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What's up with "cloud"?


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An introduction and overview of what this cloud computing stuff is all about. Also, consideres 4 different types of "actors" (users, developers, operations staff, and providers) and why they should …

An introduction and overview of what this cloud computing stuff is all about. Also, consideres 4 different types of "actors" (users, developers, operations staff, and providers) and why they should care. Done for the first formal meeting of the Austin Cloud User's Group.

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  • I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about us, but we’re pretty awesome. We get familiar with technologies and how they effect different groups of people & companies. Content is free and we make money of consulting and advising.

  • A simple approach for understanding.
    Old wine in new bottles is good.

  • Most chatter is here.
  • Elasticity may not matter in your case.

  • Otherwise known as “programable infrastructure.”
    Apply the throw it out the window test.

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    • 1. What’s up with “cloud”? Michael Coté, RedMonk @cote 24 August 2010
    • 2. conclusions • A model based on SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS • Know the perspective you’re looking from • Figure out what to do with it
    • 3. hello! • RedMonk is an industry analyst firm Michael Coté James Governor • Broad focus on software, developers, “makers.” • Bottom-up-approach to understanding software • Our research is free at - text, podcasts, videos, etc. • We work mostly with Stephen O’Grady Tom Raftery vendors, advising, and consulting
    • 4. why bother? • Cost - for some services • New, different way to deliver software • Make customers smile - pro-active delivery, more apps • Scale & grid - if that’s a problem • The boss says so
    • 5. what is “cloud”? From William Vambenepe (@vambenepe)
    • 6. burgers & aaSes • SaaS, PaaS, IaaS - application, middleware, servers • Public or private • Amazon & everyone else, VMWare, Rackspace, others. • Usually: virtualization, model- driven automation, web apps, dev/ops
    • 7. things to point at • IaaS - Amazon, Rackspace, Eucalyptus, vCloud, etc. • PaaS -, Microsoft Azure, GAE, IPP, Heroku • SaaS: SalesForce, Zoho, Google Apps, Service-
    • 8. for users • SaaS - Google Apps, Salesforce, etc. • Business apps that behave like consumer web apps - better applications • Lower cost & faster delivery • Remote control for the cloud
    • 9. for operations • “Cloud” - moving infrastructure off premise • “Private cloud” - automating, virtualizing, self-service • Focus on infrastructure, not applications
    • 10. for developers • Becoming ops friendly - or subversive if you dare • Using cloud tools & practices to deliver applications • Getting closer to the user with faster delivery • Mobile conflation
    • 11. for “providers” • New products to sell • Price segmentation galore • More “enterprisy” • Probably open source
    • 12. ops - cloud concerns • Cloud means more discipline, not less • Flexibility of tools • Embracing an Agile culture, hug your dev • Cost balancing and capacity management
    • 13. ops - public cloud • Lawyers, compliance, security, FUD • Remote access, instrumentation • Controlling costs • SLAs & incident resolution plans - the finger still points at you • Good, old fashioned release & change management
    • 14. ops - private • Configuration/asset management a chief concern • Monitoring sloppy infrastructure • Virtualization concerns • Continual (process) improvement
    • 15. “fully automated provisioning” * Capistrano One Orchestration Application Service ControlTier Deployment Fabric vendor’s Func take Provisioning Activity BCFG cfengine System Configuration Chef Configuration Puppet SmartFrog OS Install or Cloud: AWS* Cobbler Cloud or VM Bootstrapping OS Eucalyptus Jumpstart Image Install Kickstart OpenNebula Launch OpenQRM VMware* (*Not Open Source) From
    • 16. development - cloud concerns • Application geared towards automated delivery • Quick and easy to configure • Development must program operations - modeling, instrumenting • dev/ops - remember pagers? • The window test
    • 17. building cloud apps “I can actually look at [a feature] • No more software in and say, ‘nobody uses feature cardboard X.’ It's not even being looked at. And it really helps us shape the future of the app which, on a desktop • Frequent functionality product, we don't have a lot of data like that.” “What we are looking to do is • “apps” vs. “applications” find other small areas that we can build a nice small app • User tracking that’s done really well that can help hundreds of thousands of the QuickBooks • Fragmentation everywhere millions.” -Brian Sweat, Product Manager at Alterity, Inc.
    • 18. “operations as code” Puppet, Chef, PowerShell
    • 19. a tool: cloud labs • Self-service sysadmin • As with virtualization, dev & QA are early frontiers • Build-farms, no IT hassle • Provisioning vs. Configuration
    • 20. starting a cloud strategy • Start small & build on success • Focus on proactive service delivery, cost as side-effect • Look to tools that support cloud infrastructure • The goal: making customers happy
    • 21. user group suggestions • Everything is broken in IT • Talk about what works • First-hand experience • Technology overviews, demos • Raise the local profile
    • 22. Thank you! License Contact Michael Coté 512.795.4307
    • 23. Credits & Co. • Cloud model madness - • Burger, CC-BY: • Operations guy: • Lots of food: • Crazy wiring: • Brian Sweat quotes: • Chef screenshot: John Willis ( • PowerShell screenshot: • Fully automated provisioning: