April 22, 2011
By: Ahmar AbbasThis article was published in IT World and Cloud Computing Journal CLoud Computing Journal.
The recent outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) east region cloud has taken on many dramatic monikers such as "cloudgate," "cloudburst," and has even triggered a creative commiserative competition . Most of us though are not surprised that an outage occurred, but remain a bit puzzled by the length of time it has taken for the engineers to right the situation. We look forward to post-mortem reports from AWS that will hopefully help us understand what actually happened. Was there an elusive heisenbug that sprinkled some corrosive pixie dust on the block storage devices? Or was it simply the case of someone making like an air traffic controller and falling asleep at the switch? In any case, full transparency should be the modus operandi here.
Two main themes though quickly emerge out of this episode.
First is there are a heck of a lot of enterprises out there that are using the public cloud today, and they have selected the AWS cloud to run their applications. These companies not only are the usual social | local | mobile suspects, but also include companies across media, technology and government sectors. This clear and vigorous adoption of cloud computing now seems to justify the buzz and hype that "cloud" has garnered over the last few years. How else to account for a failure of block storage devices in one of the clouds of one of the cloud providers yielding coverage in CNN, the Wall Street Journal and hundreds of other media outlets.Read Full Article...
April 19, 2011
By: Ahmar Abbas
April 01, 2011
By: Ahmar AbbasI am excited to report that I will be resting my cloud guru hat for a while and taking on a new and challenging position.
I will be joining one of the leading effigy manufacturers in Pakistan as head of their new initiatives/new markets group. Initially I will work remotely and then all of us may relocate over the summer to Hub, Baluchistan (just outside Karachi).
Sometimes called the world’s second oldest profession, effigy burning has seen a tremendous rebirth in recent times. As a direct result, profits at effigy manufacturers across Pakistan have been exploding. The industry today directly employs over 15,000 people in Pakistan with the supplier ecosystem constituting another 100,000 well paying jobs. My future employer EffigyOne has about 1500 direct employees and about 15% market share in Pakistan.
While business is booming the “infidel” effigy category though remains the cash cow for the industry and my future employer. Most of our customers are established Islamist parties – and have reliably kept our factory humming as they fan and fume hate filled rallies across Pakistan. A focus of mine will be to establish completely brand new categories within the effigy burning arena – just like Steve Jobs has single handedly created a tablet category with the IPAD. The recent post-post colonialist dust up in the Arab world also provides ample opportunities. Imagine made to order effigies of the 6000+ Arab Kings, Princes, Dictators in dish-dashes going up in flames all across the region!
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February 25, 2011
By: Ahmar AbbasVC legend John Doerr recently coined the term SoLoMo, referring to the emergence and collision of social, local and mobile technologies. I think he left a key component out - which is social, local and mobile are only being successful because access to those technologies / apps is available anywhere and everywhere due to the cloud technologies. So I am now referring to the next decade as the SoLoMoCo decade!
January 31, 2011
By: Ahmar Abbas
January 26, 2011
By: Ahmar AbbasMet up with Jeremy Geelan of Cloud Computing Journal at the Cloud Expo West event in San Jose.
See the interview with Cloud Computing Journal here.
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