Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

Amazon have introduced T2, a new class of low cost general purpose instances for EC2 intended for workloads that don’t drive consistently high CPU usage. At the low end t2.micro offers higher performance, more memory (1GiB) and a lower cost (1.3¢/hr) than the previous t1.micro. The T2 class also offers small and medium sizing with 2GiB […]


InfoQ articles

19Jun14

I bumped into a friend and former colleague earlier in the week who reads this blog, but didn’t realise that I now write cloud stuff for InfoQ. Please take a look – most of the recent stories are about Docker, but I also do my best to cover the most important cloud news in a […]


The cloud price wars that began at the end of March have been all about compute and storage pricing. I don’t recall hearing network pricing being mentioned at all; and indeed there haven’t been any major shifts in network pricing. Photo credit: Datacenter World Network is perhaps now the largest hidden cost of using major IaaS providers, […]


It’s been over a month now since the price drop announcements for Google Compute Engine (GCE) and the follow on price drops for AWS and Azure. This stuff has been well covered by Jack Clark at The Register, former Netflix Chief Architect Adrian Cockcroft, and my CohesiveFT colleague Ryan Koop. For an in depth strategic background I’d recommend […]


Update (14 Mar 2014) Andrew Weir pointed out that I the price is per month not per year – corrected accordingly. The big news of the last day is that Google dropped its pricing for Drive storage to $9.99 per TB per month. Ex Googler Sam Johnston says ‘So the price of storage is now […]


TL;DR Banking CIOs may know about Ubuntu, and be vaguely aware of Canonical, but I’d be surprised if many could explain the difference in commerials versus Red Hat. Meanwhile engineering teams are content to stick with what they have in a combination of clinging to the past and seeking some mythical homogeneity. OpenStack might give […]


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Last week I saw that major credit card companies are blocking payments to VPN services: This is bad news if you want to protect your stuff online (or pretend that you’re in another country). One way to deal with this is to run your own VPN service in the cloud. This is of course of […]


Over the past week or so my automated build engine for OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi hasn’t been working. XBMC has grown to a point where it will no longer build on a machine with 1GB RAM. Normal services has now been resumed, as the good people at GreenQloud kindly increased my VM from t1.milli […]


This post first appeared on the CohesiveFT blog. One of the announcments that seemed to get lost in the noise at this week’s IO conference was that Google Compute Engine (GCE) is now available for everyone. I took it for a quick test drive yesterday, and here are some of my thoughts about what I found. Web interface […]