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.

How Do You Data Protect?

VirtualizationBackupIn our ongoing quest to determine how our readers use cloud technologies, our second poll is now available: Which Type of Data Protection Service(s) Do You Use? This poll’s goal is to determine how data protection fits into your organization’s use of the cloud, if it does at all. There are many cloud-based tools for data protection, as well as many integrations between data protection vendors and cloud service providers. We’d like to know if these tools are being used, and if they are, which ones. Continue reading How Do You Data Protect?

Different Approaches to the Cloud

DataCenterVirtualizationMicrosoft and VMware have been, in my opinion, two companies in direct competition with each other during their respective journeys to the cloud. VMware started first, paving the way for virtualization in corporate data centers. One could argue that once VMware demonstrated success with virtualization running corporate critical systems, Microsoft decided to go all in developing its virtualization strategy. Once the Microsoft juggernaut gets released, it seems there is no way to stop or even slow down the Microsoft machine.

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Distributed Cloud?

CloudComputingDistributed cloud service is a growing phenomenon. It fills several roles, distributing data for use by distributed applications, for data protection, and for other reasons. We have been seeing an increase in the number of distributed applications. Non-distributed applications lack the resiliency that is required to work within a cloud, whereas distributed workloads add a certain amount of resiliency to an application. Depending on how they are architected, the lack or failure of one part of a distributed application won’t bring down the entire application. Use of multiple clouds ensures your eggs are not all in one basket, so to speak. Continue reading Distributed Cloud?

Beware, All You Other Clouds: Odin Wants His Cloud Back

agilecloudWho would have thought it? Parallels, the developer of the Mac-based hosted virtualization product, had a service provider business. As of March 24, 2015, Parallels has split it off from its core business of selling hosted virtualization to Mac users and marketed it as “Odin.” Yes, Odin, the Norse god, king of Asgard. At first glance, this might seem slightly pretentious for a service provider.

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GPUs, Big Data, Security, and the IoT

VirtualizationSecurityAt the GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Tesla CEO Elon Musk talked about the security of a car. Musk stated that physical access is still required to hack most vehicles and that critical systems such as brakes and steering are segregated from the control display. This got me thinking about the security of the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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