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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Citrix announces IaaS Project Olympus built on OpenStack

May 31, 2011
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One of the most intriguing names that has hitherto been at the periphery of the OpenStack initiative is Citrix. Up until last week, Citrix's contribution was to ensure OpenStack ran on XenServer. However, this week at it's Synergy event, Citrix made some more sigificant announcements about Project Olympus, through which it aims to provide (in…

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Citrix forges ahead with a cloud services focus

May 30, 2011
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Citrix’s annual Synergy conference held this week in San Francisco was kicked off with CEO Mark Templeton painting his view of the future, and the building and leveraging of cloud services. With the emergence and evolution of cloud services, Templeton believes that the industry has moved out of the PC (personal computing) era into a…

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Monitoring End User Experience for Virtualized and Cloud Hosted Applications

May 26, 2011
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In a world where you are changing everything - by moving applications in whole or in part from physical to virtual, to private cloud and ultimately (at least for some applications) to a public cloud, having an external reference point from which to judge the performance of these applications is essential. That reference point might…

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Cloud Computing is not Utility Computing

May 24, 2011
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Utility Computing is not the future. There is a difference between Utility Computing and Cloud Computing that is crucial. You can deliver Cloud Services without a utility billing model.

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TakeDownCon Dallas: Virtualization Security is NOT just about the Virtual Host

May 23, 2011
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TakeDownCon Dallas: Virtualization Security is NOT just about the Virtual Host

If there was any take-a-way from TakeDownCon related to virtualization, it was that the virtualization host is not the primary attack point but all the ancillary systems that touch it. These systems may not even be considered part of the virtual environment but they certainly can impact the security of the environment.

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Why would a Developer choose VMware?

May 20, 2011
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It is interesting to see Edward’s comment that according to EMC/VMware, widespread production deployment of Cloud Apps is 3-5 years off. If that is the case the VMware CloudFoundry initiative should be focused on cutting-edge development rather than porting existing apps, and in much the same way that Microsoft has always courted developers, CloudFoundry should…

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Monitoring SQL Server Performance on VMware vSphere

May 18, 2011
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Monitoring SQL Server Performance on VMware vSphere

Attempting to infer the performance of a database server by looking at resource utilization metrics will fail technically and organizationally. In a shared and dynamic environment, the only way to truly assess the performance of an element of the infrastructure or an application is to measure how long it is actually taking to do its…

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Can the Vendors Eat Their Own Dog Food on Cloud Billing?

May 17, 2011
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I keep hearing we are now in a Cloud based world, I keep hearing that to “Do Cloud” properly you need to bill like a utility company, small standing charge and then a price per unit used cost.

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VMware Buys Shavlik

May 16, 2011
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VMware Buys Shavlik

VMware has acquired one more company: Shavlik. This acquisition did not come as much of a surprise to me but is an interesting purchase for VMware. There are quite a few Security as a Service vendors that would make sense for VMware to purchase and Shavlik is one of them. The difference between the other…

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