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Amazon Web Services is taking over the cloud computing world

November 23rd, 2014


When Amazon launched Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006, it made sense to provide computing services because there are always Amazon servers idling, until Thanksgiving or Black Friday comes along.
Little did people know that the AWS is now the leader in the Cloud Computing and I for one think that AWS will be at the top spot for few more years to come.
In the 2014 Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Magic Quadrant, Gartner placed Amazon Web Services in the “Leaders” quadrant and rated AWS as having the furthest completeness of vision and highest ability to execute.
Amazon is clearly the winner at the fore leaving the competition far away.


If the AWS used to be the hardware infrastructure in Cloud Computing, Amazon has made it clear that AWS is going to be the entire ecosystem of cloud computing – that includes software as well.
The long list of its partners and customers – including agencies that requires top-notch security clearly states that AWS is the leading choice for your data center, infrastructure, and now even software development.

AWS re:Invent 2014, its third year running annual conference, shows that AWS is not going to be only an infrastructure provider.

AWS re:Invent 2014 | Day 1 Keynote with Andy Jassy – Sr. Vice President, Amazon Web Services

AWS re:Invent 2014 | Day 2 Keynote with Werner Vogels – CTO,



Here’s a summary of the existing Amazon Web Services products:


>>Storage and Content Delivery

Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the Web.

Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup.

Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store) provides block level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EBS volumes are off-instance storage that persists independently from the life of an instance.

AWS Storage Gateway is a service connecting an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between an organization’s on-premises IT environment and AWS’s storage infrastructure.

AWS Import/Export accelerates moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS using portable storage devices for transport.

Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery web service. It integrates with other Amazon Web Services to give developers and businesses an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.


>>Compute Products

Amazon EC2 provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers and system administrators.

Auto Scaling allows you to automatically scale your Amazon EC2 capacity up or down according to conditions that you define.

>>Networking Products

Amazon VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) lets you provision a private, isolated section of the AWS Cloud where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that you define. With Amazon VPC, you can define a virtual network topology that closely resembles a traditional network that you might operate in your own datacenter.

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable Domain Name System (DNS) web service.

AWS Direct Connect

AWS Direct Connect is a network service that provides an alternative to using the Internet to utilize AWS cloud services.

Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances.


>>Database Products

Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, or PostgreSQL database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while managing time-consuming database administration tasks. Currently in preview, Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.

DynamoDB is a highly scalable, fully managed NoSQL database service. Its seamless throughput and storage scaling, as well as automatic 3-way replication frees you from time-consuming database administration tasks and allows you to focus on your application and business.

Amazon Redshift is a fully managed, easily scalable petabyte-scale data warehouse service that works with your existing business intelligence tools. It delivers fast query performance by using columnar storage technology and by parallelizing queries across multiple nodes.

Amazon ElastiCache is a web service that makes it easy to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud.


>>Deployment and Management

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) enables you to securely control access to AWS services and resources for your user. With AWS IAM, you can create and manage users in AWS, and grant access to AWS resources for users managed outside of AWS in your corporate directory.

Amazon CloudWatch is a web service that provides monitoring for AWS cloud resources, starting with Amazon EC2.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is an easy-to-use service for deploying and scaling web applications and services developed with
popular programming languages such as Java, .NET, PHP, Node.js, Python and Ruby.

AWS CloudFormation is a service that gives developers and businesses an easy way to create a collection of related AWS resources and provision them in an orderly and predictable fashion.

AWS OpsWorks AWS OpsWorks is an application management service that makes it easy for DevOps users to model and manage the entire application from load balancers to databases.

The AWS CloudHSM service helps you meet corporate, contractual and regulatory compliance requirements for data security by using dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS cloud.

AWS CloudTrail is a web service that records AWS API calls for your account and delivers log files to you.


The new products announced in re:Invent 2014


>> Compute

Amazon EC2 Container Service is a highly scalable, high performance container management service that supports Docker containers and allows you to easily run distributed applications on a managed cluster of Amazon EC2 instances.

AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you, making it easy to build applications that respond quickly to new information.


>> Database

Amazon RDS for Aurora

Amazon Aurora is a MySQL-compatible, relational database engine that combines the speed and availability of high-end commercial databases with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of open source databases.


>>Deployment and Management

AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances

AWS CodeCommit is a secure, highly scalable, managed source control service that hosts private Git repositories.

AWS Data Pipeline is a service that helps you reliably process and move data between different AWS compute and storage services as well as on-premise data sources at specified intervals.

AWS Config provides you with a detailed inventory of your AWS resources and their current configuration, and continuously records configuration changes.

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) is a managed service that makes it easy for you to create and control the encryption keys used to encrypt your data.

Marvin’s Summary
The existing list of AWS Products and Services is already intimidating, especially for anyone who have some interests in getting to know more about AWS.
Topping that with more new features simply overwhelms an already overwhelmed list of products.
However, it is worth to note that the Free Tier given by AWS for a free trial of all the paid services at a lower specification is a very good deal to go dive right into AWS and take a short swim.
AWS has amazing products and features that it is definitely worth investing time in, considering that for any such services, there were never a pay-per-use pricing to go along.
Knowledge and experience in AWS is going to be pretty valuable, because AWS is taking over the cloud computing world.

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Pair and Unpair Logitech Unifying Devices

March 24th, 2012

Logitech has a wide range of hardware that also tends to be very popular.

So what happened if you have more than one wireless device or one wireless device that you want to connect to multiple other devices? (All Logitech’s)

One of its technology that helped with connecting its wireless devices is called the Unifying Technology.

Unifying Technology

Look for this special logo. Some mice that are wireless, but not with this logo:

For example, I have one of these m325.

It has a USB connector, when you plug into a laptop and turn on the mouse, it will just automatically get connected/paired.

The Logitech Revue™ With Google TV™ set-top box is special that it already has a connector built it, so you can pair it with other Logitech Unifying compatible device.

Google TV

I could pair my mouse to my laptop, and then pair it with the Logitech Revue.

However, getting back to the laptop might be a problem after pairing with the Revue, even if you have unpaired it with the Revue.

Fret not, Logitech Unifying software will help to manage the pairing on computers by installing its management software.

To make things easy, here’s the video guide:

Or just download it here.

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Google TV making a comeback?

November 7th, 2011

Google TV, supposedly the Google product that will revolutionize your home entertainment particularly the television didn’t quite live up to its expectation.
Launched with much fanfare during the Google IO 2010, the Google TV somehow failed to gain traction, probably due to its price at the range of $200 to $250.

However, the Google TV is now set for a comeback via version 2.0.

The Internet search engine unveiled a revamped version of its Google TV service and announced plans to create about one hundred online “channels” of original video programming for its YouTube website, in separate announcements on Friday.

Source: Reuters

So Google got a few celebrities to stream videos on its YouTube service and then by linking it to the Google TV, this will allow more viewable “internet channels” on the Google TV.

On the other hand, there were news that the software inside Google TV is set for Honeycomb, which is the Android version of 3.1 after a beta version was made for update.

Make no mistake, the Google TV will be version 2.0 although the software could be Android 3.1.

With all the services and software ready, the remaining factor will be the price of the Google TV hardware.
The price has been reduced and is now available at $89.95 refurbished, from or $99.99 from

Could this be the time to revisit Google TV?

Google TV official site.

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