Boston
May 8-11, 2017

Event Details

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Cloud Wars! Public vs Private Cloud Economics

Public or private, which is cheaper? A ever-present, hotly-debated topic but one that often lacks substantive data. In this session we'll leave the politics aside and focus on the facts!

A major data processing company was recently trying to determine what cloud model would meet their needs most cost effectively: public cloud, or private hosted OpenStack. After much searching, they discovered that there really isn't much data available on the topic. They asked us to look at their workload and make a recommendation.

What we found surprised us. In this sure-to-be provocative session, we'll dive into the following topics:

  • Unit cost economics
  • Reservations: paying for capacity vs paying for performance
  • Urban sprawl / orphans
  • The "feature black hole"
  • Financial modeling

We'll present our findings - which will surely prompt a healthy debate with session attendees!


What can I expect to learn?

Unit Cost Economics:

  • Capacity reservation versus performance
  • Hardware utilization
  • Thin provisioning
  • The law of large numbers

Urban Sprawl

  • A day in the life of an application
  • Orphans
  • Sprawl... by design?

Feature Dependency

  • AKA the black hole
  • AKA cloud vendor lock-in
  • AKA getting stuff done faster!

Financial Modeling

  • Building a model
  • Day 1 cost analysis
  • Years 1-5 trend analysis

Other Factors

  • Performance
  • Security
  • Customization
  • Ease of use
Tuesday, May 9, 5:30pm-6:10pm(UTC -5)
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Unitas Global
Grant Kirkwood is the founder and CTO of Unitas Global, a provider of custom Enterprise Cloud solutions for organizations around the world. The company offers its solutions to mid- and large-size enterprise, operating from 40 datacenter deployments worldwide.  A serial entrepreneur and technologist at heart, Grant has always been at the forefront of open source... FULL PROFILE
Rogue Wave Software
I work for the Product Strategy team at Canonical, leading Training and BootStack, the managed hosted (or on-prem) cloud service offered by the leading OpenStack OS company. The service includes a unique combination of long pursued features within the industry: tailored OpenStack, SLA driven, optional cloud control transfer and reasonable commitment period. We manage your cloud as if it was our... FULL PROFILE