Rather than innovating Walmart bullies their tech vendors to leave AWS

On June 16th, Amazon announced they would acquire Whole Foods in what to me seems like the most exciting M&A event of the past couple of years. As a long time customer of Amazon Prime and Amazon Fresh, I couldn't be more excited at the possibilities. Of course, every other retailer is terrified. There are some … Continue reading Rather than innovating Walmart bullies their tech vendors to leave AWS

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 … Continue reading Why it makes perfect sense for Dropbox to leave AWS

Managed IT is not the future of the cloud

This article was originally published on my Cloud Power blog at Computerworld on November 10th, 2015 On October 21st, 2015, HP officially announced what many of us anticipated for months. After months of denials and flip-flopping they will shut down their HP Helion Public Cloud service. How does their SLA stack up against other cloud … Continue reading Managed IT is not the future of the cloud

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.

Top Ten Differences Between ActiveMQ and Amazon SQS

UPDATE 2/15/2018: This post was originally published in 2015. While it is informative in its own right, a lot has changed in AWS since then. In particular, AWS now offers managed ActiveMQ. Please read a more up-to-date article on the topic: Which AWS messaging and queing service to use? 1. Persistence and Durability ActiveMQ Depending on … Continue reading Top Ten Differences Between ActiveMQ and Amazon SQS

Ten Questions to Consider Before Choosing Cassandra

  1. Do you know what your queries will look like ? In traditional SQL you design your data model to represent your business objects. Your queries can then evolve over time and can be ad-hoc. You can even create views, materialized or otherwise, to facilitate even more complex analytical queries. Cassandra does not offer … Continue reading Ten Questions to Consider Before Choosing Cassandra