Cloud Services

12 ways to better merge cloud services with ongoing cyber initiatives

Grazed from FederalNewsRadio. Author: Jason Miller.

In the rush to the cloud over the last three years, most agencies have tempered their desires and excitement because of security concerns. Agency chief information officers have struggled to satisfactorily answer a number of questions regarding data ownership and protection, and how do the existing cross-agency cyber initiatives fit into the cloud structure.

A new white paper by SafeGov, an industry organization promoting safe and secure cloud computing, makes 12 recommendations to help agencies move to an integrated cloud and cyber approach and away from one that is fragmented and ad hoc in many respects. Karen Evans, a co-author of the report and a former Office of Management and Budget administrator for e-government and IT, said this paper is a deeper dive into addressing the growing challenges of integrating cloud and cybersecurity...

DISA piloting DOD cloud security model

Grazed from FCW. Author: Frank Konkel.

The Defense Information Systems Agency is piloting the cloud security model it developed for the Defense Department in an effort to better formalize processes for future commercial cloud service acquisitions. To test the new model, DISA will leverage a series of pilot programs between mission partners -- various DOD agencies -- and cloud service providers as both take initial steps to harnessing commercial cloud computing services within DOD.

According to a DISA spokesperson, "If a mission partner wishes to execute a cloud service pilot with controlled unclassified information" - the information at DOD Impact Levels 1 and 2 - "it coordinates its implementation plans with DISA, the cloud broker." Once a mission partner procures the pilot cloud service, the agency and DISA will meet regularly to assess the pilot and its effectiveness...

Amazon moves to next-generation compute instances

Grazed from ITWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Sensing the customer need for more computational muscle in smaller packages, Amazon Web Services has added a number of new packages in its Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) service. The Amazon subsidiary also reduced prices on selected storage packages, reducing the cost of its Simple Storage Service (S3) by up to 22 percent and Elastic Block Service (EBS) by up to 50 percent. The new packages, or compute instances, in the EC2 line fill out the company's second-generation M3 line of instances, which the company is now touting as the successor to the original M1 line.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) introduced the M3 series a year ago as a more performance-minded alternative to the base M1 offerings. The M3 series features faster CPUs, making them better suited for compute-intensive tasks such as video encoding, batch processing and caching. The M3 line also features SSDs (solid-state disks) which, according to AWS, offer a more consistent I/O rate than M1 services...

Rising Demand for Cloud Services Drives the Market for Cloud Programming

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

The concept of Cloud Computing is relatively new and denotes an approach of computing wherein virtualized and scalable resources are offered as an online service. Cloud computing is a model for allowing on-demand, convenient, ubiquitous network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources such as services, applications, storage, servers, and networks that can be rapidly and easily provisioned and deployed with minimum service provider interaction or management effort.

Cloud computing is an emerging technology whereby data and services reside in massive, scalable datacenters, and is accessible on-demand via any connected device over the web. Growing demand for cloud services and rising number of on-demand and managed computing and hosting service providers is generating demand for cloud programming packages and tools that enable scalable data processing...

Dell, Red Hat co-engineer OpenStack private cloud services

Grazed from TelecomPaper. Author: Editorial Staff.

Dell and Red Hat will jointly engineer enterprise-grade, private cloud services based on OpenStack to help customers move to and deploy cloud computing models. As part of the expanded relationship, Dell becomes the first company to OEM Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The co-engineered service will be built on Dell infrastructure and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The service will be delivered by a Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform practice within Dell Cloud Services.

Dell and Red Hat will also jointly contribute code to the OpenStack community and collaborate on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4, currently in beta, which integrates OpenStack Havana, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5...

Wipro plans to create a subsidiary for cloud computing services

Grazed from LiveMint.  Author: Anirban Sen.

On Friday, India’s third largest software services exporter Wipro Ltd posted better-than-expected results during a seasonally soft quarter, raising investor hopes of a revival in the fortunes of the Bangalore-based firm.  Wipro is making a massive push towards automating more parts of its commoditized information technology (IT) businesses and planning to boost its on-site efforts by hiring more people at client locations that feeds into its de-centralized organizational structure.

In an interview on Saturday, Wipro chief executive T.K. Kurien, who’s just completed three years at the helm of the firm, spoke about the challenges that Wipro has faced over the last three years, changes in the IT industry in the backdrop of automation and also the possibility of creating a separate subsidiary or business unit to focus specifically on cloud computing services. Edited excerpts:...

SaaS, PaaS and IaaS: which cloud service model is for you?

Grazed from TechRadar. Author: Désiré Athow.

The cloud has had a transformational impact on businesses of all sizes - from small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to large enterprises - and it's showing no signs of slowing down. According to analyst house Gartner, the use of cloud computing is still growing and will become the bulk of new IT spend by 2016, a year that the company predicts will see hybrid cloud overtake private cloud, with nearly half of large enterprises having deployments by the end of 2017.

Despite its high uptake, the most suitable route into the cloud is not always so clear cut for many organisations moving on from the tried and tested client-server model. To shed light on the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing's three main service delivery models - software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) - we spoke to Mike Kavis, VP and Principal Architect for Cloud Technology Partners and author of 'Architecting the cloud'...

Cloud Computing Service Preferences for Midsize Firms

Grazed from MidsizeInsider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

Cloud computing is on the rise at midsize firms, and many IT professionals understand exactly what they want from cloud providers. A new report shows that, as a result of the rising demand for cloud services, cloud providers are paying attention to these specific needs, and that is changing the way in which options are presented and pricing models developed.

Cloud Contracts

According to a new analysis by CloudScreener, featured in the E-Commerce Times, small and midsize companies are seeking less costly cloud storage capacity. Sixty-five percent of companies prefer not to be locked into a long contract with a service provider, compared with 25 percent that would sign a contract for a year or more. The companies that exhibited confidence in their ability to predict their future needs admitted that they would agree to a contract with a discount. Short-term contracts are increasing in price, and some vendors continue to offer pay-as-you-go packages...

Rackspace Aiding the Introduction of DevOps by Extending Their Managed Cloud Service Levels

Grazed from InfoQ. Author: Matthias Marschall.

Rackspace, cloud computing platform provider and founder of OpenStack, is currently introducing its new DevOps Automation Service. They offer managed support for things like infrastructure and workflow automation, monitoring and log aggregation, and source control for infrastructure code.Rackspace has identified the shortage of DevOps engineers as a major problem in the industry.

Based on the technology and processes they use in-house, they've crafted the new service to help their customers to speed up their development and IT.When a client signs up to their DevOps Automation Service, Rackspace works with the client to understand the client?s existing infrastructure...

Pixeom lets you set up cloud services without the data center

Grazed frin ITWorld. Author: James Niccolai.

If it's not the NSA or Google it's someone else. These days it seems there's always somebody scanning your data, looking to make a profit or to learn something about you. What if you could set up your own social network or e-commerce site that didn't require putting your information in someone else's data center? That's the idea behind Pixeom's palm-size cloud in a box, a $125 device (or $99 if you're among its first backers on Kickstarter) that aims to make it easy to set up your own social network, file exchange and e-commerce site at home without using public cloud services.

You take the plastic device home, plug it into your Ethernet network and access it from a PC using the device's IP address or, for the less technical, from a mobile app. It comes with three applications installed -- one for hosting online discussions, one for file sharing and one for setting up a digital storefront...