From the Tech Instigator

Chris Fleck

Subscribe to Chris Fleck: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Chris Fleck: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn

Top Stories by Chris Fleck

Chris Fleck's Blog As described in part 1 of this blog series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. (Pointed out by Michael Keen and Billy Marshall as well). Perhaps this is not very surprising to many, but it does help to look at the numbers to put it in perspective. The largest Intrinsic cost advantage of the Cloud is the ability to share infrastructure among multiple customers ( i.e. Multi-Tenancy and/or Multi-Instance ). This comes into play when many customers have variable workloads that are not likely to overlay at the same time. A Cloud infrastructure can load balance this workload on-demand... (more)

Cloud Computing Economics, Part One

Chris Fleck's Blog The economics of Cloud Computing do point out a major Cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. On the surface though it's apparent that Amazon's EC2, for example, is significantly more expensive if the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher cost. Below is a simple comparison of Amazon EC2 vs. purchasing a set of servers for development purposes ( I have added some additional costs and scenarios). This example also assumes the servers fit in existing space and either environment would be managed by exi... (more)

Citrix XenApp Now Runs in the EC2 Cloud

Apps from the Cloud frequently means limited function browser based web apps that may be OK for personal use but don’t cut it in the business world. Citrix as an industry leader delivering full featured enterprise windows apps to business has now enabled the Cloud to provide the delivery system. As a public demonstration Citrix has posted a pre-built XenApp Server in Amazon’s Xen based EC2 offering. Anyone can now start demonstrating and testing rich windows app delivery from the Cloud in minutes without committing to hardware or the typical set up and configuration time.  A deta... (more)

iPhone in the Enterprise Webinar

Chris Hazelton from the 451 Group: "The iPhone has so effectively whetted the appetite of corporate mobility users wanting more feature-rich products that executives are smuggling the device into the enterprise without authorization. No single vendor - as cool as Apple may be - can possibly develop sufficient applications to sate this appetite, so third-party software developers have an immense opportunity to add value. The question is, will Apple decide this is the road it wants to travel? Will it cede the control it so famously exerts over every stage of its products developmen... (more)

You Won't Get Fired for Buying VMware, But ...

Many of us in the IT industry recall the old adage  "you'll never get fired for buying IBM" this held true for quite some time while IBM provided a comprehensive albeit expensive set of products that got the job done and provided the safe bet vendor selection. As the PC era took hold and the introduction of credible alternatives became available, the pendulum began to swing the other way. IT started being challenged about the "safe bet" choice and in many cases the assumption became if you were only buying IBM you were probably paying too much. This phenomena also translated int... (more)