Amazon vs. Rackspace (OpenStack) vs. Microsoft vs. Google

A great article over on Network World running through the big cloud contenders in the marketplace.

It’s really interesting to note that complete cloud deployments are popular with startups but not the enterprise at the moment. The Enterprise space is going to be absolutely key and as I’ve already mentioned, the Middle East is hotting up at the moment with enterprise focused offerings.

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Cloud Architecture (Part 3) – Service Delivery

This post is part two of a five part series of posts on what should be designed into any cloud architecture. In this post, I will be going into some detail on the service delivery layer of a cloud architecture which will include orchestration.

Part 1 can be found here and part 2 here. The entire series will be grouped under the Cloud Architecture category.

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Do I Need a Private Cloud to Get All the Benefits of a Cloud?

In many cases, the benefits of the cloud and the benefits of refreshing the technology in an IT department’s infrastructure are combined. Tech refresh can be implemented without going the full cloud route, and tech refresh benefits can be seen as a relatively quick win. A good example of this is virtualisation – Virtualisation is a key stage to building a private cloud but VMware has been virtualising server workloads long before the cloud became a force in IT and there are very real and measurable benefits to virtualising your infrastructure.

In this post, I’m going to try to split out the tech refresh benefits which you will gain in the early stages of your cloud journey to the cloud benefits which will be achieved further down the line as I think this is critical in understanding your cloud TCO.

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