Amazon launches managed Elasticsearch service

While Amazon Web Services made a name for itself by providing raw computing power and data storage at rock-bottom prices, the company has been moving toward providing services that do more of the heavy lifting for developers and administrators in exchange for a higher price.

Amazon Elasticsearch Service is a new product in that vein that’s designed to make it easier for developers to implement the popular Elasticsearch open-source search and analytics engine that lives in the AWS cloud. Users can set up an Elasticsearch service cluster using the AWS Management Console, command-line tools, or the Amazon Elasticsearch Service API. They can set up parameters like instance count and what sort of storage their search instance should use.

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Cannabis as a Service: The cloud goes up in smoke

Every day I get literally dozens of pitches from companies who are selling or using cloud services. But this one stuck out.

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The subject line was “Cloud technology merging with marijuana could mean big changes.” The pitch: an online cannabis website is taking advantage of cloud computing services.

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eCann, Inc. is a platform that empowers people to seamlessly and legally transact the business of Cannabis. With a portfolio of over 1,500 of the very best Cannabis related domain assets, eCann creates, brands, and brings to market revolutionary Cannabis-focused technology enterprises. Their businesses range from lifestyle/media to digital marketplaces, to ecommerce and industrial technology. eCann, Inc.’s goal is to build the largest, all encompassing, and most ubiquitous Cannabis platform in the world; to help all Cannabis businesses create a digital presence and thrive by implementing cutting edge marketing practices, analytics, and infrastructure. Their use of the cloud has allowed them to have an edge over other companies that are stuck using paper.

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