Cloud computing changes the way companies consume IT resources. It shifts the
burden of purchasing and maintaining IT infrastructure to specialized IT
providers and allows the users to pay only for the resources they need, when
they need them. In this new paradigm, cloud security is a top concern.
Companies want to reap the benefits of cloud computing, but are often
hesitant because of concerns about security and compliance. In the 21CFR11
regulation, the FDA focused on requirements for ensuring electronic record
integrity, accuracy, and availability for agency review throughout the
retention period. The regulation emphasizes record protection from
unauthorized access and system validation. Other international agencies have
similar regulations. This article captures key points from an interview with
Gilad Parann-Nissany, a cloud security pioneer. He addressed some... (more)
What, aside from a professional passion for the Enterprise IT possibilities
of cloud computing, do IBM's Cloud CTO Dr Kristof Kloeckner, Amazon's VP &
CTO Dr Werner Vogels and Sun's Cloud SVP David Douglas have in common? The
answer is that all three are giving a major keynote address at SYS-CON' 2nd
International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo being held next month in New
York City (March 30-April).
IBM, Sun and Amazon headline a technical program of the very highest
excellence, with top industry speakers from the industry's leading companies
such as Microsoft, HP, Yahoo!, Salesforce, Intel, 3tera, Trend Micro, Cisco,
Keynote Systems, VIRTERA, AppSense, ParaScale, ExactTarget, Corporate
Technologies, RightScale, Cordys, 3Leaf Systems, Egenera, Elastra,
CohesiveFT, Kadient, eyeOS, Zeus, Dataline, Cloudscale, Blue Mountain Labs,
Cumulux, Unisys, Intuit, Aria Syste... (more)
Founded through the generous support of Google, Microsoft and Sun, UC
Berkeley's RAD Lab has released "A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing" - a
technical report arguing that the construction and operation of extremely
large-scale, commodity-computer data centers at low-cost locations was the
key necessary enabler of Cloud Computing, and outlining ten obstacles
including Data Confidentiality and Auditability, Bugs in Large-Scale
Distributed Systems, and what the report calls Reputation Fate Sharing.
"The long dreamed vision of computing as a utility is finally emerging," the
report nonetheless concludes.
Among the remarks in the Executive Summary is the observation that'
"companies with large batch-oriented tasks can get results as quickly as
their programs can scale, since using 1000 servers for one hour costs no more
than using one server for 1000 hours."
Other forthr... (more)
Someone asked me to give him an overview of Cloud Computing in “a one
pager”. I think I failed, but I tried
Cloud Computing is the most important trend in the IT Industry. Even the
biggest critics seem to agree that – in spite of some over-zealous
marketeers – Cloud Computing is one of the most important paradigm shifts
of the past decades. But what is it all about? Where did it come from? And
what's to be expected?
There are probably as many definitions of Cloud Computing as there are
self-acclaimed Cloud Specialist. Most of those definitions include
pay-per-use, instant availability, scalability, hardware abstraction,
self-provisioning, virtualization and internet. A short but safe summary
would be “Cloud Computing is a new way of delivering IT services: end users
can deploy the services they need when they need them. Many of those services
are available over ... (more)
Virtualization and cloud computing are promising to change the way in which
IT services are delivered and, in effect, transform computing as we know it
today. I think the promises are likely to come true, if and only if
critical technology issues are addressed.
Nicholas Carr told a recent audience at IDC Directions that "Cloud computing
has become the center of investment and innovation." While he is not a
technologist, his sometimes shocking insight into the transformation of IT
have been prescient, even if he doesn't sweat the details of how complex IT
infrastructures can morph into the equivalent of today's public utilities.
To his credit Carr has predicted the rise of the cloud computing press
release, multiple cloud conferences and panels and even the SaaS
repositioning exercise. He also foresaw the rise in Amazon and Google cloud
announcements, perhaps year... (more)
DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine.
I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix
overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base
through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have
always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against
VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event.
I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make
that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other
words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical
play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that.
Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization
products to compete with VMware.
As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)
I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace
Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security
and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of
Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging
at me for a while.
As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in
discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud.
Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on
a survey they had commissioned that suggested just how significant these
concerns can be for potential customers.
In today’s conversation, Ace appeared to agree (as do I) with the frequent
assertion that Cloud providers’ own systems will tend to be more secure
than those that the majority of potential customers have in-house today.
These ser... (more)
According to a Dow Jones Newswire report, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is bullish
about perhaps using M&A to grow Google's cloud computing business - in
contrast Schmidt noted that Microsoft was in his view "having trouble moving
to cloud computing."
According to the report, Schmidt (pictured) expects the move globally from
the personal computer era to the age of cloud computing to take the next
Google recently acquired On2 Technologies, and of course famously has in the
past bought up giants like DoubleClick and YouTube.
It has even been speculated that Eric Schmidt may have coined the term "cloud
computing" though opinions differ.
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Debra Chrapaty, Microsoft's corporate VP of Global Foundation Services, the
person responsible for the strategy and infrastructure platform under
Microsoft Live, Cloud and Online Services worldwide including its physical
infrastructure, security, operational management, global delivery and
environmental considerations, has bolted to Cisco, according to the Dow Jones
blog All Things Digital.
Her ex-Microsoft organization supports over 200 online services and web
portals. Her new job will be running Cisco's cloud and SaaS collaboration
software group whose former boss, Doug Donnerline, went to Salesforce.com as
executive VP of sales for the Americas.
Ecosystem at Cloud Expo
TM Forum announced the formation of an ecosystem of major industry players in
the emerging cloud services sector.
The centerpiece of this effort is the creation of the Enterprise Cloud Buyers
Council (ECBC) whose goal is to understand the needs of the largest global
cloud buyers and ensure any impediments to the uptake of cloud technology are
Together with key service and technology suppliers, the ecosystem will
initiate a range of programs designed to remove barriers to the growth of
commercial cloud services.
Among the enterprise buyers joining this effort are Commonwealth Bank of
Australia and Deutsche Bank.
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Virtustream on Monday announced that it has been approved as a U.K.
Government G-Cloud supplier. G-Cloud approval enables Virtustream to offer
government-class cloud and data center services to the U.K. public sector,
providing government based organizations with secure, reliable and highly
cost effective cloud solutions. Virtustream offers G-cloud approved
infrastructure-as-a-service (IAAS) and specialist cloud services (managed
applications and cloud services) to U.K. government organizations.
Virtustream joins the G-Cloud supplier community, a marketplace of cloud
services approved for use by U.K.-based government organizations.
Public sector organizations worldwide are demanding cloud services to take
advantage of the significant cost and operational efficiencies possible with
cloud computing. However, government organizations are also held to very
rigorous da... (more)