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Finally: Persistent storage for Amazon EC2

, posted: 22-Aug-2008 06:01

Amazon has finally announced the general availability of persistent storage for EC2! This is long awaited news. Here is a also a writeup from Werner Vogels, the Amazon CTO.

Some background...

Amazon has offered a very nice cloud-computing infrastructure for a long time. EC2 for on-demand computing, S3 for on-demand storage. This was much more than just glorified VPSs. Instead, it was truly on-demand (new computing instances could be brought up in seconds) and seemingly infi (read the entire post)...



"100% availability" doesn't mean what you think it does anymore

, posted: 29-Jul-2008 11:34

Sometimes we come across a vendor's marketing claims that are clearly bogus and we just shrug those off. But if the claim itself is expressed with very well established terminology and with a specific mathematical precision then we are normally not expecting a blatant "creative interpretation" of such claims.

Well, read on for an example that teaches us the opposite: All is fair in marketing and sales, even the redefinition of completely obvious mathematical terminology.

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