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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Performance Assurance for Private Clouds

November 17, 2009
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Performance Assurance for Private Clouds

There are several challenges associated with migrating Tier 1 applications into a VMware private cloud that are not yet fully addressed. Some of those challenges are in the virtualization management and virtualization performance management domains.

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Is there a Cloud over a set of Islands?

November 13, 2009
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I was recently on an island and it got me thinking about whether a set of close islands can support a highly mobile cloud? If not what would be needed to make the Islands Cloud safer from the vagaries of Mother Nature, such as hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes. Can a cloud provider be based on…

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Virtualizing from an Island?

October 30, 2009
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I was recently on an island and it got me thinking of how would I move my company to the island. The company services people around the world, but would also service local to the island. Does virtualization really help me here? Why do I ask this, because an island is often prone to the…

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New Relic RPM Product Review

October 27, 2009
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New Relic RPM Product Review

RPM is a ground breaking combination of monitoring functionality, ease of deployment, and ease of purchase. Understanding the performance of applications that you place in clouds is a significant barrier to the deployment of applications in these clouds. RPM overcomes this issue with a solution that is a unique fit for these cloud hosted applications.

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Should the SMB Adopt Cloud Computing?

October 22, 2009
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Should the SMB Adopt Cloud Computing?

With the advent of VMware Go, vCloud Express, and the vCloud API, VMware's marketing message is that all SMBs should use the cloud to either deploy their free hypervisor (VMware Go), or use the Cloud to run their servers (vCloud Express). VMware claimed at VMworld that we are no longer looking for ROI with Virtualization…

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Application Performance Management for Virtualization Comes of Age

October 19, 2009
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Since the major push on the part of VMware with vSphere is to virtualize Tier 1 applications, it is important to understand how the Application Performance Management solutions for virtualized Tier 1 applications is evolving in support of this trend

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Cloudy Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10)

October 15, 2009
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There’s been a lot of press around the FREE Ubuntu 9.10 Linux distribution as a client operating system, and a wide set of comparisons made (typically by Mac or PC-using journalists) between Ubuntu and Windows 7, but 9.10 is also interesting from a broader virtualization and especially Cloud perspective. Ubuntu is managed by a UK…

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Eucalyptus, a “self-build” Amazon Cloud

October 9, 2009
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Eucalyptus is a software stack that when added to a standard virtualized data-center or co-located server network, turns it into a Cloud which looks exactly like the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). It is a “self-build” Amazon Cloud kit. Just add hypervisor. We consider Eucalyptus in the context of cloud to datacenter migrations, and standards…

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News: Less than a week to VM Expo in London

October 2, 2009
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In its second year, VM Expo is the UK’s first and largest event dedicated to Virtualization.  From 7th – 8th of October in London at Earls Court Two, this free to attend event has over 190 seminars and 180 vendors. This year’s virtualization keynote address will be delivered by Stephen Herrod, CTO and Senior VP…

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