Chart: Amazon S3 grows, with 905 billion objects now stored

Amazon has released new numbers showing continued growth for its Simple Storage Service, better known as S3, one of the core components of Amazon Web Services for third-party web developers. Between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2012, the number of objects stored in S3 rose 19 percent, from 762 billion… Read More


Raveld reveals Klout-like score for cloud spending on AWS

It may start getting easier to make optimal Amazon Web Services purchasing decisions. Or, at least, less expensive. Raveld, a Seattle-based startup formed last year, is launching a new free service to help organizations decide which AWS resources they need. At its heart, it is a report containing what the company calls the Raveld Score,… Read More


Amazon Web Services: Almost a billion-dollar business?

Amazon Web Services is poised top $1 billion in cloud services revenue in 2012, according to a new report from research firm IDC that underscores the rise of cloud computing across the tech industry, and the increasing significance of AWS to the Seattle-based online retailer. Google’s cloud-based enterprise technology business should reach that milestone 18… Read More


Amazon Web Services opens new West Coast hub in Oregon

Companies utilizing Amazon Web Services now have a new option. The Seattle company today opened a new U.S. West regional hub in Oregon, one that the company said will offer lower-cost pricing. “Since the launch of AWS over five years ago, we’ve lowered our prices over a dozen times,” said Andy Jassy, Senior Vice President… Read More


Madrona, Amazon and others pump $10 million into online ad analyzer Yieldex

Madrona Venture Group and are among the backers in a $10 million round for Yieldex, a New York-based company that helps online publishers increase revenue by providing inventory analysis, forecasting and pricing. New investors in the round include Triangle Peak Partners and Hearst Interactive Media, the digital arm of the New York publishing giant. Total… Read More


Amazon Silk: New web browser taps cloud for flexibility

It’s not just Kindles and tablets in the news from Amazon this morning. The Seattle company is also announcing a new web browser, dubbed Amazon Silk, that makes use of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing infrastructure in a bid for a more efficient browsing experience under the hood. Here’s an excerpt from an Amazon… Read More

Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec, Amazon Web Services director. (Annie Laurie Malarkey photo)

Geek of the Week: Amazon’s Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec

Some people tell great stories about camping out for the latest gadgets, but when your life experience includes time in the Peace Corps in West Africa, your strongest memories of waiting in line are very different. That’s just one of the characteristics that distinguishes our latest Geek of the Week. Mai-lan Tomsen Bukovec grew up… Read More


Whoa, Amazon is now valued at more than $101 billion

Remember those folks who once declared that Amazon was “toast?” Well, where are they now?’s stock has surged above $223 per share this week, giving the iconic Seattle online retailer a whopping market value of $101 billion. The company’s rise over the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable. Many analysts thought Amazon… Read More


Amazon Web Services bracing for Hurricane Irene in Virginia

Seems like’s data center in Northern Virginia just can’t catch a break lately. And now here comes Hurricane Irene. Officials at the Amazon Web Services facility — a key piece of infrastructure for many high-profile websites, say in an online message to their customers that they’re “closely monitoring Hurricane Irene and making all possible preparations, e.g…. Read More


Nerd Notes: Aviation High School launches with a rocket; Paul Allen’s private island for sale; and more

Cheezburger has added to its line-up of weird and wacky sites. Introducing “Bronies.” Men and boys who love the animated series “My Little Pony.” Aviation High School – where the next generation of aerospace geeks will be trained –broke ground today on a new $43.5 million campus next to the Museum of Flight. The school, the first of… Read More


Amazon ‘ElastiCache’ promises to boost web app performance

Amazon Web Services this morning made a new pitch for running web apps on its cloud computing platform, introducing a feature called ElastiCache that promises to improve the performance of web apps such as social networks, games and media-sharing sites. In basic terms, the system uses server infrastructure more efficiently to help web apps keep key… Read More


Amazon Web Services suffers another outage: Company says issue now resolved’s EC2 service suffered another outage this evening, taking out several high-trafficked Web sites and adding another black eye to the reliability of online services. The outage, which Amazon first reported on its service health dashboard at 7:39 p.m., was resolved as of 8:03 p.m., according to the company. That’s a relatively short outage. But,… Read More


Social innovators to compete for $150,000 in prize money

Can you do well, by doing good? An upcoming event — hosted by Social Venture Partners — will highlight entrepreneurial ventures from both the non-profit and for-profit worlds. The goal is to feature products or services that attempt to solve a critical need of society. That can be anything from education to protecting the environment… Read More


Amazon expands Start-Up Challenge worldwide

Amazon Web Services today announced that it is expanding its annual Start-Up Challenge competition to include a total of 15 finalists from the regions of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Within the AWS community, we’re seeing hotbeds of innovation emerge throughout the world,” said Adam Selipsky, Vice President, Amazon Web… Read More

The ISB's Sissy Walsh Bouchard

Tech Moves: ISB attracts an all-star fundraiser; Blue Nile taps a Starbucks vet; and more

We’ve been tracking a number of key departures, appointments and new hires in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in recent days. Here are a few notable tech moves: Sissy Walsh Bouchard, a former fundraiser at the University of Washington, has been named vice president of development at the Institute for Systems Biology. In that role, the graduate… Read More


Citrix buys, challenges Amazon and Microsoft’s Azure

Citrix Systems announced today that it is acquiring, raising the competitive bar on other cloud infrastructure services such as those from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it does signal that the market for cloud computing services is starting to heat up. With its CloudStack product,… Read More


Amazon eyes new Seattle tower for even more growth has been growing like crazy — adding 4,200 people worldwide in the first three months of this year alone. And despite a gigantic new headquarters campus, the Seattle company appears to need even more space to accommodate all that growth. We’re hearing from people in Seattle’s commercial real estate community that Amazon is on… Read More


Looking to mine data, Amazon backs analytics startup ParAccel is investing an undisclosed amount of money into ParAccel, a Campbell, California maker of business analytics software that helps executives and analysts “predict the future.” “From “great leap” conceptual thinkers to “step-by-step” problem solvers, only ParAccel has the performance to both rocket through a chain of incremental questions and answer the intricately-modeled queries imagined… Read More


Amazon alters prices on Cloud Drive amid digital music war

It is being billed as a digital music war. today announced adjustments to the pricing plans of its Cloud Drive and Cloud Player services, a move which Peter Kafka at All Things D humorously notes is part of a “cloud war” directed at Apple’s yet-to-be-released online music service. So, what exactly did Amazon announce… Read More