Private Clouds

Converging in the cloud

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Martin May.

As most IT industry analysts will confirm, new developments in bring-your-own-device (BYOD) technologies, as well as advancements in public and private clouds, are among the top trends that will be strategic for most organisations in 2013.

A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available over the Internet. The public cloud is available to private as well as corporate users...

C12G Launches OpenNebulaPro 3.8 and OpenNebulaApps Suite for Enterprise Private Clouds

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

C12G Labs announces a new release of OpenNebulaPro, the enterprise edition of its widely-deployed open-source management solution for enterprise data center virtualization and private cloud computing. OpenNebulaPro integrates the most recent stable version of OpenNebula (3.8) with bugfixes, performance, and scalability patches developed by the community and by C12G for its customers and partners. OpenNebula 3.8 (codename Twin Jet), released one month ago, enhances its AWS and OCCI API implementations and provides a tighter integration with VMware and KVM.

C12G also announces the first stable release of the OpenNebulaApps, a suite of tools for users and administrators of OpenNebula to simplify and optimize cloud application management. OpenNebulaApps provides a service management layer on top of OpenNebula by configuring the software stack in the applications, managing multi-tiered applications, providing configurable services from a catalog, and building your own private market to distribute applications across several OpenNebula instances. Cloud applications consist of complex software stacks, OpenNebulaApps helps to manage their life-cycle and contributes to significantly reduce the time needed to build, distribute, and deploy cloud applications...

Private Cloud Automation Delivers Rapid Returns

Grazed from DataCenterKnowledge. Author: Bill Kleyman.

Adoption of cloud computing technologies is continuing to expand to new industries and verticals. More organizations are seeing direct benefits from moving to a controller, private cloud infrastructure. Still, there are some companies which are just beginning to enter the private cloud market. In those cases, using intelligent automation practices can help reduce time, complexity and cost. In a recent study, IDC expects spending on cloud server and application management software will total more than $3 billion by 2016 as IT customers of all sizes and across many industries embrace more efficient and automated data center operations strategies.

Currently, many medium and enterprise-sized organizations are budgeting millions of dollars into the development of their private cloud infrastructure. In designing their cloud platform, these organizations must look at private cloud automation solutions...

Securing the Private Cloud

Grazed from Windows IT Pro. Author: John Howie.

The rise of public cloud computing and its adoption by enterprises of all sizes is presenting challenges to professionals who are charged with the security of the organization's data. One major issue is that individual departments and even employees can purchase public cloud services -- often by using a corporate credit card -- without the knowledge or oversight of the IT department. Such purchases can lead to significant governance challenges, introduce unknown risks, and even prevent the organization from meeting its statutory and regulatory compliance obligations.

Public cloud computing is desirable for many reasons, including increased IT agility, reduced time to roll out a new product or service, access to the latest technology not available inside the enterprise -- and even a strategy to work around restrictions put in place by the IT departments, such as a limit to the size of email attachments or the types of files that can be sent or received through the email system. For these reasons, many IT departments are considering deploying private clouds, which departments can access and use instead of public clouds. Examples on record include State Street Bank (which expects to see significant savings as well as improve operational efficiency and security of customer data), engineering and construction firm Bechtel Corporation, and chemical company Sinochem Group. However, private clouds aren’t inherently more secure than public clouds and can even be far less secure. In this article, I'll discuss some pitfalls and make recommendations for securing private clouds...

CenturyLink Brings Self-Service to Savvis Cloud

Grazed from DataCenter Knowledge. Author: Rich Miller.

In the long-running debate about the definition of cloud computing, many cloud-watchers insist that a true cloud must be self-service, allowing users to provision and deploy their own servers. With its new savvisdirect service, CenturyLink is bringing that capability to its Savvis suite of cloud services. Today CenturyLink announced that it is accepting applications for the public beta offering of savvisdirect.

Savvis has historically focused on managed hosting services for the enterprise, with a particular focus on the financial services vertical. That included “utility computing” services that were integrated into a suite of cloud services in 2009. But the company’s cloud offerings have mirrored the high-touch model of its managed services, with Savvis staff helping provision services that were requested through a customer portal...

AT&T, IBM will offer private network cloud computing

Grazed from The Boston Globe. Author: Kevin J. O'Brien.

AT&T and International Business Machines planned to announce Tuesday that they are teaming up to sell cloud computing services over a mutually owned, private global network to win new business customers reluctant to send sensitive data over the Internet.

The two companies said the effort would combine AT&T’s secured telecommunications network for business customers with IBM’s global network of data centers into a private system where corporate data could be processed remotely, but never travel over the Internet. International Data Corp., a research firm, forecasts that global sales of cloud computing services will more than double from $40 billion this year to $100 billion by 2016...

What the Private Cloud Is Not

Grazed from Campus Technology. Author: Margo Pierce.

Cloud computing hype is beginning to perpetuate some misconceptions that need debunking, according to information technology research and advisory company Gartner. Its new report, "Five Things That Private Cloud Is Not," clarified a number of issues for prospective adoptees.

"In the rush to respond to these pressures, IT organizations need to be careful to avoid the hype, and, instead, should focus on a private cloud computing effort that makes the most business sense" said Tom Bittman, vice president and analyst for Gartner. Among them is the caution that companies selling space in their server racks are the only viable solution. The top five includes:

Private Cloud Is Not Virtualization
Virtualization and virtualization management are not, by themselves, private cloud computing, according to the report. And while private cloud computing leverages some form of virtualization to create a cloud computing service, it is "a form of cloud computing that is used by only one organization, or that ensures that an organization is completely isolated from others."...

Private cloud computing - some impeccable benefits

Grazed from Blue MauMau. Author: Andy Roberts.

Advances in virtualization and distributed computing have allowed corporate network and data centre administrators to effectively become service providers that meet the needs of their "customers" within the corporation. Marketing media that uses the words "private cloud" is designed to appeal to an organization that needs or wants more control over their data than they can get by using a third-party hosted service such as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud or Simple Storage Service. Private cloud computing, offers a number of significant advantages, which includes lower costs, faster server deployments and higher levels of resiliency. What is often over looked is how the Private Cloud can dramatically changes the game for IT disaster recovery in terms of significantly lower costs, faster recovery times, and enhanced testability.

Before we talk about the private cloud, let's explore the challenges of IT disaster recovery for traditional server systems. Most legacy IT systems are comprised of a heterogeneous set of hardware platforms - added to the system over time - with different processors, memory, drives, BIOS, and I/O systems. In a production environment, these heterogeneous systems work as designed, and the applications are loaded onto the servers and maintained and patched over time. Offsite backups of these heterogeneous systems can be performed and safely stored at an offsite location. There are really 2 options for backing up and restoring the systems:...

Application Developers Readify demystify Cloud and Windows Azure

Grazed from Readify. Author: PR Announcement.

Cloud computing is a very popular phrase that is used extensively, yet a lot of people struggle to be able to define what it is. According to Gartner:

“Cloud is a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities are provided as a service to external customers using Internet technologies. This is a very deliberate choice of words and can be broken down further by looking at the five attributes of cloud computing as identified by Gartner: http://www.whatech.com.au/technology-releases/windows-8-development/11500-whitepaper-cloud-and-windows-azure-introduction.

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Emerson’s Trellis platform plays integral role in public and private clouds

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced a strategic partnership with high-performance cloud infrastructure provider Joyent to transform and optimize how physical and logical data center resources are packaged and delivered for public and private clouds.

“We selected Emerson as our partner because the Trellis™ platform is the only DCIM solution available today that can provide holistic, real-time visibility from service processor to power grid and enable the dynamic optimization of data center physical resources,” said Jason Hoffman, founder and CTO of Joyent. “Our partnership will enable us to offer a unique, tightly integrated, modular, highly efficient solution that optimizes the entire infrastructure based on the energy consumption of application workloads.”...