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The Hidden Costs of Internal Clouds
The Hidden Costs of Internal Clouds
by Ellen Rubin
Concerns about security and loss of control in public clouds have led to an alternative model—the internal cloud—that replicates the cloud environment inside the corporate firewall. With servers, applications and data within the enterprise walls, internal clouds can provide many of the benefits of cloud computing without the potential risks when the computing environment is provided by a third party. Unfortunately, the economics of internal clouds makes them inherently less efficient than the public cloud, especially as new technology makes the public cloud safer and more reliable.
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The Cloud is Not Outsourcing
The Cloud is Not Outsourcing
by Randy Bias
Do ‘private’ or ‘internal’ clouds deserve to be called “clouds”? Prominent cloud thought leaders including Sam Johnston and George Reese think not. Some say, to truly be considered “cloud”, a solution must be outsourced, use virtualization, and billed by the hours used, like a power utility. If those who hold this view are right, then it’s impossible for an internal private cloud to be “cloud”. I disagree. In fact, the most disruptive, game-changing events in the rise of cloud computing may emerge with internal clouds behind the corporate firewall.
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AppZero Collaborates with Microsoft to Support Windows Server Modernization
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

Andover, MA – November 18, 2013: AppZero, a fast, more flexible way to move server applications, announced today a collaboration with Microsoft in which Microsoft is recommending AppZero for moving a variety of applications from Windows Server 2003, which reaches the end of extended support in July, 2015, to Microsoft’s newer operating systems.


5 Recommended AWS re:Invent Breakout Sessions for Scalability and Optimization
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Looking through the list of sessions (the schedule builder is very useful), I quickly discovered that trying to figure out which ones to attend was not as easy as I’d though. I found that first, selecting a re:Invent theme would narrow down my choices. While tagging my favorite sessions and building a schedule, I realized that I am attracted to the practical case studies that discuss scalability and optimization. If you, too, find these topics of interest, be sure to check out, ‘How Adobe Deploys’, ‘The Netflix Isthmus and Active-Active Case Study’, ‘Why Scale Matters’ (by James Hamilton one of the AWS creators), and ‘Choosing the Right Instance’, among others.


Pabst Brewing Company - Recipe for Cloud Success - A Case Study PDF
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

iDentitySential and AppZero™ team up for a 6-week migration of the PBC datacenter to the Rackspace cloud – enterprise applications identified, extracted, and moved in less than 1 hour.


Cloud Computing: Introduction & Overview PDF
Aditya Thatte - Software Engineer at IBM Research

An Introduction to Cloud Computing


Demystifying The Cloud
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

This 55 page guide explains the concepts of Cloud Computing in simple terms.


Meeting the Challenge of Enterprise Cloud Development: 7 Best Practices for Hybrid Cloud
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

"Meeting the Challenge of Enterprise Cloud Development: 7 Best Practices for Hybrid Cloud" A major transformation is underway. What historically operated behind firewalls is migrating to public and private Clouds. Across these interwoven Clouds, business solutions must interoperate, share data and deliver value to customers, suppliers and other business partners as the developing Boundary-free Enterprise™ emerges and evolves. Read this white paper to learn how to manage these multiple hybrid Clouds through ongoing, continuous delivery of new functionality and the integration of other Cloud solutions.


Mind Map of Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Mind Map of Cloud Computing!!! Please suggest more so we can expand this Mind Map and make it Huge...


InstaCompute – a pay-per-use IaaS solution from Tata Communications
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

InstaCompute – a pay-per-use IaaS solution from Tata Communications Gain on-demand, self-service provisioning and scaling over the internet,within minutes.


Secure Environment for Federal Government Cloud Pilot
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

How is the Federal government hoping to achieve the $12 Billion in projected annual savings? This projection was quoted by the MeriTalk Cloud Computing Exchange and published today by Forbes.com, and it doesn’t seem too optimistic given that the Federal government is already saving approximately $5.5 Billion per year. These savings have been achieved by individual agencies adopting cloud solutions, but such organic growth will only go so far. In order to expand this in a generic and scalable manner, the Federal government would need a secure environment to test the cloud and run pilot programs.


Public Cloud Case Studies
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Successful Public Cloud Adoption examples in Real World in different domains for different contexts.


Presentation: Cloud Computing Overview
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Presentation File (PPT) on Cloud Computing Overview -Typical IT Environment -Business Drivers -Virtualization, Journey towards Clouds -Defining Cloud Computing -Cloud Deployment Models, Cloud Service Models --Use Cases and Service Providers -Scenarios -Amazon AWS Overview -Cost Benefits with examples -Demo --Virtualization --Create Virtual Machine in Public Cloud --PaaS (Java)


Amazon AWS storage basics: Stop the sprawl before it begins !
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

There is a common perception that cloud storage should not really worry you because it is very cheap and available at any time. Is that really true ? It is common to hear AWS consumers say that AWS storage = S3 – this is true but it is not the whole truth.


Cloud Deployment Tree
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

The Cloud Deployment Tree helps to narrow down the cloud model that works best for each customer's requirements. Providers can also use this tree to identify their niche in the market.


Hybrid Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Hybrid means a thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture. A hybrid cloud is a composition of at least one private cloud and at least one public cloud WHERE organization provides and manages some resources in-house and has others provided externally AND remains unique entities but is bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.


Real-World Applications for Private Cloud
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

Private Cloud introduces a new architecture that might make it challenging for developers to migrate their existing applications. It’s certainly not “A wolf in sheep’s clothing”. The question is, how will that private cloud be used, and what are the downstream effects of moving to a private cloud? The most common query has been, “What kind of real world applications can be successfully deployed in Private Cloud environments?”


Performance, Location, Security, Business Model: Your Choice
Timothy Chou - Strategic Advisor at Cloudbook.net

Instead of thinking about the Cloud in terms of public vs private, think about the four specialized characteristics of cloud services that will suit your needs. For most business executives, the public vs private cloud distinction has become shorthand for secure (private) vs insecure (public). But that's not a terribly useful way to look at it. After all, the folks at Rackspace, Microsoft, and Amazon are not in the business of building insecure compute and storage cloud services.


3 areas of differentiation in Public Cloud
Christian Verstraete - Chief Technologist - Cloud Strategy at Hewlett-Packard

If we bring things back to basics, a cloud consists of three key components: one or a number of datacenters, a network and a zillion of devices. Most cloud providers are focusing on optimizing one of the three. Wouldn't it make sense to look at all three holistically? Telco's are in a unique position to do just that, but what does it take to get there?


Does the Desktop Really Matter?
Joey Widener - Sr. Product Evangelist at AT&T Hosting & Cloud Services

If I Can Access an Application via Web Browser or Smartphone, then Why Do I Need the Full Desktop?


Hybrid Cloudonomics - Part 2
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Auther at I Am OnDemand.com

The first part of Weinman’s lecture discussing the basic “go to the cloud” and demonstrating cloud environments’ loads of different corporations’ web applications. In this part we will bring 6 scenarios presented by Weinman, each includes a brief analysis and proof of its cost and benefits.


Hybrid Cloudonomics: a Lecture by Joe Weinman - Part 1
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Auther at I Am OnDemand.com
Joe Weinman - VP, Strategic Solution Sales at AT&T Inc

Joe Weinman is well known in the cloud computing community as the founder of Cloudonomics. Presenting complex simulation tools, Weinman characterizes the sometimes counterintuitive business, financial, and user experience benefits of cloud computing including its on-demand, pay-per-use and other buisness aspects. Last month I had the pleasure of participating in Weinman’s webinar. Weinman discussed several interesting points which I would like to share with you.


Contributions Results for Basics: Delivery Models

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Introducing AppZero Application Migration
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

AppZero is the fastest and most flexible way to move workloads across clouds and datacenter servers, without re-engineering, re-installation, or lock-in. AppZero is the only tool on the market that lets you move to the cloud and "up-level" to a new version of an OS, in one easy step.


Up-level Application Migration -- move from WS2003 to WS2012 in Minutes
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

Watch a video demonstration: Up-level Application Migration -- move from WS2003 to WS2012 in Minutes


Piston Enterprise OS™ Demo
Joshua McKenty - Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Piston Cloud Computing

The World's First Cloud Operating System Built on OpenStack™


Syneuros 1st Public Introduction @ Cloud Camp San Diego
Michael Krumpe - President at Intelligent Technology Integration
Dave Nielsen - Co-Founder of CloudCamp & Founder & Principal Consultant at Platform D LLC

First public introduction of Syneuros, an Open Source project by Intelligent Technology Integration (ITI) that enables a desktop pc to allocate power to a Private Cloud. This presentation builds the business case and how Syneuros addresses it. This presentation was was Cloud Camp San Diego, after The Open Group Architecture Framework conference. Michael Krumpe is also TOGAF 9 certified, and Patent Pending holder for the Syneuros method.


Do SaaS Companies Really Need a Multi-Tenant Architecture to be Successful?
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc
Company Profile: THINKstrategies, Inc

Jeff provides his views on whether or not a multi-tenant architecture is necessary for launching a successful SaaS application.


Explaining Hybrid Clouds
Joe Weinman - VP, Strategic Solution Sales at AT&T Inc

There is a great depate in the computing industry over the definition of cloud computing and if there is such a thing as a hybrid cloud strategy. The VP of Strategic Solutions at AT&T, Joe Weinman, has completed statistical research on this matter and explains a hybrid cloud.


Clarifying Clouds: What's the Right Approach for Your Business?
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc

Many companies are rapidly evolving toward cloud computing, though from different starting points and not without debate as to the best direction or computing model. While internal and external clouds are based on the ownership of where the computing resources reside, two other cloud types, public and private, have more to do with control point of the cloud applications and resources. Here is a high-level breakdown on the distinctions between internal and external vs private and public clouds, and some of the benefits.


Cloud Computing from Amazon to the Intercloud
James Urquhart - Manager, Cloud Computing & Virtualized Data Centers Marketing at Cisco Systems, Inc

Cloud Computing from Amazon to the Intercloud


Hybrid Hosting in the Cloud
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

Hybrid Hosting in the Cloud


To Infinity and Beyond, a SaaS Primer
Timothy Chou - Author, Cloud at Cloud Book

To Infinity and Beyond, a SaaS primer by Timothy Chou


AppZero Collaborates with Microsoft to Support Windows Server Modernization
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

Andover, MA – November 18, 2013: AppZero, a fast, more flexible way to move server applications, announced today a collaboration with Microsoft in which Microsoft is recommending AppZero for moving a variety of applications from Windows Server 2003, which reaches the end of extended support in July, 2015, to Microsoft’s newer operating systems.


Demystifying The Cloud
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

This 55 page guide explains the concepts of Cloud Computing in simple terms.


Meeting the Challenge of Enterprise Cloud Development: 7 Best Practices for Hybrid Cloud
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

"Meeting the Challenge of Enterprise Cloud Development: 7 Best Practices for Hybrid Cloud" A major transformation is underway. What historically operated behind firewalls is migrating to public and private Clouds. Across these interwoven Clouds, business solutions must interoperate, share data and deliver value to customers, suppliers and other business partners as the developing Boundary-free Enterprise™ emerges and evolves. Read this white paper to learn how to manage these multiple hybrid Clouds through ongoing, continuous delivery of new functionality and the integration of other Cloud solutions.


Cloud Computing for Enterprises: WebSphere sMash and DB2 on EC2
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

IBM leverages Amazon's EC2 to deliver software. This article discusses the public cloud and how the WebSphere sMash and DB2 Amazon Machine Images can be used to deliver rich Internet Applications.
Rich Internet Applications with WebSphere sMash and DB2 dustin_amrhein This article discusses the public cloud and how the WebSphere sMash and DB2 Amazon Machine Images can be used to deliver Rich Internet Applications.

Unlocking the Promise of Cloud Computing for the Enterprise PDF
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

"Unlocking the Promise of Cloud Computing for the Enterprise," addresses the impact cloud computing's rapid evolution is having on the enterprise, helping enterprise architects better understand the characteristics of what a cloud is, its development and how enterprises can benefit from cloud computing. The paper also draws a distinction between the definitions of public and private clouds, as well as infrastructure-oriented and platform-oriented services.


Cloud Computing's Tipping Point
By: Michael Biddick
Private clouds promise maximum control and strong security, while commercial cloud services are fast and flexible. Which works best? Government agencies are adopting both, as well as hybrids. The private cloud vs. public cloud debate is rapidly giving way to new models where agencies tap on-demand IT resources from a variety of cloud platforms--private, commercial, hybrid, software as a service--based on what best suits their needs.
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Public cloud vs. private cloud: Why not both?
By: Beth Schultz
Network World - As cloud computing moves from hype to reality, certain broad trends and best practices are emerging when it comes to the public cloud vs. private cloud deployment debate. Anecdotally and from surveys, it's becoming clear that most enterprises are first looking to the private cloud as a way to play with cloud tools and concepts in the safety of their own secure sandbox.
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Hybrid cloud computing security: Real life tales
By: Bob Violino
For all the talk about public clouds versus private clouds, many organizations will likely end up with a mixed IT environment that includes both types of cloud as well as non-cloud systems and applications--at least for a next several years. Security remains a concern for many CIOs, but if the business case supports it, companies are going to move all but the most sensitive and high-risk data to the cloud. Those executives that have started weaving together cloud and non-cloud environments say they've taken steps to ensure that security is an early consideration, have included security provisions in service-level agreements (SLAs) and contracts, and have worked to maintain compliance and secure integration.
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Are hybrid clouds the path to cloud-computing nirvana?
By: Matthew Lynley
f you’re tackling your company’s computing needs, you’re going to have to look to the clouds. But which ones? You’ve likely heard of cloud computing – shared computing resources available over the “cloud,” or the Internet. But it turns out there’s more than one way to cloud.
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