Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

Tony Howlett
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Mar 21, 2017
The current readout on the eastern region outage of Amazon’s popular AWS cloud service is that it was caused by single technician’s errant command.  The four hour outage caused downtime for many large websites and apps that depend on the service – including Netflix, Slack, and the SEC. It also made headlines in all the major news services.  And while the popular view holds the root cause as a techie typo, this was not the ultimate underlying problem.  Sure, the sequence of events was put in… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Jan 4, 2016
Originally posted on the WHIR.  Perspective is always important when picking technologies to base the future of your company’s IT on. Technologies go through generations of improvements along multiple dimensions before they reach true ubiquity. Take the disk drive as an example. First built in 1953 by IBM, each new generation of disk drives replaced larger, more sensitive, and more cumbersome devices. The cost also dropped precipitously with every generation. Not many people remember, but the earliest drives were usable only in the protected environment… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Dec 30, 2015
2015 was a year of transformation and growth for the entire IT industry, and the cloud was the poster child for that transformation. 2016 is sure to be filled with even more new cloud opportunities and advancements. Now that the industry is realizing the customization and control that enterprise needs, we have gotten a peek at the world that Nicholas Carr saw in 2003, when he said IT doesn’t matter, and then in 2008 when he predicted the big switch. IT has completely transformed and… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Dec 17, 2015
As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the extremely busy year for cloud computing. It’s safe to say that cloud computing has become the de facto infrastructure for the IT industry, as we are well into the massive cloud adoption trend. It was also a year of cloud competition as Google, Microsoft, and IBM all tried to cut into AWS’s dominance. 2015 also saw some of AWS’s fiercest competitors, such as HP and Rackspace, capitulate and cede the field to… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Dec 30, 2014
This article originally appeared in the WHIR. Around this time of year, a lot of articles crop up predicting what’s going to happen in technology next year. Quite often, the ‘predictions’ are pretty safe and the observations are obvious. For a decade now, Chandler, our Senior VP of Product Development, and I have been getting a kick out of reading these types of articles because all too often, they don’t say much - “Everything will become more important” and so on. The industry expects technologies to… Read More
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Dec 23, 2014
If 2014 showed us anything, it’s that the cloud is beyond any sort of hype at this point. There’s no denying it: What’s happening out there is that just about every significant emerging technology in the game today is truly best framed around the cloud. Thus 2014 was a big year in the cloud’s ever-evolving story, and it’s becoming more obvious with each passing day that we are in a golden age of cloud technology. Cloud platforms have become the de facto choice for businesses,… Read More
Emil Sayegh
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Oct 27, 2014
There’s a myth going around about the Cloud, luring companies in with promises like “Everything will just work,” “It will be so much cheaper,” “It’s absolutely reliable” and so on. “The Cloud is right for everyone,” it says. However, for every company lured in by that siren song, you’ll hear just as many moving entirely to the Cloud and crashing against the rocks. This can be devastating, especially to smaller companies, or startups with limited time and means. Throughout all of my travels and discussions… Read More
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Oct 7, 2014
The tech industry is notorious for marketing fluff.  From the beginning, cynics dismissed the term "cloud" as marketing hype. Even within the walls of a company where I once worked that now sells themselves as cloud innovators, the term "cloud" was laughed at. Those cynics haven’t gone away; they’ve just adapted because audiences continue to struggle with what’s hype and what’s real.  Meanwhile, analysts witness how the hosting industry struggles with true delivery on the cloud’s promises – companies encounter difficulties, lose control and never… Read More