The cloud portfolio effect

August 20, 2017 in Cloud

We tend to talk about specific cloud vendor products, usually when there is something new and exciting to discuss. Appealing to developers is the first step. It starts with hearing about the amazing new technology Google Cloud has just productised, the newest release of an open source framework or a compelling new AWS product you […]

Will Spotify be to Google Cloud as Netflix is to AWS?

March 4, 2017 in Cloud

Almost exactly a year ago, we heard that Spotify was working on a huge migration over to Google Cloud. They got off to a great start with a series of blog posts about their use of Google Cloud Pub/Sub, which I used to calculate what they might be paying if they were being billed at list […]

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 […]