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A Decade of Dynamo: Powering the next wave of high-performance, internet-scale applications

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Amazon’s Dynamo whitepaper, a milestone that made me reflect on how much innovation has occurred in the area of databases over the last decade and a good reminder on why taking a customer obsessed approach to solving hard problems can have lasting impact beyond your original expectations. It …

A killer flu was raging. But in 1918, U.S. officials ignored the crisis to fight a war.

American Red Cross volunteer nurses care for influenza patients in 1918 in a makeshift hospital at the Oakland Municipal Auditorium in California. (Edward A. “Doc” Rogers/Library of Congress/AP) First came the Great War. Then came something far deadlier: the 1918 flu.Machine Embroidery The influenza pandemic that broke out 100 years ago was far more virulent …

Scaling Amazon ElastiCache for Redis with Online Cluster Resizing

Amazon ElastiCache embodies much of what makes fast data a reality for customers looking to process high volume data at incredible rates, faster than traditional databases can manage. Developers love the performance, simplicity, and in-memory capabilities of Redis, making it among the most popular NoSQL key-value stores. Redis’s microsecond latency has made it a de …

From Grambling State to Lady Gaga: The Super Bowl halftime show's humble history

Grambling State University band members in formation at the first Super Bowl, in 1967. (Photo courtesy of Grambling State University) This may be hard to believe in an era of Nipplegate, Lady Gaga plummeting into a thousand memes and, of course, left shark, but there was a time when the Super Bowl halftime show was not a cultural spectacle …