New Gartner Reports Confirm: Delivering a CMP for Both Developers and IT is Cool

by Sebastian Stadil on Apr 22, 2014 2:00:00 PM

At Scalr, we have focused on delivering a Cloud Management Platform (CMP) that delivers the perfect balance for both development and IT. We began by focusing on developer efficiency, while also delivering the precise control IT requires. By removing the barriers to efficiency that developers confront when building cloud infrastructure we’ve gained adoption in the enterprise. By working closely with IT management, we’ve given them the controls they require. As a result, we’ve delivered a cloud management platform that delivers both developer and IT adoption.

We’re proud of our customers’ successes. And, once again, we’re pleased to say others are recognizing our important differentiators as well.

Leading IT research and advisory firm Gartner has recently published two reports featuring Scalr. Scalr has been named a Cool Vendor for Cloud Management 2014. Gartner defines cool vendors are those who “are transforming the way businesses operate and consumers engage with technology.”

Scalr has also been included in the “Market Guide for Open-Source Software Cloud Management Platforms (Gartner log in required).

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Topics: Strategy, Multi-Cloud, Scalr, Cloud Management

Public Cloud Cheaper Than Ever: Is Private Cloud Still Worth It?

by Sebastian Stadil on Apr 8, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Hot on the heels of Google’s *very* significant price drop, comes Amazon’s 42nd price drop of its own. If you were considering building a private cloud for cost reasons alone, it may be time to rethink that strategy.

Proponents of private cloud often argue that it is less expensive. They cite Amazon’s price cuts significantly lagging behind Moore’s Law, DRAM price deflation, and other such metrics.

And rightly so.

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Topics: Pricing, GCE, Opinion, EC2, Cost, Cloud News, Private Cloud, Google, Moore's Law, Amazon

Autoscaling and Cloudbursting: How Do We Get There?

by Thomas Orozco on Apr 1, 2014 8:00:00 AM

As a developer, properly designing cloud infrastructure is a rewarding yet challenging experience.

It is rewarding because appropriate cloud design, also known as cloud native design, enables two popular use cases for cloud: autoscaling and cloudbursting. In fact, you can’t realistically expect to do either of these unless your infrastructure and applications follow cloud native design patterns. Cloud is a toolbox, not a silver bullet, and cloud native design is how you’re supposed to use those tools to make the magic happen (autoscaling and cloudbursting). We’ll get to why and how further into this post.

Now, unfortunately, cloud-native design is also quite challenging. It requires that developers build their infrastructure so that every single instance is disposable and easily replaced, and design their applications so that they scale horizontally (more instances) instead of vertically (bigger instances).

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Topics: DevOps, Autoscaling, Cloudbursting

CloudPlatform 4.3: Open, Agile, and Efficient for the Enterprise

by Sebastian Stadil on Mar 26, 2014 7:00:00 AM

Citrix continues its commitment to improving CloudPlatform, its commercial distribution of the Apache CloudStack (ACS) project, with today’s release of CloudPlatform 4.3.

When CloudPlatform 4.2 was released,we posted our thoughts on the project and its competitor,OpenStack. We remain impressed by the fact that CloudStack is not just a project but a product. Its flexibility and full feature set make it particularly suited to the enterprise concerned about time to market. 

CloudPlatform supports desktop workloads, traditional enterprise application workloads and cloud native workloads all with a single integrated platform. Scalr customers who have selected it are successful and easier to support. One of our largest enterprise customers, Samsung, clearly illustrates this point. If you haven’t read our case study, I urge you to do so.

Scalr is all about balancing agility and control so we believe Scalr customers will appreciate this new version. Version 4.3 expands that enterprise appeal with more agile provisioning and management, increased control and an expanded choice of virtualization platforms and supported ecosystem components.

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Topics: Partners, Cloud Platform, CloudStack

Building Cloud Native Infrastructure With Scalr At PeerJ

by Thomas Orozco on Mar 25, 2014 1:18:00 PM

Are you concerned that cloud is a complicated beast, and that getting all the little details (such as autoscaling, high availability, and lifecycle management!) right will take days on end?

The team at PeerJ felt the same when they adopted Amazon Web Services.

Just like you, they were concerned that building tooling to manage their cloud infrastructure would redirect their engineering efforts away from the goal they set out to achieve: building PeerJ, and revolutionizing how scholarly knowledge is published today.

So, instead of building the tooling in-house, the PeerJ team selected Scalr. Was it the right choice? Jason Hoyt, Ph.D., Co-founder and CEO of PeerJ puts it better than we could:

“Thanks to Scalr, we’ve been able to focus on what matters to our business: building PeerJ. Naturally, infrastructure management is critical, but it’s definitely not our core business. Scalr’s Cloud Management software has been a great help in automating that aspect of our operations.

The good news is that the PeerJ team agreed to sit down with us, walk us through their adoption process, and tell us how they cracked those cloud challenges one after the other.

If you’re curious to learn how they succeeded, and would like the same for your business, you should check out the new case study we’re releasing in collaboration with PeerJ.
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Topics: Cloud Platform, AWS, Case Study, Cloud Native

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