Committed-Use Discounts arrive at Google Compute Platform

Committed-Use Discounts arrive at Google Google has just announced a new “Committed-Use Discount” pricing model for its Google Compute Platform virtual machine instances.   Now this is going to be a little bit awkward, as Google Compute Platform’s “Sustained Usage … Read More

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: … Read More

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, … Read More

Pricing Insights for Equity Research Analysts

In April 2015, (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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More