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March 15, 2010

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David Kavanagh

Nice work Sam. Clearly common interfaces would help, but tools that manage provisioning across platforms like RightScale can make that a moot point. Seems like matching capabilities would help get the same thing going in multiple providers.
I wonder if there's a market for a product that can deploy apps across multiple clouds and manage that all seamlessly? (surely, there is.. I'll be someone's doing it and I'm just not aware).

Sam Ramji

Thanks, David.

I think there will be a market for that, but it will take another 1-2 years to show up. There's just not a ton of demand yet. We observed at the panel session at CloudConnect where I gave my presentation that only 60% of the audience was developing on a cloud and only 5-10% were building for multiple clouds.

Until there is a broader market for spot pricing and CPU-cycle price arbitrage I think that we'll need to do this by hand. If we do end up in a world where cloud compute cycles can be treated as a true commodity (think: gold, soybean futures type of commodity) then x-cloud deployment will be important enough to create a real market.

William El Kaim

It's so rare to find such a good article on cloud computing. Somebody that can simply explain how a company can use cloud today in technical terms.
This is for me the best lessons learned blog I've read on this subject.
Thank you Sam for sharing, and thank you for sharing so well.
I especially appreciated your description of the networking issues and the lack of SLA on the API that no cloud provider mentions in its brochure.

Steven Lee

Thanks Sam for this Great Article.

i have a question to ask

can i map an Apigee endpoint onto my own domain?

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