Here’s a video of Tom White from the Hadoop Summit talking about running Hadoop in the cloud. Tom is the author of Hadoop the Definitive Guide.
Here’s a great article from DataWrangling about using Amazon’s Cloud services to analyze traffic data from Wikipedia. The 320 GB data set is available to the public here.
Well-known for it’s enterprise analytics solutions, SAS is now in the process of building a new facility to support an expanded SAAS (software as a service) offering in the area of analytics via the cloud. Construction on the new facility in NC is scheduled to begin this summer.
I was starting to experiment with Amazon’s EC2 a couple nights ago and it isn’t terribly difficult but it is tricky trying to figure out what steps to take in what order. If you’re looking for a beginners’ guide to cloud computing with Amazon EC2, here it is – EC2 for Poets. This guide details everything you need to do.