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Toddy Mladenov

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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)

Is the Cloud the Right Solution for Your App?

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)

Six Myths About Disaster Recovery

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 Disaster Recovery. 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 ... (more)

Determining the Cost of Downtime

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)

Five Areas to Consider When Estimating Cloud Costs

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)