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.

Tuesday Mar 27, 2012

SQL Server 2012 price increase - what is the impact to migrations ?

SD Times as well as other publications have been discussing the pricing change that is coming for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 when it was released on March 6th.
SD Times SQL Server 2012 license changes bring new concerns.
It will be interesting to see what impact this has on folks that are considering Oracle or looking to migrate from Sybase to SQL Server or Oracle.

Friday Dec 02, 2011

Appliance, engineered solutions are becoming the industry rage

HP Enterprise Database Consolidation Appliance for SQL Server really demonstrates how Oracle has set the stage for engineered solutions / appliances becoming the next big wave in the enterprise IT industry:
ARTICLE
The article mentions how the HP/Microsoft announcement is clearly a response to Oracle Exadata. However, from a technical perspective, it is a much different offering than Oracle Exadata. The HP/Microsoft
offering is all about consolidating by offering a preconfigured database and hardware solution using hypervisor based virtualization. Oracle Exadata is all about a preconfigured data and hardware solution for
consolidation but also focused on high performance.

Monday Oct 31, 2011

Win a copy of Migrating to the Cloud - follow me on twitter

Win a copy of this book. All you need to do is starting following me on Twitter Tom Laszewski
After two weeks, I will pick two twitter follows. These two follows will receive a free copy of this book:
Migrating to the Cloud

Tuesday May 24, 2011

Migrating DB2, Sybase, SQL Server to Oracle Exadata and the cloud

Customers and partners that are migrating from non-Oracle database platforms to the Oracle 'cloud in-a-box' solutions(Exadata) often ask: 'What is the most difficult aspect of the migration?' Is it the processors, applications, application middleware, storage, management software, database, network or something else. The answer is really...it depends. I always hated that answer but it does depend on: 1. Is your network already built to handle a high amount of traffic (high bandwidth) and GB+. 2. How much database logic does your system have. Are there a lot of stored procedures? 3. What is the application built in? Can the language easily be moved to the cloud? 4. Do you want to virtualize the application and use Oracle VM? 5. Does your storage or processors need to upgraded? All these components need to be considered. So, it does depend. More on this soon.
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