Amazon is indisputably the biggest name in cloud service providers. They have
built up a strong market presence primarily on the argument that access to
cheap compute and storage resources is attractive to companies looking to
shed IT costs as they move from on-premises solutions to the cloud. But after
the initial push for cheap resources, how will this market develop?
Is cheap really cheap?
Amazon has cut prices to their cloud offering more than 40 times since
introducing the service in 2006. The way this gets translated in press
circles is that cloud services pricing is approaching some floor. But is that
In October 2013, Ben Kepes over at Forbes wrote an interesting article that
included a discussion of AWS pricing. In the article, he quotes some work
done by Profitbricks that shows AWS pricing relative to Moore’s Law. The
article is here, and the image f... (more)
If LinkedIn profiles are any indication, User Experience (frequently
shortened to UX) is the new orange. Indeed, across all manners of technology,
there is an increasing focus on improving user experience. Driven in part by
Apple’s success on the consumer side, it would appear that IT
infrastructure vendors are getting in on the action. In the quest to simplify
our collective lives and differentiate in a space more defined by cost than
capability, the user is taking a more prominent role.
As it should be.
Networking and UX
This is especially true in networking. The truth about a... (more)
It’s been a busy week here at Plexxi. On Tuesday, we announced our
partnership with Cari.net, a high-performance, scalable and flexible hosting
platform based on Microsoft Cloud OS. CARI.net’s newly released CARIcloud
service is powered by Plexxi and uses software-defined networking to allow
companies to automatically adjust to conditions on their networks and make
sure that the most important applications are never starved for performance.
The platform enables customers to manage organizations and scale their data
centers without being restricted to a single cloud service provid... (more)
Last week Ivan Pepelnjak wrote an article about the failure domains of
controller based network architectures. At the core of SDN solutions is the
concept of a controller, which in most cases lives outside the network
devices themselves. A controller as a central entity controlling the network
(hence its name) provides very significant values and capabilities to the
network. We have talked about these in this blog many times.
When introducing a centralized entity into any inherently distributed system,
the architecture of such a system needs to carefully consid... (more)
If you follow the Plexxi blog, you know that our own Marten Terpstra
(engineer turned product manager) posts every week in his reoccurring
#TerpstraThursday blog series. He is also a contributor to industry
publications like SDNCentral. This week, Marten reflected on a recent visit
with a customer and highlights the importance of connecting engineers with
potential customers to enable a firsthand experience of product in action. He
specifically calls out the need to skip the power-points and “endless
monologues” in favor of rolling up our sleeves, and installing boxes to see