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 mission is to do just that. We tend to see the world from
the data center out, unlike much of the innovation around cloud computing to
date, which has focused on the cloud as a separate and silo'd environment.
Enterprise Cloud Computing Hurdles
We share the view held by many that the cloud will... (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)
This post is part of a series examining the issues involved when moving
applications between internal data centers and public clouds.
The true challenges in storage and data management in the cloud result from
the diverse and often unfamiliar processes and infrastructures offered by the
cloud providers, including: new provisioning methods, storage properties,
data population and transfer, and systems for data management (snapshots,
clones, replication, backup). The cloud providers define the relationship
between servers and storage and often impose constraints on everything from ... (more)
The World Cup is the world’s largest sporting event and this year’s
extravaganza from South Africa has been exciting, but not without
controversy. Any sports fan watching the recent match between England and
Germany had to be frustrated to see English midfielder Frank Lampard’s goal
clearly crossing the goal line, but without the referee awarding the goal.
Where was the videotape? A simple review of a videotape could have
prevented this miscall.
Fortunately the IT world has subscribed to the old adage, “you can’t fix
what you can’t see.” For this reason, we have a plethora of t... (more)
In the most difficult economic climate in decades, CIOs are reevaluating
their strategies and looking for new ways to reduce data center costs and
overhead while improving responsiveness to business requirements. Cloud
computing has emerged as a much more agile and efficient approach than what
companies have done in the past: adding more compute, storage and networking
capacity or trying to get more out of what they already own.
Cloud computing did not emerge from a vacuum, but has its origins in three
technology "megatrends" that most CIOs are already familiar with. These