Now that the concept of cloud computing has become tech the topic du jour, the latest round of debate has centered on whether cloud computing can be extended into the enterprise in the form of private clouds to meet the unique requirements of individual organizations.Cloud computing zealots are vehemently opposed to this idea. They believe that the fundamental value proposition of cloud computing is the greater efficiencies and better economies that are derived from shared services. They are also suspicious that proponents of private clouds are either in-house IT people who are afraid of relinquishing their operations and responsibilities to third parties, or legacy software and system vendors who are threatened by today's new wave of more cost-effective solutions and services.While I think both of these concerns are well-founded and valid reasons to question the motives of today's private cloud advocates, I also think there is plenty of room for useful private clouds to prosper.First, … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS Do Private Clouds Make Sense?
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Cloud is everywhere -- there is no escaping it! This is actually a good thing for companies having to deal with burgeoning storage and backup costs with no relief in sight. Internet-based cloud services provide a viable alternative for companies looking for an additional location to store their data.The reason I say additional is I believe that for a vast majority of companies, the public cloud is not yet ripe enough to be made the primary location for storing their data. For the lucky few who have made the switch to public or private clouds for data storage, this article may validate some of their assumptions and perhaps offer a different perspective on the risks leading up to that decision.For those who are still in the evaluation stage, I would like to offer a word of caution: This article presents some high-level assumptions that may not apply to your environment, so full due diligence should be a key part of this process.So, let us take a look at how you can avail yourself of … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE 6 Things You Need to Know About Cloud-Based Storage and Backup
Thousands of federal employees will be using cloud-based email systems as government agencies take their first steps in meeting a mandate to inaugurate cloud services within their information technology systems. The White House has directed 25 large agencies to launch at least one cloud-migration project by the end of the year and two more by mid-2012.The Federal Chief Information Officers Council released a list of 78 candidate projects for cloud migration late last month, and the most popular application among them is email.For IT vendors, the list is the first comprehensive document that not only shows how many projects will be in the first cut of the federal program but also provides important information on the types of applications agencies have determined are initially best suited for cloud technology.Of the 78 projects, 14 are dedicated to email migrations. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tops the list for email applications in terms of sheer size, with a potential … [Read more...] about GOVERNMENT IT REPORT Email Tops Project List as Feds Take Cloud Plunge
Part 1 of this three-part series discusses the promise cloud computing holds for federal agencies to drastically cut costs while boosting performance and improving services. Part 2 explores the current governmental strategies for achieving broad-based adoption of cloud services.The allure of utilizing the latest advance in information technology -- cloud computing -- is that cloud applications will greatly increase efficiency and reduce IT costs. The U.S. government, which spends upwards of US$80 billion per year on information technology, clearly presents a big opportunity for cloud applications.By some estimates, nearly 40 percent of annual federal IT spending -- some $32 billion -- is for infrastructure operations, the component of IT use that embraces cloud technology. In order to gain future efficiencies on current IT operations by using the cloud, federal IT managers will have to make some significant front-end investments. In addition, as these agencies gain experience with … [Read more...] about Uncle Sam Wants the Cloud, Part 3
The popularity of cloud concepts and the expected benefits from cloud computing have certainly raised expectations. Forrester now predicts that cloud spending will grow from US$40 billion to $241 billion in the global IT market over the next 10 years, and yet, there's still a lot of confusion about the true payoffs and risks associated with cloud adoption. IDC has it's own numbers.Some enterprises expect to use cloud and hybrid clouds to save on costs, improve productivity, refine their utilization rates, cut energy use and eliminate gross IT inefficiencies. At the same time, cloud use should improve their overall agility, ramp up their business-process innovation, and generate better overall business outcomes.To others, this sounds a bit too good to be true, and a backlash against a silver bullet, cloud hype mentality is inevitable and is probably healthy. Yet, we find that there is also unfounded cynicism about cloud computing and underserved doubt.So, where is the golden mean, a … [Read more...] about PODCAST Mythbusting the Private Cloud
Recent events have added further credence (if more was needed) to the growing body of evidence that -- despite the boundless hype -- cloud computing is a game-changing phenomenon that is having an impact on how people think about enterprise storage.VMWorld 2010 brought an estimated 17,000 people together -- unheard of numbers for a trade show in recent years -- for a conference dominated by cloud computing, with storage playing a surprisingly important role in the cloud discussion. The theme of the show -- "Virtual Roads. Actual Clouds" -- served as an extension of EMC World's "Journey to the Private Cloud" last spring.However, it isn't just EMC and its close relative VMware, that are talking cloud -- and particularly, the private cloud. Both HP and Oracle announced bundled cloud solutions focused on jump-starting the implementation of clouds within the enterprise.On the storage front, the battle between Dell and HP over 3Par culminated in HP's whopping US$2.4 billion purchase of a … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE Rethinking Storage for the Private Cloud
Recently, HP fully threw its hat into the public cloud-computing ring, joining the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM, to provide a full range of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings hosted on HP data centers.Targeting enterprises, independent software vendors (ISVs), service providers, and the global HP channel and partner ecosystem, the new HP Enterprise Cloud Services-Compute (ECS-Compute) bundles server, storage, network and security resources for consumption as pure services.ECS-Compute is an HP-hosted compute fabric that's governed via policies for service, performance, security, and privacy requirements. The fabric is available this month via bursting with elasticity provisioning that rapidly adjusts infrastructure capacity, as enterprise demands shift and change, said HP.HP CloudSystem, a new private-hybrid cloud enablement offering that automates private cloud provisioning, uses HP Cloud Service Automation (CSA) solutions and HP Converged Infrastructure … [Read more...] about INSIGHTS HP’s New Cloud on the Block
The industry roils with definitions and explanations of cloud. These definitions come from product vendors cloud-washing their products, cloud providers positioning their cloud infrastructure, IT teams attempting to cloud-paint their efforts in virtualization, and even from consultants writing articles like this.This article will examine the essence of cloud and will provide a solid working foundation against which progress toward the cloud can be objectively assessed.Cloud computing is essentially a deployment model that sets a new paradigm for how services are selected, provided and billed. The service consumers are typically computer-literate business units, application developers and IT capacity planners. Technologies that make cloud computing possible include: Internet access, a shared pool of virtualized resources and the ability to support an elastic services pool that can be turned on and off depending on capacity demand (this is achieved through a combination of capacity … [Read more...] about EXPERT ADVICE The Essence of Cloud
Welcome to the latest BriefingsDirect Analyst Insights Edition, Vol. 36, a periodic discussion and dissection of software, services, Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and compute cloud-related news and events with a panel of IT analysts.In this episode, recorded Jan. 12, 2009, our guests examine what might keep SOA alive and vibrant -- the ability for the architectural approach to grow inclusive of service types like service-oriented communications (SOC).We also visit the purported demise of large-scale SOA to calibrate the life span of SOA -- is it dead or alive?Please join noted IT industry analysts and experts Todd Landry, vice president of NEC Sphere; Jim Kobielus, senior analyst at Forrester Research; Tony Baer, senior analyst at Ovum; Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and prolific blogger; Dave Linthicum, founder of Blue Mountain Labs; JP Morgenthal, senior analyst at Burton Group, and Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director at Burton Group.Our discussion is … [Read more...] about PODCAST Reports of SOA’s Death: Greatly Exaggerated or Dead-On?
Microsoft and Red Hat on Wednesday announced a deal that bridges their cloud technologies, which have been separated by the competing Windows and Linux platforms.The partnership lets customers migrate their data to either Microsoft Azure or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It also integrates features in both cloud systems so customers can use them interchangeably.In addition, Microsoft is offering REHL as the preferred Linux choice on Microsoft Azure. In return, Microsoft Azure will become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, according to the companies.Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers can, for example, run their own virtual machine images in Microsoft Azure, and Azure customers can run their data on Red Hat's application platform. The Red Hat applications include Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss Web Server, Gluster Storage and OpenShift, the company's Platform as a Service offering.Red Hat and Microsoft will work together in addressing common enterprise, … [Read more...] about Microsoft and Red Hat Collaborate in the Cloud