Can I be a cloud?

Posted on 2011-10-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
ok, I know, I're gonna say I'm on crack, but go with me...

we found a cloud provider we like.  they have good software.  it's a good price per gig.  we like it.


my boss asks me, what if we bought a server, stored it somewhere, then got some software and became our own cloud!  

I said no.

he said "get me a price"

so, let's pretend I'm gonna go out and buy a couple of servers with 50 gazillion processors and more RAM than God and I'm gonna co-locate them in two spots across the country.

Now I need some software that supports cloud storage.

What software do I use?  

Is there any good cloud sfotware out there that an MSP can buy and use to backup customer data to our own cloud?

Forget the hardware and all the ramifications...just tell me if you know of any good cloud-aware software i can buy that will work.


Question by:crp0499
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    by:Dave Baldwin
    You should include in the 'cloud cost' 24/7 technicians to monitor and maintain the 'cloud'...  Shouldn't be much more than say... $200,000 per year?

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    Forget the hardware and all the ramifications...just tell me if you know of any good cloud-aware software i can buy that will work.
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    by:Gary Coltharp
    I have little tolerance for such marketing generated buzzwords like "cloud". Its the internet.

    That being said... what are you doing with this "cloud" vendor? Is it just internet backup? You run a client on your server that sends backups to an internet based host? Or do you store the files there and access them directly as an enterprise? Are you running virutalized servers?

    Be specific, we are nerds, we can take it.


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    Physical servers, no virtuals. We just want to backup from server to Internet.
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    Okay.... there are several applications for syncing data from one place to another, which is what you are wanting to do.  Typically, you pay by the storage amount, even if you own the destination.

    Colo fees will vary by rackspace rent, internet connectivity fees and minimum rentals. From my research, assuming you can find a colo that will rent by the "U", it will be about $49/U but there will be surcharges for kilowatt hours used and internet connectivty. About 4U with a 2Mb internet pipe will run around $400/mo.

    As for the software to sync the data, Windows Live Sync used to do this and was free, but Microsoft canned the application and it no longer functions.

    SugarSync is one I have used to sync data from a clients server to a colo based server for disaster recovery.  It is subscription based and is fairly reliable and inexpensive. The more you want to store, the more you pay.

    Hope this helps!
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    Have you taken a look at Ubuntu Cloud. It's $1000/cloud server/year

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    by:Gary Coltharp
    Thats a neat service....if you are doing web based server cloning. Ubuntu cloud doesnt even have data backup in its arsenal. It is designed for SaaS applications and Web Computing. Would also help if they were a unix house. If they are a Windows house, its not very appropriate.

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