Archive | February, 2011

VM to EC2 Migration Lessons

The following are a few lessons learned about migrating a VM to EC2 in the past 2 weeks. These notes are particular to dealing with an Ubuntu VirtualBox image. Hopefully they will provide some tips/guidance to others who are undertaking the same task. 1. Transforming a VM image on OSX can be very cumbersome / [...]

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Cloud Computing and the Art of Sourcing

In the book “The Big Switch” Nicholas Carr makes a historical analysis to build the idea that the data centers/Internet is following the same developmental path as electric power did 100 years ago. At that time companies stopped generating their own power and plugged into the newly built electric grid that was fed with electric [...]

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Profit-Aware Server Allocation for Green Internet Services

In recent years large investments have been made to build data centers, or server farms, purpose-built facilities providing storage and computing services within and across organizational boundaries. A typical server farm may contain thousands of servers, which require large amounts of power to operate and to keep cool, not to mention the hidden costs associated [...]

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Maximizing Cloud Providers Revenues via Energy Aware Allocation Policies

Cloud providers, like Amazon, offer their data centers’ computational and storage capacities for lease to paying customers. High electricity consumption, associated with running a data center, not only reflects on its carbon footprint, but also increases the costs of running the data center itself. In “Maximizing Cloud Providers Revenues via Energy Aware Allocation Policies” we address [...]

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Desktop to Cloud Introduction

Scientists and researchers may develop number-crunching programs on a personal machine, but lack the technical means to scale the architecture to deal with meaningful datasets efficiently. I would like to introduce the “Desktop to Cloud”, a project recently begun that aims to address roadblock. Our goal is to provide tools that push and expand an [...]

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