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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases 142

jfruh (300774) writes "Amazon is pushing hard to be as ubiquitous in the world of cloud computing as it is in bookselling. The company's latest pitch is that even your highest-performing databases will run more efficiently on Amazon Web Services cloud servers than on your own hardware. Farming out your most important and potentially sensitive computing work to one of the most opaque tech companies out there: what could possibly go wrong?"
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Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

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  • by Typical Slashdotter ( 2848579 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @06:20AM (#47127399)

    Needless, inane, editorializing in the summary, as usual. So sad. Especially when the article itself is concise, factual, and free of such nonsense.

  • by bayankaran ( 446245 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @06:39AM (#47127445) Homepage
    Seems Amazon and Google see the writing on the 'internet wall'.
    Their core products/services are not going to bring them anymore revenue than what they get now, and can shrink further when nimble competitors or new ideas happen. So the only way is to branch out.
    Google thinks it will be driver-less cars, automation, internet balloons, thermostat etc., while Amazon thinks it will be AWS, cloud and so on.
    Surprisingly both these behemoths are not branching into life sciences. May be no has made good impressive power points yet.
    The one company terribly lost is Apple. They are buying into an arthritic rapper!!!
  • Cloud is dead (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TractorBarry ( 788340 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @06:44AM (#47127455) Homepage

    Dear America,

    Following the Snowden revelations your NSA inspired dream of cloud computing and total social networking (i.e. full access too all the data in the world) is dead.

    Nobody with a brain would even think of storing their data on an American computing resource.

    Sincerely yours,

    The rest of the world.

  • by CadentOrange ( 2429626 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @08:04AM (#47127659)

    A couple of questions for you:

    1) What happens when your single server goes down? How long does it take you to get back up and running?
    2) What happens if your demand is spiky?

    If you're going to use an instance for a year constantly, you need to look at reserved instances. That brings the price down to $3054 for the year which is not bad as you don't pay for electricity or cooling.

  • by Orne ( 144925 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @08:35AM (#47127807) Homepage

    Amazon is not going after Apple, they are going after IBM. Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure are the leaders in this space, and are hitting reliability and scalability metrics that are pushing the old models out of business.

    Bloomberg had a great article this month on how IBM is losing *government* contracts (its bread and butter) to AWS. []

  • Re:FTFY (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Radak ( 126696 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @08:49AM (#47127861) Journal

    Of course Amazon wants your money. They're a business trying to make a profit. There are plenty of things people can complain about when it comes to Amazon or to any of their competitors in this arena, so why do people keep complaining that Amazon is trying to make a profit for itself and its shareholders?

  • Re:FTFY (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NatasRevol ( 731260 ) on Friday May 30, 2014 @10:52AM (#47128759) Journal

    Yeah, once they have enough of a monopoly to abuse it.

    You know like with Hachette.

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