Thursday 9 February 2017

The cloud gets serious

18:32 Posted by G 1 comment
I've been interested to read today, about the announcements from Snap and also Evernote.  For those that have read other blog posts of mine, you'll know I'm a big fan of public cloud, and can't see the point of private cloud.  For us as a medium sized business (2,500 staff) running our own data centres in the medium and long term makes no sense, this is pure undifferentiated heavy lifting, and something that Amazon and Microsoft can do at a scale and cost that we can't (and shouldn't) compete with.

However my understanding was that for the really big boys (Facebook, Twitter etc.) running in public cloud was more expensive that running their own data centres.  Well the announcements today, Snap having an eye watering $2bn deal (over 2 years!) with Google cloud, and an addition $1bn over 5 with Amazon clearly says 'we don't want to be in the data centre game'.  Here's the Silicon Angle article with more detail - link

Evernote have just published an article saying they've moved 3 petabytes to Google cloud, and are now out of their own data centres, impressively in 70 days, here's their blog post - link

Fascinating to see Google with these two big wins both announced within a day of each other, is this the tipping point when no one runs their own data centre any more ?

1 comment:

  1. Gareth,
    Interesting articles, and no doubt the cost model and scale of Public cloud is hard to beat. Why then would Snap even consider building their own cloud in the future?

    "Neither Google nor AWS can rest easy. Snap also said in its filing that it could build its own cloud infrastructure at some point. Moreover, Snap said the Google deal “permits us to use other third-party service providers for a portion of our cloud services.” Given that companies such as close Snap rival Facebook Inc. design and run their own cloud infrastructure, it seems like Snap also could move some of its services back on-premises if its growth continues."




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