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Cloud based infrastructure deployment is becoming more and more appealing to
customers, from Fortune 500 companies to SMEs due to its pay-as-you-go model.
Enterprise storage vendors are able to reach out to these customers by
integrating in cloud based deployments; this needs adaptability and
interoperability of the products confirming to cloud standards such as
OpenStack, CloudStack, or Azure. As compared to off the shelf commodity
storage, enterprise storages by its reliability, high-availability, efficient
and greener solutions can offer much reduced operational expenses (OPEX) to
the cloud service providers. Further considering the reduced OPEX, voluminous
deployment in cloud environment, lesser form factors (i.e. reduced real
estate investment) and intrinsic design solutions, capital expenses (CAPEX)
becomes much equitable and compelli... (more)
A revolutionary change in the industry was the foundation for cloud on the
automation of virtualization technologies. Initially it was meant for
infrastructure, but with the advent of new and innovative cloud services it
has crossed the boundary of Infrastructure and invaded the application space.
The concept of ‘as a Service' model has three pillars: IaaS (Infrastructure
as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service).
Over a period of time cloud services have grown and diversified to the extent
that clubbing the services into these three pillars is ... (more)
There are people who take life slowly, accept it on its terms, meditate, read
about meditation, and internalize books like "Wherever You Go, There You
Are," a bestseller by a guy with a hyphenated name. I'm more of a Malcolm
Gladwell fan -- Outliers or his newest book "David and Goliath: Underdogs,
Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants."
Maybe I'm just naturally the type that will spend 10,000 hours practicing,
sharpening, mastering, thinking about the advantages a startup has over
leaders in the market, getting back in the game. I've been in enterprise
software for 30 years a... (more)
The business value of a cloud model does not require any special emphasis to
enterprises. The Infrastructure elasticity promises to offer the desired
flexibility that allows businesses to penetrate new and emerging markets
without the risk of a significant capital expenditure. The free cash flow
made available will allow businesses to increase spending on R&D or other
strategic initiatives. For small and medium businesses, Cloud Computing
offers an ecosystem that allows them to co-exist, if not compete, with large
businesses. For large businesses, it's a natural progression of ho... (more)
In the wake of IBM's zEnterprise announcement I've seen and heard many
different reactions. On one end of the spectrum is "ho hum, another attempt
to make the mainframe relevant." On the other end is "why would anyone choose
zEnterprise as a hardware platform when the whole point of cloud applications
is that users don't know what's under there."
Those extremes miss the point, as extremes often do. From my perspective,
users are not the direct consumers of these large server platforms. Users
consume application services -- users shouldn't care whether the hardware
platform is c... (more)
Advances in Identity Management technologies will provide foundations for an
"Identity Metasystem", providing the tools for securing information in a
manner that greatly accelerates adoption of Cloud computing.
Secure Cloud Services
Typically conversations about Cloud Computing quickly lead to the perceived
big roadblock holding back its adoption, data privacy and security.
Ask yourself how you would feel about having sensitive information, like your
bank account or credit card details, stored "in the Cloud"? What does that
even mean? Who owns and controls it? If the data resides ... (more)