Articles tagged in amazon

  1. Amazon SimpleDB

    Amazon SimpleDB -- released last week that provides access to a scalable storage of structured data via a REST API, which runs along side with EC2 and S3 to provide the "scalable backend" for online applications. Comments over the weekend have ranged from "it sucks" to "who needs Oracle/MSSQL/DB2?". I personally won't be using it. It won't scale down as much as FOSS DBs like MySQL or PostgreSQL which are virutally free with your shared hosting. It "might" scale up (which has not yet been proved), but it will soon become very expensive. 10GB/domain is a big show-stopper, latency sucks for database-intensive applications, query time limited to 5 seconds, and no inter-domain queries. Sounds like it's no good for any serious RDBMS-replacement work. It will also force you to code your applications specifically for that platform, just like S3. Vendor lock-in anyone?

  2. Jeff Bezos Talking About S3 and EC2 on TalkCrunch

    TalkCrunch: Interview with Jeff Bezos of, talking about their web services business unit, and all the weird usage of S3 and EC2. The Matrix Amazon is really doing some great stuff amongst web developers at the moment, and with the infrastructural services they provided you can easily scale to the next MySpace or YouTube. I've just got my beta application of EC2 approved, and now I just need to think about what I am going to use it for. Also what I wrote about EC2 when it launched almost 3 months ago.

  3. Zettabyte Storage zBox

    Via AWS Blog, zBox is a PowerPC-based NAS box that automatically backs up itself to Amazon S3, so that you have the short latency advantage of LAN storage, and redundancy of online storage at the same time. They can even detect degrading disk drives and send you a new one …
  4. Buying Technical Books in Australia

    Just bought a programming related book on-line. It was released in Q2 2006 so I did not consider the second hand book market. I went straight to the oracle asking where can I find it in on-line bookshops in Australia. Only a handful of shops returned, and LSL Australia is …