15 of The Worst Cloud Computing Bits of Advice We’ve Heard

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It’s Friday, almost time for the weekend and a relaxing and fun read. In that spirit, we asked our team “What’s the worst advice you’ve heard relating to cloud computing for service providers or consumers of cloud.” Here’s a few of the answers…

1. Cloud is nothing more than automating the provisioning of IT infrastructure. Everything else remains the same. Same people, same buying patterns, same applications.

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Brinkster Unveils a White-Label Cloud Partner Program With Up to 65% Margins

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We love to share when our customers have great news and last week Brinkster, announced their new model which we think is a great example of taking a product to market in a differentiated way. Here’s the news:

Brinkster, a leading cloud IaaS provider, introduced a White-Label Cloud Partner Program that enables resellers to sell cloud services at Amazon or Rackspace prices and earn up to a 65% margin. The program leverages Brinkster’s innovative patent-pending proprietary hardware platform, resulting in an ultra-low cost structure that is passed along to resellers. “Brinkster’s proprietary hardware platform plus its high margin white-label cloud partner program are a disruptive addition to the market. A margin of up to 65% on market pricing for cloud services is an attractive option for resellers, particularly those who want to deliver the services under their own brands,” said Liam Eagle, Analyst 451 Research.
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Public Cloud Providers Scale Up or Out? Part 2 

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In part 1, we looked at scaling up as a strategy for public cloud service provider. Today, I’m discussing scaling out.

Scale Out Discussed

Any scale out strategy will seek to find a balance between scale-up and scale-out. For instance, if a total load requires two CPU cores rather than one, suggesting a scale-out strategy would probably not be appropriate. But going between one thousand and two thousand CPU cores will inevitably require scale out. Even in the latter case it is important to work out how to balance scale out and scale up – in other words one needs to determine how large each compute node is.
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Public Cloud Providers Scale Up or Out? Part 1

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Should a public cloud service provider scale up or out? While each service provider needs to make that decision for itself, we define this as:

  • Vertical Scaling (Scale-up) – Generally refers to adding more processors and RAM, buying a more expensive and robust server.
  • Horizontal Scaling (Scale-out): Generally refers to adding more servers with less processors and RAM. This is usually cheaper overall and can scale much further (although we know that there are usually limits imposed by software or other attributes of an environment’s infrastructure).

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Whitepaper Wednesday on What You Need to Know for Providing Cloud Services

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This whitepaper Wednesday brings you our most popular white paper series ever.  These papers explain everything you need to know about providing cloud services in a swiftly changing market.

  1. 6 Ways Service Providers Can Position Against Private Cloud

The adoption of private cloud threatens the service providers’ bread and butter business. But the benefits of a public cloud infrastructure far outweigh private cloud. So why are businesses choosing private cloud? How should a service provider position itself against the private cloud? Within this paper, you’ll find a list of the arguments against private cloud and the arguments for and including the benefits of public cloud. Also detailed are ways for service providers to ensure they are meeting the requirements of their enterprise customers.

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