The Squiz Network> No contractors - owned & operated by Squiz> Provides redundancy - Squiz connects to 4 upstream providers> Allows portability - Squiz owns its own (IPv4 & IPv6) address space on the internet> We control and maintain our own redundant routers, firewalls and switching infrastructure.
The Origins of CloudQuestion> The first demonstration of how to build very large internet sites using large clusters of computers was done by:> Stanford> Berkeley> Yahoo!> Google> IBM
The Origins of CloudThe Berkeley NOW Project “Networks of Workstations”
The Origins of CloudThe Sun E-10000 “Supermini”> Up to 64 Processors> Up to 64 GB of RAM> Up to 20 TB of Disk> Used by eBay, among othersThe Personal Computer> 200Mhz CPU> 32MB of RAM> 4GB Disk
The Origins of CloudAccess is the killer App!> Data & Services located in Infrastructure the cloud> Search, email, personal communications, productivity, etc> The idea of mobile access & applications evolved.> This requires scalability
The Origins of CloudYou don’t buy servers anymore!> You buy resources, only what you needWelcome to utility (aka cloud) computing> Enables 1 user/developer to build online services and scale infinitely as required.
The Squiz Cloud – How it came to beWe live in an age of “Ready, fire, aim”> Online solutions need to be agile, changing strategic direction should not be difficultIs your “aaS” covered?> If your organisation’s web presence isn’t provided “as a Service” – you may be missing the boat. Squiz can help!Predicted growth has exceeded 500%> Our cloud has gone through 5 significant expansion phases in under 6 months.
How it came to be – the challenges> Affordability (without sacrificing functionality)> Agility (enables rapid deployment)> Redundancy (ensures we meet uptime guarantees)> Scalability (allows customers to survive infrequent peaks)> The Squiz Suite was born!
How it came to be – Our Options> Rackspace or Amazon
How it came to be – Our Options> Rackspace or Amazon Offshore hosting doesn’t sit well with our government clients.> White-label
How it came to be – Our Options> Rackspace or Amazon Offshore hosting doesn’t sit well with our government clients.> White-label If Squiz don’t control the infrastructure, Squiz can’t control the quality.> Continue to only provide dedicated (dinosaur) hosting
How it came to be – Our Options> Rackspace or Amazon Offshore hosting doesn’t sit well with our government clients.> White-label an Australian vendor If Squiz don’t control the infrastructure, Squiz can’t control the quality.> Continue to only provide dedicated (dinosaur) hosting That’s so last year.
How it came to be Let’s build a cloud like Google!
Let’s build a cloud like Google!> It should scale horizontally, without an expensive SAN (Enables affordability)
Let’s build a cloud like Google!> We should be able to provision remotely (Enables agility)
Let’s build a cloud like Google!> We should be able to resize your services (Enables scalability)
Let’s build a cloud like Google!> The infrastructure needs to automatically heal (Enables redundancy)
The Squiz Cloud> It’s not VMWare!> Did you know VMWare relies on a single point of failure? WARNING!
The Squiz Cloud – It’s Applogic> Combines traditional “grid” computing with new virtualisation technologies> Does not require shared storage devices, all physical nodes combine to form extremely large resource pools> It is based on open-source virtualisation technologies
Cloud Computing & A Small Wedding> A classic example of the value of Cloud Computing> Westminster Abbey receives approx 200,000 unique visitors a month> Then there was a small wedding….
But many organisations aren’t> Traditional procurement lacks agility> A time consuming and costly exercise> So it’s not done very often…> Focuses on selecting one or a small number of vendors> Creates a ‘locked in’ environment that is hard to change
The G Cloud – Procurement for the SaaS> Pre selects a large number of vendors> Short contract length> Focuses on choice and flexibility
The G Cloud Process> Vendor must sign up to a common set of T&C’s> Data must be portable> Software must be interoperable> SaaS delivered through Cloud infrastructure> Buy through the Cloudstore
Questions?> Stephen Morgan - Director, Squiz Europe> firstname.lastname@example.org> @Stephen_Morgan> http://uk.linkedin.com/in/stephenmorgan