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Amazon Web Services Leading With DynamoDB {1}

by Edwin T
Amazon web services has delivered a new technology know as DynamoDB that is a fully managed NoSQL database service.  Current database layers have trouble keeping up with the demand of modern applications. As more requests come in, the database slows down and reduces overall performance.  Increasing the amount of hardware to try and scale current databases is very expensive and requires the expertise of engineers to make it work.  This approach can only be done for so long.  Eventually all the hardware and physical storage devices will become a burden when it’s time to update or patch anything.  DynamoDB is not software, it is a service that takes care of this problem.  The administrator can simply dial in or increase the amount of requests the database needs to handle per second; the service will distribute the data through the necessary hardware to avoid down time.  The requests are very fast because the data is stored in solid state drives.  In addition, DynamoDB is very reliable and secure, it automatically replicates data in whats known as Amazon availability zones in case of hardware failure.  “Amazon DynamoDB is already in use by many teams and products within Amazon, including the Amazon.com advertising platform, Amazon cloud Drive, IMDb and Kindle.” read more...

Amazon’s DynamoDB {3}

by Nicholas T
The article I read talked about the release of Amazon’s DynamoDB. It is a essentially a cloud based service but takes simple storage a step further and has added database capabilities such as the ability to create tables and queries. As with Amazon’s other cloud services, DynamoDB is pay as you go. In that you only pay for what you need storage wise. It is free to try and you get 100MB of initial storage but once you surpass that point, it is $1 per gigabyte per month as well as charges for data transfers from the database. read more...

Amazon’s CloudSearch Service {4}

by Jongwoo Y
Amazon has recently just launched their new web service, Amazon CloudSearch, a technology that will allow developers around the world use Amazon’s powerful search engine technology. This new service will allow developers to infuse Amazon’s effective search engine to their own websites or databases in order to more efficiently organize and configure their data. According to Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, Amazon CloudSearch is based on more than 10 years of research and development and will help developers avoid issues with developing their own search engines for whatever projects they will be working on (Taft, 2012). Vogels also explains how developers will only have to create a search domain, upload data, and start querying; rather than creating a new search engine from scratch. This new service will use a pay-to-go model that will on average be substantially developing a subpar search engine and also be at a low price familiar to many Amazon.com customers (Taft, 2012). read more...

Cloud Computing {1}

by Michael M
Today we are entering a age where technology is changing all of the time and is changing rapidly. We always have a computer at the tips our fingers with our smart phones, laptops, and even our tablets. With all of this changing technology we need to chage the way we store our data so it can be accessable to us anytime anywhere and even on any computer. That technology is now here and is becoming popuar for everyone within the business world and even for resedential use. This new technology is known as cloud computing. It allows you to have all of your data on
all of your computers allowing you to make updates and will allow you to store the data back to the cloud so you can access it later. Apple is one company that is using cloud computing. It will allow people to store all of their music and pictures on the cloud and can be accessed using a apple device. Apple will give 5 gb of space to people to use on their server. read more...

Amazon facilitates the cloud for government agencies {Comments Off on Amazon facilitates the cloud for government agencies}

by Edwin T
The article i chose included Amazon’s Web Services, specifically Amazon GovCloud, which is a tool aimed at giving government agencies the means to move information into the cloud.  One of the advantages of GovCloud is compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations which requires that data be accessed within the United States.  This was an issue holding government agencies from moving into the cloud.  NASA is currently among one of the many agencies taking advantage of GovCloud, and that’s because GovCloud supports security controls such as FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act).  “Today, over 100 government agencies are taking advantage of AWS and we’re excited to continue working with agencies as they implement the Federal Cloud First policy to become more efficient, agile, and innovative through more effective use of technology infrastructure,” vice president of AWS global public sector Teresa Carlson said. “AWS is the next step in that evolution.” read more...

What is the Cloud? {2}

by Nelson T
In an article that I have read from PC Magazine Online, cloud computing is the next big thing coming to consumers and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to have complete access to their personal data as well as data from other users as well. This is called Personal Cloud Computing. An example of one of the many benefits of the personal cloud is automatic sync. If a user searches for music using their mobile device, purchases a piece of music from their favorite artist, the mp3 file downloads not only on their mobile device but also downloads automatically to their home computer and other devices that are linked that cloud account. Other items include the user’s address book, email and documents.  Having access to the cloud is fairly cheap and this is attracts business. Businesses can use the cloud to do some serious data mining on the fly. Having access to information coming from their users. A way that a cloud can be distinguished is from key attributes such as it being from a third party vendor that is usually off site, accessed over the internet, minimal IT knowledge are a few attributes. Cloud computing is very useful for a connected consumer and for the success of a business. As an owner of an Apple iPhone, I am a user of their cloud service named iCloud. I find this service to be very useful. Just like my example from earlier, anything i do on my mobile smartphone is sync automatically to cloud servers and then pushed to my laptop and other devices that are connected to the iCloud service. I have personally realized the benefits of this service and its been great since the start. I rely on it almost everyday to make sure I get what i need from anywhere I am connected. read more...

Disease Research Through Cloud Computing {1}

by Jongwoo Y
Amazon, a top internet retailer and newcomer to the cloud computing services, is planning on hosting over 200 terabytes of genetic data for the government’s newly approved “1000 Genome Project”. This program is being hosted on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Elastic MapReduce (EMR) platforms (Horowitz, 2012). The program hopes to be able to find patterns in human genomes in order to find cures to a variety of diseases, including breast cancer and Parkinsons disease. All of the information that is being hosted on the Cloud server will be publicly available to researchers all over the world. This is a huge step forward, as the amount of data that will be stored is equivalent to 16 million file cabinets of text or 30,000 DVD’s (Horowitz, 2012). With this cloud technology, the time it takes to perform DNA sequencing will be drastically reduced; which in turn will directly impact clinical outcomes. Not only will researchers be able to study human beings, but also different subpopulations in different areas, and also different species such as monkeys as well. Another important fact about how this cloud service will impact the medical field is that it will now take only a couple of weeks to sequence a human genome, rather than the full 13 years that it took for the first one to be constructed. This new service that Amazon has provided is a great step forward for all humans, and will hopefully be a huge factor in everyone’s life. read more...

Recent Price Cuts in Cloud Computing Services {5}

by Vincent S
In recent weeks, the three major players in cloud computing services have all announced price cuts to their more basic service packages.  Google, Amazon, and now Microsoft have all announced a coming price drop in their online data storage services.  Most analysts in the industry speculate that the reason for dropping prices is to attract new businesses to convert to a cloud computing setup.  Although many new businesses have switched to cloud computing services, many companies with legacy systems continue to avoid conversion to the cloud.  As stated in PC World magazine, David Linthicum, CTO of Blue Mountain Labs, does actually agree that cloud computing is always the cheapest solution.  His belief is joined by many other experts in the field who argue that legacy systems have the advantage of using software and hardware solutions that can substitute for cloud services.  By avoiding the strict licensing terms of cloud services, businesses can in some circumstances save money by avoiding the cloud.
For me, this article reaffirmed what I already believed.  Cloud services are amazing and of course represent the shift of technology in this century.  However, it has not yet reached the point of complete feasibility.  There still exist many situations in which cloud computing may not be the best solution for your business.  I know that one day cloud services will completely take over and leave no other solution.  But in the mean time, companies that are providing cloud services have to raise awareness and compete with non cloud solutions.  At this point, they do not have total market penetration and these recent price drops show their attempts to expand the market.  I will even go as far as to say that their recent price drops are part of bigger plan to create the illusion that cloud computing is the absolute cheapest and easiest solution which is still not yet true.  The reality is that cloud computing can be very expensive, despite that, it is a growing trend that will dictate the technology of the future. read more...

Amazon’s Big Free Genetic Database {1}

by David A
This article is about Amazon’s release of the 1000 Genomes project using Amazon’s Web Services (AWS) cloud computing unit to the public for free. The Genome project comprises of the genetic information taken from 1,700 people, which amounts to about 200 Terabytes of storage data. AWS is going to spend a lot of money providing these services to the public and will have to charge normal rates per computer use for those companies wanting to manipulate and process the data, which is still considerably lower than buying a supercomputer to process large amounts of data costing millions of dollars. The article mentions a project done by AWS that created a virtual supercomputer for a pharmaceutical client which took an 11 year equivalent work, and processed it in a few hours, charging $1,279 an hour. This much data has never been available to the public before, and is revolutionary to the health care industry. We have learned about diseases such as sickle cell anemia to have genetic bases, and diseases such as diabetes, and heart diseases are suspected to be hereditary. With enough genetic information through larger sample sizes and variations, we could predict the risks of disease for individuals more accurately. read more...

Amazon Cloud Utility {2}

by Han C
This article talks about how the era of utility supercomputing will be an on demand type of service, for example, like electricity and gas. In November of 2011, Amazon launched CC2 beta which is its most powerful cloud service to date. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to pay a fee for consumption of this on demand service. Dr. Matt Wood is a strong Amazon Web Services technology evangelist, he agrees with Jason Stowe, CEO of Cycle Computing that the concept of supercomputing as a utility has enormous potential for growth in the coming years. The goal is to be able to utilize the EC2’s infrastructure to help solve problems related to business or research. Questions which might require a million hours to compute are able to be solved in just one day, securely, and at a reasonable price. Each leased instance will have 2 Intel Xeon E5 processors, containing 8 cores per processor, 60.5 gigabytes of memory, 3.37 terabytes of storage, and 10 gigabit ethernet. read more...