It’s that time of year when we take stock and think about things we can change to make our lives better. Although New Year’s resolutions sometimes get a bad rap, a little introspection is a good thing if it provides us with a framework for bettering ourselves. The most common New Year’s resolutions are usually fitness related and with good reason- what’s more important than your health, right?
The last decade has seen the Internet evolve in leaps and bounds – specifically in technologies pertaining to the cloud, big data and pay-for-play computing services. Amazon Web Services officially launched in 2006; prior to that, on-demand utility computing services were only prevalent in university labs and high-end enterprise data centers. These days, anyone can deploy and run a virtual data center in the cloud, as cloud computing pricing models allow customers to pay only for what they use, and scale their usage up or down based on demand and/or budget.