Connacht Rugby, along with players from NUI Galway women and men’s rugby teams will deliver an informal rugby skills session at NUI Galway’s Open Day on Saturday, 24th March. The session will take place at 12.30pm outside the Bailey Allen Hall, the main exhibition hall for Open Day. NUI Galway Sports will also be running a Sports Talk at 11am for those interested in all sports, and there will be an opportunity to meet current athletes who are representing the University at inter-varsities, at national, European and International competitions. There will be information on Sports Scholarships, and coaches will be present to give first-hand information on facilities and coaching services. Mike Heskin, Director of Sport at NUI Galway stresses that Sport is for everyone at NUI Galway. NUI Galway sports teams and athletes are competing and winning on the national and international stage, and through a range of scholarships and supports our athletes are fully supported while at University, enabling them to compete and study to the best of their ability. As well as supporting accomplished athletes in their chosen sports, we also have many athletes taking up a new sport for the first time while at University and, with the support of our coaching teams, are very quickly competing on a provincial, national and international stage. Sport is truly for everyone at NUI Galway. We recognise the relationship between academic performance and health and well-being and our mission is to encourage all students to participate in physical activity.NUI Galway lecturers and current students will be on hand to talk to students and parents at the main exhibition area in the Bailey Allen Hall, with over 80 subject-specific stands. At NUI Galway’s recent Spring Open Day were Raíchéal Walsh and Ella Gavin from Salerno Secondary School, Galway with Darragh Leader of Connacht Rugby. Sports at NUI Galway, including a guest appearance by Connacht Rugby playersCareer talks – What are my employment prospectus after university?Volunteering and the value of NUI Galway’s extra-curricular programmesSUSI- Applying for a student grantAccess routes into Education, including HEAR/DARE and FETACTo find out more visit www.nuigalway.ie/opendays, phone +353 91 494398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org At NUI Galway’s recent Spring Open Day were Raíchéal Walsh and Ella Gavin from Salerno Secondary School, Galway with Darragh Leader of Connacht Rugby.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Parents Programme will provide parents and students with information on important issues such as fees and funding, careers, accommodation andsupport services for students.Open Day tours will include the state-of the-art sports complex and gym, the newly built Human Biology Building and the Alice Perry EngineeringBuilding. Tours of student accommodation will also be available to visitors on the day, with the tour shuttle bus departing regularly from outside the Orbsen Building. Guided walking tours of the main campus will also take place throughout the day.Open Day is the perfect opportunity to explore all NUI Galway has to offer. A programme of talks, workshops and masterclasses will runthroughout the day. Talk highlights include:
Ardrahan had overcome reigning champions Beagh in the semi–final by 4-6 to 4-4 while Tommie Larkins saw of neighbours Tynagh Abbey Duniry by 3-7 to 1-11 in the other semi-final. One of the new features of the Tournament this year was the countdown clock and the hooter which signalled half-time and full-time in all the games. The pitch was also in excellent condition. A late point from Cianan Fahy earned Ardrahan a 0-13 to 0-12 win over Tommie Larkins in the final of the Kilbeacanty 7s Hurling Tournament on Bank Holiday Monday. A great day’s entertainment came come to the wire as Ardrahan won their first title in Kilbeacanty in 10 years. Indeed, winners Ardrahan were involved in one of the most exciting happenings of the day, when they finished level at 1-13 to 0-16 with Gort after extra time in the quarter-final, but won it on the golden score rule to progress on a 1-14 to 0-16 score-line. Craughwell, St Thomas and Loughrea were the other quarter-finalists. Ciaran Callanan, the Ardrahan goalkeeper, was named as player of the tournament.StThomas won the camogie 7s title when they defeated Ardrahan by 4-2 to1-8 in the camogie final. The knockout stages were played on Sunday withthe Final taking place on Monday evening. Aoife Keane was the player ofthe Tournament for the second year in a row.In the Joe Gillane U12 Finals, Kinvara defeated Kilbeacanty to win the Shield, while Craughwell overcame Athenry by 4-4 to 1-7 in the Cup Final. All in all, it was a wonderful day’s entertainment in Kilbeacanty and well done to the organising committee for running a great event.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
1 0 The winner of the Southeastern-McNeese game will play No. 4 seed Northwestern State Thursday at 5 p.m. The Demons are in the tournament for a fifth consecutive season and for the 18th time overall. The Demons finished with an 18-11 overall mark and were 13-5 against league opposition. Northwestern finished its regular season with an 88-78 win over New Orleans and have won six of its last seven games. 1989, 2002 6 No. 3 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi awaits the winner of the UNO-Nicholls game for a second-round game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Islanders return to the tournament for the second straight year and for the fifth time overall after going 18-12 overall and 13-5 in the Southland. The Islanders have won their last four games, and six of their last seven, including a strong defensive effort in the regular-season finale with a 58-27 win over Abilene Christian. ESPN3 to Carry Southland Semis: The semifinals featuring the Southland’s top two seeds – Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State – will be available solely on ESPN3 Friday night. The Lumberjacks await their foe in a 5 p.m., CT, tipoff and the Bearkats will follow at 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Rose will call the action and be joined courtside by Jim Haller as the color analyst. Tournament Titles Among 2015 Field Stephen F. Austin Championship Game to Air on ESPN2: The championship game will be covered exclusively by ESPN2 and WatchESPN Saturday at 8:30 p.m., CT. Mark Neely is set to call the Southland Conference final and will be joined alongside Stephen Howard as the color analyst. Title Tilt on SportsRadio 610 in Houston: Marc Vandermeer and John Lopez will team up to provide the local market with the official radio broadcast of Saturday night’s championship game on SportsRadio 610. Southland Returns to Katy for Eighth Consecutive Year: The 2015 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament returns to the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. This will be the eighth consecutive year for the tournament to be held in Katy. The 2015 tournament will be the 16th in league history to be played at a neutral site. The tournament was played in Shreveport, La., from 1995-2001 and was held in Houston before moving to Katy in 2008. Team On a Neutral Court: The Southland Conference has played its postseason tournament on a neutral court every year since 2007. In those eight years, only Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State have participated every year. The two even played for the championship in 2010 and in 2014. Stephen F. Austin has played a league-best 16 games in the tournament since 2007 and leads all programs with 10 wins, including two titles (2009, 2014). Sam Houston State is next with nine wins. New Orleans is making its first trip to the Southland tournament in its second year as a conference member. 0 Sam Houston State In the Lumberjacks’ Bracket: In the SFA half of the bracket are No. 4 seed Northwestern State, No. 5 seed McNeese State and No. 8 seed Southeastern Louisiana. The Cowboys and Lions will open the tournament Wednesday at 5 p.m. Southeastern, which is 9-22 overall and 6-12 conference, has dropped its last five contests, including a 69-75 loss to Nicholls in its season finale. It is the 11th all-time tournament appearance, all in the last 12 years, for the Lions. The Cowboys are in the tournament for a league-best 28th time. McNeese is taking a four-game winning streak into the tournament and is 14-15 overall and 8-10 in league games. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi McNeese State 9-6 SFA’s Walkup Named Player of the Year: Senior Thomas Walkup helped lead the Lumberjacks to their third consecutive Southland regular-season championship and their fifth overall. The guard/forward from Pasadena, Texas (Deer Park H.S.), is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds to pace SFA. Among the conference leaders, Walkup is highly ranked in several statistical categories, including fifth in field goal percentage (56.9), sixth in scoring and 10th in rebounds. He was even more productive against conference opponents, averaging 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in league play. Walkup record five double-doubles on the season, including one in each of the final three games of the regular-season, leading the Lumberjacks to wins over UIW, Northwestern State and Sam Houston State. He became the newest member of SFA’s 1,000-point club, sitting at 1,080 career points as a junior. The two-time conference player of the week is the fifth Lumberjack to earn the award and is the third straight SFA winner. Senior teammate Jacob Parker won the award last season, while Taylor Smith took the honors in 2013 and Josh Alexander and Matt Kingsley won the award in consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009. .556 10-6 .625 All Good Things Must End: The Stephen F. Austin men’s basketball team had reeled off 32 consecutive Southland Conference basketball games, which was the longest conference winning streak in the country, but it came to a halt Saturday (Feb. 14) against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Islanders upset the Lumberjacks 71-63 to hand SFA its first conference loss 728 days when it last lost on Feb. 16, 2013, to Southeastern Louisiana, 54-50. The 32-game conference winning streak is the longest streak in conference history. The second-longest streak belongs to Louisiana-Monroe with 20 straight wins in the 1970s. Along with the conference winning streak, the Lumberjacks also had their 19-game winning streak snapped in the loss to the Islanders. It was the second-longest streak in league history, behind the 2013-14 SFA team that won 29 in a row. Louisiana-Monroe (1990-91) and Texas-Arlington (2011-12) each won 16 straight while a league member. Sam Houston State Selection Sunday: The Southland Conference tournament champion will earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The 68-team field for the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be unveiled Sunday at 5 p.m., CT on CBS. This year’s Final Four will be held in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. App. .250 Two Southland Players Named USBWA All-District: Stephen F. Austin junior guard/forward Thomas Walkup and Northwestern State sophomore Zeek Woodley were the two Southland representatives on the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VII Team, which consists of schools in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Walkup is the third straight Lumberjack to earn all-district honors, joining senior Jacob Parker (2013-14) and former Lumberjack Taylor Smith (2012-13). 2 5-4 6-6 First Two Rounds to be Streamed on Southland Digital Network: The first four games of the men’s tournament will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network, including Southland.org/watch and the league’s mobile and tablet apps. David Saltzman will handle play-by-play duties for the two games Wednesday night and the two games Thursday night. 1 .500 Pct. 2005 8 Holyfield Leads All-Defensive Team: Five all-conference selections also appear on the league’s five-member all-defensive team, including Sam Houston State center Michael Holyfield, McNeese State guard Kevin Hardy, Lamar forward Tyran de Lattibeaudiere, Northwestern State junior Jalan West and Stephen F. Austin junior guard/forward Thomas Walkup. West, last season’s defensive player of the year, and Hardy were on the all-defensive team for the third consecutive year while Walkup made his second appearance. 2007 Experience Wins in Huntsville: Sam Houston State’s consistent starting line-up has been a trademark of the Bearkats. Sam Houston started the same line-up all 35 games in 2014. Three of those players have started each contest in 2015. This year’s starters have played a combined 428 games including 384 total starts. Michael Holyfield has made his 104 starts. The other four players in the line-up are Paul Baxter (84 starts), DeMarcus Gatlin (75) and Jabari Peters and Kaheem Ransom (both 63). Chemistry is evident among the veteran starting five as the Bearkats head into the conference tournament with a 24-7 overall record and finished conference play with a 15-3 mark. Nicholls 2 2001, 2006, 2013 All-Conference Breakdown: Seven conference teams placed at least one player on the all-conference teams, led by Sam Houston State, which landed four players. SFA, Lamar, Northwestern State, McNeese and A&M-Corpus Christi each garnered two selections while UIW had one all-conference pick. 2009, 2014 3 Tournament Records Since 2007 Southeastern Louisiana .222 In the Bearkats’ Bracket: The first game pits No. 6 seed Nicholls and No. 7 seed New Orleans. Nicholls, which is in the tournament for the 15th time, has won its last three games and finished the regular season 10-18 overall and 7-11 in league games. The Privateers are 10-17 overall and finished 6-12 in the league. UNO is in the Southland tournament for the first time in schools history. The game between Nicholls and UNO is set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. 2-6 Lumberjacks’ Underwood Picked as Coach of the Year: SFA took home its third consecutive coach of the year award and the second in a row for Brad Underwood. In his second year in Nacogdoches, Underwood led the Lumberjacks to another memorable season with a record of 27-4 and 17-1 in league play to help SFA wins its third straight regular-season crown. Underwood now boasts a career record of 59-7, becoming the all-time winningest second-year coach in NCAA Division I history, surpassing the 58 victories set by North Carolina’s Bill Guthridge from 1997-99, while his .894 winning percentage is tops all-time among second-year coaches. While SFA, Underwood has posted a 35-1 record in league play and a 30-1 all-time record at William R. Johnson Coliseum. Underwood’s squad recorded a 19-game winning streak this season, which is the second-longest streak in school history behind last year’s SFA’s team that reeled off 29 in a row. Underwood is only the third SFA coach to win the honor, joining former coaches Danny Kaspar (2008, 2013) and Ned Fowler (1991). 0-0 New Orleans 2-7 Guidry Sets Southland Double-Doubles Record: McNeese State’s Desharick Guidry recorded his 19th double-double of the season in the Cowboys’ 77-60 win over Central Arkansas, Feb. 24, with 13 points and 11 rebounds. With that performance, Guidry became the league’s all-time leader for double-doubles in a single season, passing Ricky Woods’ (Southeastern Louisiana) record of 18 set in 2005-06. Guidry, who put together nine consecutive double-doubles from Nov. 18-Dec. 22, continues to add to his total and is second in the nation with 21 double-doubles. 1 .545 0 Sam Houston State’s Holyfield is Top Defender: In his fourth season at Sam Houston, senior Michael Holyfield was named the Southland’s top defender, an award in just its third year. The 6-foot-11 senior center from Albuquerque, N.M., (Manzano H.S.), leads the league with 2.4 blocks per game, which ranks 31st in the NCAA while his league-leading 75 total blocks are 29th-best. Holyfield is five blocks away from becoming the school’s all-time leader, just behind Eddy Fobbs 79 blocks in 2003. He paces the league’s top scoring defense and top rebounding team. The Bearkats only give up 58.7 points per contest while out-rebounding their opponents by 7.2 boards per game. Holyfield, who averages 7.5 rebounds per game, pulls down 4.8 rebounds on the defensive glass. He also put together five double-doubles on the season, including a 10-point, 14-rebound showing at LSU on Dec. 13, 2014. The Demon Attack: After averaging only 72.8 points per game in its first five games, Northwestern State has regained its offensive explosiveness by averaging 87.7 points per game in its last 20 contests. The Demons have now jumped up to No. 1 in the country with 83.9 points per game as of March 10. Northwestern State has finished second in the NCAA in scoring each of the last two seasons. 2 7 UCA’s Howard Tabbed Freshman of the Year: On a team with eight freshmen on the roster, Jordan Howard proved to be not only the top on the squad, but the best in the league, becoming the first Bear to earn a postseason conference accolade. The point guard from Chandler, Ariz. (Perry H.S.), led the Bears in scoring with 15.7 points per game, which was fifth-best in the Southland. Howard led the conference in 3-pointers made with 77, which is the fourth-most by any player in UCA history and the most 3-pointers made by any UCA freshman. Howard scored in double figures in 28 of the Bears’ 29 games and scored nine points in the lone game he did not reach the double-digit mark. Howard, who ranked ninth in the league in minutes player (33.7), shot an impressive 38.9 percent from behind the arc on the year. 1995, 1998 Sam Houston State Takes No. 2 Seed: Sam Houston State locked up the No. 2 seed after finishing 15-3 in league play and 24-7 overall in the regular season. The Bearkats are in the tournament for the 18th time and for the 12th consecutive year. The Bearkats reached the championship game last season and are looking for their third tournament title and first since 2010. Sam Houston, like SFA, has a double bye into semifinals and will play its first game Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Northwestern State 6 Titles Northwestern State 2 1 Stephen F. Austin Men’s Basketball Tournament Release (PDF)Stephen F. Austin is the top seed for the third consecutive year at Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament March 11-14 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The Lumberjacks will be trying to do something that has not been done in the Southland in 22 years and become the first team to repeat as tournament champions claim the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament since Louisiana-Monroe won four straight from 1990-1993. Last season, SFA won its second tournament title with a 68-49 win over Sam Houston State to advance to the NCAA tournament where it defeated VCU 77-75 in the second round. The Lumberjacks begin the quest for a third tournament title after a double-bye into the semifinals on Friday at 5 p.m., CT on ESPN3. This Year’s Tournament Field: The eight teams in this year’s Southland tournament have combined to win the event 13 times. Seven of the eight teams that have played in the event previously have at least one title with four teams having claimed two and one – Northwestern State – that has three tournament wins. Northwestern State won its titles in 2001, 2006 and 2013. McNeese State (1989, 2002), Nicholls (1995, 1998), Sam Houston State (2003, 2010) and Stephen F. Austin (2009, 2014) have each won two tournament titles, while Southeastern Louisiana (2005) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi are in search of their second championships. There has not been a team win consecutive tournament titles since former league member Louisiana-Monroe won four consecutive from 1990-93. New Orleans are making its first tournament appearance. Wentz, Hittle Named Capital One Academic All-District 7: Abilene Christian junior Parker Wentz and UIW junior Kyle Hittle were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Wentz is a two-time honoree and a 2013-14 All-Southland Conference Academic First Team selection. The junior biology major with a 3.82 GPA also has made ACU’s Dean’s List on five occasions. Hittle boasts a 3.63 GPA in business administration and is in his third year with the UIW program. 2 6-5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 6 8 McNeese State First .000 Jordan Joins 1,500/500/500 Club: In the Islanders’ regular-season finale, senior John Jordan scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to become the only active player in Division I to join the 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assist club. Jordan is the second player in conference history to achieve the feat, joining Texas-San Antonio’s Devin Gibson (2007-11), who has 1,681 points, 549 assists and 530 rebounds in his career. W-L Other Ways to Follow the Tournament: The official website for the 2015 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament is www.Southland.org/katy. The official twitter feed, @SouthlandSports, will also have all the latest updates of not only the conference tournament, but all 17 Southland Conference sports. Fans and media are also encouraged to use the following hashtags on social media throughout the tournament: #SLCMBB, #SLCWBB and #SouthlandStrong. If Facebook or Instagram are your preferred social networks, search SouthlandConference on those apps. 1 Nicholls 2003, 2010 .600 0 Lamar Transfer de Lattibeaudiere Selected as Best Newcomer: Lamar forward Tyran de Lattibeaudiere is the sixth player from Lamar to earn newcomer of the year accolades and the first since Kenny Dawkins in 2008. The senior from Kingston, Jamaica (Vincennes Univ.), was second in scoring for the Cardinals on the year with 13.6 points per game. He finished the season with eight double-doubles, which is second-best in the league. de Lattibeaudiere led Lamar in scoring 11 times and led the team in rebounding 20 times on the season. The forward started all 30 games for Lamar and finished the year with 64 blocks, which is the fifth-best mark in single-season school history. de Lattibeaudiere finished the year ranked third in rebounding (7.9) and blocks (2.1), fourth in the league in field goal percentage (57.4), 13th in steals (1.4) and 14th in scoring. Other Cardinals that have been named newcomer of the year include Lamar Sanders in 2007, James Gulley in 2985, Jerry Everett in 1984 and B.B. Davis in 1978. Nicholls’ Frye Named Player of the Week: Frye carried Nicholls to its first three-game winning streak of the season, averaging 20 points in wins against New Orleans, Central Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana. Frye started the week with a career-high 23 points against New Orleans on 8 of 10 shooting from the field and knocking down 7 of 9 free throws in the Colonels’ 89-79 win. In the 77-70 victory against UCA, Frye scored 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting. In Nicholls’ regular-season finale, Frye added 21 points to lead the Colonels to a 75-69 win over Southeastern Louisiana to help clinch the No. 6 seed in the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament in Katy, Texas, March 11-14. Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston Ranked in Mid-Major Poll: After winning its third consecutive regular-season title, Stephen F. Austin jumped to No. 4 in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll. The Lumberjacks are also receiving votes in both the AP and USA Today Coaches’ Polls. The Lumberjacks have a 27-4 record on the year with wins at Memphis and at home against Long Beach State, North Texas and Texas State. SFA four loses were an overtime loss against Northern Iowa (No. 10 AP Poll/No. 11 Coaches’ Poll), a road loss to Xavier, a road loss to Baylor (No. 16 AP/No. 16 Coaches’) and a road loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Sam Houston State, which is 24-7 on the season, fell one spot to No. 16 after dropping its regular-season finale at SFA. Southeastern Louisiana 4 We are #SouthlandStrong: The motto encompasses a positive mindset and confident outlook for everything that happens in the Southland. It is about competitiveness and success in the conference, in the NCAA, in professional sports and many other great achievements by member institutions and student-athletes. But it is more than just excelling in competition; it is also about being successful in the classroom and in the workforce. Southland Strong is also about great works by the league’s athletic departments reaching out and giving back to the local communities and student-athletes providing leadership through their endless efforts with local charity and youth groups. The conference encourages its member institutions and student-athletes to join the social media conversation by using the #SouthlandStrong hash tag to tell why someone or something is Southland Strong.
Users of the social influence ranking service Klout can now see how their local checkins impact their overall social reach, thanks to an integration with Foursquare. This marks the first time Klout has used explicitly location-focused data as a factor in its social influence scoring system. Previously, only data from your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts were used to calculate your Klout Score. With this update, users can get an idea of what their social media influence is in and around the places they frequent in the real world, rather than just on the social Web at large. There are several different Foursquare data points that could theoretically have an impact on one’s score, including number of friends, total badges and frequency of their check-ins. To start, Klout seems to be focusing on the tips that users leave at different venues on Foursquare. “The importance of tips for a venue cannot be underestimated, as the data shows, tips are loved by users and change what customers want,” reads a post on the Klout company blog. More than 80% of active Foursquare users have left a tip at a location at one point and over 2/3 of them post them regularly, according to Klout. Starting today, those tips will play a role in people’s scores, which Klout has said are not at risk of decreasing when people connect their Foursquare accounts. In other words, people won’t be penalized if they’re not particularly established Foursquare users, but connecting their account to Klout can help raise their overall score. Integration with Foursquare can currently be turned on from the Klout dashboard, but the company says it will take up to 72 hours for that data to be reflected in one’s score. Users can also now connect their YouTube accounts to Klout and Google Plus integration is in the works. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification john paul titlow A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Tags:#Location#NYT#Social Web#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…
Tags:#cloud#news A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… joe brockmeier 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This should be fun. Just a few days after Amazon announced its 19th price cut, Microsoft is announcing its own price cuts for Azure Storage and Compute. If you’re looking at running a smaller instance with a 100MB database, you can now get one for less than $20 a month. If you’re doing heavy computing, though, Azure still seems a bit behind AWS.The cuts are 12% to Azure Storage (now $0.125 per GB), and the extra small compute instance for Azure has been dropped by 50% to $0.02 per hour. If you’re buying the six month plans, Microsoft has reduced storage prices by “up to 14%.”Comparing Azure to AWSMicrosoft breaks their prices down by month rather than by compute hour on their pricing calculator, so it’s not as simple as one might hope to compare pricing. But here’s how it breaks down, assuming 732 billable hours per month:Microsoft Extra Small (1GHz CPU, 768MB RAM, 20GB Storage): $0.02 per hour, $15.00 per monthMicrosoft Small (1.6GHz CPU, 1.75GB RAM, 225GB Storage): $0.123 per hour, $90.00 per monthMicrosoft Medium (2 x 1.6GHz CPU, 3.5GB RAM, 490GB Storage): $0.25 per hour, $180.00 per monthMicrosoft Large (4 x 1.6GHz CPU, 7GB RAM, 1,000GB Storage): $0.49 per hour, $360.00 per monthMicrosoft Extra Large (8 x 1.6GHz CPU, 14GB RAM, 2,040GB Storage): $0.98 per hour, $720 per monthHow does that stack up with AWS EC2 pricing? I took a look at the pricing for Windows instances on EC2, without any reserved pricing bonuses:AWS Micro (Up to 2 EC2 Compute Units in bursts, 613MB RAM, EBS Storage Only): $0.03 per hour, $21.96 per monthAWS Small (1 EC2 Compute Unit, 1.7GB RAM, 160GB Storage): $0.115 per hour, $84.19 per monthAWS Medium (2 EC2 Compute Units, 3.75GB RAM, 410GB Storage): $0.23 per hour, $168.36 per monthAWS Large (4 EC2 Compute Units, 7.5GB RAM, 850GB Storage): $0.46 per hour, $336.72 per monthAWS XL (8 EC2 Compute Units, 15GB RAM, 1,690GB Storage): $0.92 per hour, $673.44 per monthThe EC2 compute units are described as “the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor,” so it doesn’t look like you’re getting quite the same horsepower out of an AWS compute unit, and AWS is more stingy with storage. AWS instances have a wee bit more RAM, though. Pricing-wise, AWS is coming in cheaper if you accept the instances as roughly equivalent.Where it gets trickier is if you opt for longer-term pricing with Azure. You can buy six month plans with Azure for “up to 20%” less on a monthly basis. Amazon has several tiers of reserved instances, and additional discounts for big spenders as we covered earlier this week.SQL Server PricingWhat gets trickier is adding in SQL server. If you want, specifically, Microsoft’s brand ‘o SQL, then you’re looking at Microsoft’s SQL Azure Database or running AWS EC2 Instances with SQL Server. Here you must choose large or XL instances, as AWS doesn’t offer micro, small or medium instances with SQL Server. You can run SQL Server Express Edition on any of the instance types, but for the full package you’re only going with the two higher-end instances.That inflates the pricing to $1.06 per hour for large instances, and $1.52 per hour for XL instances.Azure, on the other hand, charges by the size of the database and the number of databases. So comparing the two services gets pretty hairy if you factor in SQL Server.If you’re looking at a lot of compute instances, Amazon still seems to have the edge in pricing. One might also be tempted to look at AWS after the Azure meltdown at the end of February, though AWS has had its own issues.Microsoft does have plenty of money to throw at this, so this is unlikely to be the last price cut we see in 2012 from either vendor. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Several low-lying roads have closed due to flooding as of Wednesday morning, including Highway 94 west of Portland. See MoDot’s travel information map here.The Missouri River at Jefferson City was forecast to hit major flood stage late Wednesday or early Thursday, and crest at 32.1 feet, one of the ten highest levels in recorded history. Glasgow was on the way to a top-five all-time crest.More rain was in the forecast, starting Wednesday night.Jefferson City residents north of the Missouri River have also been given evacuation orders effective at 5pm Wednesday.In addition, The Salute to Veterans Airshow is canceled over Memorial Day weekend, because of flooding near the Jefferson City airport. Governor Parson declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.