From desktop-as-a-service to real-time data streaming, Amazon dominated the week in cloud

My favorite comment in a long week of big cloud events came from my row mate on the flight to Las Vegas. He and I were both on our way to AWS Re:Invent and he was trying to explain to middle-seat guy what that show is all about. He cut to the chase: “It’s cloud crap,” he said.

He didn’t mean that pejoratively, but he made his point. And a lot of cloud — um stuff — came out sandwiched between Pivotal’s commercial launch of the Pivotal CF PaaS and Apcera’s coming out party. Apcera’s Continuum IT platform will, according founder Derek Collison, compete with the current range of IaaS and PaaS offerings. Yikes. Talk about setting your sights high.

But back to AWS — the big news included Amazon’s plans to get into the desktop-as-a-service business with WorkSpaces — which takes on Citrix’ which leads desktop virtualization now, and VMware which bought Desktone to get into the desktop-as-a-service market. CITEworld, sees WorkSpaces as a way to make Amazon’s Kindle a real-life work device.

Also, big news at the show was the Kinesis real-time data streaming and CloudTrails, a service that collects data on who makes what API calls when and for which services. CloudTrails creates a log file in S3, accessible by third party tools by Splunk(s splk), Loggly, Stackdriver, Alert Logic et al., and — a big crowd pleaser judging from audience applause Postgres support in the Relational Database Service. Then there were more bigger, faster EC2 instance types etc etc

Net, net? AWS wowed its user base and also made a big impact on at least one Wall Street analyst who, based on this news and the reaction at the show. In a research note, Morgan Stanley’s Scott Devitt said he expects AWS revenue to grow 10 fold to $30 billion in 2022 from $3 billion this year.

Harnessing AWS worldwide for huge materials science project

In this week’s Structure Show — our geekiest podcast ever — Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe explained how Cycle Computing put AWS and Schrödinger software to use simulating and sorting through more than 200,000 compounds in less than a day.

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Other, non-AWS news from around the interwebz:

From Gartner: Google Compute Engine and live migration.

From Gigaom: For Rackspace it’s not all about fanatical support any more.

From Infoworld: Microsoft reinvents Visual Studio as an Azure cloud service

From Gigaom: Have at it programmers: IBM makes Watson available via API

From Forbes: Roundup of cloud computing forecasts