Archive for April, 2013

More fun facts about AWS usage, this time from Cloudyn


Last week it was RightScale, now it’s Cloudyn eager to share its new data about how real customers use Amazon(s amzn) Web Services.

According to a survey by Cloudyn and The Big Data Group of 450 Cloudyn customers — who all use AWS — here are the main takeaways:

  • Amazon’s EC2 constitutes nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of total AWS spending.
  • More than half of those EC2 users now deploy Reserved Instances as part of their deployment.
  • On-demand pricing remains the number one choice for most users — it sucks up 71 percent of all their EC2 spending.
  • The S3 Simple Storage Service is still the most popular storage option, although Glacier, the cheaper archival storage choice, is gaining momentum.
  • The largest constituency among the Cloudyn/AWS users are those who spend less than $50,000 a year on AWS, but they account for just 4 percent of total AWS spending.
  • Just 4…

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The Rise of Big Data


Date: 23-04-2013
Source: Foreign Affairs
Big Data For AffHow It’s Changing the Way We Think About the World

Everyone knows that the Internet has changed how businesses operate, governments function, and people live. But a new, less visible technological trend is just as transformative: “big data.” Big data starts with the fact that there is a lot more information floating around these days than ever before, and it is being put to extraordinary new uses. Big data is distinct from the Internet, although the Web makes it much easier to collect and share data. Big data is about more than just communication: the idea is that we can learn from a large body of information things that we could not comprehend when we used only smaller amounts.

In the third century BC, the Library of Alexandria was believed to house the sum of human knowledge. Today, there is enough information in the world…

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Big Data – How Can Your Software Company Benefit from the Opportunity?

The tech media is all abuzz about the “big data” opportunity. If you manage a software or SaaS company, have you given some thought to how you can benefit from the opportunity?

What are some ways in which software companies can provide additional value to their customers by leveraging big data?

The first question you should ask yourself is: What is the opportunity your customers have from big data?

Second, how can you provide software or services to enable them to realize that opportunity?

These recent articles by Drew Robb at show a few ways in which software companies are providing “big data” value to their customers: and

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