Private Clouds

Verizon launches private IP cloud interconnect service

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

Verizon on Wednesday launched a secure cloud interconnect service that aims to tether multiple services together using private Internet Protocol addresses. With the move Verizon aims to be the secure connect between its own cloud, Microsoft Azure and private clouds run by Equinix. Verizon's Private IP service will be available direct in Equinix's 15 data centers around the world.

Verizon's approach is notable as it aims to use its core strengths as a telecom provider to carve out a cloud computing niche. Verizon also owns Terremark, a major cloud computing player. In a statement, Verizon noted that eliminating security concerns as enterprises tether multiple services together could speed adoption...

Coca Cola jumps on IBM's private cloud

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Nermin Bajric.

IBM has won a five-year contract to manage Coca Cola Amatil's (CCA) mission-critical SAP infrastructure on its private Cloud hosted in its Sydney datacentre. The project is expected to "drive significant operational costs" out of CCA's South Pacific business. The company operates in Australia, NZ, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji, and Samoa.

CCA's Australian and Indonesian branches will be the first to move onto IBM's Cloud. A statement from IBM claims the platform will optimise and streamline CCA's order management and distribution processes, increase operational efficiencies, and deliver a consistent customer experience...

HP Unleashes CloudSystem 8 For Private, Hybrid Clouds

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Charles Babcock.

HP announced Friday that its CloudSystem 8 is generally available. It's a converged system, with hardware and nearby storage in the rack, virtualized and ready to go for either private cloud operations or general purpose, virtualized infrastructure. Margaret Dawson, HP cloud evangelist and VP of product marketing, talked about HP's position in the cloud -- and CloudSystem 8 in particular -- in an interview Thursday at Interop (run by UBM Tech, InformationWeek's parent company).

CloudSystem 8, she said, is based on HP Converged System 700 or 700X racks of server blades, disks, and switches. It's HP's way of bringing the right combination of infrastructure elements together to support large-scale VMware virtualization in the enterprise. "HP has consolidated its position as a leader in private cloud computing," said Dawson, citing a recent Forrester Research report...

ProKarma Partners With Scalr to Offer Cloud Management for Enterprise Private and Hybrid Clouds

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

ProKarma, a global IT solutions company, today announced a partnership with Scalr, providers of the leading open-source enterprise cloud management platform, to deliver private and hybrid cloud management to its cloud computing customers. Scalr's open source Cloud Management Platform(CMP), offered as either a hosted or on premises solution, provides a single pane of glass management portal that enables both an enterprise's IT operations staff and developers to provision and manage application environments across the most popular clouds, including Amazon EC2, Google CE, OpenStack and CloudStack.

"We are pleased that ProKarma has added Scalr's Cloud Management Platform (CMP) to their enterprise cloud computing solutions," said Sebastian Stadil, chief executive officer, Scalr. "Together we can provide ProKarma customers with private and public/private hybrid cloud solutions that deliver the flexible infrastructure and platform capabilities they require."...

Three Considerations for Public and Private Cloud Computing

Grazed from Virtual.com. Author: Dustin Smith.

While cloud computing solutions continue to grow in popularity, many companies are still asking, “Is a public or private cloud the right option for me?” According to Cloud Tech News, the cloud market is expected to grow to $121 billion by 2015, which suggests a 26 percent annual growth rate.

A good chunk of this growth is expected to be in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service sector (IaaS), where businesses host their own SaaS environment and other critical infrastructure or application environments. This private cloud computing option has many advantages over public cloud computing, especially for larger companies who can afford the expense. With public cloud computing, you’ll need to worry about...

CliQr Launches Open Cloud Enterprise App Store Featuring Rich Multi-Tier Distributed Computing Apps on Private & Public Clouds

Grazed from CliQr. Author: PR Announcement.

CliQr Technologies, the leader in cloud migration and full application lifecycle management, today announced the launch of the CliQr App Store. Providing enterprises with a complete platform to enable self-service provisioning of applications on any cloud, the CliQr App Store features more than 100 of the most popular open source applications at the launch including Alfresco, Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, Blender, SugarCRM, FreeCAD, Dolibarr, Test Link, OSClass, Subversion, Omero, Chyrp, Piwik, concrete5, and many more.

It allows enterprise end users to deploy, benchmark, and manage the largest collection of applications in the industry, with each application being deployable in multi-tiered configurations in just a few clicks. The CliQr App Store empowers enterprise users with portability across one or multiple public clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and HP Public Cloud and private cloud environments such as those based on VMware, OpenStack, and CloudStack all with complete manageability, cloud-agnostic auto-scaling, and IT governance...

Public Clouds Not Taking Care of Business? Time to Go Private

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Melissa Busch.

Many companies that have utilized public clouds have likely moved on from the experimental, "getting acquainted" stage of their relationship and may be aiming to fully commit to each other with mass migration, according to an article from InfoWorld.

It's Not Me, It's You

As the relationship between companies and their clouds evolves, organizations grow choosier about the services being delivered, and certain issues start to create static between them. When high prices, substandard services or poor security become major detriments to the relationship, it may be time to start looking for a new public cloud vendor...

Private Cloud Succumbing to Public Cloud - A Chat with Cloud Tech Partners

Grazed from Barrons. Author: Tierman Ray.

This afternoon I had an interesting chat with two executives of startup Cloud Technology Partners, a consulting and software development firm founded by veterans of Cambridge Technology Partners, which was a big deal in Web and Internet development during the DotCom boom.

CTP, as the new outfit usually refers to itself, is consulting with large enterprises, including General Electric (GE), about how to develop software to run in cloud computing environments, including new projects and also conversion of older workloads. That includes both privately-built and run cloud data centers, and also public cloud data centers...

WFT Cloud Announces VCE Vblock Based Fully Managed On-Premise Private Cloud Solution Including SAP System Migration

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Wharfedale Technologies Inc. (WFT Cloud), a leading SAP Infrastructure and SAP Cloud consulting firm, has made significant gains within the cloud computing domain by focusing on cost savings and faster ROI for customers when they deploy or migrate SAP Applications to a Private Cloud.

Understanding the true cost-saving and benefits for customers moving SAP landscapes to a Private Cloud, WFT releases the Vblock™ based on-premise Private Cloud Solution for SAP customers to meet the rapid and evolving market demands. Features of the Vblock-based Private Cloud on customer premises:...

Why data-as-a-service has taken off so fast

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Linthicum.

The primary drivers for moving data into private, public, or hybrid clouds are the efficiency and capabilities that clouds can bring. Enterprises have never seen such efficiencies and capabilities in traditional database technologies, including those from Oracle and IBM. What databases in the public cloud offer is hugely compelling: Elastic scalability, universal network accessibility, integration with mobile platforms, pay-per-use efficiencies, avoidance of capital costs, and the ability to work with widely scattered structured and unstructured data (that is, big data).

As a result, there's been a massive migration to cloud-based databases, aka data-as-a-service -- one that seems to have escaped notice perhaps because it seems such an obvious step to take. The cloud is just too cheap, too fast, and too compelling. We'll see this massive migration continue this year as well...