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Why I Love the Cloud Today – Up & Running

How many times have you thought to yourself, “Self, I’d really like to take a look at that wonderful, does everything that I need, server-based product” only to realize that you don’t have a machine, and if you did have a machine, you don’t have the OS because the product likes to run on RHEL and you only have Ubuntu laying around.  Sure, you could download an ISO, burn a CD, find a piece of hardware that has enough memory and disk on it (oddly enough, all of those machines in a development shop seem to be occupied..) and get going.

BUT WAIT, OPERATORS ARE STANDING BY

I ran into exactly this situation today.  I was cruising the ‘net – looking at analytical databases in conjunction with a project I’m working on and came across Greenplum’s offering.  I’d heard a lot about it, but I thought, “Oh, there will be endless meetings with pull-the-string sales guys spouting pre-recorded messages wanting to know why I wanted to use their database before they’d let me look at their software; and only after filling out a number of legal forms.  All of which will require legal review.”  But no, Greenplum had a Single Node Engine available for download.

EUREKA!

The website maintained my interest, something that’s harder and harder to do these days, and abracadabra, I received an email with links to download their database.  I excitedly clicked through, only to find that the database ran on an OS that I didn’t have handy.

PRACTICING WHAT YOU PREACH

I spend all day either talking, tweeting, or writing about elastic resource.  And when I’m not doing that, I’m probably writing code.  And then it came to me, in a flash – “Hey stupid, maybe Rackspace has a Centos5.5 image ready and willing?  Well, RackSpace did – and I was up and running with Greenplum’s database humming along contentedly, waiting to do my bidding.

SURE, BUT HOW LONG DID THAT TAKE?

About an hour.  Seriously.  Oh, and I spent about a dollar.  Really.

SO IF YOU DON’T THINK THE CLOUD CHANGES EVERYTHING

You’ve either been living under a rock for the last 2 years, or like me, spend all day talking about it and forget that this stuff actually works!

AND AS USUAL

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Colin Clark is the CTO for Cloud Event Processing, Inc. and is widely regarded as a thought leader and pioneer in both Complex Event Processing and its application within Capital Markets.

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