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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
In this interview from QCon London 2008, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Evangelist Jeff Barr discusses SimpleDB, S3, EC2, SQS, cloud computing, how the different Amazon services interact within an application, the origins of AWS, SimpleDB and Microsoft SQL Server Data Services, globalization of the AWS cloud, the March AWS outage, SimpleDB Stored Procedures and converting between AMIs and VMWare.
Persistent has long been an achilles heel of the EC2 platform. Today Amazon moved to address this issue with the release of Elastic Block Storage (EBS).
A growing number of fully fledged software stacks for Ruby is available, providing all the necessary software you need to run an application, including web and database servers. They come in different flavors: virtual machine images, Amazon EC2 images and installer based. We take a look at some of them to give you an overview.
Data Management represents a strategic asset for Cloud Platforms as the most popular Data Services will likely command the largest platform market share. In a post this week, Arnon Rotem-gal-Oz argues that "Database-as-a-Service" is a bad idea. Would you trust your enterprise data to DaaS?