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The Cloud as a Platform for Platforms

The Cloud as a Platform for Platforms

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  • To understand why there’s all this excitement, it’s helpful to look at analogies of some major changes that have occurred in other industries over time. Here’s a picture of our CEO at the museum of a beer manufacturing facility in Belgium. This is their electric generator that they used over 100 years ago. There was no electric grid or utility industry then. If you wanted electricity, you made it yourself. That probably seemed very natural at the time – but I guarantee you that making their own electricity didn’t make their beer taste any better. Well, a couple decades later, the electric grid sprang up, and companies stopped making their own electricity; that was a fundamental shift in how they consumed one of their major inputs, and this freed them up to focus on things that likely mattered a lot more to their customers – like the beer. We think the chance exists for the company-owned data center to undergo just as fundamental a transformation over the coming years, as companies realize that they don’t necessarily have to be experts in this. People are now starting to glimpse that future, and find it pretty exciting.
  • Pay as you go - Increased utlization
  • This slide applies to Amazon EC2, but just as easily describes Amazon S3’s value proposition.
  • Increased Automation and Auto-Scale
  • Explain each service features and details here
  • This is a real usage graph from one of our financial services customers during the last week of April (They have asked to remain anonymous for competitive reasons). Firms on Wall Street are finding EC2 an ideal environment to run many of their daily mission critical grid computing and cpu bound applications for a couple key reasons: 1/ Flexibilitythe ability to instantly access hundreds/thousands of cores increases the amount of data they can process, improving the overall quality of their models. and 2/ Cost efficiencies, as they can complete more of their processing for less total spend (Not paying for infrastructure during times of the day and weekends when its not needed) This wall street firm in particular has a nightly business process where they upload the day’s market trading data into S3, and then run proprietary ‘risk management’ algorithms. This lasts ~10 hours during week nights, where they ramp up to the equivalent 3000 m1.smalls. During the day and on weekends, they maintain a base of roughly 300 cores, to handle their always on work loads.
  • We are currently prototyping
  • Sanger – worlds largest genome center – sequence genome in the planet Assembled a full genome. Uses actual instrument to collect the data Human genome – genome came from 3 people. 1000 genomes 100 TB /week
  • Intuit was keen on ensuring the TurboTax Online site was able to support high continuous use, as well as surges in user traffic as tax day neared.
  • Testing in the Cloud Instant Test Labs in Minutes Testing as a Service Virtualization/AMIs for Reuse and Repros Web Services for Automation On-Demand Workforce of Testers (“Elastic QA Staff”) Client and Server Parallelization
  • Point of Slide: to explain VPC's high-level architecture, walking them through the discrete elements of a VPC, and a specific data flow to exemplify 1) data-in-transit security and continued 1) AAA control by the enterprise. AWS (”orange cloud"): What everybody knows of AWS today. Customer’s Network (“blue square”) : The customer’s internal IT infrastructure. VPC (”blue square on top of orange cloud"): Secure container for other object types; includes Border Router for external connectivity. The isolated resources that customers have in the AWS cloud. Cloud Router (“orange router surrounded by clouds”) : Lives within a VPC; anchors an AZ; presents stateful filtering. Cloud Subnet (“blue squares” inside VPC): connects instances to a Cloud Router. VPN Connection: Customer Gateway and VPN Gateway anchor both sides of the VPN Connection, and enables secure connectivity; implemented using industry standard mechanisms. Please note that we currently require whatever customer gateway device is used supports BGP. We actually terminate two (2) tunnels - one tunnel per VPN Gateway - on our side. Besides providing high availability, we can service one device while maintaining service. As such, we can either connect to one of the customer's BGP-supporting devices (preferably running JunOS or IOS).

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