Cluster Resources announced that Alexa Internet, a
subsidiary of Amazon.com, has implemented the Moab Utility/Hosting Suite for its
Alexa Web Search Platform. In Alexa’s case, the result is a service that allows
users to create their own search engines for a fraction of the price of
alternatives, using hosted resources that are now more readily available thanks to their underlying use of Moab technology. The same
technology has a far reaching effect for utility computing, as it
lets customers lease out unused hardware, automate creation of virtual clusters, loan access
to testing systems and build grids that grow and shrink based
on capacity needs.
When users access the Alexa Web Search Platform, they are essentially
receiving a customized, dynamically-generated 'mini-supercomputer' that taps
into Alexa's extensive data store. This includes the data, analysis tools,
storage facilities, high speed network and powerful compute resources required.
Alexa's solution provides a full end-to-end environment that empowers the user
to immediately and fully process the available data to provide their own Web
services. This new on-demand solution handles logistics, scheduling, and the
automation of management, simplifying the process for customers and Alexa
The full press release is posted here.