The Dark Side of Cloud Computing Branding The promises of a better IT world being spouted by Cloud Computing are often followed by a shadow that is trying to brand all of its claims as lies and marketing propaganda made by service vendors in order to make more profit. When something is claimed to be the end-all-be-all of computing, a lot of people will undoubtedly be pushing on the opposite side of that claim. (Image Source: Shutterstock) The claim is that Cloud Computing is a myth, a fabrication by marketing experts in order to sell services or software again to
The Double-edged sword that is the Pay-as-you-go Model We always open up with something like “Cloud Computing offers cost savings because you pay-as-you-go and because of economies of scale” or “Cloud Computing offers elasticity and seemingly infinite computing resource as long as your wallet is also infinitely flowing” in our write-ups and articles. I know I just did. This is because one of the unspoken tenets of Cloud Computing is “minimal barrier to entry and economic scaling”, so it is ingrained into everyone who knows about Cloud Computing that the main reason for moving to the Cloud is cost savings.
Cloud Growing Pains – Failure Is Inevitable Growing up with floppy disks as the standard for storage was not pretty, my school days were filled with corrupt assignments and missing files because the things were very fragile and tended to fail at the slightest sign of an electrical field. And there was no use bringing a backup floppy disk because chances are that would fail too. Not to mention random crashes on very slow computers and you quickly learn to save fast and save often, then keep lots and lots of backup. Now fast forward decades later and we have
The Service Level Agreement Purchasing goods and services online has become very easy, just a click here and there, input some credentials, and your bank account is now lighter. This is exactly the same with purchasing Cloud Computing services. It has become a bit worrisome if people actually know what they are getting into or are getting their money’s worth. Sure, you have certain expectations on the service based on what the service provider has advertised. But are you absolutely sure that you are getting what you want or need and are you interpreting those service descriptions accurately? That is
Cloud-Washing – Do Not Get Fooled Cloud-washing is a term used for the act of labeling or advertising a service as a cloud computing service even when it truly isn’t one. This is nothing new, especially not around the internet. It’s the same as those ordinary companies during the early boom of the internet that attached the word “web” to their marketing campaigns and spontaneously became dot-com players. Now it’s happening again as many web service companies are erasing the word “web” and replacing it with “cloud”. They are making use of the people’s inability to distinguish real cloud computing to what
Yet Another Vendor Specific Certification, AWS Rolls Out New Certification Program The lack of specific standards to govern cloud computing, along with security concerns is often one of the reasons cited by those that put it aside in favor of traditional enterprise and datacenter applications. But industry leaders in cloud computing are starting to fill this void with different certification levels intended for specific positions within the cloud infrastructure, albeit for their own specific flavors of cloud computing. Cloud adaption rates are increasing every year because most companies out there make use of a cloud service in one way or
Last Weeks Acquisition By Software AG Small and medium-sized businesses have something new to be excited about. Software AG who last week purchased LongJump, a PaaS (Platform as a Service) vendor who in the past has worked with giants like Cisco, AT&T, and Gannett to provide white-labeled PaaS. The terms of the deal were undisclosed, but Software AG says that it will reveal the details of how it will weave LongJump’s technology into its own middleware portfolio when they are ready. LongJump uses open-source elements including MySQL database and Tomcat application server, so it is compatible with a majority of