect and the updates to the Virtual Private Cloud and Identity and Access Management services. These offerings are targeted at organizations looking to construct hybrid or private clouds on the Amazon Web Services platform.
Talend announced at the Cloud Computing Expo last week that it was releasing a Cloud-based version of its Enterprise Unified Integration Platform.
Since April 21, 2011, 1:41 AM PDT Amazon's US-EAST EC2 Datacenter reported major outages (due to failing EBS volumes) affecting many sites like Reddit, Foursquare, Quora, Hootsuite and Heroku which rely on EC2 services. The article links to discussions about reliability of Availability Zones of EC2 datacenters and EC2 SLA's as well as desaster recovery and prevention.
Last week Amazon announced Elastic Beanstalk, but there is also an Open Source project named SteamCannon. SteamCannon is sponsored by RedHat and has been in active development since September 2010. With similar objectives, how do they stack up against each other?
Amazon has announced the availability of Cluster GPU instances for high performance applications starting with an instance of 2 NVidia Tesla GPUs and going up to a cluster of 128 or more instances, appealing to financial analysis, imaging, biology, simulation, and other domains.
Amazon has announced the new AWS SDK for Java this March. The aim of the new SDK is to simplify the development of java applications that use the Amazon EC2. The AWS Toolkit for Eclipse automates most of the steps required for the development cycle such as deployment, debugging, instance launching and network access management on the Amazon cluster
Amazon extends their Windows VM offering, and offers customers the possibility to use their enterprise license to run Windows instances on EC2 through a pilot program consented with Microsoft. Microsoft is going to evaluate the results of the program, possibly offering the same license mobility in the future, and promises to support Windows VM on Azure some time this year.
Last week saw the first OSGi DevCon London, held in conjunction with JAX London in Hammersmith's Novotel. Topics included features from the upcoming OSGi Enterprise Expert Group publication, using and testing OSGi in the cloud, accessing objects through JPA on an OSGi system and how modularity can defeat complexity brought on by exponential software growth.
David Chappell, the Principal of Chappell & Associates, US, has written a whitepaper proposing several solutions for Single Sign-on (SSO) access to applications deployed on Amazon EC2 from a Windows domain. InfoQ explored these solutions to understand what the benefits and tradeoffs each one presented.