Should your private cloud use a single or a dual firewall?

Should Your Private Cloud Use a Single or a Dual Firewall?

– Brought to you by 2X Cloud Computing guest blogger Brien M. Posey –

Many private clouds are constructed in a way that allows clients to connect either locally or from the Internet. In the case of Internet connectivity, the Web Portal and Secure Client Gateway components that are used to facilitate the connection are almost always located behind a perimeter firewall. While the need for an Internet...

By 2X Software, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Private, Security.

Next generation data centres – The evolution of Application Delivery Services

Application delivery controllers (ADCs) are now essential for business-critical applications, managing fast-changing transaction loads, and enhancing performance, resilience and security. However, many online applications change frequently to reflect customer requirements, and the increasing speed of change in application deployment means that traditional ADC architectures can hold back the pace of change.

So, enterprises rolling out private clouds still face several technology and operations limitations...

By Paul Wallace, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Industry, Private, SaaS .

How can EMEA catch up with North America in the cloud?

It’s a fairly well known truth that EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) isn’t as up to speed as North America in utilising cloud technologies. It is being addressed, if the EU’s cloud strategy launched last September is anything to go by – yet the gap is still there. So what can be done?

Duncan Greenwood, sales director at CA Technologies, believes that EMEA CIOs, in these belt-tightening times, have pressures built on them borne out of...

By James Bourne, 08 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Europe, Private, Public, SaaS .

Examining the core components of a private cloud

Examining the Core Components of a Private Cloud

– Brought to you by 2X Cloud Computing guest blogger Brien M. Posey –

Private cloud environments tend to be made up of a number of different components. One of the keys to building an effective private cloud environment is to understand what these components are and what they do. This blog post is intended to serve as a beginner’s guide to some of the most commonly used private cloud components.

The first...

By 2X Software, 04 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Private, VDI, Virtualisation.

Does IBM have a case with Amazon CIA cloud contract offer?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report examining why the CIA chose Amazon ahead of IBM for its recent $600m private cloud contract, and whether IBM has a case to answer with its protests against the decision.

And the conclusion it arrived at was a little from column A and a little from column B. The GAO both sustained and rejected IBM’s complaint in part, and surmised that Amazon’s offer was both “the best value” and a “superior technical...

By James Bourne, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Private, SLA.

Solving the challenges of hybrid cloud computing

Businesses are increasingly opting for a hybrid cloud model, in which they use both their own virtualized private set up as well as systems hosted by other providers. There are a number of clear benefits, but also challenges, to this arrangement.

On the plus side, with a hybrid cloud setup companies have the opportunity to keep particularly sensitive data within their data center's own four walls, ensuring security, and allowing rapid system customization where required. Those same companies can push less-sensitive data out...

By Luke Wotton, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Private, Public.

Next two years “era of the hybrid cloud”, asserts Microsoft report

The latest cloud computing report this time comes from Microsoft in collaboration with 451 Research, and again looks towards the hybrid as the tangible future of cloud computing.

The study, ‘The New Era of Hosted Services’, took responses from more than 1500 organisations and revealed that in two years’ time 68% of organisations will adopt the hybrid cloud model, up from 49% currently.

“The next two years will be the era of the hybrid cloud”, trumpeted Marco Limena, Microsoft VP...

By James Bourne, 31 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Research, SaaS .

VMware sees software defined data centre as the future for IT as a service

Roy Illsley, Principal Analyst, Ovum ITThe recent VMware Forum 2013 in London provided a platform for VMware EMEA chief technologist, Joe Baguley, to reveal how VMware is addressing the challenges of transforming IT to an as-a-service paradigm. This transformation is based on three key pillars. First, it is about making the entire data center more agile, and the software-defined data center (SDDC) is the vehicle that VMware sees as being a major disruptive technology to enable the delivery of IT in this way. Second, it is about open...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hybrid, Private, Public, VMware.

Hybrid cloud “wave of the future” for seven out of 10 IT pros

Another day, another cloud survey, and for 69% of the near 250 IT professionals quizzed by business process automation firm PMG, the hybrid cloud is the “wave of the future within their organisations”.

The combination of public and private cloud is really starting to gain traction in 2013. But why?

The most important reason for adopting hybrid clouds, according to 38% of respondents, was that cloud apps were deployed faster. Delivering better value (21%), and being able to meet requirements more...

By James Bourne, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Private, Public, Research, Security.

What is the future of the public cloud?

This year will see the turning point for the public cloud, as a result of repeated security infractions and regulatory issues.

Companies are beginning to realise that they need a secure and stable infrastructure, which is both fast and flexible. They need to think about systems that allow them to ramp up resources, as well as scaling them down depending on business needs.

For many service providers, 99% uptime is seen as good, however as the role of service providers becomes even more critical, that one per...

By Jonathan Birch, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Private, Public.

How cloud computing is rethinking control of IT

By Jason BloombergIn my role as a globetrotting cloud consultant, I continue to be amazed at how many executives, both in IT and in the lines of business, still favour private clouds over public. These managers are perfectly happy to pour money into newfangled data centers (sorry, “private clouds”), even though Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its brethren are reinventing the entire world of IT. Their reason? Sometimes they believe private clouds will save them money over the public cloud option. No such luck: private clouds are dreadfully expensive to build,...

By ZapThink, 29 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, IaaS, PaaS, Private, Public, SaaS .

Latest US research shows proliferation of hybrid clouds

A survey of over 800 US-based IT decision makers from Virtustream in conjunction with independent cloud research firm Neovise has revealed that over half of US enterprise are using cloud computing in one form or another.

54% of those surveyed said they were in the cloud, which certainly indicates an uptake in US adoption. Of that number, three quarters said they used public infrastructure as a service (IaaS) clouds, with 70% using private on-premise IaaS and 65% using private off-premise IaaS clouds.

The main...

By James Bourne, 18 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Private, Public.

Private cloud drives data centre expansion, says survey

Half of those polled in the latest cloudy survey have said they will “definitely” look to expand their data centres in the coming year, with the vast majority of remaining respondents claiming they will expand in 2014.

The survey, commissioned by data centre services provider Digital Realty Trust and conducted by Campos Research and Analysis, spoke to 300 IT execs and concluded that this explosion in data centre usage was primarily down to the proliferation...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Private, Security.

Exploring the demand for hosted private cloud services

The cloud movement is about much more than the service offerings. It's a core ingredient of a larger commercial transformation movement - where savvy leaders are using business technology to advance their operations and accelerate their key processes. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on hosted private cloud (HPC) services will be more than $24 billion in 2016. IDC says that they define HPC as an operational model for deploying computing...

By David H Deans, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Private.

3 reasons to embrace the private cloud

For everything cloud computing offers – speed, convenience, simplicity, offsite backups – its “public” nature remains a touchy subject for enterprise.

This simple fact explains why many organisations have been slow to embrace the cloud. In business, data security is everything. And for decision makers at big firms, trusting all mission-critical data into the care of a third-party IT vendor sounds just a bit too risky.

But with the arrival of the private cloud, organizations can enjoy...

By Aidan Grayson, 08 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Private, SaaS , Security.

Cloud and CRM influencing 2013 enterprise software spend, says Gartner

For enterprises, customer relationship management (CRM) is moving ahead of enterprise resource planning (ERP) as the main priority for application software investment.

That was just one of the takeaways from Gartner’s latest report, “User Survey Analysis: Cloud and CRM Nexus Will Drive Enterprise Software Spending in 2013 and 2014”, published last month.

Other key factors emerging from the report include the clear differences between emerging and emergent markets in terms of cloud...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, Enterprise, Private, Public, Research.

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.

Mobile integration and hybrid cloud to be expected in 2013

By Jon SmithWith more and more firms looking to cut down on digital storage space in 2013, one area of IT management that is set to expand is the reliance on cloud computing. The cloud industry is still in its relative infancy, although there are already key trends that are expected to develop in the industry this year.

Integrated cloud and mobile

The reliance between mobile and cloud activities is expected to become all the stronger in 2013. More and more mobile applications are linked to cloud...

By maildistiller, 15 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Forecasts, Mobility, Private.

Cloud servers: Leading the pack in Linux VPS

Although Microsoft Windows still dominates the desktop operating system popularity, Linux has become a dominant force in cloud servers and virtual private servers (VPS). Linux is not only a cheaper way to host cloud applications, but it also comes in several distribution flavors.

Customers looking at cloud hosting as a solution can choose from CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu and Debian. Each of...

By Rackspace, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Private.

Is there a widening skills gap in the cloud industry?

A recent whitepaper from IDC sponsored by Microsoft has suggested a widening skills gap for cloud computing, and the trend will continue further through 2013.

In particular the research, of over 600 organisations, showed that as the cloud evolves, cloud-specific skills will grow at six times the rate of overall IT skills, noting that cloud-related skills “represent virtually all of the growth opportunities in IT worldwide”.

According to the paper, worldwide IT jobs will hit just under 30m by the...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Private, Public, Research.