Why Did Amazon Cut Cloud Computing Rates? Part I

Amazon AWS Rates

Why Did Amazon Cut Cloud Computing Rates? Part I Last month, Amazon had announced a considerable reduction in S3 cloud storage rates. Effective 1 February 2012, the following rates apply in the US Standard region: Information on rates for other regions – US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia

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What Scientists Want From Their Next Cloud Supercomputing Instance

What Scientists Want From Their Next Cloud Supercomputing Instance Recently, a report was made by the Magellan project regarding the possibilities and viable use of Cloud Computing for scientific purposes. Like most scientific reports, this contained a lot of Yes, No and Maybe but the bottom-line at the end of the report was that the DOE (US

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Pixar’s Cloud Computing Reignites the Debate: Art Versus Commerce

Pixar

Pixar’s Cloud Computing Reignites the Debate: Art Versus Commerce Pioneer Pixar continues to push the envelope. The legendary animation studio recently announced their most serious entry to date into the cloud, with Renderman On Demand. The cloud-rooted rendering application was launched in collaboration with GreenButton, a respected cloud services company. Currently available on Microsoft Azure,

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The Cloud Farming Out 3D Rendering For The Masses

The Cloud farming out 3D rendering for the masses In a move akin to providing Supercomputing to the masses, the Cloud is currently offering 3D render farm capabilities to those who can’t create one themselves but have the talent to bring about the best in 3D stories and imagery. Having my own personal experience regarding

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(Super)computing On the Cloud

(Super)computing On the Cloud $1279 an hour – seems a lot to hire a computer, right? What if it’s a supercomputer capable of performing 240 trillion calculations per second, or 240 teraflops (a flop is the acronym for floating point operations per second, the universal measure of a computer’s performance)? This is the performance promised

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Why All Those New Google / Amazon Data Centers Won't Really Go To Waste – Cloud Computing's First Supercomputer

Why All Those New Google / Amazon Data Centers Won’t Really Go To Waste – Cloud Computing’s First Supercomputer As the market leaders of Cloud Computing’s rapidly growing industry, both Google and Amazon are looking to steadily increase the size of their data centers. However, many opponents to this idea are asking questions such as

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Cloud Computing Integration – Challenges and Solutions

Cloud Computing Integration – Challenges and Solutions I have been a long term supporter of what the cloud can do for your business, but I did not hold back from presenting what issues need to be overcome when performing a cloud computing implementation. Today, I would like to discuss the challenges of cloud computing integrations.

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The Public Cloud

The Public Cloud While I was writing my article on the history of cloud computing the other week, I have realized how far we have come, starting from brilliant ideas in Internet and computing as services, to today’s world where both are common place. The dream of on-demand computing where services are available much like

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Is Amazon Silk the Future of Browsers?

Is Amazon Silk the Future of Browsers? One of the latest tablets from Amazon, Kindle Fire, introduces a new web browser called Amazon Silk. A cloud accelerated mobile browser, I believe that Amazon Silk will prove to be a stepping stone in the development of browsers. To achieve faster speeds, the browser is leveraging the cloud,

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The Cloud Lock-In (Part 1): Public IaaS is Great !

The Cloud Lock-In (Part 1): Public IaaS is Great ! It always good to start with Wikipedia’s definition as it helps to initiate a structured discussion, here is Wiki’s definition for Lock-In: “In economics, vendor lock-in, also known as proprietary lock-in or customer lock-in, makes a customer dependent on a vendor for products and services, unable

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Amazon AWS – Small Bump In The Night

Amazon AWS – Small Bump In The Night Amazon AWS service was down for close to 25 minutes last night .  Based on their status page: http://status.aws.amazon.com/ 7:39 PM PDT We are investigating connectivity issues for EC2 in the US-EAST-1 region. 7:50 PM PDT We can verify connectivity issues between instances in the US-EAST-1 region and the

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Acquisitions of Cloud Computing Startups Speed Up

Acquisitions of Cloud Computing Startups Speed Up A startup is defined as a company with a limited operating history. A startup is usually born out of an innovative idea, and the founder or founders have one of two objectives – grow the company until it is acquired, or continue to operate it themselves. When a

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Amazon Announces: Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)

Amazon Announces: Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) The global rollout of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) plus new enterprise capabilities for dedicated networking and identity management. These new capabilities are designed to support the security, network management, dedicated connectivity and access control requirements of enterprises when deploying mission critical applications in the cloud. Amazon

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Zynga, the Latest Cloud Computing Success

Zynga, the Latest Cloud Computing Success The business world is abuzz with the upcoming Zynga IPO which is expected to raise $1 billion from investors and value the gaming company as high as $20 billion. Just for the record, Zynga is a California-based game developer that made FarmVille and CityVille, two of its most popular

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