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Private Cloud or Public Cloud?

Article written by Leo Reiter

I’ll be very clear up front… I am not a big believer in private cloud (versus public cloud) for most organizations and use cases. But in the spirit of objectivity, let’s look at both approaches and when one makes more sense over the other. I reserve the right to offer my biased but carefully thought out perspective along the way, because well, this is my column after all!
Let’s start at the beginning…
What is Private Cloud?

Private cloud, unlike public cloud, begins with dedicated infrastructure. Customers leveraging private cloud enjoy the benefits of not having to compete with other “tenants” for resources. The flip side of this (among many other issues) is that capacity is fixed, until it’s explicitly increased, but more on that later.

Cloud Security Platform Zscaler Raises A $100M Series B Round Led By TPG, Now Valued At Over $1B

Grazed from TechCrunch.  Author: Frederic Lardinois.

Security platform Zscaler today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series B funding round led by late stage investor TPG. The company, which offers a wide range of web, mobile and cloud security services for enterprises, has now raised a total of $138 million and says that its valuation in this last round was over $1 billion. Other investors include EMC and previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners.

“Our mission is to make the Internet safe for business by delivering an amazing security platform that protects our clients and enables the strategic adoption of cloud computing, mobile devices and the Internet of Things,” said Jay Chaudhry, CEO of Zscaler, in today’s announcement...

Hybrid IT, cloud-enabled technologies fast becoming the 'new normal'

Grazed from NetworksAsia. Author: Editorial Staff.

With the increasing utilization of data centers and cloud services across the Asia Pacific region, companies have gradually updated or upgraded their existing IT systems, giving rise to the Hybrid IT environment which is fast becoming the new normal.

Besides helping enterprises to drive digital disruption, the latest Hybrid IT environment is also enhancing the customer experience and encouraging business model innovation.  As a result, there is greater acceleration in the adoption of a multi-vendor multi-cloud environment or Hybrid IT...

Microsoft Windows 10 Kicks Off To Strong Start As Usage Share Leaps Four Times In Three Days

Grazed from IBT.  Author: Jessica Menton.

Microsoft Corporation’s Windows 10 launch kicked off to a strong start last week, with its usage share jumping by four times in just three days, reported, citing Irish metrics company StatCounter. Microsoft released Windows 10 Wednesday as a free upgrade for users who are currently using Windows 7 or Windows 8.

The increase was much larger than Microsoft’s last free upgrade of Windows 8.1 in October 2013.  The global Windows 10 usage share, a measure of how active users of the OS were on the Internet, doubled from 0.3 percent to 0.6 percent on the official launch day Wednesday, Irish metrics company StatCounter said...

Acronis cloud backup offered to ProfitBricks’ MSPs

Grazed from ChannelBiz.  Author: Antony Savvas.

Acronis has announced a partnership with ProfitBricks to deliver Acronis Backup Cloud as its backup solution option for the ProfitBrick’s cloud computing platform.  Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) firm ProfitBricks says that with Acronis Backup Cloud, its managed service provider (MSP) partners and end user customers will have access to “best-in-class” backup through its cloud computing platform.
With a focus on helping companies easily migrate on-premises IT infrastructure to the cloud, ProfitBricks has developed a cloud computing model that lets MSPs and end users select the desired amount of processing power and storage they need, with the freedom to design and configure any virtual data centre based on their requirements...

IBM fattens patent portfolio in cloud tech

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Joab Jackson.

IBM may be leading the pack when it comes to putting away patents related to cloud technologies.  In the past 18 months, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued more 1,200 patents to IBM related to the cloud, with 400 of those issued so far in 2015, according to an IBM tally released Friday.
For IBM, adding to its intellectual property is key to ensuring that the company will be a major player in the cloud market for years to come, said David Kaminsky, chief patent innovation architect for IBM software.  With a fat cloud patent portfolio, IBM is less likely to be blocked from selling the most up-to-date offerings due to a competing company asserting patent claims...

IBM Extends Cloud Computing Patent and Innovation Leadership

Grazed from 7thSpace. Author: Editorial Staff.

IBM today announced that its inventors have received more than 400 new cloud patents in 2015. Furthermore, over the last 18 months, IBM has secured nearly 1, 200 cloud patents, bolstering the company’s ability to deliver innovative new cloud services, solutions and capabilities to clients across all industries. These new IBM cloud patents comprise a wide range of innovations, including enhancing and improving the speed of deployment and security of cloud data centers, as well as easing the management of cloud applications, storage and maintenance. The following are examples:

Patent #9, 015, 164: High availability for cloud server - A key attribute of a cloud computing environment is high availability. Aspects of the disclosed invention enable a cloud environment to take snapshots of virtual machines, which can then be used for recovery purposes...

The cloud is becoming exactly what it sought to replace

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

I remember the pitch: Cloud computing (called on-demand at the time) was the alternative to traditional enterprise software. You purchased cloud services using an on-demand or subscription model, you paid for only what you used, and you owned no hardware or software. What could be better?

Ten years later, cloud providers are becoming "enterprise-y" in their behavior -- more like the very traditional enterprise providers they were supposed to differ from. Many cloud providers are behaving like traditional enterprise software providers: selling multiyear agreements, having their customers sign closed agreements, and even selling maintenance and support...

Financial Firms Cloud Security Practices Maturing: Report

Grazed from TheWhir. Author: Chris Burton.

Financial services firms are aggressively using encryption and tokenization to maintain data security while adopting cloud computing, according to a new report from CipherCloud. The report shows that financial companies are employ a rapidly maturing approach to cloud, with almost every one storing personally identifiable information (PII) in the cloud.

CipherCloud surveyed employees of over 50 global banking and financial services firms from North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, asking them about strategies used to protect personally identifiable information in the cloud. The results inform the company’s Q2 2015 Global Cloud Data Security Report...

Is the Enterprise Ready for Google's Cloud Native Approach?

Grazed from Forbes. Author: John Furrier.

For many years now, IT conferences around the world have had keynote speakers asking why Enterprise IT organizations didn’t operate more like Google GOOGL +0.58%. The line of questioning was based on the premise that Google moves quickly and creates services that end-users love, so why wouldn’t an Enterprise CIO want to emulate those characteristics for their business? It’s a valid question to ask, given the approval rating of many CIOs is near 40% and their leadership believes IT moves too slowly for the business.

But until last week, it was nearly impossible for Enterprise IT organizations to get the core technologies from Google into their own data centers. They could easily use services such as Gmail or Google Apps, but it rarely ran their most critical or differentiated applications. That all changed last week, as Google announced the formation of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the release of their Kubernetes software as open-source for the open community...