Dedicated Hosts from Amazon

AWS Dedicate Host

Amazon AWS recently announced the availability of Dedicated Hosts for users. This means that you can order a dedicated hosts for yourself and run your VMs in this host. Amazon says, “Dedicated Hosts provide you with visibility into the number of sockets and physical cores that are available so that you can obtain and use software licenses that are a good match for the actual hardware.” You can read all the technical details of how to order a dedicated host and how to place your instance on this host at this blog: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/now-available-ec2-dedicated-hosts/ 

In case of a Dedicated Host, the billing starts as soon as you are provisioned a Dedicate Host. The billing doesn’t depend on how many instances you are running on the Dedicated Host. You can check the pricing of the dedicated hosts here: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/dedicated-hosts/pricing/ 

This is a good move by Amazon and I sure this will slowly lead towards a bare metal provisioning being available as well in future course. The reason I say this is because IBM SoftLayer has bare metal and it is their USP. Bare Metal offers enterprises lot of control and also ensure that the compliance requirements and performance requirements are taken care of. So if you want to build your own data center within the public cloud infrastructure using bare metal could be preferable for certain use cases. IBM SoftLayer gives that flexibility to its users. IBM SoftLayer has both dedicated hosts and bare metal. Amazon has caught up with the dedicated hosts path. I think in future they may get to the bare metal part.

In case of Bare Metal you ‘own’ the server, in the sense that you can control the server fully by using say IPMI. You get a KVM for your use and then you decide if you want to use it as a standalone machine or you can load any hypervisor that you want. Since you completely own the server many of your compliance headaches are solved.

In due course of time i think every cloud provider will be pushed to offer Bare Metal servers. Ofcourse the main value proposition of the cloud is that it takes the management headache away from you and leaves you free to concentrate on your product or service. Slowly everyone is realizing that this dream of a No-IT is not a possibility since there are multiple reasons why an Enterprise, especially a large one, needs to have control over the infrastructure. For such large Enterprises, it is not the No-IT but rather the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud which will be the main value proposition. The Dedicated Hosts offering from AWS tells us that it is indeed true.

CloudSiksha’s First Anniversary

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I am delighted to share with you that CloudSiksha completed one year of its existence on Oct 28th 2015. It has been a great year so far with lot of initiatives taken which will yield results in the coming years.

We started our first course in the month of December 2014. The first two courses we did were related to Storage. N R Ramesh, Saravanakumar, Ratnasagar, as well as my former colleague Sarath were the initial participants. My sincere thanks to them. We started the Cloud related course in Jan 2015. After that it has been majorly Cloud related work that we have been doing.

We did our first online course with participants from London. This was the MongoDB course which was conducted by Maniappan. Later I did a AWS Solution Architect Course for participants from US. From then on we have steadily been doing online courses for participants from US, Australia, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad etc.

We also expanded into the corporate world. We did courses for Accenture, TechMahindra, HCL, Sonata, RazorThink and Adobe. We also had participants from companies like HP, IBM etc. for our courses

From Storage and AWS, we expanded to Puppet, Chef, Python and IBM’s SoftLayer. Within AWS itself, we have been conducting courses on Solution Architect, SysOps and Development. We will be venturing into DevOps soon.

I got myself certified as a AWS Solution Architect – Associate. I am also glad to report that quite a few of the participants of our classes passed this exam.

Additionally we have now partnered with other companies to develop online content. Python based content is under development. Similarly AWS based content is also under development. We will publish all details of this once the development is complete. In the coming year we will be focusing a lot on high quality online content.

At this time I would like to thanks Maniappan and Sarath, who took the initial classes. I also would like to thank Ramesh Murthy and his team at StridesIT, who have supported us both in terms of customer acquisition and in terms of fulfilling the infrastructure requirement. Kavirajan designed my website and I have to thanks him for the great job he did. I also wish to thank all my other partners on this occasion.

My sincere thanks to all participants of our courses. We would not have grown this much were it not for your active participation and support.

Hoping the we will scale greater heights in the coming years.