3 Tips for Cloud Buyers

Buying public cloud? Top 3 Tips from our CEO. Our CEO, Dr James Mitchell, will be delivering the keynote at Cutter Summit 2016 in the US. In this 5 minute video, James offers 3 important tips when buying public cloud for organisations: Start By Creating A Common Understanding of Cloud Bridge The Gap Between Finance & Technical […]

Bridging the Generations – AWS d2 instances

Bridging the Generations AWS’ new d2 instances bridge the gap between previous generation pricing and current generation instance pricing. AWS recently launched the d2 instance family, the largest of which is the new d2.8xlarge which is the successor to hs1.8xlarge, with a whopping 48TB of HDD storage, backed up with 116 EC2 compute units and […]

Pricing Insights for Equity Research Analysts

In April 2015, Amazon.com (AMZN) finally started breaking out separate figures for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) business in its quarterly financial statements.  This showed that AWS made up 5.22% of worldwide AMZN revenue for 2014. Modelling AWS standalone How to use the AWS Pricing History 5.22% is too large a share of revenue to […]

Join Strategic Blue at Datacloud 2015 Monaco

Cloud should be traded as a commodity. Join us on June 3rd – 4th at Datacloud 2015 in Monaco as we put forward the case for cloud computing to be traded no differently from oil, gas or coal.

Kentucky University selects Strategic Blue

Kentucky University selects Strategic Blue The University of Kentucky have announced the appointment of Strategic Blue as their financial cloud brokers, following the successful completion of a competitive RFP process. We tendered for a financial cloud broker, to help us set up multi-cloud procurement to support migration of an entire datacenter to the cloud. Strategic Blue […]

37% interest rate for AWS to finance your Reserved Instances

Yesterday, AWS announced major changes to its Reserved Instances, decommissioning Light and Medium Utilisation, and bringing in different financing options for the Heavy Utilisation Reserved Instances. Here is our qualitative analysis we put out last night, as part of our quick response service to platinum subscribers to Cloud Options Pricing Insights. Today, we have run […]

AWS Shakes Up Reserved Instances

AWS has very quietly made not one by two HUGE changes to its EC2 Reserved Instances. No more Light and Medium Reserved Instances AWS have announced that from 2nd February 2015 it will no longer sell Light and Medium Utilization Reserved Instances. In other words, AWS is getting out of the game of selling strips […]

Cloud and Hash – an unlikely comparison

Ever a fan of obscure analogues to the cloud computing industry, I read a brilliant article in the Economist on the burgeoning legalised cannabis industry in the US states of Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and Washington. The main thrust of the article was on the fact that the pot market is highly fragmented, with no retailer […]

AWS Didn’t Drop EC2 Price – Who’s Gonna Tell Finance?

It is the Monday following the AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. The dust has settled, and most attendees have recovered from their hangovers. Countless announcements were made…but there was one that was expected by many, but did not happen – where was the EC2 price reduction? After all, Google dropped its GCE prices by […]

Cloudyn lands $4MM funding

Our cloud cost management partner, Cloudyn, just landed $4MM in Series A funding from Titanium Investments and existing investor RDSeed. Cloudyn CEO, Sharon Wagner has big plans for the additional funding, extending their services which currently focus on AWS, GCE and OpenStack to cover Azure and VMware. “Customers want a more holistic view of cloud […]