Archive | March, 2011

Risks and rewards of moving applications to the cloud

We have recently come across an interesting discussion group called “Cloudusecases.org”. It has published two white papers titled “Cloud Computing Use Cases White Paper” and “Moving to the Cloud – Risks and rewards of moving applications to the cloud“. Both papers are very interesting and informative. Especially the second one suggests the following very straight [...]

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Cloud Computing – Amazon, Google & Co against HP, IBM & Co

A recent article in the Bloomberg Businessweek titled “ The Cloud: Battle of the Tech Titans” stated that cloud computing will profoundly change the competitive environment around how people and companies purchase computer technology. The new paradigm will be hardware makers like HP, IBM  and Cisco against service companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft.  According [...]

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To cloud or not to cloud – as a function of WAN costs

Amid the hype around cloud computing and the millions of dollars pumped into marketing those utility computing services, not every business operation will benefit by moving to the cloud. So as the dust of the hype clears, we are left with the question of whether to cloud or not to cloud. This is a question [...]

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First Desktop-to-Cloud Job Execution

Minor success! This past week we ran our first real-world experiment on EC2 using the under-development D2C tool. The desktop tool transformed VirtualBox 64bit Ubuntu images to AMIs and launched 4 EC2 instances. Manual intervention was required to start the actual program conducting the experiment, as “auto launch” is not yet an implemented feature of [...]

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Comparing Cloud Computing Prices

During our research we have recently come across an interesting blog with the title “The Case for a Cloud Computing Price War”, where the author  Daniel Berninger argues that Amazon has kept prices for its EC2 offering stable over years, without handing over price performance improvements to its customers. The article further on argues that [...]

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Creating a 64 bit EC2 Image

Recently a researcher we are working with gave me an VirtualBox image to deploy on EC2 with the fledgling “Desktop-to-Cloud” tool. Discovering that it was 64bit, I had some additional work on my hands. Up until now the migration tool had assumed all source images are 32bit. No problem, I thought, there should only be [...]

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