March 3, 2017


It’s a Complicated World Out There – Thoughts on the Amazon S3 Outage

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It’s a complicated world out there, especially when it comes to cloud. Customers are trying to figure out the right cloud strategy, and it isn’t easy. The Amazon S3 outage is an example of just how complex the situation is. While that interruption only lasted four hours, the impacts were felt far and wide. So is public cloud still a viable option? Or course it is. Amazon Web Services published their post-mortem and the issue was human error and fully correctable. Despite this, there is no disputing the reliability of S3 which is on-par or even better than most enterprise storage options. It’s just that since AWS is so large and so pervasive, it makes the news when it fails and when that failure happens, we see multiple systems that all rely on S3 failing at once.

November 1, 2016


Active Data Demands Agile Infrastructure

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By now, we’ve all heard the estimate that by 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected. Some estimates are higher, some lower, but we can all agree…it’s a lot. What we know and can see is that more data is being generated today than ever before. And the nature of the data is changing. It’s […]

November 1, 2016


Understanding the Cost Premium of Public Cloud for Active Data

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If you’ve read any of my past blogs, you’ll know I focus a lot on the economic impact of Cisco UCS. Today I’m comparing the TCO of hosting data intensive workloads on-prem vs. in the public cloud. What started out as a 2RU rackmount consolidation discussion (more on that next week) turned into a public cloud […]