Private Clouds

Mega trends: The convergence of public and private clouds

Grazed from ITWeb. Author: Martin May.

Cloud computing has quickly evolved into an umbrella term, describing a variety of different computing concepts that involve a large number of computers (increasingly mobile devices) that are connected to one another. At the core of all cloud computing applications lies the concept of a converged infrastructure with shared resources and shared services, says Martin May, regional director at Enterasys Networks.

Up to now, the emphasis has been on the ‘private cloud’, an infrastructure operated for (or by) a single organisation, whether managed internally or by a third party, and hosted internally or externally. The key benefit of a private cloud is recognised as its ability to pool and dynamically allocate IT resources across any number of business units, allowing services to be deployed quickly – and even scaled to meet growing needs...

Scale Computing Aims to Grow Private Cloud Opportunities for VARs

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Chris Talbot.

Scale Computing, which provides hyperconverged solutions that combine servers, storage and virtualization, has launched a formal channel partner program to help drive its products through the channel as the need for virtualization and private cloud solutions continues to grow. The new Scale Computing Platinum Partner Program was developed to provide the company's VARs with new revenue opportunities for private clouds in the midsize enterprise market.

According to Doug Howell, director of Channels at Scale Computing, the new partner program combined with Scale Computing's technology provides the channel with an opportunity in an underserved market. Whereas vendors and partners have been providing high availability and disaster recovery to the enterprise in a way that is typically overpriced for the midmarket, Scale Computing aims to bring that solution downstream in a way that is priced right for the market but also provides the features the midmarket needs...

Hey Amazon: Where's your private cloud?

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Brandon Butler.

The public cloud computing market is becoming increasingly competitive with new entrants focusing on hybrid offerings that combine public and private clouds. That’s leaving some asking the market-leading public cloud provider, Amazon Web Services, where its private cloud offering is.

The question was posed to CTO Werner Vogels at GigaOm Structure last month and Vogels didn’t give any indication of plans to offer customers a way to run Amazon-style clouds on their premises behind their own firewalls. Instead, he says the company offers a variety of ways for customers to build private-like cloud on Amazon’s infrastructure. Also, acknowledging that customers will not abandon their own resources, Amazon has built ways to connect existing on-premises systems with its public cloud. “We’ve been doing quite a bit for people looking for that model,” Vogels said.For example, the company has tools like:..

Enterprises Prefer Private Clouds: Survey

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Gina Ross.

Adoption of cloud models is moving into a mature stage as more organizations expect to transition key IT operations to the cloud over the next five years, with private cloud deployments leading the way. Today, 61 percent of organizations have at least a portion of their computing infrastructure in the cloud, according to an IDG Enterprise cloud computing report.

Although many enterprises are still trying to identify IT operations that are good candidates for cloud hosting, cloud investments are up compared with last year, increasing by 10 percent for an average investment of $1.5 million, said IDG. Based on 1,358 survey respondents, a key finding shows that 29 percent of companies expect that the majority of IT operations—with the exception of financial and compliance applications—will be in the cloud in the next five years...

Cloud computing: private vs public

Grazed from ChannelPro.  Author: Edward Jones.

Cloud computing is the latest buzz word in the IT world, but what exactly does it mean for your business? If you’re reading this, chances are that you already know what ‘the cloud’ means and you’re weighing up how best to implement this revolutionary innovation within your business environment.

Depending on a number of different factors within your business, you will either be considering operating a “private cloud” or joining a “public cloud”. This article will help to explain the material differences between these two functionally similar technologies, assess the positive and negative implications of them as solutions within your business, and hopefully bring you to a natural conclusion as to which offers the best platform for your business...

Want a cloud where you call the shots? Consider ownCloud

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Nervous about the NSA, PRISM and your public cloud? Not sure you want to put all your data eggs in one Amazon Web Services zone basket? Then, maybe ownCloud's just released enterprise version of its open-source cloud program, ownCloud 5.0 Enterprise Edition, is what you want need.

OwnCloud is as an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service. With it you can store your files, folders, contacts, photo galleries, calendars and more on your own servers. You can then access that storage from your mobile device, your desktop, or a Web browser. You can also sync your data with local devices and share your data either with the world at large or specific, approved users...

Why Microsoft’s cloud matters: Hint the reason begins with “A” but it ain’t Azure

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Barb Darrow.

It won’t surprise you to hear that Microsoft cloud chief Satya Nadella thinks Windows Azure is ready for primetime not only among the big and medium-sized companies where Windows and .NET are entrenched but among lean Mac-laden startups that have made Amazon Web Services the de facto infrastructure standard.

In his view, Windows Azure is already a major player in public cloud and will get bigger because Microsoft has the apps that prove Azure’s mettle day in and day out. In an interview following his Structure 2013 talk, Nadella conceded that Azure does not yet have an outside “poster child” for Azure — the role Netflix plays for AWS. But, it does have a ton of internal workloads humming away testing out the service...

Fidelity Investments Brokerage Is Investing in OpenStack for Private Clouds

Grazed from VirtualizationReview. Author: Jeffrey Swartz.

The large brokerage firm Fidelity Investments is running private clouds based on the OpenStack open source environment with an eye toward eventually bursting to public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds. Kevin Finn, group technology VP at Fidelity, on Wednesday gave the nod to the company's OpenStack initiative at the GigaOM Structure conference during an onstage interview with Rackspace CTO John Engates. Also on the panel was Jim O'Neill, CIO of HubSpot, a marketing services startup that is using OpenStack for private clouds.

While Finn didn't provide significant detail about Fidelity's OpenStack implementation, he indicated it was still early on. Finn did say Fidelity has participated in the open source collaboration efforts of the OpenStack Foundation and has attended its summits, the most recent one being held in Portland back in April...

Private PaaS: the next generation platform for enterprises

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: David Linthicum.

The early cloud computing adopters, mostly website developers, made initial use of emerging public PaaS technology such as Heroku, Engine Yard, and Google App Engine. Driving this movement was the use of the instant sandbox, which allowed developers to begin writing their apps without worrying about the underlying infrastructure.

However, enterprises practically ignored public PaaS for obvious reasons, such as security and governance. While enterprises have the desire to create a standard development and deployment platform for the enterprise, they cannot afford the risks of multitenant public cloud services. So how do you make PaaS work for your enterprise? The answer lies in understanding new models of delivery, such as private PaaS. Moreover, there are emerging patterns of use that provide more business agility...

PRISM could foil the public-cloud campaign, and private clouds might lie in crosshairs

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Jordan Novet.

Just as a good share of consumers are concerned about their privacy after news broke about the National Security Agency’s PRISM program, some cloud-computing executives believe the news could hamper their industry as well.

In fact, government access to data in clouds could be blown wide open if the FBI gets its way in passing certain legislation. But that could be in the future. For now, actually, the workloads running on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds could be harder to get at than data inside higher-level consumer-cloud services and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications...