Private Clouds

Cloud Computing: Public, private or hybrid...

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Christo Briedenhann.

There's no question that the growth of the cloud computing market has generated a lot of discussion, creating almost as much debate and conversation as it has confusion. But one thing is certain: cloud computing has clearly moved from buzz to business, and has changed the nature of IT delivery in the process. Just consider the numbers. According to analyst firm IDC, the cloud software market reached $22.9 billion in revenue in 2011, and will grow to $67.3 billion by 2016. Not to mention the billions that will be spent on infrastructure to support private and hybrid clouds.

The different types of clouds – private, public, and hybrid – are generally lumped under the cloud computing banner. But they are in fact different. Deciding which is best could add friction to a decision to shift applications, data, and services off-premises...

Lenovo Simplifies Cloud Computing for SMBs with EMC VSPEX Private Cloud Solutions

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Lenovo today announced a comprehensive and validated architecture design to help small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) implement a private cloud environment. Lenovo supports EMC's VSPEX(TM) program, which specifies EMC-validated technology -- including Lenovo ThinkServers -- to assemble a virtualization solution that's pre-tested and proven to meet the IT challenges SMBs often face, such as mitigating costs associated with supporting IT infrastructure and accelerating IT service delivery.

"Lenovo ThinkServer as a core component of a validated VSPEX architecture, specifies leading virtualization, server, and network technology to create a complete virtualization solution that enables SMBs to spend less time and money on IT infrastructure and more time on their business," said Darrel Ward, vice president, Enterprise Product Group. "SMBs and channel providers will benefit from Lenovo's VSPEX private cloud solutions, which are designed to scale and perform in a simple-to-deploy, single rack."...

Time to Lay the Groundwork for the Private Cloud

Grazed from ITBusinessEdge. Author: Arthor Cole.

The enterprise is fast approaching a critical juncture in the development of virtual and cloud architectures – the point at which public, private and hybrid infrastructure starts to meld into a unified data architecture. But while the idea of a fully seamless environment in which applications and data can burst across internal and external infrastructure at will is still a little fuzzy, the fact remains that cloud computing will soon become the norm for the enterprise, rather than the exception. And that means the pressure is on to convert existing silo-based infrastructure into a private cloud.

Too bad we don’t have a magic pill to make it happen. Instead, enterprise executives are forced into a soup-to-nuts evaluation of existing infrastructure, followed by a detailed plan as to how they intend to convert it into something that is still largely undefined. Industry-wide, however, the knowledge base is steadily increasing, and a quick scan of what some early adopters have learned can make the cloud transition a lot easier for all...

Getting Started with Private Cloud Computing

Grazed from Datamation. Author: James McGuire.

Looking for advice and guidance about private cloud computing? Visit the Private Cloud Project Center for case studies, a product comparison matrix, an RFP template and more. Clearly, the number of private cloud computing deployments is growing by leaps and bounds. Recent QuinStreet Enterprise Research indicates that private cloud is the most popular type of cloud deployment, and will likely far outpace the public cloud over the next year. The survey shows that 36 percent of respondents currently have a private cloud and an additional 29 percent expect to deploy a private cloud.

The popularity of this emerging technology is no surprise. A private cloud enables enterprises to use software to pool resources into a unified virtualized computing environment. This software defined computing resource – whether large or small – is far more dynamic and scalable than a traditional hardware-centric data center. In some cases it offers greater ability to leverage third party resources on an on-demand basis. While many enterprises host a private cloud in-house, some firms hire an external provider to host their private deployment...

6 Common Challenges Of Private Cloud Implementations

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Sourya Biswas.

The private cloud has become a popular option for enterprises who desire the numerous advantages of cloud computing but do not want to relinquish the control that public cloud adoption will force. However, private cloud implementations come with their own set of challenges.

Private cloud, as an approach to IT operations, calls for organizations to transform their data centers, including the network. Using strategic points of control to aggregate and dynamically provision IT resources can help organizations meet network-related challenges and move past the hype to successfully build, deploy, and secure private clouds...

Private, Public and Hybrid Clouds: A closer look at what needs to be considered

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: Anthony Savaas.

European enterprises are currently spending almost one-third of their annual IT budget on cloud computing, spread over private, public and "hybrid" clouds, according to research. But what are the different cloud platforms and how should companies approach their entry into the cloud. The research mentioned was conducted among 455 senior IT staff at large firms, with the data collected by IDG Research Services on behalf of server virtualisation software firm, VMware.

Spending on the cloud and going private first

The study explored the views of IT leaders involved in the purchase process for cloud computing systems across seven EMEA countries, including the UK, and found that 31 percent of IT budgets are now allocated to cloud computing. Of the work taking place in the cloud, the study found that most of it involves private clouds (54 percent), followed by 24 percent in public clouds and 22 percent in public/private hybrid clouds...

New Technologies Target OpenStack Private Clouds

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Tom Trainer.

There’s no question that data center and private cloud environments have struggled to obtain highly available scale-out object storage and a seamless data management capability that extends all the way to the endpoint. Conversely, public cloud architectures are growing more mature and provide low-cost, scale-out object storage and innovative backup functionality. Data centers and private clouds need these public cloud types of storage and data management capabilities. Fortunately, there are a handful of companies stepping up to address this need.

One such company is Druva, which released a new version of its inSync managed data offering Thursday. Along with file storage, inSync now provides highly available scale-out object storage based on the OpenStack SWIFT storage access protocol and has the capability to backup both file and object storage, as well as remote data on endpoint devices (that is, laptops and handheld devices.). Druva is primarily targeting the OpenStack private cloud environment; however, it will continue to support the traditional data center deployment model...

Hybrid Cloud: Delivering the Best of Public and Private Clouds

Grazed from CIO. Author: Editorial Staff.

On May 21, VMware announced the launch of its own public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)—the vCloud Hybrid Service. Since then, we’ve had hundreds of conversations with our customers and partners, who have made it even clearer there is a need for —and much enthusiasm about—a true hybrid cloud service.

For more details, watch this short video with Bill Fathers, VMware Senior Vice President and General Manager, Hybrid Cloud BU, discusses VMware’s move to IaaS. A common theme in our conversations about hybrid cloud was the (healthy) tension between:

  • business teams striving to launch new products and services, move into new markets, and generally drive growth, and
  • overloaded IT organizations that are rewarded for avoiding outages and cutting costs...

Basho Unveils Riak CS 1.4, Driving Distributed Cloud Storage Innovation for Public and Private Clouds

Grazed from Basho. Author: PR Announcement.

Basho Technologies, the leader in distributed systems software, announced today the availability of Riak CS 1.4 and Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise. Riak CS 1.4 continues Basho's commitment to provide cloud storage software that is simple to operate, highly available by design, and compatible with industry cloud standards. Riak CS is used by organizations worldwide to power their public and private clouds.

Riak CS 1.4 introduces formal integration with OpenStack, provides enhanced performance and manageability, includes community requests, and improves performance at scale. Riak CS 1.4 Enterprise significantly boosts the performance of multi-data center replication by allowing for concurrent channels, so the full capacity of the network and cluster size can scale the performance to available resources...

SUSE Cloud 2.0 Beta Begins; Offers Updates for Open Enterprise-Class Private Clouds

Grazed from Suse. Author: PR Announcement.

SUSE is beta testing its enterprise-ready SUSE Cloud 2.0 for private clouds. SUSE 2.0, based on OpenStack’s Grizzly project sports improved installation, better management and adds support for hypervisor options.

“The beta program helps battle harden the software . . . and allows selected partners to ensure integration of their solutions with SUSE Cloud,” said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing in a statement. SUSE Cloud is an open source enterprise cloud computing platform that enables easy deployment and seamless management of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) private clouds...