The announcement this week of the launch of Amazon’s Elastic Block Store (EBS) adds another vital piece to the cloud computing picture. The announcement is particularly significant since it takes the gloves off when it comes to meeting the demanding needs of enterprise class computing requirements. The Elastic Block Store finally makes it practical, cost effective, easy to perform traditional storage and processing of very large amounts of data in the cloud from a credible vendor.
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The announcement this week that Google released a beta version of a robust cloud computing platform called Google App Engine that lets anyone build apps on Google’s renowned and highly scalable infrastructure underscored a key trend in the software industry today. Namely that software platforms are moving from their traditional centricity around individually owned and managed computing resources and up into the “cloud” of the Internet.