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Commodities are usually produced and/or sold by different companies with no perceived difference in quality and product / service offering. This is true for any commodity - wheat, oil or electricity - at least in an ideal world. Commodities are also full or partially fungible. Fungibility means all instances are considered equal. Okay. Now let's take IaaS which provides raw compute power. Compute power is a function of multiple factors - data center, processor configuration, CPU speed, compiler, kernel, file system, os, RAM, Disk, etc. On top of that providers create multiple configuration of these. The permutations and combinations are multiple and so we have multiple variations. As an Example - Amazon uses what it calls "EC2 Compute Units" or ECUs, as a measure of virtual CPU power. Amazon ECU is also referred to as a 2006 Xeon running at 1.7 GHz. Amazon treats the... (more)

Enterprise Mobility, Cloud Computing, BYOD and Unified Communication

1. Cloud and Mobility - A Match Made in Heaven.... Cloud computing is providing organizations with low-cost applications and storage, making it easier to manage the growing amount of information. Increased adoption of cloud-based systems (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS and everything else) in the enterprise will pave a way for a faster pace of adoption and acceptance of the cloud-based back end for mobile devices. With increased use of smartphones, tablets in enterprise (BlackBerry, Nexus, Surface, etc.), increased acceptance of BYOD, more and more business information and data will be moved o... (more)

Cloud Pricing Models

The current pricing of Cloud services offers a wide range of configuration, choices and price points for the users. This in turn creates a lot of confusion for the buyer as it's difficult to measure the value at a specific price point. The objective of this article is to analyze the existing pricing models and reasons behind why there is so much diversity. In the following four sections, this article attempts to: Compare approx. 27 models of pricing derived from the scholarly articles Recommend a derived pricing model relevant to the cloud services. Validate the model by mapping... (more)

The Case for Cloud Brokers

As per Wikipedia, a typical supply chain is a system of organizations, people, technology, activities, information and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer. Supply chain activities transform natural resources, raw materials and components into a finished product / service that is delivered to the end customer. In sophisticated market systems, used products may re-enter the supply chain at any point where residual value is recyclable. Supply chains link value chains. As per Wikipedia, a typical supply chain is a system of organizations, peopl... (more)

Cloud Benefits: The Opex / Capex Benefit Debate

With the cloud space getting crowded each day, cloud service providers list a host of benefits by moving to the ‘Pay as you Go' model.... Among other benefits, reduced capital expenses (fixed Capex costs), and increased operating expenses (variable Opex costs) is listed as a key benefit. The article attempts to analyze this. In general, from an accounting perspective, by shifting from a capex to opex based model, the benefits can be many. Some of these could be: Use of Opex allows deducting expense in the current year and reduces tax liability applied on net income. Opex benefits ... (more)