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Secrets of AWS Contract Negotiation

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At the Duckbill Group, we spend a lot of time on AWS Contract Negotiation. Something that’s become very clear to us as we’ve gone through our client engagements is that companies shouldn’t let AWS contracts dictate their architectural decisions—and yet, most of them do on some level. This behavior takes a variety of forms depending […]

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An AWS Database Safari

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When we talk about vendor lock-in, one of the most common stories we see is one of databases. The database you pick to hold your data is something you’re going to be using for a good long while; migrations are painful, expensive, time-consuming, and—in some cases —barely possible. Amazon themselves ran on top of Oracle […]

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How to Compete with AWS

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As a Cloud Economist, I spend most of my time helping companies fix their horrifying AWS bills. But it’s something of an open secret that I periodically moonlight as an industry analyst. An analysis client recently asked me about the threat of AWS moving into their market as a strategic concern, and couldn’t understand at […]

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AWS Lays Groundwork for New AI/ML Push

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As we drown this week in a cacophony of AWS service releases (“Route53 Resolver now exists!” “IAM users now support tagging!” “Introducing our no-SQL service for digital video, DynamoDV!”), one came out yesterday that caused me to do a spit-take. Specifically, a little-remarked upon change declared that AWS has renamed EC2 Elastic GPUs to Elastic […]

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