Over the past decade or so, cloud computing has evolved significantly. Ten years ago the landscape was far different as the cloud was mainly a platform limited to preserving technology-based sectors and allowing computer enthusiasts to develop and experiment with new ideas. Now however, it is a far different prospect. No longer kept behind closed doors and reserved for the few, the cloud is absolutely open for business. The platform has risen in popularity amongst more businesses for multiple reasons and to serve a huge range of sectors. So much so that Forrester research estimates that the global market for cloud computing will exceed $241 billion in 2020. Businesses embarking on a journey into the cloud however can feel overwhelmed by the vast array of options at their disposal, and it can be challenging to establish which options work best. In light of this, almost all these businesses would have asked themselves the same question: which is really better, and where does … [Read more...] about What’s next for the private cloud?
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Rackspace has partnered with HP Enterprise to offer pay-as-you-go private cloud services based on OpenStack.The new service will be available on 28 November.“We believe very much in a multi-cloud future where particularly medium and large companies are going to be using some public cloud, some private cloud, some on-premises, some off-premises,” Rackspace ANZ senior director and general manager Angus Dorney told Computerworld.“What we’re announcing today with HPE is a new model in the private cloud space in terms of adopting a very much public-cloud-like pricing model that we think gives customers more choice and removes some potential barriers to customers choosing that private cloud pathway.”The service will be available in customers’ data centres, within colocation facilities and within Rackspace’s data centres.The pricing model for the service will be “much more simplified” compared to public cloud services … [Read more...] about Rackspace and HPE offer public cloud-style pricing for private cloud
Gradually but surely, cloud infrastructure and services are penetrating deeper into the corporate IT environment. Cloud computing is changing everything from how businesses operate, to how they connect, to how they develop and deliver software and services.As organisations increase the amount of off-premise IT infrastructure they use, maintaining a high level of security and control over digital assets in the cloud becomes critical.Security has been a key concern hindering the cloud migration trend in recent years. According to a 2017 cloud security survey conducted by Crowd Research Partners, security topped the list of cloud inhibitors, with 33 per cent of respondents marking security risks as one of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption in their organisations.And while cloud security has many facets, one of the largest, most visible issues is the security and privacy of sensitive data. A range of highly publicised data leaks in recent years have resulted in financial loss, legal … [Read more...] about How to take charge of data encryption in the cloud era
The second largest car manufacturer in the world, Volkswagen Group, will use the open-source cloud computing platform OpenStack to build a private cloud that will host websites for its brands VW, Audi and Porsche, and will be a platform for innovating automotive technology, the company announced Wednesday. For the past two years, VW officials at the company’s Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters debated what platform to use. VW decided to first build out a private cloud based on OpenStack that will eventually span thousands of physical nodes across multiple data centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Eventually VW hopes to incorporate public cloud resources to create a hybrid cloud, said officials with VW’s consultant, Mirantis. When fully built out, VW’s private cloud could be one of the top five or 10 largest OpenStack-based clouds in production, said Mirantis co-founder and chief marketing officer Boris Renski. According to the OpenStack Foundation’s user survey … [Read more...] about Volkswagen chooses OpenStack for private cloud
Cloud service provider Stratoscale has snapped up database-as-a-service vendor Tesora to beef up its hybrid cloud offering. Stratoscale's key product, Symphony, is built on OpenStack and allows businesses to set up an Amazon Web Services (AWS) "region" in their own data center, so they can easily move workloads between private and public cloud servers or scale up capacity without having to migrate to a different service. Tesora's database as a service, also built on OpenStack, runs in public, private or hybrid clouds. Stratoscale plans to use it to expand its existing managed database support, which includes AWS Relational Database Service and the AWS NoSQL database, DynamoDB. Tesora will bring Stratoscale self-service provisioning capabilities for Oracle, MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, PostgresSQL, Couchbase, Cassandra, Redis, DataStax Enterprise, Persona and DB2 Express databases. It's only a couple of months since Stratoscale released version 3 of Symphony, introducing compatibility … [Read more...] about Stratoscale buys Tesora to bolster hybrid cloud database capability