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- Why You Can't Just Switch To The Cloud Overnight
- Single-Purpose Clouds: The Next Step After Private, Public And Hybrid
- Stupidly Obvious AWS Pitfalls That Trip Up Cloud-Hungry Businesses
- Route 53: AWS' Secret DNS Cloud Sauce
- Does The Cloud Mean Business Will Finally Use Unified Communications?
- Why Forced Web Shutdowns Are A Good Argument For Cloud
One of the often-hyped advantages of the cloud is the speed with which you can deploy a new service. In theory, you can whack down your credit card details and instantly have something working. But in reality, any full-scale shift to the cloud is going to require a planning process that takes months, if not years.
We’ve become accustomed to the notion of public cloud services (freely available to everyone), private cloud services (maintained by a specific company, but charged and deployed on a usage/needs basis) and hybrid clouds (which blend the two). The next possible development on the cloud horizon? Single-purpose clouds, optimised for a particular kind of workload.
The most frequently-discussed elements of Amazon Web Services (AWS) are its EC2 virtual server options and S3 cloud storage. Yet some long-term AWS customers reserve their highest praise for a rather more obscure product: the Route 53 scalable DNS management service.
The government shutdown in the US means that many agencies are being forced to ‘bring down’ their web sites, even though actually leaving them in place would probably be cheaper. Those unusual circumstances deliver a lesson for everyone: using a demand-based cloud service can ensure you don’t end up stuck with excessive bills if you are forced to stop running sites or applications.
HP’s Technology at Work day-long event is filled with interesting insights, and it’s definitely worth heading along to the Sydney event next week if you have the chance (quite aside from the potential to win an HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 if you head along). Of the various ideas presented in the opening keynote at Melbourne, the one that has kept me musing all day is HP’s Moonshot web server line.