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Chris Fleck's Blog The economics of Cloud Computing do point out a major Cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. On the surface though it's apparent that Amazon's EC2, for example, is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher cost. Below is a simple comparison of Amazon EC2 vs. purchasing a set of servers for development purposes ( I have added some additional costs and scenarios). This example also assumes the servers fit in existing space and either environment would be managed by existing staff. On the surface it's apparent that EC2 is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher cost. So where is all the savings? What's all the hype about? Purchase - on Premise $ 15,000 Quad-Core Servers ( 5 x 3,000 each ) $... (more)

Navigating the Fog - Billing, Metering & Measuring the Cloud

It's that dreaded time of the month again, the time of the month that we, the 400,000+ Amazon Web Service consumers await with great anticipation / horror. What I'm talking about is the Amazon Web Services Billing Statement sent at beginning of each month. A surprise every time. In honor of this monthly event, I thought I'd take a minute to discuss some of the hurdles as well as opportunities for Billing, Metering & Measuring the Cloud. I keep hearing that one of the biggest issues facing IaaS users currently is a lack of insight into costing, billing and metering. The AWS costing problem is straightforward enough, unlike other cloud services Amazon has decided to not offer any kind of real time reporting or API for their cloud billing (EC2, S3, etc). There are some reporting features for DevPay and Flexible Payments Service (Amazon FPS) as well as a Account Activity ... (more)

The Five Pillars of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is getting tons of press these days. Everyone has a different perspective and understanding of the technology, and there are myriad variations on the definition of the cloud- William Fellows and John Barr at the 451 Group define cloud computing as the intersection of grid, virtualization, SaaS, and utility computing models. James Staten of Forrester Research describes it as a pool of abstracted, highly scalable, and managed compute infrastructure capable of hosting end-customer applications and billed by consumption. Let's take it a step further and examine the core principles, or pillars, that uniquely define cloud computing. Pillar 1: Dynamic Computing Infrastructure Cloud computing requires a dynamic computing infrastructure. The foundation for the dynamic infrastructure is a standardized, scalable, and secure physical infrastructure. There should ... (more)

Email Security and Compliance Vendor Proofpoint Focuses on the Cloud at RSA Conference 2009

Proofpoint, Inc. (http://www.proofpoint.com), the leading provider of unified email security, email archiving and data loss prevention solutions, today announced that the company will be exhibiting at the RSA Conference 2009 exposition from Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23, 2009. Visit Proofpoint at Moscone Center in San Francisco, RSA booth #2445. Proofpoint representatives will be on hand for live demonstrations of Proofpoint's email security and email archiving solutions with a special focus on the company's Software-as-a-Service solutions. read more read more read more read more read more ... (more)

Unisys Named “Platinum Sponsor” of Cloud Computing Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Unisys, the leader in high-value technology and business solutions to global enterprises, was named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (www.CloudComputingExpo.com), which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. Unisys helps you secure your business operations so you can better focus on opportunities. They create visibility throughout all layers of your enterprise: exposing cause-and-effect relationships between strategy, business processes, applications and infrastructure. 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo At the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & E... (more)

Unisys & Cloud Computing: Breaking Through Barriers to Adoption

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) yesterday moved to overcome CIOs’ concerns about security of data in the cloud, cited by organizations and industry analysts as the top impediment to adopting cloud computing for business needs. Unisys unveiled an innovative cloud computing strategy and solutions portfolio for organizations to move enterprise application workloads securely to tailored cloud environments with greater confidence in maintaining the integrity of critical information. "I believe that cloud computing will revolutionize the way enterprises obtain business and IT services and change the kind of payback they get from their IT investments," said Rich Marcello, president, Unisys Systems and Technology (pictured below), adding: "Our clients tell us that they see great value in moving enterprise applications and data to the cloud. However, they have lacked the c... (more)

Cloud Storage: To API Or Not To API

As discussed last week, cloud storage solutions differ in many ways. They can be defined by their pricing model (usage-based or capitalized), their location (on-site or off-site), the granularity of scalability (per-file, standard unit, or per-system), and whether or not they are multi-tenant. But one of the less-discussed but much more technically-challenging differentiators lies in the access method: Some cloud storage systems use a web protocol-based API for access, while others use conventional storage protocols like NFS or SMB. Today we will discuss the implications of which access protocol is used. API Access: The Heart of the Cloud One hallmark of cloud computing is its programmability: Developers can use standard Internet protocols like HTTP to both access and control resources programmatically. This incredibly powerful concept promises to revolutionize IT ... (more)

Business Scenarios for the Cloud

The Open Group recently announced the formation of the Cloud Work Group. According to the Open Group, this new group “exists to create a common understanding among buyers and suppliers of how enterprises of all sizes and scales of operation can include Cloud Computing technology in a safe and secure way in their architectures to realize its significant cost, scalability and agility benefits.” I think we can all get behind that goal, but how exactly do they plan on accomplishing such lofty aims? The Open Group is tackling this by first publishing a Business Scenarios for Enterprise Cloud Computing document. According to the group this document will focus on aligning business needs with cloud computing in hopes of allowing companies that produce cloud computing technology to better understand the needs of potential consumers. More information about the document, inc... (more)

Workloads and the Cloud: Adaptivity to Speak at 4th Cloud Computing Expo

Offering IT as a service requires a paradigm shift in technology, operational processes and thinking about how business demand – manifested by applications – affects the use of all data center resources. Enterprise Cloud Computing, the next phase in data center evolution to solve this spiraling dilemma, enables IT as a service; but the question is how does business successfully operate this expensive investment? This question, and others, are the focus of a General Session due to be given at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, by Tony Bishop, CEO of Adaptivity. "The applications in support of an enterprise exhibit a wide range of operational characteristics," says Bishop. "That diversity is the key to business success, but it has consequences." In his session he will examine three different perspectives that must, Bishop contends, be accomm... (more)

The Cloud Bubble: Is Computing Becoming a Utility?

The Gartner Hype cycle research shows Cloud Computing as being on the peak of expectations… the very top of the hype bubble roller coaster. Vendors are looking for something to sell, and the consolidation of the data center, reducing operational cost and economy of scale are as convenient of an excuse as anything. There are some fundamental technologies as well that will make a big difference such as Virtualization. Is computing becoming a utility? When someone refers to cloud, the etymology of the term should be examined. This term comes from the days of network diagramming, and a cloud was an abstraction for the network. Basically whenever someone didnt feel like drawing all of the network entities, they would just draw a puffy white cloud. In essence the puffy white cloud is shorthand for “don’t worry your pretty little head about this stuff”. In doing so, one ha... (more)

iomart Hosting Launches Cloud Computing Services

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer iomart Hosting has launched two of the UK's first genuine true cloud computing hosting platforms. The company, one of few UK data hosting companies to own its entire data centre infrastructure, has developed two platforms which will allow customers to make use of the 'cloud' - an on-demand, remote IT infrastructure that enables companies to access and manage scaleable computing resources without the need for capital investment. This allows cloud users increased efficiency, as well as lower costs. iomart Hosting's five UK data centres enable it to offer two new Cloud Hosting service offerings. - CloudXtra: allows access to iomart Hosting's cloud infrastructure on demand, where customers pay only for what they use, when they use it. This option is ideal for test, development and short-term or seasonal high-capacity requirements. - Cloud... (more)