Private Clouds

Getting Started with Private Cloud Computing

Grazed from Datamation. Author: James McGuire.

Looking for advice and guidance about private cloud computing? Visit the Private Cloud Project Center for case studies, a product comparison matrix, an RFP template and more. Clearly, the number of private cloud computing deployments is growing by leaps and bounds. Recent QuinStreet Enterprise Research indicates that private cloud is the most popular type of cloud deployment, and will likely far outpace the public cloud over the next year. The survey shows that 36 percent of respondents currently have a private cloud and an additional 29 percent expect to deploy a private cloud.

The popularity of this emerging technology is no surprise. A private cloud enables enterprises to use software to pool resources into a unified virtualized computing environment. This software defined computing resource – whether large or small – is far more dynamic and scalable than a traditional hardware-centric data center. In some cases it offers greater ability to leverage third party resources on an on-demand basis. While many enterprises host a private cloud in-house, some firms hire an external provider to host their private deployment...

6 Common Challenges Of Private Cloud Implementations

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Sourya Biswas.

The private cloud has become a popular option for enterprises who desire the numerous advantages of cloud computing but do not want to relinquish the control that public cloud adoption will force. However, private cloud implementations come with their own set of challenges.

Private cloud, as an approach to IT operations, calls for organizations to transform their data centers, including the network. Using strategic points of control to aggregate and dynamically provision IT resources can help organizations meet network-related challenges and move past the hype to successfully build, deploy, and secure private clouds...

Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds: A closer look at what needs to be considered

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Anthony Savaas.

European enterprises are currently spending almost one-third of their annual IT budget on cloud computing, spread over private, public and "hybrid" clouds, according to research. But what are the different cloud platforms and how should companies approach their entry into the cloud. The research mentioned was conducted among 455 senior IT staff at large firms, with the data collected by IDG Research Services on behalf of server virtualisation software firm, VMware.

Spending on the cloud and going private first

The study explored the views of IT leaders involved in the purchase process for cloud computing systems across seven EMEA countries, including the UK, and found that 31 percent of IT budgets are now allocated to cloud computing. Of the work taking place in the cloud, the study found that most of it involves private clouds (54 percent), followed by 24 percent in public clouds and 22 percent in public/private hybrid clouds...

New Technologies Target OpenStack Private Clouds

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Tom Trainer.

There’s no question that data center and private cloud environments have struggled to obtain highly available scale-out object storage and a seamless data management capability that extends all the way to the endpoint. Conversely, public cloud architectures are growing more mature and provide low-cost, scale-out object storage and innovative backup functionality. Data centers and private clouds need these public cloud types of storage and data management capabilities. Fortunately, there are a handful of companies stepping up to address this need.

One such company is Druva, which released a new version of its inSync managed data offering Thursday. Along with file storage, inSync now provides highly available scale-out object storage based on the OpenStack SWIFT storage access protocol and has the capability to backup both file and object storage, as well as remote data on endpoint devices (that is, laptops and handheld devices.). Druva is primarily targeting the OpenStack private cloud environment; however, it will continue to support the traditional data center deployment model...

Hybrid Cloud: Delivering the Best of Public and Private Clouds

Grazed from CIO. Author: Editorial Staff.

On May 21, VMware announced the launch of its own public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)—the vCloud Hybrid Service. Since then, we’ve had hundreds of conversations with our customers and partners, who have made it even clearer there is a need for —and much enthusiasm about—a true hybrid cloud service.

For more details, watch this short video with Bill Fathers, VMware Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hybrid Cloud BU, discusses VMware’s move to IaaS. A common theme in our conversations about hybrid cloud was the (healthy) tension between:

  • business teams striving to launch new products and services, move into new markets, and generally drive growth, and
  • overloaded IT organizations that are rewarded for avoiding outages and cutting costs...

Basho Unveils Riak CS 1.4, Driving Distributed Cloud Storage Innovation for Public and Private Clouds

Grazed from Basho. Author: PR Announcement.

Basho Technologies, the leader in distributed systems software, announced today the availability of Riak CS 1.4 and Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise. Riak CS 1.4 continues Basho's commitment to provide cloud storage software that is simple to operate, highly available by design, and compatible with industry cloud standards. Riak CS is used by organizations worldwide to power their public and private clouds.

Riak CS 1.4 introduces formal integration with OpenStack, provides enhanced performance and manageability, includes community requests, and improves performance at scale. Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise significantly boosts the performance of multi-data center replication by allowing for concurrent channels, so the full capacity of the network and cluster size can scale the performance to available resources...

SUSE Cloud 2.0 Beta Begins; Offers Updates for Open Enterprise-Class Private Clouds

Grazed from Suse. Author: PR Announcement.

SUSE is beta testing its enterprise-ready SUSE Cloud 2.0 for private clouds. SUSE 2.0, based on OpenStack’s Grizzly project sports improved installation, better management and adds support for hypervisor options.

“The beta program helps battle harden the software . . . and allows selected partners to ensure integration of their solutions with SUSE Cloud,” said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing in a statement. SUSE Cloud is an open source enterprise cloud computing platform that enables easy deployment and seamless management of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) private clouds...

Mega trends: The convergence of public and private clouds

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Martin May.

Cloud computing has quickly evolved into an umbrella term, describing a variety of different computing concepts that involve a large number of computers (increasingly mobile devices) that are connected to one another. At the core of all cloud computing applications lies the concept of a converged infrastructure with shared resources and shared services, says Martin May, regional director at Enterasys Networks.

Up to now, the emphasis has been on the ‘private cloud’, an infrastructure operated for (or by) a single organisation, whether managed internally or by a third party, and hosted internally or externally. The key benefit of a private cloud is recognised as its ability to pool and dynamically allocate IT resources across any number of business units, allowing services to be deployed quickly – and even scaled to meet growing needs...

Scale Computing Aims to Grow Private Cloud Opportunities for VARs

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Scale Computing, which provides hyperconverged solutions that combine servers, storage and virtualization, has launched a formal channel partner program to help drive its products through the channel as the need for virtualization and private cloud solutions continues to grow. The new Scale Computing Platinum Partner Program was developed to provide the company's VARs with new revenue opportunities for private clouds in the midsize enterprise market.

According to Doug Howell, director of Channels at Scale Computing, the new partner program combined with Scale Computing's technology provides the channel with an opportunity in an underserved market. Whereas vendors and partners have been providing high availability and disaster recovery to the enterprise in a way that is typically overpriced for the midmarket, Scale Computing aims to bring that solution downstream in a way that is priced right for the market but also provides the features the midmarket needs...

Hey Amazon: Where's your private cloud?

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Brandon Butler.

The public cloud computing market is becoming increasingly competitive with new entrants focusing on hybrid offerings that combine public and private clouds. That’s leaving some asking the market-leading public cloud provider, Amazon Web Services, where its private cloud offering is.

The question was posed to CTO Werner Vogels at GigaOm Structure last month and Vogels didn’t give any indication of plans to offer customers a way to run Amazon-style clouds on their premises behind their own firewalls. Instead, he says the company offers a variety of ways for customers to build private-like cloud on Amazon’s infrastructure. Also, acknowledging that customers will not abandon their own resources, Amazon has built ways to connect existing on-premises systems with its public cloud. “We’ve been doing quite a bit for people looking for that model,” Vogels said.For example, the company has tools like:..