Prime Day

What is Prime Day? Prime Day is a new sales holiday invented by Amazon. It was held on a Wednesday in the middle of the summer. It proved a huge success for the company. How successful was Prime Day? It sold more units than the biggest Black Friday ever back in 2014. You have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of the discounts, meaning you pay an annual fee of $99 for free two-day shipping and other benefits. Not everyone is happy with Prime Day. Some critics say that Amazon didn’t offer enough in-demand tech gadgets. Some say Amazon was selling useless crap. Despite the criticism, Amazon did quite well that they are thinking about bringing it back. No details yet as to when that will take place again.

Amazon EC2 G2 Instance size

Amazon Web Services has a new G2 instance called g2.8xlarge. It has 4 high-performance NVidia GPUs for those needing a system capable of doing large scale video rendering, transcoding, or parallel processing. The g2.8xlarge is available in just about all regions. The on-demand pricing is $2.60 per hour. Spot and reserved instances are a little bit cheaper but require an entire month use.

Cloud Computing Market Share

Cloud Computing is a $20 billion yearly business. In the latest poll, Amazon Web Services dominates the market with a 28% market share. Microsoft Azure is gaining share at 10%, and there’s the rest of the pack lagging behind. Not only that, cloud revenues are increasing yearly. In 2014, cloud computing has gained 48% over the year before.  ReadWrite’s article even mentions Digital Ocean as a favorite for web developers.

What is Snappy Ubuntu?

Canonical released Snappy Ubuntu a month ago. From Ubuntu Insights:

Today we’re announcing “snappy” Ubuntu Core, a new rendition of Ubuntu for the cloud with transactional updates. Ubuntu Core is a minimal server image with the same libraries as today’s Ubuntu, but applications are provided through a simpler mechanism. The snappy approach is faster, more reliable, and lets us provide stronger security guarantees for apps and users – that’s why we call them “snappy” applications.

Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core itself can be upgraded atomically and rolled back if needed – a bulletproof approach to systems management that is perfect for container deployments. It’s called “transactional” or “image-based” systems management, and we’re delighted to make it available on every Ubuntu certified cloud.

Shortly after, Canonical mentioned Snappy Ubuntu is now available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Canonical is delighted to announce the availability of snappy Ubuntu Core on Amazon Web Services (AWS).  Snappy Ubuntu Core is a new ultra fast Ubuntu that is designed for extremely fast deployment on Amazon EC2.

Ubuntu Core is the new “snappy” rendition of the popular cloud OS, with a very lean and secure base image that features transactional updates for both system and applications. Snappy Ubuntu is perfect for container-oriented deployments using technologies like Docker.

Customers can try a beta version of snappy Ubuntu Core today on Amazon EC2 by launching an instance of Ubuntu Core. Here are the instructions.

I can’t wait to try this with Docker.

Amazon Can Now Deliver in One Hour

Amazon says that it can now deliver some packages within an hour. The new speedy service is available for $99 prime members in select cities starting with New York City. The service also adds $7.99 shipping fee per order. The service will be available from 6:00am to midnight seven days a week. Anyone needing a fast delivery can take advantage of this fast service. Most of this service will probably be delivered by bike messengers, and possibly by drones in the future. Read more.