December 2013

In cloud computing, ‘life is a series ever-changing alternatives’

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Derrick Harris.

There are a lot of questions a startup has to answer when making decisions about its cloud infrastructure. Private cloud or public cloud? Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine or Rackspace? DynamoDB or open source Cassandra?And after all those questions are finally answered, prudent CTOs might find themselves asking them again as new products hit the market and hourly rates continue to fall.

This is why one investor and adviser told Parse.ly Co-founder and CTO Andrew Montalenti that, when it comes to the cloud, “life is a series of ever-changing alternatives.” Montalenti, whose startup provides analytics to some of the biggest web publishers around, shared that insight and more about the economics of cloud computing on the Structure Show podcast this week...

Surprising Security Benefits of Cloud Computing

Grazed from TechStars. Author: Editorial Staff.

There is a lot of discussion about whether or not cloud computing is secure. As you weigh the options for your business or organization, there are some very practical reasons we think cloud computing is actually more secure than having your own server or using basic office security software options.

Enterprise Hardware for a Small Business Price
With cloud computing your data is stored on enterprise-grade hardware, equipment generally unaffordable for most small businesses. By using the cloud for your business or organization, you are instantly upgrading to safer equipment!...

Azure Architectural Pattern - Implementing Master-Slave Model in IaaS

Grazed from MSDN. Author: Igor Pagliai.

During the last two years, I had the privilege to work with some important Microsoft Global Partners, all over the world, on several important Azure projects. Since I personally like to share my findings and let the broader community to learn from my experiences, in this blog post I decided to discuss an interesting architectural pattern to overcome to one of the most known Azure Load Balancer (LB) limitation, which is the implementation of a MASTER-SLAVE architecture.

In this post, I will concentrate my attention on Azure IaaS Virtual Machines (IaaS VM). I am sure that at many of you already know that the Azure Load Balancer (LB) is great providing load-balancing on incoming connections/requests among a pool of VMs, but what happen if you need:...

Cloud Bolsters HPC/HTC Student Research

Grazed from HPCWire. Author: Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti.

Usually terms such as high performance and high availability are addressed by big corporations and institutions; however, something has changed over the past years as a real revolution is emerging from university classrooms. Dr. Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti, Assistant Professor in Computer Architecture at Complutense University of Madrid, describes some of the promising work being carried out by his students. Cloud computing represents an incredible boost for research in the HPC and HTC areas. Their adoption has increased thanks to this technology, and accordingly, so has the number of worldwide students with a focus on cloud-enabled technology.

Master thesis projects are not only the final challenge for our students, they are also a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on their efforts. This is crucial for attracting interesting job opportunities once they leave the university. Companies demanding technologically qualified employees see in these projects the perfect companion in their recruiting processes, as the candidates can easily showcase their competence with bleeding edge technologies...

Helping Clients Securely and Reliably Migrate Cloud Data

Grazed from Phys.org. Author: Editorial Staff.

Today, clients across all industries, including banks, retailers and government, are embracing cloud computing to drive business innovation and growth, but underlying concerns about security, reliability and vendor lock-in have inhibited widespread cloud adoption.
IBM's patent-pending invention overcomes concerns about data resiliency, security and service continuity via an innovative technique which seamlessly stores and moves data across multiple clouds.

The method employs a "cloud-of-clouds" approach that invokes the resilience of separate clouds to offer stronger protection against service outages and data loss than any single cloud can deliver. "Our cloud-of-clouds invention can help clients avoid service outages and security incidents that impact the reliability and security of individual clouds," said IBM Fellow Evangelos Eleftheriou. "We are adding multiple levels of redundancy and reliability by making cloud migration and backup easier and faster than is currently possible."...

Understand the Future of the Cloud with Carrenza

Grazed from Carrenza. Author: PR Announcement.

Leading cloud computing supplier Carrenza Ltd has launched a new infographic that illustrates some of the key trends that IT directors must be aware of if they are to successfully prepare their systems for the coming years. With more than three-quarters of businesses already using some form of cloud computing solution within their organisation, and around £448 billion set to be spent on this technology between 2013 and 2016, ensuring that businesses are equipped to make the most of this will be vital if firms are to efficiently use IT to drive business growth.

The infographic illustrates how cloud is impacting on the future of the IT department and what enterprises need to be aware of when planning for the future. The infographic aims to help sets organisations on the right path to a solution that is suited to their unique needs with clear explanations of the offerings available...

Driving Cloud-enabled transformation through enterprise maturity models

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Cloud Ventures.

TRANSFORM is the name of our consulting service, referring to the fact that our primary specialism is in business transformation, how it can be achieved through enterprise cloud computing. This is a message also defined by T-Systems. A TRANSFORM engagement therefore begins with the board room, deals in corporate strategy and then rolls this down through an adoption program featuring:

  • Strategy and Enablement
  • Metrics and Cost Controls
  • Transformation through Maturity Models
  • Driving Efficiencies through Outsourcing...

Cloud computing heading for brownouts, warns Cisco engineer

Grazed from Computing.co.uk. Author: Graeme Burton.

The cloud computing industry is heading for a future of brownouts amid widespread power shortages. That is the warning of a senior Cisco engineer, who points out that major new data centres currently planned by Amazon, Google and others will have the equivalent power consumption of cities of 500,000 people.

Dave Ward, chief technologist of engineering at Cisco Systems, says that today major data centres consume between 40 and 50 megawatts (MW), but by 2020 the biggest data centres will be drawing as much as 120MW. Ward told EE Times that while advances in silicon photonics could reduce the need for such large data centres, generating the energy to power all the servers required by cloud computing by the end of the decade "will be one of the most important questions for getting to 2020"...

Is Your Password Safe On The Cloud?

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: InstantCheckMate.

In the modern world of Internet connectivity, cloud computing, online banking, social networking, personal privacy and information security is essentially dependent upon password protection. Passwords are the crucial barrier that safeguards the personal information contained in the perhaps dozens of accounts that we interact with every day from theft and exploitation.

In particular, with the advent of cloud computing technology, password security becomes even more important as individuals store more and more information on virtual server networks. Despite the many advantages offered by cloud computing, the system remains vulnerable to security threats...

Cloud-ier days inevitable for banks

Grazed from FierceFinanceIT. Author: Jim Kim.

Are we moving toward a day when banks will be forced to do everything in the cloud? That is a long ways in the future, given privacy regulations and the like. But it is fair to say that the sheer economics of cloud computing have led banks to embrace cloud-based initiatives across the board. Bank Systems & Technology looks at four areas that appear ripe for cloud approaches: payments, document management, platforms and analytics.

Payments certainly seem a good fit, even if bank executives do not know it. "As banks tentatively look to move more functions to hosted environments, perhaps one of the most natural to bring to the cloud is payments," the article states. "After all, notes Celent senior analyst Gareth Lodge, banks are already doing some payments processing in the cloud, even if they don't realize it...

Best cloud computing service provider winner: Amazon Web Services

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Editorial Staff.

Just say the words "public cloud" and those in IT likely think of Amazon Web Services. And that was certainly the case in the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards, with Amazon Web Services public cloud winning the Best Cloud Service Provider category. Since AWS entered the public cloud arena, it has continued to gain momentum -- first with startups and one-off development projects, then gaining more widespread acceptance within the enterprise. "We're currently using Amazon Web Services for a national website," noted one voter.

As the cloud market continues to grow, enterprises are faced with several choices for cloud service providers. How do IT pros decide which cloud platform to deploy? And how do cloud service providers differentiate themselves in a sea of options? Often, it comes down to cost...

CloudPassage Halo App Integrates with Splunk Enterprise

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

A new application from CloudPassage combines the cloud infrastructure security firm's Halo event data with correlation and analysis from Splunk Enterprise 6 to monitor security events on both public and private cloud servers. CloudPassage Halo App for Splunk Enterprise was designed for users of both CloudPassage and Splunk to collect 80 unique security event types across cloud infrastructures, and then analyze and correlate the data with other machine data indexed within Splunk Enterprise.

According to the two companies, the new app enables end users to create unique dashboards for insights that come from pairing Halo's "massive event data" with Splunk Enterprise's ability correlate and analyze data. Additionally, the application provides the ability to geo-locate user login attempts and cloud computing instances on any cloud provider for additional insight and control into cloud infrastructure services...

Business Implications for Cloud Information Protection

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Paige Leidig.

For some organizations, cloud computing can be a hard sell, even before you come to the question of how to handle cloud-computing security. Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, encryption, tokenization, data residency, privacy regulations - all are factors involved and the perceived effort can sometimes seem to overshadow the benefits. But just as cloud computing comes with a slew of demonstrated business benefits, so does effective cloud computing security. Included below are three specific benefits to implementing a cloud computing security system...

1. Regulatory compliance prevents costly fines.

One of the most common reasons enterprises have for investing in cloud computing security is, of course, regulatory compliance. Heavily regulated industries like finance and health care - industries that handle the most sensitive personal information - must remain in compliance with relevant regional, national, and international laws, as well as with industry-specific standards. Failure to do so can come with a high price. In fact, banks that fail to comply with the PCI DSS requirements, for example, may face fines of anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000 per month, costs that tend to get passed downstream, resulting in higher costs for all, according to the PCI Compliance Guide's FAQ...

Jeda Networks Wins 2013 UP-START Cloud Awards for Best Cloud Storage Solution

Grazed from Jeda Networks. Author: PR Announcement.

Jeda Networks (www.jedanetworks.com) today announced that it has been named winner of the 2013 UP-START Cloud Award for the category "Best Cloud Storage Solution." The company was recognized for its flagship Fabric Network Controller (FNC), a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) approach to storage that solves the cost, complexity and scalability issues inherent in many of today's storage networks. The UP-START Awards are part of the UP Cloud Computing Conference and honor disruptive, next-generation cloud computing companies who are defining key elements of cloud technology.

Jeda Networks was selected from ten other companies by cloud industry experts during a two-stage open vote on the Up Cloud Computing Conference website and LinkedIn. Conference attendees accounted for the third and final round of voting, selecting the most outstanding cloud solution as measured by technical innovation, marketability and likelihood to be a market leader...

In Cloud Computing, It's the Era of Convergence

Grazed from OpenMarkets. Author: Ari Studnitzer.

Today, I am on a panel at the Bloomberg Enterprise Technology Conference in London to talk about all recent developments ushering in the next generation of financial technology. It probably won’t surprise many to hear that we are living and benefiting from an era of convergence – from network access to data to digitization to cloud computing. Convergence has become the new black. With a desire for increased transparency and risk management, we are experiencing the convergence of OTC with common clearing and Trade (Swap Data) Repositories along with Swap Execution Facilities and the increased trading of standardized products.

Convergence is the name in cloud computing where advancements in compute, storage, and network are converging to enable new capabilities, decrease cost, and introduce scale previously thought unimaginable. Mobility is furthering that convergence with access from anywhere enabled itself from a convergence of voice, network, compute, and software. Just as cloud and mobile computing are enabling new business models and driving innovation, convergence in the financial industry is creating similar opportunities and new drivers for technology innovation...

The Changing Face of Disaster Recovery in the Age of Cloud Computing

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Jiten Patil.

Disaster Recovery (DR) has typically only been used by organizations for applications deemed to be mission critical. This was because organizations didn't want to incur the expense associated with DR for less important applications. Today, because of cloud computing, many organizations are considering the use of DR for as many applications as is essential for the business. DR in the cloud is relatively a new concept still and, like many technology trends we've seen so far, there's a lot of hype and misinterpretation out there.

Multiple schools of thought exist on whether or not to implement DR in the cloud. Today, cloud-based DR has shaken up traditional legacy approaches and presents a persuasive alternative. Some organizations see cloud as a part of their DR plan, and for some, the cloud has become the de-facto DR plan...

Cloud Computing: From Servers to SaaS

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Servers will increasingly be shipped to cloud service providers, a new survey by IDC finds, as cloud computing creates a shift in how servers are being used in today's business world. This trend shows that more businesses are choosing to migrate to the cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS).

Shipments for the Cloud

According to InfoWorld, IDC predicts that up to 30 percent of all servers that will be shipped in 2014 will be shipped to cloud services providers. Within four years, that number will increase to 45 percent. Part of the reason for this is that IT professionals are aiming to lessen the amount of servers that they manage. Other reasons include increased implementation of SaaS and virtualization technologies and plans by firms for data center consolidation. Businesses are getting rid of certain servers to acquire denser servers that can handle larger amounts of data...

Cloud Storage Trends for 2014

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Robert Lawson.

Cloud storage will be changing in a number of ways in the coming year, with various features and capabilities evolving as more businesses adopt the technology to store their small and midsize businesses' data. Storage trends in 2014 will be driven by strong consumer and business demand for improvements in flexibility and scalability. Changes to both will include revisions in infrastructure, cost, performance, features, capacity, security and reliability.

A Demand For Flexible Storage

Cloud computing technology has been around for longer than its coined phrase has been, but with its increasing application by both business and consumer users, storage is becoming a concern for IT providers and departments in small and midsize companies. This might mean taking a look at the storage capability infrastructure...

Mobile and Cloud Computing Face Emerging Threats

Grazed from CIO Insight. Author: Karen A. Frenkel.

At last month's annual Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit, security experts from academia, private industry and government gathered to discuss new technologies and strategies to ward off sophisticated cyber-attacks. The resulting report, "Emerging Cyber Threats," discusses emerging threats, their potential impact and countermeasures. The report notes that organizations face a dilemma: they must protect information from data-stealing malware while allowing employees to efficiently access data in order to do their jobs.

"With recent revelations of data collection by the federal government, we will continue to see a focus on cloud security," says Wenke Lee, director of Georgia Tech's information security Center. "But encryption in the cloud often impacts data accessibility and processing speed. So we are likely to see increased debate about the tradeoffs between security, functionality and efficiency."...

Cloud Computing: IBM Says Economy Remains Discouraging

Grazed from Bloomberg. Author: Alex Barinka.

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the world’s largest provider of computing services, continues to face economic challenges as it tries to reignite declining sales, Senior Vice President Erich Clementi said. Demand for technology services, IBM’s biggest source of revenue, “depends on what the economic climate is, and that has not been very encouraging,” Clementi said at a Bank of Montreal conference today in New York. “Europe has shown signs of recovery. North America has been a little more uncertain.”

Many businesses remain wary about spending money on physical assets, such as computer hardware, machinery or warehouses. Instead, they’re using software and cloud-computing services to increase efficiency and reach more customers over the Internet. While IBM ultimately expects to benefit from that shift to the cloud, the hardware slump has contributed to six straight quarters of declining revenue. “The big bet is on cloud and the software that are on top,” Clementi said...