In his opening keynote for Red Hat Summit, Jim Whitehurst, the CEO of Red Hat
asked the audience: "Name an innovation that isn't happening in Open Source -
other than Azure!" I can certainly add iPhone and AWS to the mix but let me
stick to the cloud topic with the following question: "How much Open Source
matters in the cloud?"
Let's first elaborate on a two misconceptions about Open Source.
Open Source Is Free
Not really! In the cloud doesn't matter whether you are running on an Open
Source platform or not - it is NOT free because you pay for the service. And
for long Open Source project have been funded through the services premiums
that you pay. I would argue that Open Source vendors have mastered the way
they can take profit from Open Source services and are far ahead than the
proprietary vendors. The whole catch here is that you pay nothing for the
software a... (more)
It is surprising to see how every new technology suddenly becomes the thing
that will solve every problem. The cloud is no different. Everybody rushes to
migrate their applications to the cloud because they think this will
magically make them faster, cheaper, agile, competitive and… add any other
buzzword that comes to mind. Well, not so fast! You don't need to move every
single application to the cloud! Or at least not in its current state.
There are thousands of articles on the Internet that discuss which
applications are applicable for the cloud (including several that I have ... (more)
Lately we have seen a lot of articles discussing how easy Disaster Recovery
in the cloud is but very few of those put the emphasis on talking about the
basics of Disaster Recovery and educating customers on why they should be
thinking about it. Mostly such articles concentrate on the technologies
that can be uses and how to do Disaster Recovery.
I would like to start with the basics and write about few Myths About
First, let's relate Disaster Recovery to something that is more close to us
in real life. The first thing that comes to mind as an analogy is the
Last week's Joyent outage brought us thinking how many IT teams make the
effort what is the meaningful downtime that will not have significant impact
on their business. In this post I will not discuss this particular outage
although it is a yet another good example for improving the IT practices and
processes but will concentrate on an important step in the Business Impact
Analysis (BIA) that is a prerequisite for Disaster Recovery - namely
the Cost of Downtime.
Very often because the lack of understanding of the overall IT application
portfolio the cost of downtime is calculate... (more)
At the Prepare for Multi-Cloud Future panel yesterday the guys from
Equinix, Redapt, RightScale and Datapipe offered great insights about
the challenges of using multiple clouds. One of those is of course
estimating the cost of running your application in the cloud or in multiple
clouds. With that in mind I wanted to elaborate a bit more on what should you
think about when doing the estimate.
Quite often you will see IT or business teams estimate the cloud costs only
based on the compute power and storage that they need. One quite often
overlooked component of the cloud cost is ... (more)