“How Big is Amazon’s Cloud Computing Business?”

Everyone seems to think that Amazon’s web services business (a.k.a. EC2, S3, and the rest of AWS) is very big and getting bigger, but Amazon stubbornly refuses to break out the AWS contribution to Amazon’s earnings. A recent blog post on GigaOm is the first that I have seen that includes some real data — […]

“We create 5 exabytes every two days.”

This quote comes to us courtesy of Google’s Eric Schmidt, who was offering his top 10 reasons why mobile is #1 in the following InformationWeek article: http://www.informationweek.com/news/global-cio/interviews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224400178 To paraphrase the context of this quote, all of the information created between the beginning of time and 2003 was about 5 EB, give or take (exabyte – […]

“You are not Google. (or: you don’t really need NoSQL…)”

It’s great to see a thoughtful articulation of the other side of the “everybody needs to dump their SQL database” argument in this blog post: http://teddziuba.com/2010/03/i-cant-wait-for-nosql-to-die.html To paraphrase the author’s argument, the vast majority of applications out there will simply never see the load that would require a move to a NoSQL solution. Thinking about […]

“The largest cloud providers are botnets.”

I ran across an interesting article that compares the largest of the botnets — the Conficker botnet — with the largest web application providers and the size of their infrastructure. The article uses the term “cloud” in a way that I don’t necessarily agree with, since they use it to describe the overall size of […]

Observed Performance of Amazon EC2 Instances

A thread has been emerging surrounding the observed performance of EC2 instances and the possibility that Amazon is experiencing capacity issues as their business continues to grow. Three excellent articles on this topic are linked below: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/01/14/amazon-we-dont-have-cloud-capacity-issues/ http://alan.blog-city.com/has_amazon_ec2_become_over_subscribed.htm https://www.cloudkick.com/blog/2010/jan/12/visual-ec2-latency/ This is a question that I receive often in my day job, so I have a […]

Cloud Computing and Mobile Devices

The explosive proliferation of mobile devices — smartphones, netbooks, and tablets — presents new challenges for software development. These devices have limited screen size, limited CPU and memory resources, and most importantly, limited power; these constraints will complicate the direct migration of existing thick client desktop software products to these devices. Computationally expensive applications will […]

Time and Clock Issues in Windows-Based EC2 Instances

I’ve recently observed some anomalies in Windows-based EC2 instances that I think are worth sharing. The primary issue appears to affect the clock setting on some of the instances, but my guess is that there is an underlying hardware-dependent bug in the virtualization layer that is the cause of this issue and some other related […]