Category Archives: Amazon

Covid-19 Impact on AWS

The tl;dr version is that Covid-19 is putting at best mildly upward pressure on AWS growth rate, with dramatic acceleration in some areas and significant drop-offs in others. But to think that any PaaS/IaaS vendor can see dramatic growth while … Continue reading

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ARM in the Cloud

I know I’m long overdue on a “Part 2”, but wanted to slip this in first. I’ve long been a skeptic on ARM becoming a mainstream processor choice for servers. But today’s announcement by Amazon Web Services of the ARM … Continue reading

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Endings and Beginnings (Part 1 – AWS)

Last week’s announcement of Amazon Aurora Multi-Master being generally available marked a kind of ending for me. It also served as a reminder that I haven’t written anything about my new venture, Gaia Platform. So nearly two years after I … Continue reading

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Prime 1-Day Delivery Really is Different

At last week’s earnings call Amazon announced it was moving Amazon Prime from its historical 2-day shipping to 1-day shipping. Inevitably there were articles saying how Walmart or Target or whoever already had this. Or even better than Amazon, had … Continue reading

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Google goes to the dark side on JEDI

Every time I read an article on the U.S. Department of Defense large Cloud project known as JEDI I find myself suppressing an urge to comment.  Google dropping out of the bidding finally made that urge difficult to suppress. It is … Continue reading

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The Big Non-Hack?

This week Bloomberg Businessweek (BBW) published “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” which claimed that 30 companies, most notably Apple and Amazon Web Services, had servers using hacked Chinese-made motherboards from U.S. manufacturer … Continue reading

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Challenges of Hyperscale Computing (Part 3)

Back in Part 2 I discussed the relationship between failures and the people resources needed to address them, and demonstrated why at hyperscale you can’t use people to handle failures.  In this part I’ll discuss how that impacts a managed … Continue reading

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Amazon and the ACLU

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon have all been under pressure these last few months over being suppliers of technology to the law enforcement and defense markets.  Pretty much all technology vendors have sold into these markets since well, the beginning of … Continue reading

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Amazon and Sales Tax

This week’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that overturns a pre-Internet requirement that a company have a physical presence in a state in order to be compelled to collect sales tax on behalf of that state is the biggest … Continue reading

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Playing the Amazon Blame Game

Does Macy’s tell Gimbels?  Gimbels, Korvettes, Gertz, Lechmere, Lafayette, Woolworths, Montgomery Ward, Bradlees, and Zayre are amongst the dozens if not hundreds of retailers that I recall from my youth that have long since disappeared.  Many others merged into that … Continue reading

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