How to make sense of complex EC2 Instance Pricing – part 1

AWS EC2 instance pricing always goes down – or does it? Explaining EC2 pricing, and debunking cloud pricing myths. EC2 instance pricing A beginner’s guide (part 1) AWS’ pioneering Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, has very complex pricing.   This EC2 … Read More

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Intel Chip Flaw Drives Volatility in Cloud Cost Expectations

Could the flaw in Intel’s chip designs cause a major change in cloud services prices? The Register’s John Leyden and Chris Williams broke news that a serious flaw has been found which impacts Linux, Windows and MacOS. Both Linux and … Read More

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Strategic Blue celebrates best ever year

Strategic Blue celebrates best ever year 2017 has been a landmark year for Strategic Blue.  Record trading revenues, record consulting revenues, record profitability, and serious traction with partners. This demonstrates that whilst we were far too early to market in 2009, … Read More

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Strategic Blue achieves Advanced Partner status with AWS

Strategic Blue achieves Advanced Partner status with AWS Since 2010, Strategic Blue has been intermediating between the standardized selling preferences of Amazon Web Services, and the customized buying preferences of AWS users.  Our ability to step into the billing chain … Read More

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Roadmap towards Transparent Cloud Pricing

Roadmap towards Transparent Cloud Pricing Strategic Blue, in association with its partners in CloudWatch2, are pleased to announce the publication of the final version of our Roadmap Towards a Cloud Market Encouraging Transparent Pricing. http://www.cloudwatchhub.eu/Roadmap-for-transparent-pricing This is the culmination of … Read More

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The Cloud Procurement Iceberg – Procuring Public Cloud

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

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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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James Mitchell (Strategic Blue) delivers cloud buyer keynote at Summit

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

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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

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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

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