AWS EC2 falls over in Sydney for six hours, stormy weather blamed

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) took a hit in its Sydney region for six hours over the weekend, according to official status updates, with stormy weather being blamed as the source of the problem.

The alarm was first raised on June 4 at 2247 PDT – or 1547 on June 5 Sydney time – with AWS announcing it was investigating increased connectivity issues for EC2 instances in the AP-SOUTHEAST-2 region. An hour later, a “power event” was cited as the culprit, with power...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

The future of AWS’ cloud: Infrastructure as an application

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By Thomas Rectenwald, senior engineer, DevOps, Logicworks

Infrastructure as code has defined the last five years of systems engineering, and will likely define the next five. But as we became better and better at manipulating infrastructure with declarative languages, we started to look beyond JSON to find more full-fledged, dynamic programming languages to create and configure cloud resources.

In many ways, this movement is mimicking the evolution of web development as web...

By Logicworks, 02 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Developers, Infrastructure.

The key cloud skills you need in 2016: AWS, Azure, Docker and more

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Jobs relating to Amazon Web Services (AWS) have gone up 53% over the past year while job postings requiring Microsoft Azure experience have increased by 75%, according to new data from managed cloud provider Rackspace.

The research figures are not quite as marked as last year’s analysis, when job postings including Docker went up 991% year on year, but it’s still more of the same; Docker postings went up 341% over the past 12 months. DevOps skill sets went up a modest 53% in...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Architecture, Containers, Developers, DevOps.

Public cloud usage skyrockets but financing could be better, argues research

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While this publication has been examining the futures of the private and hybrid clouds – and naturally found both to be in demand – a new piece of research from Cloud Cruiser has found that the same is true for the public cloud, fuelled primarily by big data and analytics.

The study, which polled almost 200 respondents at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Global Summit last month in Chicago, found that 92% of respondents were currently using a public cloud, while even more (95%)...

By James Bourne, 01 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Infrastructure, Public, Research.

Amazon Web Services launches X1 instances on EC2 for SAP users

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has officially launched X1 instances for its EC2 cloud, which claim to have the most memory available in any SAP-certified cloud instance available today.

The instances have 2 terabytes of memory each and are, according to Amazon, a good fit for programmes such as the SAP HANA in-memory database, big data processing engines such as Apache Spark and Presto, as well as other high performance computing workloads. The memory available in X1 is eight times more...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure.

Why more enterprises are running Microsoft applications on the AWS cloud

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Microsoft revenue from Windows Server rose a remarkable 46% in 2015, even while revenue from on-premises licenses fell 2%. The source of growth? Cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), whose customers would rather pay pennies per hour for a license than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on on-premises licenses.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is ramping up efforts to make the case that you should run Windows Server or any application from Microsoft on AWS. There have been...

By Logicworks, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Latest research shows three clear tiers in cloud infrastructure services

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The dominance of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in cloud infrastructure has long been apparent – but a new note from analyst house Synergy Research argues the space is in three distinct tiers, with AWS all on its own at the top table.

Amazon currently holds 31% of the global market share, with Microsoft, IBM and Google between them holding 22%. The next 20 vendors, including CenturyLink, Oracle, Rackspace, Salesforce and VMware, have 27% share between them. As previous research...

By James Bourne, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

AWS turns 10: A dominant market share, but does that tell the full story?

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Today marks a notable milestone in the history of cloud computing, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) turns 10 years old.

March 14 2006 saw a press release go out on the wire from Amazon announcing “a simple storage service that offers software developers a highly scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage infrastructure at very low costs.” A decade on, AWS continues to hold a significant lead over the competition in infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and while moving into other areas,...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure.

Incident response on the AWS cloud and the case for outsourcing

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By Jason Deck, VP strategic development, Logicworks

It is 4pm on a Friday before a holiday, right before your team leaves for a long weekend. An engineer on your team suddenly cannot connect to certain instances in your AWS environment. The error is affecting the largest projects and biggest customers — across hundreds of instances — including DR.

What happens now?

The answer to this question depends on your support model. In most...

By Logicworks, 25 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure.

Latest cloud infrastructure research shows yet more AWS dominance

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This is not the most surprising news you will hear today: a note published by Synergy Research argues Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) domination of the cloud infrastructure market continues. The Seattle giant held 31% of the worldwide market in 2015, the researchers argue, with Microsoft (9%), IBM (7%) and Google (4%) trailing.

Despite the yawning gap between the market leader and the rest, all four companies continue to grow ahead of the overall rate, as Synergy chief analyst John...

By James Bourne, 04 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

Six things to look for in a cloud MSP

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In the world of infrastructure as code, large and small businesses need a team that understands how infrastructure enables faster deployment and smarter product development. In the cloud, costs depend more on how day-to-day workflows are managed, not just on what hardware is running — so processes and reporting are more complex. Companies need a partner to not just fill in the gaps, but to tell them where the gaps are. They need experts not phone support.

The cloud is challenging...

By Logicworks, 26 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Google responds to AWS price cuts, claims “still performance leader in public cloud”

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Last week this publication reported Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) 51st price cut, lowering prices of C4, M4 and R3 instances in its EC2 cloud. Now, Google has responded, claiming it leads the way among the cloud giants.

“Developers running cloud-based apps and services will find out whether it’s a happy new year or not once they take a look at their...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Public.

AWS announces latest EC2 price cuts, launches South Korea data centre

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has embraced 2016 by lowering the prices of C4, M4, and R3 instances by 5% in its EC2 cloud, as well as announcing the launch of its new Asia Pacific data centre region, in Seoul.

The price reductions, for C4 and M4 instances running Linux, apply to customers in the US East, US West, Ireland, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney regions, while the same applies for R3 instances but adding Brazil.

The M4 instances were

By James Bourne, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Why the cloud does not just “work”

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Everyone knows that migrating workloads to the cloud is challenging. But many assume that after you get to the cloud, all you have to worry about is maintaining your applications.

After all, you have outsourced infrastructure management to AWS, right? No more racking and stacking servers, no more switches and hypervisors.

While AWS will maintain the physical infrastructure that supports your virtual environment, it is not initially set-up to help you configure those virtual instances...

By Logicworks, 05 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Infrastructure.

How much money is your cloud slurping up? Businesses still in the dark, says survey

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Many organisations continue to be left in the dark when it comes to providing details on cloud costs and consumption, according to research released by Cloud Cruiser.

The survey, which polled almost 350 IT professionals who were at the AWS re:Invent shows in 2014 and 2015, found almost half (42%) of respondents saying it continues to be difficult to properly allocate public...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Microsoft, Software.

Is your cloud wasting money? How to rein things in

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Cloud costs are notoriously difficult to contain. With 50+ AWS services, complex usage pricing, and bills that list “EC2 costs” as a single line item, it is often hard to know who spent what — and then tie those numbers to project budgets and ROIs.

It is no wonder that cost monitoring tools have proliferated in the last two years. And while these tools help, they are only half the battle.

Recently, 

By Logicworks, 04 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Developers, Economy, Infrastructure.

The new AWS region is set to further cloud adoption in the UK

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By Ryan Kroonenburg, managing director at Logicworks UK

With the steady rise of AWS adoption in the UK, it should come as no surprise that AWS will be adding a new UK region by the end of 2016.

Last week, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels announced the new AWS UK region amongst five other regions set to open in 2016: India, Ohio, South Korea,...

By Logicworks, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google: How cloud underpins their financial figures

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Yesterday was a pretty busy day if you were tracking financial results, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google all declaring their figures. And it was an impressive showing on the cloud side for the three tech giants, with Microsoft announcing Azure usage and compute usage more than doubling year on year and Amazon Web Services (AWS) showing similar quarterly and yearly growth.

AWS brought in $2.09bn for the firm in Q315, compared with $1.17bn for this time last year, with $5.47bn in the nine...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.