Public Cloud Security: Don't Believe the Hype

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Trevor Pott.

A common rationale for using public cloud computing is that security done by professionals will invariably be better than that which is adhered to on-premises. So oft repeated is this mantra that questioning it is akin to blasphemy. Despite this, it is not objectively true that cloud security is better than on-premises security. True believers will react with anything from derision to active attempts at career sabotage for even attempting to discuss this topic. For many, the primacy of the public cloud is unchallengeable, and the argument of superior IT security is one of the pillars of argumentation.

The Arguments

Once you cut through the rhetoric, the security argument really boils down to two factors. The first is that public cloud providers know how to use and configure load balancers and their firewalls. In other words, public cloud providers have decent to good network edge security, whereas a lot of on-premises systems administrators, quite frankly, don't even know how half the basic elements of the public cloud-provided solutions work...

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Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Blair Hanley Frank.

Larry Ellison has a message for Amazon Web Services: Oracle is going to give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud market. "Amazon's lead is over," he said during his keynote address at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. "Amazon's going to have serious competition going forward."

To that end, the company he co-founded is launching a set of new cloud data centers that are aimed at providing more powerful compute instances to help it compete against the likes of AWS, Azure and other cloud players. The generation 2 data centers will help bring a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud...

AIS Network Attains VMware IaaS Powered Status in the VMware vCloud Air Network

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AIS Network, a secure and compliant cloud hosting expert serving large enterprises in the health care, pharmaceutical, government, financial industries, international corporations and The Commonwealth of Virginia, today announced its entry into the VMware vCloud® Air™ Network with VMware IaaS Powered status. This designation illustrates to customers that the company’s public cloud service is validated using and compatible for use with VMware vSphere®, a leading virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures.

A member of the VMware vCloud Air Network, AISN provides its VMware IaaS Powered service using proven VMware technology that organizations already use in their existing datacenters. VMware vCloud Air Network Service Providers offer global cloud services in more than 100 countries.

LightCyber Closes Breach Detection Gap in Cloud Data Centers by Extending Behavioral Attack Detection to Amazon Web Services

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LightCyber, a leading provider of Behavioral Attack Detection solutions, today announced new Magna products for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to close the breach detection gap in cloud and hybrid cloud data centers. The new products provide attack visibility for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud and hybrid cloud data center workloads. Leveraging all of the existing behavioral profiling and anomaly detection capabilities available in the Magna platform, the new Magna Detector-AWS and Magna Probe-AWS products support deployment within an organization's AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC).  LightCyber also announced a new version of its agentless, on-demand Magna Pathfinder for Linux to extend integrated network and endpoint detection features to one of the most common data center server platforms. 

Approximately 155 million workloads will move to public cloud data centers by 2019 according the Cisco Global Cloud Index, eclipsing those that will exist in private cloud data centers. Even bulge bracket banks are projected to migrate from little or no use of public cloud data centers today to having 30 percent of their data center capacity in the public cloud within three years, according to a note from Deutsche Bank.

IBM and Canonical Expand Hybrid Cloud Alliance as Ubuntu OpenStack is available today on all IBM Servers

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Canonical announces today that Ubuntu OpenStack is available for IBM z Systems, IBM LinuxONE and IBM Power Systems, including IBM's newly announced OpenPOWER LC servers, as it expands its work to deliver hybrid cloud capabilities with IBM.  

Canonical and IBM will deliver solutions built on Canonical's software and IBM servers through a deeper engineering, product and support collaboration.  This enables customers to leverage Canonical's portfolio across the z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER platforms with automated OpenStack management.

IBM and Canonical have a long and innovative alliance and have announced the availability of Canonical's Ubuntu OS, Ubuntu OpenStack and tooling on z Systems, LinuxONE, Power Systems and OpenPOWER. Ubuntu OpenStack is the most widely used private cloud platform among enterprises and service providers with over 55% of production OpenStack clouds, more than all other vendor solutions combined.

Cloud Computing: Oracle’s Larry Ellison Unveils New Cloud Infrastructure, Says ‘Amazon’s Lead Is Over’

Grazed from IBTimes. Author: Avaneesh Pandey.

Larry Ellison, Oracle’s former chief executive and current executive chairman and chief technology officer, has an ambitious vision for his Redwood, California, company. In an over hour-long speech Sunday at the company’s annual customer conference in San Francisco, Ellison predicted Oracle would soon give Amazon stiff competition insofar as providing computing services through the cloud is concerned.

“We’re in the middle of a generational change — from on-premise computing — to super data centers called clouds,” Ellison reportedly said. “Amazon’s lead is over. Amazon’s going to have serious competition going forward.” Among the services unveiled Sunday is one called Cloud@Customer, which lets customers run servers identical to Oracle’s cloud infrastructure services within their own on-premise infrastructure...

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Cloudways Introduces Industry's First Managed Cloud Hosting for Containers

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Cloudways now provides fast, affordable, and scalable container cloud hosting. The cloud platform provisions Kyup containers that come with auto-scalability along with quick-to-scale RAM, robust SSD storage, and dedicated IP address.

Cloudways and Kyup container based hosting make a terrific duo where developers and designers can launch automatically scaling cloud servers within minutes.

Auto-scalability is a crucial element for modern web apps. It lets developers enjoy a stress-free scaling process without human intervention. Abrupt traffic spikes increase computing resources for efficient traffic handling. Additionally, manual scaling of the RAM, Storage, and CPU sizes completes within seconds right from the Cloudways Platform.

Mirantis Acquires TCP Cloud to Extend Managed OpenStack Capabilities

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Mirantis today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TCP Cloud. Headquartered in Prague, Czech Republic, TCP Cloud employs 30 people and specializes in managed services for OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes. The acquisition will support Mirantis' initiative with Google and Intel to enable OpenStack on Kubernetes by equipping Mirantis to continuously deliver OpenStack to customer datacenters. The combined entity will solve the problem of upgrades, one of the primary burdens of on-premises infrastructure.

"The model for delivering infrastructure employed by traditional vendors is fundamentally misaligned with modern software development patterns. Disruptors of the digital era push new code to production multiple times a day, while traditional enterprise vendors ship infrastructure as packaged software once every few years and require forklift upgrades," said Alex Freedland, Mirantis CEO. "Mirantis empowers enterprises to embrace the new, continuously delivered infrastructure model on their terms. TCP Cloud's technology and expertise helps us accelerate that vision."

DSM Offers New Secure Managed Hybrid and Private Cloud Solutions

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DSM Technology Consultants (DSM), a leading provider of fully managed private cloud and IT infrastructure services based in Florida, today announced the availability of managed cloud solutions for Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) clients including HPE StoreOnce customers.

DSM Cloud lets businesses move their critical business applications to the DSM cloud. The DSM Cloud architecture provides a highly resilient and cost-effective environment to run business applications, while dramatically reducing downtime and the risk of service interruption due to natural disasters, accidents, and criminal damage.

"We are proud to be one of the first Service Providers to implement the HPE Helion CloudSystem as a cloud service provider.   We are extremely excited to partner with HPE to help our customers drive cloud adoption and allow them to focus on their business challenges." 
John "JT" Tomljanovic, DSM SVP of Solution Development and Cloud

Serverless technologies: the future of cloud

Grazed from Computing. Author: Peter Sbarski.

There's a new term that's stirring up interest and passion in the IT community. Funnily enough, it might herald the future of cloud computing, at least going by the amount of attention that major cloud vendors? -? Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM ?- ?are giving it. ‘Serverless' is the term that's causing ruckus but the awareness and understanding of serverless technologies and architectures is growing day by day.

What is serverless?

Serverless technologies are managed services that developers can use to build systems. These services can execute code, store data or perform other useful operations such as authentication. A common thread among these services is that the developer doesn't have access to the underlying infrastructure. There's no way to change hardware or update the operating system. Everything is managed and looked after by a vendor such as Amazon or Microsoft...

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