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Ellen Rubin

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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 cloud to ensure secure Internet access to their servers in the cloud which is exactly what CloudSwitch delivered. As Director of Product Management at CloudSwitch I have had the pleasure of speaking to our customers to understand their use cases and have found that they are talking about th... (more)

Hybrid Clouds: Private vs. Public, Revisited

We’ve written extensively about the benefits of hybrid clouds, since it’s a core part of our founding vision at CloudSwitch.  For most of this past year, the cloud market has been focused on defining the differences between public and private clouds and weighing the costs and benefits. Slowly the conversation has shifted to what we believe is the central axiom of cloud: it’s not all or nothing on-premise or in an external cloud; it’s the ability to federate across multiple pools of resources, matching application workloads to their most appropriate infrastructure environments. T... (more)

Moving to the Cloud: The Road Ahead

Over the past few posts I covered a number of key points to consider as you plan to move to the cloud.  These issues are based on our experiences with many public clouds, as well as what we have learned from working with enterprises adopting the cloud. I hope it’s clear that today’s clouds are powerful resources that can be used to rapidly develop and deploy applications; they provide on-demand resources and true value.  The challenges I outlined in configuration, storage, networking, and management really come into play when you try to integrate the power of the cloud with your... (more)

2010 is the Year of the Federated Cloud Computing

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 partic... (more)

Private Clouds: Old Wine in a New Bottle

I recently read a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report about cloud computing, and they described private clouds as "old wine in a new bottle." I think they nailed it! The report points out that a typical private cloud set-up looks much the same as the infrastructure components currently found in a corporate data center, with virtualization added to the mix. While the virtualization provides somewhat better server utilization, the elasticity and efficiency available in the public cloud has private clouds beat by a mile. In short, the term "private cloud" is usually just a buzzword... (more)