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

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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

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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.

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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

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Cloudyn lands $4MM funding

Our cloud cost management partner, Cloudyn, just landed $4MM in Series A funding from Titanium Investments and existing investor RDSeed. Cloudyn CEO, Sharon Wagner has big plans for the additional funding, extending their services which currently focus on AWS, GCE … Read More

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CloudCamp London – James Mitchell on Information Brokerage

Last week’s Cloudcamp London was all about the increasingly blurred distinction between finance companies (loosely labelled as “banks”) and technology companies.  Here are James Mitchell’s slides from his lightning talk making the point that a tech company is really all … Read More

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Cars became a commodity, but price did not drop to zero

I just happened across Henry Ford’s quote on manufacturing cars: Ford pioneered not just the use of standardised components in making his cars, but also the commoditisation of the finished product itself.  After all, probably his most famous quote is: … Read More

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Rackspace Exits Cloud IaaS Market

Back in May, Rackspace wheeled in Morgan Stanley to review their strategic options.  However, it would appear that the potential suitors suggested by Ben Kepes in this Forbes article have not been prepared to pay the asking price. According to another … Read More

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GCE Pricing – like touching an electric fence!

We have received a steady stream of questions about Google Compute Engine and their Sustained Usage Pricing, most of them asking whether this was going to replace the “Reserved Instances” pricing structure championed by Amazon Web Services (AWS). For those … Read More

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Do CIOs value their Cloud Options?

We have recently been engaged by a CIO who is looking to decommission an aging datacenter and move to the cloud, or at least to move to managed services. He had attended the CloudMarketForum summit (video here) that we ran … Read More

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