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Thoughts on rackspace

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Since this past weekend I’ve been putting together a post for InfoQ.com on Cloud Computing trends in 2011.  There is a lot of fluff out there and sorting through it all has been exhausting, especially when combined with the holiday.  Every hosting provider out there is now claiming to be Cloud Computing IaaS or PaaS vendor.  Amazon is clearly the frontrunner at the moment and I think I close second is rackspace, with GoGrid hot on their heels. Microsoft and Google are quickly marshaling their resources and will have endless amounts of capital to spend, but they are clearly PaaS vendors.  Up a level from IaaS.


As to one of the bigger questions I’m forming in my head, I’m noticing that both Amazon and rackspace only support the Standard Edition of SQL Server in their out-of-the-box instances.  I’m trying to determine why and I’m betting it is a pricing/licensing issue.



When looking at both hosting solutions, it does seem there are some differentiators such as file storage comes as part of the package with rackspace whereas if you want to maintain your filesystem or database with AWS, you had better implement EBS.


As for dead-simple site hosting, rackspace provides a better solution hands down, especially with their management tool and the 3 very simple steps to create a server as compared to the draconian process needed to create an EC2 instance that can survive a catastrophic failure.



As for maturity in the market, Amazon clearly has penetrated the Enterprise Software space as an IaaS vendor with a nice case study on Lawson Software.  They even have the likes of Engine Yard and Heroku running on top of their service showing they are a proven infrastructure vendor.  (as a side note, what is salesforce.com going to do with Heroku – will they migrate to their own servers or continue with Amazon AWS?)


I’d like to see rackspace go after tier 2 and tier 3 enterprise software vendors and put together some nice case studies.  I’d also like to see rackspace implement a noSQL stand-alone data solution.  Further, they really need to shore up their marketing around their CDN solution rather than delegate it simply as a mention in a side-note feature to cloudfiles.  Lastly, if they really want into the HPC cloud computing space, they need to provide a map/reduce solution ala Hadoop which I understand they already use internally.


Mindmap of the current rackspace.com solutions:




Written by abattre

December 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Killer Cloud App – Data Storage

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If you talk with the folks over Amazon, they use S3 buckets instead of local drive space to store log files, dumps, images/graphics and all sorts of odds and ends.  I was having a discussion yesterday with a  colleague on what we think the next killer solution will be and I kept thinking back to the almost entirely vertical slope for 2009-2010 shown on any Werner Vogels slide deck demonstrating the usage of S3 since 2006. 


The world runs on data and information management is key surviving in a post-manufacturing world.  At one time, Microsoft wanted to build a file system which was database driven to overcome those pesky file gremlins which so often eat the file you need “right now”

When you look at data solutions you have several vendors with solutions:

  • EMC / Mozy
  • Amazon
    • SimpleDB
    • S3
    • RDS
  • Microsoft with SQL Azure
  • Google with BigTable
  • Caspio
  • IBM
    • DB2 Express
    • Informix Dynamic Server
  • NoSQL Alternatives in a private cloud
    • CouchDB
    • MongoDB
    • NEO4J
    • Cassandra

What the world doesn’t need to have happen is a mass movement of relational databases to virtualized multi-tenant hosting, but that is exactly what is happening.  What needs to happen is an evolution of data and information storage.  Something where the data is stored and retrieved in a like manner in which it is used.  Perhaps along the NoSQL movement, but on a grander scale….

Written by abattre

December 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm