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Amazon Web Services – Convert To/From VMs?

In the recent Amazon AWS Newsletter, they asked the following: Some customers have asked us about ways to easily convert virtual machines from VMware vSphere, Citrix Xen Server, and Microsoft Hyper-V to Amazon EC2 instances – and vice versa. If this is something that you’re interested in, we would like to hear from you. Please […]

Amazon EC2 EBS Instances and Ephemeral Storage

Here’s a couple tidbits I’ve gleaned that are useful. When  you start an “instance-store” Amazon EC2 instance, you get a certain amount of ephemeral storage allocated and mounted automatically.  The amount of space varies by instance size and is defined here.  The storage location and format also varies by instance size and is defined here. […]

Microsoft Azure for Dummies – or for Smarties?

What is Microsoft Azure? Here’s a clear explanation of this new cloud computing product and how it compares to Amazon and Google.

Velocity 2009 – Hadoop Operations: Managing Big Data Clusters

Hadoop Operations: Managaing Big Data Clusters (see link on that page for preso) was given by Jeff Hammerbacher of Cloudera. Other good references – book: “Hadoop: The Definitive Guide” preso: hadoop cluster management from USENIX 2009 Hadoop is an Apache project inspired by Google’s infrastructure; it’s software for programming warehouse-scale computers. It has recently been […]

Cloud Computing Panel Discussion

Next up at the Cloud Computing and Virtualization Security half-day seminar was a Cloud Computing Panel moderated by Rich Mogull (Analyst/CEO at Securosis) with Josh Zachary (Rackspace), Jim Rymarczk (IBM), and Phil Agcaoili (Dell) participating in the panel.  My notes from the panel discussion are below: Phil: Little difference between outsources of the past and […]

Introduction to Cloud Computing and Virtualizaton Security

Today the Austin ISSA and ISACA chapters held a half-day seminar on Cloud Computing and Virtualization Security.  The introduction on cloud computing was given by Vern Williams.  My notes on this topic are below: 5 Key Cloud Characteristics On-demand self-service Ubiquitous network access Location independent resource pooling Rapid elasticity Pay per use 3 Cloud Delivery […]

Amazon Web Services S3, EC2 and other AWS services

First Speaker: VP of Amazon Web Services – Adam Selipsky Motivation for building AWS – Scaling Amazon.com through the 90’s was really rough.  10 years of growth caused a lot of headaches. What if you could outsource IT Infrastructure?  What would this look like? Needs: Storage Compute abilities Database Transactions Middleware Core Services: Reliability Scalability […]

Cloud Headaches?

The industry is abuzz with people who are freaked out about the outages that Amazon and other cloud vendors have had.  “Amazon S3 Crash Raises Doubts Among Cloud Customers,” says InformationWeek! This is because people are going into cloud computing with retardedly high expectations.  This year at Velocity, Interop, etc. I’ve seen people just totally […]

Scalr project and AWS

http://code.google.com/p/scalr/ For those of us getting into amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (ec2), this is a really cool idea.  The idea is that your load grows and a new node is ready to handle additional capacity.  Once load lessens, boxes are turned off.  Integrating this with box stats, response times, monitoring per service makes sense. I […]