10 Things To Know Before You Buy The Cloud - Open Spectrum Inc - Sean Patrick Tario
10 Tips That Have Saved Our Clients Over 50% On Their Recent IT Purchases…And Will Help You Save $$ Too!
10 Tips1. Don’t Get Confused2. Ignore The Marketing3. Ignore The Hype4. Know What You Actually Need5. Know Your Options6. Do an Intelligent Evaluation7. Colo vs. Hosting8. Dedicated vs. Shared9. Know What You Should Pay10. Know When To Ask For Help
1. Don’t Get Confused ≠ Cloud ≠ Cloud(1) Salesforce = SaaS delivered within a hybrid shared elastic hosting environment (2) AWS = IaaS creating a hybrid shared elastic hosting environment
2. Ignore the Marketing When people say “cloud”, what most really mean is shared elastic hosting. The term “cloud computing” is pure marketing hype.An elastic computing environment is achieved via the virtualization and automation of physical IT infrastructure so that the hostenvironment can quickly respond to fluctuations in the demand for resources.The question thus should be, “Is elastic hosting really the best solution for you right now… …and 12 months from now?”
3. Ignore the Hype People often highlight the flexibility of elastic solutions and feel it is a one size fits all solution, but forget that there are some serious drawbacks such as: (1) Lack of control and customization (2) Lack of proactive monitoring (3) Lack of application and data mobility (4) Increased costs as compute utilization scalesWhile elastic hosting has yielded real savings for SOME, and is ideal for specific use cases and during specific stages of a company’s growth, it is NOT the optimal solution for ALL
4. Know What You Actually NeedRather than asking what your “cloud” strategy should be, you should instead be asking: (1) Is this solution cost efficient? Are there other solutions available that will provide the same or better value? (2) Will this service be reliable? How will a service outage effect my business? (3) How am I notified if there is a service interruption? What is the process of bringing my application back up again after an outage? Asking the right questions will help you determine which of the many available hosting solutions and options are right for you
4. Know What You Actually Need (cont.) (1) Which is more critical now; Your Application or Your Infrastructure? (2) How much backend control do you really need? (3) What skill-sets and experience does your existing teamhave to control, manage and scale your backend efficiently?(4) What are your applications detailed compute, power and network requirements today? (5) How will these requirements change as your business scales?
5. Know Your Options (1) Space (3) Connectivity (4) Hardware ~Retail Colocation ~ Transit ~ Servers ~Wholesale Colocation ~ Transport ~ Cabling ~ Peering ~ Switches (2) Hosting ~ CDN ~ Routers ~ Dedicated vs. Shared ~ Storage~ Managed vs. Unmanaged ~ Elastic (5) Eyes & Hands ~ Hybrid ~ Remote Support ~ On-Site Support There are endless ways to customize these resources. What makes the most sense for your specific technical and business requirements?
5. Know Your Options (cont..)Space Hosting Connectivity CDN Hardware365 Main Azzure Abovenet Akamai Anixter Arcscale AWS AT&T AT&T Cisco BAIS ElasticStack Bandcon AWS Citrix Cogent ENKI Centurylink Bandcon DellColoserve Hosting.com Global Crossing BitGravity Enterasys Corelink Hostway Hurricane Electric Brightbox Hitachi Coresite Internap Level 3 Cachefly HP DRT Layeredtech Nitel Cotendo IBM Equinix Latysis NTT Edgecast Juniper I/O Peak Web PacNet Highwinds Oracle Internap Peer1 Packet Exchange Level 3 RedaptInterxion Rackspace Savvis Limelight SGI Latisys ServerCentral Splice NTT Super Micro Layer 42 SingleHop Sprint Pando Networks Navisite Softlayer Tata PlayStream Savvis Sungard Telstra RackspaceTeleHouse Terramark TW Telecom Softlayer Vantage QTS Verizon Tata QTS Qwest XO Voxel What are the differences between them all?!
6. Intelligent Evaluation This matrix on hosting companies is a simple example. Your matrix will not fit on a single page.Vendors Enterprise Dedicated Shared Elastic Consulting SLA Cost FootprintRackspace Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ US ENKI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ US AWS Yes Yes Yes Yes $ ‐ $$ US, EU Softlayer Yes Yes Yes Yes $$ US, EU, ASIAPeak Web Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ US Joyent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $$ US, ASIA SunGard Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $$$ US, EU GAE Yes Yes Yes Yes $ ‐ $$ US BlueHost No Yes $ US GoDaddy No Yes $ US There are many other factors to be considered, based on your specific technical and business requirements.
7. Colo vs. Hosting Elastic Hosting Colo Colo ~ Full control~ Billed for space & power ~ Billed as rent ~ Can be Cap Ex heavy Hosting ~ Less control Cost ~ Billed for capacity ~ Billed as rent ~ Op Ex heavy Elastic ~ Even less control ~ Billed for capacity ~ Billed as utility ~ Op Ex heavy Capacity NOTE: Your application’s compute, network and power needs may drastically change the inflection points above!
8. Dedicated vs. Shared Dedicated Shared ~ Full control ~ Less control~ More customization ~ Less customization ~ More secure ~ Less secure ~ Less elastic ~ More elastic Server 1 Server 2 Server 3 Server 4RAM | Compute | Storage RAM | Compute | StorageDedicated on a single server Shared across many servers
9. Know What You Should Pay(1) What is the average market price for your specific requirements in the region you are in? Are you paying for services you don’t want or need?(2) What billing methods can you leverage to your advantage? Is your billing method optimized for your usage patterns?(3) What are the vendor-side factors that can and will affect your pricing?
10. Know When to Ask for Help No metrics Have experience Limited experience Maybe. If only to see Yes! You definitely need what other options are help. out there... Have metrics Likely not. You probably Yes! You definitely need have things figured out help. by now...You and your business may be complex and unique, but you are not alone. We ask the questions and present the options that will save you $$ on your next IT Infrastructure purchase or migration.
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