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

Posted 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?

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

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

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Topics: DevOps, Autoscaling, Cloudbursting

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

Posted 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

Posted 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

If you're using cloud, Chef may be good enough

Posted by Thomas Orozco on Mar 13, 2014 3:37:00 PM

Earlier this week, Domen Ko┼żar published a blog post titled “Why Puppet/Chef/Ansible aren't good enough (and we can do better)”; it’s an interesting read, and the corresponding Hacker News discussion is equally insightful.

Among other things, Domen makes the point that bash scripts, Chef, and similar configuration management tools are fundamentally designed to alter state, not define state. In other words, they take a transition as input (e.g.: a Chef recipe defines a transition), instead of the desired final state this transition seeks to achieve.

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