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, (Read More)

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.

Host Deployments in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

DataCenterVirtualizationHost deployments in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC):  How do you deploy the hypervisors in your company?  There are several different choices: installing from a CD, installing over the network, and/or Pre eXecution Environment (PXE), to name a few methods currently available. When there are not too many physical hypervisors to worry about, CD installation works just fine; the need for automated installation grows in direct correlation to the number of hosts. Continue reading Host Deployments in a Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

DataStax – Three Ways to access the same Big Data

CloudComputingWe recently had a conversation with DataStax regarding their DataStax Enterprise product, which got us to thinking a little about the nature of Big Data and Cloud.   DataStax is the company behind the Open Source Cassandra NoSQL database. It provides technical direction and the majority of committers to the Apache Cassandra project.  Cassandra in turn is a Column Family-based database along the lines of Google’s BigTable. If you are a SQL programmer it’s determining feature is… it doesn’t do joins. Continue reading DataStax – Three Ways to access the same Big Data

OpenStack and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

OpenStack Logoopenstack-cloud-software-vertical-smallThe OpenStack Summit this week continued to fan the flames of the software-defined data center. The software-defined data center is just a term for replacing traditional data center hardware functionality with the same features implemented in software, running on commodity x86 servers. While software-defined approaches to data center features are at least nominally less expensive than their hardware counterparts the real promise in the approach is flexibility and management ease with high levels of integration. Reconfiguring a network to support the security requirements of a new application is now just a function of  software and APIs. Expanding storage is just simply adding another node with more storage attached, and the cluster compensates automatically. Even things like firewall rules and load balancer configurations can now be stored as templates along with the applications, to be provisioned in minutes. Continue reading OpenStack and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

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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