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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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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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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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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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Cloud Service Placement
Cloud Service Placement
by Huseni Saboowala
The shift toward cloud-based services is accelerating, whether it be Infrastructure-at-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We are seeing the emergence of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), who are standing up massive data centers, delivering on the cloud’s promise of ubiquitous access, rapid elasticity and pay-per-use. A natural question emerges: How to identify the ideal geographical location for hosting the cloud services.
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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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Build Your Own Cloud?
Build Your Own Cloud?
by Jeff Vance
What’s the state of your data center? In a down economy, with IT resources scarce, an inefficient data center is the equivalent of throwing money away. This article discusses the opportunity to build your own cloud.
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Data Protection and Disaster Recovery within the Cloud
Data Protection and Disaster Recovery within the Cloud
by Bob Daly
Cloud Computing is a persuasive business model for many organizations, especially those with remote offices or small-to-medium (SMB) businesses that are looking for cost-effective technology offerings. Analyst firms predict significant growth and use of the cloud for data storage; however, SMBs and start-ups are more likely to adopt these services into their IT infrastructures than large enterprises. This difference is in part due to cost of IT infrastructure and concerns regarding the security of this data. By using the cloud, SMBs are able to change IT costs from a capital infrastructure expense to an operating expense. Additionally, these companies are also turning to the cloud as a cost-effective method for data protection and disaster recovery (DR) services.
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Is the Cloud Broken?
Is the Cloud Broken?
by Vince Vasquez
The underlying architecture chosen by first-generation cloud providers borrows heavily from the server consolidation and virtualization era. The major difference is that the pools of compute cores are now being deployed as public-facing services, versus running the previous generation of siloed applications. Unfortunately, the resulting inefficiencies prevent full realization of the cloud promise of truly low-cost, high-performing, elastic computing. In response, Joyent has emerged as a second generation provider, rethinking fundamental cloud architecture, and ushering in the era of what they call “Smart Computing.”
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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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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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Demanding Linux Deployments in the Cloud
Demanding Linux Deployments in the Cloud
by Shai Fultheim
The challenge for evolving cloud computing architectures is that there have been and always will be a significant number of applications that can’t easily serve existing compute nodes. These demanding workloads require either a large number of processing cores or large memory (RAM) footprints that are beyond the scale of normal cloud computing resources. For end users who have been increasingly disaggregated from the compute nodes and trained to think of compute resources as on-demand, this is both frustrating and challenging, as they have to differentiate workloads that can run in the cloud from those that continue to need dedicated, expensive and purpose built hardware.
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Clouds and the Future of Data Center Networks
Clouds and the Future of Data Center Networks
by David Yen
Today’s data centers stand at the epicenter of powerful technological and economic trends. Cloud computing, together with processing, storage, security and software technologies that make it possible, are already straining the capabilities of legacy data center networks. The resource sharing in cloud computing allows significant cost reduction while enhances agility. It also enables the pay-as-you-go model. Yet, the data center intra-network interconnects all servers, storage, appliances, and routers in the data center. Achieving these results requires fundamental changes to the network itself.
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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).
read the full story >>
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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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.
read the full story >>
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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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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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.


Newvem Introduces Its “Cloud Smart Meter” iOS App for iPhones and iPads
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Newvem is proud to announce the release of our first iOS application. The “Cloud Smart Meter,” for AWS, is a native iPad and iPhone application that enables chief information officers (CIOs) and IT managers to gain clear visibility into their AWS costs, risks, and assets while collaborating with their teams and managing their clouds from anywhere and at any time. With CIO and IT managers increasingly using mobile devices to manage and monitor their day to day tasks, Newvem’s “Cloud Smart Meter” gives cloud professionals much-needed bottom-line visibility and key performance indicators to manage, collaborate, and track your cloud usage. Together with Newvem Analytics, “Cloud Smart Meter” analyzes your cloud usage and reveals insights so that CIOs and IT managers can quickly identify issues such as unexpected trends in costs, operational risks, and inventory as well as act on Newvem‘s recommendations to correct these issues.


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.


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.


How to use Eucalyptus Private Cloud with RightScale?
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

To manage eucalyptus virtual machine instances from Rightscale dashboard, we need to register Eucalyptus private cloud with Rightscale. RightScale Cloud Management Platform and Eucalyptus work in concert with each other. Successful registration will enlist Eucalyptus private cloud into Rightscale dashboard.


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.


XaaS-Anything as a Service
Mitesh Soni - Research Engineer at iGATE Patni

The common characteristics being that whatever is being offered as a service is delivered over the internet eliminating the cost and complexity of buying and managing the physical entity of whatever that service is replacing. XaaS is a collective term said to stand for a number of things including “X as a service,” “anything as a service” or “everything as a service.” The acronym refers to an increasing number of services that are delivered over the Internet rather than provided locally or on-site. XaaS is the essence of cloud computing.


CloudChronicle.com Podcast Episode 13 – Doug Hazelman of Veeam
Patrick Pushor - CTO & Founder at CloudChronicle.com

Doug and I chat about Veeam’s history as a company, adding support for multi-hypervisors, the need for business data vs. technical data, and how cloud computing is strengthening Veeam’s case for better management and data integrity tools.


Consumption, Utilization and Elasticity: Basics
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

Lets start with a basic scenario where there is a sudden peak in the demand for an application service as the amount of clients' requests increase. This event leads to a direct and immediate impact of the loa placed on the web servers that host the service. In the traditional world, the number of servers is fixed, therefore an overload adversely affects the application performance and the service may slow down or even be terminated. The IT team would want to restore the environment functionality and bring the service up as soon as possible. The immediate impact of such an event on the business can be devastating. Starting with this simple understanding, we can move into the world of cloud computing use including resources consumption, while relating to the key differences between the traditional data center and today’s cloud technologies.


Specialized Clouds Will Be A Tough Sell
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

NYSE Euronext's new cloud services will open for business July 1, from its Mahwah, N.J., data center, letting companies buy pay-per-use computing with functionality and data honed to the needs of capital markets firms. The service's launch sparked speculation that more clouds will follow that are customized to the specific needs of different industries.


Challenges Facing the Enterprise Private Cloud
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

It seems like the last several months have brought a rapid increase in the number of organizations getting serious, really serious, about private clouds in their enterprise. By this, I mean they are going beyond working on ROI documents, formulating strategies, and doing referential research. They are starting to put their preparation to good use in the form of implementation work. Maybe it just so happens that many of the customers I work with are arriving at this phase at the same time, but I would wager a bet that this is more or less happening in many companies.


IPv6-only hosting far off; a market for IPv4 addresses is sad, but likely
Richard Davies - CEO at ElasticHosts

As has been predicted for years, the world is running out of IPv4 addresses. So what happens now? Well, there are several possibilities, but our prediction is that a brand new market will spring up in second-hand IPv4 addresses. Like the Wild West, it’s going to be lawless and unpredictable for a bit — and sadly the profits will go to the current IPv4 address hogs.


Private Clouds? Business Execs Miss The Point
Charles Babcock - Author & Editor-at-Large at Information Week

Business executives believe their firms should be investing in cloud technologies, according to a survey released by Avanade, an IT consulting group. But most are thinking in terms of private cloud adoption, a move that stalls or diminishes their returns.


Exploring Cloud Deployment Models in IBM Workload Deployer
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

One of the fundamental tenants of IBM Workload Deployer is a choice of cloud computing deployment models. Starting in v3.0, users will be able to deploy to the cloud using virtual appliances (OVA files), virtual system patterns, or virtual application patterns. The ability to provision plain virtual appliances is a way to rapidly bring your own images, as they currently exist, into the provisioning realm of the appliance. As such, I think the use cases and basis for deciding to use this deployment model are fairly evident. However, when comparing the two patterns-based approaches, virtual system patterns and virtual application patterns, the decision requires a bit more scrutiny


Is Cloud Computing Inherently Green?
Patrick Pushor - CTO & Founder at CloudChronicle.com

A lot of the focus on whether cloud computing initiatives are making a positive environmental impact by reducing the carbon footprint of IT organizations concentrate on areas that aren’t inherently part of the value proposition delivered by cloud computing.


Fast-track Your Success with Private Clouds
Bert Armijo - Co-Founder & SVP Sales, Marketing and Product Management at 3Tera, Inc

With Special Guest James Staten and CA Technologies, also featuring Jim Malone. The economics around cloud computing sound great. But you are considering creating your own cloud environment in-house – to give you both flexibility and control. Some say it takes months, or even years to get there, and they are right. Others say it takes weeks. They are also right. Listen to this webcast and learn how you can achieve the benefits of a private cloud – whether in months or in weeks, and how to get a realistic understanding of your options.


Autonomic Cloud Management Approaches
Dustin Amrhein - Technical Evangelist, WebSphere Emerging Technologies at IBM

The platform services segment of cloud is multi-faceted… to say the least. Lately, likely spurred on by announcements like IBM Workload Deployer and VMware Cloud Foundry, I have been thinking quite a bit about one of those facets: environment management. To be clear, I’m not talking about management tools for end-users, though that topic is worthy of many discussions. Rather, I’m talking about the autonomic management capabilities for deployed environments.


In-Path WAN Optimization for your Cloud Deployments with CloudSwitch and Riverbed
Company Profile: CloudSwitch, Inc

We are pleased to announce our support for Riverbed's Cloud Steelhead to help customers optimize their Hybrid cloud deployments. Many of our existing customers have already invested in Riverbed infrastructure in their data centers, and want to extend these trusted resources to the cloud.


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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.


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.


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.


Randy Bias dumps on enterprise clouds
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

Randy Bias, CTO and co-founder of cloud consulting firm Cloudscaling, joins Cloud Cover TV to share his thoughts on "enterprise clouds." Spoiler alert: he thinks they're doomed to failure. They also discuss Cisco's purchase of NewScale and the new "dedicated instances" from Amazon Web Services.


Enterprise Cloud Myths
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

The Founder of Cloudscaling, Randy Bias, argues against the notion of ‘enterprise clouds.’ Unfortunately, one point of confusion is the term “enterprise cloud.” When some people hear that term “enterprise cloud”, they think ‘private cloud’ or a ‘cloud for enterprises’. What it means is an infrastructure cloud built using ‘enterprise computing’, not ‘cloud computing’ techniques. Here is a way you can test if an infrastructure cloud, public/private or internal/external, is built using enterprise computing instead of cloud computing: It has more than 2 ‘brand name’ enterprise vendor’s products; allows for complex networks and routing topologies; focuses on allowing migration of unchanged (‘legacy’) applications from existing enterprise datacenters; has an expensive price tag; doesn’t take credit cards, instead requiring contracts and monthly invoices; provides you an arbitrary ‘pool’ of ‘resources’ to carve up any way you want. In this keynote Randy arguing that these ‘enterprise clouds’, regardless of whether they are public or private, are currently losing against the non-enterprise clouds. He provide some great real-world data points about why this is.


Strata 2011: Data Without Limits
Werner Vogels - VP, CTO at Amazon.com, Inc

Strata 2011: Data Without Limits with the CTO at Amazon.com.


Cloud Computing in PHP With the Amazon Web Services
Jeff Barr - Senior Manager, Cloud Computing Solutions at Amazon.com, Inc

Learn how to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) including the Elastic Compute Cloud, the Simple Storage Service, and the Simple Database Service to create a scalable application in PHP. This presentation shows how easy and fun it is to build and run an application in the cloud.


The Promise of OpenStack
John Engates - CTO at Rackspace Hosting, Inc

The CTO at Rackspace, John Engates, discusses OpenStack and Cloud Computing.


High Performance Computing on AWS
Werner Vogels - VP, CTO at Amazon.com, Inc

The CTO, Werner Vogels, and Sr Business Development Manager, Deepak Singh, at Amazon Web Services discuss how businesses and researchers can easily fulfill their high performance computational requirements with the added benefit of ad-hoc provisioning and pay-as-you-go pricing.


Introducing Burstorm
Edward Wustenhoff - CTSO at Burstorm
Brandon Abbey - CEO at Burstorm
Company Profile: Burstorm

Burstorm CEO Brandon Abbey and CTSO Edward Wustenhoff talk about the challenges companies face trying to match their (often unknown requirements) to the dizzying number of potential cloud supppliers, and how Burstorm can assist in this process.


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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.


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.


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.


Cloud Storage ROI: A Business Model for the Enterprise
Steve Lesem - President & CEO at Mezeo Software Corporation

This paper identifies the key enterprise business drivers for cloud storage, and provides a model that helps organizations quantitatively evaluate if implementing a private storage cloud is the best option for them.


Joyent Arista Switch Management
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

Joyent, a pioneer in cloud computing, and Arista Networks, the pioneer of 10 GbE cloud networking, are working together to build technology that will enable the automated management of network resources using Joyent cloud computing infrastructure. The two companies are now working together to provide users of Joyent infrastructure built using Arista switches with centralized switch management that will significantly improve the manageability, scalability and security of cloud infrastructure.


Cloud Computing Overview
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

This paper addresses potential business concerns and prevalent misperceptions of cloud computing and offers interested businesses concrete advice for making informed decisions. Finally, this paper broadly describes the cloud computing architecture that Joyent offers in the Smart technologies.


Joyent Smart Architecture for Cloud Computing
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

This paper examines the broad architectural differences in cloud computing products, the drawbacks to more generic approaches in cloud delivery, and the Joyent philosophy of constructing cloud computing infrastructures. The paper then describes the Joyent Smart Technologies cloud architecture from server and operating system through data center and software development platform.


Joyent Smart Technology Datasheet
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

A two-page overview of the Joyent Smart Technology stack providing information on SmartMachines, SmartDataCenter, and SmartPlatform.


Joyent Cloud Hosting Services Datasheet
Company Profile: Joyent, Inc

A two-page overview of the Joyent hosting services with pricing information, background on our physical data centers, and a comparison with Amazon EC2.


Virtual Infrastructure Management in Private and Hybrid Clouds PDF
Ignacio M Llorente - Full Professor & Head of Research Group at Complutense University of Madrid
Borja Sotomayor - Haizea Developer, Research Assistant & Lecturer at University of Chicago

By Borja Sotomayor, Ruben S Montero, Ignacio M Llorente, and Ian Foster. One of the many definitions of "cloud" is that of an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) system, in which IT infrastructure is deployed in a provider's data center as virtual machines. With IaaS clouds' growing popularity, tools and technologies are emerging that can transform an organization's existing infrastructure into a private or hybrid cloud. OpenNebula is an open source, virtual infrastructure manager that deploys virtualized services on both a local pool of resources and external IaaS clouds. Haizea, a resource lease manager, can act as a scheduling back end for OpenNebula, providing features not found in other cloud software or virtualization-based data center management software.


Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Architecture PDF
Simon Wardley - Researcher at CSC Leading Edge Forum

By Simon Wardley, Etienne Goyer & Nick Barcet. Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) brings Amazon EC2-like infrastructure capabilities inside the firewall. The UEC is powered by Eucalyptus, an open source implementation for the emerging standard of the EC2 API. This solution is designed to simplify the process of building and managing an internal cloud for businesses of any size, thereby enabling companies to create their own self-service infrastructure. This white paper tries to provide an understanding of the UEC internal architecture and possibilities offered by it in terms of security, networking and scalability.


Advancing Application Availability with PAN Manager Software PDF
Christine Crandell - SVP of Global Marketing at Accept Software

Once reserved for only the most-critical services, high availability and disaster recovery have become essential requirements across the spectrum of enterprise applications.


Improving the Live Migration Process of Large Enterprise Applications
Benoit Hudzia - Sr Researcher at SAP Research

By Stuart Hacking & Benoit Hudzia. Recent developments in virtualisation technology have resulted in its proliferation of usage across datacentres. Ultimately, the goal of this technology is to more efficiently utilise server resources to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by abstracting hardware and consolidating servers. This results in lower equipment costs and less electrical consumption for server power and cooling. However, the TCO benefits of holistic virtualisation extend beyond server assets. One of these aspects relates to the ability of being able to migrate Virtual Machines (VM) across distinct physical hosts over a network. However, limitations of the current migration technology start to appear when they are applied on larger application systems such as SAP ERP or SAP ByDesign. Such systems consume a large amount of memory and cannot be transferred as seamlessly as smaller ones, creating service interruption. Limiting the impact and optimising migration becomes even more important with the generalisation of Service Level Agreement (SLA). In this document we present our design and evaluation of a system that enables live migration of VMs running large enterprise applications without severely disrupting their live services, even across the Internet. By combining well-known techniques and innovative ones we can reduce system down-time and resource impact for migrating live, large Virtual Execution Environments.


Open Grid & SNIA Paper on Cloud Storage for Cloud Computing PDF
Company Profile: Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)

Open Grid & SNIA Paper on Cloud Storage for Cloud Computing


Scaling Your Internet Business
Randy Bias - Founder at Cloudscaling

This document describes how to grow a web-based Internet business with a focus on using GoGrid cloud computing infrastructure to achieve maximum scale. It provides high level descriptions of what scalability is, how web applications scale, how cloud computing helps, and why GoGrid is uniquely positioned to help businesses succeed.


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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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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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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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Amazon Web Services Service Health Dashboard
By: Automated
Health status of Amazon's various cloud services
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Amax moves from HPC clusters to cloud stacks
By: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Small and medium businesses want to build private compute clouds as much as the larger enterprises that the top-tier server makers are focused on. But many of the pre-integrated cloud stacks coming out of IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and the Acadia partnership – Cisco Systems, EMC, and VMware – are overkill for SMBs. And so Amax Information Technologies has forged its CloudMax private clouds just for them. Amax, which was founded in 1979, is a whitebox server and workstation maker based in Fremont, California that also has a business selling high performance computing clusters as well as bending metal on an OEM basis for various server appliances. The company has built HPC clusters for Argonne National Lab, CalTech, the Department of Defense, and Stanford University, and this is ...
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CloudSwitch Partners With Riverbed to Deliver Optimized Hybrid Cloud Deployments
By: CloudSwitch
CloudSwitch, Inc today announced support for the Riverbed Cloud Steelhead solution, enabling joint customers to optimize their enterprise network connectivity to the cloud. The joint solution addresses customer requests for improved performance, ease of deployment, full configurability, security and control in the cloud.
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Cloud Connections: IBM's Private Cloud Vision
By: Jeff James
The private cloud can often be used by an IT department as an intermediate step to public cloud adoption. Data and servers are kept within the confines of the company firewall, but those resources are provisioned much like public cloud services.
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Red Hat extends cloud computing collaboration with NTT
By: CBR Staff Writer
Telecom company extends use of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Enterprise Linux as part of its cloud offering Red Hat, a provider of open source offerings, has announced that telecom company NTT Communications has expanded its use of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the platform for its cloud computing and hosting service offering, Biz Hosting Basic. NTT is also offering Red Hat Enterprise products through the cloud solution.
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Radiant sees off-site 'cloud computing' as key to growth
By: Scott Simpson
David Buffett likes to compare his company to a utility - for better or for worse. The email and high-speed data network connections that Radiant Communications provides for about 4,000 customers, including Tim Hortons, lululemon and Burger King, guarantee a steady stream of revenue.
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Iron Mountain Ends Cloud Computing Service
By: Michael Ide
Iron Mountain is planning to shut down its cloud-based storage offerings after only two years in the rapidly growing market, research firm Gartner has revealed. According to Gartner, the company said that it plans to shut down its public cloud storage division by the first half of 2013 and revealed that it had stopped accepting new customers on April 1, 2011.
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Disaster Recovery Moving Into The Cloud
By: Bob Roudebush
Cloud computing is one of the most talked-about trends in IT, and the market for cloud services is exploding. In fact, IDC says cloud computing was a $17.4B market in 2009, but is expected to grow to $44.2B in 2013.
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The Cloud Storage Conundrum
By: Mike Vizard
When it comes to invoking cloud computing services, IT organizations are using the cloud to primarily address backup and archiving. IT organizations don’t really want to have to buy the IT infrastructure needed to house the data that is rarely accessed. But the problem is that moving data back and forth between on-premise systems and the cloud can be expensive. One of the ways that cloud computing providers make up for providing inexpensive storage resources is by marking up the cost of network bandwidth to access it.
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IBM Seeks to Make Cloud Computing More Palatable to Businesses
By: Aaron Ricadela and Katie Hoffmann
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), angling to reap more than 5 percent of its revenue from cloud computing by 2015, is introducing new ways for customers to run business software inside its data centers. IBM will begin selling the computing service, called “SmartCloud,” today to help large companies save money on equipment and software by letting them store data on IBM’s servers and access it over the Internet. Lockheed Martin Corp., Macy’s Inc., ING Groep N.V. and Kaiser Permanente are among companies that use IBM’s cloud-computing technology and may be target customers for SmartCloud, the company said.
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Where to start with public cloud computing
By: Beth Schultz
Network World - The first step is to evaluate your workloads, says Mark White, CTO for Deloitte Consulting's technology practice. "That's step one, and the conversation is really about the services catalog," he says. "If the company already has an IT services catalog, those entries represent various workloads. If not, you'd look literally at IT services less formally and their workloads."
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AMD Aims Enterprise Chips at Cloud, Virtualization
By: Staff
Enterprise computing increasingly will hinge on cloud computing and virtualization, and Advanced Micro Devices' server chip road map dovetails nicely with that trend, according to a company executive.
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Cloud migration requires network retooling
By: David Newman
Cloud computing promises many benefits: It can reduce IT costs and downtime while vastly increasing storage, mobility and provisioning options. But, it's also a potential security nightmare: perimeters disappear, clients and servers move around at will, and old models of access control, authentication and auditing no longer apply.
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Oracle's journey to the cloud -- and to the bank
By: David Linthicum
As I predicted in this blog, Oracle has found a profitable journey in the cloud over and above its existing open source database offerings. Specifically, Oracle sales increased 37 percent to $8.76 billion last quarter, according to Bloomberg. Oracle credits cloud computing for the revenue jump; indeed, Oracle's databases posted a 29 percent gain in new license sales.
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