Apr
30
2020
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AWS hits $10B for the quarter putting it on a $40B run rate

AWS, the cloud arm of Amazon, would be a pretty successful business on its own. Today, the company announced it has passed $10 billion for the quarter, putting the cloud business on an impressive run rate of more than $40 billion.

It was a bright spot for the company in an earnings report that saw it report net income of $2.5 billion, down $1 billion from a year ago.

Still, most companies would take that for the entire business, but AWS, which started off as kind of a side hustle for Amazon back in 2006, has grown into a powerful business all on its own. With a growth rate of 33%, it’s still growing briskly, even if it’s slowing down a bit as the law of large numbers begins to work against it.

Even though Microsoft has grown more quickly — in yesterday’s report Microsoft reported that Azure was growing at a 59% clip — AWS had such a big head start and controls a big chunk of the market share.

To give you a sense of how quickly this business has grown, Bloomberg’s Jon Erlichman tweeted the Q1 numbers for AWS since 2014, and it’s pretty amazing growth:

In 2014, it was a $4 billion a year business. Today it is 9.1x that and still going strong. The good news for everyone involved is that this is a huge market, and while nobody could ever characterize the pandemic and it’s economic fall-out as good news for anyone, the fact is that it is forcing companies to move to the cloud faster than they might have wanted to go.

That should bode well for all the cloud infrastructures vendors, even as the economy shrinks, the kinds of services these vendors offer should be in more demand than ever, and that means these numbers could just keep growing for some time.

Apr
09
2019
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PubNub nabs $23M as its IaaS network hits 1.3T messages sent each month

There’s been a huge increase in the last decade of applications and services that rely on real-time notifications and other alerts as a core part of how they operate, and today one of the companies that powers those notifications is announcing a growth round. PubNub — an infrastructure-as-a-service provider that provides a real-time network to send and manage messaging traffic between companies, between companies and apps and between internet-of-things devices — has raised $23 million in a Series D round of funding to ramp up its business internationally, with an emphasis on emerging markets.

The round adds another strategic investor to PubNub’s cap table: Hewlett Packard Enterprise is coming on as an investor, joining in this round previous backers Sapphire Ventures (backed by SAP), Relay Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Cisco Investments, Bosch and Ericsson.

Todd Greene, the CEO of PubNub (who co-founded it with Stephen Blum), said the startup is not disclosing its valuation with this round except to say that “we are happy with it, and it’s a solid increase on where we were the last time.” That, according to PitchBook, was just under $155 million back in 2016 in a small extension to its Series C round. The company has raised around $70 million to date.

PubNub’s growth — along with that of competing companies and technologies, which includes the likes of Pusher, RabbitMQ, Google’s Firebase and others — has come alongside the emergence of a number of use cases built on the premise of real-time notifications. These include a multitude of apps; for example, for on-demand commerce (e.g. ride hailing and online food ordering), medical services, entertainment services, IoT systems and more.

That’s pushed PubNub to a new milestone of enabling some 1.3 trillion messages per month for customers that include the likes of Peloton, Atlassian, athenahealth, JustEat, Swiggy, Yelp, the Sacramento Kings and Gett, who choose from some 70 SDKs to tailor what kinds of notifications and actions are triggered around their specific services.

Greene said that while some of the bigger services in the world have largely built their own messaging platforms to manage their notifications — Uber, for example, has taken this route — that process can result in “death by 1,000 paper cuts,” in Greene’s words. Others will opt for a PubNub-style alternative from the start.

“About 50 percent of our customers started by building themselves and then got to scale, and then decided to turn to PubNub,” Greene said.

It’s analogous to the same kind of decision businesses make regarding public cloud infrastructure: whether it makes sense to build and operate their own servers, or turn to a third-party provider — a decision that PubNub itself ironically is also in the process of contemplating.

Today the company runs its own business as an overlay on the public cloud, using a mixture of AWS and others, Greene said — the company has partnerships with Microsoft Azure, AWS, and IBM Watson — but “every year we evaluate the benefits of going into different kinds of data centres and interesting opportunities there. We are evaluating a cost and performance calculation,” he added.

And while he didn’t add it, that could potentially become an exit opportunity for PubNub down the line, too, aligning with a cloud provider that wanted to offer messaging infrastructure-as-a-service as an additional feature to customers.

The strategic relationship with its partners, in fact, is one of the engines for this latest investment. “Edge computing and realtime technologies will be at the heart of the next wave of technology innovation,” commented Vishal Lall, COO of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, said in a statement. “PubNub’s global Data Stream Network has demonstrated extensive accomplishments powering both enterprise and consumer solutions. HPE is thrilled to be investing in PubNub’s fast-growing success, and to accelerate the commercial and industrial applications of PubNub’s real time platform.”

Jan
24
2017
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Webinar Thursday January 26, 2017: Overcoming the Challenges of Databases in the Cloud

Databases in the Cloud

Databases in the CloudPlease join Percona’s Jon Tobin, Director of Solution Engineering at Percona, and Rob Masson, Solutions Architect Manager at ScaleArc, on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 9:00 am PST / 12:00 pm EST (UTC-8) for their webinar “Overcoming the Challenges of Databases in the Cloud.”

Enterprises enjoy the flexibility and simplified operations of using the cloud, but applying those advantages to database workloads has proven challenging. Resource contention, cross-region failover and elasticity at the data tier all introduce limitations. In addition, cloud providers support different services within their database offerings.

Jon and Rob’s webinar is a discussion on how to overcome these databases in the cloud challenges. You’ll learn:

  • The differences between IaaS and PaaS
  • How AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud stack up
  • Tricks for managing smaller database instances
  • Tips for achieving cross-region failover
  • Best practices for hybrid deployments

Register for the webinar here.

Databases in the CloudJon Tobin, Director of Solution Engineering, Percona

When not saving kittens from sequoias or helping the elderly across busy intersections, Jon Tobin is Percona’s Director of Solutions Engineering. He has spent over 15 years in the IT industry. For the last six years, Jon has been helping innovative IT companies assess and address customer’s business needs through well-designed solutions.

Databases in the CloudRobert Masson, Solutions Architect Manager, ScaleArc

Over the past ten years, Robert has been working with leading edge Product Companies that are defining the future of Computing. When at EMC,  he led an Advanced Development Team that explored the capabilities of new technologies and helped to drive innovation within a world leader in information management technologies. Robert also was the Director of Research on the East Coast and interfaced with researchers at MIT, Harvard and Boston University (among others).

Currently, Robert works with the world leader in cloud management platforms, allowing customers to manage assets easily and securely across disparate platforms seamlessly. He gets to work hands-on with implementation teams and business drivers to help understand their needs, design their organizations and implement that vision into a game-changing infrastructure and toolset.

Dec
01
2016
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Here’s everything AWS will announce today

img_20161130_104106 Amazon is hosting the second of two major keynotes at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas today. TechCrunch has received detailed notes on the contents of today’s keynote, which will be delivered by Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels. We already knew he was going to talk about DevOps and containers today, but here are a few more details of what to expect. The keynote is scheduled to… Read More

Aug
15
2016
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Workday gives IBM big win with seven-year cloud deal

IBM logo on server. Workday announced a 7-year cloud infrastructure deal with IBM Softlayer today to run their development and testing services on IBM’s cloud, handing IBM a huge win in the process.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.
It’s a big deal from a number of perspectives. First of all, it’s the size and scope of the deal, running seven years. Secondly, it’s a… Read More

Nov
12
2014
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MLB Runs Its Massive Statcast Tool In The AWS Cloud

Jon Lester, pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2008. Major League Baseball recognizes it’s a software-defined world and as such over the last several years, it’s been moving quickly to create applications to enhance the fan experience and let them watch and interact with MLB properties, wherever they are on whatever device they wish to use. But MLB is also a statistics-driven game so the league worked with Amazon Web Services to… Read More

Nov
12
2014
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Amazon Announces New Service Catalog Product at re:invent

AWS Service Catalog Today on stage at AWS re:invent in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy, senior VP for AWS announced a new product called AWS Service Catalog that lets administrators set up a portal with a variety of services configured as they wish, while providing a way to track who is using the services for compliance and perhaps charge-back purposes. The promise of the cloud has always been the ability to set up a set… Read More

Oct
02
2014
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Nobody Can Win The Cloud Pricing Wars

Toy soldiers in front of a toy tank. Earlier this week, Google lowered prices 10 percent across the board on their Google Compute Engine cloud platform . The cost is getting so low, it’s almost trivial for anyone to absorb the costs of running infrastructure in the cloud, but you have to wonder as the cloud pricing wars continue, how low can they go and if it’s a war anyone can win. The end game is obviously zero,… Read More

Sep
23
2014
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After $25B IPO, US Cloud Infrastructure Players Best Pay Attention to Alibaba

Big pile of US money Amazon Web Services better watch its back. And while we’re at it, let’s issue a warning to Microsoft and Google and just about any cloud service you can think of, because there is a new player in town and they have a lot going for them including being based in China and oh, getting a record-setting IPO last Friday that resulted in raising a whopping $25B. That kind of money gives… Read More

Jul
02
2014
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Massachusetts Open Cloud Project Hopes To Create Ad-Hoc Infrastructure Marketplace

bannerone700x280 Today, the cloud infrastructure market is dominated by several big companies – Amazon, Google and Microsoft — but a public/business/academia partnership called the Massachusetts Open Cloud project is hoping to change that by creating an open computing marketplace where you can negotiate whatever services you need from multiple infrastructure vendors. Peter Desnoyers, a professor… Read More

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