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The First Step to Enabling Cloud Arbitrage

With most companies in the early days of cloud migration, the idea of achieving cloud arbitrage – dynamically shifting workloads across clouds to leverage relative price and performance advantages – can seem pretty daunting.  Let’s look at the typical road to cloud adoption, then I’ll explain the first thing you’ll need to do to effectively achieve cloud arbitrage.

Most enterprises are still in the first stage of cloud migration: moving to a hybrid cloud architecture – augmenting their on premises datacenters with public cloud services. This can entail migrating some applications to the cloud in their entirety, distributing data collection activities to the cloud while keeping core processing in the datacenter, or pushing overflow workloads to the cloud during periods of peak activity, called cloud bursting.

Somewhere along the way, most companies realize they don’t want to be locked in to one cloud so they build and connect applications in a cloud-agnostic manner.… Read the rest

FPGAs and Cyclical Fashion Trends

I saw a headline in the Wall Street Journal speculating that the several year trend towards men wearing beards was coming to an end.  Like all shifts in fashion, nobody can say for sure what causes a trend to turn, but I hypothesize it might have been this photo.

In the world of computing, the rise of the cloud has left little oxygen in the press for anything other than the storyline that Amazon, Microsoft and Google (the tech fashionistas) have decided cheap servers running Linux are the answer to every computing problem. When one unit of compute isn’t enough, you write your software to split the workload two ways, or four, or eight, or a thousand. If you find that hard, too bad, hire smarter people like Google and Amazon.

Horizontal scale on cheap CPUs became a religion, and anything that didn’t look like AWS EC2 was like telling the girlfriend who bought you a flannel shirt for your birthday, “sorry, I don’t want to grow a beard”.… Read the rest

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