Private Clouds

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...

Younity Launches Beta Version of Personal Cloud Service

Grazed from Technorati. Author: Geoff Simon.

Santa Monica based younity announced today the beta launch of it's unique personal cloud storage service designed to eliminate device to computer syncing and storage limitations for iPhones and iPads. Today marks the public beta launch of the app, which allows iPhone and iPad users to access all their music, videos, photos and other files from all laptops, desktops without any plugin, plugging in or syncing.

The service also removes storage limitations by not actually storing any of your files online, but instead works by providing a single file system across all devices where younity is installed (either Macs or PCs). Once installed, Younity indexes all your photos, documents, videos and music and represents it as a single file system. So what it allows for, is your machines, whether it's a Mac or PC to stream the files directly to your iOS device from where they're at, not by syncing it to a online cloud...

Dell World: Public and Private Cloud Updates Coming

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Joe Panetierri.

At Dell World 2012, expect Michael Dell and his executive team to offer numerous updates involving public cloud and private cloud initiatives. Among the technologies atop Dell's (NASDAQ: DELL) priority list: Boomi for cloud integrators, Quest Software for cloud monitoring and management, and a hands-on Dell Cloud lab at the conference.

Dell World (Dec. 11-13, Austin, Texas) will likely promote six cloud computing opportunities for customers and partners. They include how to:

  • Build private and public cloud infrastructures with Dell servers, storage and networking. Surely, Compellent, EqualLogic and Force10 networking will enter the conversation here.
  • Operate, monitor and manage cloud infrastructure. Here, listen closely for information about Quest Software...

Metacloud Gives Your Company a Private Cloud

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Peter Cohen.

If you’re a company trying to lower the cost of running your computers, the idea of sending it to the cloud could be a dream come true. But that’s only the case if the cloud’s promise of lower operating costs does not come at too high a price.

That high price, of course, is that once its systems operate on the cloud, the company loses its ability to control its own computing capabilities — and has the unintended, but nonetheless painful result of suffering security problems and diminished service quality that makes the company wish that it had never taken the fateful step of putting its computing on the cloud...