There is an apparent renaissance of do-it-yourself both in private life and in the industry. In private, people build their own furniture and cook at home instead of dining out. In industry, companies increasingly insource IT operations, manufacturing, and everything else. The reasons to do this are largely the same.
First and very obvious, doing it yourself is less expensive. Not just in money terms, but in the overall resources including time. It probably used to be different some years ago, but has changed with the today's equipment and technology. Taking the very typical case of cloud computing, Michael Dell has correctly pointed out that automation of operations makes on-premise solutions now less expensive in almost 90 % of all workloads.
Second, it actually improves agility. This may sound counterintuitive, the usual narrative used to be that you are more flexible using external services, right? The reality is different. With the external service, you acquire its procedures and regulations, and those are designed to be the same for all the customers like you. Just think of GDPR as one example, where substantial volumes of highly standardized documentation work reach well into the substance of your core business. Yes, you would still have to do this in your own data center, but you would have the choice of doing it your own way.
Third, cloud providers are not obliged to continue serving us forever. Same as your favorite restaurant can just shut down overnight because of a multitude of possible legitimate reasons. You may be able to get back your data, but the effort of setting up a new solution will probably largely surpass all direct costs of the required hardware or another service (if you still prefer to not do it yourself). Even your own device that you bought outright can become unusable if it depends on a discontinued cloud service (see Microsoft Band, which cannot be factory reset after the end of May).
We at Hypersoft have now a new product that is part of this big do-it-yourself trend. With Personal Files, you create and own your private cloud storage. Simpler than it would be with any cloud provider, less expensive, and nobody will be able to discontinue the service because of whatever reason. Works for business and at home, the only thing you need is your own Internet domain and a Hypersoft license.
Since enterprise cloud first emerged about ten years ago, it has been viewed
by businesses as a way to cut costs. This expectation has very rarely materialized.
Now, we start hearing more and more that even if cloud costs you more money, it
still makes sense because of the various other higher reasons. Those can be the
focus on core business, the flexibility to ramp up or down, and many more.
However, isn’t this logic fundamentally flawed? Do the higher reasons
still hold if they do not lead to a commercial benefit?
Here is an interesting comparison. Let us look at some public
utilities, which are heavily promoted with very similar justifications. You do
not need your own car, use public transit, free yourself from maintenance
costs, plan your costs in a predictable way, and only pay for the service
that you actually use. Sounds quite familiar, right?
The numbers show a very impressive cost aspect of it. In Germany (being
one of the most progressive places for public transit, other countries following
suit and not much different) the cost of public transportation grew by 80 %
between 2000 and 2018. During the same time, the cost of using a personal car has
only increased by 36 %.
Would you like another one? The cost of centralized heating increased
by 33 % between 2005 and 2018. It has been just 5 % for those who run their own
little residential oil boilers. Those who replaced their boilers by newer ones are
now paying less for their heating than they did back in 2005.
Coming back to the topic of cloud costs, the price per gigabyte of Amazon S3 storage is today 20 % of what it was in 2006. The gigabyte you buy on
a disk costs now just 4 % of the 2006 price. Back in 2006, the annual cloud
storage fee was 3,5 times the cost of outright purchase for the same gigabyte.
Now in 2018, this annual fee is 12 times the purchase price. Just let these
numbers sink: for the annual cloud storage fee one cay buy – permanently –
twelve times as much storage to own. Power consumption does not change this
calculation, it is well below 0,01 kWh per gigabyte per month.
All these examples tell us that owning your resources does actually
pay off. And the “higher reasons” to give it up do not apply today in the same
way they applied in the past.
The flexibility to ramp up becomes very relative if you remember that buying
ten times more storage is less than one year of cloud fees for the original resource
you had before ramping up.
As for redundancy and access from anywhere, with today’s new computers
and software one does not have to be a “storage scientist” to have that. And
this is where our new product adds a unique capability to simplify and
streamline operations. Deploy Personal Files, regain true ownership of your
data, and save costs.
On part 1, a few weeks ago, I tried to make an inventory of events which can interrupt your work for good or bad reasons. For each of them, I gave a description and I tried to estimate how many times a month they can appear. Obviously, this is a simulation and numbers depend on each of us. I hope this part 1 was a starting point for your own thinking. If not, I really advice you to start having a look at your own context and habits. This is also important to talk about this with workmates to have a better vision of yourself.
Reading part 1 main inventory pushes us to ask a simple question. How much events can interrupt me? Let's have a look at this simple table now.
First conclusion is it is almost impossible to spend a single hour without being interrupted, whatever your efforts are.
Also, most of them are very little event like, receiving a notifications, which is about a second. But this little second breaks your concentration, forces you to think about something else, and pushes you to spend energy to go back to your main topic.
Most of them depend on you and your habits. Modern electronic devices do not help. Start to tidy up your working context. Give up and forget what you prevent you from being productive.
Fortunately, OmniContext TM Personal Analytics provides some specific reports about this free time you can have, but considering simple electronic events (mails, communication, …) Indeed we have no way to know something about you and each time you put your headphones on your head. If you have bad feelings about your productivity, you can start having a look on our reports and you can make your own report. After that, try your own experiments to make things change. Use our reports again, and check progress you make, every day.
Make your life easier, use OmniContext TM Personal Analytics.
You know what that picture is about?
Your current day. Yes. Your current working day. On the left, easy day, on the right, bad day …
Everything is planned, organized and should be running more or less easily. You are fully equipped. Hundreds of little actions have to be performed. Unfortunately, often, they have bad impacts between them. Let's start with describing a common working context by making an inventory of the common and usual equipment for a modern professional:
Now let's make an inventory of the usual software set you can be using each day
We all have our reasons to use each of them for good or less good reasons. Anyway, we use them. This is how it works nowadays. Modern life comes with a lot of tools, devices and habits.
Plus, sometimes, you can have some activities potentially provided by your boss because he's so cool, just as we are
Without neglecting natural activities,
Until now, I did not mention any production activity. Work is about production right?
Now let's put some numbers by giving for each of them how many times they interrupt in a way or another in a month. It is a hard exercise but it has to be done.
Screen saver with password (forgotten?)
Receive calls, notifications, texts
Put them on, put them off again & again
Fix Bluetooth troubles
Receive mails, sometimes aggressive mails
Receive mails notifications, meetings as well …
Receive mails notifications
Eat or drink something
Whatever time they last, each interruption breaks concentration and makes you think about something else. At this moment, an effort is required to go back on tracks.
For now, you have a good introduction and a way to start thinking about your own context. With the next part of this blog post, we will go further and deeper talking about productivity and OmniContext Personal Analytics.
sound like universal wisdom that cloud is the right place to keep our data, but
the explanations are not so easy to follow.
cloud is not cheap. Depending on the provider, you pay more than 100 dollars or
Euros per year for a terabyte of storage or even less. This would buy three
brand new one-terabyte disks each year, to keep three redundant copies of the
there is no absolute guarantee that our data will not be lost in the cloud or
accessed by someone else. This does not happen often, but there are occasional incidents
that lead to losses or breaches.
end up having copies of all important data on our computers anyway, so we can
work offline and not depend on the high-quality network connection critical for
big files. If I have a terabyte of data in the cloud, I certainly have three terabytes
of the same data, duplicated to my computers and mobile devices.
So why do
we still post our valuable files to cloud storage? Just because everybody
somehow believes this is the right thing to do?
this in mind, we have created Personal Files. This software makes anyone a
cloud owner and cloud provider – just for yourself. It connects your computers
and smartphones into a peer-to-peer network that automatically maintains copies
of the selected files and folders and securely synchronizes them over the
Internet. Even more, there is a blockchain-based metadata that maintains
history of all changes made to the files, so you can always be sure the
integrity of the data is fully preserved.
this is under your full control: no provider necessary, no service to
subscribe, no place beyond your own computers where your data are stored.
version of Personal Files has just been released, you can register to download
at personalfiles.online. This initial release is free (for a limited time),
please try and give us your feedback.