AWS NY Summit Highlights: Ruling the Cloud Stack and an Expanding Ecosystem

Mew York AWS SummitLast week’s NYC AWS summit was yet another success for the cloud giant. Just shy of the impressive turnout at re:Invent 2013 in Las Vegas, last week’s summit had so many attendees, they ran out of badges! As always, the lectures were great, however, we weren’t told anything new. Despite the ever-growing awareness of AWS cloud, Werner has been pitching the same “old” messages for years. Security issues, price reductions, fast deployment, and scalability were introduced in a much more organic way three years ago, and this year’s summit proved that these concepts have been fully internalized by AWS users. Continuing to promote the seemingly never ending list of cloud features, Werner is a true evangelist and cloud celebrity who attracts crowds of thousands when he speaks.

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Become a Cloud Celebrity at AWS NYC Summit

IamOnDemand Cloud Celebrity

IamOnDemand Cloud Celebrity

Whether you are a cloud consumer or vendor, launching your first startup or developing cutting edge technology to improve cloud computing experiences…you can be famous!

Over the years, I have become very familiar with the AWS cloud, as well as the startups that were utilizing the cloud from the get-go. Through this experience, I was able to witness how the market matured, and eventually see those very same startups flourish into the strong companies they are today. I am proud to announce that IOD has since expanded into a great team of professionals who leverage their knowledge to help the AWS ecosystem tell their stories. Today, we are working with dozens of companies and are proving to be the leaders in sourcing the knowledge that this fast growing ecosystem has to offer, making sure to evangelize the cloud and support an amazing movement within the technology world.

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My Interview with Adrian Cockcroft – Netflix Cloud Pioneer

Adrian-Cockroft-bigOn Wednesday July 2nd, Adrian Cockcroft from Battery Venture is going to lecture on an IGTCloud and IamOnDemand meetup. Prior to joining Battery, Adrian  lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform – the Netflix cloud management platform.

The Netflix Cloud

Netflix, the popular American provider of internet video streaming, dominates the market with over 50 million subscribers and a third of all internet traffic during peak hours. Netflix currently operates in over 40 countries and has announced its expansion to 6 more European countries. Netflix is not only the leader in internet streaming services but an example of the largest pure cloud service based on an open-source stack running on Amazon Web Services. Netflix is a widely referenced case study for how to effectively operate a cloud application at scale.

Following his arrival to Israel, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Netflix cloud pioneer.

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Cloud Marketer, You Don’t Have a Clue!

quality contentWhat is the point of hiring a marketer? By definition, a marketer is supposed to possess the ability to market the goods or services provided by a company to the appropriate target markets. In reality, however, this definition is often times expanded to entail a larger quantity of tasks, which unfortunately is not proportionate to quality.

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50% on S3? AWS Helping Google Into the Game or Stopping the Cloud Race to Zero?

Screenshot_228One day after Google announced a substantial price reduction for their cloud services, Amazon announced their own dramatic price reduction on several AWS offerings. This move will reduce the revenues of one of Amazon’s most profitable services, the S3, by about 50%. What were the AWS leaders thinking just before Andy Jassy went on the SF summit stage?

This decision raises a few questions about Amazon’s market strategy. Why would a leading company willingly cut their successful stream of revenues so suddenly in light of a new competition? Aside from the profit loss, Will this move – stop the IaaS vendors’ race to zero? will it position GCP a notable player in the cloud arena, as AWS largest direct competitor.

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Enterprise Cloud Adoption – the Boiling Frog Syndrome

boiling-frog[G u e s t   P o s t] There is no doubt that cloud is an important resource for the enterprise CIO to use when building or extending their data centers. The cloud can be on-premises, within your colocation, or hosted by one of the growing public cloud vendors. Over the past few years I have been deeply involved in discussions about the great changes experienced by the enterprise IT.

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Cloud Academy: Test Drive Your Cloud Skills

Cloud academyAccording to IDC’s prediction, 7 million new cloud related IT jobs will be created by 2015. As cloud is still evolving, there is an overall lack of knowledge, skills and experience in the IT industry. This is intensified by the fact that new cloud features and innovations are introduced weekly by cloud service vendors, especially by the AWS cloud guys. The constant expansion of the cloud world is causing this knowledge gap to constantly increase.

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DevOps – Office Discouraged 2

devops[G u e s t   P o s t]  As discussed in my previous post, there are many issues that tag along with the concept of a traditional office space. However, the constant interruptions, distractions and whole slew of other obstacles that keep us from having a productive work day have finally met their match with the implementation of DevOps and remotely distributed ‘office’ cultures. With a few simple tools, your office can do a complete 180 in terms of its level of employee satisfaction and consequently, productivity.
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Why Multi-Cloud? Evolution, Freedom

multicloud configuration

What drives the creation of countless apps, tools and platforms in the IT market today?

The ever-growing web as well as the `consumerization of IT` provide end users with an abundance of options and full discretion. We now understand the vital need to internalize the concept of spreading knowledge and information across a variety of applications and platforms as a means to thrive. Fortunately, we now have the opportunity to utilize multiple clouds.

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Cooladata – Consumerization of Big Data and Online User Behavior

Cooladata logoLast week CoolaData guys announced their platform general availability. The following post is based on few discussions I had with the company founders.

In his 20 years of experience working in the field of data analysis, Guy Greenberg, a co-founder of CoolaData, came to realize that there is no simple way to work out a Big Data without turning to professional services and integrating several systems. For instance, one might need to incorporate Hadoop with ETL and visualization tools.

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