Cloud Expo New York
As the year winds down, there are a few things I have come to expect: holiday
parties, snow, and new features from cloud providers.
This year exceeded all of my expectations, starting with a note in early
December from our friends at Terremark letting us know that they have fixed
their Windows pricing for cloud servers.
Until this upgrade, if you started a Windows server in their cloud, you had
to pay for a whole month of Windows licensing ($30-$100 depending on the
version) no matter how much you used the server. This was rather
un-cloudlike, where we want to only pay for what we use.
With this new feature, running Windows in Terremark’s cloud only costs a
few cents per hour (Linux cost + 20%).
Then came the snow—I live in New Hampshire, and on December 9th we received
a foot of new snow to really get the season going. The very next day, Amazon ... (more)
As IT organizations move forward with their virtualization initiatives,
consolidating operations and shrinking provisioning times, the cloud has come
along as an even more compelling option. In the cloud, companies can build
capacity on-demand without having to own or manage the computing
infrastructure. As companies review their application portfolios, they’ve
started to realize that many of their not-yet-virtualized apps could easily
be run in the cloud. In particular, applications that are characterized by
spikey, cyclical, or seasonal usage could benefit the most from the clo... (more)
Last week Citrix announced OpenAccess and OpenBridge, two new offerings for
cloud computing. OpenAccess focuses on single sign-on and identity
management while OpenBridge is designed to allow connections between local
resources and cloud resources. The OpenBridge announcement highlights an
interesting debate occurring around hybrid cloud computing – how should
cloud networks be connected?
The debate centers on layer-2 versus layer-3 connectivity. Traditionally,
network topologies for remote data centers, co-location facilities, and
managed services have been built with layer-... (more)
The recent announcement from Amazon of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
represents the next big advance in the evolution chain for cloud computing.
Enterprises can now integrate their IT infrastructure with Amazon's vast
computing and storage resources, using a VPN connection from their data
center to their own virtual private cloud which then looks like part of their
Until the release of VPC, companies were left to build applications and
utilize the cloud as a separate and somewhat siloed portion of their
computing environment. In addition to the VPN connection... (more)
Many IT managers would love to move some of their applications out of the
enterprise data center and into the cloud. It's a chance to eliminate a whole
litany of costs and headaches: in capital equipment, in power and cooling, in
administration and maintenance. Instead, just pay as you go for the computing
power you need, and let someone else worry about managing the underlying
But moving from theory into practice is where things get complicated. It's
true that a new web application built from scratch for the cloud as a
standalone environment can be rolled out qu... (more)