Category: Cloud Computing

Why Gimmick Marketing?

Posted on 06/29/09 5 Comments

I remember when I was first introduced to Linux, circa 1993.    There was no Linux marketing.   Linux was simply a great operating system and I could use it as a mail server, a file server, a name server, a web server, a database platform, a development platform, a sniffer, a firewall, and more.   I introduced [...]

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A Hidden Danger in Cloud Computing

Posted on 06/23/09 No Comments

Back in the days when I was happily spending time on the operations floor in computing centers, we always observed that the greatest security threats to our systems were well-intended operators who make simple mistakes.  No hacker or criminal ever brought down a network like the bored network guy on the late shift who decided [...]

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Amazon CloudFront Test Results with Small Objects

Posted on 06/15/09 No Comments

Following up on our Date with the CloudFront Operations Manager we have just released our public test results using a small 1.6kb object (a small gif file).  The results of the tests can be found here, Amazon CloudFront / S3 Small Object Test Results In a nutshell, we found a fairly significant performance improvement using [...]

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TIBCO Silver v. Amazon EC2: First Impressions

Posted on 06/09/09 9 Comments

Just coming off a ten day vacation, I was planning to write a few posts on a few “pure” scientific topics like string theory, complexity, and emergence.    However, a few folks contacted me and asked me my opinion on TIBCO Silver; so, I thought I would at least blog on my first impressions. TIBCO’s [...]

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A Date with the CloudFront Operations Manager

Posted on 05/22/09 4 Comments

After running some tests on Amazon CloudFront globally, our team’s conclusions have landed me a date with the CloudFront Operations Manager.  In a nutshell, our test results concluded: We were testing using CF/S3 to deliver content faster to customers in geographic regions different than our server. One would expect the downloads to be (noteworthy) faster [...]

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Announcing Amazon CloudWatch, AutoScaling and Load Balancing

Posted on 05/18/09 1 Comment

AWS has announced the public beta of three new features for Amazon EC2: Amazon CloudWatch for monitoring AWS cloud resources, Auto Scaling for automatically growing and shrinking capacity based on demand, and Elastic Load Balancing for distributing incoming traffic across Amazon EC2 compute instances.

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Mahout on Elastic MapReduce: Running k-means Clustering

Posted on 05/07/09 No Comments

Following up on KMeans Clustering Now Running on Elastic MapReduce, Stephen Green has generously documented the steps that was necessary to get an example of k-Means clustering up and running on Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce (EMR) on the Apache Lucene Mahout wiki. Mahout on Elastic MapReduce by Stephen Green As a side note, there has been [...]

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Uploading Data to Amazon S3 Using CloudFront

Posted on 05/07/09 1 Comment

Uploading data, for example your off-site backup files, to Amazon S3 is easier than you might think. Here are some basic steps with links. First, set up an Amazon AWS account if you don’t already have one. You will need a credit card (of course!). Then, create your Access Key and Secret Key (Access Identifiers).  [...]

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CloudFront LogAnalyzer on Amazon Elastic MapReduce

Posted on 05/07/09 No Comments

The Amazon Elastic MapReduce team has a sample application, CloudFront LogAnalyzer, designed to analyze Amazon CloudFront access logs. This tool provided users with the power of Amazon Elastic MapReduce to quickly turn access log data into actionable intelligence. Access logs are activity records about all requests delivered through Amazon CloudFront and contains a valuable set [...]

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Real CEP News: Amazon Announces Elastic MapReduce

Posted on 04/02/09 4 Comments

Yesterday Amazon announced the public beta of Amazon Elastic MapReduce, a web-based service that enables businesses, researchers, data analysts, and developers to easily and cost-effectively process vast amounts of data.  Amazon Elastic MapReduce utilizes a hosted Hadoop framework running on the web-scale infrastructure of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service [...]

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