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Making Financial Sense of PaaS, Part Deux Part I 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 to make the cloud look financially attractive when pricing out a single application versus a portfolio of applications. Indeed, I would have to agree one of the most difficult things is to formulate an apples-to-apples comparison of cloud to data center. Even with the concept of reservations,... (more)

Financial Sense of #PaaS By @JPMorgenthal | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Making Financial Sense of PaaS Part I 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 d... (more)

IaaS POC Proves to Be Informative | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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 Providers? By @JPMorgenthal | @CloudExpo

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)

Software Testing Is Too Critical By @JPMorgenthal | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Software Testing Is Too Critical to Overlook Today's software testing practices are abysmal. You're a major provider of health insurance services to general consumers. Your website is a primary means of interacting with your customers and allowing them view coverage, locate in-plan providers, review Explanation of Benefits for past services and see real-time information regarding deductibles and fees. It's midday and requests are taking over a minute or more to process. You're the provider of one of the leading business SaaS applications on the market. Millions of business peopl... (more)