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Public Cloud is Still Hardware Focused

Microsoft Azure has recently announced that the latest AMD EPYC processors will be available on a range of Azure compute instances.  The new instances are storage optimised, meaning they are aimed at high I/O workloads.  This isn’t surprising because the EPYC processors have typically 2-3 times more bandwidth capability than their Intel Xeon counterparts.  With… Read more »

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Cloud Data Migration – Shipping Virtual Machines

Previously we discussed the use of content migration tools to get data into public cloud services.  Another alternative is to ship entire virtual machines into the cloud, including the application and data. Why VMs? Why would it be more practical to ship an entire VM than just the data?  In some instances and with some… Read more »

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Cloud Data Migration – Data Transfer Using Physical Shipping & Appliances

Updated 19 September 2017 with details of IBM’s new shipping offering. Updated 10 October 2017 with details of Microsoft Azure’s new shipping offering. Updated 17 October 2017 with details of Backblaze Fireball. This is one of a series of posts on migrating data into the cloud.  Other posts in the series: Cloud Data Migration –… Read more »

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AWS Provides Pricing via API

At the beginning of December, AWS (Amazon Web Services) announced that pricing for their service offerings were now being made available via API (as well of course as via the web).  Customers and prospective customers can now query the cost of services such as EC2 and S3 through REST API calls, receiving the output either… Read more »