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Scalable Database Service {1}

by Mike Y
Amazon Web Service (AWS) launched a NoSQL database that scales up or down depending on the customers needs. Traditional databases were not as flexible with scalability. The AWS allows the managing and scaling of databases for web apps where normally it would be difficult and costly to do so. DynamoDB is a new database service which stores data on Solid State Drives and is used internally at Amazon.com. read more...

The Subtle Rise of HTML5 {Comments Off on The Subtle Rise of HTML5}

by Cole O’C
Over the last two years, HTML5 has been supported and adopted by a lot of big name companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn. While HTML5 is technically only the latest version of a technical standard, it has come to represent a set of features and capabilities that both enhance user experience and simplify development processes. This simplification is most plainly seen when companies are developing an application for both iOS and Android; HTML5 allows them to develop one application that can be run on any web browser. The powerful tools of HTML5 make it hard to differentiate between the cloud and the web, as well as desktop and client functionality. The technology is incredibly flexible and quite affordable to incorporate. However, the new standard does have its downsides. Applications developed with HTML5 are sometimes limited compared to their iOS and Android counterparts, as certain features are harder to access. Another issue facing HTML5 is application distribution, which has become an almost non-issue for iOS via the App Store and Android via the Marketplace. Google Chrome’s app store, which seeks to become a primary HTML5 distributor, is fairly new and does not have quite the presence of its non-HTML5 counterparts. Although it may take some time, HTML5 has the potential to overcome its weaknesses and become a platform-spanning giant. read more...

Worries of Cloud Computing {4}

by Cole O’C
This CNN Money/Tech Fortune article discusses several issues currently present with cloud computing, including cloud outages, security issues, server issues, and general confusion. After Amazon’s cloud outages, which affected both small companies and corporate giants, this monstrously powerful technology has come under more scrutiny. The article argues that, even with outages, cloud computing is still a far safer and more efficient method for most companies. It states that the visibility of cloud outages due to so many companies being affected is a somewhat unpleasant advantage, as an internal IT service could fail without anyone noticing for quite some time. The next topic discussed is cloud security and server separation, mainly focusing on how security issues of one company may affect the others. It uses an example of how Dropbox, a file-syncing startup company, had a programming glitch which enabled users to access accounts without inputting the correct password. While this would be quite disastrous even without cloud computing, it becomes more of a concern when an unsecure server is physically connected to other virtual machines running on the cloud that would be otherwise safe. Lastly, the article mentions the confusing nature of cloud computing, and how the majority of people (stated as 78% according to NPD Group) do not actually understand the concept of cloud computing, while an almost equally-sized majority (76%) uses cloud-based services, such as Hulu and Gmail. read more...

Deployment of Oracle into AWS {Comments Off on Deployment of Oracle into AWS}

by Joey L
Amazon is deploying Oracle databases into its AWS service.  Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a platform of remote computing services in the cloud.  Amazon Web Services provide online services for web applications by offering cloud computing.  The benefit of cloud computing is the ability to minimize capital spending.   Now with the Oracle database, clients can rent database with a “pay-as-you-go” pricing with no up-front fees for long term conditions.  With Amazon’s AWS service, clients are no longer physically restricted by their hardware/software.  The massive global cloud infrastructure of the service allows clients to quickly innovate and launch ideas as well as deploy applications on demand. 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...

On-Demand Database Service {Comments Off on On-Demand Database Service}

by Alexander V
Summary:

Amazon Web Services started a pay-by-the-hour service for Oracle databases that will compete with Microsoft SQL Azure. Both these services are cloud services. The name of Amazon’s new pay by the hour service is Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and it will be available licensing models. One licensing model allows you to use a license that you already own and the other model allows you to buy a license from Amazon. “The new service will likely appeal to Oracle database developers, letting them spin up and down instances as needed and scale to required capacity.” Both models sold by Amazon provide the same features which allow users to do common database administration work such as backup and software patching. RDS is offered in “five database instance classes,” each meeting different levels of needs. The fees for RDS  are $0.11 to $3.40 per hour and “discounts up to 48% are available with one-time, up-front payments for one-year and three-year terms.” read more...

Kindle Fire’s Silk Browser Poses Privacy and Security Concerns {2}

by Daniel L

Tablet computers have established themselves in the consumer device market and Amazon wants to get its feet wet by announcing their own tablet known as the Kindle Fire.  What makes Amazon’s tablet different from its competitors is the way it handles web browsing.  Amazon has developed their own web browser called “Amazon Silk”, which uses Amazon’s cloud to process and render web pages off the device, improving website performance on the device itself.  Websites with a plethora of content, including pictures and videos, can take a long time to load on the standard browsers most tablets are using, but with Silk, web browsing will be a breeze.  However, security and privacy issues arise when using this model of web browsing technology.  Every time a user visits a website, it will contact Amazon servers instead of the actual website directly, making Amazon the “middleman” that lies between any website, including secure ones, and you.  According to the terms and conditions of the Silk browser, Amazon will keep a record of IP and MAC addresses along with web history and logs for a period of 30 days.  This information can be obtained by the government in the event of an investigation.  Moreover, if Amazon servers are breached in any way, critical data can be compromised. read more...

Apps and HTML5 Wrestle For Mobile Supremacy {3}

by ChihWei H
HTML5 continues to receive support from big companies. Old technology powerhouse such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft are embracing the trend. Internet new comers, such are Twitter, Facebook, and Pandora are launching their product and services on smartphone and tablets from website based on HTML5. Many of these companies are already providing apps for smartphone and tablets, however, using HTML5 gives customer the same function and convenience of an app without the hassle of installing one.  Amaozn, for example, launched Kindle Cloud Reader with functions very similar to its app counterparts. HTML5 give companies the ability to bypass Apple’s 30% cut for app and content purchases. That being said, app and web application doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. read more...

Amazon Silk, Web Revolution or Bust? {2}

by Andrew N

Amazon Silk, Web Revolution or Bust?

Amazon has joined the race in computer tablets and has claimed to revolutionized the world of web computing. Amazon launched its Kindle Fire tablet which features their new Silk browser that is said to be running off their cloud servers. They have stated that the different internet domains will run through them where they will maximize efficiency through their server-side computing and send the website to the mobile device or computer. This eliminates most of the computing that is done through the browser and the domain host which equates in a faster load time.
Although, this technology has been around for quite awhile now Amazon has claimed to improved on such concept. Opera was the first to come around and disprove them. “Like Amazon Silk, the Opera servers compress the webpages as it processes them, to as little as 10% of the webpages’ original size, making it faster and cheaper to load each page,” Opera Software’s statement reads. (Pearce, 2011)  Unlike Amazon, Opera has not been able to market themselves to the current market which is moved to mobile applications. Yes, Amazon pretty much worked off an an existing idea, but why recreated a wheel that has already been made? They simply improved it by turning to the current clientele and the fastest growing market which is mobile devices.
Currently, I have interest in their concept of being able to compress websites for efficiency, but I still have many concerns that may arise due to the infancy stage of the idea for Amazon. I like the fact that the computing power is separate from the browser and host, but I would be concerned about leaving that much power into one’s hands. The fact that it is suppose to improve the speed of internet browsing makes it popular in everyone’s eyes but there are also cons that I am concerned about such as security, privacy and quality. When working in a cloud security is one of the big issues because your information is just floating around if it isn’t deleted. Also, compression is great for reducing size and increasing speed, but the quality would be questioned after that because reducing and image from 3 megabytes to 30 kilobytes is a big difference. read more...

Kindle Fire and iPad 2? – the incomparable {3}

by Ricardo G
Summary:
The article describes the characteristics of the new competitor in the tablets’ world, the Amazon Kindle fire, against the market leader by a huge market share, the Apple iPad 2. First of all, regarding price, the Kindle Fire will be priced at $199, compared to the $500 of the lowest-priced iPad 2. When it comes to screen size, the iPad is superior by 2.7 inches. Now, regarding features, the Kindle Fire, compared to the iPad 2, doesn’t have a camera, microphone, or capability to connect to a 3G network (it only has Wi-Fi capability). The Kindle fire offers 8 hours of battery life and 8GB of storage versus 10 hours for the iPad and 16GB for the iPad bottom end; however, Kindle Fires offers free cloud storage. In regards to Apps, the Kindle will have access to thousands of apps in Amazon’s app store for Android, whereas the iPad has access to the well-known Apple store with access to 425,000 apps. read more...