Plexxi recently teamed up with Colovore, Piston Cloud Computing and King Star
Computers to publish a whitepaper that challenges the assumption that the
public cloud is inherently cheaper than the private cloud. Though the rapid
speed of deployment and reduced capital expenditure has made services such as
Amazon EC2 very attractive, the study shows that the rate of cost increase is
often higher than that of a self-hosted private cloud solution. Brandon
Butler recently reported on the paper’s findings for Network World.
We hope you were able to tune into DemoFriday today on SDNCentral. Our own Ed
Henry and Nils Stewart did an excellent job of explaining how to construct
Big Data fabrics that easily integrate with systems like OpenStack and
Cloudera. We’ll share the full webinar once it’s live on SDNCentral’s
In this week’s PlexxiTube of the week, Dan Backman exp... (more)
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 approa... (more)
The concept of resource fragmentation is common in the IT world. In the
simplest of contexts, resource fragmentation occurs when blocks of capacity
(compute, storage, whatever) are allocated, freed, and ultimately
re-allocated to create noncontiguous blocks. While the most familiar setting
for fragmentation is memory allocation, the phenomenon plays itself out
within the datacenter as well.
But what does resource fragmentation look like in the datacenter? And more
importantly, what is the remediation?
The impacts of virtualization
Server virtualization does for applications and c... (more)
The cloud is one of those technology trends that seems to be perpetually on
the cusp of becoming ubiquitous. But if recent analyst reports are any
indication, cloud’s breakthrough moment is imminent. Late last year,
Gartner predicted that in 2016, the bulk of new IT spend would shift to the
public cloud, and that by the end of 2017, nearly half of all enterprises
will have hybrid cloud deployments.
But if cloud has been around for so long, why will it take so long for cloud
to become the dominant source of IT spend?
Psychology vs Technology
The determinant for most change is the... (more)
Big Data is quickly overtaking SDN as a key phrase in today’s networking
lingo. And overused already as it may be, it actually has a lot more meaning
and definition compared to SDN. Big Data solutions are designed to work on
lots of data as the name suggests. Of course they have been around forever,
talk to any large bank, credit card company, airline or logistics company and
all of them have had applications running on extremely large databases and
data sets forever. But this is the new Big Data, the one inspired by Hadoop,
MapReduce and friends. High performance compute cluster... (more)