My Cloud predictions for 2016


2016 is around the corner and the question is, what the next year might bring. I’ve added my top 5 predictions that could become relevant for 2016: The Cloud war will intensify. Amazon and Azure will lead the space, followed (with quite some distance) by IBM. Google and Oracle will stay far behind the leading 2+1 Cloud providers. Both Microsoft and Amazon will see significant growth, with Microsoft’s growth being higher, meaning that Microsoft will continue to catch up with Amazon More PaaS Solutions will arrive. All major vendors will provide PaaS solutions on their platform for different use-cases (e.g. Internet of Things). These Solutions will become more industry-specific (e.g. a Solution specific for manufacturing workflows, …) Vendors currently not using the cloud will see declines in their income, as more and more companies move to the cloud Cloud Data Centers will become more often outsourced from the leading providers to local companies, in order to overcome local legislation Big

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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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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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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)

Open Source Storage Client for various platforms


Since there are many cloud providers out there and I often come across the problem to switch between different platforms (such as Google AppEngine, Amazon S3, …) I have decided to write a single client that will work with all different platforms – or at least as most as possible. I’ve created a project on Google Code here and I will start to write a first draft of interfaces. In the first step, I will include Amazon S3. I hope that more people will join this project and help me creating a great project 😉

Announcement: New E-Book – Amazon Web Services for .NET Developers


I am happy to announce that my new E-Book is in stores now! The book is 85 pages in lenght and the target for the book is to provide an overview of Amazon Web Services for .NET Developers. The E-Book by “developer.press” is called “Shortcut” and aims at delivering this topic in one or two evenings to read right after work. The book starts with a description of the service categories offered by Amazon with a brief description of available services. Due to the fact that Services are released often and the book authoring timeframe is about 3-6 month, services such as Amazon Glacier are not yet included. The other 6 chapters focus entirely on building an Application with AWS. Amazon Elastic Beanstalk is used with Asp.NET MVC. Next, a focus on S3, SQS, DynamoDB and Amazon EC2 is given. Subscribe to this channel to get updates about the book. You can download the Source Code here. The book is

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Cloud Computing Weekend Reading: AWS, Forbes, IBM, Open Source


Still can’t get enough information about Cloud Computing? Here is the weekend reading list for interesting Topics about Cloud Computing. Have a nice (and cloudy) weekend 🙂 // http://cloudvane.azurewebsites.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/show_ads.js Google search to include your private Gmail soon? – In this Blog by Computerworld the possibility of Google to include Gmail Data into search is discussed. There is some interesting Feedback by some authors. Read more here. Only 16% of people know what the Cloud is. Do you agree? Is Cloud Computing not well known enough? Most believed it was about drugs, pillows, the weather, or toilet paper. Read more on Forbes about it. 5 considerations when moving to the cloud. IBM explains what we have to consider when moving to the cloud. The 5 Tips are Monitoring, Security, Performance, Vendor-Lockin and Migration. Read more about it here. Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy on competition, price wars, and getting big. Read the interview with AWS boss Andy Jassy on his thoughts about

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