Cloud Camp Antwerpen

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How we got used to Cloud Computing. A presentation targeted for a 5 min. intervention at CloudCamp Antwerpen of April 2009

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    1. 1. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies Implementing Cloud Computing Sharing the experience of IaaS as seen from consulting’s firms perspective… Gabriele Bozzi Email: gabriele.bozzi@ausy.be twitter: @gabrielebozzi
    2. 2. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies The day we met Cloud Computing.. ..It was because there were customers demanding: •Managed services (web, streaming, persistence) •Scalable architecture •Rapid provisioning •Platform consistency •Extended monitoring We were challenged by the cost of the underlying infrastructure . ..Should the ball have been dropped?
    3. 3. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies Enter Cloud Computing! •No upfront costs embracing Cloud Technologies •SOX compliancy •Transfer near-zero CapEx to the customer •Keep on managing services •Proximity means delivering tailored solutions to customer’s needs •Guarantee no “Vendor Lock-in”
    4. 4. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies Here be dragons ! •Eat your own dog food •It’s not about the mainstream IT customer (yet) •Cloud infrastructure peculiarities •European Cloud providers? Partnership programs? •Invest in people: approx 4 months needed to go to market
    5. 5. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies Thus , we ate our own dog food: •PoCs and implementations on video streaming (Wowza) •Load balanced scalable LAMP architectures •MySQL scaling •ZEND Core template architecture on Amazon EC2 AMI What we found: •Web 2.0 architectures are those which fit best into the Cloud taxonomy •Leveraging vertical skills (ZEND) helps in winning contracts •Management utilities such as RightScale make Cloud Computing a viable option
    6. 6. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies It’s not about the mainstream IT customer (yet) !! WEB 2.0 companies use different metrics www.rubbersquid.com
    7. 7. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies Cloud infrastructure peculiarities (when scaling): •Most Cloud VM implementation provide just 1 NIC •Some clustering layers become ineffective •Latency between VMs belonging to the same solution is often unpredictable •Traditional file sharing becomes problematic (Use Cloud Storage such as S3) •“Traditional” DB scalability and HA techniques do not work. •Need “ad-hoc” DNS
    8. 8. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies European Cloud providers under consideration: •Amazon AWS (Europe) •Flexiscale •Terremark •Sun •Your company?.... What we are looking for: partnership agreements The interoperability issue : •We need on-premise VMs to be transferred to Cloud •Customers want to be free to choose their provider: dynamically, instantly RightScale is, again, the right approach
    9. 9. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies Invest in people , projects : •AUSY Cloud Computing Competence Centre is under way •Commitment to bring ZEND Server VMs to as many architectures as possible •Awaiting Microsoft •Spread the word, evangelize, connect. •Sell :)
    10. 10. Consulting and Engineering in advanced technologies No commercial slogan here . Just thank you.

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