Amazon’s AWS Turns On Redshift Data Warehousing And EC2 High Storage In Europe (Original)
Amazon’s business model, CTO Werner Vogels reminded us today, is based on “low margins, high volume”, and today the company announced a development on how it’s applying that principle to its enterprise services. From today, AWS is expanding to Europe its Redshift data warehousing service and its EC2 High Storage service. Amazon first announced the intention to take Redshift global in February; it’s actually turning on Europe today.
The news of the international expansion was made this morning during the Amazon Web Services Summit in London, part of a wider roadshow for AWS. Redshift, Amazon’s petabyte-scale solution to better manage huge backlogs of data, was first announced in November 2012. It is very competitive on price: traditional data warehousing solutions can cost between $19,000 and $25,000 per terabyte while Redshift charges $1,000 per terabyte per year.
Big data, Vogels said in a speech today, will be the crux of competitive advantage in the future, but also, it can be the biggest stumbling block. “The database will be the bottleneck,” he said.
Vogels also took the audience through what he sees as the cloud services to watch in the future — a primer, of sorts, for what we may expect to see from AWS in terms of its product roadmap.…
Facebook building $1.5 billion data center in Altoona, Iowa (Original)
Facebook has already set up shop in North Carolina and Oregon, but it's heading to Iowa for its next -- and biggest -- data center. According to the Des Moines Register, the town of Altoona will be home to a 1.4-million-square-foot facility (code-named Catapult), and it will reportedly be the "most technologically advanced center in the world." Why Altoona, you ask? The city is already home to several data hubs, as its fiber-optic cable system, access to power and water utilities and affordable land are big draws for companies. Facebook will complete project Catapult in two $500 million phases, though the entire cost will reportedly ring in at $1.5 billion. The social network is also seeking wind energy production tax credits, which is no doubt connected to its Open Compute Project for promoting energy efficiency. That's all we know so far; suffice to say a center this big won't be built overnight.
Source: Des Moines Register…
Enterprise Big Data Platform Cloudera Opens EMEA HQ In East London’s Tech City (Original)
+1 more for East London’s Tech City cluster: big data company Cloudera has announced the opening of its EMEA HQ on Rivington Street, Shoreditch. In late 2010, the U.K. coalition government created the Tech City label to slap on an existing, organic startup hub — promising equity finance for businesses with high growth potential and money for tech & innovation centres. It also encouraged big name tech companies to open offices and workspaces in the area, including Facebook and Google.
Today there are apparently more than 1,300 high tech companies based in ‘Silicon Roundabout’, and Cloudera said the pool of available tech talent influenced its decision to base its European HQ in Tech City.
“Headquartering Cloudera’s EMEA operations in London, at the heart of its technology cluster, will enable us to develop closer ties with key customer and partner organizations, and gives us access to a diverse and highly skilled pool of database architects and data scientists,” said Ross Hinchcliffe, vice president of EMEA at Cloudera in a statement.
Cloudera’s newly appointed VP of EMEA Ross Hinchcliffe — previously European operations lead for Tealeaf, an IBM acquisition target last year — will lead the new division. Cloudera said the Tech City offices will support its expansion into “key European markets” by providing “on-the-ground resources to deliver technical support, training and solution development for its enterprise customers and partners in the EMEA region”.…
Jolicloud’s Jolidrive adds search to its cloud-based services hub (Original)
Jolicloud's missions have been many over the years, from its initial open-source Joli OS ambitions to its brief stint as netbook manufacturer and now an identity as a cloud-based services aggregator. But one thing's remained consistent for the Paris-based outfit: a willingness to listen to user feedback. This is what prompted Jolicloud to once again update Jolidrive, a dashboard for third-party cloud apps, with search. As you can see from the image above, users will now be able to index any of the cloud-based apps they've integrated into their "dashboard," making the service a truly convenient multimedia hub. This updated search functionality is just the latest in a string of tweaks (e.g., the ability to share and like) Jolicloud's been rolling out to improve its cloud drive in recent weeks -- all thanks to the clamoring of users like you.
Space Monkey rethinks the datacenter, makes personal cloud storage affordable (Original)
After just one day on Kickstarter, Space Monkey has already met its funding goal of $100,000 and is on its way to making distributed cloud storage a reality - where each user is a part of its network.…
Windows Azure Announces General Availability And Promises To Match Any AWS Price Drop (Original)
Microsoft has announced general availability for Windows Azure Infrastructure Services with a promise to match any price drop from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Microsoft marked the occasion with a decrease in pricing for cloud services and virtual instances, ranging from 21 to 33 percent. Windows Azure’s infrastructure services have been in preview since last June.
Specifically, Azure will match price drops from AWS on commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. Virtual machine instance prices will drop 21% and PaaS will go down by 33 percent.
The move is meant to quiet the perception that Azure is more expensive than AWS, said Bill Hilf, general manager of Windows Azure product marketing in an interview yesterday.
Hilf that they will also offer new high memory instances of up to 28 and 56 gigabytes to accommodate applications such as Microsoft Sharepoint that just need more memory.
Hilf noted that Azure originated as a PaaS cloud, targeting .Net and new apps. Adding IaaS capability allows developers to come to Azure in an easier way, marked by the release last week of Active Directory, which allows for IT to manage identity across Azure and Microsoft environments.
Microsoft has consistently added new capabilities over the past several months to its Azure platform.…
Tibco Taps Amazon’s AWS, KPN As The First Cloud Platform Partners For Its Tibbr Enterprise Social Network (Original)
Tibbr, the social networking service from enterprise software company Tibco, has over 1.5 million subscribers — all paid — and today it’s announcing two platform partners, Amazon Web Services and Dutch carrier KPN, as it embarks on a new drive to grow that user base as a cloud service. Putting tibbr on the AWS Marketplace and KPN’s GRIP platform will be the first time the social networking service will be sold, billed and provisioned via third-party platforms. And that is a sign of how app store-style enterprise marketplaces continue to evolve and become a go-to place for cloud software companies looking to connect with customers.
Tibbr has traditionally sourced many of its users from among the businesses that look to Tibco for other enterprise software solutions — with companies like Macy’s, KPMG, and Schneider Electric among those users across desktop and mobile devices (tibbr currently works on iOS, Android and BlackBerry platforms). But the bigger opportunity is in targeting enterprises that are not already owned by Tibco, competing for business users against other products like Microsoft’s Yammer and Chatter from Salesforce, which also offer closed social networking services for smaller workgroups and the very largest enterprises. Tibco has 4,000 enterprises on its books; of the 1.5 million users of tibbr, some 40% are existing Tibco customers, while 60% are not.…
Dropbox Overhauls Chooser As Platform Adds “Tens of Thousands” Of Developers Each Week (Original)
Dropbox, which is courting developers to make it easier for consumers to add and use files wherever they want, just overhauled its “Chooser” feature.
With that and Dropbox’s growing reach, the company says it’s adding “tens of thousands” of developers every week and that “hundreds of thousands” of files are being shared using Chooser every week. There are “thousands” of applications in development, said Daniel Levine, who works platform at the YC-backed company.
Today Dropbox is touching up Chooser by adding the ability to select multiple files at once and upload files directly from their computer through Chooser. So if you want to grab 10 photos at a time and upload them directly, this would be the way to do it.
“No file in Dropbox has been created by Dropbox,” Levine said. “We want a way for users to get files everywhere they want to use them.”
Files uploaded through Chooser will get automatically saved in a user’s Dropbox and will automatically be available in third-party web apps.…
Investment Firm Expects AWS Will Hit $20 Billion In Revenues By 2020 (Original)
Bernstein Research has issued a research report saying it expects AWS will have an estimated $20 billion in revenues by the end of the decade. In a separate report, RW Baird & Co. projects $10 billion in revenue for AWS by 2016 and up to $40 billion in losses from the traditional IT market. The estimates reflect Wall Street’s growing confidence in cloud services and the need that analysts see in letting their customers know that a shift is underway that will lead to continued flat revenues or even losses for enterprise companies and systems integrators. In times of disruption, something like AWS may actually exceed investment analyst projections. Conversely, AWS success is not a certainty. Technologies may advance that will flatten AWS advantages or Amazon can’t scale the group’s services fast enough to keep its edge. These are the factors that investment research houses consider when making corporate financial projections. Overall, Baird and Bernstein cite a number of reasons that account for why AWS will do so well. The reasoning is sound but not without weaknesses, such as why AWS success will be harder to come by with large enterprises.
A Turning Point
The public cloud reached a turning point last year.…