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

Wednesday Jun 13, 2012

SaaS usage billing software

Just found out about this SaaS billing company that can be used for software usage billing in the cloud:
Metratech Metanga

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

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

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.

Tuesday May 31, 2011

Cloud INaaS (Integration-as-a-Service) from SaaS providers

Saleforce.com is the leading independent SaaS provider so a logical place to start when discussing INaaS (integration-as-a-Service) and SaaS. Salesforce.com’s approach to INaaS is to offer a rich web services APIs and a catalog of pre-integrated applications. The developer API-focused approach makes sense given Salesforce.com’s rich heritage of developing easy to use and extensible applications accessible over the Internet. Workday is another pure-play SaaS provider to enterprise customers. The Workday cloud-based approach to integration is more extensive then what is offered by Salesforce.com as it includes these three core components: • Standards-based, web services APIs - At the core of Workday are open, standards-based APIs that give complete programmatic access to business operations and processes. • Integration Cloud Platform – An INaaS platform for building, deploying, and managing integrations to and from Workday. All integrations are deployed to and run in the Workday Cloud without the need for any on-premise integration software or applications servers. • Integration Cloud Connect – a growing ecosystem of pre-built, packaged integrations and connectors to complementary solutions that are built, supported, and maintained by Workday.
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