Private Clouds

Preparing Your Business For Private Cloud Migration

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Andy Maier.

Many businesses have not transitioned to cloud computing due to fears about the “openness” of the public cloud. Businesses and IT departments worry about losing control of their data, cloud security and sharing data space with other companies. An alternative to the public cloud platform model is private cloud.

Difference between Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud

Many business professionals and IT admins are still confused about the difference between hybrid cloud and private cloud. A hybrid cloud solution involves both the public and private cloud. Basically, these deployments use a combination of public cloud with private or dedicated infrastructure...

Private And Public Cloud Migration Standards

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Salam Ul Haq.

Ever since cloud computing has seen mainstream adoption, the ability to migrate data between public or private clouds is becoming a key concern, especially due to the large size and the cost involved in the switch. The first question that comes to mind when discussing cloud migration is if there are any cloud standards that will ensure interoperability? This is because in the absence of such frameworks, the effort of translation or manual data transfer operations might exceed budgets, especially for large public clouds.

Hence it is essential to understand if there are any interoperability standards that may help in the migration. Another key point is to understand the reasons behind a cloud migration whose assessment will justify such a shift.We can say that cloud interoperability is still a topic under discussion by various cloud providers including HP, Red Hat, Rackspace, Citrix etc. The forum known as ‘OpenStack’ is promoting to build an open platform with open standards that various cloud providers can integrate in their systems making them more interoperable...

5 tips for avoiding private cloud failures

Grazed from Network World. Author: Christine Burns.

According to Piston Cloud Computing's CTO, the rate at which his customer’s pilot projects turn into production private clouds is pretty typical of most OpenStack-based providers – and it’s pretty low. “Roughly for every 20 pilot projects we open up, we see one of them make it into production,” says Josh McKenty, who prior to founding the Seattle-based Piston, worked at NASA and served as a technical lead on the project that evolved into OpenStack, one of three open source infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platforms vying for enterprise attention.

So why do the other 19 drop off? Good question, admits McKenty. According to analysts, developers and cloud practitioners, the answer turns on miscommunication (between corporate IT department and their potential “customers”), dependencies (on beloved features of gear sitting in the data center or on the network) and unruliness (of applications not built to run on the cloud at inception)...

Private Platform as a Service Enables DevOps

Grazed from InfoQ.  Author: Aslan Brooke.

Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project, discussed how private Platform as a Service (or PaaS) fits into DevOps with Steven Witkop, John Skovron, and Elis Booker in early may. Elis Booker facilitated the discussion with questions about DevOps, dispelling misconceptions about private PaaS, and how to get started with private PaaS. Each panelist contributed a distinct view on the topics to create a multifaceted message about private PaaS.

Gene Kim provided insight into the problem domain by describing the theory of constraints as it applies to DevOps and listing constraints in developing software that should be addressed in sequence:

  1. Provisioning of environments/deployment (for which PaaS is a solution)
  2. Test Setup, Test Runtime
  3. Architecture Changes
  4. Development/Product Management...

Worried About Your Data In The Cloud? Stop Whining And Get Your Own Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Karsten Strauss.

We knew this was going to happen. We’d heard about the “forthcoming era of cloud computing” as Bill Gates stepped away from Microsoft MSFT +0.46% in 2008 and the company’s then mission seemed to be to adjust to post-PC realities. Steve Jobs tried to sucker Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston into selling him the cloud-sharing company in 2009 prior to Apple AAPL +1.47%’s eventual release of iCloud.

Now that we’re knee-deep in the cloud, some users are getting a little bit nervous about having their data stored somewhere else, overseen by who knows who. It’s this uncertainty and nervousness that StoAmigo’s CloudLocker is built on. For those for whom Google GOOG +0.27%, Amazon, Microsoft and Dropbox’s server farms are too far away for comfort, CloudLocker gives you your own private cloud...

Public, Private, Hybrid: Why it Takes All Types to Answer 'What is Cloud?'

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Ken Owens.

Ask anyone in technology circles, “What is cloud?” and you’ll get a handful of different answers. But the responses will likely all relate back to three key models: Public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. Businesses need to be aware of how these models can fit into their strategies. We know from this independent survey conducted by research firm Vanson Bourne for Savvis that IT leaders are shifting their views on cloud computing – and broader IT outsourcing. About 60 percent of leaders agreed that owning IT infrastructure wasted resources, compared to just 38 percent two years earlier.

Not surprisingly, given these figures, a huge percentage of organizations have shown an air of regret around the purchasing of IT equipment. Equally significant, as these organizations shift to cloud and outsourcing, we’re seeing CIO mindshare now center on more strategic concerns...

Dell Chooses ScaleMatrix to Deliver Cloud Solutions Through Partner Ecosystem

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

ScaleMatrix, a front runner in the evolving Cloud Computing and Data Center market, announced today, in parallel to Dell’s Cloud Partner Program announcement, that ScaleMatrix will be one of the three initial North American partners Dell will leverage in the to deliver cloud services.

Of the three providers chosen, ScaleMatrix, will bolster Dell’s Cloud offering with their innovative VMware based TruCore™ Performance Cloud hosting platform, which provides users enhanced control over functionality and performance. Services are delivered from proprietary world-class data centers, and leverage enterprise hardware, storage and cutting-edge security and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation services...

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...