Major Amazon S3 Outage Hits Internet

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An outage at Amazon Web Services is causing major downtime across the cloud this morning, as sites which rely on the cloud storage service have been unable to reliably connect all morning. Although Amazon's web services are widely used by Southern California tech startups, it's unclear how many are being affected by the downtime. S3 is used by many websites for storing data, images, and video.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today. The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The S3 system is not a transactional object system, it's for larger objects, larger updates. You need to push out anything truly persistent to another machine and/or storage, e.g., S3.

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LogicMonitor Ties Into Amazon Web Services

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Santa Barbara-based LogicMonitor , which develops IT infrastructure monitoring software, said today that it has connected its tools to Amazon Web Services. The company said its platform now has the ability to monitor Amazon Web Services instances and services. The company said the new monitoring capabilities include monitoring of SQS, DynamoDB, S3, and monitoring Amazon billing data.

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Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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We put all of this infrastructure in an Exodus web hosting facility and had to pay for rack space, bandwidth and some management services if a disk failed, for example. Today Factual announced that it raised $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz & Index Ventures.

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DreamHost Debuts Public Cloud Storage Service Into GA

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DreamHost , the Los Angeles-based web hosting and cloud services provider, said Tuesday that it has debuted its DreamObjects public cloud storage service into general availability, aiming the service at application storage, Web site backup, content storage, disaster recovery, as well as personal backups. The company said it is offering up a 100GB and 100GB bandwidth, 30-day trial for the service, which is also compatible with Amazon S3's APIs.

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RightScale Rolls Out Grid Computing Product

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According to the firm, its new RIghtScale Grid Computing Solution Pack is targeted at grid processing on services such as Amazon Web Services. The new software connects into Amazon AWS, and its EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud), SQS (Simple Queue Service), and S3 (Simple Storage Service) to coordinate grid processing.

Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO

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Nirvanix operates a cloud-based storage service, which offers up data storage via a web-based API. San Diego-based Nirvanix , the provider of cloud storage services, said today that it has raised another $10M in a funding, and appointed a new CEO.

ElephantDrive Scores Win At Netgear

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Netgear said the new service will allow users of its data storage devices to backup and recover data from any Web browser and any Internet location. ElephantDrive is a developer of software used for online backup and restore; the firm uses a combination of its own storage and Amazon S3's storage service for its back end data storage.

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DreamHost Tackles Cloud Storage

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Los Angeles-based web hosting provider DreamHost is tapping into Ceph, the open source, scalable storage system project spun out of its own operations, to launch its own object storage service. The new cloud storage service is aimed at Amazon's S3 storage service and Rackspace Cloud Files.

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Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

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What I want to answer with this post (long though it may be) is: Why did Web 2.0 Brands didn’t advertise their web pages they advertised “AOL Keywords.&# If you were a newly minted, venture-backed consumer Internet company you had to have a deal with AOL to reach your customers.

Choosing Internet Platforms

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Especially when there are things like: Amazon S3 / EC2 / AWS outage this morning. Mentions - Marc Andreessen's - The three kinds of platforms you meet on the Internet A Level 1 platform's apps run elsewhere, and call into the platform via a web services API to draw on data and services -- this is how Flickr does it. Most likely, a Level 2 platform's apps also call into the platform via a web services API to draw on data and services.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Web-based client for user stream data including Twitter (original focus), FaceBook, MySpace, Google Buzz, FourSquare and many others. Current round: $8.1mm in Series C by S3 Ventures (lead), Adams Capital Mgmt, Triangle Peak Partners.

Interview with Gil Elbaz, Factual

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How does this differ from the kind of data Amazon has said it will make available through services like S3? They are making storage available to people or to institutions who have data they want to share publicly, for free, on S3. At Applied Semantics, the information was about words, so we could algorithmically determine the context of a web page or news article.

What the Past Can Tell Us About the Future of Social Networking

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What I want to answer with this post (long though it may be) is: Why did Web 2.0 Brands didn’t advertise their web pages they advertised “AOL Keywords.&# You couldn’t pick up a magazine in the 96-99 timeframe without seeing AOL Keywords advertised everywhere.

INNOVATION - A Scientist's Perspective

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One very encouraging note these organizations are trying to use "Web 2.0" An interesting anecdote about use of Web 2.0 Related to this, one of my personal initiatives at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) is called Social Software for Security, or S3.