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Amazon apologizes for Netflix’s Christmas Eve streaming outage

December 31st, 2012
Amazon Web Services explains that the disruption occurred when data was accidentally deleted from the traffic apportion system. [Read more]



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Amazon’s Cloud Outage Offers Lessons for the Enterprise

October 23rd, 2012
It wasn't the first time Amazon Web Services saw outages -- and it probably won't be the last. Amazon's cloud service saw outages on the East Coast on Monday. Popular sites like Pinterest, Reddit, FastCompany and Flipboard went dark.

Could this give cloud computing a black eye? Or just Amazon's service? And why do the outages keep occurring? There are yet more questions than answers but analysts are weighing in on what the latest outage, which the hacker group Anonymous is taking credit for, means for the cloud.

Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, told us the outage may give Amazon's customers cause for concern.

"As long as they've been selling cloud, you would think they would be one of the more stable cloud services," Kerravala said. "If Amazon is going to invest anywhere, they should invest to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Cloud Services Best Practices

Damian Bramanis, director of Advisory Services at Sentinus.com.au, said businesses need to use best practices for cloud services in order to avoid outages like the one Amazon just suffered. That, he said, means not putting all of your eggs in one basket, so cloud disasters don't become your disaster.

As he sees it, many cloud services can cope with failures by spreading the service across different data centers and availability zones. Businesses that followed this best practice model would have seen their operations continue despite the Amazon disruption.

"We recommend spreading your services across separate cloud vendors to provide the best protection from disasters," Bramanis said. "Ultimately, staying safe in the cloud is a matter of trust. It's important to trust your cloud vendor at the best of times, but it's critical in the face of major problems."

Fast Reactions to Outages

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SAP Unveils Its Hana Cloud Developer and Database Platform

October 18th, 2012
SAP is getting cloudier. This week, the company announced its plans for a next-generation cloud platform, called SAP Hana Cloud, that is based on what it called "breakthrough in-memory technology."

Vishal Sikka, a member of the SAP Executive Board, said in a statement that Hana Cloud is "paving the way for developers to build impactful applications in the cloud with embedded analytics" and massive speed. The new set of services is intended to compete with comparable offerings from Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft and others.

AppServices, DB Services

The services within Hana Cloud are AppServices and DBServices. AppServices will allow developers to create applications using native SAP Hana, Java, and shared services with support for portals, integration, mobile, analytics, collaboration and commercial services.

NetWeaver Cloud is the first, generally available application service. It utilizes open standards, comes with free, unlimited developer licenses, and provides a modular platform intended for rapid development of on-demand applications. It is designed to provide integration with SAP and non-SAP systems that are either cloud-based or on-premise.

In its announcement, SAP cited the NetWeaver experience of specialty pharmaceutical firm Phoqus. John Koole, Phoqus' managing director, said in a statement that NetWeaver has a "sophisticated user interface and portal capabilities coupled with native integration with back-end enterprise resource planning systems."

Hana One

The first offering of DBServices is the database-as-a-service Hana One, a deployment designed for production use on Amazon Web Services.

Hana One is provisioned with up to 60 GB of RAM per instance, which SAP said will allow applications to take advantage of in-memory transactional and analytical data processing. The service is priced at 99 cents per hour for the SAP software, and it is intended for deployment with small data sets "within minutes."

Andy Jassy, senior vice president of Amazon Web Services, told news media that Hana One is designed for the ideas that "have...



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Sanbolic Enables Business Apps in Public Cloud

September 24th, 2012
Waltham, MA, September 24, 2012) -- Sanbolic, a market leader in distributed data management, today announced its joining the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network, in order to offer its recently announced Melio? AppCluster? Microsoft SQL Server public cloud platform to the enterprise, government and startup customers of AWS. The new offering will enable AWS customers to span and/or move business critical applications from their on-premise data centers into the AWS cloud, and in doing so appreciate all of its intended advantages such as pay-as-you-go flexibility, long-term investment/vendor lock-in avoidance, instant elasticity and an open and agile infrastructure - all delivered on a secure technology platform built and managed by AWS.

Microsoft SQL Server has become one of the most widely deployed database server and information platforms in the world. Likewise, SQL Server clustering has become one of the most prevalent solutions for ensuring its high availability. And, while it is an incredibly popular solution, it is not without its share of challenges ? such as SQL Server sprawl, management complexity and out of control costs. In response, customers around the world have turned to Sanbolic to help eliminate this sprawl, improve utilization, reduce the management burden and dramatically lower costs ? while ensuring even higher levels of availability and scalability. With the recent addition of cloud support for its Melio AppCluster software, customers are now able to extend capabilities previously limited to their on-premise data center into the cloud and consequently, enjoy all of the additional benefits the cloud can provide.

"From a technical standpoint, the new Sanbolic AppCluster SQL Server platform available via Amazon Web Services will provide AWS customers with the ability to simplify management and increase availability, while ensuring lighting fast failover and load balancing across physical...


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