public cloud

Dumping gear in the public cloud: It's about ease of use, stupid

Grazed from TheRegister. Author: Trevor Pott.

Public cloud computing has finally started to make sense to me now. A recent conversation with a fellow sysadmin had me rocking back and forth in a corner muttering "that's illogical". When I emerged from my nervous breakdown I realised that capitalising on the irrationality of the decision-making process within most companies is what makes public cloud computing financially viable.

For certain niche applications, cloud computing makes perfect sense. "You can spin up your workloads and then spin them down when you don't need them" is the traditional line of tripe trotted out by the faithful. The problem is that you can't actually do this in the real world: the overwhelming majority of companies have quite a few workloads that aren't particularly dynamic. We have these lovely legacy static workloads that sit there and make the meter tick by...

Public Cloud Computing: The End Goal

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Public cloud computing seems to be the end goal for various firms, according to a new survey by RightScale featured in CloudTimes; hybrid and multiclouds are also on the upswing. No matter which cloud route a firm chooses, the findings revealed that, as more organizations adopt cloud technology, they derive increasing value while the difficulties of adoption diminish.

Levels of Cloud

RightScale's "2014 State of the Cloud Survey" aimed to understand how companies are adopting the cloud and what changes IT professionals are making within their IT management to do so. The survey tallied responses from enterprises and small and midsize firms with various levels of cloud experience, from those developing cloud strategies to those that are heavily reliant upon it...

Embracing the New Enterprise IT: The Public Cloud

Grazed from Sys Con Media. Author: Amy Bishop.

Cloud this and cloud that are on the lips of every IT professional. Beyond being an overhyped buzzword, cloud computing is a technology that’s innovating the way that many businesses, from startups to enterprises, handle their IT needs. Whether it’s specific applications or a complete infrastructure, cloud technology continues to transform the IT landscape.

What is the public cloud?

Businesses have a few different cloud options to choose from: Public cloud services are run through third-party providers, whereas the private cloud is controlled directly by the business itself and distributes computing resources within the company. It’s also possible to use a combination of both. The public cloud provides a cost advantage and an overhead advantage to businesses, since you don't have to pay for equipment cost or maintenance. However, the disadvantage is that you don't have direct access to the hardware or software. It’s hosted offsite at the cloud service's facility, which can raise some security concerns...

Is Splunk Cloud a Cop-Out?

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Darryl K. Taft.

Splunk recently announced Splunk Cloud, a new service that delivers Splunk Enterprise in the cloud. However, at least one competitor is asking whether Splunk Cloud is a cop-out. In a blog post, Charlie Oppenheimer, CEO of Spunk competitor Loggly, claims that Splunk has given up on Software as a Service (SaaS).

“It appears that Splunk has thrown in the towel on Software as a Service (SaaS) and replaced Splunk Storm with a hosted software model,” Oppenheimer said in his post. “We were always skeptical that a company with such a phenomenally successful enterprise software business would disrupt its own business with a serious SaaS offering. And with today’s announcement of Splunk Cloud now it seems that the doubts were justified.” Splunk officials declined to comment on Oppenheimer’s claims...

OutSystems Launches Public Cloud PaaS Offering

Grazed from OutSystems. Author: PR Announcement.

OutSystems today announced general availability of its cloud application platform as a service (PaaS). The OutSystems Platform is the only PaaS available as a cloud, on-premises or hybrid solution that generates standard Java and .NET applications with fully automated DevOps support. By extending its popular on-premises platform to the cloud, OutSystems is raising the bar for the PaaS market, making it exceedingly easy for IT organizations to build, deploy and manage enterprise-class web and mobile applications in any environment.

“We have delivered highly complex and scalable enterprise web and mobile applications faster than we ever thought possible,” said Rogério Campos Henriques, CIO of Fidelidade, the largest insurance operator in Portugal. “The OutSystems Platform as a PaaS offering will be an amazingly powerful solution for companies that need to deploy and maintain enterprise-class applications more effectively. And the ability to bring the platform back on-premises or deploy a hybrid approach avoids the cloud lock-in.”...

Gartner: Amazon still public cloud leader by a long shot

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Amazon Web Services remains the top IaaS public cloud computing provider, offering the widest breath of services of any vendor in the market, Gartner concluded in its annual Magic Quadrant report. In addition to having a broad range of cloud-based services, AWS also has the largest capacity to handle cloud-based workloads. Its cloud operation is estimated by Gartner to be five times larger than a dozen of its top competitors in the market combined. “AWS is the overwhelming market share leader,” the report reads. “It is a thought leader; it is extraordinarily innovative, exceptionally agile and very responsive to the market. It has the richest IaaS product portfolio, and is constantly expanding its service offerings and reducing its prices.”

Each year Gartner compiles its Magic Quadrant for public cloud vendors by examining the estimated 15 largest market players based on estimated market share, then it ranks them based on their understanding of market needs and the company’s ability to execute...

Is Private PaaS the On-Ramp to Public Cloud?

Grazed from Wired. Author: Sinclair Schuller.

Public cloud is tremendously popular — there’s no question. However, enterprises have yet to consume public IaaS and PaaS in an “at-scale” way. They dabble in public IaaS and PaaS here and there, but public cloud is home to only a *tiny* minority of enterprise application workloads. Why? Enterprise workloads are trapped within the firewall by a few key constraints (some perceived, some political, some real – in order of constraint complexity):

  • Dependencies – Custom apps written by enterprises often have dependencies on other external systems that either: A) can’t themselves be brought to public cloud, thereby making them inaccessible; or B) cannot be safely exposed to the outside world such that those dependencies can be resolved
  • Performance – Stringent performance requirements may prevent certain applications from landing on a public cloud, particularly when high I/O performance is required.
    Security – Public clouds may not be able to fulfill security requirements, particularly in regulated industries such as banking.
  • Data – Because of size and sensitivity, many data loads may not be easy to move to a public cloud. This data acts as an anchor; a corollary is that most applications depending on this data will also not move to public cloud...

Tier 3 Announces Breakthrough Automation for Enterprise Cloud Deployments of Microsoft Lync, Exchange, and SharePoint

Grazed from Tier 3.  Author: PR Announcement
 

MICROSOFT WORLDWIDE PARTNER CONFERENCE (Booth #2124) - Tier 3, a public cloud infrastructure and cloud management platform provider, today announced the availability of new enterprise environment templates known as "Cloud Blueprints" for Microsoft Lync, Exchange, and SharePoint. Enterprise customers can use Cloud Blueprints to accelerate the deployment of applications in Tier 3's public cloud.

Consider a Microsoft SharePoint environment -- a typical 10-server SharePoint farm can require over 30 hours of work to build and configure. In contrast, the Cloud Blueprint for a similar environment which consists of 81 discrete steps requires only 10 minutes to configure. The Cloud Blueprint automatically executes the instructions, and the environment is ready a few hours later. This highly automated approach dramatically reduces the manual time required for IT staff to construct new cloud environments, saving days of effort and reducing the opportunity for human error.

CloudSigma introduces transparent private patching to public cloud

Grazed from CloudSigma. Author: PR Announcement.

CloudSigma launched CloudSigma 2.0, a next-generation public cloud that enables high-performance hybrid environments.

Direct private patch/hybrid cloud capability: CloudSigma 2.0’s industry-first transparent private patching capability allows customers to connect their own infrastructure directly to the vLANS within CloudSigma’s public cloud, all exposed via the same subnet, vastly improving data portability and security.

While other IaaS offerings place cumbersome restrictions on cloud deployments, CloudSigma 2.0’s private patching allows for a totally private IP-only solution at full line speed and with low latency, by avoiding the need for inefficient VPNs. Combined with CloudSigma’s open software and networking layers that allow any x86 operating system to run unmodified, customers can mirror on-premise infrastructure for cloud bursting or disaster recovery purposes...

Who's Cloud Is It Anyway? Battle of the Enterprise - HP Takes On Amazon AWS - Workday Is Working On Own Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: John Furrier.

The cloud industry of Abbott and Costello took place last week – Who’s on first..what’s on second and I don’t know who is on third? This was the cloud drama that happened last week in what is now a full blown fierce competitive marketplace for enteprise grade cloud industry. HP vs Amazon Web Services – folks the cloud wars are on. HP is taking the gloves off. Here is the story that unfolded this week and SiliconANGLE’s report. This is just the beginning of a hyper-competitive blood bath cloud market and the stakes are high. The battle for the enteprise

Amazon’s attack on the enterprise market has traditional infrastructure providers taking notice and in some cases making bold claims that some are saying may be dubious. Amazon is expected to generate more than $3B in AWS revenue this year, making it a large, and certainly one of the fastest growing infrastructure providers on the planet...