Making Financial Sense of PaaS
As a consultant one of the common artifacts I’m frequently asked for is a
cost estimate for a statement of work. Needless to say being the “cloud
guy” these requests often revolve around estimates for delivery on a public
cloud platform. I’d like say there is a high-degree of science behind these
estimates, but the truth is that without a completed physical and logical
architecture estimates are exactly that, an estimate. Pay for use definitely
introduces an opportunity to get very fine-grained in costing, but it also
requires a much more detailed understanding of the application than was
required to do costing for a standalone equivalent.
Being a huge supporter of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), specifically,
container-based PaaS, such as CloudFoundry and Heroku, I decided to apply my
pricing experience to hacking up an estimat... (more)
Making Financial Sense of PaaS, Part Deux
In my blog, “Making Financial Sense of PaaS,” I provided an analysis of
delivering a newly-developed mobile application using a variety of platforms.
Subsequent to my posting I had some great conversations about the content
with Brent Smithurst (@brentsmi) from ActiveState and Mark Thiele
(@mthiele10) from Switch. Brent is from a PaaS software provider and Mark is
a world-renowned expert on data center operations and architecture, so
clearly their insight is extremely relevant and credible.
As pointed out by Mark, it’s very easy t... (more)
Regardless if you’ve migrated multiple applications or this is your first
migration to a public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) you will want to run
a small proof-of-concept to make sure that the basic elements of data flow
operate as expected and your components will run in the IaaS environment.
This week I spent some time experimenting with the three top IaaS offerings:
Amazon AWS, Google Compute Cloud and Microsoft Azure. The architecture was
relatively simple: three docker containers, one hosting a LAMP—Linux,
Apache, MySQL & PHP—stack running WordPress, one hosting Postfi... (more)
Can Telcos Succeed As Cloud Service Providers?
Someone sent me a link to this article this morning. While reading it I
started to think about the competitive landscape for cloud service providers
and the challenges telcos have competing in this market. After all, when you
think cloud service provider, which names come to mind? Amazon? Microsoft?
IBM? Google? Sure, but how about CenturyLink? AT&T? Verizon? What are the key
differentiators between the first and second groupings? The first group is
closely associated with software and innovation, while the second is
associated with... (more)
Experts say that cloud computing is disruptive and then continue on to
discuss how the cloud quickly enables innovation while competition between
cloud service providers drive costs down. Both of these scenarios are
accurate, but the disruption from cloud has additional shockwaves that only
now beginning to be felt. Hardware and software vendors are starting to show
signs of wear on their revenue streams due to cloud. Eventually, that wave
will begin to impact the ecosystems that includes Value-Added Resellers and
professional services firms that implement the products for those ... (more)