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The Opportunity Cost of Community Open Source – A Business Perspective

Posted by Joe Dickman

Aug 19, 2015 3:31:00 PM Open Source, Analytics

 “Open Source is free software, why should I pay for support?”, “There’s no real difference between the community and enterprise open source versions.”, and “My developers are very technical and know what they’re doing, we’re fine operating on the community version.”

These are very common responses I hear in conversations with customers and prospects.  We’re contacted at least 3 times a week from companies who have run into a dead-end trying to locate and correct software defects that are causing disruptions in their business.  


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Evaluation of Cloud Cost Optimization Tools

Posted by Eric Noriega

May 5, 2014 11:03:00 PM Analytics

This is part 7 in a series on cloud cost management.

We’ve looked at a number of cloud cost optimization tools in house and for customers.  This is a brief breakdown of some of the characteristics and features of the programs.  Please realize that this is a very fast moving part of the industry.  If you decision hinges on a single feature, it’s availability may have changed by the time you read this sentence.


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Commercial Offering for Cloud Cost Optimization and Reporting

Posted by Eric Noriega

May 5, 2014 10:38:00 PM Analytics, Cloud Enablement

This is part 6 in a series on cloud cost management.

There is a burgeoning crop of applications and portals for cloud cost optimization and reporting which point to the maturity, complexity and adoption surrounding cloud offerings.  This strong adoption of the cloud offerings has sent IT organizations scrambling to understand the costs and to show their savings for, in many cases, well executed transition plans.


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Cloud Usage Cost Accounting with the Google Compute Engine

Posted by Eric Noriega

Apr 21, 2014 5:48:00 PM Analytics, Cloud Enablement

Google has an offering titled the Google Compute Engine, or GCE.  Google has direct support for “projects” in it’s implementation; any runtime instances require that you first create a project to contain them and any associated resources.    This means that this is the primary mechanism for cost reporting and chargeback. Once you enable billing, the usage will be reported based on it’s project.


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Tagging & Tracking Cloud Costs

Posted by Eric Noriega

Mar 26, 2014 5:52:00 PM Analytics

 

Implementing a Tagging strategy for Tracking Cloud Costs

Most cloud providers today provide the ability to associate tags to compute resources.  These tags can be used for multiple purposes such as tagging owners, identifying dev/test/prod instances, or grouping similar resources together.  With the proper strategy, these tags can also be used as part of a cost tracking strategy.


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Cloud Usage Cost Accounting in the Amazon Cloud

Posted by Eric Noriega

Mar 26, 2014 5:46:00 PM Analytics, Cloud Enablement

An AWS cloud environment supports cost allocation using two mechanisms, tagging and linked accounts.  Of the two, tagging is by far the most flexible.  Tags are key/value pairs which may be applied to most objects created in AWS; exceptions are items which are either not allocated dynamically (such as static-IPs) or inherently shared (such as a load balancer).  Tags can be added during the creation of many AWS resources such as EC2 instances, S3 buckets, and EBS volumes via the admin console or AWS CLI.  But not all resources can be added at the time of setup for most objects.


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Distributing the Tag Definitions and Deployment Resources

Posted by Eric Noriega

Mar 26, 2014 5:33:00 PM Analytics

Tag definitions should be documented, including any expected values.  Be specific.  If you would like to use an account code from another system, such as a project or accounting system, assign it to it’s own key. This allows for the simplest and most efficient cost capturing, and makes it easier to detect errors.


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Tracking Cloud Usage & Identifying Cost Optimization Opportunities

Posted by Eric Noriega

Mar 17, 2014 12:20:00 PM Analytics, Cloud Enablement

This is part 1 in a series on cloud cost optimization.

The IT environment has certainly changed for organizations in the last eight years, since the time that Amazon.com launched it’s AWS service, and shaped a new virtual landscape.  There have been many debates since that point as to what exactly a cloud is.   


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Analytics with NoSQL: Why, for What, and When?

Posted by Zack Belcher

Jun 3, 2013 2:31:00 PM Analytics, 10Gen, MongoDB, NoSQL, Presentations

Check out the MongoDB slides and write-up below, authored by Edouard Servan-Schreiber, Director for Solution Architecture, 10gen.  You can find the orginial posting here.

 

The Big Data era has made managing and preparing data for analytics increasingly complicated. Notwithstanding all the attention and new tools available, preparing and sourcing data for analytics still requires 80% of the time, which is more than anyone finds acceptable.


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