Monthly Archives: July 2014

Rackspace vs AWS vs Internap


I wanted to make sure you saw the new research report from Cloud Spectator, Benchmarking a NoSQL Database on Bare Metal versus Public Cloud. Cloud Spectator’s benchmark tests confirm the price-performance advantages of running big data workloads in bare-metal environments over comparable virtual offerings from Amazon Web Services and Rackspace.

Example findings include:

  • Internap outperformed Rackspace by 5x and Amazon by 51% on throughput speed when loading data into the database.

  • Internap had 59% less latency than Amazon and 32% less latency than Rackspace when testing a balanced workload.

  • The equivalent monthly price of hosting an Aerospike database on Internap’s bare-metal servers was at least 78% less expensive than doing so on Amazon I2 or Rackspace Performance Server.

Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices

Upon receipt of a valid search warrant, Apple can extract certain categories of active data from passcode locked iOS devices. Specifically, the user generated active files on an iOS device that are contained in Apple’s native apps and for which the data is not encrypted using the passcode (“user generated active files”), can be extracted and provided to law enforcement on external media.   Apple can perform this data extraction process on iOS devices running iOS 4 or more recent versions of iOS. Please note the only categories of user generated active files that can be provided to law enforcement, pursuant to  a valid search warrant, are: SMS, photos, videos, contacts,  audio recording, and call history. Apple cannot provide: email, calendar entries, or any third-party App data.