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In a recent post to the CCIF mailing list, Bob Marcus outlined the coming opportunties and challenges facing what he described as "Government Cloud Storefronts". In the post he described Vivek...
Over the past two weeks I’ve been talking to IT architects and engineers from companies of all sizes and across many industries about cloud computing. It seems that many are moving past the talk and hype of cloud computing and looking into implementation details. Many of the companies ...
After you have all of the fundamental work completed like your strategy, your current and future IT requirements, and a high level business case created, you now have the means to define the next steps on your personal path to the secure cloud. So, what do you do next?

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Here is a link.  Worth a read if you are interested in what's going on with cloud storage (aka Storage as a Service).  This is a market that IDC predicts will hit $3 billion by 2012.  The paper was written by Storage Switzerland, but mentions by name only Bycast - so I assume it's a [....
I just had an epiphany in my never ending quest to answer one of life most delicate questions -- "what the heck is cloud computing?" My sudden realization comes in the form of a grand unified theory for the term cloud...
Yesterday another cyber security report was released and instead of new technology it suggested the problem was with us – the people – as in us humans. The study suggests that we need more educated smart folks to thwart those evil hackers and prevent nation state attacks. Oh, and embed...
Yesterday, I wrote about NetSuite’s claim that cloud computing platforms can save users and indeed the world, carbon emissions, but I also noted some facts that were left out of the press release and the study that it was based on, conducted by environmental consultants, Greenspa...
Like any new technology, the emergence of smart grids has not managed to avoid some kind of controversy. There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the technology per se, but all the benefits of a smart grid and smart meter deployment is enabling a new set of business models (read ch...
Cloud-based business management software vendor, NetSuite, claims that customers using the company’s cloud-based SaaS, ERP and CRM services are saving the equivalent of 423,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year, but conveniently omits the important fact that at least some ...
A new report by NetSuite makes the claim that cloud computing can dramatically reduce carbon emissions for its customers, but the initial release left out some important facts, which were later filled in by Greenspace, who conducted the initial study. Read our initial report and th...
I wrote an article recently for CommsDay International on Fujitsu’s plans to launch a global cloud initiative. Fujitsu, like other technology vendors, Sun and Microsoft, is also getting into the cloud business with its own data centre facilities and even multi-tier cloud offering. T...
Following the XenServer HA announcement, we’ve been approached with questions like “How exactly does XenServer HA work?” and “How does XenServer HA and everRun VM work together.” Rather than respond ourselves we thought it would be best to point to a few fellow bloggers who have alread...

One of the promises of server virtualization is improved high availability and more efficient disaster recovery. But according to the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to achieve these goals with virtualization requires the modification of existing processes. It also requires looking ...

At VMworld we demonstrated our everRun VM Lockstep Option for Citrix XenServer 5. Despite the decrease in foot traffic on the show floor, the turnout was much higher than expected. High airline prices (or possibly just the Vegas night life :)) may have kept some people away, but we pre...
Apparently attorneys, corporate security consultants and numerous other industry pundits have discovered the cloud services phenomenon. Some are actively promoting fear, uncertainty and doubt about the “potential” for growing security, transparency and data portability concerns. How...
I admit it, it's taken me a while to come around to the term inter-cloud, a concept being primarily promoted by Cisco as part of their Unified Computing platform. Lately the term seems to have been picking up some steam so I thought I'd take a moment to examine it a bit further.
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The internet is crowded with files sharing services and we can’t argue with this statement. So why should you have another file sharing service? We found out that many people who have their own Amazon S3 accounts would be happy to be able to share contents of their buckets with other p...
Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all ...
“In many ways, cloud computing is simply a metaphor for the Internet, the increasing movement of computer and data resources onto the Web. But there’s a difference: cloud computing represents a new tipping point for the value of network computing. It delivers higher efficiency, massive...
Protecting personal data, like backup and disaster recovery, can be hard to get people excited about. Although we see the problem plainly and solutions are widely available, it can be hard to convince business management that technologies like encryption are worth the investment. But n...
Provided below are two quotes, one from Larry Ellison of Oracle and one from Andy Isherwood of HP (both from 2008 so maybe their perspectives have changed). Not everyone, even those that would be serving this new Cloud Computing environment, are convinced that Cloud Computing is a new...
Cloud based email services are not new but the adoption of these services within large organizations, borh private and government, is on the rise.  Just this week the NZ postal system announced that it has agreed to move all of its Microsoft applications to Google.  The savings are def...
Data as a Service can empower your business, or help you develop great web apps quickly and easily. Not everybody believes in the validity of the term “data as a service,” but these opinions seem to be held mostly by academics and niche bloggers who are resistant to “yet another –aa...
Researcher has solved a thorny mathematical problem that has confounded scientists since the invention of public-key encryption several decades ago. The breakthrough, called "privacy homomorphism," or "fully homomorphic encryption," makes possible the deep and unlimited analysis of enc...
As an unpractical futurist the concept of singularity (the theoretical future point of technological advancement in which the ability for software to improve itself using artificial intelligence is archived) is an idea that has been of great interest to me for a long time. In order to ...
In my last blog post, I pointed out the new laws in Massachusetts and Nevada that require all personal data in transit to be encrypted. That post generated lots of discussion, including thoughtful responses from Steve Duplessie and Joseph Martins, and I urge you to read those as well. ...
Availability. Cloud-computing proponents say a system run by a large service provider that has money and redundant equipment should offer more availability than an infrastructure run by a small or even mid-sized company. Application integration and support. The systems generally use S...
Over the last week I've been away at my cottage on vacation so I'm trying to catch up on my massive backlog of emails (about 5k worth). One of the more interesting was one sent earlier in the week from Masayuki Hyugaji in Japan. (I have a call with Hyugaji later this week, so I should ...
There are several kinds of Cloud Computing service offerings.  Here are the most common ones. Common Services. Some products offer Internet-based services—such as storage, middleware, collaboration, and database capabilities—directly to users. SaaS. Software-as-a-service products pro...
Cloud computing is becoming a mission critical factor as more corporations move their infrastructures to the cloud. A key to a successful cloud migration is not in the deployment but in the management after you are there. Here are some graphs showing performance over time for some of t...
Many in the IT industry seem to enjoy arguing exactly what does and does not constitute a cloud service. As I mentioned in my post on the controversy over private cloud services, I do not feel that these arguments are productive. We should focus on results and business value instead of...
The current economic climate is pushing many to look for current-year budget savings. This is one of the major reasons that cloud computing in general, and cloud storage specifically, has become so attractive. Moving data into the cloud doesn't just get it out of the data center, it co...
It looks like the City of Los Angeles wants to capitalize on the advantages of Cloud computing (see story here) Then again, who wouldn’t? It was based on this initiative that I received an e.mail from Mr. Rick Gordon, Managing Director at the Civitas Group, a professional services ...
As I discussed in my previous post, What Makes Cloud Storage Different from Traditional SAN and NAS?, today's cloud storage is unique from the SAN and NAS (and even CAS) that has gone before. Beyond the cost and flexibility benefits inherent in public cloud computing resources of all s...
As discussed last week, cloud storage solutions differ in many ways. They can be defined by their pricing model (usage-based or capitalized), their location (on-site or off-site), the granularity of scalability (per-file, standard unit, or per-system), and whether or not they are multi...
Especially intriguing is George's assertion that existing backup systems are antiquated and out of touch with the times. Similar statements were made by the continuous data protection (CDP) pioneers a half-decade ago. And the latest disk-to-disk backup trend certainly demonstrates that...
IT is great at some things, but out of its league in many cases. Business continuity planning is an example of the latter: No matter how well we set up our applications and systems, the human element is always a roadblock. Sure, we can build a complex system to return our CRM system to...
This description does not strike me as all that useful, so I put this simple question to a number of folks on Twitter and through direct discussion. I contacted W. Curtis Preston, "Mr. Backup", for his opinion. He pointed out that just about any copy of data can be used as a backup,...

The Enterprise Strategy Group forecasts that the enterprise NAS mar...

The OpenNebula team has just announced the availability of OpenNebula 1.4 Beta Hourglass (1.3.80).This is the first preview of next stable release of the OpenNebula Virtual Infrastructure Manager. The new OpenNebula version incorporates bleeding edge technologies and innovations in man...


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