Posts tagged with Architecture

Latest Amazon outage highlights cloud challenges

When it comes to building and operating the infrastructure to power some of the most popular services on the internet, it's no surprise that many companies have decided that Amazon can do a better, more cost-effective job than they can.

Amazon's AWS infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, of course, aren't perfect. Outages, some of them quite large and ugly, do happen.

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Five harmful myths about the cloud

Cloud computing may arguably be the biggest computing advance in the 21st century. And for good reason: thanks to the cloud, a good amount of the staggering computing power that's coming online is available to just about everyone.

But like all good things, the cloud is often the subject of hype and its advantages can be oversold.

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Has NoSQL been overhyped?

One of the biggest technology buzzwords to emerge in the past several years is 'NoSQL.' Put simply, NoSQL has come to refer to any database management system that isn't a traditional RDBMB.

From Cassandra to CouchDB, there are a number of NoSQL systems that have attracted significant attention, and that are used in commercial applications, including some of the most popular consumer internet services.

But the honeymoon with NoSQL may be coming to an end.

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Lightning strikes Amazon's EC2

Cloud computing is growing in popularity and many businesses, both large and small, are turning to the cloud to host critical applications.

Amazon's EC2 is one of the most popular offerings but all it took was a single lightening strike to take part of the EC2 cloud down last night.

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Memo to Steve Ballmer: the future of search is needs-based

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been making funny noises again. He’s been talking about the future of search, and the issues Google faces.

He said“Google does have to be all things to all people. Our search does not need to be all things to all people.”

Maybe so, but it’s hard to know exactly what Microsoft is trying to be, in terms of search. Nevertheless, Ballmer says that the company is experimenting with new business models for search, as well as new ways of presenting search results.

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