Kick the Cloud

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CloudKick is a new startup that enabling Cloud Computing users to do the unthinkable! move cloud computing vendors!
The company came out of stealth mode at the end of march and is now a free service though moving into pay mode soon.
It currently has 1,600 customers, and manages about 12,500 servers.

I like allot the name they have chosen, been so literal and direct.

After signing in to the Cloudkick website, a user can add different cloud-computing accounts by entering the necessary log-in information. A dashboard then shows each of these services and the status of the servers being used. A person can set up e-mail alerts to warn if traffic dips below a certain level or if it spikes, for example. The company also provides graphs to visualize the average load on a machine–an indicator of the overall health of the system.

CloudKick interface

Since data stored on Amazon’s servers, using its Simple Storage Service (S3), is saved in a proprietary format that keeps it from simply being moved to another service. To solve this limitation Cloudkick has written software that automatically cleans the data from the S3 file format.
This involves removing a layer of encryption that surrounds the data like ripping a DVD.
Moving data from one vendor to vendor is as simple as dragging and dropping an on-screen icon.

CloudKick also promotes future services of automatic data management based on Price and load location.
For example if a vendor drops the price of the service ClousKick promise to move your content to that cheaper service.
Or if you have a higher load in a region of the world at a certain time of the day they will move your data to servers in that region.
The proposition of moving workloads around is great value for many clients.
I am looking forward for the next future service of redundancy and backup so when services go down like i ranted about in the S3 post you will be able to continue serving your users from CloudKick.

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