Aha! or how I think Amazon came to realize they could be a computing utility why build up capacity for 2 days a year, and not monetize it the other 365?
Where does the cloud come from? · Companies like amazon having excess capacity · Companies trying to make an ROI on excess Why is everyone renting out their servers? · Software is becoming more efficient · Excess capacity built up for key times (black friday)
What it can help you with · Lowering your IT costs · Letting you scale services fast · Spread reliability risks · Speed up massive computational tasks What it can’t do for you · Make your business any cooler · Solve all your problems
Where do you start? · Figure out your waste points. · What could be better solved externally? · What are my goals in improving efficiency/technology? Who should I talk to? · RightScale · Cloudkick · Amazon AWS
How we use the cloud · StartPR - distributes its crawling and indexing across amazon services · Schenker Logistics - using the cloud to provide fault-tolerant global logistics management Great examples: · Basecamp (1Million + users) (SaaS) · Salesforce.com (10million + users) (SaaS)