Feeds

Dumb questions on server computing

People make way too many assumptions

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

Lab Poll You listen to some marketeers and it’s all so simple. Whatever form of server computing they are promoting is assumed to be the answer to everything.

Back in the real world, servers are obviously used for all kinds of stuff, from running boring back office systems, through highly dynamic Web applications, to core activities around development, testing and support.

With this in mind, how are you going to mix and match approaches to meet your server computing needs? Let us know in the mini poll below:

READER POLL: Dumb questions on server computing

In this poll we're asking what application types you have, and where you run them. To keep things simple we'll limit ourselves to the following applications/workloads.

  • Lightweight workloads – production apps with occasional and/or lightweight resource needs e.g. project management tools, standalone database apps
  • Predictable workloads – production apps with significant ongoing steady & predictable resource requirements e.g. ERP, production management
  • Periodic workloads – production apps that kick in periodically with significant resource requirements, but otherwise tick over e.g. pay roll, billing
  • Compute-intensive workloads – production apps with extremely high ongoing resource requirements e.g. high transaction systems, back end to web sales system
  • Bursty workloads – production apps with fluctuating resource requirements that peak extremely highly e.g. online apps which are every now & then subject to promotions etc
  • Software in development – systems and applications being developed in-house
  • Testing environments – or example snapshots of live applications and databases used to test new features/functions
  • Support/diagnostics – ad-hoc creation of servers that mirror live environments in a support context, e.g. for recreating and troubleshooting issues.

1. For each of the above workloads or use cases, to what degree do you run them on your in-house server infrastructure?

A lot Some Very Occasionally Not at all
Lightweight workloads
Predictable workloads
Periodic workloads
Compute-intensive workloads
Bursty workloads
Software in development
Testing environments
Support/diagnostics
Other (please state)

2. Are you running any of the above workloads or use cases on third party servers, via either of the following models:

a. Traditional static hosting, i.e. renting physical or virtual servers from a hosting provider on a price per month basis

A lot Some Very Occasionally Not at all
Lightweight workloads
Predictable workloads
Periodic workloads
Compute-intensive workloads
Bursty workloads
Software in development
Testing environments
Support/diagnostics
Other (please state)

b. Dynamic on-demand hosting, i.e. paying on demand for the resources used, with no binding contract

A lot Some Very Occasionally Not at all
Lightweight workloads
Predictable workloads
Periodic workloads
Compute-intensive workloads
Bursty workloads
Software in development
Testing environments
Support/diagnostics
Other (please state)

3. Over the next 3 years do you see the increasing availability of on-demand hosting being particularly relevant to any of the following?

Yes, definitely Yes, probably Possibly Unlikely Unsure
Lightweight workloads
Predictable workloads
Periodic workloads
Compute-intensive workloads
Bursty workloads
Software in development
Testing environments
Support/diagnostics
Other (please state)

4. Over the next 3 years do you see your organisation adopting a dynamic, on-demand but internally managed hosting model for any of the following? (some people call this 'private cloud')

Yes, definitely Yes, probably Possibly Unlikely Unsure
Lightweight workloads
Predictable workloads
Periodic workloads
Compute-intensive workloads
Bursty workloads
Software in development
Testing environments
Support/diagnostics
Other (please state)

5. Finally, is there anything happening in IT today that you think will have a significant impact on how and where you run any specific workloads, or do you think things will just be "more of the same"?

BEFORE YOU GO

6. Approximately how large is your organisation (worldwide) in terms of employees?

Less than 10 employees
10 to 50 employees
50 to 250 employees
250 to 1,000 employees
1,000 to 5,000 employees
5,000 to 10,000 employees
Over 10,000 employees

7. Which of the following best describes your core business?

Software development (products, packages)
Software development (bespoke/custom)
Systems integration
Other IT
Private sector
Public sector
Other (please state)

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
Admins dab straining server brows in advance of Trusty Tahr's long-term support landing
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.