Private Clouds

Security Think Tank: Choose public or private cloud with a clear head

Grazed from ComputerWeekly. Author: Vladimir Jirasek.

Companies are increasingly using clouds to reach for business agility, lowering costs and putting pressure on internal IT teams to improve. The question of whether a company should use public or private cloud service cannot be answered without some definitions first. Fortunately, the Cloud Security Alliance has done a tremendous amount of good work by publishing a comprehensive guidance on cloud computing.

In the guidance, a public cloud is defined as such where multiple customers, who are not related to each other, share the service. Consequently, a private cloud is the opposite of public, but with a twist. There are two types of private clouds defined: on-premise and off-premise. As the names suggest, the former is in the customers datacentre, most likely operated by the IT team, while the latter are services provided to customers with infrastructure, platform or software, while ensuring that the service is not shared with other customers...

Are your Files Secure and Private on the Cloud?

Grazed from Author: PR Announcement.

"Files on the Cloud?", the art of storing and sharing files on the internet and accessible anywhere using any device such as laptops, mobile devices, tablets etc… is a trending phenomenon with incredible benefits. But with the latest reports of corporate espionage in the news, storing your files on the cloud is also an incredible risk.

If you are not familiar with the internet cloud or cloud file sharing, it is basically a means for people to store their files on the internet, and have them synchronized on all of your devices. For example, if you have several mobile products, you could use the cloud to store your pictures and have them accessible on all of your devices automatically. There's no need to copy, paste, move etc… That means of transferring files is thing of the past. With the cloud, it just does it for you without even looking...

Marines May Ditch DISA for Private Cloud to Host Combat Support System

Grazed from NextGov. Author: Editorial Staff.

The Marine Corp is considering using a commercial cloud service provider instead of the Defense Information Systems Agency to host its version of the Global Combat Support System. Separately, the Marines on Wednesday launched a procurement to cut personnel systems costs by selecting just one system integrator to manage 15 systems.

DISA currently hosts the Global Combat Support System Marine Corps (GCSS-MC) at its Enterprise Computing Center in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The Marine Corps Systems Command said in a request for information to industry on Feb. 4 that it is considering using a private cloud service “to increase IT efficiencies, minimize risk, achieve performance objectives and reduce total cost of ownership.”...

EnterpriseDB Expands Cloud Database to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Grazed from TheVarGuy. Author: Christopher Tozzi.

Public cloud, private cloud: Increasingly, these terms are losing their meaning, as enterprise cloud-computing solutions blend the best features of both approaches into one. That strategy is evident in the latest product from EnterpriseDB, an open source database provider that has now expanded its Postgres Plus Cloud Database to include support for Amazon (AMZN) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). EnterpriseDB is pitching the new functionality as a solution that offers enterprises several advantages over competing cloud databases:

  • Greater scalability, since "Postgres Plus Cloud Database is based on an architecture purpose-built for the cloud so that it scales automatically in response to fluctuations in demand for processing power, server capacity or network capacity," according to the company.
  • A dedicated management console for adminstering the database.
  • Support for the product from staff who specialize in Postgres.
  • More granular control, since the solution provides users root access to their data...

Nebula Delivers Multi-Site Cassandra Workloads Across Private and Public Clouds

Grazed from Nebula. Author: PR Announcement.

Nebula, the enterprise private cloud company, today announced that Cloudwick Labs, an independent test lab for cloud computing, has confirmed that Nebula delivers Cassandra workloads to span multiple data centers and validates multi-site hybrid cloud interoperability with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace.

Apache Cassandra, the open source NoSQL database technology, provides multi-site distributed computing of big data across multiple data centers. Tests were done with DataStax DSE – the commercial provider of Cassandra. Cloudwick Labs certified DataStax's Cassandra NoSQL operation on the Nebula One in private cloud and hybrid cloud deployments with AWS and Rackspace. To replicate enterprise workloads, Cloudwick also used Gazzang for data encryption and Datameer for analytics...

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Public, Private & Hybrid Differences

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: iWeb.

Many people have heard of cloud computing. There is however a tremendous number of people who still cannot differentiate between Public, Private & Hybrid cloud offerings. Here is an excellent infographic provided by the group at iWeb which goes into greater detail on this subject...

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Dell, Red Hat co-engineer OpenStack private cloud services

Grazed from TelecomPaper. Author: Editorial Staff.

Dell and Red Hat will jointly engineer enterprise-grade, private cloud services based on OpenStack to help customers move to and deploy cloud computing models. As part of the expanded relationship, Dell becomes the first company to OEM Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The co-engineered service will be built on Dell infrastructure and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. The service will be delivered by a Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform practice within Dell Cloud Services.

Dell and Red Hat will also jointly contribute code to the OpenStack community and collaborate on Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4, currently in beta, which integrates OpenStack Havana, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5...

The private cloud is giving way to the public cloud

Grazed from InfoWorld.  Author: David Linthicum.

Private clouds were the right solution for many enterprises that wanted to realize the value of cloud services without actually moving to a public cloud. However, from what I can see, the trend now appears to moving to deployments on public or hybrid cloud models.  Gartner seems to agree. Michael Warrilow, a research director at Gartner, says more enterprises will look to use public and hybrid cloud models in 2014 as they realize "it's impossible to private-cloud everything."

Although a private cloud is indeed a solid and viable architectural option, it's typically overused. Enterprises that want to maintain control of their hardware and software see the private cloud as an option to help them kick the cloud can farther down the road. They can claim to have a cloud, but that cloud looks like the other systems lying around the data center. Moreover, the cost is about the same or more than traditional systems...

Cloud Computing: The Preference for Private

Grazed from Midsize Insider.  Author: Marissa Tejada.

Private cloud computing is showing impressive growth among today's firms. According to a recent report by InformationWeek, the percentage of organizations using functional private clouds has more than doubled.

Going Private

InformationWeek's Private Cloud Survey found that within a period of about 20 months, private cloud adoption has increased from 21 to 47 percent. The findings revealed that just a year and a half ago, 30 percent of respondents had just begun a cloud project. The study concluded that firms are adopting the cloud at an extremely fast rate because they expect a significant increase in operational productivity and cost savings...

21Vianet Teams With IBM to Bring IBM's Managed Private Cloud to China

Grazed from MarketWatch. Author: PR Announcement.

IBM and 21Vianet Group, Inc. VNET announced today that they have entered a definitive agreement to introduce IBM's premier private cloud infrastructure service and accelerate high value managed private cloud services to China. This partnership brings IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+, a powerful, secure and scalable private cloud built on open standards, to China to keep up with the rising demand for managing more complex, mission-critical workloads and applications in the cloud for large enterprises throughout China. Pursuant to the agreement, IBM will provide the physical point of distribution (POD) and service while 21Vianet will host the POD facility at its data centers in Beijing.

Mr. Josh Chen, Chairman and CEO of 21Vianet, said, "IBM is a global leading enterprise-level cloud computing provider. What's more, IBM is a sincere partner, not only sharing its own technologies and services, but also growing together with us in business insights, management experience, operation and marketing etc. Through this cooperation, 21Vianet Group, Inc has not only strengthened its ability to accelerate business growth, but also comprehensively enhanced the service capability of its cloud computing."...