Over Indulgence with Cloud

by CyberChic
As Alexander Haislip, writer for Tech Crunch, starts his informative article “Sins of Cloud,” he provides a great introduction comparing Cloud to the Creation of the World and that it was intended for good, but cautions users to watch out for pit falls which can add costs.  The first is use only what you need and turn it off when finished. Giving the example that “instances of machines often run idle between 15% and 40% of the time. “  Next is adding services like updating patches.  At $100 per month and $0.12 hour it can add up and suggests doing it in house to save money.    He ended stating that sometimes you need to leave the cloud if it’s a better fit for your company. 

After reading this article I had a few questions.  What are EC2 and micro instances?  EC2 is one of many Amazon services called Elastic Compute Cloud.  Basically you rent computing time and space.   Amazon has different types of usage from micro to standard small to standard extra large.  These types are called instances.  Each with a different memory capacity and various other components of computer usage such as 32- or 64- bit platforms and I/O performance.   

Basically every IT person needs to be aware of the computing needs and usages for their company.    It is really good information.  I will definitely beware of these pitfalls if I ever use Cloud computing. 

Haislip, A. (April 22, 2012). “Sins of The Cloud.” TechCrunch.com
Referenced from:  http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/22/sins-of-the-cloud/

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2 thoughts on “Over Indulgence with Cloud”

  1. Ya, your right CyberChic that “IT persons needs to be aware of the computing needs and usages for their company.” It’s too easy to find yourself paying extra for improvements or addons that you believed were a must for your companies cloud computing needs. This is why people needs to spend time looking at the usage of their server by looking over reports of when and how it was used.

  2. I do agree that doing an in house Cloud service is alot cheaper than relying on third party services. A business would only use what it needs and have an IT personnel take care of the system from time to time. Applying updates when necessary and having easier access and protection of your data.

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