Cloud platforms - the latest moves from five of the biggest

by Ben Sullivan| 26 June 2014

As the cloud provider market undergoes a shift in payment and big data practices, here are some recent business model changes.

Amazon Web Services

Following the pay-as-you-go trend, Amazon Web Services has unveiled its SSD-backed volume type for Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS).

This means Amazon Web Services customers can choose from three different Amazon EBS volume types: General Purpose (SSD), Provisioned IOPS (SSD), and Magnetic volumes. The General Purpose (SSD) that has been announced becomes the default option for Amazon EBS.

Amazon says the service has been designed to provide 'five nines' (99.999%) availability, and it is engineered to offer "predictable and reliable performance for a wide range of workloads such as test and development environments and medium-sized databases".

The service is available on a pay-as-you-go basis, with customers only paying for what they use.

Amazon's General Purpose (SSD) volumes give users the ability to burst to 3,000 IOPS (input/output operations per second) per volume, independent of volume size, to try and meet the performance needs of a wide range of applications, and also deliver a consistent baseline of three IOPS per gigabyte.

Amazon is charging $0.10 per GB, with no additional charges for input or output.

Peter De Santis, VP Compute at Amazon Web Services, says: "Customers have been using Amazon EBS since 2008 to run their most demanding applications and databases on AWS. We continue to iterate on the service to support the evolving needs of our customers.

"In 2012, we introduced Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS volumes, providing customers with access to SSD technology for their most demanding workloads. With the introduction of EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes today, SSD technology can now be applied to a much broader range of use cases at a lower cost while also delivering high IOPS, low latency and high bandwidth."

Brian Rose, at Infor Labs, a provider of enterprise software, says: "Using AWS, Infor is able to significantly reduce upfront capital expenditure for our customers and speed their time to value by quickly deploying our software in the cloud.

"After experiencing high performance with Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes during the beta, we're able to achieve higher baseline I/O performance and to support periodic spikes in the application workload that deliver a consistent experience to service the high expectations of our enterprise users."

Will Shulman, CEO at MongoLab, says: "Our business requires us to maintain databases that require many thousands of IOPS to meet our customers' performance needs.

"In testing, Amazon EBS General Purpose (SSD) volumes have proven that they can provide the high performance that our customers need while simultaneously offering exceptional price/performance. The burst capabilities are impressive and great for bulk data loads and exports. Once we roll these out we think that our customers will be very pleased with the improvements to throughput and latency across our product lines."


This article is published in CBR Digital magazine on iPad available here.

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