Posts Tagged ‘Private cloud’

Oracle Executives to Outline Oracle’s Comprehensive Cloud Strategy

3 October 2011 – On Thursday, October 6, 2011, during Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle senior executives will outline Oracle’s comprehensive cloud strategy and roadmap. The Oracle Powers the Cloud event includes more than 25 cloud sessions, 15 cloud demos and an Executive keynote address. Executives will discuss how Oracle offers the broadest, most complete integrated offerings for enterprise cloud computing. Oracle provides a comprehensive strategy that includes both private and public clouds, and all cloud layers — software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

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Five Myths of Cloud Computing

26 August 2011 – In recent years, cloud computing has been as visible as any topic in IT. Its front-page news status has been accelerated by Amazon,, Yahoo, and Microsoft®, among other firms, aggressively vying for leadership in providing cloud infrastructure or services. However, this race for mindshare has obscured cloud computing facts. Many admit to the haze surrounding cloud computing.

This white paper separates fact from fiction, reality from myth, and, in doing so, will aid senior IT executives as they make decisions around cloud computing. While dispelling cloud computing myths, we will answer tough questions: How hard is it to adopt a private or hybrid cloud? How difficult is it to maintain and secure a cloud? How will the cloud transform my business? Do I have the right skill sets in place? What are some of my cost considerations? HP and Intel are committing extensive resources to helping customers with all of their questions and concerns around cloud computing.

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Cloud computing — more philosophy than technology

23 August 2011 – The term “cloud computing” started out as pure marketing and has now found its way into just about every conversation about technology that we have these days. However, before we can start talking about cloud we have to define it.

First, cloud computing at its core is really more of a philosophy than a technology…

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Microsoft to Co-develop Cloud Products With Chinese OS Firm

23 August 2011 – Microsoft said on Tuesday it will work with a Chinese operating system developer to create cloud computing products for the country’s market, a move that could help the U.S. company sell to China’s government agencies.

China Standard Software, Microsoft’s Chinese partner, has co-developed a Linux operating system with a defense lab, China’s National University of Defense Technology, and the operating system, called “NeoKylin”, has been approved by a number of government ministries.

NeoKylin is meant for use by government offices, national defense, energy and other sectors of the Chinese economy, and aims to reduce China’s dependence on imported operating systems.

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Understanding the differences between public and private cloud computing

1 August 2011 – It’s no secret that cloud computing has been a misunderstood victim of marketing hype. But regardless of how you define the technologies, it’s clear that both private and public cloud computing is slowly being adopted among modern businesses. According to a recent TechTarget survey, over 15% of more than 1,000 IT respondents indicated that they have implemented some type of cloud, while almost 17% expect to implement some type of cloud computing over the next 12 months.

Private cloud computing shifts the emphasis to computing-on-demand. This generally changes the way that data center hardware is used and shifts the way that departments or stakeholders pay for those computing resources. There are many reasons for organizations to select private clouds. Cost is always an obvious issue, but it’s not necessarily the principal motivator. Organizations that opt for private clouds are usually most concerned with preserving their investment in their existing infrastructures. This was the reason cited by more than 35% of TechTarget survey respondents, and it makes sense for businesses that have already spent significant capital to … Read more

Investing: is there sunshine ahead for cloud computing?

31 July 2011 – Technology investors have their heads in the cloud these days.  Cloud computing, which supplies on-demand hosted services over the Internet, requires only that its clients have a computer and Internet access. It handles the functions traditionally performed by a firm’s in-house hardware and software.  Cloud computing’s potential is reflected in the soaring stocks of companies actively involved in providing cloud services, but stumbling blocks include security concerns and confusion about what the cloud really is.

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Hyper-V Private Clouds

31 July 2011 – If for some reason, i.e., information security and privacy, you can’t run the law firm practice or financial management system on a public cloud to benefit from fast feature deployments and reduced infrastructure costs (e.g., the economies of scale from running thousands of servers), then you may be considering a private cloud. But note that private clouds are not just collections of virtual machines.

Private clouds are comprised of processors, memory, storage, network resources, and a business application that coalesce into a platform, or business partition, to run a critical program in the law firm or other setting. Obviously, virtualization plays a key role in bringing the computing resources together to bear the weight of a business application. But remember the whole point is the business application and not the virtualized infrastructure. Toward that end, Microsoft’s Hyper-V has some cool tools that can make your private cloud look like a picnic.

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Getting control of the cloud with infrastructure as a service

25 July 2011 – The argument of private cloud versus public cloud is frequently debated in the tech world, especially as demand for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) continues to grow. Like other cloud technology, IaaS allows companies to set up computer systems without the typical upfront costs.

A recent blog post by Hexagrid Computing Vice President of Technology Operations David Rokita asserts that, while no single product fits all needs, being educated significantly increases one’s ability to navigate this complicated market. He also contends that the private cloud should operate much in the same way as the public cloud, citing a recent Forrester report – “Private Cloud Solutions” – which considers the core IaaS functions: self-service, standardization, automation and pay-per-use.

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New job for mainframes: hosting private clouds

18 July 2011 – Mention cloud computing to a mainframe professional, and he’s likely to roll his eyes. Cloud is just a much-hyped new name for what mainframes have done for years, he’ll say.  A mainframe is a cloud.

And if you define a cloud as a resource that can be dynamically provisioned and made available within a company with security and good management controls, then all of that exists already in a mainframe.  Of course, that isn’t the only definition of what constitutes a cloud. Most experts say that a key attribute of the cloud is that the dynamic provisioning is self-service — that is, at the user’s demand.  But the controlled environment of the mainframe, which is the basis for much of its security, traditionally requires an administrator to provision computing power for specific tasks. That’s why the mainframe has a reputation as old technology that operates under an outdated IT paradigm of command and control.

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The cloud computing market grows up

12 July 2011 – From James Staten of Forbes Magazine:

“Mark this date. While it isn’t an anniversary of anything significant in the past, it is a day where our beloved cloud computing market showed significant signs of maturing. Major announcements by VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft all signaled significant progress in making cloud platforms (Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS)) more enterprise ready and consumable by I&O professionals.

* VMware updates its cloud stack. The server virtualization leader announced version 5 of its venerable hypervisor and version 1.5 of vCloud Director, its IaaS platform atop vSphere. Key enhancements to vCloud include more hardening of its security and resource allocation policy capabilities that address secure multi tenancy concerns and elimination of the “noisy neighbor” problem, respectively. It also doubled the total capacity of VMs service providers can put in a single cloud to 20,000. VMware also resurrected a key feature from its now defunct Lab Manager — linked clones. This key capability for driving operational efficiency lets you deploy new VMs from the image library and … Read more