The Cloud Procurement Iceberg

The Cloud Procurement Iceberg Do you ever get the impression that procuring public cloud is not quite as straightforward as the salespeople make out? Do you ever wonder what is hidden behind the surface? In theory, a corporate user of … Read More

Too much cloud price transparency?

Too much cloud price transparency? Can cloud providers offer so much price transparency that they somehow then become less transparent? Sounds like a contradiction in terms, but AWS’ announcement of “per second billing” for some of their virtual machine instances … Read More

Strategic Blue enters the JPMorgan Chase Challenge

Strategic Blue’s “Chase Team”   Wishing the best of luck to the Strategic Blue team at tonight’s JP Morgan Chase Challenge in Battersea Park, London.

Committed-Use Discounts arrive at Google Compute Platform

Committed-Use Discounts arrive at Google Google has just announced a new “Committed-Use Discount” pricing model for its Google Compute Platform virtual machine instances.   Now this is going to be a little bit awkward, as Google Compute Platform’s “Sustained Usage … Read More

3 Tips for Cloud Buyers

Buying public cloud? Top 3 Tips from our CEO. Our CEO, Dr James Mitchell, will be delivering the keynote at Cutter Summit 2016 in the US. In this 5 minute video, James offers 3 important tips when buying public cloud for organisations: … Read More

Bridging the Generations – AWS d2 instances

Bridging the Generations AWS’ new d2 instances bridge the gap between previous generation pricing and current generation instance pricing. AWS recently launched the d2 instance family, the largest of which is the new d2.8xlarge which is the successor to hs1.8xlarge, … Read More

Pricing Insights for Equity Research Analysts

In April 2015, Amazon.com (AMZN) finally started breaking out separate figures for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) business in its quarterly financial statements.  This showed that AWS made up 5.22% of worldwide AMZN revenue for 2014. Modelling AWS standalone How … Read More

Join Strategic Blue at Datacloud 2015 Monaco

Cloud should be traded as a commodity. Join us on June 3rd – 4th at Datacloud 2015 in Monaco as we put forward the case for cloud computing to be traded no differently from oil, gas or coal.

Kentucky University selects Strategic Blue

Kentucky University selects Strategic Blue The University of Kentucky have announced the appointment of Strategic Blue as their financial cloud brokers, following the successful completion of a competitive RFP process. We tendered for a financial cloud broker, to help us set … Read More

37% interest rate for AWS to finance your Reserved Instances

Yesterday, AWS announced major changes to its Reserved Instances, decommissioning Light and Medium Utilisation, and bringing in different financing options for the Heavy Utilisation Reserved Instances. Here is our qualitative analysis we put out last night, as part of our … Read More