Cloud Computing : Are you Car or Plane ?

Cloud Computing : Are you Car or Plane ?

The New-York Times published, last Friday, a good article related to Cloud Computing major issue for Amazon Cloud Services. In this article, Steve Lohr speaks about Amazon issue on its major Datacenter in Northen Virginia. At the end of the article, I found a great comment from Lew Moorman, from Rackspace. “The Amazon interruption, said Lew Moorman, chief strategy officer of Rackspace, a specialist in data center services, was the computing equivalent of an airplane crash. It is a major episode with widespread damage. But airline travel, he noted, is still safer than traveling in a car — analogous to cloud computing being safer than data centers run by individual companies.” Following this metaphor, I have two questions. Is the Cloud like the plane regarding availability? Is the Cloud like the plane for the environment impact? What about availability? If you look at Cloud Computing about Quality of Service, reaching 99,99% SLA, with great continuity like do Cloud Industry is a challenge. To build this service level with the Cloud Payer’s costs is impossible. Only few companies can build their own private Cloud with enough economy of scale to deliver this Service Level but only Cloud Vendors can deliver it at a very low cost. In this case, for availability, Cloud Computing is like a plane. Service Level are far from what you can expect from a car journey. What about environment? In a previous post, I explained that Cloud Computing is an opportunity for Green. The economy of scale, the massive consolidation Cloud Vendors are building, put the Cloud at the best standard level for the environment. In...
Your Safe in the Cloud !

Your Safe in the Cloud !

We do more and more things online in our day to day. Read emails, share photos, documents. Would you be willing to store valuable items online? Adminium suggests you have your Safe online for all your most valuable documents. Invoices, bank statements, pay stubs, photos, documents, passport, … all your documents are stored online. All elements from your contributors (Bank, mobile operators, energy suppliers ,…) are automatically drawn into this site then you can get all, in one secured area. What could be the relationship with Cloud Computing? To provide such service, Adminium’s teams have addressed four major adoption obstacles.    How to ensure that my data is not changed?    Is my data secure?    Where is my data stored?    Is it possible to lose my data? How to ensure that my data is not modified? To answer this, Adminium certify all data with a certificate of deposit. Is my data secure? Access to data is protected and its transport is secured by an SSL connection. Where is my data stored? The choice of the Datacenter partner,  OVH,  guarantee that datas are located in France. Is it possible to lose my data? Adminium proposes to have a copy on CDROM and / or print for your documents. A nice innovation to inspire your Cloud projects . What do you think about it...
Cloud Computing is a Green Opportunity

Cloud Computing is a Green Opportunity

I read some different point of view about Cloud Computing and Green. Some said that it is a paradox due to a lake of authority. Some said a country like Finland is doing it right. And last ones said Cloud Computing is Green. What about your thoughts ? What about Cloud and the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) ? A key part is the Environment. What about the carbon foot print ? What about the next Generation legacy ? I think it is time to leverage each disruption, each innovation for the CSR Challenge, specially the Green challenge for IT. The Cloud IS a Green Opportunity, for sure. Best practices for key Cloud Actors are on the go, look at Facebook initiative for their last Datacenter. The Open Compute project is proposing a Cloud Architecture to beat bests green practices ever for the Datacenter. Look at the PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness, I explain it here). They improved best is class standard not by 10%, or 25% but by 38% ! More and more the Cloud industry will improve their efficiency to develop a sustainable environment for their business. Moving to the Cloud will also improve your carbon foot print, when are you moving...
Cloud Computing Architected : Solutions for Application Design with John Rhoton

Cloud Computing Architected : Solutions for Application Design with John Rhoton

Exchanging with some key people in the Cloud area is very exiting. Today, I want to share with you my conversation with John Rhoton about his last book. Your first book about Cloud Computing (Cloud Computing Explained) was very thorough. What prompted you to write again on a similar topic? The books target very different requirements. The first focuses on how to integrate existing cloud services into the enterprise and leverage them to create new capabilities or improve existing business processes. The second looks at how to create new software and services that leverage cloud computing and can be delivered through cloud-related channels. Cloud Computing Explained caters to IT managers and CIOs who are considering cloud computing for their enterprise.  It provides a high-level overview of the technology and then leads the reader through the process of assessing the suitability of a cloud-based approach for a given situation. This involves calculating and justifying the investment and developing a solid design that considers the implementation along with the ongoing operations and governance that are required to keep the system running. However, cloud computing is also of interest to many other stakeholders, such as service providers, users and technologists. In Cloud Computing Architected, Risto Haukioja and I look at cloud computing from the vantage point of a software architect who is developing applications that could potentially be hosted in the cloud. This perspective focuses first on how to use cloud-based platforms and services in developing new software. It then explains what is needed in order to make the code “cloud-ready” so that it can scale on demand and accommodate higher resource efficiencies,...
The six million dollars server

The six million dollars server

Do you think we can find a server for this price? I am not kidding! Are you sure, in fact, we have to think only at upfront costs? Let’s take an example, imagine you have a new project, sometimes it happens 😉 Then for this project you have to install in your Datacenter some new servers. Back to the Datacenter team and guess what? What could be the surprise? What could be the main concern? No more space! The Datacenter have not enough space for all your servers. Impossible? Incredible? I had this feedback several times from key CTOs. With no space, then you have to build (or rent) a new datacenter! It can cost six million dollars or less or more, whatever, in that cases not only the server’s price. What could be the option? I propose two: Manage Capacity or Moving to the Cloud. Capacity Management is the next Dream and the process is long and painful. Process maturity is in general low and to reach the right Capacity level you have to link Asset / Facilities and Project forecast. On the other hand you have the Cloud option. Not a miracle solution, a pragmatic one. Build a datacenter for the price of a server? It is what Cloud model proposes. You can convert Capex in Opex and also move the Capacity Management delivery to your Cloud Provider. Are you ready for your next multimillion dollar...