Cloud computing news digest 25 July 2011

Alastair Aitken 25 July 2011 0




Amazon S3 holds more than 449 billion objects

Amazon Web Services (AWS) claim that Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) holds more than 449 billion objects. Amazon S3 provides a simple interface that allows the storage and retrieval of any amount of data. “Objects” is a fairly vague term on Amazon S3 but the rate of growth – from 262 billion in Q4 2010 to 449 billion in Q2 2011 – does appear impressive. Since starting in 2006, AWS now has NASA, the US Department of State, Siemens, Pfizer and Nasdaq as customers.

Building Heroku on Amazon EC2

One of Heroku’s co-founders, Adam Wiggins, was interviewed by InfoQ about creating a company in the cloud. Heroku is a cloud computing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for the Ruby language, Clojure (a Java Virtual Machine langugage) and Node.js (a Javascript server framework). The cloud platform offers a complete stack with add-ons for additional services such as data storage, email and logging. Heroku was acquired by Salesforce last year and is the fore-runner of a growing number of PaaS companies. The company does not own any physical servers, instead relying entirely upon Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) to provide its infrastructure.

Microsoft Windows Azure – real world case studies series

To support Microsoft Windows Azure, Microsoft have been presenting a series of real world case studies; the latest case study is with the CEO of ThinPrint, Inc.

Amazon Simple Email Service supports sending email attachments

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) now supports sending emails with attachments, such as documents and images. Amazon SES is a scalable bulk email-sending service charging $0.10 for every 1000 emails plus an outbound data transfer cost, and there is an additional charge for attachments of $0.12 per GB.

Nginx established as a company

Igor Sysoev, the creator behind Nginx, is establishing a company to support the product. As of May 2011, Nginx is the third most popular web server across all domains, behind Apache and Microsoft IIS. Nginx is open source software and the announcement will not impact this.

Varnish 3.0 released

Varnish 3.0 has been released. Varnish is a reverse proxy, or HTTP accelerator, specifically designed for content-heavy dynamic web sites. Varnish is open source software and now offers support for compression, streaming support and improved documentation.

DevOps – blurring the line between Operations and Development

Forrester have announced the release of a report investigating the tension between development and operations. The report Improving The Ops In DevOps investigates the concept of DevOps (combining development and operations) to facilitate greater interaction between infrastructure and operations.

Go available on Google App Engine

The Go programming language is available on Google App Engine. Google created Go as an open source language to make it easier to develop systems that exploit the latest multi-core machines. Google App Engine is Google’s cloud computing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering that competes with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Until now Google App Engine has been primarily for Python and Java-based languages.

Opa – the cloud language

The quest for a single language on both the client and server continues. We recently reviewed Wakanda, which uses Javascript throughout its stack, and now Opa has revamped its website. Opa differs from Wakanda in that it uses a new programming language as well as providing “a new web server, a new database and a new distributed execution engine, all of them tightly integrated to provide a great experience for web developers”. Whether providing a new language as well as an entire new stack will prove to be a stumbling block to general uptake remains to be seen.

SproutCore 2.0 beta 2 released

SproutCore 2.0 beta 2 has been released. SproutCore is an open source software framework for creating rich user interfaces and has been used extensively by Apple to create web services such as iWork, a Microsoft Office rival. SproutCore 2.0 is a significant departure from version 1, which made significant requirements on a developer to adapt their code to service SproutCore.

Adobe acquires EchoSign

EchoSign has been acquired by Adobe. EchoSign is an electronic signature system that supports signing documents by email or fax, and is available via Salesforce, WebEx, ZohoWriter and Box.net. Adobe will be integrating EchoSign into its various document services.

Acquia raises $15 million

Drupal is widely used web content management system (CMS). Its creator, Acquia, has just raised $15 million in funding. Drupal is used by a number of well-known companies such as Twitter, al-Jazeera, the World Economic Forum, Thomson Reuters and The Economist. Drupal is built in PHP.




Alastair Aitken (124 Posts)

As a contract developer and manager I’ve worked in a wide range of enterprises in a variety of countries where I’ve encountered everything from great work, awful work, bizarre work, all the way down to quasi-legal work. If you think that you recognise your own organisation within my articles then you’re undoubtedly wrong, where you work isn’t that unique.

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