Monday Jul 02, 2012

AWS EC2 Overview book

A very good introduction book to AWS can be found here:
AWS Book

I would say the title is misleading as this book is more an introduction and overview book then a programming book. However, very good for those IT people new to AWS.

Sunday Jul 01, 2012

AWS CloudFormations, Oracle Assembly Builder, Chef and Puppet

I blogged about the difference and similarities between AWS CloudFormations and Oracle Assembler builder to package your software stack for deployment/provisioning to the cloud. However, these tools do not deal with software stack versioning and configuration management. This is where tools like Chef and Puppet come into play.
Puppet and Chef points of interest:
1. Can be used in any cloud environment (rackspace, private cloud etc).
2. There is a debate between which is better. I am not going to get into this debate other then to say Puppet is more mature.
3. AWS CloudFormations can integration with both Chef and Puppet.

A good blog on AWS CloudFormations and the need for something more:
AWS CloudFormation

Friday Jun 29, 2012

Amazon CloudFormations and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder

Yesterday I blogged about AWS AMIs and Oracle VM templates. These are great mechanisms to stand up an initial cloud environment. However, they don't provide the capability to manage, provision and update an environment once it is up and running. This is where AWS Cloud Formations and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder comes into play. In a way, these tools/frameworks pick up where AMIs and VM templates leave off.
Once again, there a similar offers from AWS and Oracle that compliant and also overlap with each other. Let's start by looking at the definitions:
AWS CloudFormation gives developers and systems administrators an easy way to create and manage a collection of related AWS resources, provisioning and updating them in an orderly and predictable fashion.
AWS CloudFormations

Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder - Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder makes it possible for administrators to quickly configure and provision entire multi-tier enterprise applications onto virtualized and cloud environments.
Oracle VM Builder

As with the discussion around should you use AMI or VM Templates, there are pros and cons to each:
1. CloudFormation is JSON, Assembly Builder is GUI and CLI
2. VM Templates can be used in any private or public cloud environment. Of course, CloudFormations is tied to AWS public cloud

Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

CloudCruiser Chargeback in the cloud

Another company that does chargeback has just been pointed out to me:
CloudCruiser
There is interesting quote on this company's web site:
"Accurate and transparent chargeback is a key requirement in this age of cloud computing. By 2015, we forecast more than 50% of the Global 2000 will charge back most IT costs using service-based pricing, up from less than 10% today. New integrated tools will be needed to implement IT service-based chargeback."

- Jay Pultz, Vice President and Distinguished Analyst, Gartner

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.

Thursday Jun 07, 2012

Oracle Cloud offering - What makes it unique ?

Three things that make Oracle cloud offering unique:
1. SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings
2. Private and Public cloud offerings
3. Ability to seamlessly move between private and public cloud

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Public Cloud, co-location and managed services ... what is the cloud?

Recently I have had conversation with a number of people that are selling and implementing 'cloud' solutions. I put cloud in quotes as implementations like co-location (aka co-lo) and managed services (sometimes referred to as 'your mess for less') have become popular options for companies moving to the cloud. These are obviously not pure public cloud offerings and probably more of hybrid cloud implementations as the infrastructure (PasS and IaaS)is dedicated to a specific customer. This eliminates the security, multi-tenancy, performance and other concerns that companies have regarding public cloud.

Are co-location and managed services cloud to you? Are they something your company is considering when you think about cloud ?

Friday May 25, 2012

Cloud open source standards and frameworks

Interesting article on cloud standards and frameworks for IaaS and PaaS:
Cloud IaaS and PaaS open standards

Sunday May 20, 2012

HP and Dell make major moves in modernization and cloud

HP and Dell in same story about my two favorite topics: legacy migrations and cloud computing. I did not realize that Dell is also make a play in the modernization and cloud space in regards to legacy 3270 terminal migration/modernization to newer thin client hardware (Wyse terminals). Did not think of this terminal modernization market before but there is definitely a lot of money to be made selling terminal hardware modernization! Read more: HP and Dell cloud and modernization plays

Wednesday Nov 23, 2011

Oracle PaaS Cloud partner events

Take a look at this partner event that will discuss concepts and architecture to implement and manage Hybrid (Public/Private) Clouds utilizing Engineered Systems from Oracle.
Oracle Cloud partner workshop

Saturday Oct 15, 2011

Father of cloud IaaS, PaaS, DaaS and SaaS passes away

The operating systems, application servers and databases that run the cloud for the most part are powered by C: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/14/tech/innovation/dennis-ritchie-obit-bell-labs/index.html?hpt=hp_bn6 A sad day for the world of high tech.

Saturday May 14, 2011

OVM and OEL - PaaS, IaaS, and DaaS

We have discussed Oracle Exadata and Exalogic for Oracle DaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings. Exadata and Exalogic seem to get all the limelight when it comes to the Oracle Cloud offerings. Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL) are very powerful solutions to host your private, public,or hybrid cloud solutions. Oracle VM is based upon the open source XEN hypervisor. Oracle VM and OEL provide a free alternative to cloud providers that are running VMWare. Because Oracle VM runs on bare metal, hosting providers or customers implementing private cloud solutions can offer an Oracle based DaaS solution from the hardware (when running on Sun) to the Database from one vendor. Oracle VM and OEL can serve as the foundation for a PaaS or IaaS offering whether you are running on Sun hardware or hardware from any vendor offering x86 platforms including IBM (http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/x/solutions/infrastructure/erpcrm/oracle/virtualization.html)
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