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Blog Archive for tomwhite during August 2006

In March I wrote of affordable web-scale computing: I would love an API that exposes Google's MapReduce, a simple programming model for crunching on large datasets. You can write and run MapReduce programs today, using Hadoop, but it's only really useful if you have enough machines at your disposal. The pay-as-you-go model of S3 (and Sun Grid) would be very attractive to developers who want...
In case you haven't heard of it, Amazon S3 is a web service for storing data. The two great things about it are that it's simple (look at its nice REST API), and it's cheap (with a pay-as-you-go charging model). This latter point explains the growing number of startups that are using it to launch new business ventures: no data silos to maintain, and pay by the gigabyte. My favourite innovative...