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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.

Interview: Jeff Barr Discusses Amazon Web Services

by Ryan Slobojan on  Sep 23, 2008

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.

Amazon Brings Virtualized Storage to the Cloud with Elastic Block Storage

by Scott Delap on  Aug 21, 2008

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).

Ruby and Rails Software Stacks Overview

by Mirko Stocker on  Aug 21, 2008 4

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.

Is Database-as-a-Service a Bad Idea?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Aug 21, 2008 3

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?

David Chappell: Introduction To Cloud Computing

by Dilip Krishnan on  Aug 20, 2008 3

David Chappell published a Microsoft sponsored white paper on Introduction to Cloud Platforms

Presentation: Jinesh Varia About Amazon Alexa Web Service's Architecture

by Abel Avram on  Aug 16, 2008 3

In this presentation, Jinesh Varia, a Web Services Evangelist at Amazon, talks about the architecture of one of Amazon's web services called Alexa. Jinesh explains how Amazon has reached scalability, performance and reduced costs for the Alexa service.

CloudCamp's Reuven Cohen Discusses Virtualization and Cloud Computing

by Scott Delap on  Jul 28, 2008

InfoQ recently sat down with CloudCamp founder Reuven Cohen to discuss cloud computing. CloudCamp was formed in order to provide a common ground for the introduction and advancement of cloud computing.

Erlang and Ruby Roundup: Vertebra, Scaling with Fuzed, Github

by Werner Schuster on  Jul 16, 2008

Recently a few popular Ruby projects have started using Erlang. We look at how EngineYard's Vertebra, Powerset's Fuzed and recently Github make use of Erlang.

Cloud Tools bring Java EE on Amazon EC2

by Dio Synodinos on  May 30, 2008

Chris Richardson the author of "POJOs in Action", has released Cloud Tools, a set of tools for deploying and testing Java EE applications on Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2). It's a Groovy framework that provides an API for launching EC2 instances; configuring MySQL, Tomcat servers; and deploying more web applications. In addition, it can also run JMeter and collect performance metrics.

Amazon upgrades EC2 with Persistent Storage

by Dio Synodinos on  Apr 22, 2008 3

Amazon’s Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2), which delivers Hardware as a Service (HaaS), is adding persistent storage to its list of features. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels write that "Persistent storage for Amazon EC2 will be offered in the form of storage volumes which you can mount into your EC2 instance as a raw block storage device."

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