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Cloud computing: A data-centric business model

 Grazed from TechPageOne.  Author: Kevin L. Jackson.

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology:  “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management.”
While this definition is broadly accepted and has, in fact, been my adopted standard for years, it only describes technical aspects of cloud computing.  The amalgamation of technologies used to deliver cloud services is not even half the story...

Open hybrid clouds: A new approach to cloud computing

Grazed from C4ISRNET.  Author: Adam Stone.

In recent years, cloud computing has delivered information technology managers a means to streamline their practices and reduce operating costs. Now, a new range of tools has emerged to help IT make the most of cloud’s potential.  Hybridization has opened new doors, as has the promise of open-source development. Taken together, the open hybrid cloud raises the bar for military cloud users.
“Open hybrid cloud puts the control in the customer’s hands, by avoiding supplier lock-in,” said David Egts, chief technologist of Red Hat U.S. Public Sector. Providers “have to step up their game; they can’t just sit back and cash a check knowing they are the only game in town.”...

Third OpenNebula Conference Focuses on Vendor-neutral Private Cloud Computing

Grazed from OpenNebula. Author: PR Announcements.

The third OpenNebula Conference, taking place from 20 to 22 of October in Barcelona, is set to bring together top experts in designing, building and managing open clouds. The OpenNebula Conference is the place to share knowledge and practical insight and to learn about how advances in cloud technology are helping IT managers and executives tackle their computational and business challenges.

OpenNebula is the open-source platform of choice in the converged data centre, providing a simple, albeit flexible and powerful, cloud manager that supports traditional IT features and the dynamic provisioning of modern enterprise cloud. With thousands of deployments, OpenNebula has a very wide user base that includes leading companies in banking, technology, telecom and hosting, and research. OpenNebula is completely vendor-neutral and without hype, with a strong focus on real-life needs, developing the best technology, and serving users. There is only one completely free, fully open source, OpenNebula software...

Tapping into a Tech Support Network in the Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

One of the more challenging aspects of being a solution provider in the age of the cloud is that the number of vendors that a solution provider can have on their line card could theoretically be infinite. The only really limiting factor is access to the level of support required to properly represent any given cloud application or service.

With that particular issue in mind, PlumChoice has created a network of independent IT support specialists that solution providers can tap into to provide support for cloud applications. Dave Hauser, director of channel development for PlumChoice, said the cloud is an area that PlumChoice has made one of its primary support focuses because many of the solution providers that operate in the cloud are using business models that depend heavily on contract labor to provide support for their customers...

The ups and downs of cloud compliance

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Mike Chapelle.

Compliance doesn't need to slow down cloud adoption, but it should remain a high priority in cloud-enabled IT environments. Federal and state laws that protect information security and data privacy differ widely and are becoming increasingly complex. The global picture is even more difficult to unravel.

As enterprises around the world adopt cloud computing strategies, regulated data -- such as personally identifiable information, health records and credit card numbers -- increasingly passes through the control of a wide range of service providers. Multinational corporations must take time to understand the data security ramifications of cloud computing decisions and move forward in a manner that maintains compliance with applicable security and privacy regulations...

SDSC Upgrades Cloud Computing and Storage Services

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Editorial Staff.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has made significant upgrades to its cloud-based storage system to include a new range of computing services designed to support science-based researchers, especially those with large data requirements that preclude commercial cloud use, or who require collaboration with cloud engineers for building cloud-based services.

The upgrades to SDSC Cloud, which debuted in late 2011 as one of the first large-scale academic deployments of cloud storage in the world, offers a unique storage service to educational and industry partners. The object-based storage system provides a highly scalable solution with flexible access methods and enhanced durability, while providing exceptional performance using high-speed 10 gigabit (Gb) connectivity at a fraction of the costs of other service providers...

5 tips for securing apps across multiple clouds

Grazed from FedScoop. Author: Rutrell Yasin.

Creating a hybrid cloud computing environment – one that relies on a mix of on-premises and public cloud services – holds out the promise of greater flexibility for federal agencies on where to run diverse workloads and applications. It also promises greater computing economies. But enforcing policies and security controls between and among multiple clouds can be tricky business.

Agency managers can encounter a myriad of challenges as they use multiple cloud providers in conjunction with their own internal private cloud infrastructure. Issues surrounding compliance, data flow and protection, security, and visibility of information can complicate even the most basic expansion moves, including how to divide up data workloads...

An Inside Look At Massachusetts' Grand Open Cloud Experiment

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Kristin Knapp.

While public cloud adoption continues to grow in the enterprise, some markets -- such as life sciences, academia and HPC -- crave a different kind of cloud. And that's exactly what Orran Krieger, research professor and director of the cloud computing initiative at Boston University's Hariri Institute, wants to create.

Alongside other members of the academic community and the state of Massachusetts, Krieger is launching the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC), a new flavor of public cloud based on an open and customizable model Krieger says contrasts sharply with the leading public cloud platforms today...

Microsoft turns spotlight on cloud, mobile with new reporting style

Grazed from Reuters.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Microsoft Corp joined Inc and Intel Corp in tweaking the way it reports results, a move that will help the software giant show off its growing cloud and mobile businesses.  Since taking over as chief in early 2014, Satya Nadella has led Microsoft's efforts to focus on software and cloud services as demand for its Windows operating system slows.
The company, which is in the process of restructuring its phone business and streamlining operations, has been pumping the resulting savings into its cloud business and Windows 10.  "This reporting structure aligns the company's goals with the way they will report it to the Street," FBR & Co analyst Daniel Ives said. "The best change is the ability to track the Windows 10 transition and cloud adoption around Office 365 which are front and center for investors."...

CloudPassage Updates Halo Security Platform

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Nicole Henderson.

CloudPassage announced on Tuesday new capabilities in its Halo security platform, including an improved user interface to help security teams quickly identify actionable security information.
Other updates to the Halo security platform include enterprise-wide data aggregation, allowing a security professional to drill down from an enterprise-level view to specific individual servers, which CloudPassage said makes understanding and managing risks much more manageable at scale...