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Bamboo Continuous Integration Server Adds Amazon EC2 Build Agents

by Dave West on  Mar 26, 2009

Continuous Integration (CI),test first development and daily builds are fundamental agile practices. Together they support high performance teams, but also generate a significant, often variable demand for resources. Atlassian's Bamboo CI Server 2.2 includes a feature to Run Builds Remotely in Amazon EC2.

AWS Toolkit for Eclipse announced

by Alex Blewitt on  Mar 25, 2009

Amazon have announced the AWS Toolkit for Eclipse to allow Eclipse instances to launch and manage EC2 instances from within an Eclipse environment

Interview: Tim Bray on the Future of the Web

by Dio Synodinos on  Mar 23, 2009 15

In this interview made during QCon SF 2008, Tim Bray talks about why he is not convinced with the buzz surrounding Rich Internet Applications and shares his ideas on Cloud Computing. He also expresses his opinion regarding the debate REST vs. WS-* and the future directions web technologies will be taking.

Drive Testing in the Cloud for One Hour

by Abel Avram on  Mar 11, 2009

JumpBox, a vendor offering application’s images running on many virtualization platforms, offers free one hour trials for their images running on Amazon’s EC2 cloud. All the products offered are open source and cover several basic areas: Content Management, CRM, Project Management, Collaboration, Network Monitoring, and Development Tools.

Cloud Architectures Are Not Fully Thought Out Yet

by Abel Avram on  Feb 18, 2009 2

While there are many mature software patterns for applications, not the same can be said about clouds. Each vendor employs their own solution, which is most probably subject to change and improvement. The technology is not mature enough for a clear set of patterns to emerge yet, but the first working examples are out there.

Solo: Engine Yard on Amazon EC2

by Mirko Stocker on  Jan 22, 2009

Solo is a new offering from Engine Yard to run their software stack on Amazon EC2. We talked to Engine Yard's founder and architect Jayson Vantuyl to learn the differences between Solo and their present hosting services and what their target audience is.

Eventually Consistent, Revisited

by Boris Lublinsky on  Jan 11, 2009

Building reliable distributed systems at a worldwide scale demands trade-offs between consistency and availability. Last month, Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels posted an article describing approaches to tolerate eventual data consistency in large-scale distributed systems.

Weather Update: Amazon’s Cloud Has Covered Europe

by Abel Avram on  Dec 10, 2008

Amazon has upgraded the Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with the option to create EC2 instances in different regions. The first to benefit from this is Europe which has requested the change due to latency and regulations issues.

The Clouds Can Do Mathematics

by Abel Avram on  Nov 26, 2008

Wolfram Research has announced the availability of its product, Mathematica 7, to perform computations using cloud computing services from within the application. Mathematica is a computing environment providing support for numerous numeric and symbolic computations through a dedicated symbolic language.

Amazon Has Started Delivering Its Clouds with CloudFront

by Abel Avram on  Nov 18, 2008 3

Amazon has announced today CloudFront Beta, a cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN), that can offer low-latency and high speed content transfer all over the globe through a series of edge points located on three continents. CloudFront is integrated with Amazon’s S3 and EC2 services.

Comparing Amazon's EC2, Google's App Engine and Microsoft's Azure

by Abel Avram on  Nov 14, 2008 2

The weather forecast changed when Microsoft entered the clouds with the Azure platform during PDC 2008. It would be interesting to compare the three major offerings existing on the market today, Amazon's, Google's and Microsoft's, and at the first glance it seems that they are not really competing against each other.

Amazon's EC2 Switches from Beta to Production

by Abel Avram on  Oct 24, 2008

Amazon's EC2 services are no longer offered as beta, but they have been switched into production, Amazon offering a Service Level Agreement (SLA). Windows on EC2 is still available as beta.

Is Vendor Lock-in a Barrier to Cloud Computing Adoption?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Oct 19, 2008 1

Tim Bray, Dare Obasanjo and Dewitt Clinton exchanged their point of view about Vendor Lock-in as a barrier to Cloud Computing Adoption. Do you see it as a major issue or do you think that when a vendor will offer something better that people want to migrate to, it will also solve the migration problem for you.

Is the Cloud Strategic to Virtualization?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Oct 09, 2008 1

Chris Preimesberger and Bob Waldie see 6 red flags to data center virtualization. Patrick Kerpan responded to these concerns by pointing to the Cloud as a possible mitigation factor. Have you experienced some of these red flags in your virtualization projects? Is the cloud on your radar? Will the cloud replace data centers?

Windows Will Soon Enter Into the EC2 Cloud

by Abel Avram on  Oct 02, 2008

After years of offering its Cloud Computing Services to run Linux or Solaris, and after receiving support for running Java EE applications, Amazon is promising its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) will support Microsoft Windows later this fall.

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