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AWS chief Andy Jassy gets top job at Amazon as CEO Bezos steps down

I didn’t see this coming and neither, it appears, did anyone else outside of Amazon’s inner circle.

Were you to ask me what major tech CEO might step down in the near futire, I’d have guessed Arvind Krishna at IBM could walk away this year — making room for heir-apparent James Whitehurst. Or maybe at long last Larry Ellison would decide to spend more time on his Hawaiian island, Lanai.

But Jeff Bezos, walking away from the CEO job at Amazon? No way!

In a shocking move, after Amazon reported its Q4 2020 revenue — even better results than expected

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The shifting market for PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL has been around in some form since 1986, yet somehow keeps getting younger and hipper with each year. Startups like Timescale have found old-school PostgreSQL to be key to building their new-school database products, joining companies like EnterpriseDB in deepening PostgreSQL’s popularity. In fact, EnterpriseDB just celebrated its 44th consecutive quarter of rising annual recurring revenue. That’s 11 years of PostgreSQL paying the bills (and growing the number of bills EnterpriseDB can afford to pay).

As steady as PostgreSQL has been, however, its progress hasn’t been linear. I recently spoke with EnterpriseDB CEO Ed Boyajian, now in his

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The new normal needs new cloud security

A new cloud security study from Netwrix states that 54 percent of enterprises that use cloud for data storage reported security incidents in 2020. I assume these were all minor ones, seeing that few reached the news cycle, as major problems are prone to do. 

My guess is that most enterprises only disclose about 10 percent of the cloud security problems they encounter. Perhaps it’s comparable to the “alternative truths” many people tell their doctors about how many drinks, sweets, carbs, fats, drugs, or cigarettes they consume. It’s not like we want to brag about our shortcomings. Often it’s only

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Welcome to the client-serverless revolution

Today’s users expect the entire internet at their fingertips no matter where they are or what device they’re using. But this capability has been difficult for application developers to deliver until only recently. 

During the past several years, smartphones, browsers, and embedded devices have advanced so much that they function as globally distributed, mobile rich clients. They can deliver remote user experiences comparable to what users would experience if they were using a local or high-speed dedicated connection.

This milestone is partly due to the rise of serverless architecture, microservices, and cloud-native services and the way they enable developers to

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Shared source won’t fix the AWS problem

I have a great deal of respect for my colleague Matt Asay, who works for Amazon Web Services and writes week after week about the advantages and virtues of open source. However, this is not to say that I agree with him.

In fact, I would suggest I more commonly disagree with him on a great many things, including his most recent column suggesting “shared source” or license tricks might be a solution for the competitive problem created by Amazon Web Services specifically and cloud computing generally.

I do not just disagree with him. I think that, like his

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When Kubernetes is not the solution

Kubernetes is just the latest example of a powerful technology that can provide a solid solution in many instances. Although it may seem like all the cool kids are choosing Kubernetes-related technology, it’s not right for every application. When a technology has such a huge following that its use becomes a forgone conclusion, that’s when mistakes are made and projects get derailed. 

Most enterprises that are moving to cloud-based platforms will consider using containers and Kubernetes. Many enterprises using cloud already are also using Kubernetes. Kubernetes does provide many resources that make it easier to manage and scale distributed systems,

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