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The much awaited Amazon’s Kindle Fire featuring the Cloud Accelerated Browser Amazon Silk, an Android based 7 inch tablet is set to be released in November this year for a price of $199 and Amazon proves to be the benchmark in cloud computing with its continuous innovations. Amazon Silk is just a browser built in on Amazon Tablet but that dominates the other features on the tablet since it works along with Amazon EC2 to give you the best possible cloud experience ever which seems to be a big leap in the history of cloud computing with Amazon’s eight years of cloud experience.
The highlighting technology behind Amazon Silk is the “split browser” that multiplies your mobile hardware speed and power with its integration to Amazon EC2 server. Since the Silk browser software stays on both Kindle Fire and EC2 server, the productivity is shared between these two which boosts the processing and downloading speed. For example, your mobile hardware may not have a great processing power but it can use the configuration installed on the EC2 server depending upon the network conditions, page complexity and the location of any cached content.
The next highlight is the faster page loading feature in the time when most of the websites are built complex running widgets or images hosted from different servers but integrated to the website to serve users with more features. Amazon states most of the top sites on hosted on EC2 which makes the page loading process to happen within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. Amazon Silk is different from the traditional web browsers in a way that it learns the page characteristics of any website combining the number of page loads and stores the knowledge in EC2 for faster retrieval. In addition, it requests access to all the pages on the site before you request the browser or before the browser identifies those which leaves the users with a great cloud experience.
Amazon' s online retail customers may find it useful when it shows them the related products and products bought by others but when it comes to privacy and security, Amazon Silk lags behind while EC2 stores the most visited web pages by the users that could be a tool for hackers to find who visits what websites and web pages though AWS is built with security standards. The best thing to do is using some other non-cloud browsers on a Kindle Fire only for a few sites the users need privacy and security such as banking sites and sites related to the our business relations. Though Amazon Silk supports faster page loading and built with split browser architecture, it compromises the key factors such as privacy and security.
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