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Because more and more, company employees, independent contractors, consultants and startup founders have the tools to work from anywhere, there's now an app to help them find the perfect places to go. It's called Cubefree, a free app that helps you find cafes with WiFi, power outlets, parking and even a table to share. CubeFree shows a map view with nearby cafes, along with user ratings and comments, as well as others who have checked in. This app perfectly complements the other tools the modern workforce uses to work from anywhere: Virtual Desktops hosted in data centers, documents in cloud storage, mobile work apps on tablets. To power these, all that's needed is a quiet place to sit, WiFi and power. For many that means working from home if they are out of the office, but if you're on the road or just want to escape the house or office, Cubefree may be the ticket... (more)

Cloud Computing Economics, Part Two

Chris Fleck's Blog As described in part 1 of this blog series, the cloud is not the answer for every enterprise or every workload. This is true based on the current economics even without considering additional factors like security, control and SLA's. On the other hand the economics do point out a major cloud advantage when it comes to short term or variable workloads. (Pointed out by Michael Keen and Billy Marshall as well). Perhaps this is not very surprising to many, but it does help to look at the numbers to put it in perspective. The largest Intrinsic cost advantage of the ... (more)

Citrix XenApp Now Runs in the EC2 Cloud

Apps from the Cloud frequently means limited function browser based web apps that may be OK for personal use but don’t cut it in the business world. Citrix as an industry leader delivering full featured enterprise windows apps to business has now enabled the Cloud to provide the delivery system. As a public demonstration Citrix has posted a pre-built XenApp Server in Amazon’s Xen based EC2 offering. Anyone can now start demonstrating and testing rich windows app delivery from the Cloud in minutes without committing to hardware or the typical set up and configuration time.  A deta... (more)

You Won't Get Fired for Buying VMware, But ...

Many of us in the IT industry recall the old adage  "you'll never get fired for buying IBM" this held true for quite some time while IBM provided a comprehensive albeit expensive set of products that got the job done and provided the safe bet vendor selection. As the PC era took hold and the introduction of credible alternatives became available, the pendulum began to swing the other way. IT started being challenged about the "safe bet" choice and in many cases the assumption became if you were only buying IBM you were probably paying too much. This phenomena also translated int... (more)

Amazon EC2 Reserved Pricing Changes the Equation

Ulitzer Cloud Computing Blog Things are changing fast in the world of Cloud Computing, however one question remains the same. Will it save me money and how much? To follow up on a previous post on Cloud Economics Part One, I looked at a fairly simple example of 5 Servers for a dev/test environment and identified the incremental costs of buying 5 servers and running them on premise or a Colo and then compared that to Amazon EC2. The analysis did not include many variables such as real estate costs and labor savings which may or may not apply to the particular situation. The result... (more)