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)
Cloud Expo New York
As the year winds down, there are a few things I have come to expect: holiday
parties, snow, and new features from cloud providers.
This year exceeded all of my expectations, starting with a note in early
December from our friends at Terremark letting us know that they have fixed
their Windows pricing for cloud servers.
Until this upgrade, if you started a Windows server in their cloud, you had
to pay for a whole month of Windows licensing ($30-$100 depending on the
version) no matter how much you used the server. This was rather
un-cloudlike, where we want ... (more)
Security is always mentioned as a key factor limiting cloud adoption, but
what does “security” really mean in the cloud? To understand the
potential risks of cloud computing—and how to address them—we need to be
more specific. Once we’ve accurately defined the problems, we can address
them with the right technology and processes.
When you get into specifics with CSOs and risk managers, security concerns in
the cloud can essentially be boiled down to two main issues:
It’s a shared environment: In a multi-tenant public cloud, you’re sharing
resources—servers, cloud networks, and sto... (more)
Over the past several years, many IT departments have committed to
virtualization as an antidote to the spiraling costs and inflexibility
plaguing corporate data centers everywhere.
By running applications on virtual servers and consolidating underutilized
hardware, data centers can get maximum value from their equipment.
Virtualization also makes IT more responsive to the needs of the business:
rather than spending weeks or months to provision a physical server, a
virtual server can be launched in minutes.
Virtualization was meant to be the solution to today's data center woes -... (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)