Private Clouds

Public Cloud Service Expectations, Private Cloud Computing Reality

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Jason Hannula.

Public cloud providers are able to bring resources up within minutes for clients, setting high expectations for cloud computing in general. But due to a disconnect between legacy systems, current infrastructure, and the need for virtualization, the reality for private cloud computing — particularly for small and midsize businesses with limited IT resources — is not that simple.

Virtualization Bottleneck

As referenced in a recent Datamation article, an Enterprise Management Association study found that heterogeneous infrastructure, departmental silos and a need for repeatability in software and hardware configuration were the biggest impediments to software-defined data center deployment. As supporting technologies are required to extend virtualization across legacy systems, these factors can delay private cloud computing in any business that is dependent on legacy systems or infrastructure...

FireHost Teams With Dell For Secure Managed Private Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Ericka Chickowski.

FireHost this week teamed up with Dell Services to roll out a converged infrastructure solution that brings together Dell compute and server hardware with FireHost's cloud architecture to create a secure, single-tenant managed cloud. Known best for its security-focused public cloud platform, FireHost steps out with this move into the managed private cloud market for the first time.

"Our secure managed private cloud offering provides the channel with a physical, converged readymade rack that can be deployed on site," says John Funk, director of global partnering for FireHost. "By us offloading some of the security and compliance burden from customers through our secure managed service approach, the channel has a unique talking point and can position themselves more strategically in accounts as a partner who enables customers to scale toward other key business priorities."...

How to Capitalize on Private Cloud and Make Money Selling BDR

Grazed from MSPMentor.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A common belief throughout the IT industry is that public cloud is cheaper. While this is true in some cases, oftentimes the trade-off for a lower upfront price point is spotty customer service, limited features and availability, and lower security thresholds. Where consumers are concerned, these may not be deal-breakers, but businesses need the capabilities, performance and IT security only private cloud
can provide.

For example, some of the key business benefits afforded by private cloud are the “always on” IT security updates and the ability to reallocate resources quickly as the needs of the business evolve. Furthermore, for businesses, switching to private cloud can save time and money because it is less of a hassle and more cost-effective than purchasing or hosting servers and infrastructure equipment...

University Of Phoenix Finds Payoff In Private Cloud

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Charles Babbcock.

The Apollo Education Group, parent organization of the University of Phoenix, wanted to modernize its IT operations to support larger-scale online education. As the producer of a pioneer system for working adults, Apollo needed to take greater advantage of digital outreach, or "distance education."

"We said we wanted to build the classroom of the future. We also wanted to use analytics to understand the data in our student platform and in student behavior," said Michael Sajor, CIO of the Apollo Education Group, in an interview with InformationWeek...

Cloud Computing: Take a Look Inside SingleHop's New State-of-the-Art $30 Million Data Center

Grazed from ChicagoInno.  Author: Editorial Staff.

With private cloud hosting companies, enterprises receive the same agility and control that they would with a public cloud provider (like DigitalOcean or AWS), but with fixed economics and superior hands-on service. Because of this, 'Hosted Private Cloud Solutions' has been SingleHop's fastest-growing and most popular product category in 2014.

To meet this demand, SingleHop - a Chicago-based provider of cloud computing and IT infrastructure - launched a brand new, state-of-the art $30 million data center today that features key capabilities designed specifically for hosting private clouds...

Local or Hosted? Weighing Your Options for the Private Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthur Cole.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and judging by the continued interest in private cloud solutions, it is fair to say that the sky is always bluer on the other side of the cloud, as well. Cloud providers have made no secret of the fact that they can deliver advanced IT services at a fraction of the cost of in-house infrastructure, but for organizations that have invested millions, if not billions, in their own data centers, it isn’t just a simple matter of dumping the old for the new. Rather, many CIOs are asking themselves: If a third-party provider can deliver IT more cheaply and effectively, why can’t I?

This is one of the reasons why private cloud adoption is about to undergo a dramatic shift over the next year or so, says Technology Business Report. According to the company’s latest research, the percentage of private clouds delivered by third parties is showing a steady decline – from 70 percent to 65 percent in the past year – while in-house clouds are on the rise – 30 percent to 35 percent...

Cloud Computing: Start Up Zefflin Systems Launches

Grazed from Zefflin.  Author: PR Announcement.

 Systems integration startup Zefflin Systems, L.L.C. today announced its entry into the IT marketplace. Zefflin brings state-of-the-art data center automation and private cloud solutions to market using leading technologies like OpenStack, VMWare VCloud® Suite and Chef® software. Zefflins unique combination of tools, integration skills and experience brings affordable solutions designed to dramatically increase productivity of IT staff.

To support growing business units with flat or shrinking IT budgets, todays CIO has no choice but to increase IT staff productivity dramatically. At the same time, IT departments are faced with the need to improve the speed of service while maintaining a secure computing environment...

The Private Cloud Has a Silver Lining, and It's Called SDN

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Howard Baldwin.

For some CIOs, the idea of being able to offload their computer processing needs to third-party providers like Microsoft and Amazon and Google is heavenly. Their IT departments don’t have to procure, manage, or upgrade hardware. It’s all done magically in the cloud.

For other CIOs, the idea of sending mission-critical data off beyond the boundaries of their data center is like bungee-jumping for the perpetually queasy – something that makes their stomach do flip-flops just at the thought of it. So how can CIOs get that infrastructure-as-a-service agility without an IaaS vendor?...

Bracket Computing Launches to Virtualize Public, Private Clouds

Grazed from eWeek. Author: Chris Preimesberger.

Bracket Computing is a startup with a lofty mission: It's daring to show enterprises how to virtualize the cloud—which, as we all know, is already quite virtualized. The 3-year-old Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company came out of stealth mode Oct. 22 to unveil something called the Bracket Computing Cell, what it describes as the world's first cloud virtualization system.

We certainly know about virtualized servers, storage, networks and even I/O. Now, we've got virtualized clouds. Stay with us here. Companies that use this, Bracket claims, will obtain the reliable, high-performing enterprise-grade security and control that they require to run significant workloads on the public cloud...

Is there a point where a private cloud is cheaper than the public cloud?

Grazed from NetworkWorld. Author: Brandon Bulter.

A group of companies that sell products to build private clouds has determined a price at which it claims it is less expensive to operate a private cloud compared to using Amazon Web Service’s IaaS public cloud. A report from the vendors - which include a collocation provider, a cloud management vendor and a network operator - attempts to address a question many organizations may be considering: When is it better to use a public cloud versus a managed hosting or collocation environment? The case study finds that if an organization is spending more than $7,644 in Amazon’s cloud each month, then it can be cheaper to operate a private cloud.

But analysts say it’s difficult to put an exact dollar figure on when a private cloud will be more cost effective than a public cloud; there are just too many factors to consider, says IDC analyst Melanie Posey. “It’s very hard to make sweeping statements,” she says in an email...