Public Cloud Providers Scale Up or Out? Part 2 

Scale Out

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

Cloud Compute Scalability
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

Whitepaper Wednesday

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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Public Cloud Customers Want a Mature API and Partner Ecosystems

Cloud Market

Earlier this month we published ‘A Guide: How to Build IaaS Your Customers Want’ to highlight Janakiram MSV GigaOm report, ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service basics: a guide for IT pros’, in which he lists the top 10 factors for customers to consider when choosing an IaaS platform. Two of the requirements that cloud customers want – a mature API and partner ecosystems. Want to know how Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator stakes up against these criteria so service providers can understand the full breadth of our product?

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New White Paper: A Guide to Cloud Compute Scalability

Whitepaper Wednesday

Cloud Scalability: What is it?

Cloud equals scalability, right? Wrong. As public cloud consumption increases, so too does the demand for cloud service providers, however not all service providers are created equally or rather with the right infrastructure to scale in place.

To build and deliver successful cloud services, the ability to scale must underpin a service provider’s compute infrastructure, networking, storage and overall business. So what is scalability?

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