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

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

Engadget claims "biggest disasters in the history of cloud computing"

Engadget falls into the same trap that many bloggers/journalists have; not everything that runs in a browser is cloud computing. One server fault does not mark the end of cloud computing. It does leave many asking what cloud computing is.
Sunday, 11 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

New buzzwords for business; the Cloud [Cartoon]

Business Computing and buzzwords, go together like cheese and wine. Geek'n'Poke takes aim and finds the bullspot once again with their latest cloud related cartoon
Sunday, 30 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

Rackspace wobbles but cloud remains

Hosting and Cloud provider Rackspace suffers an outage causing many people not able to reach their network.
Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Google App Engine suffers 6hr outage

With Google App Engine going offline it is important to realize that even the big boys have problems. However, can your business tolerate such down times? Can you really bet your business on the cloud? Or is it too early?
Monday, 6 July 2009

Server Sales Drop 25% - Cloud Computing making an impact?

Global server sales have dropped 25% across the board. This is the worse drop-off for over 12 years. What is to blame?
Monday, 1 June 2009

How many servers does it take to make a cloud?

We love this new virtual world of ondemand computing, but have you wondered just how many servers Amazon, Google, Microsoft or any of the cloud providers really have at their disposal?
Thursday, 28 May 2009

Prague Cloud Computing Expo - core dump

Cloud Expo Europe was last week at Prague, and a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining cloud conference was had. Met lots of great people and spoke at length regarding peoples concerns about moving to the cloud.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Cloud Boot Camp heads to Prague May 19th

Preparing to take our Cloud Boot Camp Road Show to Prague
Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Closing Time

Another couple of conferences close their doors as we move forward into 2009.
Sunday, 12 April 2009


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