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How to: Scale to 11+M Users with Amazon Web Services

How to: Scale to 11+M Users with Amazon Web Services

The below is an excellent article for those technical folks interesting in high-availability user scaling.  This uses the Amazon Web Services platform for most of the tools to build such a robust system but I think that also the general concepts are useful to understand.  The author provides incredibly great details on each and every step to design this type of system. http://highscalability.com/blog/2016/1/11/a-beginners-guide-to-scaling-to-11-million-users-on-amazons.html Also, below for your convenience, is a link to the presentation video: Share...

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$10 Billion reasons Amazon does not think IaaS is a Fad

$10 Billion reasons Amazon does not think IaaS is a Fad

While the article below never explicitly mentions IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), and rather just vaguely refers to ‘cloud services’ or ‘cloud providers, the companies mentioned are all fierce competitors in the IaaS market.  Therefore, we would to highlight some interesting facts, figures and predictions for this $10 Billion dollar Amazon Web Services ‘Fad’ called IaaS. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-s-cloud-success-stokes-fears-of-old-tech-failures-163810909.html Amazon’s cloud success stokes fears of old tech failures We have summarized some of the highlights below: Since Amazon (AMZN) started disclosing the results of its cloud service business back in April, the stock is up 68%, representing a $124 billion increase in stock market value …the industrial giant [GE] could slash the cost of running an important oil and gas application over 90% by shifting to the cloud Application updates that once took 20 days can now be implemented in two minutes [Coca-Cola’s CTO] said “Our data centers have always had lots of servers, lots of cost, using a lot of energy, and this is not going to get us to the future,” Amazon’s web services unit...

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Amazon Web Services (AWS):  A $7 billion dollar ‘Fad’

Amazon Web Services (AWS): A $7 billion dollar ‘Fad’

“Amazon Web Services generated $2.1 billion in revenue during the third quarter, the company reported this afternoon. It has now generated almost $7 billion in sales over the past four quarters.” “AWS generated almost as much operating income during the third quarter ($521 million) as Amazon’s entire North America e-commerce business ($528 million).” #AWSisAFad #CloudIsAFad #IaaSIsAFad http://qz.com/531278/amazon-web-services-is-now-a-7-billion-a-year-cloud-computing-machine/?utm_source=YPL Share...

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2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results

2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results

There was some interesting survey results presented recently that we would like to share below regarding Cloud, IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and Big Data.  We have left all references and rightful accreditation’s in place. What:  2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results from Michael J Skok Who:  Real-world cases across a sample of 1,358 respondents. *********************************** “With four years of data, we’re now really beginning to see some interesting trends, such as the five-fold increase in SaaS (Software as a Service) adoption to 74 percent and the nearly six-fold increase in PaaS (Platform as a Service) adoption to 41 percent,” said Michael Skok, founder of the Future of Cloud program and general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. Select Highlights from the Survey Data: Cloud Adoption is Strategic 49 percent of respondents in this year’s survey are using cloud to fuel revenue generation or new product creation. 45 percent of businesses say they already, or plan to, run their company from the cloud, showing how integral cloud is to business. SaaS...

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Oracle Q4’14 Financial Results – Focus on IaaS

Oracle Q4’14 Financial Results – Focus on IaaS

Oracle announced their Q4 Fiscal 2014 Financial Results this morning and the results were less than expected.  Oracle attributes these results to the transition to cloud. Sales Transition This article (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-20/oracle-sales-profit-miss-estimates-amid-cloud-transition.html?cmpid=yhoo) has a quote from Oracle’s CFO on this transition. “[Oracle Chief Financial Officer Safra Catz]… attributed lower revenue to the transition to cloud software, products for which the company recognizes revenue over the term of a subscription. With traditional software, Oracle recognizes revenue up front when it makes a sale.” It is fairly clear that Oracle knows that cloud subscription services is the future and this is not a question of “if cloud will be a viable financial business model?” but rather “when will cloud be a viable business model?”.  For Oracle, specifically, they clearly continue to struggle with this transition.  However, companies such as Salesforce and Amazon who absolutely embraced cloud from the inception are reaping the huge rewards of their once not-so-popular ‘faddish’ thought-leadership positions. Cloud Platform Another interesting part of this article is the publicly...

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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service as of May 2014

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service as of May 2014

Gartner has just published their Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service as of May 2014. Read the free reprint here. Share...

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) leading IaaS providers

Amazon Web Services (AWS) leading IaaS providers

It’s absolutely no surprise that Amazon Web Services (a.k.a. AWS) is the leading vendor of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for cloud computing.  As seen in the chart below Gartner, a well recognized market analysis company, does extensive research on particular industries and published what they call Magic Quadrant results for these industries researched.  Gartner carefully evaluates each companies “ability to execute” as well as “completeness of vision” for these companies.  Then in order to provide a nice visualization of this research they create four quadrants and position each company into one of four different classifications which are ‘niche players’, ‘visionaries’, ‘challengers’ or ‘leaders’.  As you can see from the Magic Quadrant graphic below published by Gartner in October 2012 on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Amazon Web Services is a clear ‘leader’ with a high ‘ability to execute’ as well as ‘completeness of vision’. So, how is it that AWS gets to enjoy such a leading position in the IaaS market place?  Well, it’s certainly no accident and it starts with innovative and visionary people,...

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U.S. federal private cloud spending to hit $1.7B in 2014; IaaS leading

U.S. federal private cloud spending to hit $1.7B in 2014; IaaS leading

http://www.zdnet.com/u-s-federal-private-cloud-spending-to-hit-1-7b-in-2014-iaas-leading-the-way-7000018068/ Some interesting observations from this article summarized below: And, while private cloud spending will reach a mere $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2014, by 2017 the figure is expected to rise by more than three-fold to $7.7 billion.  While Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) leads the way in most sectors, over in the realm of government, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (Iaas) is leading the way, and set to grow to $5.4 billion in 2017. While the U.S. Justice Department needs SaaS offerings in a community cloud, the U.S. Social Security Administration relies on IaaS and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) in the private cloud, and the U.S. Treasury Dept. is leading the way in public cloud spending. Share...

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Fujitsu Laboratories Develops World’s First IaaS Platform Technology for On-Demand Physical Servers

Fujitsu Laboratories Develops World’s First IaaS Platform Technology for On-Demand Physical Servers

This news is pretty amazing.  Fujitsu claims that customers will be able to provision physical servers in as little as ten minutes.  Typically to configure hardware it would take days or weeks. Below is a schematic of the Conventional and New method for provisioning Infrastructure.  This is made possible by Fujitsu’s “Resource Pool Architecture”.  According to the news release, “Fujitsu Laboratories developed “Resource Pool Architecture,” which pools the various individual hardware resources dispersed throughout a datacenter—including CPUs, memory, and disk storage—and brings them together as part of an architecture created within a physical server.” Here is a link to the entire article:  http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2013/20130704-01.html Share...

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