Cloud Computing Advocates Detail Its Future - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Cloud // Software as a Service
News
6/26/2009
12:02 AM
Connect Directly
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Cloud Computing Advocates Detail Its Future

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Sun Microsystems CTO Greg Papadopolous, and Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com speculate on cloud computing's future.

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, nursing a cold, said the current recession caught many companies "with their pants down, building out for companies about to become 25% biggers and instead they were running companies that were 25% smaller. Enterprise software didn't let them adjust fast enough."

One way to avoid that in the fate in the future is to figure out how to use cloud computing for part of your infrastructure, he continued. "We're trying to move as many of our (in-house) applications as possible into the cloud," he said. Salesforce.com employees use Google Mail instead on on-premises e-mail, Google Apps and Workday human resources as a service.

Lew Moorman, president and chief strategy officer of Rackspace, noted: "We manage 50,000 servers for customer-dedicated hosting. Multi-tenancy is what cloud computing is all about."

Another speaker, David Lipscomb, senior VP of engineering at online applications provider NetSuite, drove the point home: "With multi-tenancy, the customer looks on the application as uniquely his own. The support staff looks on it as one application, not 6,000." NetSuite said s it now has 6,000 customers. Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress, one of the most popular blogging sites, says he should have relied on cloud resources in the first place: "The biggest mistake we ever made was buying servers. We spent $100,000 of the $700,000 we had available on servers. We now lease them at a monthly rate. That's the kind of flexibility we cherish. We are not going to sign any long term contracts (or buy more servers). There's no need to."

Jonathan Heiliger, VP of technical operations at Facebook, said his firm conceived, developed, and launched a new application, User Names, in less than two months, thanks to cloud computing. When it came time to launch the new service at 9 p.m. June 12, the firm pulled a cross-disciplinary team together in a conference room equipped with Chinese food to see what happened, he said.

Heiliger said the development team tried to foresee problems, but testing in the cloud found dependencies among the production systems that it hadn't foreseen. They were ironed out by launch, but still, Facebook executives were nervous about the short incubation period for User Names, the service where a Facebook users signs up to use their own names as their URL on Facebook.

As they watched traffic build June 12, extra servers were standing by in an East Coast data center "just in case of hardware failure," and auxiliary functions on Facebook pages, such as chat, had been temporarily shut down. "We created a memcache pool for user name traffic," a technique of pulling an application's software objects out of the database in advance and keeping them available for quick access in shared random access memory.

Previous
2 of 3
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2017 State of the Cloud Report
As the use of public cloud becomes a given, IT leaders must navigate the transition and advocate for management tools or architectures that allow them to realize the benefits they seek. Download this report to explore the issues and how to best leverage the cloud moving forward.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll