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
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
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.