Amazon's Cloud Business growing fast, creating surplus


Amazon announced details about their Q2 earnings yesterday. Their cloud business grew with incredible 81%. This is massive, given the fact that Amazon is already the number #1 company in that area. This quarter, they earned 1.8 billion USD from cloud computing. Summing up this number, their revenue would definitively reach some 7 billion this year. However, if this growth continues to increase so fast, I guess they could even get double-digit by the end of this year. Will Amazon reach 10 billion in 2015? If so, this would be incredible! Microsoft stated that their growth was somewhere well above the 100% mark, so I am interested in where Microsoft will stand by the end of the year. But what does this tell us? Both Microsoft and Amazon are growing fast in this business and we can expect that we will see many more interesting services in the coming month and years in the Cloud. My opinion is that the

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Software defined Storage (SdS) in the Cloud


Cloud Computing gave us several changes in how we handle IT nowadays. Common tasks that used to take a lot of time received great automation and much more is still about to come. Another interesting development is the “Software defined X”. This basically means that infrastructure elements receive larger automation as well, which ends up being more scale able and better to utilize from applications. A frequent term used lately is the “Software defined Networking” approach, however, there is another one that sounds promising, especially for Cloud Computing and Big Data: Software defined Storage. Software defined Storage gives us the promise to abstract the way how we use storage. This is especially useful for large scale systems, as no one really wants to care about how to distribute the content to different servers. This should basically be opaque to end-users (software developers). For instance, if you are using a storage system for your website, you want to have an API

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BREAKING NEWS: New AWS Region in Germany, Frankfurt


Amazon Web Services today announced their new Datacenter for Germany, Frankfurt. This is AWS region number 11 and the second in Europe. AWS will support a large number of services from that datacenter. Here is the original press release: SEATTLE—Oct, 23, 2014– (NASDAQ:AMZN) — Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS, Inc.), an Amazon.com company, today announced the launch of its new AWS EU (Frankfurt) region, which is the 11th technology infrastructure region globally for AWS and the second region in the European Union (EU), joining the AWS EU (Ireland) region. All customers can now leverage AWS to build their businesses and run applications on infrastructure located in Germany. As with every AWS region, customers can do this knowing that their content will stay within the region they choose. The newly launched AWS EU (Frankfurt) region comes as a result of the rapid growth AWS has been experiencing and is available now for any business, organization or software developer to sign up

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Amazon Web Services S3 upload bug


The AWS Java SDK Version 1.8.10 comes with a critical bug, affecting uploads. A fix was provided by AWS and normally the SDK is updated automatically, so you don’t need to worry. However, if automatic updates are disabled in your Eclipse Version, you might loose data when uploading via the SDK Version 1.8.10. Here is what AWS has to say about the bug: //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js // [av_notification title=’AWS Message’ color=’red’ border=’solid’ custom_bg=’#444444′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ size=’large’ icon_select=’yes’ icon=’ue800′ font=’entypo-fontello’] Users of AWS SDK for Java 1.8.10 are urged to immediately update to the latest version of the SDK, version 1.8.11. If you’ve already upgraded to 1.8.11, you can safely ignore this message. Version 1.8.10 has a potential for data loss when uploading data to Amazon S3 under certain conditions. Data loss can occur if an upload request using an InputStream with no user-specified content-length fails and is automatically retried by the SDK. The latest version of the AWS SDK for Java can be

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Why one of the Top100 Blogs moved from AWS to Windows Azure


The Blog I started on Cloud Computing and Big Data some years ago was steadily increasing in the number of people accessing it. CloudVane is also named one of the Top 100 Blogs on Cloud Computing (Source), which is backed by the number of visits I get per day. To meet the increased traffic, I had to scale up my Blog. There was no question that I am going to use some kind of Cloud Platform. To date, I used Amazon Web Services. As I am always keen on using the newest technology, I decided to use a Platform as a Service Provider. The reasons for that vary: the most important factor is that I don’t want to take care of VM management and alike. The most important aspect I was looking at is to have a platform that eases administration. Ideally I would have only little administration or no administration. I looked at the 3 most common platforms: Amazon

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Amazon Web Services Short Tips: Get SQS Queue URL with Java


I will post some Developer content from now on, with a focus to some easy but helpful tasks when working with various Cloud Platforms. These tips will be named after the service (e.g. Amazon Web Services for AWS, …) The first tip I want to show is how to retrieve the full queue URL when you already have the queue name: sqs.getQueueUrl(new GetQueueUrlRequest().withQueueName(“myqueue”)).getQueueUrl(); The function “getQueueUrl()” already returns a String-representation and not a URI itself (this is what I would rather expect in that case)