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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The Progress of the Cisco UCS Platform

April 7, 2011
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It has been just over two years that the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) was announced and released to the world. I wanted to give my feedback on the progress of the platform and how it is fitting into the Cloud Computing space. When Cisco announced their Unified Computing Platform a couple of years ago,…

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Acquisitions by VMware and RSA Changing the Landscape

April 5, 2011
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There were two announcements over the last few days that struck me as quite important to the virtualization community. While some may question this statement, the long reaching effects of these purchases will impact virtualization and cloud computing in not so distant future. In fact, these purchases could add a whole new layer to vSphere…

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ITaaS: Managing Software Costs within Hybrid Clouds

March 31, 2011
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Managing licensing and utilization costs is a mess today in the physical world. Introducing elastic scaling of workloads into a hybrid private/public cloud introduces new uncertainties and new software licensing metering and compliance issues. This is particularly true in the case of enterprise applications which are licensed by the enterprise from the software vendor and…

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Microsoft’s new Client Access License snubs desktop virtualization

March 30, 2011
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A change to the Microsoft Client Access License (CAL) bundle is a rare event - the last time it happened was about 10 years ago; so any change to the CAL bundle has to be seen as a significant indicator of Microsoft's core values. Or so you would think. Assuming that is right, last week's…

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Multiple Hybrid Clouds Kludged Together? — Cloud Architecture

March 28, 2011
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With the diversity of cloud's available today, data being sent from one to another could appear to be a hodge-podge of security. As one colleague put it recently when I asked what he was expecting to maintain integrity of data in motion between clouds: "... what kind of kludge can things end up being when…

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vSphere Client for the iPad

March 24, 2011
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vSphere Client for the iPad

The VMware Community Roundtable, which is recorded every Wednesday, has been available for download from iTunes for the last couple of years or about as long has the podcast has been presented on TalkShoe.com. Other than the community podcast and The Virtualization Security Podcast there have not really been too many other things available on…

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Security as a Service: Is it Safe?

March 23, 2011
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Security as a Service: Is it Safe?

Last week I spoke with two different Security as a Service vendors, each with their own approaches to security as a service. The first company I spoke to was CloudPassage who just exited stealth mode in time for RSA Conference, and Zscaler who is a well known company. Both provide Security as a Service with…

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Latest SMT design requires Complete Visibility by Admin! Yikes!

March 16, 2011
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I just finished reading, yet another Multi-Tenancy Design/Overview that claims to be secure or trusted. While I will agree that this particular design does cover Availability and some GRC (Governance, Regulatory, and Compliance) it is severely lacking in Integrity and Confidentiality. The design even went as far as saying the cloud/virtual administrator requires "COMPLETE VISIBILITY."…

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Carrier Grade Cloud Providers – The Benefits/Issues

March 14, 2011
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In July 2009 I wrote an article entitled Cloud Computing Providers — are they content providers or carriers? and in January of 2011 Chuck Hollis wrote an article Verizon To Acquire Terremark -- You Shouldn't Be Surprised. Now with the Terremark acquisition almost complete and RSA Conference 2011 also over, at which I talked to…

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