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)
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)
Over the past several years, many IT departments have committed to
virtualization as an antidote to the spiraling costs and inflexibility
plaguing corporate data centers everywhere.
By running applications on virtual servers and consolidating underutilized
hardware, data centers can get maximum value from their equipment.
Virtualization also makes IT more responsive to the needs of the business:
rather than spending weeks or months to provision a physical server, a
virtual server can be launched in minutes.
Virtualization was meant to be the solution to today's data center woes -... (more)
This post is part of a series examining the issues involved when moving
applications between internal data centers and public clouds.
One of the advantages of cloud computing is that someone else is managing the
infrastructure – including the servers, network devices and storage
systems, not to mention the data center power conditioning, cooling and fire
suppression equipment. One of the costs of offloading this infrastructure
is that the cloud becomes something different and separate from your data
center. In most deployments today, the cloud is almost com... (more)
Cloud Expo 2010
Analysts, bloggers and mainstream media have spent 2009 promoting cloud
computing as “the next big thing” that will revolutionize the way
companies buy and use computing power.
But beyond the hype and the C-level interest in an exciting trend, there’s
value to the cloud that appeals to the pragmatic, “show me” nature of
The two main drivers for cloud computing are the same ones that have always
motivated enterprise IT: save money (do more with less) and be more
responsive to business needs. These goals are typically in conflict with each
other, s... (more)