Category Archives: Amazon

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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The rise of custom chips

The Verge published an interesting piece this week on why Apple (at least as the rumor goes) will replace the use of Intel processors with its homegrown ARM-based processors. The author asserts that it is because Intel is standing still.  … Continue reading

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Challenges of Hyperscale Computing (Part 2)

In part one of this series I used recent increases in maximum database size as a driver for introducing the challenges of hyperscale computing.  In this part we dive into the heart of the matter, which is what it takes … Continue reading

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Amazon moving off Oracle? #DBfreedom

A bunch of news stories, apparently coming off an article in The Information, are talking about Amazon and Salesforce attempting to move away from the use of Oracle.  I’m not going to comment specifically on Amazon, or Salesforce, and any … Continue reading

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Service Level Agreements (SLA)

I wanted to make some comments on Service Level Agreements (SLAs), so we interrupt our scheduled Part 2 on 16GB Cloud Databases.  A Service Level Agreement establishes both an expectation between a service provider and a customer of the level … Continue reading

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