Tag Archives: workload

The Secret in the Clouds – Inconsistent Service Delivery

As a result of ongoing discussions with users and providers of Cloud infrastructure, Saugatuck has identified that Cloud infrastructures are not immune to the fundamental characteristic of any shared resource: resource sharing can result in variable service levels.

In a recently published Strategic Perspective, Saugatuck explains why Cloud infrastructures deliver inconsistent service. Saugatuck urges Cloud users to perform ongoing monitoring of performance of key Cloud-based workloads and offers some possible approaches for dealing with inconsistent service, including: Continue reading

Docker GA Signals Hybrid-Cloud Independence for Applications

What is Happening?          

On June 9, 2014, Docker Inc. – the corporate entity stewarding and commercializing the Linux-based, open source Docker software container and application packaging system – announced general availability of Release 1.0 of its application-container software

An open-source project that automates the deployment of applications inside softwareDocker_logo
containers, and originally created by Cloud platform provider dotCloud, Docker has been developed and brought to GA in only 15 months. Docker is designed to provide easy portability of an application across Linux operating environments, including on-premises servers, public and private Cloud infrastructures, even on so-called bare metal.

Saugatuck views the general availability of Docker as a milestone signifying that the software industry is extremely close to satisfying critical, fast-growing, widely-held requirements for ease-of-use and independence across Cloud and on-premises infrastructures. The release also promises to catalyze and help manage the growth of cost-efficient, and secure, hybridized IT and business environments. Continue reading

Estimating Cloud Resource Requirement

Attraction of Cloud IT offerings remains mostly based on the perceived potential of reduced infrastructure costs. However, the trade press and IT analysts provide minimal guidance on sizing Cloud resource for a workload. Saugatuck’s ongoing conversations with users have shown that Cloud IT cost estimates are typically based on gross and erroneous approximations rather than on measurements of performance.

Saugatuck recently published a Strategic Perspective which focuses on factors which heavily influence performance of a Cloud IT infrastructure and, thus, the ongoing costs of running a workload on the Cloud infrastructure: Continue reading

Maximizing Servers Per System Administrator: Saving Your Way Out of Business?

For decades one overriding mantra of IT has been that people are expensive and computers are cheap. The obvious conclusion that an objective for any IT organization should be to maximize the number of servers managed by each technical support staff member. A cursory review of articles in IT trade publications, IT analyst pronouncements, and Cloud vendor marketing hype, provides consistent evidence that the ratio of servers to technical support staff is anything but consistent.

In a recently published Strategic Perspective, Saugatuck has identified two categories of factors surrounding the ratio of servers to technical support personnel. We characterize these categories as:

  1. Primary/Input: These are “upstream” factors which directly influence the amount of manpower required to “manage/support” a server (i.e., the ratio of servers to technical support personnel); and Continue reading

Monitor Cloud Workloads to Avoid Unnecessary Charges

Adoption of Cloud IT offerings began and remains mostly based on the attraction of reduced infrastructure costs. Not surprisingly, the trade press and IT analysts provide considerable guidance on selection of Cloud offerings. However, ongoing conversations with users have shown that simply selecting a Cloud infrastructure offering does not ensure maximum ongoing savings.

Saugatuck recently published a Strategic Perspective which focuses on four factors which heavily influence the ongoing costs of running a workload on a Cloud infrastructure: Continue reading

Cloud Business Summit Panel Agrees: Cloud IT May, or May Not, Reduce Costs

The use of Cloud-based solutions is infiltrating all aspects of business IT – expanding both across enterprises and across user departments within enterprises. Similar to other technological advances, the risks and the rewards of Cloud IT vary for individual situations. A clear understanding of the popular perceptions about Cloud IT is the crucial first step toward objective evaluation and planning – and, away from project failure and management disappointment.

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Research Alert: “Open” is Good for Building and Selling Products, but What About the Workloads?

What is Happening?

This week (15 – 18 Oct.), the OpenStack Summit is being held in San Diego, CA. Saugatuck believes this event, which combines sessions for developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud software, points out that the fundamental benefits of Open Source software can bring value to many aspects of IT including the underlying infrastructure of private and public Clouds. Continue reading