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AWS in Visual Studio {Comments Off on AWS in Visual Studio}

by Vincent S
This past May, Amazon just announced that they will aim their efforts to make it easier for web developers to upload and implement asp.net applications.  Their first step forward in this direction is their announcement of allowing developers to take advantage of a program called Elastic Beanstalk.  Elastic Beanstalk is an application that takes care of deployment details such as load balancing and capacity provisioning.  Web developers can use Amazon Web Services (AWS) included in Visual Studio in order to develop the program.  They then can upload the asp.net application into Amazon’s web server.  From there, Elastic Beanstalk will automatically deploy it. read more...

Amazon Relational Database Services (Amazon RDS) {1}

by Miguel V
The article I chose, Amazon Web Services Announces New Managed Services for Windows Developers Worldwide, talks about Amazon annoucing a new managed services for windows developers with the launch Amazon RDS for Microsoft SQL Server and ASP.NET called AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Business can use “Amazon RDS to offload the operational responsibilities of their MySQL and Oracle database.” The article also talks about AWS Elastic Beanstalk which gives developers “an even easier way to quickly deploy and manage their Java, PHP and ASP.NET applications in the AWS Cloud.” AWS works by having the user upload their application and it will automatically handle the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring. read more...

Greenpeace wants to know: How clean is your cloud? {1}

by Robert T
Within the past decade or so, people have been more socially aware about the impact technology and industrial growth has, and will have, on the well being of our planet. It seems that with almost every technological innovation that has been released has seen its share of criticism from several “go-green” activists. With cloud computing having garnered so much public attention and media attention, activists have now set their eyes on their next target. read more...

Amazon Believes Cloud Computing and Super Computers are the Future {1}

by Tomas R
This article, titled ‘Amazon Hails Era of ‘Utility Super computing,’ is about the company Amazon believing that cloud computing should be done from the most powerful computers. Amazon is embracing the use of cloud computing for almost everything, whether it be for storage of media or important documents. Amazon thinks that cloud computing should be adjusting their technology and supercomputers to cloud computing, instead of trying to provide cloud computing into the existing technology. What this means is that we should develop more advance hardware to fit more storage, instead of trying to squeeze more into their current computer systems. However, Amazon recognizes that it will require extensive “hours of computation.” The article finishes by stating that Amazon has launched their public beta of their most powerful cloud service, called the “Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large.” read more...

AWS Friend or Foe? {2}

by Stephen O
Cloud Computing is a new frontier, in a way it is like the wild west, one that is constantly evolving as new startup companies emerge and take to the field. It is common for one of these start-ups to use Cloud Computing services, because let us face it is cheaper and more efficient for startups to use cloud computing services rather than investing time and money into their own servers. One of the more dominates Cloud Computing Service providers is Amazon with their Amazon Web Services otherwise known as AWS. Right now Amazon and others who use AWS benefit largely because AWS has a strong core of service and has very aggressive when it comes to development. With the way, the Cloud Computing Industry is now there are many open opportunities that startup companies are taking advantage of, but what if AWS starts eyeing the same territory. This is why the Wild West analogy earlier was apt. “I was in a venture capital meeting last week where we were told by one prominent VC that, “Two years ago Amazon was a blessing to startups. Today it is neutral. In two years it may well be a curse.” How so? By building up Amazon Web Services to include many services currently offered by other vendors.” (Rosenberg, 2011) Right now, it holds the lion’s share of the market, because of simple to use API’s and easy to use AMI’s and the whole system is more user friendly than the competitors are. While this maybe the case there are many open areas of Cloud Computing yet open. “As such, there is a huge amount of room for innovation around “cloud” as a whole–storage, network, management–very few existing tools measure up when it comes to the new architecture and programmatic interfaces that we get from cloud in general.” (Rosenberg, 2011) Because there is so much open territory to tackle realistically there is no way that AWS can be everything for everyone, especially if it does not even offer some of these services. It is the opinion of the Author we nothing to fear, it is in the hands of the little guys to stake a claim and protect it against the AWS’ of the cloud. read more...

Amazon Web Services {Comments Off on Amazon Web Services}

by Asbed P
Amazon Web Services, which is the part of Amazon.com that does the hosting and the cloud services, has announced the launch of a new server in the US West Region, in Oregon, with a new low price.  Starting Wednesday November 23, 2011, people can choose to locate their Amazon Web Services resources in the Oregon Region, which contains “multiple redundant Availability Zones for architecturing highly available applications” much like all their other AWS Regions.  Oregon will be the second US West location, the first being the Northern California servers, that will provide businesses a low cost, low latency option for everyone.  Amazon’s plan is to continuously lower its own costs so that they can end up passing those savings onto their customers in the form of these lower priced US West Region servers.  “Since the launch of AWS over five years ago, we’ve lowered our prices over a dozen times,” is a quote from Senior Vice President Andy Jassy showing the type of attitude they have about lowering prices for everyone.  US West Oregon is the fourth Region in the US and the seventh total AWS infrastructure Region in world.  It is also priced at about 10 percent lower than the US West N California Region and has the same price as the US East N Virginia Region. read more...

It’s Getting Cloudy These Days {1}

by Daniel L
The majority of businesses out there have migrated over to the cloud, but some are still thinking about making the switch.  When we talk about cloud computing, there are three options currently available – the private cloud, the public cloud, and the hybrid cloud.  Businesses are still trying to figure out which works best for them, but it all usually depends on the applications they want to move to the cloud along with the integration and compatibility with enterprise functions.  Some businesses have to comply with strict regulations, which also plays a major role on which type of cloud computing a business decides to use.  A business belonging to the pharmaceutical industry is a good example of when a private cloud would be used.  These businesses have very important applications and data, so they have to rely on their own private cloud, one that they would set up themselves with their own storage and servers, while maintaining integrity and abiding with regulations.  Then there are businesses out there that need to quickly get their services up and running, with fewer imposed regulations, that don’t need to worry too much about the integration of their data.  These are the businesses that should look into public clouds like Amazon Web Services, where they can sign up and start using services right away.  At the end of the day, most businesses will be opting for a hybrid cloud setup, regardless of regulatory requirements.  A hybrid cloud offers the best of both public and private cloud worlds. read more...