Su(roj)it Niyogi

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Appfog kinda sorta sucks.

With this post, I’m going to start a new blog post format that is basically a bullet-point list.  Here we go.

Appfog kinda sorta sucks.

  • They’re expensive.  That is, Appfog is expensive enough to expect 24x7 customer service.
  • If you’re a PaaS service and platforms are expected to be up 24x7, the PaaS should have 24x7 customer service.  $20/month hosting companies do and so do normals datacenter like SoftLayer (which rocks by the way).
  • This fancy gems-based deployment bullshit is overkill.  I’m sure Appfog has some seemingly scientific reason for why it must be this way versus me being able to scp/sftp content to an “origin” and then pushing a button to send to the instances but it better be good.
  • Their cloud has a ceiling.  A system which scales to be a platform should really really scale.  I don’t want to contact sales to go past their $720/month plan - there’s nothing cloud about that.  I want to just buy the damn plan.

That’s it.  That’s why Appfog kinda sorta sucks.  There is no excuse when you have $8MM in funding and can’t hire somebody to watch support around the clock.  

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Why bandwidth limiting is important for cloud storage and offices

DropBox has bandwidth limiting.  Google Drive (currently) doesn’t

This makes a massive difference in company environments that depend on cloud storage for file sharing.  Consider the following:

A UI/UX designer uploads a 10MB psd file to Dropbox.  Her upload consumes much of the upstream bandwidth.  5 other team members have Dropbox as a folder which immediately starts fetching the new file.  Network comes to a screeching halt as a result.  Yes that’s enough to take down networks (or cause performance blips).

It’s surprising Google didn’t add this out of the gate and should be considered a pre-requisite for companies considering cloud storage solutions.  We recently switched from Google Drive from Dropbox and while I don’t want to deal with having to switch back - it has crossed my mind.  

Considering Google Drive is an option for Google Apps for Businesses - it ought to be a feature that’s not only available but controllable at the admin level (that is, bandwidth rates should be “throttlable” by Google Apps admin.  It’s wishful thinking that this could/would exist but important because you wouldn’t want to have to mandate each staff member to individually configure this on their machines.

If anybody has other creative ways of throttling Google Drive at the network level, I’d love to hear it.  Possible with a dd-wrt setting?

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RT @steepdecline: Hey USPS, offer junk-mail free service for $5/month per address and make billions. You’re welcome.