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Scaling cloud platforms the P2P way

With the size of centralized cloud deployments continuing to increase and with distributed and edge cloud deployments becoming a reality, how can cloud management platforms scale regardless of infrastructure size and shape? Can performance levels be maintained as scale increases? Centralized and hierarchical approaches have historically dominated but distributed approaches based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technologies are highly relevant to bring into the conversation.

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The fundamentals of highly available cloud services

Companies claim that their cloud services are accessible by users anywhere and anytime. But are they really available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year? There’s a study from Ponemon institute, showing that the average cost of a datacenter outage is around USD 740,357 – a significant loss for both cloud providers and users. How much interruption of this sort can users tolerate? Which are the main sources of failure in a data center? How much extra redundancy is needed? What are the existing mechanisms for offering the desired level of service availability?

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Cloud 3.0: Making Cloud Easy

We envision Cloud 3.0 as a platform making it easy for developers to both deploy and develop directly in the datacenter and for datacenter managers to administer, for delivering services in compute clusters of all sizes – from large centralized datacenters to clusters of 3 to 5 machines in a radio base station. Such increased usability and scalability should encourage wider utilization of the cloud computing model. Our vision is for cloud computing to become an affordable, secure, and performant information technology utility that is ubiquitously available and can be successfully deployed to digitalize governments, industries, and society. We believe Cloud 3.0 will play a critical role in this vision.

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Service Provider DevOps: Evolving NFV deployment and operations

The virtualization possibilities of technologies like SDN and NFV are transforming telecom service provisioning and deployment. Evolving carrier-grade operations at the same pace is, however, still a struggle. With SP-DevOps, the concept developed with partners in the EU-FP7 UNIFY project, we seek to tackle management challenges related to the increased agility and service velocity offered by software-defined telecom infrastructures. In this post, we share insights we gained since the launch of the SP-DevOps toolkit, along with an assessment of the overall SP-DevOps concept.

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