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)
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)
As we work with dozens of companies that are actively running pilots and
doing early deployments in the cloud, it made me think about what the “new
normal” will look like in enterprise IT infrastructure. A recent report
from the Yankee Group shows that adoption of cloud is accelerating, with 24%
of large enterprises already using IaaS, and another 37% expected to adopt
IaaS within the next 24 months. It’s clearly a time of major shifts in the
IT world, and while we wait for the hype to subside and the smoke to clear,
some early outlines of the new paradigm are emerging. Here’s wh... (more)
Many IT managers would love to move some of their applications out of the
enterprise data center and into the cloud. It's a chance to eliminate a whole
litany of costs and headaches: in capital equipment, in power and cooling, in
administration and maintenance. Instead, just pay as you go for the computing
power you need, and let someone else worry about managing the underlying
But moving from theory into practice is where things get complicated. It's
true that a new web application built from scratch for the cloud as a
standalone environment can be rolled out qu... (more)