Choosing the Cloud that’s right for your company.
In a 2008 interview, Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison was asked
about the cloud and he responded with a three minute
rant about cloud computing…
“What the h*
is Cloud Computing?”
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, 2008
I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is
talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's
insane. When is this idiocy going to stop
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, 2008
Larry Ellison announced Oracle is building a cloud
service to host many of its key software products, including
Java, database, middleware and CRM
During that same
he also warned: “
of false clouds
Cloud computing relies on sharing
computing resources rather than having
local servers or personal devices to
handle applications. The goal of cloud
computing is to apply traditional
supercomputing, or high
computing power, normally used by
military and research facilities, to
perform tens of trillions of computations
per second, in consumer
applications such as financial portfolios
or even to deliver personalized
information, or power immersive
So, Cloud Computing is when we use
computing power to
perform tasks that
my less powerful
computer might struggle with?
Cloud computing is the delivery of
computing as a service rather than a
product, whereby shared resources,
software, and information are provided
to computers and other devices as a
a network (typically the
Cloud Computing is you, me, our
company, our community, using
software or hardware
over (usually) the
describes cloud computing in the traditional mainstream sense, whereby
resources are dynamically provisioned to the general public on a fine
service basis over the Internet, via web applications/web services, from
party provider who bills on a fine
grained utility computing
Amazon Web Services.
is infrastructure operated solely for a
single organization, whether managed
internally or by a third
party and hosted
internally or externally
Hosted INFOR EAM would be considered
a private cloud.
: Software as a Service
a means of
delivering software and its associated
data over the internet.
: Infrastructure as a Service
provision model in which an organization
outsources the equipment used to
support operations, including servers,
hardware, storage and networking
components. The service provider
houses the equipment and is responsible
for housing, running and maintaining it.
Platform as a Service
outgrowth of SaaS
and can be a
combination of SaaS and IaaS. As in the
IaaS model, the
equipment and is responsible
provides operating systems, storage and
network capacity over the internet.
Here’s the down
private…sometimes, it breaks.
headline from April 21
EC2 goes down, taking with it
, Foursquare and
CNN Money the following day:
Titanic went down**
How many shop amazon.com?
How many are prime customers with access to Amazon Cloud Player music,
movies, television and Amazon Cloud Storage?
Is anyone using Amazon Web Services?
scale up resources or bring resources down as needed.
new hardware can be brought online in minutes.
term commitment to resources.
IT resources are provided as individual, separately priced
building blocks. You can choose to
, some, or all of the services AWS
if you have an idea you’d like to try out, you can temporarily
access the needed resources without making a long
term commitment. Then de
allocate resources when your experimentation is complete.
On a small scale, you can create a few static web pages or a small site for
Larger companies might use AWS for disaster recovery, training, demos, data
storage, overflow processing, regions and zones.
AWS is a pay
go web service and there
separate charge for each service you use.
Like the electricity at your home, AWS usage is
metered. You pay a monthly fee based on how
much you’ve used.
There is an AWS Simple Monthly Calculator to help
estimate the cost.*
Some of the pricing dimensions that AWS uses:
an hour of CPU time
a gigabyte of transferred data
number of messages queued
* Time and Space
month of data
Host Your Web Site in the Cloud
by Jeffrey Barr
a great book for getting started
a very helpful tutorial on installing a t1
instance with Apache
Amazon’s own documentation is an excellent resource