Cloud Expo 2010
Analysts, bloggers and mainstream media have spent 2009 promoting cloud
computing as “the next big thing” that will revolutionize the way
companies buy and use computing power.
But beyond the hype and the C-level interest in an exciting trend, there’s
value to the cloud that appeals to the pragmatic, “show me” nature of
The two main drivers for cloud computing are the same ones that have always
motivated enterprise IT: save money (do more with less) and be more
responsive to business needs. These goals are typically in conflict with each
other, so that in tough times the first takes precedence and in boom times
the second one does.
The cloud offers the promise of being able to do both, which is why it so
attractive to the CIO and IT managers. The cloud potentially lets you offload
from your expensive internal infrastructure and scal... (more)
In this first post of 2010, I’d like to look at one of the most important
cloud issues that enterprises want to tackle: federation in the cloud —
across clouds and between the cloud and the data center. Also known as hybrid
clouds, the notion of federation has been around since cloud computing began,
but as a long-term vision rather than a working solution. This year that gap
is going to close.
What Is Cloud Federation?
Federation brings together different cloud flavors and internal resources so
companies can select a computing environment on demand that makes sense for a
By Pavan Pant
We recently talked about the latest release of CloudSwitch enterprise and
since that blog post went live we have garnered a lot of interest in our
public IP gateway to the cloud - the ability to provide secure access from
the public Internet to servers in the cloud. There are many cases in which
customers want to deploy Internet facing applications to the cloud to help
reduce bandwidth constraints within their data centers and improve
performance by moving compute resources closer to their customers. In order
to accomplish this, customers needed a firewall in the ... (more)
Welcome to our enterprise cloud computing blog where we'll share our
perspectives on cloud computing trends and best practices for the enterprise.
We're a team with extensive experience in IT software and systems (learn more
about us), and we're passionate about the opportunity that cloud computing
offers for fundamentally improving enterprise IT.
However, we believe that before the cloud can reach its potential, some
innovation needs to take place within the enterprise data center to make
cloud computing simple, secure and tightly integrated with existing IT
infrastructure. Our ... (more)
The recent announcement from Amazon of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
represents the next big advance in the evolution chain for cloud computing.
Enterprises can now integrate their IT infrastructure with Amazon's vast
computing and storage resources, using a VPN connection from their data
center to their own virtual private cloud which then looks like part of their
Until the release of VPC, companies were left to build applications and
utilize the cloud as a separate and somewhat siloed portion of their
computing environment. In addition to the VPN connection... (more)