AWS Tip: Warm your EBS volumes

AWS Tip: Warm your EBS volumes

EBS volumes (Amazon's equivalent to a SAN as a Service) have different performance characteristics before and after their first reads and writes.  The read side variability is particularly strong on the first read of volumes that were restored from a snapshot.  This makes a lot of sense when you realize that the snapshots are stored in S3 behind the scenes, and are lazy-loaded on first read.

Commoditizing Complements

Commoditizing Complements

Google's on a mission.  They're rolling out high-speed residential connections with Google Fiber, they're attacking data and roaming fees with a MVNO, and they're even working on world-wide balloon powered Internet.  So what's the mission?  Is it to make the world a better place?  to transform themselves into a telecom company?  to indulge the whims of out of control product and engineering teams