If Amazon Web Services is a sideline, it sure is a big one

  photo: Flickr/Will Merydith SUMMARY:No one outside of Seattle really knows how big Amazon Web Services is. But we do know that its overall category hit the $750 million mark last quarter. Some folks still say that Amazon Web Services is a distraction for the Amazon retail juggernaut, but it’s hard to argue that it’s small potatoes given ...

Amazon, Facebook want to hire software-defined networking engineers

  photo: Jordan Novet SUMMARY:Amazon and Facebook are looking for engineers to work on deploying next-generation software-defined networks. Amazon’s project could bring new services for its cloud customers. While software-defined networking (SDN) seems to be still stuck in the hype cycle, use cases from service providers and a few enterprises were on display at the Open ...

VMware and EMC promise app building platform for Amazon, other clouds

Pivotal platform-as-a-service tools will enable cross-cloud app building. Pivotal Senior VP Scott Yara discusses building apps across clouds. Pivotal VMware and EMC recently spun out several cloud computing and big data product teams to form a new, jointly owned subsidiary called “Pivotal.” Today, Pivotal said it has begun operations and will deliver a set of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) ...

Amazon S3 goes exponential, now stores 2 trillion objects

This was originally posted on Gigaom. SUMMARY:Less than year after hitting the 1 trillion object mark, Amazon S3 is now storing more than 2 trillion objects. That’s a lot any way you slice it and highlights AWS’s role as an underpinning of today’s web. It took six years for Amazon Web Services’ Simple Storage Service, ...

Forecast for the cloud: it will come in a million varieties

This was posted originally on Gigaom photo: Tartos/Shutterstock SUMMARY:The cloud is dominated by massive, super-scale providers like Google and Amazon. But that is going to change, and eventually every business big or small will have a cloud suited specifically to their needs. tweet this It became popular a few years back to claim that the ...

EMC’s Amazon Challenger Comes Out

Jim Wilson/The New York TimesPaul Maritz, chief executive of Pivotal, a Web services company spun out of the assets of EMC and VMware. A well-financed competitor to AmazonWeb Services became official Monday. Pivotal, a company spun out of assets ofEMC and VMware, two tech companies each with billions in revenue, became an independent firm, ahead of a formal ...

Rackspace to telcos: build your OpenStack cloud on us

This was originally posted on Gigaom. photo: Shutterstock SOMKKU SUMMARY:Telcos and service providers wanting to compete with Amazon in public cloud services can jump-start that effort by tapping Rackspace, says Rackspace. Rackspace fancies itself as the OpenStack supplier to the stars. The company says it will provide telcos and other service providers with OpenStack technology that will enable ...

Top 10 AWS Security Tips: #2 Password Policies and Multi-Factor Authentication

In last week’s post, Protecting your resources with AWS Identity and Access Management, Justin covered the basics of AWS Identity Access Management (IAM). This week, we’re going to take a look at password policies and multi-factor authentication using IAM. Password Policies The value of a strong passwords is well known. Most organizations already have a password policy in place. This ...

Top 10 AWS Security Tips: #3 Build a Secure Base Amazon Machine Image (AMI)

In our previous top tips for AWS security we looked at hardening access to your AWS resources through proper use ofIAM, policies and authentication. In this tip we turn our focus to hardening your Amazon Machine Images (AMI). No matter whether you pronounce it A.M.I or Ahhh-ME (as the AWS folks do) your machine images are an important part of ...

Top 10 AWS Security Tips: #4 Protecting Guest Operating Systems

Last week, Justin covered some of the high level issues around AMI development. This week, we’re going to take a look at how to protect the guest operating system running on your EC2 and VPC instances. AWS Recommendations AWS had published quite a few papers around their services. AWS Security Best Practices [PDF] and AWS Risk and Compliance [PDF] stand out as excellent ...