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State Street Private Cloud: $600 Million Savings Goal
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Sam Iam
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Sam Iam,
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7/3/2012 | 3:44:46 AM
re: State Street Private Cloud: $600 Million Savings Goal
Everybody thinks that "cloud" (i.e. Hadoop or some other form of global file system with balanced IO) is the wave of the future. I remain unconvinced, but interested. The problems are that writing applications for a global cluster is really complex and, if you don't do it perfectly, you can create some real latencies. The other issue I have is that when you are working with a series of different, often open source, technologies in the OS stack, there is very little coordination of patch/upgrade release schedules or testing for your specific config. I have seen several clusters get taken down because someone patched a hypervisor, for instance, and it had some unknown inconsistency with firmware that was running on a switch that knocked a good portion of the cluster off-line. The complexity goes way up with this model. You are essentially building your own supercomputing operating system with some help from open source. I don't see anyone reducing on-going operational costs by standardizing on this model vs. some flavor of Unix. Hardware costs, yes, but I don't see how there will be less to manage with this model.
EricLundquist
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EricLundquist,
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6/26/2012 | 7:30:21 PM
re: State Street Private Cloud: $600 Million Savings Goal
Great article here. So many concentrate on hardware savings and the cloud, but the real, continuing savings can be found in faster, more efficient, less costly software development


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