Online grocers have an additional burden to be reliable

Today in first world problems: Amazon Fresh fails to deliver a grocery order, forcing a suburban New Jersey family to go to the grocery store. Over the past couple of months, we’ve come to rely on Amazon Fresh for our groceries. The amount of time it saves for us makes it worthwhile. Typically they’ve delivered the groceries on time with no issues — including one … Continue reading Online grocers have an additional burden to be reliable

Why it makes perfect sense for Dropbox to leave AWS

This article was originally published on my Cloud Power blog at Computerworld on April 12th, 2016. On March 14th, 2016 Dropbox publicly announced that they are moving out of the Amazon cloud. It makes perfect sense for Dropbox but should not be an excuse for a reluctant IT department not to proceed with their cloud implementation plans. Here are some of the reasons why it … Continue reading Why it makes perfect sense for Dropbox to leave AWS

IT departments must transform in the face of the cloud revolution

During the week of October 5th, I had an opportunity to attend the AWS re:Invent 2015 conference in Las Vegas, of all places. As someone who has built an entire career on putting together custom application server software, I should be the last one to get excited about server-less applications. Just like Salesforce’s “no software,” Amazon’s “server-less software” mantra is about a world where application development is not limited by IT, software to install and servers to manage. Continue reading IT departments must transform in the face of the cloud revolution

Top Ten Differences Between ActiveMQ and Amazon SQS

1. Persistence and Durability ActiveMQ Depending on the configuration ActiveMQ can maintain a message journal1. Each message is first written into a journal before being shipped to consumers. Ultimately, the number of messages that can be persisted is constrained by the available disk capacity. SQS Amazon SQS stores messages in a distributed storage across all availability zones in a given region2. Each message size can … Continue reading Top Ten Differences Between ActiveMQ and Amazon SQS

Guaranteeing Delivery of Messages with AWS SQS

I wanted to scratch an itch and get feedback from the open-source community. So, I put together a little Github project that I like to call SQS-RetryQueue. Amazon SQS can be utilized to guarantee delivery and processing of messages. This project serves the following purposes: Demonstrate an example of using AWS SQS with Java to send and receive messages. Provide an algorithm for retrying failed … Continue reading Guaranteeing Delivery of Messages with AWS SQS