Baby, It's Cloudy Outside
By Christine Cignoli
It's the holiday season, and one IT wish list item may be cloud control and
confidence. There's a whole new crop of companies offering cloud management
and governance services to ease the adoption and maintenance of cloud. There
are a lot of challenges to getting the best value out of cloud, like
security, multi-cloud management and end-to-end visibility.
This time of year is ideal for eating a lot and finding out where your gifts
are hidden around the house. Soon enough, though, it'll be resolution time
when the new year arrives and you take stock of your big-picture goals for
2017. We hear a lot about "digital transformation" and modernizing IT, which
can seem like awfully lofty goals. What's the actual day-to-day plan? What
are the actions IT teams, managers and CIOs can take to make sure they're
improving upon their... (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 not only difficult but
unattainable. That's the reason none of the public cloud providers classify
their services in ‘as a Service' model category.
A public cloud provider has an edge over a private cloud and differentiates
itself by providing rich services as compared to focus on automation ... (more)
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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)
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International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, will take place June 6-9,
2011, at the Javits Center in New York City.
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"Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud
computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, Chairman and Founder of Cloud
Expo, Inc. "Cloud has become synonymous with ‘computing' and ‘soft... (more)
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Most of the information about cloud computing today comes from vendors. As a
result, it skews toward purchasing software and hardware, and away from
making balanced decisions in the enterprise.
The enterprise architect must counterbalance vendor spin and place cloud
computing into the proper context: among the many deployment options
available, with its own unique advantages and disadvantages.
In his session at the 8th International Cloud Expo, Jason Bloomberg, Managing
Partner and Senior Analyst at Enterprise Architecture advisory firm ZapThink
LLC, will outline the primary issues an EA must consider in order to make
appropriate decisions about various cloud-based options, how to put together
a cloud roadmap, and how best to communicate the position the cloud should
take in the greater context of agile enterprise architect... (more)
What does the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with
the CEOs of GoGrid and OpSource, the Co-Founder & CTO of Dell Boomi, the
Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Novell and the Director of HP
Software's Global Cloud Practice? Answer: all are members of the
distinguished Speaker Faculty of Cloud Expo New York, due to take place June
6-9, 2011, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
New speakers will continue to be announced every day from now for the next
few weeks, but already the Cloud Expo organizers can share the news that the
high-octane technical sessions in New York City, organized into seven
parallel tracks, will include...
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What changes in the cloud computing and big data landscape should we be
expecting in 2013?
In this article we offer a round-up of industry experts' opinions as they
were asked by Cloud Expo / BigDataExpo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan to
preview the fast-approaching year ahead.
2013 Will Be The Year of Big Data | The Internet of Things | Cloud To The
Rescue (DR) | SSD
John Engates | @jengates
CTO of Rackspace Hosting
Now its CTO, John joined Rackspace in August 2000, just a year after the
company was founded, as VP of Operations, managing the datacenter operations
and customer-service teams. Two years later, when Rackspace decided to add
new services for larger enterprise customers, he created and helped develop
the Intensive Hosting business unit. Most recently, he has played an active
role in the evolution and evangelism of Rackspace's cloud computing strategy
On July 14, 2015 Windows Server (WS) 2003 will reach the end of extended
support. This means no more patches or security fixes without a custom
support agreement in place. The security and uptime implications of your
applications are about to be refactored in a dramatic way. Many compliance
requirements, especially in regulated industries, state that applications
have to run on a supported Operating System (OS).
On the surface, date-driven deadlines mandating remediation can be viewed in
two very different lights. The first: A glass half empty, a tax that must be
paid to continue business as usual. The other: A glass half full, an
opportunity to change out old systems and reinvent the business on an agile
platform that provides a competitive advantage. The question: How do you
deal with the inevitable?
To learn about your options, register to attend a complimentary... (more)
I was on a LinkedIn thread titled ‘How cloud computing is different from
SaaS‘ where Rick Chapman who runs SoftLetter and SaaS University went on
beating on this question ‘What is a private cloud’?
It is definitely worth it given the tremendous amount of confusion in the
term ‘Cloud’ in general and ‘Private Cloud’ in particular. The
motivation for this post is Rick and supported by a tweet I read around the
same time from ‘Carl Brooks‘ who is a technology writer on Cloud at
TechTarget. Let me give it a shot.
First, Cloud is about leveraging economies of scale whether it is public or
private. Large companies like Citi Bank, P&G, Unilever, Pfizer have the
economies of scale to create an equivalent of ‘Amazon EC2′ within the
corporate network.When most people refer to ‘Private Cloud’ they are
thinking about Virtualization.
Private Cloud != Virtualization.
Cloud =... (more)
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15-20 years ago, enterprise application development, as we know today,
wasn’t all that clear. All I can deduce, in a retrospective analysis –
digging the internet, is that people knew the different puzzle pieces which
are needed, in building an enterprise application. For example,
Need for abstracting business rules for modifying rules separately from
rest of the application lead to the creation of the the BRE category with
companies like iLog (now with IBM), Selectica (my ex-employer which is no
longer in the BRE space – sad!), Talarian – now with TIBCO (I used
Talarian’s RTIE when I was at HP to build Fraud Detection System for
Vodafone and interesting to see Tom Laffey of Talarian still at Tibco as EVP
of Products & Technology) and the opensource DRools and Jess Need for
abstrating Workflow, when Workflow logic became a ... (more)
Expanding on the " introduction to cloud computing" article, here are some
additional suggestions for choosing a cloud service model provider.
In a typical Cloud Computing data centre, an application set will generally
be hosted over Virtual Machines running on a large number of Physical
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a definite factor when considering a move
for some enterprise services into the cloud. There are certainly arguments
both for and against the merits, especially when considering the impact of
risk on an enterprise that choses to transfer risk with the adoption of a
However as a customer you should ensure resources are in place to safeguard
the maintenance and management of your identity management and authentication
systems. Keep in mind that in the dynamic cloud computing environment
traditional security practices may not ... (more)