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Delivering Highly Available Shadow Sites in the Cloud
Delivering Highly Available Shadow Sites in the Cloud
by Whitney Mountain
When it comes to cloud computing, security issues can scare many companies so much that they become afraid of their own shadows. But a company called Foresight is taking the shadows of their clients’ websites and making friends out of foes ...
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Is There Auditible Security in the Cloud?
Is There Auditible Security in the Cloud?
by Preston Williams III
An extensive discussion about various platforms, architectures, and application layers as well as corporate protocols and policies provides a lot of food for thought as we consider how, when, and if we should deploy a public or private cloud in our enterprise.
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Cloud Computing and Mobility
Cloud Computing and Mobility
by Christopher Clark
One of the most important CIO agenda items for 2012 is addressing and managing employee-owned mobile devices. This is where productivity, cost and security intersect on a scale larger than any other IT initiative for executive management. Often times IT is a secondary priority amid the corporate agenda. But getting the IT operations aligned with the strategy is pivotal to the long term growth and viability of a company.
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Big Data Explosion--Deriving Insights
Big Data Explosion--Deriving Insights
by Amit Manghani
The explosive growth in the amount of data created in the world continues to accelerate and surprise us in terms of sheer volume. The data deluge is happening everywhere and is not only restricted to niche sources. It encompasses sensor and machine data, transactional data, metadata, and social network data as evidenced by the examples highlighted below.
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Cloud Computing and the Patriot Act
Cloud Computing and the Patriot Act
by Jonathan Gershater
A careful reading of the Patriot Act does not give the Federal government, unfettered carte-blanche access to data stored in organizations’ databases. Users can protect their information stored by cloud computing providers, using encryption. Encryption modifies the storage of data so that it can only be read by users with software and encryption keys to decrypt the data.
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Cloud Wars, Part I: Framing the Standardization in Cloud Computing
Cloud Wars, Part I: Framing the Standardization in Cloud Computing
by Tuomas MT Nurmela & Alex Krikos
This article frames the international cloud SDO environment and process, categorizes cloud standards, and provides an example of the use of categorization.
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The Eucalyptus Open-Source Private Cloud
The Eucalyptus Open-Source Private Cloud
by Yohan Wadia
A Eucalyptus private cloud is deployed across an enterprise’s “on premise” data center infrastructure and is accessed by users over enterprise intranet. Thus, sensitive data remains entirely secure from external intrusion behind the enterprise firewall.
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Cloud Computing Technology with BPOS and Windows Azure
Cloud Computing Technology with BPOS and Windows Azure
by Nidhi Bansal
We see cloud computing offerings today that are suitable to host enterprise architectures. But while these offerings provide clear benefits to corporations by providing capabilities complementary to what they have, the fact that they can help to elastically scale enterprise architectures should not be understood to also mean that simply scaling in this way will meet twenty-first-century computing requirements.
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Cloud Computing and Chargeback Models
Cloud Computing and Chargeback Models
by Mitesh Soni
Chargeback and metering refers to the ability of an IT organization to track and measure the IT expenses per business unit and charge them back accordingly. According to Role, chargeback includes different dimensions.
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Migrating to SaaS Readiness
Migrating to SaaS Readiness
by Fred Landis
To capitalize on the trend to SaaS/Cloud, traditional enterprise ISVs moving to a SaaS model must modify their organizations’ culture, support, business and go-to-market models. Given the growth in the market, most would see this as a fait accompli for vendors, but in reality it is much more difficult to execute than to propose.
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How Cloud Computing Paradigm Can Meet the Challenges of Adaptive Security Systems?
How Cloud Computing Paradigm Can Meet the Challenges of Adaptive Security Systems?
by Irina Neaga
The cloud computing model should drive and potentially apply for the design and development of the next generation of adaptive security systems. This essay shows some conceptual ideas and directions based on systems engineering methods and architecting principles.
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Turning the cloud upside down
Turning the cloud upside down
by Michael Krumpe
For all the hundreds of millions of dollars being invested in the cloud industry, it’s more worthwhile to think about the billions that aren’t being spent yet – and why. Two major concerns are holding many companies and organizations back from committing to the cloud.
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Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
by Eric Burgener
Because storage makes up such a large part of the costs of any cloud-based infrastructure, it is an obvious place to look for cost reductions. System Solutions, Inc. (SSI), a King of Prussia, Pa.-based IT solutions provider, took that advice to heart in building MySecureCloud, a hosted infrastructure solution targeted at small and medium businesses (SMBs).
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Considering Cloud Appliances for Private Cloud Deployments
Considering Cloud Appliances for Private Cloud Deployments
by Vince Vasquez
Once a private cloud is being considered, there are two basic approaches to deployment: Build your own cloud or purchase a cloud appliance. This article discuss both options with a focus on building cloud appliances.
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Cloud Security Starter Kit - Overview
Cloud Security Starter Kit - Overview
by Jeff Vance
Security continues to be the number one obstacle to cloud adoption. Yet, despite widespread security concerns, cloud computing is taking off. The question now is not “will my organization move to the cloud?” Rather, it is “when?” This is the first story of a series of stories where Cloudbook will explore how to get started with cloud security. What are the bare essentials? How do you merge traditional controls with advanced technologies like DLP (Data Loss Prevention) and risk scoring? How will you convince auditors that your cloud projects are as secure as your on-premise ones?
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Putting Data-as-a-Service to Work Improving Data Quality
Putting Data-as-a-Service to Work Improving Data Quality
by Vince Vasquez
With all the concern around data security in the cloud, another facet of data –its quality – often gets overlooked. Yet, if inaccurate data is being stored, then what’s the point? As the saying goes, garbage in, garbage out. This story covers how DaaS can improve data quality, especially with customer records.
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Top Ten Things to Consider About Cloud Services
Top Ten Things to Consider About Cloud Services
by Edward Wustenhoff
This article discusses the top 10 things to consider about cloud services. It focuses on Infrastructure-as-a-Service, and primarily on the three most important characteristics of any Cloud Service Provider: functionality, quality and price.
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Is Force.com Your Key to the Cloud Kingdom?
Is Force.com Your Key to the Cloud Kingdom?
by Alok Misra & Ian Gotts
In this article, we provide a high-level introduction to the reality and misconceptions around salesforce.com and its work culture, as seen through the eyes of a partner. The article is extracted from our recent book, “Thinking of … Force.com as your key to the Cloud Kingdom? Ask the Smart Questions,” which also features a Foreword from Parker Harris, co-founder of salesforce.com.
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Migrating JDA to the Cloud
Migrating JDA to the Cloud
by Vince Vasquez
This story describes JDA's decision to move it's private cloud offering to Layered Tech, and Burstorm's role in the selection process.
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Cloud-as-a-Tier
Cloud-as-a-Tier
by Ian Howells
The only thing predictable about storage requirements is that they will be unpredictable and much bigger than you could possibly imagine. To manage this growth, the focus must shift to managing “Big Content” ...
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Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
Tracking System Solutions' Decision to Deploy on Virsto vDisks
by Eric Burgener
Because storage makes up such a large part of the costs of any cloud-based infrastructure, it is an obvious place to look for cost reductions. System Solutions, Inc. (SSI), a King of Prussia, Pa.-based IT solutions provider, took that advice to heart in building MySecureCloud, a hosted infrastructure solution targeted at small and medium businesses (SMBs).
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Migrating JDA to the Cloud
Migrating JDA to the Cloud
by Vince Vasquez
This story describes JDA's decision to move it's private cloud offering to Layered Tech, and Burstorm's role in the selection process.
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Smart Cloud Computing Takes Risk Out of Viral Marketing Campaigns
Smart Cloud Computing Takes Risk Out of Viral Marketing Campaigns
by Jeff Vance
When successful advertising campaigns go viral, even cloud-based applications struggle to accommodate demand spikes and traffic bursts. Global advertising agency AKQA turned to Joyent and its Smart Computing technology to design campaigns for “Facebook scale.”
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Photographic Creativity Meets Business in the Cloud
Photographic Creativity Meets Business in the Cloud
by Vince Vasquez
The more visible examples of creativity often involve stories of genius. Whether staring at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, appreciating the complexity of sending a man to the moon, or admiring an Ansel Adams blackand-white landscape, we often associate pure genius at work in creating these masterpieces. And yet, creative inspiration and delivery don’t need to be so grand: Any mother who on the spot thinks of a clever way to distract her toddler knows this to be true.
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Entertainment Insurance Gets Set in the Cloud
Entertainment Insurance Gets Set in the Cloud
by Larry Aiken
With all the numerous details that go into creating a multimillion-dollar blockbuster, calling the insurance agent to get a policy is often a producer’s have-to-have-it-today, last-minute call. Unfortunately, delivering insurance quotes for entertainment has always been a challenge to automate, meaning most players take at least three days to respond. This created an opportunity for entrepreneurs Andee Abad and Brad Hodges from the Truman Van Dyke Company and New Empire Entertainment Services, Inc. to step in and deliver an upgrade to the insurance industry, bringing new levels of automation and delivering same-day entertainment insurance quotes. They didn’t have the time, money or interest to build their own IT infrastructure. Instead, they choose Joyent’s cloud to play a starring role.
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Facilitating <br />Brand Ambassadors <br />at Facebook Scale
Facilitating Brand Ambassadors at Facebook Scale
by David Macias & Vince Vasquez
A key to becoming relevant in the world of social media is to develop brand ambassadors, people who will enthusiastically promote your brand to their friends. However, building brand ambassadors is no slam dunk. A technology-enabled service provider like Context Optional can work with your brand marketing team to develop engaging social media campaigns, including the building of Facebook applications. In parallel, a cloud computing provider such as Joyent can deliver the underlying infrastructure to enable the campaigns that go viral to scale at Facebook scale.
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SOASTA on Amazon: Game Changing Performance Testing
SOASTA on Amazon: Game Changing Performance Testing
by Vince Vasquez
In a very real way, SOASTA and Amazon grew up together: SOASTA with its game-changing performance testing application CloudTest, and Amazon with its game-changing Cloud Computing environment EC2. Together, they are helping companies like Intuit answer the crucial question of whether their Web sites can withstand huge increases in traffic, and generate the information necessary to optimize their architecture and implementation.
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Cloud Backup and Recovery for Small Businesses
Cloud Backup and Recovery for Small Businesses
by Vince Vasquez
Companies like HybridgeIT, which provides virtual IT services for small businesses, are deploying Zmanda Cloud Backup to revolutionize disaster recovery plans. In turn, Zmanda is leveraging Amazon S3 storage cloud to store backup archives of its customers. What this all means for small businesses is that they can now backup, archive, access, and restore years of their company’s critical data - on demand - via the cloud.
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Your Cloud Availability: 98%, 99.99% or 99.9999%?
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at i am OnDemand

We discussed my belief that the nines (99.99…%) are still marketing than the real deal today - What do you think? The market and tools used to measure your uptime immature or do not really exist. The concept of availability in the cloud is determined by the level of responsibility and liability that the vendors have for their customers. These notions include the ability to monitor, proactively fix and maintain continuous communication with users, giving them clear and genuine visibility into what exactly is going on and when the system is expected to return to normal. It is also necessary, here, to define the concept of downtime. At a very basic level, it is when the system is not available. However, the more precise answer depends on the criticality of specific features and components of an application or service.


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.


Dome9 Cloud Street View for AWS Security: The Exponential Cloud Growth Visualization
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

With Dome9, AWS users get a visual picture of their AWS VPCs and security group configurations. According to Alon, their new capability reduces such security audit efforts significantly and has been proven to condense four hours of auditing work into a mere 15 minutes – quite impressive!


Workload Partitioning across Public/Private Clouds
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

This presentation gives a methodology for optimally partitioning an application workload across Public/Private clouds. The key drivers are demand variability and cost predictability.


AppZero Survey Sizes Industry Concerns Around WS2003 End of Life
Greg O'Connor - CEO at AppZero

Microsoft ends extended support for WS2003 on July 14, 2015; Enterprises seek Solutions Redmond, WA and Andover, MA – September 24, 2013: AppZero, the fastest way to move enterprise applications to the cloud, has opened up its year-long WS2003 end of life industry survey to the IT public. The previously “by invitation only” survey is measuring preparedness among the IT community for the impending end of life for WS2003 set by Microsoft for July 14, 2015. IT professionals can take "The #WS2003 EOL" Survey here.


Datapipe Acquires Newvem
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Dear Newvem users and friends, we’re happy to announce that Newvem has been acquired by Datapipe. We have worked hard to provide a better cloud experience with Newvem’s cost and usage analytics for Amazon Web Services (AWS) users over the past three years. Since the beginning we have relentlessly pushed the edge in innovation and cloud adoption for both beginners and experienced professionals, helping our users aligning their cloud operations with their business.


Newvem Infographic: Significant Improvements In AWS Usage Revealed
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

AWS is a significant player in the public cloud domain with an estimated 32% of the $6.2 Billion spend over the public cloud. At Newvem we have been analyzing trends in AWS cost and usage based on our users activity over Amazon Web Services. By comparing cost and usage data revealed last year, we’ve revealed significant improvements in everyday use of AWS EC2 On-Demand and Reserved Instance services, security, availability, and utilization.The infographic below says it all! Click here for the full report!


Who are you, Cloud Broker?
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Cloud brokers were recognized and described by Gartner analysts as the Intermediary services that support fast cloud adoption. From their customers’ perspectives cloud brokers are the system integrators (SI) or the cloud enablers that support fast adoption and maintenance of cloud technologies. For example, the independent software vendor (ISV) can benefit greatly from a cloud managed service provider (MSP) starting with integrating into the underlying cloud infrastructure, all the way up to the offering stack wrappers, such as service provisioning methodologies’ implementation. From the cloud provider’s perspective, cloud brokers are key customers, value-added resellers and aggregators of its cloud services. In this article, I cover the perceptions, evolution and future of cloud brokerage in great detail.


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.


The Inevitable Cloud Outage: 5 Key Essentials to Safe Guard Your Application
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

A while back, I was starting up an EC2 instance on the AWS cloud when it entered an endless restart loop. All the application deployment efforts we’d made (installation and service configuration) over two weeks just went down the drain. So we called support. The support rep redirected us to his team leader who simply told us that, as indicated in the SLA, we had to abide by the shared responsibility model and they were not liable for our loss. The Shared Responsibility Model - Shared Responsibility refers to the responsibility of the cloud vendor, as well as the cloud consumer, to make sure that everything is backed up and appropriately configured to avoid situations like the one we were in. In short, it was our fault for not having better programmed our architecture. Don’t get caught with your pants around your ankles like we did. We lost weeks of work because our instance stopped working but it could have been prevented with better architecture and processes. The following are key important points that must be considered in order to achieve high availability in the cloud.


5 Key Essentials of Cloud Workloads Migration
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

The benefits of migrating workloads between different cloud providers or between private and public clouds can only truly be redeemed with an understanding of the cloud business model and cloud workload management. It seems that cloud adoption has reached the phase where advanced cloud users are creating their own hybrid solutions or migrating between clouds while striving to achieve interoperability values within their systems. This article aims to answer some of the questions that arise when managing cloud workloads.


Email encryption process in Hosted Exchange
Richa Pokhriyal - Digital Media Specialist at Egocentrix

The blog post describes the email encryption basics in Hosted Exchange.


Healthcare Data on the Cloud – The Reality of Sensitive Information Online
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

The convenience, efficiency and cost benefits cloud computing offers organizations has made moving healthcare data and records to the cloud make sense for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. Security and data breaches are a concern for any industry utilizing the cloud, but healthcare unfortunately seems to be particularly vulnerable to attacks. The Washington Post recently reported that The Department of Homeland Security is fearful that the health industry is “inviting” an attack with its out-of-date policies and lack of oversight. Read More


Data Privacy and Compliance in the Cloud Preview PDF
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

An in-depth report on how cloud data encryption and tokenization satisfy industry mandates and legal regulations associated with protecting sensitive data in cloud SaaS applications. Read More: http://www.perspecsys.com/resources/resource-center/knowledge-series/data-privacy-compliance-in-the-cloud/


Critical Questions To Ask Cloud Protection Gateway Providers Preview PDF
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

Security and IT professionals need to focus on critically analyzing vendors’ marketing and solution claims to ensure the technologies offered truly deliver the data privacy, security, and compliance results needed by their organizations. This paper, from cloud security provider, PerspecSys, helps guide the analysis. Read More: http://www.perspecsys.com/resources/resource-center/knowledge-series/critical-questions-to-ask-cloud-protection-gateway-providers/


Cloud Computing - Survey of Optimization Problems
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

A survey of Optimization problems in the Cloud Computing space.


Data Control and Data Residency – Consider Your Options Carefully When Planning the Move to the Cloud
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

The benefits associated with adoption of the cloud are well documented and understood. Organizations cite tremendous cost savings, fast deployment times and streamlined application support & maintenance when compared to traditional on-premise software deployments. So what is holding many companies back from adopting the cloud? Read more: http://www.perspecsys.com/data-control-and-data-residency-consider-your-options-carefully-when-planning-the-move-to-the-cloud/


Who Controls the Cloud Market - Providers or Consumers?
Ilyas Iyoob - Sr. Research Scientist, and Director of Advanced Analytics at Gravitant

We first went from reserving cloud capacity to securing capacity on-demand, and then we even started to bid for unused capacity in the spot market – all in an effort to decrease cost in the cloud. Can we take this one step further? Instead of us bidding for capacity, wouldn't it be interesting if we can get providers to bid for our demand?


The Cloud in HP’s Cloud (Part 2): HP Discover, the Enterprise and AWS Cloud
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Last month I attended HP Discover (disclosure: my participation was funded by Ivy World). The IT war already started however HP stands still not taking initiatives and real risks as true leaders should take. At the three-day conference I learned why some companies don’t last and why this IT giant is at a great risk of losing in this new era IT battle. This is a story of a lasting company that might have already lost.


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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™


Interview with Christine Crandell on B2B Marketing Trends
Christine Crandell - Serial CMO, author, speaker and blogger at NBS

4 minute interview by Erick Mott of CreatorBase with Christine Crandell on B2B marketing trends.


Predicting Costs on Amazon Web Services
Jeff Barr - Senior Manager, Cloud Computing Solutions at Amazon.com, Inc

Learn how-to predict costs quickly and accurately. The Senior Technical Evangelist at Amazon presents his 5Ms model, gives specific application examples, and then prices the applications using the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator.


3 Steps to Becoming a Social Enterprise
Marc Benioff - Chairman & CEO at Salesforce.com, Inc

The Salesforce.com CEO keynoted at the company's Cloudforce event in Boston.


Open Cloud as a Set of Tools, Standards, and Community
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

The CTO at Rackspace, John Engates, discusses open cloud as a set of tools, standards, and community at the SIIA All About the Cloud Conference.


Cloudscaling on Cloud Networking and Arista
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

The Founder of Cloudscaling discusses Arista Networks and the philosophy behind building cloud networking.


AppFirst - Problem Resolution with the Foundation of Complete Information
Pamela Roussos - CMO & Product Management at AppFirst, Inc
Company Profile: Dealmaker Media

The CMO & Product Manager at AppFirst, Pamela Roussos, gives a presentation at the Under the Radar conference on Problem Resolution with the Foundation of Complete Information.


Supply Chain Management Migrates to the Cloud Via the Channel
Joe King - Group Vice President, Managed Services at JDA Software Group, Inc

Joseph King, SVP JDA Managed Services, discussed how JDA selected Layered Tech as its cloud provider and Burstorm's role in this selection process.


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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.


Data Privacy and Compliance in the Cloud Preview PDF
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

An in-depth report on how cloud data encryption and tokenization satisfy industry mandates and legal regulations associated with protecting sensitive data in cloud SaaS applications. Read More: http://www.perspecsys.com/resources/resource-center/knowledge-series/data-privacy-compliance-in-the-cloud/


Critical Questions To Ask Cloud Protection Gateway Providers Preview PDF
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

Security and IT professionals need to focus on critically analyzing vendors’ marketing and solution claims to ensure the technologies offered truly deliver the data privacy, security, and compliance results needed by their organizations. This paper, from cloud security provider, PerspecSys, helps guide the analysis. Read More: http://www.perspecsys.com/resources/resource-center/knowledge-series/critical-questions-to-ask-cloud-protection-gateway-providers/


Cloud: It's all about the Service
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Thanks to the emergence of cloud computing, it's no longer possible for IT departments to be just a builder and manager of technology; you must also now be a broker of IT services across the enterprise. Consequently, you need to design an IT environment that offers the flexibility, efficiency, and security to meet these expectations and aligns services with business needs.


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.


Federated Identity Management in Cloud Computing
Mitesh Soni - Senior Software Engineer at iGATE Patni

“Identity” consists of a “set” of information based on context, allied with a definite entity (End User or System). Identity Management should include: Identity Provisioning, De-Provisioning, Identity Information Security, Identity Linking, Identity Mapping, Identity Federation, Identity Attributes Federation, Single Sign On, Authentication and Authorization. With the adoption of cloud services, the organization’s trust boundary has become dynamic. It has moved beyond the control of IT. Identity & Access Management is a critical requirement considering data sensitivity and privacy of information have become increasingly an area of concern in cloud.


Tokenization for Cloud Data Protection
Gerry Grealish - Vice President, Marketing & Products at PerspecSys

This paper offers a high-level overview of tokenization as a data protection and obfuscation technique in the cloud. It also discusses the PCI Data Security Council’s tokenization standards.


Intel Cloud Builders Guide to Cloud Design and Deployment on Intel Platforms
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

Cloud on-boarding with CloudSwitch. For enterprise IT organizations who are looking to securely utilize public clouds and existing data center infrastructure, the decision to use a cloud for the delivery of IT services is best done by starting with the knowledge and experience gained from previous work. This reference architecture outlines how to extend the data center into the cloud using CloudSwitch software with Intel Xeon processor 5600 series servers. This paper, which includes detailed scripts and screen shots, should significantly reduce the learning curve for building and operating your first cloud computing infrastructure.


eBook: How to Run a Successful Cloud Pilot
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

A Practical How-To Guide for Enterprises How will you know if the cloud will work for you? You've been thinking about cloud computing, but you're not sure it's a good fit for your organization. While there's lots of hype and discussion around the cloud, the only way you can evaluate it for real is to run a pilot with enterprise applications and visibility for all your stakeholders. A well-managed pilot with clear goals and meaningful results can provide much-needed clarity. This eBook guides you through the process of running a successful cloud pilot, one that meets business requirements while addressing the concerns of networking, security, and operations management. In this eBook, you'll learn:
  • Who should own the pilot and how it should be managed
  • Which application to put in the cloud first
  • What clouds should be considered
  • How to evaluate the pilot to determine success and more...
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IaaS Builder's Guide - Network Edition PDF
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

This new technical whitepaper is a follow on to Cloudscaling’s IaaS Builder's Guide and talks at an architectural level about building scalable networking for infrastructure clouds. Infrastructure clouds are complex and challenging engineering problems. Covering the topic in detail would take years and several books. Meanwhile, the best practices and state-of-the-art proceeds apace. This 30 page technical piece goes into some of the details while remaining broad to share information and foment discussion.


Uncover the Benefits of Virtualization PDF
Mark Settle - CIO at BMC

BMC Software’s IT organization, like many, began its virtualization and automation journey with some key objectives. They wanted to help IT become more responsive to business needs, and they wanted to better understand how the assets that the IT organization manages support the business. In this paper, Mark discusses significant side benefits that far exceed the objectives of their original plan. These benefits include dramatic labor savings and productivity improvements through automation — achievements that help make our software developers much more responsive to business needs at a time when all IT organizations must be especially focused on staying ahead of the curve.


A Healthy Data Center Begins with a Wellness Self-Assessment PDF
Mark Settle - CIO at BMC

If you’ve got a headache, it’s usually easy to locate the cause of your pain and take a pain reliever to ease your discomfort. If the problem persists, your doctor can give you a checkup to help identify the cause. You may even be able to take certain actions to prevent the headache from occurring. In many ways, managing your health is like maintaining a data center. You need to identify the source of “pain” in the data center, and then take steps to alleviate that pain.


CIO to CIO: Reaping the Benefits of Business Service Management PDF
Mark Settle - CIO at BMC

Can you imagine saving more than five million dollars by reusing servers and dramatically reducing lead times for asset provisioning? What if you could also reduce power consumption and the requirements for floor space by about 20 percent? The IT organization at BMC Software has achieved these results and more with Business Service Management (BSM), a comprehensive and unified platform for running IT. We have been able to meet our management challenges while achieving tremendous cost savings and improvements in IT effectiveness.


Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery PDF
Richard Dolewski - CTO & VP of Business Continuity Services at WTS

Many corporate IT departments have used tape technology for data backup and recovery for years. It may be time for a change. Terms such as backup service, cloud backup and data vaulting describe the process of electronically sending data off-site, where it can be protected from hardware failure, unplanned downtime, loss, and other systems risks. In today’s business environment, continuous access to corporate data is a vital step to supporting your external customers and internal users. Gaining access to and providing availability of this data is crucial to support your business continuity plan in the event of a disaster.


Dispelling the Data Security and Privacy Myths About Cloud-Based, Software-as-a-Service CRM Solutions
Jeff Kaplan - Founder & Managing Director at THINKstrategies, Inc

The convergence of a series of major macro-market trends has sparked the emergence of a new generation of powerful and cost-effective, web-based solutions which are quickly becoming viable alternatives to traditional, on-premise software and systems, such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud Computing. Yet, despite the growing examples of organizations gaining tangible and measurable business benefits from SaaS solutions, many corporate decision-makers are apprehensive about adopting these cloud-based services because of concerns regarding data privacy. They are particularly concerned about using services delivered by U.S.-based providers because of the ominous language contained in the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, commonly referred to as the U.S.A. Patriot Act. THINKstrategies believes these risks have been overly exaggerated and raise unfair questions about doing business with U.S.-based companies. Ironically, companies who avoid contracting with leading U.S. SaaS providers may be at greater risk of data privacy breaches by continuing to rely on traditional, on-premise software applications and locally hosted servers. This whitepaper examines the myths and realities of SaaS/Cloud Computing, the U.S.A. Patriot Act, and data privacy, with a focus on the CRM arena. It also recommends reasonable approaches to overcome common corporate concerns so businesses can fully capitalize on the potential benefits of SaaS/Cloud Computing.


Moving to the Cloud: A Starter Kit
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

You’re ready to move to the cloud, now what?

Most enterprises are now including the cloud in their IT computing strategies. The benefits of fast provisioning and pay-on-demand are extremely compelling, but the cloud remains a new and often confusing set of choices for most organizations. In this starter kit, we help de-mystify moving to the cloud and provide several practical tools to put you on the right path. What you'll get in the starter kit:
  • eBook: “How to Get Started in the Cloud” describes real-life examples and use cases of enterprise deployments in the cloud, including a range of application workloads and target clouds.
  • Webinar: “Make the Cloud Part of Your Enterprise IT Infrastructure in Four Easy Steps” illustrates how to make the cloud work for you and showcases a joint solution that enables enterprises to get started in the cloud in four easy steps.
  • White Paper: “Using the Cloud for Enterprise Applications - How Hard Is It Really?” puts the CloudSwitch breakthrough in perspective by examining current barriers facing IT departments that want to run current applications in a public cloud. It focuses on four key steps that are often responsible for delaying or even blocking many cloud adoption projects.



Using the Cloud for Enterprise Applications
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

How Hard Is It Really? By providing an easy, reliable way to run applications in the cloud, CloudSwitch opens up new possibilities for IT organizations trying to increase agility and reduce capital costs. This paper puts the CloudSwitch breakthrough in perspective by examining current barriers facing IT departments that want to run current applications in a public cloud. It focuses on four key steps that are often responsible for delaying or even blocking many cloud adoption projects:
  • Rebuilding the application stack within the cloud
  • Setting up the network
  • Adding end-to-end security
  • Managing the application in a separate environment



Cloud Computing: How Client Devices Affect the User Expereince PDF
Charlton Barreto - Technology Strategist & Principal Architect at Intel Corporation

The growth of Cloud Computing, along with the consumerisation of IT, is driving enterprises to support a compute continuum in which users will increasingly be able to access applications and services using a spectrum of client devices in a variety of form factors. Whilst mobile business PCs remain employees' primary client devices, other devices such as smartphones and tablets are being enabled. Providing employees with the freedom to use these devices, in addition to mobile business PCs, further enhances mobility and increases productivity. This paper presents the results of research and analysis to compare the user experience with different client devices when accessing a range of cloud-based applications to illustrate their value with respect to mobility and productivity.


CloudSwitch Architecture Overview White Paper
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

This paper illustrates how CloudSwitch software bridges the enterprise data center with cloud computing environments, extending enterprise security and control into the cloud. Using CloudSwitch, existing applications run securely in a cloud environment while remaining tightly integrated with data center tools and processes, and managed as if they were running locally. The result is a single unified environment where external resources can be provisioned quickly and applications running in the cloud can utilize common resources in the data center.


Comparing Cloud and On-Site CRM (for Small Business) PDF
Leighton Jenkins - Principal at CRM-Guidebooks

There are various benefits to Cloud CRM deployments versus on-site systems. This 2-page primer gives an overview of the pros and cons. It’s one of a series of Guidebooks designed to provide a 'plain English' business view of various important CRM topics.


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CSC offers “on-premise private cloud”
By: Renai LeMay
Multinational IT services giant CSC this week launched in Australia a service which it described as private cloud computing infrastructure which could be hosted in customers’ own datacentres, giving them an additional option for migrating to the burgeoning range of infrastructure as a service platforms. Private cloud refers to a form of cloud computing infrastructure which is typically segregated from the infrastructure used by other users. It consists of highly virtualised storage and processing bundles and is typically hosted by large organisations in their own infrastructure, or outsourced and managed by an external provider. For example, top-tier bank Westpac is known to operate its own internal private cloud solution, which it uses to provide services to different divisions within it
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The case for compliance as a cloud service
By: David Linthicum
IT must deal with an increasing number of regulations, many of which come with stiff legal and financial penalties for noncompliance. As cloud computing comes on the scene, it's no wonder that many in IT push back on its use, which in many instances forces you to give up direct control of systems that have to be maintained with these regulations in mind. As one client put it, "Why would I let somebody who does not work here get me arrested?"
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4 Critical Questions About The Cloud
By: Nathan Golia
Despite the ever-increasing buzz about cloud computing and its purported operational and economic benefits, insurance executives still have many legitimate questions about the value and security of the cloud computing model. Insurance & Technology has identified four of the most pressing questions and provides some answers to help CIOs make up their minds.
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Cloud box does virtualization sans SAN
By: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Cloud-computing appliance maker Nutanix is tackling a problem that has dogged the deployment of virtual servers and desktops: all the key hypervisors require storage area networks and centralized storage.
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Equinix builds cloud ecosystem in Sydney
By: Brett Winterford
Global data centre kingpins Equinix opened the doors to its third and latest Sydney data centre last week, attracting several cloud computing service providers from day one. The $US65 million, carrier-neutral data centre in south Sydney offers 1000 cabinets today with plans to expand to 3000, a standard power density of 4kvA and a choice of some 60 network providers for connectivity.
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Beyond virtualization in the private cloud
By: Matt Brigg
Last week, InfoWorld's David Linthicum made what I think is a very astute and long overdue observation: The term "cloud computing" has approached the point of being meaningless. As he points out, that's not because nobody can agree on what the cloud is or has been created to do, but because every vendor in the IT space is falling over themselves to tell you just how "cloudy" they are -- and spending a mint in marketing dollars to do it. Along the way, they've diluted the term to the point where it's hard to tell what anyone's really talking about anymore.
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Building the Optimal Private Cloud Computing Deployment
By: Paul Rubens
Private cloud computing deployments are getting a lot of attention as companies see the benefit of an in-house cloud infrastructure. Paul Rubens discusses the building blocks of an effective private cloud.
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After power outages, cloud insurance looks even better
By: Derrick Harris
Last week’s possibly lightning-caused outages at Microsoft and Amazon Web Services reiterated a very important lesson in cloud computing: Stuff happens, and even the best-laid plans won’t stand up to an act of god or faulty electrical infrastructure. That’s why the burgeoning field of cloud insurance looks even better than ever. A well-thought-out insurance model will address the actual costs and risks of cloud outages or security breaches, for both customers and providers.
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Cloud CIO: What 'Consumerization of IT' Really Means to CIOs
By: Bernard Golden
CIO - The latest trend (or over-hyped term, if you like) is "consumerization of IT." As with cloud computing, the term is somewhat ambiguous and is applied to a number of things that are recognizably related, but which differ in details. Consumerization of IT is usually contrasted with "enterprise IT, " which carries connotations of interminable rollouts, bewildering interfaces, obscure functionality and high prices. The poster child ordinarily cited for "enterprise IT" is SAP, which seems to raise particular ire in commentators.
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Research: Half of Cloud Clients to Change Privacy Policy by Q4 2012
By: Scott M. Fulton
Research firm Gartner's release earlier this week of an update to its venerated "Hype Cycle" cast a long shadow that hid a startling prediction: At least half of all organizations that host data on behalf of clients will change, or be forced to change, their privacy policies by the end of next year.
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Cloud Storage Simplifies the Complexities of Data Storage
By: Erin Harrison
A major part of today’s cloud computing strategy for enterprises centers on storage. The benefits of cloud storage to enterprises are far-reaching: a hybrid solution can simplify the management of primary storage, archival, data protection and disaster recovery. It’s a tall order.
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Cloud computing: 4 tips for regulatory compliance
By: Jim Buchanan
Cloud computing makes it harder for enterprises to be sure they're complying with industry and government regulations. Here's how to stay in compliance
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5 things to consider before embracing cloud computing
By: Paul Schmid
Cloud computing has been building buzz for a while now and is fast becoming the rage. But for all the hype, there are a lot of questions – about its effectiveness and whether it’s right for entrepreneurs. I won’t claim to have all the answers, but here are five things to consider before you begin relying on the cloud.
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Cloud security fears outweigh savings, but perhaps not for long
By: William Jackson
Security concerns about cloud computing outweigh the potential cost savings by a 2-1 margin in a recent survey of government and industry IT professionals, but economic pressures are slowly driving a move to the cloud. Only 32 percent of those questioned in the study conducted by automated compliance auditing company nCircle said that cost savings outweigh security issues, but that is an increase of 6 percent from last year. Thirty-five percent said they are already are doing some cloud computing, up from 24 percent last year, and another third are considering the move.
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Asia group launches cloud index, 'cloud map'
By: Veronica C. Silva
Asia's cloud computing industry group recently unveiled two initiatives that can help guide organisations in the region as they consider adopting cloud computing.
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Data Migration Becomes Major Cloud Computing Issue
By: Mike Vizard
It was really only a matter of time before data migration in the cloud became a major issue following the shutting down of the cloud service run by Iron Mountain and the well-publicized Amazon outages . With many customers now either looking for alternatives to these providers or simply exploring contingency plans, the subject of data migration across divergent public clouds is now a major IT issue. Of course, the problem that many IT organizations are often going to discover when studying their options is that in a fair number of these cloud computing platforms, their data will be stored inside a proprietary file system that will hinder any migration effort.
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Amazon Web Services Service Health Dashboard
By: Automated
Health status of Amazon's various cloud services
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Infosec: Cloud computing ‘explodes’ the security perimeter
By: Anh Nguyen
Cloud computing makes the argument for protecting data, rather than the perimeter, stronger, according to encryption solutions provider SafeNet.
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Cloud development: 9 gotchas to know before you jump in
By: Bob Violino
Whether developing, testing, or deploying your apps in the cloud, you have to unlearn some beliefs and learn new ones to make it work
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To Cloud, or Not to Cloud
By: ROBERT PLANT
Heading into the cloud can seem like an attractive prospect. But there are a lot of questions companies should consider before they make the trip. The sales pitch for cloud computing is simple: Companies pay a third-party vendor to run one or more of their systems, like email or payroll, on its own servers. In theory, the clients save a bundle on hardware, software and personnel costs and can devote those resources to boosting their business.
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