ROUNDUP (NR. 17/2012)

Week In The Cloud: How Big Is The Amazon Cloud, OpenStack vs. Cloud Stack and other links

How to avoid mistakes when using Amazon clouds, a new Admin interface for Mongo and how to see, what data Facebook and Google store about you.

OpenStack vs. CloudStack: The beginning of the open-source cloud wars
While OpenStack provides support for Amazon, CloudStack seems to propose using public clouds from large vendors. Comment: Wonder how this will play out, as barriers hindering a user from switching between all types of clouds and vendors do not sound like what a client would really want.
Source: ZDNet 
Just how big is the Amazon Cloud anyway?
Up to 30 percent of all Internet users are getting in touch with some parts of the Amazon cloud every day. One percent of all consumer traffic moves in or out Amazon's Cloud. These are new results of an effort to measure the size of the Amazon Cloud, done by a company called Deepfield Networks. 
Source: GigaOm
The 10 Biggest Mistakes Made With Amazon Web Services
This article lists up how to choose the right size for instances, availability zones and better use of other features. Helpful as a reminder and pointer to use certain features. 
Source: Techcrunch
Built with Bootstrap (a development/layout framework found here). Features a flexible JSON object editor and allows to filter collections. Created by Thomas Steinacher, a former student of ETH Zurich.
Source: Thomas Steinacher 
Designing Data Visualizations (Book)
Collecting data, storing data - all this is important. But to extract meaning out, to monitor systems and execute analytics, visualizations play a key part. This applies to visualizations as well as to crafting meaningful dashboards, which can show users what is happening in a very short time. A new book by the title of "Designing Data Visualizations" provides entry level information how to do this properly.  
Source: Jerome Cukier (review of the book)
How to download your data from Google and Facebook
Clouds are storage devices. And effectively the big consumer services like Google and Facebook use them a lot. Now, how could one get an overview of how much data is stored there? What you can find out is, for example, what Google thinks is your age and gender. 
Source: The Guardian

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