Tuesday, August 30, 2011
"Cloud" probably has a whole different meaning for the U.S. East-coasters at the moment… Hope you are all well after the storm! Here's my pick-of-the-news…
- Cloud Management seems to be where to money is flowing at the moment with 3 organizations popping up in my field of vision. Convirture launched it Convirt Enterprise Cloud management suite supporting Xen, KVM, OpenStack and Eucalyptus (no Hyper-V again I notice). Wanova has raised $10M in funding to continue development and delivery of it's desktop virtualisation and management set "Mirage" and 6fusion have secured $7M in a second round of funding for it's management solution UC6. The products all tackle "Cloud management" from different perspectives but the interesting thing is that we're moving beyond the 'we should use cloud' stage and into the 'we should use cloud better' phase of adoption. Details can be found at convirture.com, wanova.com and 6fusion.com respectively.
- On the back of my piece talking about the storage of data and the implications of it's location, Nirvanix announced that – to allay fears for it's customers in the Node 4 datacenter in New Jersey about potential outages due to the bit of rain and wind that they had – customers could move their data to another location free of charge. Nirvanix have DC's in the US, Germany and Tokyo and offering this 'anticipatory staging of data around disasters' (words of Wikibon.org Analyst David Vellante) looks like providing customer with exactly the sort of flexibility they need and have never been able to have before. This my friends is the power of "Cloud" services! Nirvanix is at nirvanix.com
- PaaS cloud to go! VMWare announced the beta release of 'Micro Cloud Foundry' ahead of the VM-world event this week. I talked about Cloud foundry a few weeks ago but it's basically a PaaS service built on the VMware virtualization stack. Micro Cloud Foundry is a version of the solution which can be installed a run on a single developers laptop to enable applications to be developed without the need to be permanently connected. Or "combines the flexibility of local development with the ability to deploy and scale their application anywhere in the future." Micro Cloud Foundry is available as a virtual machine image and can be found at micro.cloudfoundry.com
- Horizon wins three Federal Cloud deals. Horizon Data Services has landed not one, but three deals for Federal government agencies just one month after being granted an Authority To Operate ("ATO") as a cloud services vendor to the US Government. Horizon's vStructure IaaS platform, is available for enterprise as well as government organisations. Details can be found at horizondcs.com/
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The sun seems to be shining and the world is out on the beach, but there were still a few interesting stories around last week.
- Gartner Hype Curve and report. Gartner have released this years 'Hype Curve' which shows some interesting shifts. In particular the positioning of Private Clouds and the Peak of Inflated Expectations and the slide of Cloud Computing downwards towards the Trough of Disillusionment, not a huge surprise that one. Curves.. http://rww.to/qJwujs Of interest to me was the quote in ReadWriteCloud from Carsten Casper – a Gartner Research Director – indicating the most Cloud Service Providers will be changing their privacy policies in the next 12 months to more effectively protect their customers data. http://rww.to/nuK8ud
- The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has updated it's organizational presentations decks including it's Roadmap. If you using the CSA's stuff – even in passing – you should grab the new decks. In addition the organization has announced STAR, the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry, which will be a publicly accessible registry of the security controls in place at registered service providers. The information is all submitted using the CSA's controls matrix by the organizations themselves so should provide a like-for-like comparison invaluable to organisations seeking to make the best supplier decision. https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/star/
- With Amazons most recent outage – there's a phrase to ponder over… most recent! - apparently being caused by a lighting strike to a power transformer which took out primary and secondary power sources – mains and backup generator – the finger-wavers have been quick to flock around, shake their heads and suck on their teeth in that 'see I warned you about these new fangled gizmos' kind of way. But this is why Cloud Computing is on that downward slope into the trough of disillusionment on Gartner's hype cycle and we've seen this before. Web-selling got almost exactly the same bad press and look at where we are now! Be stout of heart and firm of mission, on-line service delivery IS the future and the lessons being learned today will simply add strength to those ultimate systems. The article at ReadWriteWeb (http://rww.to/nHwkfr) hits the issue squarely on the head but pointing out that it's not about IF you use Cloud Services it's about how well you use them. Relying on 1 provider in 1 location is very much akin to putting all of your eggs into that singular metaphorical basket.
Monday, July 11, 2011
This week a post-vacation bundle of Cloud News. Security is becoming THE hot topic in discussion at the moment with recent intrusions, attacks and outages causing some justified pause for thought. My views? The services are getting better, but as the adoption level grows so does the 'value' of these platform to the muppets who want to either prove a point or make a buck or several off our data. I had an exchange on a LinkedIn group with a consultant who has taken the position that the legal aspects of security (standards, compliance, etc) offer no protection to organisations but simply provide recourse AFTER things go wrong. Cynical perhaps, but he's out there talking to organisations and providing advice on adoption so we have challenges out there!
- eWeek have put together a top ten ways to enforce security. I'm not sure they are actually the top ten ways, but they are a useful list for discussion and to use as a basic checklist in initial discussions on the topic. http://bit.ly/qZR72z
- Aurora is out there, but O365 integration is coming soon. The "Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials" product – I think Aurora is a little more catchy – is out there for small businesses to take on. The idea is that it's a server core with either local of cloud-based add-ons available (think CRM, email etc online and security and local policy management locally) however the O365 add-on which will ease the complexity of integrating the environments is scheduled for a 'fall' release. http://zd.net/nR0Bq4
- Many have cited a lack of relevant and portable applications for the slow uptake of Platform services link Azure. Microsoft have started to address this at the developer level with "Lightswitch" a Visual Studio product allowing rapid LOB application development for both local and Cloud deployment. http://zd.net/l699rC
- For those with an interest in forward looking reports, the Radicati group have produced a Cloud Security 2011-2015 report covering all kind of stuff. It must be good at they are asking $2,500 for it! http://bit.ly/m3uVGa for those with deep budgets and a significant interest.
- Security through separation. SplitSecure takes transactions and splits them into sensitive and non-sensitive elements, keeping the sensitive stuff locally and shipping the rest out for processing using cloud compute. This actually sounds like a nice idea! http://bit.ly/ktTlLj
Friday, May 27, 2011
Twenty five major Federal Agencies have identified 78 systems and services which will be moved to Cloud delivery this year, according to a document released May 25 by the Office of Management and Budget.
So we're seeing email as the most commonly identified, no real surprise there, nor is webhosting or collaboration and document management in fat there are no real surprises up at the top at all. They're also the easier ones to address. What will be really interesting will be how the smaller, more niche or more specialized services will be transformed.
For the document itself, here's a link.
agencieshaveidentifiedsystems.pdf (91.81 kb)
Friday, October 29, 2010
Windows Azure is moving in a right direction. Today, at the Professionals Developer Conference (PDC), Microsoft announced new functionality that should make its Azure platform:
- A viable alternative to Amazon's EC2 offering
- An attractive option for Enterprises looking to move existing Windows application into the cloud
- A more robust platform for developing complete applications
Here's some interesting information on the subject:
As PDC continues stayed tuned for more news.
Friday, October 29, 2010
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