Four Tips for Avoiding VM Sprawl in the Public Cloud

Welcome to the dark side of cloud computing—the world of VM sprawl.

With the newfound ability to launch servers on-demand comes the critical responsibility to shut them down when they are no longer serving their purpose. When people do their ROI analysis and embark on the cloud adventure, however, they aren’t often considering the responsibility part of this equation. Newcomers to the cloud generally find it very easy to start up servers but very hard to shut them down. The result is a cloud infrastructure with an unfortunate number of pointless servers.

Yep. That’s how amazon makes their money.

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