The great advantages of the enterprise cloud can be summed up as agility and flexibility, two small (ish) words, that give companies the keys to compete on today’s market. The great disadvantages of the enterprise cloud can be summed by in a short sentence “lack of cost control”. And control, agility… make for a contrast… one that creates an expensive issue.
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So now that we’re all finally starting to understand the corporate cloud, IaaS and even be able to weigh up the advantages and identify certain problems that arise from binning the hard iron, the boundaries are getting pushed a step further with serverless, the latest buzz word in IT disruption.
Serverless you say, what’s that? “Serverless means you don't have to think about the servers that you rely on to deploy and run an application. The idea is for the servers to exist in the background, as a resource that scales up or down automatically, according to the application's needs.” a tidy definition supplied by this article in Channel Futures, which goes on to note: “In essence, serverless computing is a way of taking the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model to the extreme. Not only does serverless computing relieve you of the need to maintain your own infrastructure, but it saves you from the hassle of having to provision or administer infrastructure in any way.”
The recent move by AWS from a per-hour to a per-second billing model, for its Linux-based EC2 instances, was only to be expected, reflecting the increasing demand for scalability in computing solutions. But at the end of the day will it really save you money? Could this increased flexibility in pricing create a too-relaxed attitude, amongst those responsible for procuring this expensive resource?
Final part of interview series with tinkering whizz-kid & OneKloud CTO
Part one of a two part interview series with tinkering whizz-kid and OneKloud CTO.
What’s up Xavier, can you introduce yourself?
I compiled my first Linux Kernel at eight years old. As a kid I used to disassemble just about everything I could get my hands on. At ten years old I modified the electronics of my first walkie-talkies to try to tune into the police frequency. Then I started coding, the first thing I did was was to clone my mom's cell-phone sim card so I could use her phone without her knowing. My second project was to clone the television’s satellite card so I could watch cable on my computer… I’ve always been into tinkering, fiddling. My studies were math/electronic oriented in high school and then I went on to an engineering school and then got a Masters 1 degree from the Dominican University of California, University in San Rafael, California. Today my whole house is totally controlled by computers, from the front door to the lighting and everything in between. I’m also a massive fan of raspberry pi and arduino.
Does cloud infrastructure live up to the hype?
Just because cloud infrastructure makes it possible for businesses to adapt and scale their IT needs with more flexibility than ever before, doesn’t make it easy. While cloud migration is quickly becoming an indisputable step into the future, many companies are finding the transition comes with an unforeseen disadvantage: a debilitating lack of control and foresight.
“Capacity planning is the process of determining the production capacity needed by an organization to meet changing demands for its products. In the context of capacity planning, design capacity is the maximum amount of work that an organization is capable of completing in a given period,” says Wikipedia. So are these definitions and task frameworks relevant if we are talking about virtual IT? Absolutely.
It’s funny when you think about it, cloud infrastructure provides us with the capacity to power and host the most cutting edge computing technology, allowing the latest scientific and technological innovations to go above-and-beyond, but the way in which AWS is managed and how it interfaces with developers and companies is really pretty dated.