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Google Cloud Workshop by Translucid

by Luc Van Haver

Translucid, a Cronos Group Company, organizes a Cloud Workshop on Tuesday, February 10th from 14:00h – 16:00h. Location will be the meeting room “Lucky Luke” at Cronos building, Veldkant 33b, 2550 Kontich:

 

“With this Google cloud workshop we want to show you how simple it is to setup your developer environment on “Google Cloud Platform”. We aim to give this workshop to developers / architects / devops

14:00 – 14:15 intro cloud platform presentation

14:15 – 15:00 case 1: App Engine

15:00 – 15:45 case 2: Compute Engine

15:45 – 16:00 Q & A

In less than 2 hours we’ll get you up to speed on how to move to the cloud!

Audacious Business Models powered by Cloud Computing

by Luc Van Haver

In 2014, everything had to be disruptive: technology, business models, innovation, my mother-in-law and even the barking of my dog. Disruptive sells, disruptive is cool. Disruptive was probably the word most commonly used by marketers in 2014. I was never a fan. I like audacious better.

Let’s first taste the word. Audacious. Almost delicious:

au·da·cious

ôˈdāSHəs/

adjective

 

  1. showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks.
  2. “a series of audacious takeovers”
  3. Bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, heroic, plucky

 

That’s more like it. Audacious is simply put the mother of disruptive. No disruptive without audacious. Although it might have a connotation of lack of responsibility, putting too much money at stake not knowing what the outcome of the adventure will be, it is audacious that caused multiple revolutionary changes.

It is true that a lot of brave people ceased being audacious due to budgetary reasons in the past. The future will perhaps offer them new opportunities. “If you want to increase innovation, lower the cost of failure”, Joi Ito stated recently (Joichi “Joi” Ito, 伊藤 穰一 Itō Jōichi, born June 19, 1966, is a Japanese-American activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Director of the MIT Media Lab. Ito has received recognition for his role as an entrepreneur focused on Internet and technology companies and has founded, among other companies, PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan.

That is exactly what cloud computing can offer. A lower cost of failure. Cloud computing can power your audacious idea to the extent that in case of failure, the cost of getting drunk the day you realize you failed will probably be higher than the amount you spent on IT infrastructure trying to succeed.

Audacious is going to be the 2015 buzzword. Be audacious!

Lighthouse offers free TCO calculation: datacenter on premise vs in the cloud

by Luc Van Haver

Belgian companies also benefit significantly from IT migration to the public cloud

Business operations nowadays are influenced by the four major new IT trends also known as The Nexus of Forces: Mobile, Social Media, Big Data and the one they are all powered by: Cloud Computing. As a result the IT landscape changes drastically and (public) cloud will be introduced on a large scale the upcoming months and years.

Yet a recent Eurostat study concludes that a lack of knowledge is the number one argument holding back enterprises from using the public cloud.

Lighthouse, a Cronos Group initiative, wants to inform you through professional consultancy on the latest cloud opportunities and challenges in a rapidly evolving and changing cloud landscape.

As an introduction Lighthouse offers Belgian headquartered companies a free TCO calculation comparing an on-premise datacenter with a similar setup in the cloud .

Confirm your interest by sending an email to lighthouse@cronos.be

 

Cloud Deployment Models in Human

by Luc Van Haver

In a recent news release Eurostat, statistics provider of the European Commission, concludes that lack of knowledge still is the enterprises’ main reason for not using cloud services.

There is still a Babylonian confusion when talking about on premise IT infrastructure and cloud deployment models. Therefore I think it is time for a translation in human. Let’s compare the need for IT with the need for transportation.

When your enterprise needs transportation (company cars) for its business you have a variety of options to fulfill this:

 

  1. You can buy the needed amount of cars (= On Premise IT). You would have to calculate the amount of cars you need upfront (including potential peaks in need), budget them, order them, make them ready to use, think of a way to prevent them of being stolen and maintain them (or not). This is all in all a time consuming process BUT you will own the cars and you can do pretty much whatever you want with them.
  2. You could purchase a whole car park at once or engage a company to do that for you and organize it in a way that departments in your company can rent a car when they need one and pay for it only when they are using it (= Private Cloud). The cars will never be used by someone outside your company, so they are reserved for you. You would still need to consider the total amount of cars to be bought or reserved upfront including potential peaks. You will pay for the cars you do not use and it will take a while to obtain extra cars.
  3. You could make a deal with one or more other companies to share the concept described under 2 (= Community Cloud). The cars can be used by all (and limited to only) the companies included in the deal. Benefits can be optimization of the resources and sharing the cost of unused capacity.
  4. You could choose not to make any upfront investments at all and work together with one or more vendors that rent cars (= Public Cloud). You would pick any available model from their catalogue at any time of the day or night and as many as you need. All models are instantly available (within minutes), you always get the latest model and you don’t need to bother about maintenance, insurance, fuel,… BUT the car you have used can also be rented to other people you don’t know whenever you are not using the car. Cars can be added automatically when the need increases suddenly and vice versa. Levels of exclusivity often can be discussed, but everything comes with a price.
  5. Any combination of the concepts described in 2. to 5. would be called hybrid concepts (= Hybrid Cloud)

 

I’m aware that purists would want to add remarks and suggest completions to my comparison, creating yet another Babylonian confusion. For a novice in the cloud landscape however it is probably a useful handhold.

 

 

Cloud Seminar: Lighthouse – Your Beacon in the cloud – 21 October, Antwerp

On October 21st, Lighthouse organizes its first Cloud Seminar