[talk] /. on "don't be a server hugger"

Edward Capriolo edlinuxguru at gmail.com
Fri May 16 11:00:59 EDT 2014

The 'issue' with the cost debate is the cloud huggers have this term called
'cost of system admin'. So even when you prove doing it yourself is less,
the cloud people factor in salaries of 2-3 people and then says 'cloud is
cheaper'. What this argument fails to account for is that when you do not
have system admins and networks, you have programmers spending time as
system admins. Beside the fact that this takes away from there programming
time not all programmers have the requisite experience to be decent system

On Fri, May 16, 2014 at 10:42 AM, Brian Coca <briancoca+nycbug at gmail.com>wrote:

> My math will have to be redone as prices have changed a lot, but 3 years
> ago I found that when you get enough 24/7 active machines to justify 2
> racks (35+ Us, not counting switches/etc),  you are better off
> (economically) with your own DC, lower than that most clouds are cheaper,
> specially if can destroy/down unused instances off hours.
> Again this was just a dollar and cents comparison, many other factors
> might weigh in on the decision. It is nice to scale up/down in a matter of
> minutes, but that depends a lot on your business needs.
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