Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing focuses upon how to construct, secure, manage, monitor and use public IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds. Major areas of focus include barriers to cloud adoption, progress on the part of cloud vendors in removing those barriers, where the line of responsibility is drawn between the cloud vendor and the customer for each of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS clouds,|as well as the management tools that are essential to deploy in the cloud, ensure security in the cloud and ensure the performance of applications running in the cloud. Covered vendors include Amazon, VMware, AFORE, CloudSidekick, CloudPhysics, ElasticBox, Hotlink, New Relic, Prelert, Puppet Labs and Virtustream.

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State of Secure Multitenancy Today

September 30, 2011
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On 9/22 was held the Virtualization Security Podcast featuring Anil Karmel, Solutions Architect at Los Alamos National Library (LANL), to discuss their implementation of secure multi-tenant Cloud. LANL makes extensive use of the entire VMware product suite from vCloud Director down to the vShield components to implement their SMT cloud. They have also added into…

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Taking a Look at VMware Feature Limitations

September 29, 2011
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Since the introduction of virtualization there has been sheer joy and excitement when having to work with application owners on the amount of resources they will need and not what they really think they want. I have seen all kinds of minimum, maximum, and special recommendation for all kinds of application over the years. In…

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Security in the Cloud Era

September 21, 2011
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"The latest challenge on the security front isn't necessarily an exotic new threat vector: it's the attackers themselves. They're organized, well-resourced and patient. And there's no silver technology bullet to effectively combat them." This is a very important point, and one that I have seen at other security conferences for the last 5 years or…

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A Look At The Horizon

September 19, 2011
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One of the cool things about attending VMworld every year is seeing what is new on the horizon and this year, ironically, there is something called Project Horizon and the first milestone of that project called VMware Horizon Application Manager. Horizon is a hosted service that will centrally manage the provisioning, access and usage of…

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Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

September 16, 2011
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Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

If automated IT Operations is going to succeed and deliver its promised benefits then IT Operations is going to have to get reorganized - with supporting hardware teams part of the virtualization team. Furthermore Application Operations will have to be instantiated as a function that is responsible for the actual service level delivered by the…

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AppFog – Extending the scope of Cloud Foundry

September 14, 2011
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There is now a huge amount of movement in the area of what we have called “Diverse” Platform as a Service i.e. PaaS that delivers a number of different application infrastructure technologies on a mix-and-match basis and where there is no proprietary technology layer at any point in the platform stack. Amongst these we would…

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Secret Shopper Report – VMware CloudFoundry

September 8, 2011
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Secret Shopper Report – VMware CloudFoundry

To recap the story so far, I’m prototyping an application and deploying it to various PAAS environments. I am not getting any special help from any of the vendors in this exercise – you can think of me as a “secret shopper” for PaaS, although I don't hide my identity. I am approaching each platform…

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VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

September 7, 2011
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VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

VMware deserves an enormous amount of credit for promising to reinvent IT Operations around automation and the guaranteed performance of applications. VMware either has or is working on all of the building blocks required to execute upon this vision for the vSphere platform. The combination of innovation by VMware, and by the third party ecosystem…

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Collaborations abound at VMworld 2011

September 6, 2011
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If there was one thing I saw and heard about at VMworld, was the number of third party collaborations that were taking place. While not explicitly stated by VMware at VMworld, the show floor had many different collaborations that were taking place. This level of collaboration shows a level of maturity within the virtualization and…

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