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A brief Recap of Last Weeks Cloud Connect 2012 Event
AWS Storage Gateway connects an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage for seamless integration between on-premises IT environments and AWS storage infrastructure.
Amazon Silk introduces – a “split browser” architecture that accelerates the power of the mobile device hardware by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud (AWS). The Silk browser software resides both on Kindle Fire and on the massive server fleet that comprises the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With each page request, Silk dynamically determines a division of labor between the mobile hardware and Amazon EC2 (i.e. which browser sub-components run where) that takes into consideration factors like network conditions, page complexity and the location of any cached content. The result is a faster web browsing experience, and it’s available exclusively on Kindle Fire, Amazon’s new Kindle for movies, music, books, magazines, apps, games, and web browsing.
“Kindle Fire introduces a revolutionary new web browser called Amazon Silk,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “We refactored and rebuilt the browser software stack and now push pieces of the computation into the AWS cloud. When you use Silk – without thinking about it or doing anything explicit – you’re calling on the raw computational horsepower of Amazon EC2 to accelerate your web browsing.”
In the 10+ years that RampRate has advised buyers of IT infrastructure services, few technology options have been as polarizing as “the cloud.” In some organizations, a public cloud deployment is viewed as an immature technology if not a passing fad, with any cloud outage eliciting a chorus of “I told you so.” In others, it is a panacea that appears at the end of every strategic roadmap for every application.
The true position is at neither extreme. Public cloud computing is a tool for a job, which fits some buyers and projects today, and will fit more of them as both cloud technologies and application development practices continue to mature. It is the heir to many technologies that were initially viewed with an equal measure of skepticism and enthusiasm in the past – from co-location to content delivery networks to virtualization technologies rebranded by some vendors as “private clouds”.
The key question is not whether it is a great technology or a flawed one – it’s both, particularly flawed when misapplied – but what cloud service is the right fit for your specific jobs, whether today or in a few years, and what you should do to prepare.
In our previous posts on cloud computing we’ve provided an extensive overview of IaaS, its potential benefits and pitfalls to companies, as well as the types of organizations and business models that are considered ideal for cloud IaaS. Today we are putting the spotlight on top 10 organizations providing cloud computing infrastructure as a service with a quick overview of their offerings.
The leader and one of the pioneers of cloud computing Amazon, offers cloud services such as Amazon S3 or Amazon Simple Storage Service, Amazon SimpleDB and Amazon Simple Queue Service (Amazon SQS). The service which granted them the leading position in the cloud industry is their EC2, or Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, which allows customers to set up and access virtual servers through a simple Web interface. Amazon EC2 allows customers to quickly scale capacity as their computing requirements change, and pay only for the capacity they actually use.
Amazon EC2 is designed to work in conjunction with Amazon’s other cloud services, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Simple DB, Cloudfront, Simple Queue Service (SQS), and Elastic MapReduce.