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Want a real number for the cost of cloud technologies?

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Posted on 18 May 2011

Calculating the costs of cloud infrastructures is non trivial and multi-dimensional spanning both CapEx and OpEx. The Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) has been awarded a grant from the EU FP7 Infrastructures programme to analyse cloud, grid, HTC and HPC computing infrastructures from a cost perspective. The project will start in August and will produce the necessary cost models (e.g. excel file) that will allow your business to confidently answer the question, "How much will a move to the cloud really save me ?".

It will address issues such as the non-monetary performance depreciation for a CPU, the inherent price volatility in the online CPU commercial cloud market, the price incurred due to low utilization of CPU resources, the cost of switching provider due to technology "lock-in" and productivity factors such as I/O and network latency.

At the moment, we are seeking contacts with companies providing such infrastructures in the cloud space to gather the pricing data for their offerings. If you have any interest in the results of this project or represent a cloud infrastructure provider who would like to participate in helping us develop the necessary cost models, please contact me at eoin.brazil@ichec.ie.

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