Just about every person in business these days has heard the buzz about “cloud computing” and all the benefits it can deliver. The hype surrounding it would have you think that everyone is using these application or infrastructure services-for-hire. The idea behind cloud computing seems to make good sense, given the economic pressure businesses are under to do more with less. The cloud is just another way of saying “the internet.” And cloud computing basically involves paying for access to internet-based services in order to share computing horsepower, information and programs, from word processors to complex accounting and customer-relationship-management systems.
Fourth Annual Amazon Web Services “Start-Up Challenge” Begins Today SEATTLE, Aug 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company /quotes/comstock/15*!amzn/quotes/nls/amzn (AMZN 129.65, +0.79, +0.61%) , today announced the call for entries to the fourth annual AWS Start-Up Challenge, a contest to recognize innovative start-ups that are built on the AWS cloud computing platform. For the first time, AWS will choose regional award winners in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. Regional semi-finalists will receive $2,500US in AWS service credits. Global finalists will receive $10,000US in AWS service credits and a trip to Palo Alto, CA.,
BusinessWire · Tuesday, Jul. 13, 2010 Amazon Web Services LLC, an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, a new instance type specifically designed for high-performance computing (HPC) applications and other demanding network-bound applications. Customers with complex computational workloads such as tightly coupled parallel processes, or with applications sensitive to network performance, can now achieve the same high compute and networking performance provided by custom-built infrastructure while benefiting from the elasticity, flexibility and cost advantages of Amazon EC2. To get started using Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2, visit http://aws.amazon.com. Prior to Cluster Compute Instances for
Is cloud computing the next biggest thing since the Web? The answer is YES. After Mainframe, Personal Computer, Client Server Computing and the Web, this is the next big thing. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) October 2008 report, projected Cloud IT Spending in 2012 will be $42 Billion; a growth of about 27% from 2008. IDC forecasts that Asia Pacific spending on IT cloud services to grow fourfold, reaching $3.6 billion by 2013. IDC sees that new uses of cloud technology will be introduced to include those markets which cannot yet take advantage of cloud computing. Cloud computing