Archive for January, 2011
#strata current status: big data pre-conference. Big turnout tonight.
The Googlers Behind Pubsubhubbub Are Back At It With Camlistore. Open Sync, Store, Share http://t.co/Ap707mO looks interesting!
Despite the funny (creative?) name, Elastic Beanstalk is another game changer in the IaaS and PaaS world. Basically, Elastic Beanstalk is the best of both worlds, offering platform as a service ease of use with automatic scaling, and also allowing access to the underlying core infrastructure when needed. This is very different than Google AppEngine or Microsoft Azure.
Why this is different from other PaaS offerings. First, Amazon has just absolutely nailed the cloud infrastructure building blocks. Solid storage, flexible compute, a variety of database offerings, job queueing, content delivery and others are the building blocks for all software as a service applications. Second, Elastic Beanstalk is built on these same core capabilities and really shows that either AWS had a master plan all along to dole out functionality in a sustained, incremental fashion, or they can react very quickly to changing market conditions. Either way, the third differentiation is that Elastic Beanstalk gives developers access to the core compute and storage in ways that other PaaS offerings do not.
PaaS traditionally means there is a trade-off between ease of use and getting access to the low-level components for tuning, and tasks that can’t be accomplished in the higher-level abstract layer. But with Elastic Beanstalk, you are allowed to work in the low level underpinnings since at the core it’s still the same S3, EC2, EBS, SQS, SDB, etc. we have been using for years.
Futures: With AWS we get to optimize our software stacks for workloads and cost efficiency at the “per-CPU” level. But the hope is eventually we can buy our compute time for a process (regardless where it’s running) instead of a CPU instance. That will be AWSome….
Verizon to Acquire Terremark, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — – http://goo.gl/6Uetj
Still thinking about the “retro-paper” meme. Melding notebooks and QR codes, as discussed here at GigaOm, basically creates “a real-world link to a virtual destination.” Neat.
Uniting the “quality paper goods” world of Moleskin, Rhodia et.al. with the virtual world (i.e. anything with a URL) is a fascinating idea. Anoto tried this with their digital dot technology, but you had to use their electronic pen (bulky+expensive) and their paper (just expensive). Levenger and Evernote can probably take this meme from idea to a suite of real products.