This week has been—and, well, most every week is—rife with news good, bad, and unclear for Amazon and Amazon Web Services. This is has some folks wondering if Amazon wouldn’t be better off spinning out AWS into its own company, so as to spare it from competitive concerns arising from Amazon’s growing footprint:
Both of these posts are filled with reasons for and against such a move, and Tom Krazit at GeekWire notes that the investor community has been pushing for this for years. Frankly, I think it would be very difficult to do for a variety of reasons, including the effect of Amazon’s business culture on AWS and the profit boost that AWS brings to Amazon. But I suspect we’re only going to hear more about this as customers revolt, competitors ramp up, and analysts and reporters search for reasons to question AWS’s cloud computing dominance.
Here are two other really interesting items from Thursday:
LogDevice: a distributed data store for logs (Facebook): Facebook actually released a trio of fairly interesting engineering posts today, but this one takes the take from an infrastructure perspective. The post doesn’t come right out and say it, but I believe LogDevice is another case of Facebook outgrowing Hadoop and its ecosystem—similar to the Beringei time-series database it detailed in February. For good measure, here’s a semi-cynical take on LogDevice for the folks who might actually consider adopting this when it’s open source.
a16z Podcast: Engineering intent (a16z): This podcast featuring Airbnb VP of engineering Mike Curtis and Pinterest head of engineering Li Fan is really good. There’s some practical advice in terms of how to think about engineering teams and decision-making, as well as how to capture offline data as a source of true user experience, and how to take advantage of AI.