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Amazon Web Services gets FedRAMP certification for US government cloud use

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Amazon Web Services has finally received certification under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which the company said will lower the cost of implementing its cloud services among government organizations and agencies in the U.S.FedRAMP is a mandatory government-wide program that standardizes security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for...
Amazon Web Services gets FedRAMP certification for US government cloud use

From Amazon's top data geek: data has got to be big -- and reproducible

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Much has been done to bring big data closer to the people who need it. The advent of public cloud infrastructure has decimated the cost of collecting, maintaining and processing vast amounts of data. The next frontier is making that data reproducible, said Matt Wood, principal data scientist for Amazon...
From Amazon's top data geek: data has got to be big -- and reproducible

Microsoft Azure overtakes Amazon's cloud in performance test

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Microsoft Azure's cloud outperformed Amazon Web Services in a series of rigorous tests conducted by Nasuni, a storage vendor that annually benchmarks cloud service providers (CSPs)....
Microsoft Azure overtakes Amazon's cloud in performance test

Amazon Is Not A Commerce Company

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Same-day shipping became the big retailer craze this holiday season. Why? As the New York Times points out, retailers are living in fear of Amazon.com and trying to match what the online retailer offers. The fear factor — Wal-Mart once had a trance on retail. Now it’s Amazon.com. But it’s not just retail that...
Amazon Is Not A Commerce Company

Change.org: 20M users but not a single server

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Change.org, the popular web platform for promoting social change, passed the 20-million user mark last month and expects to surge past 25 million later this year. And yet it runs not a single server in its offices. “We run nothing in house. I don’t have a single rack in this place....
Change.org: 20M users but not a single server

Cloudscaling Opens Google Compute Engine APIs To OpenStack, Provides Alternative To Amazon Web Services

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Cloudscaling has opened up the Google Compute Engine (GCE) APIs to OpenStack, allowing customers that use the open, federated cloud to access Google’s vast infrastructure. Cloudscaling, a San Francisco startup, is one of the pioneers in building open, distributed clouds that  in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) style. The company...
Cloudscaling Opens Google Compute Engine APIs To OpenStack, Provides Alternative To Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services targets bigger companies, going toe-to-toe with Microsoft

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Amazon Web Services’ partner network has grown to more than 4,000 members, up from less than 1,000 a year ago — a key step for the company as it tries to expand its cloud-computing customer base beyond startups to more large companies. That’s the word from Reuters this morning in...
Amazon Web Services targets bigger companies, going toe-to-toe with Microsoft

Amazon: Netflix outage caused by deleted data

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The Amazon Web Services outage that led to Netflix's downtime on Christmas Eve was caused by an accidental data deletion. This according to a summary posted Amazon on the AWS page. The summary states that one of a very small number of developers with access to AWS' Elastic Load Balancing...
Amazon: Netflix outage caused by deleted data

The Great Netflix Christmas Outage Is Thankfully Over

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The great Netflix outage of Christmas 2012 is thankfully over, according to a tweet from the company. The service went down last night, during arguably one of the worst possible times ever, when many people stuck at home with their families would hope to seek a little refuge in...
The Great Netflix Christmas Outage Is Thankfully Over
Forrester Report Shows Amazon AWS Reigns Supreme With Developers As Windows Azure Gains Momentum

VMware's Amazon-style compute cloud will live in four US data centers

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Virtual reality is sorta like virtualization, right? Plus, this picture has clouds. No, we couldn't come up with a better image for virtualization and cloud computing. Sorry about that. Ruslan Rugoals VMware today unveiled its first public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud product, putting the virtualization software vendor into direct competition with...
VMware's Amazon-style compute cloud will live in four US data centers
Long a cloud kingpin, Amazon now fighting back against AWS competition

Pertino takes on $20M to build out wide-area networks through clouds

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Software-defined-networking (SDN) player Pertino, whose software on public clouds enables wide-area networks (WAN) for users anywhere, has taken on $20 million in Series B funding, helping the company gear up to add more network services and customers. Jafco Ventures led the funding round, while previous investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and...
Pertino takes on $20M to build out wide-area networks through clouds
How the Weather Company survived a 1000% traffic spike during Hurricane Sandy

Amazon Web Services simplifies private cloud, adds SQL Server

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Amazon Web Services has made it possible to connect to its Virtual Private Cloud service using static routing, while also allowing enterprises to run SQL Server within the private cloud....
Amazon Web Services simplifies private cloud, adds SQL Server

Google I/O sensors will detect motion and generate data for real-time visualization

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While there will be no shortage of smartphone-equipped developers and media recording the goings-on at the Google I/O developer conference later this week, Google plans on conducting its own experiments. To get the most out of its developer conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco later this week, it...
Google I/O sensors will detect motion and generate data for real-time visualization

Amazon adds storage snapshot feature to bolster disaster recovery

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In what could be a big improvement for business users of Amazon Web Services, Amazon is now allowing them to  move data snapshots between Elastic Block Storage (EBS) regions. The news was announced on an AWS support forum. It should come as especially good news for AWS customers shanghaied  by...
Amazon adds storage snapshot feature to bolster disaster recovery

Google's growing cloud just got a NoSQL database

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It doesn’t have a cool name like Cassandra, Voldemort or MongoDB, but Google is offering up a non-relational database called Google Cloud Datastore. Like almost everything the company has done since announcing its Compute Engine service at last year’s IO conference — including the rest of the features it announced...
Google's growing cloud just got a NoSQL database

Is Amazon.com a silent titan of the online ad industry?

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When discussing web advertising, Google and Facebook come to mind easily. But given new estimates, Amazon may be rising to join their ranks. According to a report released today by eMarketer, Amazon earned almost $610 million last year in ad revenue, and that number is expected to keep rising over...
Is Amazon.com a silent titan of the online ad industry?
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PagerDuty Raises $10.7M Round From Andreessen Horowitz For IT Alert Service Modeled On AWS System

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PagerDuty has raised $10.7 million from Andreessen Horowitz to build out an IT alert service that is modeled on what Amazon Web Services developed to manage its massive infrastructure. The funding will go toward building additional services to give IT managers a way to quantify how staff is responding to alerts and develop new...
PagerDuty Raises $10.7M Round From Andreessen Horowitz For IT Alert Service Modeled On AWS System

A Full-Stack Web Team Will Provide Much-Needed Breadth And Depth To Your Startup

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Editor’s note: Phil Freo leads the engineering team at ElasticSales. Previously he was at Quizlet and Google. Follow him on Twitter. There is often confusion about the various roles of a web engineering team. I have had to explain, even to technical recruiters, the differences between these roles and that the lines...
A Full-Stack Web Team Will Provide Much-Needed Breadth And Depth To Your Startup

Stalking Shadow IT: Amazon Assembles An Enterprise Cloud Army

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If you're like most enterprise IT professionals, you have serious concerns about cloud computing. According to a new Lieberman Software 2012 Cloud Security Survey, sponsored by the Cloud Security Alliance, 88% of the 300 IT professionals surveyed believe that some of their data hosted in the cloud could be lost, corrupted...
Stalking Shadow IT: Amazon Assembles An Enterprise Cloud Army

Amazon Web Services Expands in Japan

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding in Japan through the opening of a new availability zone. The move means that AWS will most likely be adding more data centers to keep up with the steady demand in service it has had since it first began offering its service in Tokyo...
Amazon Web Services Expands in Japan

Amazon's Vogels: Cloud is the resource model for today's uncertain economy

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Amazon has been on the tips of everyone’s tongue Tuesday at our Structure:Europe event in Amsterdam as the de facto standard that everyone has to measure up against. So when Werner Vogels, CTO and VP of Amazon, joined Om Malik onstage to explain how cloud changes business models and how...
Amazon's Vogels: Cloud is the resource model for today's uncertain economy
ActiveState buys Appsecute for its social devops smarts

The delusions that companies have about the cloud

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In the years that I led the Google Apps team, I heard every imaginable objection to cloud computing. Back in 2007, perhaps, those arguments may have had more merit, given the immaturity of most services and limited track record of the providers. But over time, it became clear to me...
The delusions that companies have about the cloud
Puppet Labs raises strategic $30 million from new partner VMware

MBA Mondays: Revenue Models - Subscriptions

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When I got into the venture capital business in the mid 80s, software was sold. You would pay a large sum to acquire a license to the software and then a much smaller annual fee for maintenance and support. Today, most software is sold in a subscription model. You pay...
MBA Mondays: Revenue Models - Subscriptions
A few stats, rumors and stories on on Hadoop's rapid growth
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