Private Clouds

Security Concerns Drive Companies Back to Private Cloud

Grazed from Whir. Author: Cheryl Kemp.

Nearly all organizations would use hybrid cloud if the public Internet structure could be made more secure, yet most of them (57 percent) are migrating back to private clouds due to security and data protection concerns. According to 1,000 interviews with senior IT decision-makers conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Tata Communications, cloud computing has been widely adopted yet concerns over security remain an obstacle to wider use.

Although most of organizations have some type of cloud, not all the data is stored there. Even though most companies would move to the cloud tomorrow if it were possible, only 28 percent of data is stored in the cloud and only 42 percent of infrastructure is virtualized. One of the barriers to more widespread cloud adoption and use is application readiness...

Simple, Secure Backup-as-a-Service Now Available Through SingleHop Private Cloud and Veeam Cloud Connect

Grazed from MarketWire.  Author: PR Announcement.

SingleHop, a leading provider of on-demand hosted private clouds and managed hosting, today introduced storage-agnostic backup-as-a-service (BaaS) capabilities through Veeam Cloud Connect©, enabling enterprises to efficiently backup data to the cloud. Veeam Availability Suite v8 users can immediately take advantage of SingleHop BaaS with no additional hardware, software, or upfront costs and without the cost and complexity of managing an offsite infrastructure. SingleHop is among a small handful of companies to offer Veeam-powered backup to extend customer data protection outside of the data center.

Cloud-based backup has emerged as the choice alternative or complementary method to tape, disk, on-premise, and 3rd party co-location scenarios because of the reduced risk, lower costs and improved business continuity the cloud model delivers...

RightScale: Do Enterprises Want Private, Public or Hybrid Clouds?

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Dan Kobialka.

Hybrid cloud is becoming more popular among enterprises, which is reflected in new data from RightScale. RightScale's "2015 State of the Cloud Report" showed that many enterprises are focused on implementing a hybrid cloud strategy that encompasses public and private clouds along with existing virtualized environments.

Additionally, RightScale researchers found that enterprise central IT teams are now making the majority of cloud spending decisions in organizations worldwide. "As enterprise IT has become more open to public cloud and more comfortable with cloud security, it is now in a strong position to broker cloud services to internal customers and drive cloud adoption forward," RightScale CEO Michael Crandell said in a prepared statement...

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Hashmi: Private clouds aren't really 'cloud'

Grazed from FederalTimes. Author: Aaron Boyd.

Federal agencies are under presidential order to consider cloud-first policies when developing IT projects, however the type of cloud environment they use is left up to the discretion of agency officials. During a cloud panel hosted by Red Hat on Feb. 12, several agency CIOs debated the virtues of public and private clouds, with one suggesting private clouds don't really fit the as-a-service model.

"The private cloud concept is a little bit of a transitional concept between where we were and where we need to be," GSA CIO Sonny Hashmi said. "Are we at the point in the industry where full public cloud can meet all of our challenges in terms of security, control, compliance, auditability?...

HP courts enterprise workloads with new Helion private clouds

Grazed from CIO. Author: Joab Jackson.

How much cloud computing does your enterprise application need? Hewlett-Packard has some of the guesswork out of cloud procurement by adding seven new preconfigured options to its Helion set of cloud services. The Helion VPC (virtual private cloud) offerings are tailored to meet a range of computing requirements, from lighter workloads such as software development to more demanding jobs such as running complex ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications.

The configurations are based on the data center and cloud usage that HP has found with its clients usage of the cloud, said Jeff Moyer, HP senior director of global infrastructure and hosting services. By determining the right amount of computational resources needed for specific workloads, HP has potentially reduced the amount of planning that organizations would need to do to procure the optimal amount of infrastructure services...

The poor private cloud gets no respect

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

Pity your private cloud, if you have one. If cloud analysts are to be believed, private cloud is losing ground as public cloud providers — chiefly Amazon Web Services, Google, and Microsoft — keep adding features and functions, many of which target enterprise IT buyers.

Last week, for example, Gartner analyst Thomas Bittman blogged that 95 percent of enterprise IT types he surveyed found something lacking in their own private clouds. Of course Bittman loaded the gun for them, distilling the gripes he’d already compiled as reasons “your enterprise public cloud is failing” into key categories and then polling an audience about them at a Gartner event...

Gartner analyst muses on why so many are upset with their private cloud

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

According to survey figures released by Gartner, 95% of attendees at the analyst house’s Datacentre Conference in Las Vegas are unhappy with their private cloud deployments. The 140 respondents were given six potential options to explain what was going wrong with their private cloud, alongside a ‘nothing is going wrong’ option. 31% cited a failure to change the operational model, 19% said it was simply doing too little, and 13% cited a failure to change the funding model.

Bittman admitted he was “a little surprised” at the results, although some commentators below the line argued the question was leading in focusing too much on the negative side of public cloud. Regardless, the increasing prevalence of hybrid cloud models – as Matt Asay wrote for Tech Republic, “no wonder private cloud vendors have started calling themselves ‘hybrid’ clouds” - has meant the private cloud as we know it is facing a tipping point...

Private cloud's very public failure

Grazed from TechRepublic. Author: Matt Asay.

No wonder private cloud vendors have started calling themselves "hybrid" clouds: the private cloud vision has failed -- utterly and completely. Gartner analyst Tom Bittman asked why 95% of private clouds are failing, but the answer seems clear: the very notion of a privately provisioned cloud service is contradictory and nearly always doomed. Unfortunately, the odds of failure may skyrocket when enterprises turn to OpenStack.

Fail early, fail often

Roughly five years ago, Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive Andy Jassy spotlighted the problem with private clouds: "Companies usually are not able to provision accurately the amount of data center capacity that they require, and this problem recurs when they create their own internal cloud infrastructure."...

Gartner: Why private clouds fail

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Butler.

Most businesses believe their private clouds have failed, according to a survey by research firm Gartner. Gartner analyst Tom Bittman says 95% of respondents reported that some aspect of their IaaS private cloud has gone wrong. In other words, 19 out of 20 private cloud implementations are leaving something to be desired. The obvious question is: why? In a recent blog post Bittman lists the top six reasons he believes private clouds fail. Here’s a link to his blog, but in summary they are:

-Focusing on the wrong benefits: Many times cloud projects are pursued as a money-saving endeavor. That’s missing the point of all the benefits a true cloud strategy can bring.

-It’s not really a cloud: Many people mischaracterize highly virtualized environment as a private cloud. It may not have features such as self-service or rapid elasticity, key tenets of a true IaaS cloud...

Canada Moves Closer to Private Cloud Computing Standard

Grazed from MSPAlliance.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In a move I have predicted long ago, Canada is one of many countries making moves to establish cloud computing guidelines to protect end-user data. While some countries are making very superficial steps, Canada is actually following the path of Germany, Brazil, and other nations, by wanting to establish transparency guidelines to know precisely where Canadian cloud data resides and who is accessing that data.

Oh, Cloud Canada!

The proposed guidelines seem to deal only with cloud computing as it relates to Canadian government projects involving the cloud. However, if the government adopts such a framework, it could be likely that private industry within Canada could also adopt such a stance, at least regarding certain types of data...