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In 2011 the computer demonstrated its human-like abilities to analyse language by winning the $1 million prize on the US game show Jeopardy!
This year computer has been demonstrated in beta in a number of industries from healthcare to finance and academia, but the open API will be the first time the computer will be commercialised for anyone to build their applications on. In February this year, IBM announced that Watsorn’s first commericla application would be to assist in evidence-based decision making in lung cancer treatement.
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Thoran Rodrigues compares the major players and some of the newcomers in the increasingly competitive IaaS space, examining both their service offerings and how well they meet user cloud concerns. Earlier this year I wrote a comparison of several cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers, to serve as a starting point for anyone looking to take the plunge into cloud computing. Once again, my focus is going to be providers whose services can be bought straight from the web, with a simple credit card, without the need for any interaction with salespeople. Once again, I tried to look at dimensions that translate the main promises of cloud computing, such as scalability, cost reductions, service levels, and others.
Variety of Pricing Plans - The more variety offered (hourly, monthly, etc), the better a provider is considered.
Cost of Outbound Data Transfer - The cost, in US$, for each GB of outbound data sent from the server.
Scale Up - If it's possible to scale up your servers automatically, by adding more disk space, RAM or processing units.
Scale Out - If it's possible to quickly and easily deploy new images based on existing VMs.
Number of Datacenter Locations - The number of different datacenter locations where cloud servers can be hosted. Number of Instance Types - The number of different available instance types, in terms of RAM, CPU, disks and so on.
Supported Operating Systems - The number of different supported operating systems (regardless of version) available as pre-configured images.
Certifications - If the vendor has compliance- and security-related certifications, such as PCI or SAS 70.
Protection - If the vendor offers the possibility of protecting servers with firewalls and other security functionality.
Extensive - Companies that offer not only several security features, but also some security automation.
Service Level Agreement (SLA) - The uptime SLA offered (regardless of past performance), in percentage points. So we have jumped from 14 dimensions to 19, but they can give us a much better picture of the different providers.
Since the last time I made the comparison, the first thing that called my attention was that the information available on the websites of IaaS providers has increased greatly.
A couple more interesting trends are that most providers are now offering both "scale-up" and "scale-out" features, that is, the ability to dynamically increase storage, RAM and CPUs on a single server, as well as the ability to easily clone servers based on predetermined images. Finally, I'm also seeing many providers basing their solutions on VMware technology and allowing customers to upload their own images to the cloud, which can be a very interesting possibility, especially for enterprise customers.
Once again, this comparison is far from authoritative, but it's meant to serve as a good starting point for anyone trying to easily see the similarities and differences between cloud providers.


After working for a database company for 8 years, Thoran Rodrigues took the opportunity to open a cloud services company.
Watson used a 2,900 core system and 15 terbytes of RAM, whereas it now has between 16 and 32 cores and uses only 265 gigabytes of RAM.
The Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market, however, has proven to be one of the most exciting ones in the cloud space, and there have been several important movements, such as changes in pricing strategies, the appearance of new smaller players, and the entrance of some technology heavyweights.
The rationale behind this is that if someone is going to run experiments and get into the cloud for the first time, they want to do this without any kind of hassle or friction. But I also tried to focus on the main user concerns: security, ease of migration, true reliability levels, and so on. While most VMs will come with some storage included, if you want true persistent storage you have to do it externally.
This is the natural evolution in this market, since this scalability is one of the greatest cloud promises. This can help both the newcomers to the cloud as well as people looking to change their current provider. For two years his company has been providing services for several of the largest e-commerce companies in Brazil, and over this time he had the opportunity to work on large scale projects ranging from data retrieval to high-availability critical services. I have also tried to group the dimensions into related topics, so that comparisons would be easier. In fact, some of the providers that I left out of the first comparison, such as IBM, due to a lack of available information, have now been included. This is evidence of two factors: the increased competition in this space, as well as economies of scale that large IaaS providers enjoy and that they can give back to their customers. Following this trend is the way that many providers are now allowing customers to build entirely customizable cloud servers in terms of resources, opposed to the fixed instance types that Amazon and Rackspace adopt.
It was based on information publicly available on the web site of the providers, so there might be variations in contracts for specific customers. I believe this marks an evolution in the market, especially increased competition, which has led to better availability of information. Finally, if there is additional information, dimensions or providers that I've forgotten along the way, please share in the comments.



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