Archive for the ‘Industry Trends’ Category

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Oct 12, 2015
One of the most notable events in the cloud world last week was that Rackspace tied the knot with Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a reseller of Amazon’s giant cloud services. Rackspace is by no means the first hosting provider to offer AWS services to its customers; it was preceded by other companies such as LogicWorks, DataPipe, and others. Personally, I love Amazon’s innovations in online retail, and even in the cloud world. The things Amazon has put together with its magic retail formula of… Read More
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Oct 9, 2015
(This article was first published at Network World. Click here to view that post.) When more than 20 services on the Amazon Web Services platform failed on Sunday, many of the internet’s biggest sites and apps, including Netflix, Tinder, and IMDb, suffered outages over a 6-8 hour period. The culprit behind these outages was AWS's NoSQL database DynamoDB, which was overwhelmed by metadata queries leading to substantial downtime affecting multiple AWS services (including AWS Elastic Compute Cloud [EC2] and AWS WorkSpaces). This is not the… Read More
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Aug 18, 2015
Having the ability to grow and scale your business is critical. A hosting environment powered by a world-class cloud means your performance is guaranteed and your business is ready to scale when needed. Having a powerful (yet simple) API helps you scale your business by giving you the ability to manage your hosting environment with tools of your choice, on your time. The ability to leverage Docker and containerization adds to your control toolset as well. Using containers to control your environment can cut down… Read More
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Aug 7, 2015
The cloud has caused a revolution in the technology market and has upended the way businesses roll out applications, aggregate and process data, and more. When talking about cloud application, platform development, and adoption, it all comes down to value. Visionary tech leaders are the ones introducing the cloud to their businesses, as they understand its real-world implications and application. Cloud innovation is identifiable in distinct development phases that start with ideas and roll into production. These same leaders are the ones called upon, once… Read More
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Jun 4, 2015
Moore’s Law states that “over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years.” While this sentiment mainly applies to the processing power of computers, the same type of pattern can be seen in the world of data growth and storage. The amount of data being generated today is enormous! By 2020, it’s expected to reach 40,000 exabytes (EB), which is more than 5.2 TB of data per person on the planet! That’s a… Read More
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May 14, 2015
Uptime is everything! Today’s users expect their apps and websites to deliver their data fast and reliably, regardless of what’s happening at the data center. Defending against possible single points of failure may not be top-of-mind when you first build your infrastructure, but putting this protection in place is vital to keeping your data available 24/7. Ultimately, it’s critical to keeping your customers happy, and ensuring your peace of mind. Protection is more affordable and easier than you think. While you can protect your data… Read More
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Apr 29, 2015
After so many years of intrigue and secrecy, there was one major reason why Amazon released its income and expense figures surrounding its cloud services division last week: to pump up its value to spark more incoming cash and prepare for an AWS spinoff. While AWS is the largest cloud infrastructure player in the business, it is coming at the expense of an incredible cost of investment, and its numbers show a disturbing, razor-thin margin that can be traced back to its position as a… Read More
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Apr 3, 2015
Just about every major platform and company today has an API that lets other users build on their platform. You can see it in effect all over the web -- many sites (like Yelp, Twitter, Google adn Facebook) offer APIs to allow for developers to incorporate functionality within into their page to enhance your experience on their site. There are some drawbacks to relying too heavily on APIs when developing a site or app, though. Many companies have realized this, and have moved to versioning… Read More