Removing barriers to cloud computing for the Small & Medium Business space.

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I wanted to familiarize myself with OpenStack today, as usual, I built out a mindmap of OpenStack.  It is interesting that in they have a current release of Austin out and are on track to deliver the Bexar release in early February with the Cactus release coming just 2 shorts months later in April.  Even more interesting is that Rackspace is committed to deploying the Cactus release on their own servers.

On a similar note, it is suggested the filesystem used be XFS, you know, the old filesystem left over from SGI and donated to the open source community.

Open Stack.png

I didn’t have an opportunity today, but I really want to take a harder look at the architecture in Object Storage.  From what I can discern, Cloudfiles is built on top of Object Storage with CDN capabilities.  On a lighter note, I saw folks on Twitter were having CDN issues because they were using Google DNS server or OpenDNS servers instead of their local ISPs DNS servers… woops!!  An inherent by-design flaw in most CDN implementations…

Also, Amazon just upped the game announcing an S3 block size limit of 5TB.

Current logical view of Object Storage I made while messing around with Omnigraffle – not my best work:

OpenStack Objects Architecture.png



Written by abattre

December 31, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Democratization of Enterprise Software

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Democratization of Enterprise Software

I’ve been reading everyone’s prognostications for 2011 around Cloud Computing and want to weigh in.  I think an area most are missing is the democratization of Enterprise Software for the Small & Medium sized businesses worldwide.  Think about it, commodity level pricing for software that runs my business, but at a level I can afford.  Everything the largest and strongest companies use to deliver efficiency and heightened proficiency.

Changes in the Game

This opens up a whole new world of efficacy, efficiency and process standardization to the small & medium business owner not previously available.  They can now use the same software and methodologies as the large businesses use to track their supply chain, manage human resources and deliver sales excellence through the use of customer resource management.

Who Wins

Most SaaS business models include a free level meant as a loss-leader, but are golden opportunity for the small business owner.  Bottom line, this provides the small business owner a potentially huge market advantage and they effectively leap-frog their competitors if they can execute quickly and nimbly.

Written by abattre

December 30, 2010 at 7:50 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

A Brave New World – Cloud Computing

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I first started working in the computer industry back in 1994 when the only way onto the internet was through college campuses and the web was in its infancy. Another computing technology that was also in its infancy was client-server computing. At that time, the mainframe was king and UNIX was making headway as business bought into the benefits of client-server computing. Many of those benefits, mirror the benefits touted by advocates of cloud computing today; cheaper and shared resources, leaner costs of maintenance, and elasticity of resources.

Last year, NIST of the US Federal government defined the main characteristics of cloud computing solutions:

  • on-demand self service, which allows business units to get the computing resources they need without having to go through IT for equipment.
  • broad network access, which enables applications to be built in ways that align with how businesses operate today – mobile, multi-device, etc.
  • resource pooling, which allows for pooling of computing resources to serve multiple consumers.
  • rapid elasticity, which allows for quick scalability or downsizing of resources depending on demand.
  • measured service, which means that business units only pay for the computational resources they use. Translation: IT costs match business success

Small business will reap great benefits as they move to cloud computing. In fact, I believe it is small business adoption of cloud computing which will transform, not computing, but how business is done across all tiers of business from small business to very large enterprises. In fact this will happen because the cloud computing model, the foundation is built upon commodity resources which are elastic and utilized as needed, this is exactly how small business executes today.

Written by abattre

November 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm