Focusing on the cheapest cloud price could cost you more

Amazon Web Services really leads the way in determining market price for cloud services, and the second-, third-, and lower-tier cloud providers try to price their cloud services below that of AWS to steal its business. That is, until AWS drops prices—again. Enterprises that focus only on cloud usage prices are missing the big—and more… Continue reading Focusing on the cheapest cloud price could cost you more

How Cosmos DB ensures data consistency in the global cloud

Cloud computing isn’t like working on-premises. Instead of limiting code to one or maybe two datacenters, we’re designing systems that span not just continents but the entire world. And that’s where we start to get issues. Even using fiber connections, the latency of crossing the Atlantic Ocean is around 60ms, though in practice delays are… Continue reading How Cosmos DB ensures data consistency in the global cloud

Leave AWS? Not for easier cloud discounts

If the cloud is all about convenience, cloud pricing is anything but. The pay-as-you-go model has been complicated by AWS Reserved Instances and other ways to lock in lower prices at the expense of business agility. Indeed, this critical need to shepherd costs efficiently has some AWS users longing for simpler and more flexible pricing… Continue reading Leave AWS? Not for easier cloud discounts

Cray puts its supercomputer in the cloud

Cray Research is now offering its Urika-GX supercomputer as a cloud computing service, targeted at life-sciences customers looking for compute cycles to solve some heavy problems. This offering, done with cloud infrastructure provider Markley, makes Cray one of the last high-performance computing providers to give cloud computing a try. But few companies actually need it.… Continue reading Cray puts its supercomputer in the cloud

IDG Contributor Network: Microservices need to honor contracts

“The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Archilochus said in 700 B.C. Centuries later, Unix was developed using similar philosophy: “Do one thing and do it well.” Derived on the same principles, microservices aim to deliver specific functionality in an independent repeatable way, but any change to that microservice must not result in… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Microservices need to honor contracts

Kubernetes foundation takes on container networking

 (CNCF), which seeks to drive large-scale cloud computing with an emphasis on containers and microservices, has just added the Container Network Interface (CNI) project to its fold. The project joins others hosted by the nonprofit foundation, including the Kuberrnetes container orchestration platform and CoreDNS DNS server. CNI had been a GitHub open source project. It features… Continue reading Kubernetes foundation takes on container networking

A cloud storage architecture for the enterprise

Yaniv Romem is co-founder and CTO and Tom Leyden is VP of corporate marketing at Excelero Tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google have redefined IT for web-scale applications, leveraging standard servers and shared-nothing architectures to ensure maximum operational efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. As new application workloads – cloud, mobile, IoT, machine learning, and… Continue reading A cloud storage architecture for the enterprise