By Thierry Manfe on Oct 24, 2008
IDC just announced it in a press release.: "Cloud Computing is Poised to Capture IT Spending Growth Over the Next Five Years". And the reason is that "The cloud model offers a much cheaper way for businesses to acquire and use IT".
I'll stop here about the explanations since IDC does a great job at explaining the advantages of Cloud Computing, but now, what can Sun do for you about this?
We have a complete portfolio of technologies that define the foundation for a cloud. As you know virtualization is the key paradigm for cloud computing, and Sun's technologies allow you to virtualize your complete data center: you can virtualize the compute power (i.e. CPU & RAM) with xVM server or Solaris containers, the storage with ZFS and the Open Storage initiative, the network and bandwidth with the soon-to-be-released Crossbow project.
Right, but what does it take to evaluate these technologies, and how to check whether your application runs properly on a cloud? Will it scale without failure?
Well, I have good news for you and it's named EZstack.
EZstack is a free online offering that enables you to deploy and test your AMP application on a cloud implemented with the technologies listed above. No need for you to spend time on configuration and installation. The AMP stack is already here, up and running. You install your application and populate MySQL easily with the EZstak web interface, and within a few clicks you test the scalability of the cloud and of your application. Here is a diagram of the infrastrucure that is at your disposal:
If you want to go a step further, the EZstack cook book helps you to deploy the same infrastructure in your own lab, and for those of you prefer to be hosted by a partner, we are working with some web hosters that will offer hosting services for production that are compatible with EZstack. Stay tune...
So, how to get an account on EZstack? Simply become a member of the Startup Essentials community - registration is free - and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org !