Cloud computing can be called a boon for young startups. But it is essential to understand what a cloud can do for them, how to make the most effective use of it, and which model is best suited for their needs. Alan Perkins, Chief Technology Officer, Rackspace Asia Pacific, decodes cloud for entrepreneurs. Here he talks about how cloud can help startups, the hybrid model, adoption in e-commerce, trends in the space, and the imperative challenge of security. Excerpts from the interview:
Data center service provider Internap has expanded its bare-metal public cloud service to data centers in London and Hong Kong. The service was previously available at the company’s Amsterdam, Singapore, Dallas, New York and Santa Clara, California, locations. Bare-metal cloud servers are essentially dedicated managed servers customers can provision like they provision cloud virtual machines. The offering, also available from Internap rivals like Rackspace and IBM SoftLayer, provides performance of dedicated servers along with elasticity of a public cloud service.