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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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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 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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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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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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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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Selecting Cloud Services: Opening the Door to Cloud Computing
Selecting Cloud Services: Opening the Door to Cloud Computing
by Edward Wustenhoff
This article introduces some of the challenges companies typically face when considering moving to the cloud. How do you understand and map your requirements with the hundreds of potential cloud suppliers, while not taking months to work through a formal RFP process? The article also outlines Burstorm's approach to meeting these challenges.
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Why Now is the Right Time to Move Your Core Business Operations to the Cloud
Why Now is the Right Time to Move Your Core Business Operations to the Cloud
by Jeff Vance
The risks of cloud computing have been completely turned on their head in the past year. Previously, businesses were wary of the cloud due to issues like security and reliability. Now, with cloud vendors having pushed beyond those obstacles, the risk is waiting too long. Many businesses are learning the hard way that the cloud is a competitive advantage for those who aggressively embrace it, but a distinct competitive impediment for those who sit on the sidelines.
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SaaS for the Enterprise: Moving from Traditional (On-Premise) Software
SaaS for the Enterprise: Moving from Traditional (On-Premise) Software
by Jeff Saling
Aside from the arguments about what is “real” SaaS versus Cloud (private or public), many traditional software companies are looking at how to move with the market. Having spent the last few years creating a SaaS business within a traditional software company, I am sometimes asked to speak about the journey. Many assume it’s about creating the right multi-tenant architecture or sorting out the technical vagaries of a pure open-source technology stack. While the technology decisions and designs are critical, there are many things on the critical path. In this article, I’ll introduce just a few critical path items in technology, pricing, customer service and contracts.
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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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Emergence of the Cloud Integrator
Emergence of the Cloud Integrator
by Raj Asava
While some claim Cloud Computing is the next disruptive technology, others suggest it is the harbinger of the diminishing role of the Systems Integrator. A closer examination reveals that it is neither. But whatever descriptor is finalized for Cloud Computing, harvesting its benefits will require the guidance and direction of an emerging breed of systems integrator – Cloud Integrator.
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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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Taking the First Steps Towards Cloud Computing
Taking the First Steps Towards Cloud Computing
by J Bruce Daley & Alan Rudolph
Cloud computing today appears distant and different from every perspective, but its benefits should be clear to even the most casual observer. By making better use of hardware, software, and people, cloud computing saves money. Although it is based on some interesting technologies, the real innovations in cloud computing are in pricing.
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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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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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/


5 Enterprise Cloud Predictions for 2013
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

I believe that this is the year when the enterprise will find its way to the cloud. The mega Internet sites and applications are the new era enterprises. These will become the role models for the traditional enterprise. IT needs remain the same with regards to scale, security, SLA, etc. However, the traditional enterprise CIO has already set the goal for next year: 100% efficiency. The traditional CIO understands that in order to achieve that goal, IT will need to start and do cloud, make sure that IT resources are utilized right, and that his teams move fast.


The cloud: inevitable, but not ubiquitous from HP (Brochure)
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

HP has helped many businesses implement the cloud to achieve real benefits. Here are a few examples: • Mahindra created a shared services environment using HP CloudSystem to enable nimble deployment of application platforms for different R&D needs. • SFR quickly brought to market a complete infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform based on HP CloudSystem. • Using HP CloudSystem, Hostworks created a highly resilient shared services facility to accommodate its customer base load. Hostworks can now implement a common virtualized infrastructure that scales quickly to deliver new programs. • Using a private cloud transformation based on HP CloudSystem, FICO created a global product development center of excellence.


Newvem Is Proud to Announce the Release of General Availability!!! PDF
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

Newvem GA completely disrupts the belief that cloud usage analytics ends with cost savings. A major component of the GA is connecting cloud usage with specific business activities and entities such as business divisions, accounts, and even customers. Newvem now offers better visibility into the relationship between business and cloud infrastructure, thus helping our customers focus on profit.


ClickSoftware – Great Case of an AWS Cloud Adoption: Part 1, Operations
Ofir Nachmani - Chief Evangelist at Newvem Insights Ltd.

My first interview was with Mr. Korach, discussing operation and his “cloud day” as the senior DevOps of this cloud service leader. ClickSoftware started utilizing the AWS cloud for non-critical services such as demos and proof of concepts for new opportunities, customers’ training and development staging environments. According to Mr. Korach, there is a clear separation between the company’s internal needs on the Amazon cloud and the cloud service offering. The former are consumed by the specific provisioned and relevant department (Sales, Professional Services, R&D) in the organization, and are managed and monitored by the company IT department. The latter (i.e., the company’s Cloud services offerings) needs are deployed, managed and monitored by Korach’s DevOps team.


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.


Amazon Cloud and the Enterprise – Is it a love story?
Ofir Nachmani - Founder and Author at I Am OnDemand blog

As befitting any great online vendor, Amazon cloud product guys listen carefully to their market targets and ensure fast implementation and delivery to satisfy their needs. It is clear that Amazon cloud is eager to conquer the enterprise market, as I already mentioned in my past post, “Amazon AWS is the Cloud (for now anyway)”.


What SMBs should expect from Cloud Computing Services? PDF
Richa Pokhriyal - Digital Media Specialist at Egocentrix

Cloud Computing is a hype today. But businesses would be interested in unbiased and clear information.The Whitepaper helps small and medium Business who are looking to achieve business growth and efficiency via Cloud computing solutions. Traditional IT services are costly and not flexible. But Cloud computing supports the strategic agility today's businesses need. Learn how cloud solutions effect your business processes and help you to achieve more productivity, stability and on demand scalability. The Whitepaper provides answers to questions like how to create a reliable network with your team and clients, how cloud can transform you business operations and finally future of cloud computing.


Choosing a Cloud Provider with Confidence
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

Cloud computing is rapidly transforming the IT landscape and the conversation around adopting cloud technology has progressed from “if” to “when”. Although cloud services offer enormous economic benefits, they also pose significant potential risks for enterprises that must safeguard corporate information assets while also complying with industry and government regulations. Download this paper to better understand where and when to use cloud solutions and the ways in which SSL can help you conduct business in the cloud with confidence.


Cost Modeling of Cloud Deployments on Public Cloud such as AWS, Google, Microsoft Azure and Rackspace with RightScale-PlanForCloud
Mitesh Soni - Technical Lead at iGATE

PlanForCloud allows innovative modeling of the elements of cloud deployments, such as servers, storage, databases and data transfers, as well as usage scenarios that incorporate growth, seasonality and other variability in the consumption of cloud resources. Deployments are run through a simulation to create a detailed 3-year cost report that enables you to accurately forecast costs for new deployments or budget for future usage. You do not need to be on the cloud and we do not require any cloud credentials.


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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™


IBM Cloud Executive Roundtable
Erich Clementi - General Manager, Enterprise Initiatives at IBM

How can moving to a cloud computing environment help your business? And what is the future potential for cloud computing? IBM cloud computing executives, Ric Telford, Maria Azua, and Erich Clementi, share their vision for cloud computing in this round table discussion.


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.


Architecting a Cloud Powered Business: Cloud Leaders Are Made, Not Born - Part 1
Chris Barbin - CEO at Appirio, Inc

Companies that have adopted one or more cloud platform wrestle with different issues than those just beginning their journey. Can everything move to the public cloud? How do you build a cloud road map that includes mobile devices? How do you bring together your existing cloud applications from leaders like Google, salesforce.com, and Workday so 1 + 1 + 1=5, not 3? In this session led by Appirio, you'll learn from the journey of other cloud leaders.


Architecting a Cloud Powered Business: Cloud Leaders Are Made, Not Born - Part 2
Chris Barbin - CEO at Appirio, Inc

Architecting a Cloud Powered Business: Cloud Leaders Are Made, Not Born - Part 2


Deliver Cloud Productivity Solutions on Your Own Terms
Chris Capossela - SVP, Information Worker Product Management Group at Microsoft Corporation

The cloud isn't all or nothing. You have the power to shape it to fit the specific needs of your workforce. The SVP at Microsoft, Chris Capossela, discusses how Microsoft works with its customers to deliver the cloud on their own terms.


Cloud Computing: Its Impact on Business
Peter Fingar - Business Strategy, BPM and Globalization Advisor at PeterFingar.com

An 8-minute screencast explaining the impact of cloud computing on business... It's not about IT on demand; It's about business innovation!


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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/


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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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



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.


Enterprise Meet Cloud: Mapping a Safe Passage to Enterprise Cloud Adoption PDF
Phil Wainewright - Blogger at ZDNet & CEO at Procullux Ventures

Many enterprise IT executives are wondering how they can bring the economic and practical advantages of cloud computing - the rapid deployment, pay-per-use pricing, scalable capacity on-demand- to those more business-critical systems, yet without compromising their security, reliability and governance. This paper maps out how to ensure safe passage, trust and confidence when migrating such valuable IT assets to the cloud.


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.


Building Return on Investment from Cloud Computing
Mark Skilton - Global Director at Capgemini
Company Profile: Open Group Cloud Work Group

Prepared by the Cloud Business Artifacts (CBA) project of The Open Group Cloud Computing Work Group. This White Paper presents the initial conclusions from The Open Group on how to build and measure Return on Investment (ROI) from Cloud Computing. It Introduces the main factors affecting ROI from Cloud Computing, and compares the business development of Cloud Computing with that of other innovative technologies. It also describes the main approaches to building ROI by taking advantage of the benefits that Cloud Computing provides and describes approaches to measure this ROI, absolutely and in comparison with traditional approaches to IT, by giving an overview of Cloud Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and metrics. The result is an analysis of how to build and measure ROI that will help businesses to reap the benefits of Cloud Computing, and take advantage of its potential for incremental improvement and disruptive transformation of business processes.


Questions to Ask Your Cloud Vendor PDF
Ben Kepes - Director at Diversity Ltd

This report articulates a number of questions to ask when evaluating cloud applications. These questions fall into several distinct groupings, including: Business Requirements, Reliability, Availability, Upgrades, Maintenance and Outages, Security, Privacy, Data Ownership, Integration, and Customization questions. http://www.cloudave.com/link/new-whitepaper-questions-to-ask-your-cloud-vendor?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CloudAve+%28CloudAve%29


10 Questions You Need to Ask a Collaboration Vendor PDF
Ben Kepes - Director at Diversity Ltd

In just the last few years, the enterprise collaboration software market has become one of the most crowded areas in IT. It seems as though new vendors are appearing on a weekly basis while traditional software vendors are working feverishly to retrofit their legacy offerings by introducing new collaboration add-ons. Further clouding the issue are the various delivery models available to customers today - on-premise, on-demand and cloud-based options are available. This combination of a multitude of vendors and delivery models has created a confusing landscape, where messaging collision has become the rule, not the exception. This primer is intended to help those organizations researching enterprise collaboration by arming them with the most important questions to ask the collaboration vendors they are evaluating, in hopes of helping them make buying decisions based on empirical evidence, rather than flashy positioning and messaging.


Shedding Light on Cloud Computing - a Primer PDF
Gregor Petri - Advisor for Lean IT & Cloud Computing at CA Technologies

This Primer provides a structured overview of what cloud computing is and what the potential benefits and risks are. In addition it explores how cloud computing will impact IT management and IT’s role in the organization as a service provider.


Cloud rEvolution Vol 4: A Workbook for Cloud Computing in the Enterprise
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

The most important value the cloud brings is not lower costs, it is improved agility, not just for IT, but for the business as a whole. The biggest cloud computing benefits are being gained in business effectiveness areas such as speed, availability, responsiveness and innovation. This workbook is intended to help you get up to speed on cloud computing, considering issues such as quality, cycle time and customer/employee satisfaction, and then run a workshop jointly with business and IT staff that: Examines cloud opportunities Reviews potential issues Considers where and how specific information should be processed Related links The Workbook contains some tables for you to copy and use in your workshop. These tables are also available as Powerpoint files. Since knowledge about the cloud varies widely both within the IT community and within the business, we have found it useful to start a workshop with the Wall Street Journals cloud computing quiz. The Workbook concludes with some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). You can view a full list of these questions and answers and to submit further questions.


Cloud rEvolution Vol 3: The Cloud Effect
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

Where once it was important to understand the "network effect" of the Internet on your business, today it's the "cloud effect." The cloud effect is the influence of cloud computing - of on-demand, elastic, pay-per-use IT - on IT and the business. This influence is significant and far-reaching, for when a fixed asset like a computer becomes variable and on demand, all sorts of agility and new cost structures open up. Cloud rEvolution: The Cloud Effect explores six cloud effects impacting IT and Business: The Stack Transforms to Services Structural Deepening Expands the Cloud Ecosystem Cloud Enables New IT Options Mega Data Centers Power It All Cloudonomics Provide Financial Incentive Cloud Drives Business Value


Cloud Computing Quick Start With IBM, Amazon, RightScale and WaveMaker PDF
Chris Keene - CEO at WaveMaker Software, Inc

This document describes how companies can build applications that take advantage of SaaS and Cloud technologies. The cloud quick start program is joint enablement program delivered by IBM, WaveMaker, and RightScale that builds on best practices developed by IBM's SaaS and Cloud Computing specialty groups.


Cloud rEvolution Vol 2: The Art of Abstraction
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

Abstraction, long used in IT to mask complexity, is an essential ingredient for cloud computing. It's the secret sauce that sets up hardware and software to be delivered as a service from the cloud. Cloud rEvolution: The Art of Abstraction shows clients how to mix the sauce for their specific needs. Abstraction includes the many variations of virtualization, as well as services and multitenancy. In addition to enabling new combinations of IT components, abstraction helps the enterprise reduce cycle times. With abstraction, we can do in minutes what used to take days or weeks. Further, we can match IT demand to supply far more accurately, doing away with excess IT inventory.


Cloud rEvolution Vol 1: Laying the Foundation
Doug Neal - Research Fellow, Executive Programme at CSC Leading Edge Forum

Cloud Computing is taking IT by storm, and with it enterprises across the commercial and government sectors. As cloud computing changes the game in IT and opens up enormous agility and innovation for the business, enterprises are seeking to understand how they can benefit from cloud. Cloud rEvolution is a four volume series which probes the cloud continuum from its foundational technologies to abstract technologies to the ultimate abstraction: the cloud itself. The series explores IT and business implications, covering technology advances, examples, concerns and practical guidelines. Volume 1, Cloud rEvolution: Laying the Foundation, examines the core building blocks of the cloud, focusing on three areas: universal power, universal information and universal access. Armed with a solid understanding of cloud's foundations, enterprises will be better equipped to take advantage of advances in cloud computing, address its current limitations, and cut through the hype and doubt that currently surround cloud.


On-Demand ERP in the Enterprise - A Practical CIO Guide to Implementation
Phil Wainewright - Blogger at ZDNet & CEO at Procullux Ventures
Company Profile: NetSuite Inc

Want to Ensure the Success of Your SaaS Implementation Strategy? Cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) pose exciting opportunities for large enterprises, but also come with challenges. Are you ready to face them? A new independent research and analysis report by Phil Wainewright, one of the world's foremost authorities on business automation and a ZDNet writer on SaaS, will give you a framework for crafting your SaaS strategy and successfully implementing SaaS ERP within your organization. Download this free white paper, On-Demand ERP in the Enterprise: A Practical CIO Guide to Implementation, to find out how you can use SaaS to enhance your enterprise software strategy. You'll learn: - The three primary criteria against which to evaluate your SaaS provider's readiness for your organization - The five considerations you should use to determine whether your business is ready for SaaS - The six factors for evaluating SaaS providers, as well as 15 criteria SaaS providers must meet - The four deployment scenarios for SaaS solutions - A roadmap to effective implementation within your enterprise. The paper also examines key concerns such as ensuring data integrity in enterprise systems, maintaining compliance and ensuring proper process management. And it discusses new skills and approaches that will help you maximize your return on investment.


An Essential Guide to Possibilities and Risks of Cloud Computing PDF
Maria Spinola - Cloud Computing Researcher, Copywriter, Evangelist & Advisor at Independent

A Pragmatic, Effective and Hype-Free Approach for Strategic Enterprise Decision Making. Cloud Computing is quite possibly the hottest, most discussed and often misunderstood concept in information technology (IT) today. Cloud Computing proposes to transform the way IT is deployed and managed, promising reduced implementation, maintenance costs and complexity, while accelerating innovation, providing faster time-to-market, and the ability to scale high-performance applications and infrastructures on demand. The goal of this papr is to provide a realistic perspective of the possibilities, benefits and risks of Cloud Computing, what to look for, what to avoid, and also some tips and best practices on implementation, architecture and vendor management strategies. It is important to consider all those aspects before you decide either to move or not to move your systems, applications, and/or data to the "Cloud", in a "hype free" approach.


SaaS Sector Reports - SMB Financial Productivity Software
Kevin Dobbs - Founder & Managing Partner at Montclair Advisors, LLC

A new set of SaaS providers has emerged with products designed specifically for the small business owner. Many of these new software services are very low cost and some were even free, and because of this, the adoption of these products has been rapid. These Sector Reports cover the incumbent software providers and the promising new SaaS suppliers.


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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 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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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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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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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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Public or Private Clouds? Cloud Computing Leader NaviSite Weighs in
By: Ed Silverstein
ncreasingly, users of technology understand the benefit of turning to the cloud –whether it be for cloud computing, cloud storage or cloud communications. But it sometimes is not as clear when it comes to the benefits of public clouds versus private clouds. NaviSite (News - Alert), a leader in cloud computing services, recently submitted a blog post for “InfoSecurity Magazine,” in which Allen Allison, chief security officer at NaviSite, contends that a cloud, whether it’s public or private, offers many benefits, such as having a lower total cost of ownership.
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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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How learning cloud computing can benefit your company
By: Oleru Chima Michael
Businesses everywhere are hearing a lot of hype about cloud computing and what it can do for their bottomlines. Although many companies have immediately learned all they can about this new technology through Cloud Computing training or enrolling in Cloud computing boot camp, many others are still skeptical. Much of the skepticism comes not from any negativity regarding cloud computing but more from lack of knowledge of what cloud computing is and it’s many benefits.
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Why You Don't Need a Cloud Computing Strategy
By: Peder Ulander
As with any new exciting technology, companies commonly look towards creating a "strategy" around the movement in order to ensure their investments achieve the greatest ROI. In the 1990s, it was all about how companies needed a "Linux" strategy; the last decade has been dominated with companies needing a "virtualization" strategy; and the trend I'm seeing today is everyone talking about needing a "cloud computing" strategy.
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Cloud Computing's Tipping Point
By: Michael Biddick
Private clouds promise maximum control and strong security, while commercial cloud services are fast and flexible. Which works best? Government agencies are adopting both, as well as hybrids. The private cloud vs. public cloud debate is rapidly giving way to new models where agencies tap on-demand IT resources from a variety of cloud platforms--private, commercial, hybrid, software as a service--based on what best suits their needs.
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IT departments still 'not convinced' by the cloud
By: Anh Nguyen
When it comes to cloud computing, a wide schism still exists between the IT and business communities, a study has found. According to the first part of the 'Cloud and the Future of Business; From Costs to Innovation' report from Accenture and the London School of Economics and Political Science's Outsourcing Unit, IT people still see issues such as security and privacy as a barrier to cloud adoption.
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How can 'cloud computing' benefit small businesses?
By: Steve Ball
Many people are predicting that 2011 will be the year that cloud computing goes mainstream. A key technology trend of the past few years, analyst firm Gartner has now predicted that cloud computing will be one of the top ten strategic technologies in 2011. Here Steve Ball (details below) looks at why small and growing businesses should embrace the cloud, and how it can help revolutionise their IT:
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Cloud CIO: 5 Key Pieces of Rollout Advice
By: Bernard Golden
The spread of enthusiasm for cloud computing seems unstoppable. Cloud computing -- a term that was unknown prior to 2007 -- has been named by Gartner as the number one priority for CIOs in 2011. One cannot recall a technology development that has gone from unheard-of to a key role in IT plans so quickly. So why has this unprecedented fervent cloud furor come to pass?
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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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Seven in 10 businesses worried about managing cloud
By: Leo King
Seventy one percent of businesses are concerned about managing cloud computing, according to a survey.
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Public cloud vs. private cloud: Why not both?
By: Beth Schultz
Network World - As cloud computing moves from hype to reality, certain broad trends and best practices are emerging when it comes to the public cloud vs. private cloud deployment debate. Anecdotally and from surveys, it's becoming clear that most enterprises are first looking to the private cloud as a way to play with cloud tools and concepts in the safety of their own secure sandbox.
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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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