5 reasons VPNs suck in the cloud

VPNs-Suck-in-the-Cloud-LargeIf you’ve been around the block a few times, you’re probably wondering why the title of this post isn’t, 50 Reasons VPNs Suck in the Cloud. VPNs have long been the bane of both administrators and users (and lets not forget, support). They’re clunky, complex, and costly, and the same is true when they’re deployed to secure cloud access. Today, VPNs are increasingly used to connect to cloud computing resources. Either by...

By Dome9, 15 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Private, Scalability, Security.

How "policy as a service" is critical for cloud deployments

The financial ROI of cloud security and compliance is judged by decision makers in end-user organisations by the same measures as is done for Cloud computing in general, i.e. by how much it cuts up-front capital expenditure and in-house manual maintenance cost. However, manually translating security policy into technical implementation is difficult, expensive, and error-prone (esp. for the application layer). In order to reduce security related manual maintenance cost at the end-user organisation, security tools need to become more automated. With the emergence of cloud PaaS, it is therefore logical to move all or parts of the model-driven...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, PaaS, Security.

Can your business stay secure in the cloud?

Cloud security is not a paradox!

 “Is cloud computing secure?” A question that has been asked since the dawn of “the cloud” and the answer has been debated many times over. Cloud security has been a long, never-ending discussion and more often than not evidence shows businesses rarely regret taking the plunge into a cloud infrastructure.

Despite the misconception that the cloud is entirely unprotected, there has still been a phenomenal growth in the cloud market in recent years....

By maildistiller, 07 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Security.

Choosing the right content delivery network

By Sharon Florentine

Sharon Florentine is a freelance writer who covers everything from data center technology to holistic veterinary care and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting.

Welcome to Generation Now. Today’s users want information in an instant. Make them wait more than a second or two for your webpage to load and they’ll surf over to the first competitor who feeds their demand for instant gratification.

Using a Content Delivery Network or Content Distribution...

By Rackspace, 05 February 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, SLA.

IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS clouds continue to evolve

By Laurent Lachal, Senior Analyst, Ovum Software

Cloud computing is an increasingly multi-faceted phenomenon. It continues to quickly evolve not just at private and public cloud levels (and increasingly in the continuum between these two extremes) but also at infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and software-as-a-service (SaaS) levels.

In the Ovum report, 2013 Trends to Watch: Private and Public Clouds, Ovum advises that cloud service providers and consumers need to take into account...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, PaaS, SaaS .

5 issues to consider before taking on cloud storage

By Brad Robertson CEO, CX

While ‘cloud storage’ is one of the hottest tech buzz terms floating around now, there are still many questions people have about the benefits of having their own online storage accounts.

The more educated you are on your cloud storage provider, the more you’ll feel at ease with storing your files with them.

Here are five things to consider before taking on cloud storage to ensure your service is the most beneficial for you.

  • Make sure your data is secure There are two primary areas of security to inquire and demand are...
  • By Brad Robertson, 16 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Infrastructure, Storage.

    Did cloud computing help Obama win the #Election2012?

    A new post from Amazon Web Services’ Jeff Barr has detailed how President Barack Obama’s campaign team utilised the AWS cloud to their advantage.

    “The words ‘mission critical’ definitely apply here,” wrote Barr, adding: “With the opportunity to lead the United States as the prize, the stakes were high.”

    But how did cloud computing influence the outcome of the election?

    The use of technology to influence the presidential campaign has been widely reported,...

    By James Bourne, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure.

    How to mitigate loss of control when moving to the cloud

    It is a common misconception that by moving to the cloud, businesses are relinquishing all control of their data. Generally speaking, many companies fail to take the time to fully understand cloud computing and in this vein, feel reluctant to outsource business-critical data to the cloud.

    The question most organisations should be truthfully asking themselves however is whether they are actually in control of their data when it is held on-premise. For example, what accreditations do they hold to ensure their...

    By Keith Bates, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

    Oracle Exalogic 2.0 adds cloud management feature

    By Tony Baer, Prinicpal Analyst, Ovum Enterprise Solutions

    Summary

    Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud 2.0 (“Exalogic”) adds features that will make the system better suited for its role as a cloud deployment target. It adds server virtualisation capabilities that accelerate provisioning and deliver the expected elasticity.

    A new lightweight virtualisation engine optimised for Oracle workloads improves application performance. This comes atop incremental enhancements to existing features such as Oracle...

    By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Virtualisation.

    Five tips for CIOs moving to the cloud

    CIOs making strategic moves to the cloud that involve core infrastructure such as productivity tools, enterprise applications or collaboration capabilities need to be prepared for a new way of thinking and operating.

    Moving to the cloud isn’t - and shouldn’t be - business as usual. It’s a switch that demands fresh attitudes to procurement, accounting, project management and, more than anything, ways of working.

    This is the biggest shift in computing architecture since client/server and inevitably there will be surprises along the way but best practices and case studies are emerging. Based on over a decade of operating with companies moving to...

    By Bluewolf, 07 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

    Moving to the cloud makes great financial sense, says IDC

    A detailed study from the International Data Center (IDC) has shown that companies who use the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud make substantial savings over time.

    The report, titled ‘Business Value of Amazon Web Services Accelerates Over Time’ and commissioned by AWS, saw the research house interview representatives from 11 organisations which had deployed AWS onto their services.

    According to IDC, after three years enterprises should expect to see three and a half times their investment in AWS;...

    By James Bourne, 26 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Research.

    What are the 7 challenges facing federal cloud computing?

    The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that, while the US ‘Cloud First’ enterprise project is making tangible progress, there are seven cloud lessons for the public sector.

    The report, subtitled “progress made but future cloud computing efforts should be better planned”, charts the progress of Cloud First – a federal policy which exhorts agencies to find a cloud-based IT solution whenever logistically possible.

    Things appear to have moved forward since...

    By James Bourne, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Research, Security.

    What considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud?

    We have to face facts: cloud uptake is on the rise.

    Indeed, deployments are set to double by 2015, and up to 200,000 UK jobs will be created by cloud computing technologies between 2011 and 2015.

    CIOs therefore have to accept that cloud is here, and here to stay. So what considerations must a CIO make when moving to the cloud, even if he is entirely unwilling to do so?!

    Below, I have outlined some tips for any CIO who is either looking to move to the cloud, or indeed, is being pushed into making the move by...

    By Keith Bates, 12 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Migration.

    Google bigs the green cloud up, but is it attainable?

    A recent post on the Google Green Blog has revealed that the US General Services Administration saved $285,000 in energy consumption after switching to cloud based apps.

    Even though most IT decision makers would freely want to admit they’re doing their bit for the environment by migrating to the cloud, the most prominent reason companies migrate would be convenience and, above all, money.

    But Google claims the cloud is more energy efficient...

    By James Bourne, 19 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Migration.