AWS cloud turns data center application model on its head, says report

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With its “The State of Modern Applications in AWS Report” released last November, Amazon.com Inc. partner Sumo Logic Inc. took it upon itself to be the de facto census bureau for AWS’ huge user community. Its joining with Amazon has opened doors to high profile customers like Pinterest, Twitter and Airbnb, according to Kalyan Ramanathan (pictured), vice president product marketing at Sumo Logic. Just making the procurement list at those companies would be difficult alone, he said.

“What we want to do is become the thought leader who not only serves these customers, but also provides them a roadmap in terms of, how should they be adopting these cloud technologies?” he said.

Sumo Logic now has 1,200 customers, 80 percent of which are Amazon users, Ramanathan told Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick) and Lisa Martin (@Luccazara), co-hosts of co-hosts of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile live streaming studio, during the AWS Summit in San Francisco, California.

Sumo Logic mined these companies’ data (keeping their identities private) for their report last year. The report shows that Amazon’s cloud world enables new kinds of application development, deployment and management, down to the foundations, Ramanathan said.

Brave new world

“They are no longer bound by the old shackles of, if I have to use a database it’s Oracle or SQL Silver,” Ramanathan stated, adding that this is a common belief in the data center world. In fact, NoSQL databases like MongoDB and Redis are well ahead of an Oracle and SQL server among AWS users, according to the report.

Web server use in AWS also turns the data center model on its head. “Nginx and Apache are well ahead of IAS [Internet Authentication Service], which happens to be the web server of choice within the data center world,” said Ramanathan.

Other hot technologies for AWS users are application containers, he said. “Docker is all the rage, without a doubt,” Ramanathan stated, citing 18 percent usage among customers as detailed in the report.

In all, the report shows that AWS redefines what is possible for applications from the floor up; that is why legacy companies are having a hard time competing, he said. For example, “That’s why you see Oracle is not doing a lot or not making a dent in cloud technologies like AWS.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s independent editorial coverage of AWS Summit 2017 San Francisco.

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