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Quips: The Slide Some Vendors Won’t Let Me Show On Social Media Tools

Social Media Explained In 140 Characters (More or Less)

Some time back a tweet went out describing what all the tools were (Figure 1).  I modified this a bit and now use it in alot of presentations to audiences around the world.  More than 80% of the conference organizers usually are fine with this slide.  Take a look and tell me what you think.

Figure 1. Social Media Overview

Your POV

So here’s the deal, some conference organizers won’t let me use this slide because they are worried about being politically correct or appropriate.  I’m curious to see what you think as I crowd source an answer for a current client? Is this appropriate or not?

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Monday’s Musings: Lessons Learned From Amazon’s Cloud Outage

Amazon’s Cloud Outage Catches Most Clients Offguard

The recent Amazon cloud outage at its Northern Virgina data center from 5 am Thursday, April 21, 2011 to roughly 5 am Friday, April 22 has shaken the confidence of some executives on public cloud computing.  Most notably, FourSquare, HootSuite, Reddit, and Quora publicly suffered visible performance issues.  The industry’s reassurances in the past on up time performance and massive redundancy capabilities combined with the massive corporate adoption had everyone believing that public clouds were bullet proof.  As calmer heads prevail, most CIOs, business leaders, and analysts realize that:

  • Cloud outages are rare but can happen. While most organizations can not deliver 99.5% up time let alone 90% performance, disruptions can and will happen.  The massive impact to so many organizations last week highlights potential vulnerabilities of betting 100% of capacity in the cloud.  More importantly, it showed that broad adoption does not equate with bullet-proof reliability.  Most organizations lacked a contingency plan.
  • Cost benefit ratios still favor cloud deployments. For most organizations, the cost of deploying in the cloud remains a factor of 10 cheaper than moving back to the traditional data center or even a private cloud.  Capital costs for equipment, labor for managing the data center, excess software capacity, and the deployment time required to stand up a server create significant cost advantages for cloud deployments.
  • Current service level agreements lack teeth and should be improved. Most organizations lack teeth in the cloud/saas contracts to address service level agreement failure.  Despite all backups and contingency plans, clients should consider scenarios where core business systems go down. What remedies are appropriate? What contingencies for system back up are in place.   Who is responsible for disaster recovery? Will the vendor provide  liability and for what?

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