Cloud Adoption

How to Build a Secure Cloud Environment

Grazed from CloudTimes.  Author: Saroj Kar.

Symantec has presented its vision for a secure, agile and efficient cloud. Within five years, companies would operate in a world of cloud, virtualization and mobile computing, converged IT; a world in which the cloud will be much more secure.

Today, cloud computing technologies are changing rapidly. A survey conducted by Symantec reveals that 23% of the information of companies around the world is currently stored in public, private and hybrid cloud. Sophisticated cyber-attacks so far launched against governments or entities will be targeted at data center with high profitability and high profile cloud. In the face of these new challenges, companies of all sizes will need a rigorous approach to the cloud and leading technology partners that can help them navigate through the complexities of the cloud.  To remain secure in the face of such new challenges, Symantec defines a ‘safe cloud‘ vision to help companies to successfully migrate into safe cloud environment...

Why monopolies and commoditization would pollute the cloud

Graze from GigaOM. Author: Mark Thiele.

There’s a common assumption that the Cloud’s destiny is to be a public utility. Mark Thiele, of data center operator Switch, argues that would kill competition and innovation, and that IT can be a better option. One of the prevailing assumptions around the cloud computing market is that it will drive towards an über-simplified delivery model that is similar to a utility. Further, this utility model will largely remove the potential for differentiation by most vendors and will lead to a race to the bottom from a pricing perspective.

There is ample evidence commoditization is occurring, and we could point to almost any area of IT to see it, from servers, PCs, virtualization, storage, networking, and so on. However, what is often lost in the obvious is that it’s not that simple...

Dell acquires key software provider

Grazed from Statesman.com. Author: Editorial Staff.

Dell Inc. said Friday it had bought Gale Technologies, a leading provider of management software that eases the the setup of diverse computing operations. Gale, founded in 2008, is based in Santa Clara, Calif., and builds software that enables companies to easily manage data operations in multiple kinds of cloud computing installations. No terms of the deal were disclosed and Dell would not say how many people Gale employs.

Analyst Patrick Moorhead with Moor Insights & Strategies said Gale gives Dell an important piece that it lacked in selling and deploying big cloud computing systems. That’s because Gale’s software lets companies track their data across multiple locations, whether it is in a private customer-owned cloud or in a public cloud that is shared with multiple companies...

Getting to the Cloud Quicker - Webinar hosted by HP

Grazed from CIO. Author: Editorial Staff.

Webinar hosted by HP. We live in an age of digital fluidity, where technology has made it possible for people to stay connected to any network, anywhere, through any device. The explosion in rich media applications and innovations in virtualization, cloud computing and most recently Software-Defined Networking (SDN) -- are changing the way business is conducted and impacting the way organizations view networking.

Join IDG Enterprise Editor, Joyce Chutchian, and networking experts from Hewlett-Packard in this roundtable discussion. In addition to exploring the IT trends driving this fundamental shift, the experts will discuss emerging technology, real-world use cases for SDN capabilities and best practices that will allow you apply business logic to network behavior in a dynamic fashion...

Cloud adoption: Why you have to get the measure of scalability

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Lori MacVittie.

Surveys, polls, research — organisations conduct all three to try to take the pulse of the market and understand where a particular technology might be in terms of adoption. This is the second year that Northbridge Ventures conducted its Future of Cloud Computing survey and, like most cloud-related surveys, the results offer up interesting titbits in terms of trends and data points — especially when compared with previous years' findings.

The inhibitors remain fairly constant — security still tops the list — but the drivers have changed over the past year. Where last year agility topped the chart, followed closely by scalability and cost factors, this year scalability moved past agility and cost actually decreased in significance as a driver for the cloud. What's interesting and frustrating about these kinds of summary surveys is the lack of definition of categories. Scalability and agility are as nebulous and open to interpretation as security, which makes it difficult to understand exactly what aspect of cloud is driving or inhibiting adoption...

Meeting the challenges of hybrid cloud computing infrastructures

Grazed from Network World. Author: David Grimes.

As companies embrace cloud computing, many are finding it advantageous to use external clouds to host non-critical IT services and data while keeping business-critical applications on internal-cloud infrastructure. However, this hybrid approach can create significant management challenges. The clouds must tightly integrate with each other, and legacy systems and data and workflows must be managed across the clouds and systems. Since hybrid clouds typically involve a mix of technologies and vendors, and there is the constant need for new capabilities, the level of complexity and amount of attention required to properly manage these platforms is increasing at a rapid rate. That means the management platform for hybrid cloud solutions is a critical, if often overlooked, piece of the proverbial puzzle.

Managing the hybrid cloud involves much more than tools. After all, vendors for each separate component of cloud infrastructure provide their own "stovepipe" of managerial tools. But since there isn't a true "single-pane-of-glass" tool, you will need a more strategic perspective and framework to succeed with hybrid cloud computing. The following principles and practices can shape this meta-cloud management initiative...

Is cloud transformation in the cards?

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Stephanie Mann.

IT services firms may shift some of their traditional efforts as customers seek to move business functions to cloud computing platforms. Such IT services firms, which provide outsourcing of data center functions, and often consulting services as well, could bring better understanding to cloud transformation projects, according to an industry viewer.

While migrating an application to the cloud might not be difficult in itself, challenges may await you, said Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst James Staten. Cloud services are often difficult to square with current business requirements, environments and legacy applications. Moreover, establishing a solid cloud transformation strategy requires knowledge that evades many new cloud adopters. A lack of understanding about how the cloud works is a main source of problems for many organizations, according to Staten...

European Data Protection Supervisor adopts opinion on cloud computing

Grazed from NEurope.eu. Author: Nerea Rial.

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted on 16 November its opinion on the Commission Communication on "Unleashing the potential of Cloud Computing in Europe”, which establishes key actions and policy steps to promote and accelerate the use of cloud computing services across Europe.

Besides, because the relationship between cloud computing and data protection is currently being discussed, the supervisory authority also highlights the challenges generated by this new communication system and how the proposed Data Protection Regulation will tackle them. Likewise, the EDPS identifies areas that require further action at EU level...

Cloud computing's utility future gets closer

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Jack Clark.

Cloud computing is converting from a market defined by different technologies into one defined by quality of service. Existing utility markets include ones for water, electricity, gas and, to a degree, basic internet connectivity. A utility market occurs when an item has been commoditised to the point that it becomes very hard to differentiate on a technology basis, and instead companies distinguish themselves through different levels of service, availability and support.

In the same way that in the early days of electricity there were arguments over whether AC or DC delivered the 'best type of electricity', the technology industry continues to debate the merits of certain technologies over others for delivering cloud computing. However, these arguments are growing less fervent as datacentre infrastructure is commoditised and homogenised by large cloud providers...

When is a cloud not (quite) a cloud?

Grazed from Computing.co.uk. Author: Editorial Staff.

At a recent Dell roundtable event on the future of cloud computing, the discussion centred around how cloud was not being adopted wholesale by many organisations yet. Various reasons were put forward, such as fear of change, fear of losing control, security issues and so on. A little while later on, several people were pushing the case for cloud around its capability to enable innovation.

Sure, cloud computing can provide a different way of doing things and can encourage a completely different way of facilitating business process – but if this is pushed as the main way that cloud works, then surely all that is happening is that users will be put off more? If fear of change is a factor to scare organisations off from using cloud, then moving critical business workloads to a relatively unproven emerging platform AND changing the way the application runs has to be enough not only to put the techies off the change, but also the business?...