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Amazon Web Services wants to run your world | ZDNet

Amazon Web Services wants to run your world | ZDNet | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The rapid growth of cloud services like AWS will have a big impact on hardware, in particular on servers and other gear in data centers, but also on how we use PCs and mobile devices. Here are my takeaways from re:Invent.

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A very good wrapup of AWS re:Invent conference held last week in Vegas. And a must read if you want to seize the speed, depth, power and future of the online book store that happened to invent Cloud Computing.

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Amazon teleports 'AWS Connector for vCenter' into rival VMware data centers

Amazon teleports 'AWS Connector for vCenter' into rival VMware data centers | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Amazon announced on Friday afternoon that it was making available an "AWS Connector for vCenter", which lets admins import management tools for Amazon's cloud directly into an on-premise data center software package made by one of Amazon's rivals.

The AWS Connector for vCenter tech gives VMware administrators a way to buy, manage, and migrate VMs into AWS cloud resources from within VMware's vCenter management console.

vCenter is a widely used piece of software from VMware that lets admins manage large numbers of virtual machines, typically within enterprise data centers.

"If you are already using VMware vCenter to manage your virtualized environment, you will be comfortable in this new environment right away, even if you are new to AWS, starting with the integrated sign-on process, which is integrated with your existing Active Directory," Amazon explains.

"The look-and-feel and the workflow that you use to create new AWS resources will be familiar," they continue, "and you will be launching EC2 instances before too long. You can even import your existing 'golden' VMware images to EC2 through the portal (this feature makes use of VM Import)."

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Trojan Horse 2.0 . This is the beauty of APIs...

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DigitalOcean's cloud surpasses Amazon Web Services in one category

DigitalOcean's cloud surpasses Amazon Web Services in one category | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Netcraft alluded to the growth in a blog post earlier this month. Netcraft’s most recent survey found that 818 sites jumped from Amazon to DigitalOcean, while 88 sites moved in the other direction.

The company has grown fast. Netcraft’s December 2012 survey put it behind more than 1,500 others in terms of how many web-facing computers it had. Now it’s in 15th place.

All that growth has had an impact on DigitalOcean’s physical infrastructure.

“We were adding four (data center) racks a month in the beginning of the year. Now we’re adding them at a two-day clip,” Mitch Wainer, a cofounder of DigitalOcean and its chief marketing officer, said in an interview with VentureBeat. “It’s really been crazy, and our poor director of operations is losing his mind.”

The company now operates around 6,350 physical servers, up from about 5,000 at the beginning of October, Wainer said. It’s still a tiny fraction of the biggest cloud providers — presumably Amazon, Google, Rackspace, and Microsoft — but clearly, the number is going in the right direction.

 
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Grow fast or die slow wrote McKinsey recently...

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