Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending April 17th

April 17, 2013 by Diana Nolting

The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week.

Making cloud computing cost models work for you

Budgeting for cloud computing requires a different approach than traditional IT usage. How does one leverage a pay-go structure compared to a three-year depreciation structure and make sure they come out ahead? In this SearchCloudComputing Christine Cignoli has interviewed several experts to come up with a list of tips and tricks for those looking to get the most from their cloud hosting. Suggestions include changing instance sizes, using cloud storage and using tools to manage your spend.

Read more keys to making cloud cost models work for you.


Why servers should be seen like cows, not puppies

This NetworkWorld article by Brandon Butler is a great thought piece highlighting a recommended way of managing and operating VMs in IaaS environments.  The central analogy, the one the title runs with, is that when a puppy gets sick all hands are required to nurse the puppy back to health. Conversely, a cow’s illness in the midst of a herd makes little impact. Butler’s metaphor explanation is much more colorful and fun, but the general idea is there as it relates to VMs. The theory states that companies can gain greater efficiencies if they manage their VMs like a cattle herd, one in which a “sick” commodity hardware server has little impact on the whole herd; as opposed to managing “specialized, expensive servers” like puppies who are unique and each as centrally important as the other.

Find out what impact this has on your VM and application hosting.


Putting 5 cloud myths and misunderstandings to bed

Some things can’t be repeated enough, and this article covers several items that fall into that category related to cloud computing.  This quick CloudTech article covers a lot of the early caveats, disclaimers and suggestions that are helpful when venturing into cloud. Key points covered include trusting your provider, making sure cloud is the right fit and the scope of the change that cloud brings into an organization.

Read all five cloud myths.