Re: wow. cloud computing is getting serious (oracle + amazon + openworld announcement)

From: Mark Brinsmead <pythianbrinsmead_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 20:10:14 -0600
Message-ID: <cf3341710809231910r340ea56ye654babebb8f3b0@mail.gmail.com>


Not so sure, there...

You pay for more than *just* bandwdth -- you pay for CPU-hours and each (million) of your IOs, too. I know of quite a few databases that can go through a million IOs in a real hurry.

This is something that *could* be very interesting for low-volume applications. Training sand-boxes come to mind. Development systems. Maybe even test servers if they are used only infrequently.

I do not profess to know much of anything about Amazon's EC2 offering, but having run a few numbers through their online pricing tool, it seems to me that EC2 will have a tough time competing with the purchase price of an 8-core Sun XFire 4x40 server, at least for a consistently busy database that you plan on keeping for more than a few months.

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 8:01 AM, Mark W. Farnham <mwf_at_rsiz.com> wrote:

> seems to me the big catch is upload bandwidth. Now if they provide a way
> to send in your initial bulk by sneakernet (or trucknet) so you can keep
> your upload bandwidth down to something just proportional to changes, I
> think this will indeed be the advent of a watershed event. Data will nearly
> never be lost, and eventually everyone will have access to everything in the
> cloud, by hook or by crook.
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> *From:* oracle-l-bounce_at_freelists.org [mailto:
> oracle-l-bounce_at_freelists.org] *On Behalf Of *Stephens, Chris
> *Sent:* Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:50 AM
> *To:* oracle-l_at_freelists.org
> *Subject:* wow. cloud computing is getting serious (oracle + amazon +
> openworld announcement)
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> http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2008/09/hello-oracle.html
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> I guess the 'big' announcement isn't until tomorrow.
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> For the first time in a while I really feel like we are seeing a new
> paradigm in computing actually taking hold. ůmaybe I just don't have enough
> caffeine in me.
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> Chris
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-- Mark Brinsmead
Senior DBA,
The Pythian Group
http://www.pythian.com/blogs

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