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Amazon: A 217.6-Pound IaaS Gorilla

Posted by David Wadler on Dec 7, 2016 3:02:25 PM

IaaS Vendor Selection: A Personal History

In my last business, we had to go through three hosting providers before we found one that was a good fit. At the outset, our needs were modest but specific and we finally chanced upon a provider that made sense for us. We didn’t have a formalized purchasing process (or the free cycles to put together an RFP) and it was a struggle for us to reconcile the incredible importance of hosting for our SaaS offering with the financial and temporal constraints faced by most small businesses. While we ultimately found ourselves with a hosting company whose offerings and culture aligned well with our needs, we never wanted to be complacent with regard to our selection. Was there something out there that performed better, cost less, or was still better suited to our requirements?

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Topics: IaaS, Purchasing

Kiss My aaS

Posted by David Wadler on Oct 27, 2016 1:26:39 PM

Acronyms were so much easier in the late 20th century. When it came to “cloud stuff,” all anyone talked about were ASPs, or Application Service Providers. This caused some confusion because asp was also the extension that web sites running on the Microsoft stack used. Asp was (and is) the name used to refer to several species of venomous snakes, which while cool, probably didn’t add to any confusion. Then, as if bitten by an asp, the ASP acronym began to die. It was ultimately replaced by the term SaaS, or Software as a Service. It’s unclear whether the mixed case approach to the acronym that was the draw or if it was just plain convenient to have “as a Service” on the tail end of the expression, but SaaS took off and was ultimately responsible for the creation of a variety of derivative acronyms.

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Topics: IaaS, Library, PaaS, SaaS