Amazon launched AWS over 11 years ago, and it’s fair to say they’ve been the leader in Infrastructure as a Service for nearly all of the time since then. However when it comes to higher, application level services, they’ve lagged a bit behind the competition. However with the recent launch of several new offerings, they’re beginning to close that gap. At Amazon re:Invent 2016 in November, they launched a suite of services focused around Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.
During CES 2017, LiquidSky officially announced their service which will bring PC Gaming to any device. LiquidSky’s SkyComputer delivers the power of an ultra gaming PC with the convenience of console and mobile gaming to any device. Gamers across the world can connect to any of LiquidSky’s 13 data centers and play any game at ultra quality settings on a Mac, Android, Linux, or Windows device.
I was always a bit skeptical of the whole Cloud IDE thing, that was until recently when I gave Cloud9 a shot. I must admit, I was surprised when I read the Engineering Orientation wiki page for one of our clients, Vroom.com, as it suggested I create a Cloud9 IDE account as part of my project setup. What??
I figured I’d give it a try…
This past Wednesday evening, at our HQ in New York, Boyle Software’s VP of R&D Lev Gimelfarb gave an excellent TechTalk on his latest development effort: Stacy. It was a fantastic way to reinvigorate our TechTalk series after a long hiatus! We had a good turn out of Boyle Software employees as well as several colleagues, clients, and friends. Pizza was consumed, beverages were imbibed, and we all learned some new things…
Serving a website from Amazon S3 is great: it’s fast, it’s inexpensive, and it doesn’t require maintaining a web server. But this simplicity can be limiting, coming at a price: you can only serve absolutely static files; there is no server-side logic whatsoever.
On the other hand, we are now seeing the rise of so called “API-first content management systems.” These systems, in true cloud spirit, are usually provided as a hosted service, give you a standardized user interface for structuring and managing your content, but do not deal with any aspects of your content presentation. They don’t deal with themes, templates, pages, etc. Instead, you have a fast and simple RESTful API that gives you access to your content and you are free to render it with whatever presentation you want outside of the CMS.
We are super proud to announce that our client American Media, Inc., reported record-breaking traffic during the month of August! Across all AMI’s digital properties, their number of unique visitors reached 55 million visitors during the month – up 17% over August 2015!
AMI – whose sites are hosted on our own HeartyHosting platform – attracts over 33 million unique monthly visitors to their Celebrity Network and about 13 million unique visitors with their Active Lifestyle category. Their leading sites in these groups are Radar Online and Men’s Fitness, respectively.
In what looks like a really smart move, Google has purchased Apigee – an industry leader in the development, monitoring, and maintenance of APIs for mega-clients like Walgreens, the BBC, eBay, and AT&T. In a blog post, Google SVP Diane Greene succinctly sums up why the acquisition makes so much sense with Google’s cloud strategy:
Amazon recently announced their Elastic File System (EFS) service is now available for production use. The service was previously only available in preview mode for a single region, but is now available in production for the US West Oregon, US East Virginia and EU Ireland regions. EFS is a service similar to Elastic Block Storage (EBS) which provides disk mounted storage for EC2 instances, with a couple of key differences.