Die groot skakelaar en Bluelock

'N Paar weke gelede het ek The Big Switch begin lees deur Nicholas Carr. Hier is 'n uittreksel uit die webwerf waarop daar dood is:

Honderd jaar gelede het maatskappye opgehou om hul eie krag met stoomenjins en dinamo's op te wek en in die nuutgeboude elektriese netwerk te koppel. Die goedkoop krag wat deur elektriese elektrisiteitsdienste uitgepomp word, het nie net die werking van sake verander nie. Dit het 'n kettingreaksie van ekonomiese en sosiale transformasies veroorsaak wat die moderne wêreld tot stand gebring het. Vandag is 'n soortgelyke rewolusie aan die gang. Gekoppel aan die internet se wêreldwye rekenaarnetwerk, het massiewe inligtingsverwerkingsaanlegte begin om data- en sagtewarekode in ons huise en besighede te pomp. Hierdie keer is dit rekenaars wat 'n nut word.

Die groot skakelaarDie verskuiwing is reeds besig om die rekenaarbedryf te herbou, wat nuwe mededingers soos Google en Salesforce.com na vore laat kom en staatmakers soos Microsoft en Dell bedreig. Maar die gevolge sal veel verder strek. Goedkoop rekenaars wat deur die nutsbedryf voorsien word, sal uiteindelik die samelewing so diep verander as wat goedkoop elektrisiteit gedoen het. Ons kan al die vroeë effekte sien? in die verskuiwing van beheer oor media van instellings na individue, in debatte oor die waarde van privaatheid, in die uitvoer van werk van kenniswerkers, selfs in die groeiende konsentrasie van rykdom. Namate inligtinginstrumente uitbrei, sal die veranderinge net verbreed, en hul pas sal net versnel.

Die Big Switch is reeds 'n werklikheid. In Januarie, Beskermpad skuif ons produksie-infrastruktuur in Bloulock. Dit is 'n nuwe wêreld (soos op die sybalk in die advertensie gesê word).

Dit is die perfekte kompliment vir Software as a Service (Saas). Die SaaS-ondernemings waarvoor ek gewerk het, het altyd die weegskaal op hardeware en die spanne mense getoon om hulle te ondersteun. Bluelock is die regte oplossing vir ons, aangesien ons ons besigheid kan laat groei sonder om ons te bekommer oor ons infrastruktuur of die groot hulpbronne wat daarmee gepaard gaan. Dit is die uitkontraktering van die kommerwekkende!

Infrastruktuur as 'n diens (IaaS) is 'n opkomende sakemodel waarmee u maandeliks IT-hulpbronne by 'n IaaS-verskaffer kan koop as vaste koste. In plaas van 'n stapel bedieners en 'n SAN te koop, kan u met IaaS sestig verwerkerkerne, twee teragrepe en vier en sestig gigagrepe geheue huur en dit maandeliks of kwartaalliks betaal. Hierdie omgewing is presies waarmee Nicholas in sy boek praat. Ons koop bandbreedte, skyfspasie en verwerkingskrag asof ons 'n ander instrument koop.

Die meeste IaaS-verskaffers loop VMWare of 'n soortgelyke bedryfstelsel as wat virtualisering moontlik maak. Hierdie bedryfstelselbenadering is die sleutel om 'n skuif tussen die hardeware en u omgewing te plaas sodat dit kan skaal, rondbeweeg, herhaal kan word, ens. Dit maak ook dat 'n IaaS-verskaffer anders is as 'n tradisionele diensverskaffer of hosting sentrum.

Ons maak The Big Switch teen einde Januarie. Tel 'n eksemplaar van die boek op en bel vir Bluelock.

PS: Dit is NIE 'n geborgde pos nie ... net iets wat ek wou deel, want ek is baie opgewonde oor die skuif!

11 Comments

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      Hallo Mike,

      Bluelock is not paying for the post nor the sponsor spot. I provide some of my friends and colleagues with complimentary placement sometimes. Perhaps I should name it “Friends & Sponsors”.

      Bluelock is also here in Indiana – you’ll see that I try to help out with Indiana startups and technology companies.

      RE: Amazon:

      Amazon’s service are not Infrastructure as a Service, they are Web Services. The difference is that my environment isn’t pulling from ‘a cloud’ (Amazon’s term) where my environment is shared with hundreds or thousands of others.

      With Bluelock we will have dedicated servers, disk space, processors and bandwidth. We’re in a virtualized environment – so we can replicate our environment when needed.

      We have guaranteed SLA’s, Industry Standard Security Compliance, firewalls, intrusion detection, console access, 24/7 monitoring and support, vaulted backups, redundant power… you name it.

      Hope that helps! See Bloulock Vir meer inligting.
      Doug

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    @Mike There’s overlap between the offerings of Amazon EC2/S3/SimpleDB and BlueLock. But generally speaking, they’re a lot different solutions, and target different audiences.

    You couldn’t setup an Amazon cluster without a decent amount of technical knowledge, and would need to architect something to manage the different EC2 instances. You also run into a number of problems that would need to be handled in the application, like the fact that EC2 instances don’t have static IPs, that there’s no local storage on the EC2 instance, that S3 storage is much slower than SAN or local disk, and that SimpleDB doesn’t accept SQL queries or allow complex joins. EC2 and SimpleDB are still in beta right now (with the latter in private beta), so there’s no SLAs — not exactly something that you would want to hinge your production critical business on.

    BlueLock basically gives you a drop-in replacement for a rack of Windows and/or Linux servers without the headaches of managing them, or re-engineering your application so it can be hosted at Amazon. You also get to talk to support engineers on the phone.

    That said, Amazon is a lot less expensive to get started with, and BlueLock may not be cost effective if you’re only running a couple servers. It’s also pay-as-you-use, whereas BlueLock pricing is more like traditional data centers where you setup a plan to pay for a certain amount of cpu/disk/bandwidth/etc whether or not you use all of it each month.

    Disclaimers: I know a few people that work at BlueLock. But I’m actively using Amazon S3 in production, am a big fan of EC2 (in the right cases), and am eagerly awaiting my SimpleDB private beta invite.

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      Thanks for the comments Ade. I was going to ask Douglas to write a post comparing and contrasting BlueLock to Amazon’s web services but no need now as you already did!

      P.S. You Indianians really do stick together, doncha? 🙂

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        Ha! Yes we sure do, Mike!

        It’s one of those regions that’s small enough that there are very few degrees of separation between 2 companies or people. We’re trying hard to solidify these relationships and organize regionally as well.

        It’s the perfect region to startup a tech company since the cost of living and tax benefits are so good. Compared nationally, it’s 20% less cost on average. That’s the word we need to get out! The MidWest attitude towards hard work and great service is a big difference as well.

        Kleiner Indiana is a new social network that has been started to better organize the businesses in the region.

        PS: I’m glad Ade stepped in. We’re moving to Bluelock so I don’t have to know all the differences 😉

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          @Douglass: It?s the perfect region to startup a tech company since the cost of living and tax benefits are so good. Compared nationally, it?s 20% less cost on average. That?s the word we need to get out! The MidWest attitude towards hard work and great service is a big difference as well.

          But then you have to live in Indiana godforbid…. (sorry, could’t resist ‘-)

          Anyway, sounds like you should go calling on the Chamber of Commerce as your next sponsor… 🙂

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