Private Clouds

Private vs Public Cloud Computing

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Cynthia Harvey.

Once an organization has chosen to pursue a cloud computing strategy, the next major decision will be whether to use a public cloud service or to set up a private cloud. It's important to note that the private vs. public cloud decision doesn't have to be an either-or choice. Industry analysts say that most enterprises are pursuing a multi-cloud strategy; that is, they use more than cloud. In fact, the 2017 Rightscale State of the Cloud Survey found that, on average, enterprises are running applications in 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds, while experimenting with another 1.8 public clouds and 2.1 private clouds.

In addition, many organizations are pursuing a hybrid cloud approach, which means they use at least one public cloud and at least one private cloud that they manage as a single environment. These hybrid and multi-cloud strategies allow organizations to choose the best type of cloud for particular workloads. Each deployment model — public, private, or hybrid cloud — has its own strengths and weaknesses, making it uniquely suited for particular use cases...

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Public vs. Private Cloud: 5 Trends to Watch

Grazed from GovTechWorks. Author: Editorial Staff.

Security tops the concerns of federal information technology managers as they look to move data and applications into the cloud – and that’s consistent with other public sector IT executives. But federal managers are substantially more likely to settle on private cloud solutions when compared to those managing state and local or higher education IT services. Five trends that define the differences between how IT chiefs in each sector are approaching cloud migration:

1. Feds Keep it Private

Some 64 percent of federal IT managers said they are most likely to place a majority of their cloud-based applications in a private cloud, according to a recent study by market researcher MeriTalk. That compares with 54 percent of state and local IT managers and only 50 percent of those handling IT services for institutions of higher education. Confining agency data to private clouds does not necessarily mean building a cloud from scratch...

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Amazon Leads in Public IaaS, IBM Has the Private Cloud Edge

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

The third-quarter results are in and Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a commanding lead in the worldwide public infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. "In many ways, public IaaS is the poster child of cloud computing and in that segment Amazon/AWS absolutely dominates the market, with a worldwide market share of 45 percent in Q3," said John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group, in a research note sent to Datamation. It's an impressive feat, given how quickly rival cloud platforms are growing.

"That market share has been achieved despite Microsoft and Google both continuing to grow their cloud service revenues at well over 100 percent per year," continued Dinsdale. Nonetheless, Amazon is still more than twice as big as Salesforce, Microsoft and IBM combined...

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Are public clouds really safer than private data centers?

Grazed from Fortune. Author: Tom Krazit.

You can’t blame companies with huge technology budgets for being conscious of computer security. Today, everything seems to be Internet-connected—and every day there seems to be a headline about a new data breach. Even if industry mentalities have shifted to thinking about a corporate hack as a matter of “when,” not “if,” it’s still paramount to make sure you are doing everything in your power to minimize the risk.

This defensive mindset was a big problem for the budding cloud computing industry in its early days. You want me to store my company’s most sensitive data in the same place as my competitors do? And in the same place as data from scuzzy startups I have nothing to do with? And then let a bookseller host it? No thanks!...

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...

Fujitsu, Red Hat partner on OpenStack-based private clouds

Grazed from BusinessCloudNews. Author: Editorial Staff.

Fujitsu and Red Hat have jointly developed a dedicated solution to simplify the creation of OpenStack private clouds. The Primeflex is a converged compute and storage combines Fujitsu’s server technology with Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform software, and backed by Fujitsu’s professional services outfit.

The companies said the OpenStack-based converged offering will speed up cloud deployment. Harald Bernreuther, director global infrastructure solutions at Fujitsu said: “Primeflex for Red Hat OpenStack can underpin any organisation’s plan to transform their business model by leveraging cloud computing. By opting for an OpenStack-based solution, organisations can run new cloud-scale workloads while also optimising costs...

Evaluating OpenStack vs. VMware for private cloud

Grazed from TechTarget.  Author: Jim O'Reilly.

Different vendors hold different views about the future of cloud computing. Amazon Web Services, for example, believes private and hybrid clouds are only a stepping stone on the road to public cloud. But enterprise concerns around job protection, security and compliance are leading to private and, especially, hybrid cloud deployments. According to industry analyst IDC, more than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to the hybrid cloud model before 2016.

But when it comes to hybrid cloud implementation, things can be less organized than some would hope. In hybrid clouds, data is transferred between public and private clouds, but the parlous state of WAN communications, especially in the U.S., makes this a problem...

Public, Private, Hybrid? Which Cloud is Right for your Agency?

 Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Caron Beesley.

Should your agency move data or applications to the private or public cloud or a hybrid combination of the two? But those aren’t the only options. Other choices include a community cloud, a multi-tenant infrastructure that is shared among several organizations from a specific group with common computing concerns.  Then there’s the hybrid cloud which composes two or more of the above (private, public or community)
In our eBook, we suggest that choosing public over private (or any combination thereof) really comes down to risk management and is very dependent on your specific workload, your use case, and your security profile.  DISA’s CIO, David Bennett agrees. “You have to understand the risk and the data you’re dealing with,” said Bennett at a recent Nextgov event...

The pros and cons of public, private and hybrid clouds

Grazed from Mashable. Author: Stephanie Walden.

By now, you've heard about the cloud -– and you’ve also likely heard about the benefits of using cloud computing for your business or enterprise. But people outside the world of IT may not know that there are multiple types of cloud — and we're not talking about cumulus versus cirrus. Have you heard of the "private cloud" or the "hybrid cloud"? Do you know the advantages of each?

While there isn’t a specific industry or workload that universally makes sense for each type of cloud, there are certain considerations enterprises should take into account when deciding upon the right fit: For example, does the company frequently handle sensitive customer information online? Do they have a highly secretive recipe or patented design that needs to be protected? In these cases, public cloud computing may be a riskier choice...

HP's Helion Rack Aimed At Private OpenStack Builders

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

HP has launched a Helion Rack offering that comes pre-configured with OpenStack cloud software, combined with the rich Cloud Foundry development platform. This optimized hardware package is aimed at enterprise customers looking to build out a private cloud infrastructure.

HP is trying to recoup ground heavily contested by competitors Dell, Red Hat, Microsoft, and IBM. These vendors already offer their own on-premises OpenStack private-cloud-building services. However, HP is the sole public cloud service-provider that is also a major supplier of x86 servers, giving the company a shot at shipping pre-configured servers...