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Ellen Rubin

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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 particular workload. It opens the door to a range of useful scenarios that take advantage of cloud capabilities: Using multiple clouds for different applications to match business needs. For example, Amazon AWS or Rackspace could be used for applications that need large horizontal scale, and Savvis... (more)

Cloud Federation and the Intercloud

5th International Cloud Expo New York Last week's post explored federation in the cloud, allowing enterprises to move workloads seamlessly across internal and external clouds according to business and application requirements. Advances in federation are good news for companies considering a move to the cloud since deployments no longer need to be custom projects and applications no longer have to be tightly coupled to a particular cloud. To follow up, there's been lots of discussion recently about the concept of the "Intercloud," a direction for cloud computing that is closely rel... (more)

Cloud Computing: The New Normal in Enterprise Infrastructure

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)

Using CloudSwitch to Create a Public IP Gateway to the Cloud

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)

New CloudSwitch Blog for Enterprise Cloud Computing

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)