Stuff that I'm writing and commenting on (and occasionally photographing)

Analysing the police and crime commissioner election data

17 Nov 2012

UK readers will know that elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs) took place earlier this week, the first time we have had such elections in England and Wales. They will also know that some combination of lack of knowledge, apathy and disagreement with the whole process led to our collective lowest ... [read more]

Big Data - size doesn't matter, it's the way you use it that counts

18 May 2012 least, that's what they tell me! Here's my brief take on this year's Eduserv Symposium, Big Data, big deal?, which took place in London last Thursday and which was, by all the accounts I've seen and heard, a pretty good event. The day included a mix of talks, from an expansive ... [read more]

Big data, big deal?

2 Apr 2012

Some of you may have noticed that Eduserv's annual symposium is happening on May 10. Once again, we're at the Royal College of Physicians in London and this year we are looking at big data, appropriate really... since 2012 has been widely touted as being the year of big data. Here's ... [read more]

MOOCing about with SaaS

21 Mar 2012

I've been taking part in a MOOC, or Massively Open Online Course, over the last 4 weeks or so. The course in question is called Software Engineering for SaaS and is being offered by the University of California, Berkeley under the umbrella of Coursera, who are currently offering a range ... [read more]

Cloud infrastructure pricing and billing models

24 Feb 2011

Previous posts here have considered the costs of both buying and building storage in the cloud. Based on our work so far, we estimate that is possible to build an academic cloud infrastructure (storage and compute) that is both sustainable and that can be offered in broadly the same price ... [read more]

UCISA Cloud Computing seminar

24 Feb 2011

Both David Wallom (OeRC) and Matt Johnson (Eduserv) spoke at the recent UCISA Cloud Computing event in Loughborough.Their presentations are available from the event website:Implementing and using IaaS cloud within the Flexible Services for the Support of Research project (David)FleSSR Business Models (Matt)Some general thoughts on the event by Andy ... [read more]

The costs of building storage for the cloud

10 Dec 2010

In a previous post, The costs of storage in the cloud, I attempted to assess the differing costs of storing various amounts of data in the cloud using Amazon S3, Dropbox and Rackspace. I ended by asking:What is interesting is whether [those prices] can be matched or beaten by academic ... [read more]

Date for your diary - UCISA-IG/NG cloud event, 16th Feb 2011

9 Dec 2010

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The costs of storage in the cloud

8 Dec 2010

As part of beginning to think about the business model issues around FleSSR (one of our deliverables for next year) I've been estimating the costs of storing various amounts of data in the cloud using Amazon S3, Dropbox and Rackspace.I've done calculations for all 3 services for between 50GB and ... [read more]

OpenStack Design Summit Website Launched

24 Nov 2010

Although the FleSSR project has no current plans to use it, the emergence of OpenStack is a very significant development in the open source cloud space and therefore something worth keeping an active eye on. Videos and other material from the recent OpenStack Design Summit are now available through the ... [read more]

Community clouds

5 Nov 2010

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Beginning to build our public infrastructure

1 Nov 2010

Matt, Matteo and I spent a day at Eduserv's Swindon Data Centre last Wednesday, getting the first phase of FleSSR's public cloud up and running.Matt (on the left in the photo) had previously put the hardware in place, leaving Matteo to lead on installing Eucalyptus on the Cluster Controller (the ... [read more]

Introduction to FleSSR

27 Oct 2010

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I live in Bath (UK) where I am Research Programme Director at Eduserv (a not-for-profit IT service provider for education, health and the public sector), partner to Sara, father to Daisy, Wilf and Stan, a regular cyclist, wannabe photographer, and crap guitar player. That's all you need to know.

I am not the Wishbone Ash guitarist or a Welsh rugby player.

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