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Frameworks Round 2

TechEmpower

On Tuesday of this week, we kicked off a pair of EC2 instances and a pair of our i7 workstations to produce updated data. We dive right in with the EC2 JSON test results, but please read to the end where we include important notes about what has changed since last week.

Framework Benchmarks

TechEmpower

This is an EC2 test run on a pair of Large instances. We ran each test on EC2 and our i7 hardware. First up is plain JSON serialization on Amazon EC2 large instances. The high-performance Netty platform takes a commanding lead for JSON serialization on EC2.

More Innovation

deal architect

on the New Florence blog Mail Catalogs: Ben Franklin is looking down in awe Rocket Ship Radio Innovations Outdoor Advertising evolves and thrives Reexamining scientific truths Amazon EC2 Spot Instances Rex, the Bionic Man The Big Data of Pi.

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Frameworks Round 1

TechEmpower

This is an EC2 test run on a pair of Large instances. We ran each test on EC2 and our i7 hardware. First up is plain JSON serialization on Amazon EC2 large instances. The high-performance Netty platform takes a commanding lead for JSON serialization on EC2.

Framework Benchmarks Round 7

TechEmpower

One particularly interesting anomaly is the dominance of Windows paired with Mongo on EC2 in the Updates test. It''s possible the Windows EC2 instance is running on a newer host than the Linux EC2 instance, but both are classified as m1.large.

Frameworks Round 5

TechEmpower

We''ve included Windows on EC2 results as a separate set of data within the results view but caution that the results should be considered preliminary. Prior to installing the SSD, the i7 hardware with traditional magnetic disks was only two to three times quicker than the EC2 instances.

Framework Benchmarks Round 8

TechEmpower

On EC2, the Netty and Vert.x The maximum query and update performance for Mongo on EC2 is substantially higher than MySQL. Merry Christmas web framework performance aficionados!

Framework Benchmarks Round 12

TechEmpower

Furthermore, due to the modestly rushed nature (at least on our side) of Round 12, we elected to not capture Amazon EC2 results for this Round. Round 12 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is now available! A race against the clock.

Frameworks Round 4

TechEmpower

Onion , a C platform contributed by Coralbits is now included in the EC2 JSON serialization test and the results are extremely impressive, clocking in over 52,000 JSON responses per second.

Frameworks Round 3

TechEmpower

Openresty takes the lead for multiple queries on EC2. We''ve previously posted two rounds of results of benchmarking many web application platforms and frameworks. The community''s response remains strong! We have really enjoyed your comments, advice, questions, criticism, and pull requests.

Pinterest – a case study in capital efficiency

The Equity Kicker

Pinterest now supports 18m users with growth running at 50% per month with the following: Amazon costs are around $39k for S3 and $30k for EC2 (I assume per month). They have 275 EC2 instances.

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Frameworks Round 6

TechEmpower

The results web site has been improved with test-type and hardware-type navigation, allowing you to share links to a specific results chart, such as Round 6, Fortunes on EC2.

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

TechEmpower

you''ll be able to see the other test types on Peak''s hardware alongside our i7 workstations and the EC2 instances we''ve tested in all previous rounds. As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second. Five months ago, Google talked about load-balancing to achieve 1 million requests per second.

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Web Framework Performance - Startup Founders Need to See These Numbers

SoCal CTO

I was also surprised by the performance improvement on dedicated hardware as compared to EC2 instances of roughly 10x. In Web Framework Benchmarks , there are some very interesting and surprising numbers around the performance of various web frameworks.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

SoCal CTO

The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system. The EC2 is very similar to having a Linux box in a colocation facility. This would seem to be a good case for us to separate off matching and making that a more scalable operation on EC2. I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today.

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Standing Cloud Launches Business Edition

Feld Thoughts

Currently, the easiest setup is with Rackspace, where Standing Cloud can automatically assign a billing account to you; this easy setup is coming soon for GoGrid and Amazon EC2. In March I wrote about Standing Cloud ’s public launch of a free service to test drive open source applications. As reported today in TechCrunch, Standing Cloud has now launched it’s Business Edition , a service that enables users to also host applications on any of four cloud providers.

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Standing Cloud Launches Trial Edition

Feld Thoughts

You don’t need an Amazon EC2 or Rackspace account, as with “appliance&# providers. Not long after I posted about Dave Jilk’s experience with the Pogoplug , he started using the phrase “Pogoplug Simple&# to describe one of the goals of Standing Cloud. The idea is that technology products should be so easy to set up and use that the experience is vaguely unsatisfying – you feel like you didn’t do anything.

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The Best SLA I’ve Seen In A While

Feld Thoughts

Machines and clouds fail, even on EC2. My first company, Feld Technologies, didn’t have contracts. Instead, we had a one page PSA (professional services agreement) that spelled out in English that we charged $X per hour, would do our best, and our invoices were due upon receipt. We never had a single legal issue with a client, although we had a number of tense moments which we almost always solved successful by “doing our best.”

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How Not To Run Your Own Technology Startup

YoungUpstarts

Amazon EC2 – Computing, server management, hosting. by Ian Smith of Captricity. This is not about running a startup badly, it’s about not doing the things that are not core to your business.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 43: Dakin Sloss and Ajeet Singh

Steve Blank

Prior to Aster, Ajeet worked at Oracle where he was part of the team that first launched Oracle Database to the Amazon EC2 cloud. In large companies innovators have to work twice as hard – they spend time fighting the system. In a startup, your ideas turn into reality really, really fast. A startup founder needs to never lose sight of the vision, but be extremely adaptable to pretty much everything else. Lots of people have visions. Most are hallucinations.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 43: Dakin Sloss and Ajeet Singh

Steve Blank

Prior to Aster, Ajeet worked at Oracle where he was part of the team that first launched Oracle Database to the Amazon EC2 cloud. In large companies innovators have to work twice as hard – they spend time fighting the system. In a startup, your ideas turn into reality really, really fast. A startup founder needs to never lose sight of the vision, but be extremely adaptable to pretty much everything else. Lots of people have visions. Most are hallucinations.

Developer Focus: Dominic St Pierre, Focus Centric

YoungUpstarts

Bunker is a project management and online billing service built by small web application developer Focus Centric that is positioned for use by freelancers and small businesses.

Choosing Internet Platforms

SoCal CTO

Especially when there are things like: Amazon S3 / EC2 / AWS outage this morning. Amazon EC2 - uses it for natural language processing. Would never put a user request to an EC2 instance. A couple of the more interesting ones: Amazon EC2 Google App Engine Salesforce.com Force IBM’s Blue CloudI'm blogging from the CalTech Enterprise Forum. The topic is: Betting Your Company On An Internet Platform?

Twitter and Facebook

Andrew Payne

EC2 down”). Why do we need Twitter and Facebook? (esp. after Facebook’s redesign, making it much more Twitter-like). One reason: tweets are 100% public, Facebook status updates are (generally) not. As such, the collective tweet-stream is a great source of near-real-time information. Lately, I find myself searching more than tweeting, mostly to find current info or if others are sharing my current problem (e.g.

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Benchmarking Cassandra Scalability on AWS - Over a million writes per second

techblog.netflix.com

We picked a write oriented benchmark using the standard Cassandra "stress" tool that is part of the product, and Denis ran and analyzed the tests on Amazon EC2 instances. The time taken by EC2 to create 288 new instances was about 15 minutes out of our total of 66 minutes.

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Games Are Different

Andrew Payne

EC2, S3) removes most up-front capital requirements. I’ve become generally negative on most pure software projects. I think it’s very hard to build large value there, for a variety of reasons: It’s insanely crowded; lots of people code these days. Open-source stacks make it easier than ever to crank things out. Cloud-based hosting (e.g. If you’re successful, it’s easy to get copied.

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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

They then launched processing capabilities (EC2) and we startups suddenly didn’t need to buy production servers.

The LeanLaunch Pad at Stanford – Class 5: Customer Relationship Hypotheses

Steve Blank

cloud, ec2, Amazon Web Services, etc.). The Stanford Lean LaunchPad class was an experiment in a new model of teaching startup entrepreneurship. This post is part five. Parts one through four are here , Syllabus is here. . Week 5 of the class.

How 99Designs.com came to be

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

Consider using Amazon EC2, 99Designs uses it, they get 5.25TB of images uploaded frequently, EC2 helped them scale with customer demand. This is interesting because I personally wonder why Amazon keeps Mechanical Turk and EC2 under the Amazon brand. I love hearing stories of entrepreneurs, it keeps me motivated and there are always great lessons to be learned.

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Amazon Web Services Meetup- London

Jason Ball

Computing and AWS, with details on S3, EC2, CloudFront and the other services! I received this in an email today, in case anyone is interested in learning more about Amazon's services in Europe: Amazon Web Services Technology. Evangelist for Europe Simone Brunozzi and Cohesive co-founder Alexis. Richardson will be hosting the next AWS Meetup in London on Cloud. Details of this free evening event are as follows: When: Wednesday. 4th February , 6.30pm.

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Cloud load testing

Guy Nirpaz

So far, we’re using various cloud services to run our business: Google Applications – for mail, calendar and documents and our internal wiki Beanstalkapp – as our subversion code repository Balsamiq – as our online mockup service Dropbox for file sharing and of course Amazon EC2 as our deployment environment for testing and production Now days, we’re looking for a good cloud load testing solution.

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Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

At the time we viewed Amazon’s offering, EC2 as too nascent. Today Factual announced that it raised $25 million from Andreessen Horowitz & Index Ventures.

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Utility computing for the web and startups

BeyondVC

When I asked him how he would do it, he quite simply said Amazon – Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and Amazon S3 for storage. If you are hugely successful, then you don’t get caught with your pants down because you have the opportunity to quickly load a few more virtualized images on the Amazon EC2 infrastructure and pay more for that usage – bandwidth, storage, and compute time.

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Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

Both Sides of the Table

At the bottom end of the stack is storage (S3) and processing (EC2). This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch. This version is the shorter, ADHD version.

Techies? Write Your Own Ticket In Southern California

blog.socaltech.com

cloud computing (Amazon AWS and EC2, etc.) For bonus points, make sure the back end uses Amazon EC2 and S3.

5 Infrastructure Tips for Startups

blog.adaptiveblue.com

EC2 - The Elastic Compute Cloud Service EC2 is essentially a grid in the box. You then can ask EC2 to start instances with your configuration on the fly. EC2 is a powerful service, but it is still evolving. AdaptiveBlue Blog Installing is easy!

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The Googlization of IT

BeyondVC

Yes there are public clouds like Amazon EC2 which is now also offering virtualized private clouds. Today I took a sales team from a portfolio company to meet with a couple of senior IT executives at a major retail company. Towards the end of the meeting, it started to become quite clear to me the effect that Google and the web has had on IT to date and where it was going.

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Cloud computing for SMBs

BeyondVC

Rightscale is an on-ramp to Amazon EC2 and other clouds and provides automate systems management.  Cloud this, Cloud that – the word cloud is clearly an overhyped word and reminds me of the beginning of the hype around hosted models and ASPs (application service providers) in the late 90s and the term SAAS today. 

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A framework for categorizing and comparing cloud platforms

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The Last Lean Startup Bundle: 48 hours to claim $3,000,000 in prizes

Startup Lessons Learned

I chose Amazon Web Services to be our marquee reward, and not just for the obvious reason that so many of you are - right this very moment – already hosting on AWS EC2. The Lean Startup Book launches in just under a week.

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Do you believe in the Red Shift theory?

BeyondVC

Think about Amazon’s S3 and EC2 which I have written about before as utility storage and processing for the masses. The first time I heard the term Red Shift was from my portfolio company, Greenplum. Greenplum has used red shift to characterize the nature of the existing database market where exponential data growth driven by network computing and internet applications have outstripped the capacity of existing mainstream vendors.

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Twitter Link Roundup #60 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More

crowdSPRING Blog

Useful comparison of Amazon vs. Rackspace clouds & why Mixpanel is moving to EC2 – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing.