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Cloud Use Varies with Different Industries

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by

Even though cloud computing has enabled many organizations to improve their operations, that doesn’t mean they’re using the technology in the same way. The needs and desires of different businesses and industries require different deployment approaches, whether through public, hybrid, or private models. In addition, how users interact with the applications that run on these architectures varies considerably. 

Digital information flows through different avenues.

Digital information flows through different avenues.

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Brandon Butler, a contributor to CIO, noted that commercial aircraft manufacturer Boeing is merging the capabilities of on-premise virtualized workloads with a public cloud solution to create a hybrid environment. David Nelson, the company’s chief cloud strategist, stated that the applications the organization uses run more efficiently and serve the needs of Boeing much better than an in-house data center. 

Hosted on a cloud server, one of the tools used by Boeing monitors all the flight patterns of planes around the world. It incorporates both real-time and historical data, which translates to a huge amount of traffic running through the system on a consistent basis. Previously, the application operated through five laptops that were synced together, which required diligent cooling. Nelson stated that there was so much detail and analysis within the digital information that the machines couldn’t efficiently host the program. 

One of the most interesting applications Nelson uses takes on-premise Boeing resources and merges them with a public cloud storage environment. To deliver better assistance to remote mechanics working with their machines, Boeing launched a tool that allows technicians to research materials as well as conduct and verify maintenance and repairs. In addition, Boeing aircraft specialists can contribute to the system. 

“It’s seamless to the end user,” said Nelson, as quoted by the news source. “But it provides all the functionality they need.”

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Winning & Socializing with Big Data & The Cloud – GoGrid Sponsors 10th Int’l Cloud Expo

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by

Next week in New York City, cloud aficionados and Big Data proponents from around the world will convene on the 10th International Cloud Computing Expo in Javits Convention Center in New York City. From June 11 – 14th, conference attendees will be introduced to new advancements in cloud computing, learn how they can optimize their businesses using the cloud and understand how Big Data and Cloud Computing work hand-in-hand to help produce compelling new services and offerings analyzing and hosting the zetabytes of new data being collected from the social and enterprise web.

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GoGrid has been a long-time sponsor of the SYS-CON Cloud Expo conferences, especially the one in Silicon Valley which is just a short drive from our corporate headquarters in San Francisco, CA. We are excited to be able to meet face-to-face with many of our constituents on the East Coast as Silicon Alley continues to produce new and exciting startups and compelling new businesses.

Get a Free VIP Expo Pass

Not yet attending or a last minute planner? We have you covered! You can be our guest at the Cloud Expo by simply completing this online form. As you register, in the Priority Code, just enter gogridVIPgold which will change the price of admission from $2000 to $0.

What’s In Store for You & GoGrid at the Expo?

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Video: Interview with Izoox Co-Founder on Successes Using the GoGrid Cloud

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by

Cloud computing provides all different types of solutions to businesses across the globe. And each solution is unique, especially if carefully crafted to fill a niche. At GoGrid, we love how our customers use our infrastructure in compelling ways, especially when the value that they receive is passed on to their clients.

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One such company is Izoox who came to GoGrid a few years ago in search of a way to add value to their hosting and website management services that they provide to their customers. But sometimes that journey to find the perfect infrastructure solution can be challenging. Izoox, in fact, tested over 60 different providers over a course of 5 years – even having to endure outages where they were put at the end of a queue for support because they weren’t “big” enough. For Izoox, this was unacceptable and they were finding that their customers were suffering and they had to find a cloud infrastructure provider who could not only perform, but could also work hand-in-hand with them to craft the best solution for their needs.

Download the full Izoox Case Study here.

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The Interview

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Matthew Scalf, co-owner & co-founder of Izoox to discuss his journey, his pain points along the way, and how he eventually settled on GoGrid as his primary cloud infrastructure partner.

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Revving Up Your Engines in the Cloud – Performance Counts! GoGrid Judging at Under the Radar 2012

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 by

When you purchase a car, you obviously think a lot about its performance before you buy. How much horsepower does it have? Is the car safe? How does it handle? Is the gas mileage going to break the bank or will you be saving the environment? Is the vehicle flexible enough to meet all your needs or just suitable for one activity like off-roading?

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When you think about cloud computing, specifically cloud infrastructure, performance matters as well. And there are many factors to consider when shopping for a cloud provider or partner. How’s their VM performance? Does their network provide multiple high-bandwidth pipes to support your network-hungry application or service? Are there any I/O bottlenecks? If your website comes under heavy load, can you burst to support it and then scale back when demand subsides?

These are important considerations. Would you want a car that has no acceleration when getting on a highway? Probably not. That’s the same reason you wouldn’t want a cloud that is over-subscribed or doesn’t have the architecture to support your business needs.

Speaking of “performance,” this is our third year sponsoring the Under the Radar (UTR) conference and marks the second year that our CMO, Jeffrey Samuels, being a judge there. This year, Jeff will be on the panel for the Performance Monitoring session. Here are the companies presenting in this session:

  • Fabric Engine – lets developers write high-performance application using dynamic languages
  • Iron.io – provides elastic products for cloud messaging and background processing
  • Sumo Logic – gives real-time Big Data and IT insights of log intelligence and analytics
  • Tracelytics – provides insights into the performance of web applications

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The Big Data Revolution – Part 2 – Enter the Cloud

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by

In Part 1 of this Big Data series, I provided a background on the origins of Big Data.

But What is Big Data?

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The problem with using the term “Big Data” is that it’s used in a lot of different ways. One definition is that Big Data is any data set that is too large for on-hand data management tools. According to Martin Wattenberg, a scientist at IBM, “The real yardstick … is how it [Big Data] compares with a natural human limit, like the sum total of all the words that you’ll hear in your lifetime.” Collecting that data is a solvable problem, but making sense of it, (particularly in real time), is the challenge that technology tries to solve. This new type of technology is often listed under the title of “NoSQL” and includes distributed databases that are a departure from relational databases like Oracle and MySQL. These are systems that are specifically designed to be able to parallelize compute, distribute data, and create fault tolerance on a large cluster of servers. Some examples of NoSQL projects and software are: Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB, Riak and Membase.

The techniques vary, but there is a definite distinction between SQL relational databases and their NoSQL brethren. Most notably, NoSQL systems share the following characteristics:

  • Do not use SQL as their primary query language
  • May not require fixed table schemas
  • May not give full ACID guarantees (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability)
  • Scale horizontally

Because of the lack of ACID, NoSQL is used when performance and real-time results are more important than consistency. For example, if a company wants to update their website in real time based on an analysis of the behaviors of a particular user interaction with the site, they will most likely turn to NoSQL to solve this use case.

However, this does not mean that relational databases are going away. In fact, it is likely that in larger implementations, NoSQL and SQL will function together. Just as NoSQL was designed to solve a particular use case, so do relational databases solve theirs. Relational databases excel at organizing structured data and is the standard for serving up ad-hoc analytics and business intelligence reporting. In fact, Apache Hadoop even has a separate project called Sqoop that is designed to link Hadoop with structured data stores. Most likely, those who implement NoSQL will maintain their relational databases for legacy systems and for reporting off of their NosQL clusters.

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