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Utility and Automation: Low Overhead Operations with Amazon and Puppet
Small to medium business can pay a heavy overhead in data center hardware and staffing costs, particularly in growth phases. The advent of utility computing meshes well with automation tools to significantly reduce this overhead and provide greater agility to businesses that would otherwise have laborious spin up processes for projects and customers.
This session will demonstrate an example scenario from Janrain and discuss the implications, benefits, and pitfalls of moving to a utility cloud computing architecture from a traditional co-located hosting environment.
Of particular emphasis in this talk are the following concepts:
Agility introduced with virtualized hosts
Repeatability and modularity of configuration management
Simplicity of redundancy, high availability, and business continuity
Benefits of pay as you go models vs contract tiers
Real world business examples of pros and cons of cloud hosting
James Loope is the Operations Lead at Janrain, specializing in scalable infrastructure, virtualization, cloud infrastructure and computer security.