Amazon outages — lessons learned

Two big Amazon outages over the past month certainly got everyone’s attention. Here are three tactical measures cloud users should take to minimize damage from future cloud computing snafus. Broadly, the outages also ratchet up pressure for companies to move to multiple clouds.

Newvem nets $4M to scan Amazon’s cloud

Newvem, the Israeli startup that’s making a name for itself analyzing Amazon Web Services usage for potential customers, netted $4 million in Series A funding led by Greylock Partners. Index Ventures and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors are also participating.

Newvem pulls back the curtain on Amazon cloud usage

Newvem, the startup that aims to help companies make the most out of their Amazon Web Services instances, has some new data that might shock the Amazon faithful. A high percentage of AWS users are paying for way more compute power than they need.

Cloudability gives Rackspace users free cost monitoring

Rackspace customers can now use Cloudability’s service for free to keep tabs on their cloud computing costs. As business use of cloud computing grows, the need for such dashboards and metering services will rise as well.