Rackspace: Hey Amazon, we can cut prices too

Rackspace, perhaps deviating from its “fanatical support mantra” is cutting prices on its CDN services and rolling out a new tiered price structure for other services

Amazon moves freak out partners and rivals alike

Amazon’s Eucalyptus deal, which gives it a better hybrid cloud story and solidifies the dominance of the AWS API, plus the ever-growing AWS feature set, aren’t necessarily all good news to PaaS and other partners that run their services on Amazon infrastructure.

Fyels Debuts Unlimited Twitter File Sharing

Fyels just launched a new service for file sharing through Twitter, and it comes with almost no strings attached: The service offers unlimited, free and ad-free storage, and files can be as large as 9 GB each. Almost sounds to good to be true, doesn’t it?

Today in Cloud

Amazon Web Services today rolled out the latest in a long line of incremental enhancements; CloudFormation. The new feature makes it reasonably straightforward to assemble a bundle of resources and configuration parameters into a ‘stack’ which can be deployed when required. Amazon’s Jeff Barr illustrates this with a very simple example, assembling Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, auto scaling, security groups, Relational Database Service (RDS) instances and more to get WordPress installed and running. This is a welcome move forward, but hardly ground-breaking. As we’ve discussed before, companies from JumpBox and Bitnami to RightScale and enStratus make their living by simplifying use of infrastructure Clouds like Amazon’s. Their value proposition became a little less clear this morning.