Category Archives: Amazon

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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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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