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Posted by David Greenfield, January 08, 2013
Gone are the days when the cloud meant simply a hosted virtual instance or
resource on some provider's network. We're seeing all sorts of new variants
and twists emerge. I'm not just referring to the use of storage or compute
resources or those that allow for elastic computing, such as
Amazon's Reserved Instances.
We're likely to see industry-specific community clouds emerge. These clouds
are built to address the security and compliance needs within specific
industries. Examples of community clouds may well be Verizon's Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) cloud service, which
targets the healthcare community; and Metal Lynx, a cloud community targeting
buyers and sellers of precious metals.
Other options ... (more)
Another year, another dollar… or something like that. It’s time for an
update on the 6 things I think I think for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
in the coming year!
1. Hybrid Cloud Computing
2012 Perspective: Hybridization WAS key in 2011 and I’m doubling down in
2012. If you’ve paid attention to the consolidation in the industry,
you’d best do the same. The big boys are snapping up anything that smells
like bridging the enterprise to the multi-tenant host. Look for this trend
2013 Perspective: VMware buys DynamicOps. Red Hat buys ManageIQ. Cisco
buys C... (more)
By Steven Wolford, 6fusion Director of Information Security
Is now the time to make the move to cloud services with all the current IT
security concerns? Security and the cloud seems to be the topic of
conversation for many businesses and IT groups today. As you prepare for that
decision making process around your IT infrastructure security, remember to
take a risk based approach to help ensure a sound decision from an
information security perspective.
Rather than spend months learning, digesting, and attempting to implement a
structured formal risk management framework, regard y... (more)
Many organizations are focusing on IT metrics and metering to generate IT
cost savings. Here's a quick summary of how one organization is using
metering of IT resource consumption to improve IT cost visibility and move
from being a cost center to an internal service provider.
Company and IT Overview
The Company operates a 24-hour cable network that reaches about 100 million
US homes and a web site that has more than 60 million users per month. The
Company is divided into two primary business units, each with their own P&L.
The IT organization is moving toward a centralized internal... (more)
As I fly the friendly skies on my way back home from the Amazon Re:Invent
show that I was lucky enough to be a part of last week in Vegas, I thought I
would take a few minutes to share some thoughts about the show.
The biggest takeaway here was that this event for me cements the “coming of
age” of the cloud space, particularly for the infrastructure-as-a-service
(IaaS) segment. While there have long been cloud-focused events, they were
typically multi-vendor or analyst think tank sessions or individual company
events by software companies that include cloud (VMworld for example).... (more)