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Showing posts from October, 2014

Cash-haemorrhaging public cloud

Interesting point of view on how cloud service providers are haemorrhaging cash to sustain these models in the hope they'll win big in the long run. As data storage and compute costs fall they may well be able to sustain existing pricing though I suspect ultimately they'll need to ratchet things up. Cost comparisons are also hard to get right due to the complexity of pricing from suppliers and I also believe the difference in architectural patterns used in the cloud versus on premise further complicates things (something for another day). What I do know is that their are those in the industry who cannot afford to be left behind in the race to the cloud; IBM, Microsoft and Google notably. They will likely be pumping all they can into the cloud to establish their position in the market - and maintain their position generally...

The legality and morality of IT solutions

I’m often found ranting and raving about the legality or morality; or rather the illegality and immorality, of some solution or other – more often than I care to admit. This post should hopefully clarify what I mean when I say it’s “illegal” or “immoral”. I should point out that I'm using these terms as an analogy in context of some IT solution and of course the legality of a solution in technical terms is an entirely different question. Morality never was very well defined. For further clarification I should state this post is in regard of IT solutions and not the behavioural rules and norms of society in general. That some of those IT solutions I’ve worked on may conflict with what society would expect is a separate issue… Legality - TFD defines legality as “A requirement enjoined by law”. The key word here from a solution perspective is “requirement”. If we assume that all requirements are mandatory (of course they’re not) then when I say some solution or part of a solution i

Internet Scale Waste

Whilst reading up on internet scale computing I came across a presentation on Slideshare  which contains the page below. 23 millions domains for 24,000 customers = just under 1,000 domains per customer. Now that seems like a lot but I strongly suspect it's more like most customers have x1 domain with a few having many many thousands (something akin to a Zipfs distribution ). Likely someone out there will have many hundreds of thousand of domains... I wonder who needs so many domains... On an aside, eh-hem, I get a lot of comments from people pertaining to be from something like, all of which turn out be spammers. Hummm..... I wonder how much spam/botware/malware waste resides in the cloud...?