Saturday Nov 21, 2009

links for 2009-11-21: Using EC2 to bypass IT; Why not Affero GPL?; Wolfram Alpha

Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

links for 2009-10-27: Amazon RDS; SAP and Open Source

Thursday Oct 01, 2009

Amazon Public Data Sets

I follow the Amazon Web Services Blog and recently saw several announcements about new Public Data Sets being available.  What is a public data set you ask?  From the web-site:

Public Data Sets on AWS provides a centralized repository of public data sets that can be seamlessly integrated into AWS cloud-based applications. AWS is hosting the public data sets at no charge for the community, and like all AWS services, users pay only for the compute and storage they use for their own applications.

What is cool about this is that it greatly simplifies getting access to large sets of data that while public in the past, were difficult to work with as you had to download, install, load, and otherwise provide the infrastructure for and manage all the data yourself.

The one that caught my eye was the Daily Global Weather data set.  Now, I haven't used this yet and there are other great resources for local weather station data like the Weather Underground (where I upload my station data by the way), but this is a great way to gain access to a bunch of historical weather data.  Other data sets include census data, Wikipedia data, geographic data, and more.

One drawback for data sets that are continuing to be updated each day, like historical weather data, is that you aren't accessing a continually updated data store, rather you are creating your own EBS volume from a snapshot.  This means (if I understand all this correctly) that if you need the most recent data, the snapshot must be updated regularly and you would have to update your EBS volume from it manually.  Or perhaps there are tools to assist with that.

All in all, a useful service, and a great move by Amazon to drive more users to EC2. 

Thursday Sep 24, 2009

links for 2009-9-24 part 2: Buy coffee with your iPhone; Layer 7 AMI; Microsoft WebsiteSpark; Google disruption; AT&T iPhone MMS

Monday Sep 21, 2009

links for 2009-9-22: Top-10 IT moments; Wireless boosters; Apple Lied?; AWS in Europe; Java not dead

Wednesday Aug 26, 2009

links for 2009-8-26: Amazon Virtual Private Clouds; File Systems Obsolete?

  • Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) - This is cool.  The real power and value of the cloud beginning to come to fruition in new ways, specifically supporting so called "hybrid" clouds.
    • "Imagine the many ways that you can now combine your existing on-premise static resources with dynamic resources from the Amazon VPC. You can expand your corporate network on a permanent or temporary basis. You can get resources for short-term experiments and then leave the instances running if the experiment succeeds. You can establish instances for use as part of a DR (Disaster Recovery) effort. You can even test new applications, systems, and middleware components without disturbing your existing versions."
  • The Future Doesn't Have A File System - Interesting view.  He introduces the term "Object-Based Information Stores" which sounds a lot like an object database, and while those have found some success in niche areas they have by no means eclipsed relational databases.  I think his idea, while it has merit, will have a similar uphill battle just because of history/legacy/inertia.

Monday Aug 24, 2009

GlassFish Hosting with Amazon

I mentioned Amazon.com lowering pricing for EC2 in my links entry today, but having great pricing is only useful if you have something to deploy on EC2.  And a great way to deploy applications is in GlassFish.

Now, anyone can install everything from scratch on their EC2 instance, but Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) are a great way to get a head start with a pre-installed/configured operating system and other software.  As you might expect, for someone wanting to use GlassFish there are several AMIs available.

My quick perusal came across the following GlassFish and related AMIs:

Find out more about GlassFish on EC2 here.

links for 2009-8-24: Apple responds on Google Voice; Amazon lower EC2 fees

Friday Aug 14, 2009

links for 2009-8-14: Microsoft revealed to spread FUD; Twitter as queueing service; Palm Pre slowing

Wednesday Jul 15, 2009

links for 2009-7-15: Azure pricing higher than Amazon; Google Voice on your phone; Google Calendar features

Thursday Jun 11, 2009

links for 2009-6-12: MS Money done, iPhone specs, Twitter good for burglars?, EC2, Windows 7

Thursday Jun 19, 2008

links for 2008-6-19

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