Thursday Jun 14, 2012

Chargeback and billing across public and private clouds

Had a great conversation today regarding the need for metering, chargeback, and billing of cloud computing resources. The person I spoken with at a Fortune 1000 company increased the scope and magnitude of the issue of billing for cloud computing resources beyond what I had previously considered. I believed that doing any type of chargeback and billing for one public, private or hybrid installation was difficult. This person pointed out that the problem is even bigger in scope. The reality is many companies are using multiple public cloud vendors and have many different private cloud data centers. A customer may use AWS for some smaller public cloud applications, Salesforce.com (SaaS), Rackspace for IaaS, Savvis for colocation and a variety of Iaas and PaaS implementations for the private cloud. How does a company get a consolidated bill for all these different cloud environments? I am not sure their is an answer right now.

Saturday Feb 25, 2012

Bringing Cloud 1.0 in house - Is moving to private cloud from the public cloud already happening ?

Visiting with a major corporation that is bringing all their managed services in house. Granted, most of the infrastructure is on cloud 1.0 (the mainframe), but is this something we will see with cloud 2.0 a few years from now? Certainly, the reasons the company is doing this - lack of innovation, not having easy access to data that belongs to them, being held hostage to the business and technical models of the service provider, and raising costs because the vendor feels the customer is stuck with them - are all items that folks are not hearing are things to beware when moving to SaaS or public cloud DaaS. Could be something to watch.
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