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How we scaled AI Dungeon 2 to support over 1,000,000 users
They built a text adventure game run by an AI. It was popular. Then it cost too much to run. They deployed as APIs in the cloud and made it work affordably.
cloudcomputing  ai  via:reddit 
10 days ago by mcherm
Well, That Escalated Quickly: AWS Privilege Escalation
21 different ways to do privilege escalation on AWS, with detailed notes about how each one works.
programming  security  aws  cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
The Cloud and Open Source Powder Keg – tecosystems
Observation: cloud providers are packaging open source tools (eg: Elasticsearch). This leaves no role for the companies that have grown up around creating and supporting the tools. Some are fighting back with restrictive licenses and similar tools. The conflict seems inevitable.
aws  cloudcomputing  opensource  via:slashdot  history 
march 2019 by mcherm
The Twelve-Factor App
A really GOOD set of policies for architecture of applications built to run in the cloud. (Or anywhere, for that matter!)
architecture  programming  devops  softwaredevelopment  cloudcomputing  refs 
june 2018 by mcherm
About naming servers and cloud computing
With cloud computing, you can't stick a photo n the server anymore.
cloudcomputing  via:reddit  mypostings  blogworthy 
april 2018 by mcherm
Terraforming 1Password
They switched from cloud formation templates to terraform for specifying what resources to spin up in their environment at AWS.
cloudcomputing  aws  via:HackerNews 
january 2018 by mcherm
What Do Amazon ECS Kubernetes Service and Fargate Mean for You?
Actually addresses the cost of the new Fargate offering from AWS.
aws  cloudcomputing 
january 2018 by mcherm
The hidden costs of serverless – A Cloud Guru
API gateway costs are 100x as much as Lambda costs for the same app.
serverless  cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews  programming 
january 2018 by mcherm
Why we are not leaving the cloud | GitLab
Gitlab was going to leave the cloud for "bare metal". They changed their minds. Here's why.
cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
march 2017 by mcherm
Lift and Shift Lessons - Dragons in the Algorithm
I write about lessons learned in moving systems onto AWS.
blogentry  mypostings  cloudcomputing 
january 2017 by mcherm
Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2016/596
Recovering keys from side channel attacks on cache and memory.
cloudcomputing  security  via:HackerNews 
june 2016 by mcherm
3 Reasons AWS Lambda Is Not Ready for Prime Time | @datawireio
AWS's "Lambda" service needs some work and it's documentation is just not good enough.
amazon  cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
may 2016 by mcherm
The Epic Story of Dropbox’s Exodus From the Amazon Cloud Empire | WIRED
Dropbox is big enough to move off of Amazon's cloud to its own servers. It optimizes those for its use case, even using custom-built hardware. Their testing continued until they hit 180 days w/o a bug. They re-wrote the software in Rust, not Go.
dropbox  aws  cloudcomputing  amazon  wired  golang  rust  via:HackerNews 
march 2016 by mcherm
Netflix has Completed Cloud Migration
After just seven years netflix has moved entirely on to Amazon AWS and fully closed all of their own data centers. They also say the costs are actually lower.
netflix  amazon  aws  cloudcomputing  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
How I ended up paying $150 for a single 60GB download from Amazon Glacier — Medium
The advertised pricing of Amazon Glacier was very misleading leading to a cost that was 150x the expectation.
amazon  aws  cloudcomputing  via:reddit 
january 2016 by mcherm
AWS in Plain English
An explanation of what Amazon's many web services really do. Surprisingly helpful!
amazon  aws  cloudcomputing 
september 2015 by mcherm
Beware the IP non-assert clause in AWS cloud service agreement, warns ex-Microsoft patent chief - Blog - Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) - Maximising IP Value for Business
Amazon has a clause in the AWS terms of service that says you promise not to assert IP rights against them or other users of AWS. They have actually asserted it in court.
law  ip-law  patent  copyright  trademark  cloudcomputing  amazon  shrinkwrap  contractlaw  via:HackerNews 
july 2015 by mcherm
A Comprehensive Guide to Building a Scalable Web App on Amazon Web Services - Part 1
A pretty good overview of what services are available in Amazon's cloud hosting infrastructure and how you would want to use those to build a multi-layer application.
amazon  cloudcomputing  softwaredevelopment 
january 2015 by mcherm
High Scalability - High Scalability - Cloud Programming Directly Feeds Cost Allocation Back into Software Design
Interesting observation. We're used to Big-O analysis of time and memory constraints. But cloud computing introduces a new question: cost scaling -- which may have more practical importance than measurements.
cloudcomputing  computerscience 
january 2013 by mcherm
A Paradigm Shift in Cloud Storage -
People are starting to treat online storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc) as their primary storage. It's a paradigm shift.
internet  cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
november 2012 by mcherm
Virtual machine used to steal crypto keys from other VM on same server | Ars Technica
Actual demonstration of side channel attack on a shared server. One process steals data from another process (owned by a different user) when they're running on the same hardware.
security  cloudcomputing  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
november 2012 by mcherm
A VC: There Will Be No Files In The Cloud
Interesting thought: eventually we'll deal with documents that completely live in the cloud and then we won't have "files" anymore, just documents that can reference each other. I'm not sure I agree, but it's an interesting thought.
cloudcomputing  dropbox 
february 2012 by mcherm
The Great Disk Drive in the Sky: How Web giants store big—and we mean big—data
A detailed Ars Technica article on the file systems invented by Google, Amazon and Microsoft to store their giant data as well as the open-source clones of them.
programming  architecture  cloudcomputing  nosql  scalability  scaling  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
february 2012 by mcherm
DotCloud - Deployment made simple
Another cloud-computing host with a free tier. They support an impressive number of languages; I don't know anything about them yet.
cloudcomputing  hosting 
january 2012 by mcherm
Heroku | Cloud Application Platform
A cloud-computing platform with free entry-level use. Their unique thing is that you just commit your code to the repository (must be Git) and it auto-deploys it for you. Decent recommendations, but they're a minor player.
cloudcomputing  hosting  git 
december 2011 by mcherm
Google App Engine's Datastore Admin is terribly inefficient - Mahmoud Arram's Blog
App Engine now makes data store operations so expensive that it distorts app architecture. Being more open about costs would make things better.
appengine  cloudcomputing  google 
december 2011 by mcherm
Amazon bests Microsoft, all other contenders in cloud storage test
Someone did a study and Amazon's cloud storage system won for scalability and reliability with Microsoft's very close behind.
cloudcomputing  s3  azure  microsoft  amazon  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
december 2011 by mcherm
Hey Google, thanks for making my daughter cry. - Rich Warren
Not offering email accounts for children is unfortunate, but it is a reasonable choice. Offering them, then suddenly deciding it's a bad idea and locking up the account and providing no way to get back the messages, that is a bad policy. Google does not understand customer service.
google  evil  kidsrights  email  cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
december 2011 by mcherm
Why We Moved Off The Cloud at Mixpanel Engineering
Cloud performance varies in wild ways that you can't control. And you can't get the latest hardware.
cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
october 2011 by mcherm
Why no company that values their data should EVER “Go Google” | e1ven dot com
"We had serious problems and no one at google would fix it extra fast for us!" Google needs to work on secrecy and on customer service.
google  cloudcomputing  via:HackerNews 
april 2011 by mcherm
Amazon EC2 vs Rackspace. Are all cloud hosting services the same? - Blog - GA's Software Blog
Says that Rackspace beats Amazon EC2 in a bunch of ways: cheaper, and easier to understand.
cloudcomputing  rackspace  amazon  ec2  hosting 
april 2011 by mcherm
FBI Defends Disruptive Raids on Texas Data Centers | Threat Level |
FBI rather ineptly sieze lots of equipment from a hosting facility, destroying several innocent businesses in the process. No official word, but it appears that the source of it all was AT&T saying that someone owed them money.
cloudcomputing  police  eff  fbi 
december 2010 by mcherm
Goodbye Google App Engine (GAE) « El blog de Carlos Ble
A blistering critique of Google App Engine (with specifics) by someone who tried using it and got badly burned.
appengine  cloudcomputing  programming  GoogleAppEngine  scalability  via:reddit 
november 2010 by mcherm
How Zynga Survived FarmVille
Interesting approach: build so it can run on Amazon's EC2 *or* on a server farm. Start out on Amazon, once the growth seems to have stabilized, move to a cheaper data center.
cloudcomputing  amazon  scalability  via:HackerNews 
june 2010 by mcherm
Side-Channel Leaks in Web Applications | Freedom to Tinker
An eavesdropper to an SSL connection can observe number of requests, timing of them, and size of request and response. This leaks LOTS of info. Eg: the "options" that pop down for search results have characteristic sizes. An attacker can tell EXACTLY what you searched for by watching what is obtained for each letter. Will soon be a serious problem.
security  webdevelopment  ssl  cryptography  cloudcomputing  privacy  via:BruceSchneier  blogworthy 
may 2010 by mcherm
The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash - Charlie's Diary
Charlie Stross says Apple is betting the company that they can skip out of the PC market and into mobile computing and a walled garden of apps and data. The reason is that PCs will soon be a commodity market where you can't make money and everything will move to cloud computer. Interesting idea.
via:slashdot  CharlesStross  apple  appstore  cloudcomputing 
april 2010 by mcherm
The Cloudy Enterprise: Hours More Important Than Dollars
The advantage of cloud computing for running large IT installations might NOT be saving $, it might be agility (being able to change configuration fast). In fact, it might take MORE $ because of the difficulties inherent in doing some stuff remotely where you can't control 100% of everything when you want to.
via:HackerNews  cloudcomputing  personal_net 
april 2010 by mcherm
Tahoe-LAFS: a P2P filesystem that lets you use the cloud without trusting it Boing Boing
A cryptographic distributed filesystem: a group of people contribute disk space and can store files; the creator of a file controls who can access it; the person hosting it cannot affect it.
p2p  cloudcomputing  security  cryptography  via:boingboing 
february 2010 by mcherm
Protecting “Cloud” Secrets with Grendel « Wesabe: Your Money. Your Community.
A library for cloud computing services that can be used to encrypt each user's data with that user's password and then not store the password so the data is kept secret. I wouldn't use it, the risk to me of loss of data is greater than the risk of theft of data. But others will have different tradeoffs.
cloudcomputing  cryptography  security  via:boingboing 
january 2010 by mcherm
Has Amazon EC2 become over subscribed?
Amazon's EC2 instances sometimes get CRAZY slow network performance, and some have better CPU performance than others. You can shut down an instance and hope to get a better one. It's recent: growing pains on Amazon's infrastructure.
cloudcomputing  scalability  amazon  ec2  performance  via:reddit 
january 2010 by mcherm
Journal of Eivind Uggedal: VPS Performance Comparison
A well-done comparison of different providers of virtual web servers.
hosting  webhosting  ec2  virtualization  cloudcomputing  via:reddit 
november 2009 by mcherm
T-Mobile Sidekick Disaster: Danger’s Servers Crashed, And They Don’t Have A Backup
It's a device from a company owned by Microsoft, and it stores all its data in the cloud. Well, they didn't back up that cloud server, and it just lost all the data. Really.
cloudcomputing  backup  security  Microsoft  techcrunch  via:reddit 
october 2009 by mcherm
Not every cloud has a silver lining: Cory Doctorow | Technology | The Guardian
Cloud computing lets them charge you for stuff your cheap home computer could do.
via:HackerNews  cloudcomputing 
september 2009 by mcherm
Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardian’s (spectacular) expenses-scandal experiment » Nieman Journalism Lab
Simon Willison of the Guardian threw together a website to "crowdsource" input from 20 thousand Guardian readers to process minister expense reports REALLY fast (like couple of days' turnaround for half-a-million pages!!!). He made the site "like a game" to encourage participation, and found details like putting up the ministers' pictures really improved it. For scaling, he ran it on Amazon's EC2 cloud-computing platform. Impressive!
via:reddit  SimonWillison  journalism  games  cloudcomputing  ec2  crowdsourcing 
july 2009 by mcherm
Google I/O - ThoughtWorks on App Engine for Java: An Enterprise Cumulonimbus?
A talk about early attempts to use Google AppEngine, and about how big companies ("enterprise") will approach cloud computing.
appengine  via:MartinFowler  martinfowler  scalability  cloudcomputing 
june 2009 by mcherm
Aral Balkan - Why Google App Engine is broken and what Google must do to fix it.
Criticism of Google App Engine -- and valid points, too. Some of the quotas are poorly implemented, and others are serious flaws: no data structures over 1 MB?! And no automatic scaling in response to jumps in traffic?
google  appengine  cloudcomputing  programming 
june 2009 by mcherm
William Vambenepe’s blog » Blog Archive » Long-running processes on Google App Engine: it finally works
How to do a long-running program in Google appengine. Not, in my opinion, very impressive: they certainly make it difficult.
appengine  cloudcomputing  programming 
june 2009 by mcherm
Scala on Google App Engine | The Scala Programming Language
Google's "App Engine" (their cloud computing platform) will run Scala.
appengine  google  scala  programming  cloudcomputing 
may 2009 by mcherm
Test Center: Slacker databases break all the old rules | InfoWorld | Test Center | March 24, 2009 | By Peter Wayner
A review of some of the new tools (especially the cloud-based tools) for storing data that don't work like relational databases.
via:slashdot  database  cloudcomputing 
march 2009 by mcherm
Eventually Consistent - Revisited - All Things Distributed
An essay on some of the issues in ensuring that massively scaled databases are consistent. Includes a definition of "eventually consistent".
programming  scalability  database  cloudcomputing  amazon  architecture 
march 2009 by mcherm
On Why I Don't Like Auto-Scaling in the Cloud - O'Reilly Broadcast
Auto-scaling for web services in the cloud is NOT a good idea. Scale them by hand instead. You NEED to understand loads and the sources of them if you hope to run your business. Furthermore, you can do things better manually (like scaling up BEFORE a big event and avoiding the time it takes to bring new capacity online).
scalability  cloudcomputing  via:slashdot 
december 2008 by mcherm
I, Cringely . The Pulpit . Data Debasement | PBS
Cloud computing (massively parallel computation) is not compatible with databases. So databases as we know them will change, probably soon.
programming  via:cringely  cringely  cloudcomputing  database  concurrency  scalability 
october 2008 by mcherm
Erlang, or Utility-computing vs. Appliance-computing « X marks reality
Cloud computing is the way of the future. Both Amazon and Google are doing it today. They should take lessons from erlang. Unfortunately, it doesn't say WHICH lessons, so this bears more thinking.
cloudcomputing  ec2  erlang  google  concurrency  programming 
july 2008 by mcherm
Welcome | AppDrop
An open source implementation of Google's AppEngine (their cloud computing system). Released just days after Google's announcement! It's a bit incomplete, but that it even exists is incredible!
google  cloudcomputing  appengine  openid  opensource  python  webdevelopment  django  ec2  hosting 
april 2008 by mcherm

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