Why Cloud Is A Big Deal For Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

crowdSPRING Blog

Five years ago, a small business launching a new online product would traditionally have purchased their own servers and software, or leased servers, software and hosting services from one of many hosting providers around the world.

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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing.

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Dharmesh Shah, CTO of HubSpot at Business of Software 2011. Building Big Ass Software Businesses.

Business of Software Blog

Dharmesh Shah - Building Big Ass Software Businesses: Insights and musings on the Business of Software. Dharmesh Shah is the founder and CTO of HubSpot , a venture-backed software company offering a hosted software service for inbound marketing. That sucked as he hates golf, but he discovered, you don’t have to play golf to be successful as a software entrepreneur. ” At what point you need humans to sell software?

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy

TechEmpower

As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second. you''ll be able to see the other test types on Peak''s hardware alongside our i7 workstations and the EC2 instances we''ve tested in all previous rounds.

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Pinterest – a case study in capital efficiency

The Equity Kicker

As most of you will know, the enablers are cloud computing and open source software. Pinterest now supports 18m users with growth running at 50% per month with the following: Amazon costs are around $39k for S3 and $30k for EC2 (I assume per month). They have 275 EC2 instances.

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5 Infrastructure Tips for Startups

blog.adaptiveblue.com

EC2 - The Elastic Compute Cloud Service EC2 is essentially a grid in the box. It is a service that directly competes with your hosting provider, since it allows you to create and dynamically provision identical instances of your software. AdaptiveBlue Blog Installing is easy!

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SaaS 101: 7 Simple Lessons From Inside HubSpot

OnStartups

It’s been a little over 4 years since I officially launched my internet marketing software company , HubSpot. Also, in the installed-software world, your customers were somewhat likely to have invested in getting your product up and running and customizing it to their needs.

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5 Things to Watch at Google Conference

Inc Startups

A master plan: Some are hoping Google will unveil a vision for how its tech products, software and services will all fit together. Cloud services: There's speculation that Google will launch a cloud services platform to rival Amazon's EC2 cloud, GigaOm reports.

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The cloud landscape described, categorized, and compared

www.theenterprisearchitect.eu

Most people there knew the difference between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and therefore knew exactly what a PaaS company did, right? Well, not exactly… Nowadays, it’s almost as broad as saying “I work for a software company” What is your point of reference when you hear the term PaaS? Contents: Layer 1: the software-defined datacenter. Software Defined Datacenterâ??

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Coming Soon: A Game Of Startup M&A Musical Chairs

Seed Stage Capital

However, with the cloud, EC2, offshoring, viral social media marketing, etc., it has become ridiculously cheap to start a startup, particularly in the software / SaaS / Internet space (Guy Kawasaki famously started Truemors, which led to Alltop, for $13k).

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

At the time we viewed Amazon’s offering, EC2 as too nascent. Imagine that you can develop software on your local computer but the entire service is delivered virtually through a partner in the same way people consumer energy with all of the scale benefits that go with that.

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14 Reasons Why You Need To Start A Startup

OnStartups

Ten years ago it used to cost a lot to get started in terms of software+hardware. Software for internal collaboration costed a lot, with very few choices available. Software for actual development was even more costly. This post has been ruminating with me for a while.

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Developer Focus: Dominic St Pierre, Focus Centric

YoungUpstarts

Originally built by software developer Alexandre Deschamps , Bunker was acquired by Focus Centric – run by French Canadian Dominic St Pierre – who built further functionality into the product.

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Startup Tools

steveblank.com

Reply Quora , on March 12, 2011 at 12:54 am said: What are the free software tools and online services one should leverage for an internet start-up just getting started from an idea?…

Lessons Learned: The lean startup

Startup Lessons Learned

But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste. I am heavily indebted to earlier theorists, and highly recommend the books Lean Thinking and Lean Software Development. One that is powered by three drivers, each of which is a part of a major trend: The use of platforms enabled by open source and free software.

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The Freeconomics of Dropbox - Projecting Freemium

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Our cost of storage, transfer, EC2 instances, and requests are all based on Amazons published rates and have not changed from the previous post. Web 2.0

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Why PHP Is Fun and Easy But Python Is Marriage Material

OnStartups

That is the life of a software entrerpreneur: It’s a stready stream of hard work, occasionally punctuated by some really hard decisions. Any experienced developer that can create great software can likely also write really good software in PHP.

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The Economics of Dropbox

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Ive ignored the EC2 cost as it becomes nothing more than a rounding error at a per user level. Apple and a Jobsless Future Why You Need to Learn JavaScript The Niche Market Software Squeeze ► 2010 (14) ► December (1) Resource Based View of the Web 2.0 Web 2.0

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What The Rails Security Issue Means For Your Startup

www.kalzumeus.com

Kalzumeus Software. Patrick McKenzie (patio11) blogs on software development, marketing, and general business topics. Mostly, I sell software. Software security does, in general, suck. Patrick is the founder of Kalzumeus Software.

Secrets Of Freemium Pricing: Make The Cheapskates Pay

OnStartups

Andy is the founder and CEO of Assembla, a company that provides online workspaces for software teams, including bug tracking, repositories, and collaboration. They started buy self-service products, and the enterprise software business began its long decline.

Startup Resources

www.vccafe.com

Amazon EC2. free/cheap web customer relationship mgmt software. marketing automation software. email blast and mgmt software. email blast and mgmt software. email blast software. email blast software. basic email software. web help software.

Games Are Different

Andrew Payne

I’ve become generally negative on most pure software projects. EC2, S3) removes most up-front capital requirements. It’s just tough for entrepreneurs: there will be some nice software exits, but returns are becoming so skewed, it’s more like a lottery than anything based on skill. So, one question: will we see any large, content-centric, non-game software businesses? Entrepreneurship Software

The Non-Tech Tech Startup

Mark Birch

Amazon EC2 obviated the need for hardware infrastructure. The kicker is that the total cost of all this software and hardware is nearly free. If we take an honest look towards the ultimate future though, it is not software eating the world.

A framework for categorizing and comparing cloud platforms

bijoor.me

Johan proposes a framework that describes the various layers of cloud platform services starting from virtualized hardware up to end-user software applications. 1: Software Defined Datacenter Users : Infrastructure Engineers. 6: Software as a Service (SaaS) Users : End-users.

CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire.NET programmers

blog.expensify.com

This literally the dumbest, most ignorant piece that I’ve ever read about software development and/or hiring programmers. As somebody who is about 50/50.NET and PHP, I can tell you the average.NET guy knows far more about good software design than the average PHP guy.

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Choosing Internet Platforms

SoCal CTO

Especially when there are things like: Amazon S3 / EC2 / AWS outage this morning. Finally we get to: Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research, Salesforce.com His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. Now up: Craig Ogg Co-Founder Freshly Grated Software former VP of R&D, Stamps.com Have had to make choices about platforms many times. Amazon EC2 - uses it for natural language processing.

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The Best SLA I’ve Seen In A While

Feld Thoughts

Machines and clouds fail, even on EC2. You’ll always have my cell phone number — if our software breaks, you can call me 24/7 and I’ll get my team on it. My first company, Feld Technologies, didn’t have contracts. Instead, we had a one page PSA (professional services agreement) that spelled out in English that we charged $X per hour, would do our best, and our invoices were due upon receipt.

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Techies? Write Your Own Ticket In Southern California

blog.socaltech.com

My conclusion: if you’re a software engineer, with good technical background and ability, you can pretty much write your own ticket in Southern California. cloud computing (Amazon AWS and EC2, etc.) For bonus points, make sure the back end uses Amazon EC2 and S3.

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Standing Cloud Launches Trial Edition

Feld Thoughts

You don’t need an Amazon EC2 or Rackspace account, as with “appliance&# providers. You don’t need to know how to install and configure a web server or MySQL, or download, install and configure software code. Not long after I posted about Dave Jilk’s experience with the Pogoplug , he started using the phrase “Pogoplug Simple&# to describe one of the goals of Standing Cloud.

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Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

Both Sides of the Table

Third-party software companies will start to offer features to websites to actually drive social features. At the bottom end of the stack is storage (S3) and processing (EC2). This blog post originally appeared in serialized form here on TechCrunch.

The anatomy of cloud computing

Niall Kennedy's Blog

Cloud computing is changing the way we provision hardware and software for on-demand capacity fulfillment. App Engine utilizes custom Google software, Google Front End and Megastore, for web serving and storage. Amazon EC2 highlights the operating system behind every machine image.

Is the OS the new QWERTY keyboard?

Adventurista

The QWERTY is reinforced by hardware (keyboards), software (the default setting in Windows and other OSs), but mostly, it is reinforced by habit: people around the world have grown up typing on a QWERTY keyboard, and we continue to train people today on the layout of the QWERTY. Even so, I would guess that a huge percentage of developers adopting EC2 and other infrastructure as a service offerings are dragging their QWERTY with them and choosing to build their web apps on a particular OS.

Email server recipe for avoiding spam filters

Nathan Hurst

Nathan Hursts Blog Thoughts on Software, Technology, and Startups « Back to blog Im on the technical side of entrepreneurship in NYC. Im going to skimp a little on configuration here because with most EC2 AMIs I use, postfix is already installed. Also, make sure that the email address is from the domain you are targeting (it could be different based on the hostname or other postfix configuration, particularly on EC2).

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Interview With Rainer Wehkamp Of Techila Technologies

ArcticStartup

I had a dream to start my own software company and had had many interesting ideas. End-users or even ISVs were not able to integrate their own software to the system. Originally, at the late 2010, the first public cloud platform Techila supported was Amazon EC2.

Notes From SXSW 2010 And A Fabulous Startup Dinner

OnStartups

We spent 4+ hours at the table eating, drinking and debating some of the finer points (and not so finer points) of running a software startup. I am writing this on the plane trip back to Boston from SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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The Economics of SaaS: We Need a Platform

Will Price

Recently, I wrote a post titled “ When it Goes Right, What Does It Cost to Build a Great Software Company ?" Median revenue at profitability: $48m Median Years to Exit: 4 Software model supports the creation of great companies on The post begged the question regarding the metrics associated with SaaS. Will the rise of AMZN S3 and EC2 , Apex and AppExchange , etc eliminate the need for bespoke infrastructure investment.

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Put your business infrastructure in the Cloud with Google Apps Marketplace

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Now they always have the latest version of the software because it is automatically upgraded on the server. No more need for constant upgrades, security patches and bug fixes required by client based software. Many software companies agree the web-centric approach is the way to go and are building their new applications on modern web-based architectures and open standards. Moving to the Cloud is a multi-step process. Gmail is the easy first step.

The Googlization of IT

BeyondVC

Phase 2 - Rise of open source - I would call Phase 2 the rise of open source software over the last 10 years - most of which is hardcore infrastructure type software such as databases, virtualization software, and the like. IT folks leveraged the web and Google not just for applications but also to download core software to help run their internal operations. Yes there are public clouds like Amazon EC2 which is now also offering virtualized private clouds.

12 Most Important Technologies Since 1990

Mark Birch

But it was Amazon that changed the game by turning the cloud into a true utility with the release of AWS in 2002 (and EC2 in 2006), allowing anyone to cheaply host anything, including web and mobile apps. SaaS - Hand in hand with the Cloud would be Software-as-a-Service.

Why Amazon’s AWS Won’t Be the Only Game in Town

Adventurista

At first glance, Amazon’s EC2 and S3 web services seem to perform the same function. For example, some hardware intensive applications will slow down and become inefficient because of the generic algorithm EC2 uses to assign AMI processes to its underlying hardware.