Amazon Cloud Outage: The Post Mortem Continues

It has been a little over a week since the Amazon cloud outage. Pundits continue to weigh in and will likely do so for some time to come. An internet search for “Amazon cloud outage” returns over 450,000 hits, several thousand of which were in the last 24 hours. It seems there is plenty of […]
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Amazon Does It Again – Introducing CloudFormation!

One of the most exciting things about cloud computing is how the major providers continue to rapidly expand both the breadth and the depth of their offerings. Amazon, with the release of AWS CloudFormation, has raised the bar yet again. CloudFormation gives developers and administrators an easy way to provision and manage resources from the […]
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Amazon Mechanical Turk – Artificial Artificial Intelligence

One of the more interesting and unique products offered through Amazon Web Services (AWS) is Amazon Mechanical Turk. Perhaps more accurately described as “crowd computing” rather than “cloud computing”, Mechanical Turk, named after the famed fake chess-playing automaton, leverages the power of massive numbers of humans connected to the Internet to solve problems that require […]
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Amazon Moves Towards PaaS with Elastic Beanstalk

Elastic Beanstalk is a new offering from Amazon Web Services. It incorporates many characteristics of PaaS but retains much of the flexibility offered by IaaS. (Note: If you are not sure of the differences between PaaS and IaaS, please refer to Chris Czarnecki’s excellent article on the subject.) Traditionally PaaS offers a highly productive environment […]
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Using the Amazon EC2 Command Line Tools and API

There are three ways to interact with Amazon EC2: Web based AWS Management Console Command line tools An API for programmers The Web based console is very easy to use and you can (and should!) do a lot with it. There are times, however, where what you want to do is beyond what is currently […]
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