Resolve security control issues on a PaaS with this risk management framework

Grazed from TechRepublic.  Author: Judith Myerson.

Risk management provides a framework to help you select security controls to protect an information system anywhere in the development life cycle on a Platform as a Service (PaaS) -- it doesn't matter whether it's an engineering, procurement, or personnel system.

The security controls are implemented after the risks are identified, assessed, and reduced to a low level. The implementation criteria include cost effectiveness, technological efficiency, and regulation compliance. You must document the criteria in a security plan...

Cloud Computing: A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of AWS

Grazed from EnterpriseTech.  Author: Timothy Prickett Morgan.

The idea behind cloud computing, as pioneer Amazon Web Services believed when it launched its first utility compute and storage products eight years ago, is to abstract away the underlying hardware and provide raw resources to programmers for applications to run on. This hardware is a competitive advantage for AWS, as it has been for its parent online retailer, and that is why AWS very rarely talks about its datacenters and systems. But with Google, Microsoft, and IBM all talking up their investments in cloud and the innovations they have come up with, Amazon has to lift the veil a bit.

The reason is simple. The Amazon online retail business may be a $70 billion behemoth, but it does not throw off a lot of cash. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is not interested in profits as much as he is about transforming the world around him, but the cloud computing business is one of the most capital intensive businesses there are in the world...

PaaS Is the Future of IT

Grazed from CloudExpo.  Author: Bernard Golden.

Cloud computing in the form of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) has revolutionized the expectations of IT. Infrastructure that used to take weeks to months to provision is now available in minutes.  Moreover, most of the traditional drawbacks associated with infrastructure have disappeared as IaaS has become more widely used.

The lengthy timeframes to add infrastructure resources to existing applications, which led to wildly over-provisioned environments, have disappeared. The heavy upfront capital investment that is required before using resources has also disappeared, supplanted by the pay-as-you-go model of IaaS cloud computing...

HP Helion OpenStack with developer tools and secure storage solution now commercially available

Grazed from IT Pro Portal. Author: Jamie Hinks.

HP has announced the commercial availability of its Helion OpenStack and Development Platform that gives businesses the chance to benefit from a combined Infrastructure-as-a-service [IaaS] and Platform-as-a-Service [PaaS] solution. The company also announced its new Helion Content Depot that is designed to handle the growth in unstructured data, images and media, and the releases are the first since HP made it clear that it was supporting the OpenStack project in June.

Organisations that choose the Helion OpenStack IaaS get a solution that has predictable scalability, high availability and durability, and low operating costs. The Helion Development PaaS, meanwhile, allows users to develop and implement cloud-native apps using various programming languages and app services...

Google PaaS has a leg up on AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Beth Pariseau.

Amazon Web Services has a big lead over Google Cloud Platform in IaaS, but Google's PaaS predates Amazon's, and enterprises have taken notice. Google App Engine emerged in 2008, three years before Google would begin serious efforts on an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform, and three years before Amazon would launch its platform as a service (PaaS), Elastic Beanstalk.

Because of how infrastructure resources are abstracted in PaaS, services like Google App Engine tend to be "sticky" for early adopters -- they stay on the platform once the PaaS becomes a core part of developing an app. Google PaaS, with its free quotas, has also been more affordable and easier to manage for some than Elastic Beanstalk...

Cloud Computing: Q&A - Meet Microsoft's new Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich

Grazed from PCWorld.  Author: Joab Jackson.

Earlier this month, Microsoft quietly appointed software architect Mark Russinovich as chief technology officer for its Azure cloud computing platform, formalizing a role he’s been executing for the past several years.  It was a smart appointment not the least because it may help ease any remaining concerns of system administrators reluctant to take on Microsoft’s cloud platform as part of their job duties. Among the Microsoft faithful, Russinovich has serious geek credibility. If Russinovich is behind the gears at Azure, it must be O.K.

Russinovich has long been one of the most popular speakers at Microsoft’s Build and TechEd technical conferences, thanks to his clear, cogent explanations of the company’s technologies. Russinovich joined the company in 2006, after Microsoft purchased his enterprise software company, Winternals Software, which offered a line of Windows repair tools that many found superior to Microsoft’s own...

Unraveling the confusion about PaaS

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Joe McKendrick.

Overcoming any skepticism about Platform as a Service will require more of an operational focus. As discussed in our last post, there's a lot of "dev" in PaaS, but not enough "ops." Recently, JP Morgenthal, director of the cloud computing & DevOps practice at Perficient (and a long-time enterprise software thought leader), led a BrightTalk panel discussion on promoting PaaS adoption to skeptical enterprises. He was joined by Ed Anuff, Apigee; Sean Allen, OutSystems; and Sarbjeet Johal of Unified Cloud.

The first challenge is that definitions of PaaS tend to be relatively murky, and often overlap with Infrastructure as a Service. (Even the Wikipedia definition of PaaS is flagged with "multiple issues.") Helping to kick off the discussion, Allen defined PaaS as "a cloud-based service that integrates and manages all aspects of your application stack.... anything that allows you to build cloud-based applications without worrying about storage or other stack-based components."...

Cloud Computing: 4 Factors To Help You Better Understand Your Software Sales Prospects

Grazed from Business2Community.  Author: Emma Vas.

By now, you already know that your software sales process needs to look past the initial close and focus on long-term prospect relationships, and you’ve optimized your sales process and customer service follow-ups accordingly.  Yet, in order to realize more top-line growth, you need to not only delight current customers, but also better understand your prospective customers.

Once you understand their pains and problems, you’re able to offer them a deal that’s tailored to their needs – and one that’s easier to finalize.  Better understand your software sales prospects by studying the following four factors and fine-tuning your sales strategy accordingly:...

CloudBees drops runtime PaaS to focus more on Jenkins

Grazed from CloudComputing. Author: James Bourne.

Continuous delivery provider CloudBees has shifted its company focus, dropping the runtime platform as a service (PaaS) of its offering to focus exclusively on open source software Jenkins. CEO Sacha Labourey told CloudTech it was a ‘hard’ and ‘emotional’ decision to move for CloudBees, which was founded in 2010.

“We realised at the beginning of this year that Jenkins Enterprise was growing very fast, beyond our expectations, and we knew that something was going on, but it took us a bit of time to really make the conscious decision that what we had to do was strictly focus on Jenkins,” Labourey said...

Is PaaS as dangerous as it seems? Cloudbees bust some cloud computing myths

Grazed from TheServerSide.  Author: Cameron McKenzie.

As JavaOne 2014 quickly approaches, TheServerSide is profiling both the people and the vendors who have continued to contribute both to the site, and also to the betterment of the Java community as a whole. These are the people you'll want to hear speak when you attend JavaOne 2014 sessions, and they're the vendors you'll want to chat with when you see their people manning the booths in the exhibit hall.

Last week we took a look at Perfecto Mobile, a company helping with test automation and user experience (UX) monitoring in the cloud. Continuing with the theme of cloud computing, this week we're bringing attention toCloudbeees, the industry's number one continuous integration solution in the cloud...