Alan Williamson's personal output as a Java Champion, BlueDragon Founder, J2EE Architect,
Large Scale Cloud expert, Author, Speaker, and Internet Guru

Amazon S3: Server-Side Encryption .. a completely pointless feature

Amazon recently updated their S3 product with another feature. Though this one is somewhat of a lame duck and should be used with caution.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Amazon spinning a right old yarn with Silk. Here's why

Amazon Silk is more than just a browser. It is the preparation of something much bigger.
Friday, 30 September 2011

Amazon Black Thursday (and some of Friday)

Amazon EBS suffered a major outage this week. This was a wake up call to those that relied too much on Amazon and not taking enough care, attention and responsibility for their cloud requirements.
Friday, 22 April 2011

Amazon EC2 Latency: The Pretty Graphs

Following on from my previous post, cloudkick, has published their network latency findings within Amazon's EC2 clearly showing a major problem brewing within at least one of their data centers.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Has Amazon EC2 become over subscribed?

Amazon EC2 is increasingly under load, but when you start to see internal pings around 7seconds with regularly shell freezes this is more than a freak one off incidents. Amazon appear to be struggling with the load.
Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Dynamic Datasource Manipulation for OpenBD

Using dynamic datasources just got a whole lot easier with OpenBD by the introduction of 3 new functions to help creating dynamic datasources infinitely easier.
Friday, 1 January 2010

Amazon finally delivers on the data-loss on power-down problem

Amazon announces full EBS bootable images - this means no more data loss when your instance goes offline irrespective of where you have stored your data on the file system. Faster boot times and a new geographic location announced.
Thursday, 3 December 2009

Amazon takes MySQL to the cloud; or have they?

Amazon have released a slew of new features and products for their cloud. But as usual, the devil is in the detail. I go into some of the issues and discover that this may not be for everyone.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Amazon makes sharing data easier with shared EBS

Amazon releases the ability to share EBS snapshots so others can utilise and consume your data, irrespective of format.
Thursday, 24 September 2009

Amazon SimpleDB + SQS : Simple Java POJO Access

Amazon SimpleDB - SQS web services are within easy reach of any java developer with these 2 non-dependent class files. No fuss, no nonsense, just code that works.
Sunday, 6 September 2009

A Simple Java class for Amazon SimpleSQS

A very simple POJO Java class for accessing all of the features of Amazon's SQS web service. Full API support. No dependencies. Just use it!
Monday, 31 August 2009

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is announced

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud is announced in limited beta. Lots of interesting features and once again, they have moved the cloud world forward.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009

A Simple Java class for Amazon SimpleDB

A very simple POJO Java class for accessing all of the features of Amazon's SimpleDB web service. Support for all new methods including select, and batchputattributes. No dependencies. Just use it!
Friday, 10 July 2009

Who do you trust with your cloud credituals?

Who can you really trust with your cloud keys? Many services ask for your Amazon details so they may deliver you a value added service. But how do you know they won't be naughty! In short you can't.
Monday, 16 March 2009

Get 4 free months of Amazon EC2 24x7 hosting

Amazon have released their Reserved Instances, which effectively gives you big discounts for instances that are running for long periods of time.
Thursday, 12 March 2009

Amazon releases their AWS Web Console

Amazon, finally after years of providing just a command line interface to their web services, released a web based management console. Has it been worth the wait? Read the review of their first web based offering.
Friday, 9 January 2009

Amazon SimpleDB renamed to Amazon Registry

Okay, so this is wishful thinking on my part, Amazon taking the initiative and renaming their very powerful SimpleDB product Amazon Registry. Let me present my case for why they should.
Sunday, 7 December 2008

Deploy OpenBD to the cloud via Elastic Server

With ElasticServer you can now build your own custom server image with OpenBD installed, choosing your own J2EE and database server. Deploy straight to Amazon EC2. Can't get easier.
Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Amazon raising the bar again with EC2 Load balancing

Amazon have officially got rid of their beta status and are now ready to be used properly! Amazon have hinted at what is coming up in the future, and what we are cloud wanderers are to expect from them and others in the space.
Thursday, 23 October 2008

Single Java class for accessing GoGrid

GoGrid is an alternative cloud platform to the likes of Amazon. They too have an API allowing you to build your own UI. If you want a complete single no-fuss Java class to control GoGrid, then look no further.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008


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