Amazon's Next Steps Toward Cloud Domination
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User Rank: Ninja
7/29/2014 | 6:37:16 AM
Re: Secure
From an enterprise perspective, the cloud still appears to be the safest storage for digital data. Of course today the cloud has evolved into more than just a safe storage space, as even this article on Amazon's latest clod products clearly shows and the ever increasing apps thatcan be linked to any given cloud infrastructure can pose a serious danger to enterprises that do not have talented IT teams to cover all the security loophole. But when it comes to personal data, call me old fashioned and what-not but I will still go with the hard drives.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
7/11/2014 | 1:58:07 PM
The value of Cloudwatch Logs
Cloudwatch Logs may be the undervalued part of this announcement. It shines a light on something that had been in shadows when it came to EC2 operations. It gives the cloud customer a chance to look at the application event log data and search out key indicators of application health and performance. That's been hard to do with a Cloudwatch log filled with general purpose infrastructure data as well as application data. Now the application indicators can be sorted out and delivered to the customer's management console for analysis and review there. "We've stopped leaving all that value on the table," noted Matt Wood, noted AWS data scientist.
User Rank: Strategist
7/11/2014 | 1:02:59 PM
Just makes the cloud paradigm stronger
These announcements are certainly good for the cloud industry as a whole. I do wonder if it's just the business users who are reticent at this point or if we're still dealing with IT and IT executives as well. The problem is we still need wholesale operating model transformation so that we aren't having discussions about whether ITaaS, PaaS, etc. are good for the enterprise. 

Great blog post here about convincing the business to embrace the cloud:


D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
7/11/2014 | 9:18:34 AM
A point of clarification on Logs for Cloudwatch
I'd like to underscore that Cloudwatch has long been there as Amazon's option for monitoring and analyzing your use of Amazon infrastructure, and for that it does a comprehensive job, now matter how much your spinning up and spinning down services. What has been lacking has been a way to monitor the logs/actitivty/events of applications running on top of Amazon infrastructure. That's where data-collection and monitoring has been lacking and it's the hole that Logs for Cloudwatch fills. This service relies on the monitoring and analysis tools provided by Cloudwatch, but now you can capture application, as well as infrastructure service, activity.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/10/2014 | 7:38:17 PM
Re: "Secure"
Not too cynical at all. Certain compliance regulations require a level of security that does not appear to exist in this product.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/10/2014 | 6:23:27 PM
Cloud Servers
It is time to start purchasing hard drives to store your essential and private data on since they will soon be obsolete or unavailable to the everyday 'Joe' in an attempt for large companies like Google and Amazon to force you into the cloud where all of your data is searchable and sellable to appease investors.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/10/2014 | 5:57:28 PM
Re: "Secure"

Yes, too cynical. We've been living under an illusion that on premise is secure for a long time. The reality is that security is completely dependent on the talent and vigilance of the team running each individual service. That talent level varies a LOT. 
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
7/10/2014 | 5:14:28 PM
Whenever I see that word now in association with cloud services, I want to add an asterisk. Too cynical?

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