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Public Cloud Saves The Day – Not That You’d Know

Public Cloud Saves The Day – Not That You’d Know

The hue and cry when public cloud services fail – which they do with some frequency – is almost deafening. What we rarely hear about is when the public cloud works the way we hope it will. To be fair, when Amazon takes a hit, it is an important event that begs to be over-analyzed. After all, how could anyone ever expect to possibly survive a day without harvesting digital crops, streaming an episode of Friends, making a cellphone pic look like crap, or checking into the local dive bar?! Internets are serious business!!* However, the punditry rarely give credit where credit is due – particularly in the case of public cloud uptime. So let me now give public cloud its due.

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The Cost of Proprietary vs. Public Cloud

The Cost of Proprietary vs. Public Cloud

After Australia’s Melbourne IT unceremoniously dumped VMware vCloud Express, I wondered whether proprietary offerings like vCloud Express can provide the margin to compete with equivalent open source cloud offerings (e.g. based on Xen or KVM). I am not alone either. Respected analyst Dale Vile (co-founder of Freeform Dynamics) posed similar questions on Twitter. One VMware employee asserted that vCloud Express pricing is “very competitive with any cloud” In response, one VMware employee posted a Virtacore vCloud Express price list and asserted that vCloud Express pricing is “very competitive with any cloud” and that the cost of proprietary cloud was a “non-issue”. However, it turns out that the ‘non-issue’ status of vCloud Express pricing is far from universal, even within VMware. At the recent Cloud Expo event (my roundup and slides for my three sessions are here), another VMware employee seemed to think it an issue worth addressing, as he chose…

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