Private Clouds

Tier1 Launches Private Oracle Cloud

Grazed from PDDNet. Author: Editorial Staff.

Tier1 announced the availability of the Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud, the most optimized and protected computing environment for Oracle Applications and databases. Leveraging Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) technology, the only virtual environment certified to use Oracle Trusted Partitions - the Tier1 Private Cloud provides the flexibility to license Oracle software on a virtual CPU basis.

The Tier1 Private Oracle Cloud is designed to minimize customer costs and the complexities they face when hosting Oracle applications in-house. Private cloud environments are hosted in a world class data center and designed specifically for Oracle customers. Tier1 CEO, Dave Busch, says, "We thoroughly evaluated the build versus buy for our private cloud solution and decided to purchase Oracle's VCA for a number of reasons: The VCA uses all Oracle products that are pre-configured and wired. It's a turnkey solution. It's pre-built, and it's easy to install and configure. We were able to get our virtual computer clients running very smoothly, very quickly."...

SUSE Unveils Icehouse OpenStack Private Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

SUSE has launched an updated version of its private cloud solution. This latest version, dubbed SUSE Cloud 4, was designed based on OpenStack Icehouse, the latest version of the open source cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform. In addition to being based on Icehouse, SUSE Cloud 4 also supports the Ceph distributed storage system, but it also includes new VMware (VMW) capabilities and enhanced scalability, automation and availability features for easing enterprise adoption of OpenStack, the company stated.

"SUSE Cloud makes it easy and cost-effective to implement a highly available, mixed-hypervisor private cloud infrastructure. And the addition of Ceph distributed storage capabilities increases the value and flexibility of SUSE Cloud in almost any enterprise," said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of Global Alliances and Marketing, in a prepared statement...

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Build your own private cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: Eric Knorr.

The primary mission of computing has always been to automate business. The secondary mission has been to automate the automation, a quest that grows ever more urgent as data center technology achieves such towering complexity it threatens to collapse under its own weight. The private cloud is the latest attempt to boost the efficiency and agility of the vast assortment of hardware and software sprawled across data centers.

The idea is to pool compute, storage, and network resources and manage them from a central software control point rather than scrambling to provision, monitor, manage, and reconfigure all that infrastructure manually. Predictably, the organizations with the most experience designing and running shared infrastructure are the public cloud service providers themselves...

Enterprises increasingly look to the private cloud

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

Companies interested in moving to cloud computing are increasingly choosing a private cloud for the increased security and, often, compliance features instead of the public cloud, according to a recent survey. "Companies have noticed that the public cloud only goes so far," said Allan Krans, an analyst with Technology Business Research. "You can't customize it. The security is what it is. [With the private cloud], you don't have to own the infrastructure, but you get all the benefits of cloud but with the additional security, compliance and delivery options."

The analyst firm did a recent study showing that private cloud adoption is growing at a faster rate than companies choosing the public cloud. The public cloud market has grown 20% year over year, according to the TBR survey that polled about 2,200 enterprise buyers worldwide earlier this year. The private cloud, however, is expected to grow between 40% to 50% a year for the next several years...

Cisco: Regulatory Pressure to Drive Private Cloud

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Regulatory pressure is likely to keep private cloud alive and growing within the overall cloud computing market, according to Rob Lloyd, president of Development and Sales at Cisco Systems (CSCO). ZDNet recently noted that Lloyd said "private cloud is not going away." Lloyd was quoted as speaking to a group of Australian media about Intercloud, the company's global cloud network that it hopes will play a significant role in the cloud space.

But Lloyd also seemed to go against common belief that as enterprises become more confident and comfortable with cloud services, they will increasingly turn to the public cloud. Lloyd seems to believe the opposite—that as regulatory issues continue to put pressure on enterprises and cloud services providers that enterprises will focus more and more on implementing private cloud solutions...

OpenStack's Growth Remains in Private Cloud

Grazed from TheVaryGuy. Author: Chris Talbot.

OpenStack seems to have found its niche in the cloud computing market. An ever-increasing number of major vendors and cloud providers are turning to OpenStack to build out their own offerings and provide cloud infrastructure for customers. But, according to one analyst, OpenStack has its limitations, and it will stay within the private cloud world.

Battery Ventures technical fellow Adrian Cockcroft's analysis on OpenStack was recently reported on at GigaOM. And Cockcroft, a former cloud expert who was most recently working at Netflix before moving to Battery Ventures, noted that OpenStack is really catching on in the private cloud. For those who have joined the growing open source cloud movement, this is great, as Cockcroft noted that the brand will dominate in the private cloud world...

Private cloud is here to stay: Cisco

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Aimee Chanthadavong.

Cisco Systems is confident that Australia will be the global market leader to take up its big cloud play that has been dubbed Intercloud. Speaking to a room of media this week, Cisco development and sales president Robert Lloyd said Intercloud — which the company initially announced in March as part of its US$1 billion investment to secure its position in the cloud computing market — is an "enterprise response to the multiple uses of cloud technology that is expected to unfold in the next decade".

"We have heard for a year or two about the construct of the market, and how it has been trying to respond to the complexity that has emerged in networking ... [but] command line interface network units that's expected to lead to the agility and flexibility that customers are looking for today isn't going to be the answer," he said...

In Big Companies, The Public Cloud Is Leaving The Private Cloud In The Dust

Grazed from ReadWrite. Author: Matt Asay.

For years we've been told that enterprises wouldn't put their sensitive data into the public cloud, particularly Amazon Web Services. We've been reminded, over and over, that companies value control and security too much to entrust their applications to someone else's public data center.

Then when it became clear that Amazon's cloud business was exploding, we were told enterprises were only running dev and test workloads there. The good stuff was still running behind the firewall, and always would. Today, it's clear that such reasoning is flawed and completely out-of-whack with actual enterprise computing trend, which heavily favor public cloud computing...

Fujitsu Enhances Suite of Private Cloud Platform Products with Support for OpenStack

Grazed from MarketWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Fujitsu today announced that it is offering private cloud products and services that support OpenStack, the open cloud environment, to meet diverse customer cloud needs in the era of cloud computing. To support an open cloud environment, Fujitsu is offering a private cloud platform product based on OpenStack technology and an integrated service catalog management portal product for hybrid cloud environments that combine private and public clouds. The company is also offering support services for building and operating Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, the OpenStack distribution from Red Hat, Inc.

Fujitsu has long been an active participant in Japan's open source software (OSS) community, and it has a wealth of experience deploying cloud systems. With its track record in applying Linux and other OSS to mission critical systems, and with its development and support unit of 700 Japan based people involved in OpenStack and other OSS projects, Fujitsu delivers safe and reliable open cloud environments...

Private Cloud ROI Calculator

Grazed from Datamation. Author: James Maguire.

`A private cloud ROI calculator that works for all businesses – in any stage of adoption – is essentially impossible. After all, calculating ROI of a private cloud requires weighing a remarkably complex set of variables. Furthermore, some of those variables will be so specific to your business that a single calculator could hardly contain them all. Still, a ballpark estimate can help your planning immeasurably. And any smart consultant will tell you that planning is absolutely essential to a successful cloud deployment.

Private Cloud ROI Calculator: Vendor Neutral

Our private cloud ROI calculator, part of our Private Cloud Project Center, includes a full complement of variables. Unlike many private cloud ROI calculators, ours was not created by a vendor to sell you a specific solution. We worked in conjunction with independent cloud computing experts – notably Sam Charrington – before we coded the grid of private cloud variables...