Slideshow: Amazon's Case For Enterprise Cloud Computing
Amazon CTO Werner Vogels takes on 'false cloud' wannabes, challenges common myths and critiques private-cloud alternatives as boiling down to buying, deploying and maintaining servers.
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AWS capacity is provided from four separate regions -- U.S. East, U.S. West, Europe (from Ireland) and Singapore -- with most having three "availability zones" (meaning data centers). The redundancy is said to ensure 11 nines (as in .99999999999) of durability. Additional regions are planned in Asia.
2014 Next-Gen WAN SurveyWhile 68% say demand for WAN bandwidth will increase, just 15% are in the process of bringing new services or more capacity online now. For 26%, cost is the problem. Enter vendors from Aryaka to Cisco to Pertino, all looking to use cloud to transform how IT delivers wide-area connectivity.
Server Market SplitsvilleJust because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.