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Ellen Rubin

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By John McEleney Today we’re extremely excited to announce that we are being acquired by Verizon and joining Terremark, its IT services subsidiary. This is major news for us, and we believe for the cloud industry as well. We’ve been working together with Terremark for almos...
New CloudSwitch customers and prospects are coming up to speed every week and there are a number of questions that show up frequently enough that I thought it would be helpful to cover them in a blog. When we work with customers, our goal is to make their experience getting started in ...
If I had a dime for every panel discussion that led to a heated debate around whether or not to re-architect for the cloud… I think the heat around this issue reflects some underlying confusion about how to handle all those “annoying” legacy apps. It’s an area of particular interest to...
By Guest Blogger Erik Heels, Partner at Clock Tower Law Group, experts in Patent Law Wikipedia defines "cloud computing" as "the logical computational resources (data, software) accessible via a computer network (through WAN or Internet etc.), rather than from a local computer.  M...
As customers continue their march to the cloud we have heard from a large number who want to use SharePoint Server in the cloud. Two major concerns that show up frequently are migration of existing custom deployments and data security. These organizations have spent years customizing ...
By John McEleney Gotta get-get… the Black Eyed Peas get it, heck they wrote a song about it: "That future boom boom, gotta get it now…"―we gotta get moving to the cloud! We're officially halfway through 2011 and many senior IT professionals are probably looking at their 2...
Sometimes it’s fun to look back at your predictions to remember what you were thinking at the time and see how accurate you turned out to be. Based on some recent conversations, I decided to revisit one of our early blog posts from 2009, where we were envisioning the direction this ind...
Cloud security remains a top concern for enterprise cloud deployments. Unresolved policy and control issues make it difficult to meet the requirements of corporate security and networking teams. As a result, we frequently hear from our customers that they assume they can only put the l...
By John Considine Despite scheduling the first of day conference to start on Mother’s Day, there was a good turnout for the Enterprise Cloud Summit in Las Vegas this week.  The presentations covered everything from how public clouds “work” to the future of privat...
The Amazon US East outage of just over a week ago was an eye-opener for many people. Here at CloudSwitch it validated what we know about best practices for using the cloud. Not surprisingly, these reflect traditional IT processes and systems that enterprises know are needed to protect ...
As our enterprise customers embrace the cloud, we’ve been hearing a growing demand to help them optimize enterprise network connectivity as they scale their cloud deployments. At CloudSwitch, we’ve been thinking about the issue of network optimization for quite some time now and workin...
By Pavan Pant As our enterprise customers embrace the cloud, we’ve been hearing a growing demand to help them optimize enterprise network connectivity as they scale their cloud deployments. At CloudSwitch, we’ve been thinking about the issue of network optimization for quit...
Part 2 of a 2-Part Series By Ellen Rubin The last post explored why more and more enterprises and technology vendors are making the adoption of a cloud gateway a top priority. This post focuses on the capabilities that all stakeholders should look for. So what exactly is a cloud gatewa...
In our discussions with industry insiders, we’re hearing more and more about the need for a cloud gateway — technology that provides a bridge between an organization’s internal environment and one or more public clouds. It’s a message we’re also hearing with growing frequency from ente...
Part 1 of a 2-Part Series By Ellen Rubin In our discussions with industry insiders, we’re hearing more and more about the need for a cloud gateway — technology that provides a bridge between an organization’s internal environment and one or more public clouds. It&rsqu...
We recently talked about CloudSwitch’s security model while highlighting our integration with Active Directory. Our architecture addresses three areas of protection which we believe are required to make the cloud secure for enterprises – security within the data center, between the da...
Today, Amazon announced a new version of their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offering. This move reflected the learning and requirements from enterprise customers who have tested or deployed VPC over the past year. Initially, VPC was developed to provide a secure tunnel (layer-3) from th...
Over the past year we've had the pleasure of working with Terremark as a partner, as we jointly engage with enterprise customers who want to leverage hybrid clouds. For these customers and prospects, hybrid means the flexibility to combine their traditional data centers, new private cl...
The way you know you’re in the midst of a technology shift and market disruption is when organizations don’t behave the way you expect them to based on past track records. Cloud computing has been filled with surprises and unexpected behavior from the get-go. First, Amazon, a retailer,...
Security concerns about the public cloud have always been a top priority here at CloudSwitch. Moving to the public cloud is fraught with potential risks and security managers have legitimate concerns about data integrity, an opaque security model in the cloud and unauthorized access by...
By Damon Miller Organizations in industries such as pharmaceutical research and financial services as well as many federal agencies depend on high performance computing (HPC) for research and analytics. From protein sequencing to market simulation, these compute-intensive tasks demand...
By Pavan Pant One of the questions foremost in the minds of our customers is related to how their internal network topology will translate to the cloud. Every enterprise has a unique network infrastructure which includes specific addressing (subnets), services like DHCP/DNS, identity a...
Back in September, I blogged about a strange situation I had noticed in the cloud market: Where Are the Telcos? At that time, Verizon had made their initial announcement about their new CaaS offering for the SMB market, which only seemed to highlight the relative lack of leadership and...
By Ellen Rubin In discussions with our customers, we’ve seen an interesting trend emerge in recent months. A surprising number of customers are telling us that their goal is to never build another data center again, or even to do away with their data centers completely. They see ...
By Pavan PantReleasing CloudSwitch 2.0 was a great way to close out 2010 and build momentum for 2011. As part of that announcement we discussed some great new capabilities and improvements in Enterprise 2.0 that were driven by our customers’ use cases as they move to the cloud. I...
By John McEleneyYou can’t turn on the radio without hearing holiday music, and one of my favorites is John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas.”  As he and Yoko sang, “Another year over, and a new one just begun.” It really is hard to believe that we&rsqu...
By Guest Author, Lori MacVittie Anyone familiar with enterprise-class infrastructure and servers knows that lights-out management is a must-have; not just in the event of a failure but also in the face of any event that compromises the ability of an admin or operator from accessing the...
By the CloudSwitch TeamIt feels like just yesterday that we unveiled CloudSwitch Enterprise to the world. Since then we have closed many large commercial customers, learned a lot from their use cases and have been hard at work building major new functionality in the product. Time flies...
Security concerns (real and imagined) have long dominated much of the cloud conversation and caused many companies to deliberate about getting started in the cloud. Slowly, the security issues are being addressed--through the adoption of corporate policies for cloud usage, maturing clo...
By John McEleneyThe blogosphere and twitter have been in overdrive the past couple of days with the removal of WikiLeaks from AWS. The reaction and condemnation of Amazon has been swift and often brutal – charging the company with censorship and cowardly behavior. Consider the an...
Seems like it was only yesterday when industry pundits were backing away from public clouds in favor of the safer, more big-vendor-compliant “private clouds.” After Amazon shook things up with its new paradigm for computing and storage clouds in 2007, and started to gain traction (alon...
By John McEleney This past week, several members of our senior management team attended a variety of cloud conferences. It is really exciting to see the amount of activity that is happening in our industry: widespread discussion of the hybrid cloud model, new customer use cases, techno...
By The CloudSwitch Team In our many discussions with enterprises of all sizes and industries, we’ve seen that the majority are starting to include the cloud in their overall IT computing strategies. The benefits of fast provisioning and pay-on-demand are extremely compelling.&nbs...
By John McEleney In Ray Ozzie’s thoughtful memorandum to employees, “Dawn of a New Day,” he implores everyone in the company to embrace the cloud or perish. What I found even more interesting are his comments about complexity.  "Complexity kills," said Ozzie. "Co...
Last week Citrix announced OpenAccess and OpenBridge, two new offerings for cloud computing.  OpenAccess focuses on single sign-on and identity management while OpenBridge is designed to allow connections between local resources and cloud resources.  The OpenBridge announceme...
By Guest Author, Kamesh Pemmaraju In a typical enterprise today, one finds a heterogeneous mix of modern platforms and legacy platforms of many vintages. With the emergence of a variety of cloud service models (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS) and an array of deployment models (private, public, and c...
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.  ...
By Ellen Rubin This week’s Verizon announcement about their new CaaS offering for SMBs highlights a strange situation in the cloud computing market. While Amazon has been growing explosively and MSP/colo providers like Rackspace, Terremark and Savvis have rushed to embrace cloud ...
By Pavan Pant As with any transformative technology that is new to the market, both public and private clouds have generated massive amounts of hype, bold predictions, a whole lot of confusion and raging debates amongst the cloud cognoscenti. Opinions vary across the spectrum with some...
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...