Author: Matt Asay

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November 29, 2021

Inside the new AWS

As 2021 winds down, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is just getting started, with AWS re:Invent kicking off this week. For the past few months, AWS product teams have been beavering away on a variety of updates to existing services and new, as-yet-unannounced services, all hoping...


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November 22, 2021

Stop saying open source nonsense

We really need to stop it with posts intended to proffer the secret to open source success (TL;DR be like Confluent). It turns out that market dynamics determine the right model for a given company. The industry wasted a decade trying to ape the Red...


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November 15, 2021

Elastic keeps ticking

Open source isn’t supposed to work like this. Like Elasticsearch, that is. A few years ago AWS called out Elastic for shifting away from Elasticsearch’s Apache-style permissive licensing to “some rights reserved” licensing. By early 2021, Elastic went farther down its licensing path, and AWS responded...


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November 8, 2021

All your serverless are belong to us

“No vendor lock-in!” is a popular sales slogan, but it turns out it’s not why customers buy. I’ve written about this before and won’t belabor the point here. The slogan is not only somewhat inaccurate (the minute you make a commitment to any enterprise software, you’re locked...


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November 3, 2021

Cloud costs a lot of money

As the old adage goes, you’ve got to spend money to make money. With regard to public cloud success, this certainly feels true. Google, Microsoft, and AWS all reported earnings recently, and each announced significant spending on data centers and more (capital expenditures), while also...


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October 25, 2021

Unstoppable Jamstack and the Gatsby opportunity

Apparently, we’re back to wearing bell-bottoms in website land. But this time, they’re cool. Although we started with simple static-site generators (SSGs), the web evolved to embrace database-driven approaches to allow for increasingly dynamic websites. Content management systems (CMSs) like WordPress, Drupal, and Adobe Experience...


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October 18, 2021

Google gets boring

Google has always delivered cloud computing a bit differently. Filled with propellerhead engineers, Google Cloud sometimes seemed to be building for über geeks like itself. Early customers included Snap and Spotify, great companies but hardly filled with Oracle DBAs holding on for just one more...


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October 11, 2021

The best way to go ‘all in’ on cloud

In 2015 Capital One CIO Rob Alexander took the AWS re:Invent stage to declaim the company’s independence from its traditional data centers, shifting instead to a reliance on AWS to run its infrastructure. The company went from eight data centers in 2014 to five in...


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October 4, 2021

The way we AI now

We’ve been overselling current capabilities of AI for years, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a bright future. That’s perhaps why Stanford University researchers conceived of a “One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence” (100 years!) back in 2016, with plans to update the...


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October 4, 2021

Humans need AI — and vice versa

We’ve been overselling current capabilities of AI for years, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a bright future. That’s perhaps why Stanford University researchers conceived of a “One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence” (100 years!) back in 2016, with plans to update the...


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