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)
Reuven Cohen's "ElasticVapor" Blog
How do you effectively enable a kind of cloud overflow in a secure yet
Jeff Barr from Amazon Web services has come up with a great new term to
describe the need to handle sudden and extreme spikes in demand by enabling a
hybrid cloud computing model which combines both private data center
resources and remote cloud resources such as Amazon EC2. He called this model
This term seems to be quickly becoming the preferred way to describe a major
problem in the emerging cloud computing space - or for some the perfect ... (more)
Reuven Cohen's "Elastic Vapor" Blog
Recently I've been frequently asked; "Is virtualization...cloud computing?"
So this next bit may sound a little odd coming from someone who has built a
cloud computing platform on the basis of server virtualization. Although
virtualization is an ideal building block for a cloud environment, saying
that "virtualization" is the only basis for cloud computing is wrong. Notably
Google uses little to no virtualization technology and is seen as the poster
child for the cloud computing movement. They recognized that cloud computing
is about the move ... (more)
Let's put this into perspective for a moment. Regardless of what the
manifesto says (If you follow the CCIF forum or read my blog you've got a
pretty good idea). The goal of the open cloud manifesto is to bring wide
scale industry attention to open interoperable Cloud Computing. In this goal
we have succeeded even before the manifesto has been published.
In one move, Microsoft has provided more visibility to our cloud
interoperability effort then all our previous efforts combined. For this
reason alone we need thank Microsoft. Moving forward I believe Microsoft will
continue to ... (more)
In case you missed it Oracle announced this morning that it will be acquiring
Sun Microsystems. The transaction is valued at approximately $7.4 billion.
This news means the technology landscape is about to radically change and
quite possibly, Sun hardware is now dead.
The software aspects of the deal actually makes a lot of sense. It certainly
seems like a very obvious fit, Oracle is buying Java. Whether Larry Ellison
admits it or not, Java is the key to enterprise focused cloud computing. It's
the perfect language and format for the fluid movement between existing
enterprise dat... (more)