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Navigating the Maze of Public Cloud Pricing

Richard Stinton

When looking at migrating to the public cloud, or starting from fresh in there, many customers find the array of pricing models mind boggling.

The hyper scale public cloud providers such as AWS and Azure use the idea of instance or t-shirt sizes for their virtual machines. There is a massive range of alternatives depending on the CPU type, number of CPUs, RAM, the number of virtual disks that can be attached, whether they have GPU acceleration, etc.

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Topics: IaaS, hyperscale clouds

The Challenges for MSPs Working with the Cloud

Richard Stinton

Over the past few years, Managed Service Providers have been faced with a number of important decisions about how they continue to operate and differentiate their businesses with the rise of public cloud services.

The MSP (and outsourcing) model has traditionally been based on the premise of being able to operate and manage a customer’s IT services in a more cost-efficient manner than they could do it themselves. This may have been by bringing in a team to augment or replace the IT department using the customer’s equipment on-premises, or, perhaps, by transforming the IT infrastructure to the MSP's own facilities.

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Topics: IaaS, security, cloud compliance, hyperscale clouds

Moving Your Business to the Cloud? Be Careful About Putting All of Your Eggs in One Basket

Richard Stinton

The recent outage with Amazon’s S3 cloud storage facilities has highlighted the risk of relying on a single cloud provider.

To Amazon’s credit, they were quick to acknowledge the problem and get everything working again. However, the outage was significant and it demonstrated the number of well-known applications that are relying on these kind of cloud services. It also showed that while S3 has historically had excellent availability statistics, this outage has made organisations revisit the way that they consume public cloud services.

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Topics: DRaaS, IaaS, cloud compliance, hyperscale clouds

Where’d you put the W2 of Cloud?

Lilac Schoenbeck

Today, I got my first tax form in the mail. I’m in Massachusetts, so this one was a proof-of-healthcare form. In the next few weeks I’ll get a couple W2s, a gazillion 10-somethings from every bank that ever met my glance, and probably a bunch of forms with odd numbers that imply I paid state taxes last year and got an electric car tax credit. 

I toss it all in a pile for 8 weeks, and then start the tedious process of filing my taxes – or at least aggregating it all for my accountant. It’s an unholy mess. And, whether you use Turbotax or an accountant, everyone hates the paperwork collection process for taxes. 

Compliance audits are similar – with the added fun of having to account for the paperwork for a much broader problem. Your systems. Your users. Your physical security. Your digital security. Your policies – and now… terrifyingly, your cloud. 

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Topics: IaaS, cloud compliance, hyperscale clouds

Your Estimated Wait Time is 48 hours

Lilac Schoenbeck

On my to-do list on any given day is placing 2-4 phone calls to nameless entities trying to unravel a medical bill, work out some accounts-payable nonsense, or return the yarn that was called “teal” while being far more chartreuse. It’s tedious and annoying – and I have grown weary waiting on speakerphone for the unending cycle of Kenny G music to pass, praying a sentient and semi-competant individual is on the other end of the line.  

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Topics: IaaS, hyperscale clouds

The Extra Martini of Cloud

Lilac Schoenbeck

We’ve all been there. Out with 3 of our best friends – finally letting our hair down and enjoying a nice meal. Whether nice meal means burgers and beers or some crazy trendy chicken with pea foam – it’s still a great night out. And after a few drinks and half the table splitting the brownie sundae, the bill has come. And, you decided to split it 4 ways – even though Janice didn’t drink and Steve ordered the Filet Mignon. 

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Topics: IaaS, hyperscale clouds

Your Disk is Too Big

Jeff Polczynski

Recently, I was helping a friend work-around limited on-premise data center resources by recommending they deploy their new application into the cloud. Of course my hope was that I could help this friend host his servers in iland's Enterprise Cloud Services, but he explained that his only option was Azure because of corporate policy. I naively responded, "I'm sure they'll work fine, you're not trying to do anything unusual." I warned him that his big challenge would be migrating the VMs from Azure back on-premise later because he'd have to convert the VMs to work inside VMware.

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Topics: hyperscale clouds