Taking Advantage of the Cloud
Facilitated by Ryan Ozimek, PICnet
Ryan will show examples and provide how-to's for nonprofit organizations connecting their online communications to the cloud.
Non-profit Software Development Summit legaltorrents.com - source and host open licensed media nonprofitsoapbox.com
definition of "the cloud"
what can we do as a collective group to identify examples
pricing / costs virtual private cloud
google app engine - stories from using the cloud
Joyent (Based in Marin) - offer slices of Solaris. dial to order disk, storage and memory, offer network attached storage
250k unique visitors / mo 2-3 million pages per day / 20 TB of content / month
Cloud is a marketing term. Cloud is out of sight, out of mind
The less you have to worry about it, the more pure cloud it is.
Differences between EC2 and GAE.
GAE - Deployment is trivial. Scaling is a non-issue. There are limitations and constraints in how you build your app, but that ensures that the apps can scale.
Provisioning is transparent. Scalability is inherent.
EC2 is a cloud platform on which you could build
Pay-as-you-go. If you have a big fundraising campaign and expect a lot of traffic to your site, you can use EC2 to fire up new machines to increase capacity to handle the additional load.
Low traffic, dynamic resource allocation over time.