[Chicago] What is cloud computing good for?

Samir Faci samir at esamir.com
Mon Aug 9 20:24:44 CEST 2010

I think part of the issue the definition itself.  There's so many
services claiming to be about the "cloud".

It's become such a buzz word that it's tossed around in things that
don't have anything to do with the cloud.

Amazon EC2 is what's usually is meant.  Or similar services.  On the
fly the ability to extend storage, ram, spawn machine, bring them down
etc without investing money in hardware.

http://www.eucalyptus.com/ is a very sweet project that's supposedly
compatible with EC2's api.  I haven't spent much time on it,
but it looks fairly impressive.


On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:03 PM, Daniel Griffin <dgriff1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Cloud Computing is a blanket term. It can mean scalable services you do a
> "pay as you use" thing for like S3 or getting private servers for periods of
> time like EC2.
> My company uses cloudant for CouchDB on the cloud and EC2 for stuff like
> performance testing (What happens if 200 clients hit this service at the
> same time).
> On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM, <skip at pobox.com> wrote:
>> The discussion about colocation and cloud servers got me to wondering
>> about
>> that technology (again).  Is cloud computing useful for compute-intensive
>> tasks or is it designed more to address the slashdot phenomenon (quickly
>> increase the number of outward facing servers as needs arise)?
>> Can someone point me to some white papers about cloud computing and its
>> uses?
>> (Sorry, this is only Python-related in the sense that if clouds turn out
>> to
>> be good for what I want to do I would run Python programs on them.)
>> Thx,
>> Skip
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