Well, if the inevitable outcome of reduced friction is to increase demand for
IT resources, someone is going to have to do the capacity planning.
In a sense, the impact of cloud computing will be to shift the tasks for IT
operations from tactical resource provisioning to strategic resource planning
- with an emphasis on achieving the most efficient, lowest cost
This is a far cry from the "your mess for less" outsourcing that has
previously been the outcome of cost focus - this is about creating an
automated, immediate search for the lowest cost, most available, most
appropriate computing resources needed to fulfill a provisioning request.
via CIO UK Magazine.
Don’t read the blog posts on “Here’s how to hire your 10th VP of blah
blah blah.” That’s a rich man’s problem when you need to worry about
scaling your sales team. What’s missing is understanding what it takes to
be a five-person team to succeed. Going from zero to one is incredible. One
to five is inconceivable. Beyond that, you’re not adding 100% of your
organization every time you make a new hire.
via Cooking Up App Ingredients — Medium.
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Although cloud computing provides financial benefits like reduction of CAPEX
and the ability to pay-as-you-go, organizations will still need a reasonable
amount of granularity in the reporting of cloud usage and the ability to map
that usage into a financial chargeback model that makes sense.
Amazon has gone live with Windows support in the EC2 cloud while at the same
time announcing a private beta for some new scaling and load balancing
features. These features will certainly be useful for the smaller customers
of EC2, but my guess is that those features were ... (more)
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Cloud hosting providers with any degree of scale should have an application
load testing product offering. In fact, I think it has the potential to be
a killer app for cloud hosting companies.
Load testing has traditionally been a painful process and inefficient process
from a time and cost perspective due to challenges around traffic generation
There have been typically two options for the traffic generation aspect of
the load test:
Buy a bunch of servers to make into a traffic generation farm, buy some
software (e.g. Mercury Interactive) to au... (more)
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There are way too many vendors talking and not enough practitioners. That is
not a good thing. If all of our education is coming from vendors we will be
in a bad place. This is SOA all over again from 3-4 years ago. When I do see
a practitioner, most of them have not done anything significant yet. If I
have to listen to the NY Times success story one more time I will puke. I
keep hearing the same case studies over and over which tells me that we are
talking about the cloud a heck of a lot more than we are doing the cloud.
Most of the good case studies are from... (more)