The golden age of SaaS

September 6, 2016 in Cloud, Startups

There’s no longer any good reason to run your own software. Everything you need to run your business is available as a service. Even core software components like databases and queues are now available through IaaS like Amazon’s RDS and Google’s pub/sub. When you buy something as a service, it will be more regularly updated and more secure […]

How reliable is Google Cloud?

April 14, 2016 in Cloud

Nothing is 100% reliable. When designing application architecture, you have to assume there will be failures. Historically, this has meant deploying across racks, rooms and data centres to ensure that local switch, power and geographic incidents do not affect your entire infrastructure. When deploying on the cloud, this translates to deploying across zones and regions. […]

How much is Spotify paying Google Cloud?

March 7, 2016 in Cloud

Two weeks ago, Spotify announced it was migrating from its own datacentres to Google Cloud Platform. This is a huge win from Google because Spotify is the first major service running at huge scale that is deploying across many of its cloud products (and talking about it). We all know that Snapchat has been running on Google […]

How green is your cloud?

December 16, 2015 in Cloud, Environment

The public clouds run by Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft all claim a commitment to green energy — but the clear leader in this field may surprise you

3 hybrid cloud myths

October 20, 2015 in Cloud

The end game for the big public cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google) is 100% pure public cloud. Their goal is to completely take over all on-premise software and infrastructure deployments. So why do we continue to hear “the future is hybrid cloud”, combining the best of on-premise with the best of public cloud? Let’s examine some […]

Why is Google in the cloud business?

October 11, 2015 in Cloud

It’s become accepted that there are 3 main cloud providers: Amazon, Microsoft and Google. From those, it’s further accepted that Amazon are the leader, by an order of magnitude. It’s also commonly thought that cloud infrastructure is a low margin business and this one reason is why Amazon is doing so well. Ecommerce is notorious for […]