Gaming as a Service

Gaming as a Service: When we talk about cloud computing systems, we may be mainly focusing on Platform, Infrastructure, Software, and Network as a Service as the main and common areas that are presented to us, but there is another area to watch as it gets a stronger foothold into the cloud. That newcomer is Gaming as a Service (GaaS). GaaS is not really new, and if you have ever been on Facebook you know there are a lot of games available that are running in the cloud already, but since the start of 2013, we are seeing more and more cloud focus from the traditional game manufactures, pushing their future products and services into the cloud. Will video games be completely powered by cloud computing? Continue reading Gaming as a Service

Cloud Tenant PCI-DSS Dilemma

VirtualizationSecurityThere is a dilemma for all tenants of a public or private cloud: Scope. Tenants want everything to be in scope. Cloud Service Providers (CSP) want to limit scope to the bare minimum. What does it mean for a Cloud to be ‘PCI Compliant’, and why is this a requirement for some tenants? The real issue is, what is in scope for PCI-DSS while your data is in the cloud, and how can you as the tenant meet those requirements? Remember, in the cloud, scope becomes a huge issue and a dilemma for the tenant, mainly because they may not know the scope of the cloud provider’s audit and may never find it out. So what is this scope issue and can it be fixed?
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A Look at the HP Moonshot 1500

DataCenterVirtualizationLast week HP announced their “second generation” HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and Intel Atom S1260-based Proliant Moonshot systems, a high-density computing solution targeted at hyperscale computing workloads. They’re billing it as the first “software defined server” and claiming that it can save 89 percent of energy, 80 percent of space, and 77 percent of the cost of their DL380 servers.
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SDDC Infrastructure Performance Management

SDDC.Management.Stack.Reference.ArchitectureIn “Building a Management Stack for Your Software Defined Data Center“, we presented a reference architecture for how one could build a new management stack for the Software Defined Data Center. In “SDDC Operations Management“, we discussed why the SDDC will require a new and different class of Operations Management solutions and laid out a process for selecting vendors to fill the Operations Management role. Continue reading SDDC Infrastructure Performance Management

Who is Responsible for PaaS Cloud Application Performance?

PerformanceManagementThere has recently been an interesting three party back and forth between Heroku (a PaaS cloud vendor), Rap Genius (a customer of Heroku), and New Relic (an APM solution resold by Heroku to Heroku’s customer, Rap Genius). All three parties have been very forthcoming as to their points of view on this matter in public blog posts, so we have a relatively extraordinary opportunity to “see inside” of a real world problem and how two vendors dealt with the problem. Continue reading Who is Responsible for PaaS Cloud Application Performance?

How VirtuStream does Cloud Security

Virtustream100x30On the 4/4 Virtualization Security Podcast, Pete Nicoletti, the chief information security officer for Virtustream, joined us to discuss how VirtuStream does cloud security. VirtuStream runs some of, if not the largest SAP installations in the cloud for very large enterprises around the world. The key to VirtuStream is that they are an Enterprise Cloud that looks at everything from the Enterprise perspective, whether that is billing or security. For security, they have implemented many changes required by their customers and allowed the end-enterprise to dial that security to 11 if necessary. But what does VirtuStream do that is different from all others?

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