IaaS Competition: It’s not only about the pricing.

IaaS has become much much more than just compute on demand with an API and pay per use. Interesting to note that Oracle cloud announced to match AWS IaaS prices for their customers which is a cool and bold move. Obviously this will help to keep Oracle customers on the Oracle cloud.

AWS IaaS actually is more. You can have cheap reserved instances and even cheaper spot instances. Today AWS announced spot instances with a block duration for jobs that need to be finished but run economically. Good to see that competition keeps bringing new features. Remember when many years ago I wrote about the benefits for customers that will be caused by cloud computing? Nowadays this has become a fact.


There are more public cloud advantages and features you should know.

DOAG Conference 2015 Middleware & Volkswagening

DOAG Conference 2015 in Nürnberg is getting closer. This is a great opportunity to hear about what is announced at Oracle Open World 2015, mingle with peers and enjoy this years’ invited speaker Gunter Dueck. He published an essay about volkswagening (german only) that is worth reading. Reminds a bit about the graphic card producers that optimized their card specifically for the benchmarks used by IT magazines a couple of years ago. Anyway, Gunter Dueck is worth listening to – another reason to attend DOAG conference!

I usually tell German IT professionals and even attendees at international workshops that this is the must-do event if you are even only remotely working with Oracle technology. It’s great because it’s full of Oracle tech.  Although it’s not only about the Oracle red opinion because there are lots of consulting companies, individuals and people like me presenting :-).


Make sure you don’t miss out the two presentations that I will deliver this year about WebLogic 12c features and about Docker. Also think about doing your own presentation maybe next year. You will get a free entry ticket (not mentioning all the fame due to the presentation).

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Another View: Your Data Center’s Degree of Cloud

Here is another view that I just developed to describe a customer’s level of cloud. I used this view because quite often a public cloud is just regarded as an “outsourced datacenter”, however there are many steps in between the two extremes. Sometimes it’s easier to approach the cloud computing topic from the classical perspective of virtualization.

Anything you would like to add?

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I recommend to compare what Amazon, Google or Oracle public cloud offers based on the table above compared to your on premise DC.

12 Public Cloud Benefits and Features You Should Know

20150311_114235The last few years I spent a quite a bit of time talking about public clouds. When I published my cloud computing book, public clouds were mostly still believed to be a hype. Availability, security, persistence of data, and much much more was questioned.

Today only few IT professionals are stuck with this old school thinking. The major public clouds are a superset of what is provided by a classical data centers.

What features would you check for when looking at a potential cloud provider? Does your data center offer every feature and service listed below?

  1. All IT in the cloud is software. There is an API for everything. The whole data center is a set of APIs. This includes load balancers, servers, storage, databases, application servers, API gateways, firewalls, storage, etc.
  2. Short term capacity is very cheap.
  3. Since capacity is cheap, typically you don’t update or redeploy in the cloud, instead you spin up new immutable servers.
  4. Changing your hardware costs nothing. If you find out or assume that your application will run better on high-CPU instances instead of high-memory instances you can simply swap.
  5. Availability comes with no extra cost. You can place two instances in two fully redundant data centers for the same cost as placing two instances in the same data center.
  6. Also parallelism comes with no extra cost. Using 1000 instances for 1h costs as much as using 1 instance for 1000 hours. You’ve got a massively parallel supercomputer at your hands.
  7. You save the time for capacity planning since capacity is available on demand.
  8. Capacity planning still makes sense for predicting future costs.
  9. Procurement happens within seconds or minutes.
  10. You don’t pay for unused resources. Scaling down reduces your costs.
  11. You can put IT resources close to the customer location where they are needed since the public cloud will be globally available.
  12. Cost for resources in the cloud used to drop by around 30% every year. Long term projects with constant resource usage will cost less every year.

You care to disagree?

OTN Tour Latin America 2015: Colombia


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col goldColombia was my last stop on the OTN tour, yet it was the country I was waiting for. I had good memories about the country from many years ago when I was backpacking there and it was a pleasure to see how everything has changed.

I decided to take a hotel in the north which is closer to the some shopping malls and various museums. At night after arrival I got a local SIM card which was a breeze and cost less than 10€ for 1 GB of data. First day I nipped out, crossed the main street to the Alcaldía and headed straight to the Museo del Oro Calima (Gold Museum).

The conference was organized by charming Giovanna Bohorquez Paez and her team from the Asociación de Usuarios Oracle de Colombia. Everything went swimmingly and I felt flattered to give a Docker and WebLogic presentation at the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente. Due to some changes there was no time left for my 12 Things about WebLogic 12c presentation but feel free to download the presentation slides. For the first time I had the pleasure to meet Mauricio Naranjo in person. During the coffee break we had a exotic looking but surprisingly well tasting drink called Champús (check this wiki link for a pic!).

Altogether I enjoyed the conference a lot. It was a great atmosphere, people came to ask questions and to have their pictures taken together with us. To respect their privacy I put a picture of us below.

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At the end, I decided to stay an extra day, visited some lookouts and local bars with a friend who also gave me a lift to the mountain range called KM18. Calenos love to go there because it is much cooler, so it is really crowded on Sundays. There I had an even stranger but also even tastier (!!) drink called agua de panela (sweet hot drink made of sugar cane) with savory cheese in it. Loved it!