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Web 2.0 Summit 2010 Point of Control: The Cloud

O’Reilly Media and UBM TechNet sponsored the Web 2.0 Summit 2010 held in San Francisco from November 15th to 19th.  This event has become one of the premier conferences globally due to the quality of the content and speakers it attracts, and the thought leadership of the concepts presented there.

The following panel discussion includes Marc Benioff, Founder and CEO of Salesforce.com; Andy Jassy, SVP of Amazon Web Services and Amazon Infrastructure; Paul Maritz, President and CEO of VMware and Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc.

The discussion is on the aspects of application independence in Cloud environments, the future direction of cloud integration technologies, and the emergence of Cloud-based operating system.

You can find the site by clicking on the Web 2.0 Summit Points of Control map below.

Google Cloud Technologies Overview

Google’s efforts at App Engine evangelism continue to accelerate with the announcement of new APIs and products from Google Labs.

The complete listing of Products in Labs and Graduates of Labs are listed on the Google Code Labs site.
Where Amazon Web Services (AWS) changes many different elements of their platform, pricing, and services often, Google is taking an incremental approach to rolling out new features based on innovation and extensive work in Google Labs.

The following slide deck authored by Chris Schalk is case in point.  Included in this presentation is an update on the Google Storage, Google Prediction API, and Google Big Query.  It’s an excellent overview of these APIs and services, explaining the evolving role of Google’s cloud technologies in the process.

Amazon Announces S3 Storage Price Reduction

Amazon Web Services announced a new pricing schedule for S3 storage that takes place immediately today, November 1rst.  Existing customers could see as much as a 19% reduction in monthly fees.  Amazon also created a new pricing tier at the 1TB level and have also deleted the current 50 – 100 TB tier.  Amazon says these pricing changes apply to the US Standard, EU – Ireland, and APAC – Singapore regions.

The full price list can be found on the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) page here .

AWS link: http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2010/11/what-can-i-say-another-amazon-s3-price-reduction.html

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Netflix in the Cloud – Lessons Learned Deploying AWS

Adrian Cockcroft, Cloud Architect at Netflix recently published a summary slide deck of a presentation he will be giving on November 3rd at QConSF.  It is a fascinating look into how Netflix chose AWS and the lessons learned.  Adrian discusses the presentation on his blog here.

It is going to be very interesting to see the entire slide deck after QConSF, which is when Adrian plans to upload it per a note on his blog.

Test Driving An Amazon EC2 Micro Instance

Last month Amazon Web Services launched Micro Instances for EC2, the lowest-cost instance type they have offered to date.  A Micro instance includes 613MB of memory and can support 32- and 64-bit platforms on both Linux and Windows operating systems.

The pricing begins at $0.02 per hour for Linux and $0.03 per hour for Windows.  In addition, a Micro instance supports Amazon Machine Image (AMI) for defining applications, data structures and databases in addition to configurations.  Amazon is also including a templated image to get up and running quickly with a Micro instance as well.

Greg Wilson, who is a Sr. Technical Evangelist for Adobe Systems, produced one of the best tutorials and test drives available, which is shown below. He has also written a blog entry regarding lessons learned which can be found at My dive into the world of Amazon EC2 and the new crazy cheap Micro instance.

Bottom line: Micro instances are going to shift cloud-based development away from compute- and data-intensive application development to smaller applications and web services.  Given the price point, the use of Micro instances could lead to a proliferation of new low-end, utilitarian-like applications as well.

Ingram Micro Seeing Traction with Cloud Conduit Initiative

Bottom line: Reselling cloud computing services shows much potential as a market for technology platform and application providers. The challenge is the ability to tailor the services mix efficiently and accurately enough to capitalize on scalability and selective demand of mid-tier and small business end users.

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Architectural Design Patterns in Cloud Computing, Excellent Presentation by AWS

Jinesh Varia of Amazon Web Services (AWS) authored the following presentation, which is an excellent overview of the AWS Services and basic terminology used on this specific cloud platform. This presentation describes the lessons learned by AWS in terms of scalability, cloud architectural trade-offs and also provides guidance of which storage option to choose.

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