Dropbox saving with onpremise infra

Dropbox moved out of the AWS and went in reverse direction two years ago. Saw a news item explaining the savings that they had with moving to onpremise infrastructure.

Begs the question : What is the saving we get moving to cloud?.

What is cheaper : Compute, Storage, better security, maintenance, technology refresh, technical resources to manage infra?.

Any thoughts?


Hpc on Azure

Microsoft acquires Cycle computing to get a High performance computing tool shutting off competition ability to run massive jobs online, very key to get future workloads on cloud.. More here.

AWS Greengrass

So far it has been devices were reaching out to IoT Hub’s and Cloud and using the compute power for Edge and/or main computing apart from data handling, with AWS Greengrass it is reverse current!. You can use IoT and Lambda infrastructure that can trigger actions on devices that are connected via this framework and circuit is complete in terms of usage of the computing power in both directions apart from the existing bi-directional data transmission

Check this link for more.

Oracle cloud

Last month in Oracle World, Larry Ellison announced Oracle Cloud to compete with AWS and Azure.

Ellison showed off a new Oracle Dense Cloud IO bare metal cloud server offering that will provide developers with 36 CPU cores, 512GB of D-RAM, and 28.8TB of SSD storage. That’s a ton of compute capacity, all aimed at high-performance enterprise workloads. It’s more power than Amazon offers with one of its most powerful instance, the i2.8xlarge. It comes at a cost of $5.40 an hour, which is cheaper than what Amazon charges.

Some of the other pricing are also very competitive. Not sure how long they can sustain this and also not sure if there are some caveat’s like you need to get one Oracle database license to enable/use this!.

Check it out here

Windows Nano Server

With lot’s of tools made to work with Linux and it’s variants, it’s time to make Windows like Linux Kernel with non GUI core, light and can run quickly on VMs.

Nano has no local login, is 64-bit all the way (applications, tools, and agents), and is fast to set up, update, and restart (for the rare times it needs to restart). It’s perfect for compute hosts in or out of a cluster, a storage host, a DNS server, an IIS web server, and any server-hosting applications running in a container or virtual-machine guest operating system.

More here

LinkedIn infrastructure.

Here is an interesting article that describes private cloud architecture within LinkedIn. All the required tooling along with infrastructure has been done by them internally. Summary of what they wanted to achieve in 2009 :

LinkedIn aspires to create systems that are elegant and refined to the point of being invisible

Lot’s of open source solutions melded to achieve this orchestra of tools that provides this invisible infrastructure(that’s the cloud!).

Will they move to Azure with Microsoft acquisition is something we have to see!.