Private Clouds

Dell dumps OpenStack and VMware for public cloud, focuses on private clouds

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Brandon Butler.

Dell has dramatically shifted its cloud computing strategy, canceling plans it once had to launch a public cloud service based on the OpenStack open source platform, and discontinuing a VMware-based public cloud it already has on the market.

Instead, the company will focus on selling OpenStack-powered private clouds that run on Dell hardware and software. Using technology it acquired from cloud-management company Enstratius, Dell says its customers will be able to deploy resources to more than 20 public cloud providers. In announcing this change in strategy, Dell also said it has a new "partner ecosystem," consisting of just three providers now, but with plans to increase that number, which will provide integrations between those partner public cloud services and Dell customers' private clouds...

Load Balancing Considerations for Private Clouds

Grazed from 2X. Author: Charlie Williams.

Private clouds can be used for a number of different purposes, but one of the most popular uses involves providing users with virtual desktops. Building a private Desktop as a Service (DaaS) architecture involves more than just hosting desktop operating systems on a hypervisor. There must be a system in place to connect end users to the virtual desktops.

Matching end user requests to virtual desktops is usually the job of a connection broker. In most DaaS environments, the connection broker receives the end user’s request for a virtual desktop session and then connects the user to one of the available virtual desktops within a virtual desktop pool. Although this brokering of connections is of undeniable importance, there are other tasks that the connection broker must also perform if the DaaS infrastructure is to operate efficiently. One of the most important of these tasks in load balancing...

EMC Accelerates Transformation To Private Cloud Computing For Customers Running SAP Solutions

Grazed from PR NewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

EMC today announced new transformational solutions and services that are intended to help customers move workloads of SAP® solutions to next-generation private cloud infrastructures. To help build a foundation for private cloud computing, EMC® is also deepening its relationship with SAP and VMware® by integrating their respective services capabilities and helping customers accelerate full-lifecycle transformation of SAP applications to virtualized x86 environments.

These new additions are expected to help and revolutionize IT organizations and operations by simplifying the design, planning and operation of on-premise cloud computing infrastructures that take advantage of the latest EMC, SAP and VMware technologies. Through a combination of services and solutions EMC, together with SAP and VMware, intends to enable customers running SAP solutions to simplify IT management and focus on innovation and competitive advantage while reducing costs...

Private clouds considered a detour on the road to public cloud

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Alex Barrett.

The value of building a true private cloud is murky at best, and five years from now, the push to build private clouds may be remembered as a detour along the road to the ultimate destination: widespread use of the public cloud. In a panel discussion entitled, Building a Private Cloud: Is It Worth It?, at the Modern Infrastructure Decisions conference here last week, IT professionals with and without private clouds discussed the security, cost and management implications of building and operating a private cloud.

Implementing the private cloud on top of an existing VMware Inc. vSphere environment is a way to free up staff from doing low-level tasks, such as spinning up new servers, according to Bob Plankers, a virtualization and cloud architect for a major Midwestern university, and who runs VMware vCloud. "The cloud is about a lot of non-technical things," Plankers said. "I look at staff time spent. Are we able to take advantage of what the humans are good at?"...

CIOs Consider Skipping Private Cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Gary Flood.

Is cloud just a way to outsource low-risk, low-return business processes to save money, or a potentially revolutionary new way of working? That's the kind of question one might expect of a hard-core cloud convert or cloud services provider. But according to Mark Tonsetic, practice manager in the IT practice at CEB, a member-based global advisory organization, it's a question that blue chip CIOs are beginning to ask.

And what they are beginning to decide, he claimed, seems pretty radical. "Cloud often presents itself as not that much of a different way of working than on premises," he said. "If it is a change at all, that's often presented as just a change in the technology, which is often seen as at a lower altitude than business process."...

Appko Announces myCloudPod, Cloud Self-Service for Private Infrastructure

Grazed from Appko. Author: PR Announcement.

Appko (www.appko.com), a Silicon Valley company, is announcing the release of myCloudPod today. myCloudPod is the first end user focused self-service cloud for converged infrastructure from venders like Cisco, HP, IBM, and Dell. Appko's response to the missing self service in the existing solutions is being showcased at the Avnet + Cisco Symposium in Scottsdale AZ this week.

Appko has been developing cloud solutions for converged infrastructure since 2007. Appko's experience developing custom solutions for companies the last few years was levered into the design of the new product. myCloudPod is the result of years of innovation in user experience and cloud computing. "User experience is key," says Appko CEO Sean DuLac . "When your users are empowered, everyone wins."...

Did Amazon just nuke enterprise private clouds?

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

Amazon Web Services has included virtual private clouds into its EC2 instances in a move that may render the marketing pitches of a lot of hardware companies moot. At the very least, AWS threw a virtual curveball to its physical data center rivals.

In a blog post, AWS outlined that ever EC2 customer will have advanced networking and features included in its Virtual Private Cloud service. Earlier: Amazon dominates cloud infrastructure market - but new challengers emerging | Amazon to set up new EC2 customers on private cloud...

Interop Preview: Expert Advice On Building Private Cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babcock.

The private cloud computing model isn't a slapped together virtualization environment, with a few management bells and whistles thrown in on top. Instead, it's a standardized set of pooled data center resources that allow end users to self-provision virtual servers, which run in a highly automated fashion.

If you don't plan for such an architecture, you won't get to real cloud computing, warns Dave Roberts, a frequent writer on the private cloud topic as co-founder of LeverHawk, a blogging site he shares with Scott Bils, discussing wide ranging cloud issues. Roberts is also a senior director of solutions marketing at BMC in Houston, Texas...

SavvisDirect Launches Private Cloud For Enterprise Developers

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babcock.

SavvisDirect, the cloud arm of CenturyLink telecommunications, has launched a private cloud service for application development, AppGrid, to give enterprises a secure setting in which to produce and deploy new applications.

Public cloud services, such as Amazon Web Services EC2, are already frequently used as a testing site for new software. Test servers can be commissioned, configured to match a production environment and then dismantled when testing is done. In addition, platforms as a service, such as Heroku, bring sophisticated services to developers on Amazon to speed application development.  SavvisDirect is creating an alternative to the public cloud setting. It's inviting enterprise developers to adopt AppGrid as an off-premises cloud service that is nonetheless an unshared, single tenant environment where sensitive code can be produced, tested and deployed behind secure barriers...

How IT pros can control their private cloud computing destiny

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Lynn Haber.

Private cloud computing makes sense for some, but not all, organizations. Companies with security and privacy concerns, for example -- particularly concerns that relate to sensitive workloads or government regulatory and/or compliance requirements -- are candidates for private clouds.

At the same time, there's an assumption that large organizations with a reasonably sized IT estate, many existing business applications and the need to routinely build new applications are suited for private clouds. For these organizations, private clouds can reduce costs, improve efficiency and enable a higher-quality delivery of services, thanks to automation and repeatability...