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Tag: Thought Pieces

Avoid the Crunch, go Web-Scale

Over at TechCrunch, Mike Arrington recently shared some of his concerns about linking to up and coming new sites. Any site featured on TechCrunch will see a huge inflow of traffic when seemingly everyone the tech world visits it within the course of a couple of hours to check it out: Theres a spike, and […]

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Commodity Computing with Amazon’s S3 and EC2

Researcher Simson Garfinkel has written a detailed review of Amazon’s S3 and EC2 services. His new article, Commodity Computing with Amazon’s S3 and EC2, starts out by reviewing the basics of S3 and then digs deeper into performance and security. After a brief review of EC2, he describes his own s3_glue, a C++ client library […]

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Top Ten Mistakes Startups Make Building Technology

Have been thinking about startups and technology, for the obvious reason that Amazon Web Services seem to serve Startup needs so well. That led to some discussion, followed by more thinking, and finally an inevitable top ten list. But rather than just saying these are the top ten mistakes that Startups need to avoid, it […]

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Amazon’s Werner Vogels on Scalability

Over the last couple of years I have found that listening to podcasts is an effective way to learn and to keep up with what’s happening in the software industry. My car has an iPod interface built in, so I spend a few minutes each morning setting up a playlist for my daily commute. Last […]

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Developer Help Wanted

I received a call for help via LinkedIn early this morning: How can I find a developer familiar with Amazon’s API for a mashup I’m planning? We don’t have a formal way to make these connections right now, but the answers to this question are certainly interesting and thought-provoking. Among other things, we’ve thought about […]

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TalkCrunch interview with Jeff Bezos

If you’ve got 17 minutes to spare, this TalkCrunch interview with Jeff  Bezos is worth a listen. In addition to learning more about our Web-Scale Computing initiative, you can hear Jeff’s famous laugh for yourself. There’s also a summary of the talk on TechCrunch. If that’s not enough, there’s another podcast interview over at Information […]

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Avoiding a Success Disaster

For a while I have been using the term “success disaster” to characterize what can happen on the web all too easily. What’s a success disaster? You put up a piece of content somewhere and you get ready to handle a reasonable number of downloads. Being the creative person that you are, however, links to […]

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And This Too…

Jon Boutelle, CTO of Slideshare.net (previously featured here) sent me some cool comments that just happen to reinforce the Web-Scale message I’ve been talking about recently. Here’s what he had to say (links are mine): The dedicated hardware we were initially considering would have cost $1000 to startup, and $800/month in ongoing costs. Most importantly, […]

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This is Web-Scale…

There’s a really interesting post over on the Texas Startup Blog. Here are some tidbits: “The Amazon web services products (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud – EC2 and Amazon S3) are built for the little guy AND the big guy.” Yes, absolutely. And let’s not forget the little guys who want to become big guys — […]

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Amazon EC2, MySQL, Amazon S3

I was on a conference call yesterday and the topic of ways to store persistent data when using Amazon EC2 came up a couple of times. It would be really cool to have a persistent instance of a relational database like MySQL but there’s nothing like that around at the moment. An instance can have […]

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