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The private cloud is for suckers

The private cloud is for suckers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Managers embrace private cloud solutions such as OpenStack because they keep IT in control, but are they simply old men shaking their fists at the public cloud?
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After all, the public-vs.-private-cloud debate is less a matter of functional hardware parity and more a matter of abstracting away the very idea of hardware (and software) ownership, yielding an elasticity and flexibility of development that is simply impossible with OpenStack or any private cloud.

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Christian Verstraete's curator insight, June 23, 1:52 AM

First, OpenStack is NOT just private cloud. Sounds like some do not get that. Second, if private cloud is for suckers, there are a lot of suckers in the world. Might be good to see why people are going for private cloud.

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Hybrid Cloud Evolution and the Midsize Advantage

Hybrid Cloud Evolution and the Midsize Advantage | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Hybrid clouds are garnering praise from technology experts, with many claiming that this mix of public and private infrastructure is the best way forward in an IT market looking to improve their bottom line. This interest in mixed-model alternatives is driving hybrid cloud evolution, and midsize businesses may be in a unique position to capitalize on this movement.

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Rather than simply accommodating the cloud, new hybrid designs focus on making the cloud transparent with the ultimate goal of removing any special requirements for the use of cloud services.

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How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives

How cloud adoption trends are driven by strategic imperatives | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends - including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.
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That said, IT leaders perspective on barriers to bringing these advantages to fruition differs from their Line of Business (LOB) counterparts.

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Everybody Is Hot On Hybrid Cloud, Even If They Don't Quite Understand What It Is

Everybody Is Hot On Hybrid Cloud, Even If They Don't Quite Understand What It Is | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Executives of all stripes are bullish on hybrid cloud, a new study shows. Hybrid -- which combines public cloud services with those of on-site systems -- is seen as the best path forward between too much dependence on outside providers with unknown security risks, and on-site data centers with their associated costs and maintenance requirements.

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Image via ComputerWorld’s Charles King's article "Your new legacy system: The public cloud" (Link on site)

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Rackspace Goes All-In with Microsoft Cloud OS Network

Rackspace Goes All-In with Microsoft Cloud OS Network | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Managed-hosting company Rackspace has become the latest partner to join Microsoft's Cloud OS Network and offer support for the Microsoft cloud platform.

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The new partnership will enable Rackspace to continue building on its managed cloud strategy ......

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How To Manage Your Data In The Cloud (But Not Lose Your Mind)

How To Manage Your Data In The Cloud (But Not Lose Your Mind) | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Smart CIOs are evolving their existing in-house IT—to include “the cloud.” But beware of hidden pitfalls in moving to cloud computing. So here are a few top, actionable tips
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The Challenges We All Face


Whatever your industry, CIOs are continually being asked to do more with less—and faster.

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The sum of all cloud security fears

The sum of all cloud security fears | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Resistance to the cloud is more emotional than technical, but gut reactions do matter
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How am I -- or anyone -- supposed to respond to the naysayers? Yes, I know online services have been hacked. I’m also aware that many of these folks, while sincere in their desire to protect their data, are also uncomfortable with losing control over it.

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How to Avoid a Cloud Strategy that Fails

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As cloud computing becomes widely adopted, organizations still maintain vastly different schools of thought on what the term “cloud” really means. That’s partly due to the term “cloud computing” being used for a broad collection of services, delivered at many different layers (infrastructure, application platform, software, ...

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Bottom line: Cloud computing can save money, but only for the right services.

 

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The case for the hybrid cloud

The case for the hybrid cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Almost half of large enterprises could be using hybrid cloud within the next three years, says Gartner. What exactly is the appeal behind the platform?
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Businesses of all sizes are constantly looking to cut costs, and adopting the hybrid cloud could be a way of achieving this on the computing front.

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Cloud computing: Customisation is the name of the game

Cloud computing: Customisation is the name of the game | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Moving forward, I see the trend of customised cloud computing continuing to grow, and vendors that don't offer customised options to their clients...
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The trend I see growing the fastest in the cloud computing space is that of customisation, as enterprises build out cloud infrastructures and solutions that work best for them.

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5 tips to avoid cloud computing chaos

5 tips to avoid cloud computing chaos | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Before you deploy the first instance, here are some suggestions on developing a plan to manage a cloud computing-based infrastructure.
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When creating your cloud-based infrastructure, include plans to bring your current IT staff up to speed with specific training, and consider adding new employees who already have experience using the facilities you are bringing online.

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Cloud Computing: Investing Essentials

Cloud Computing: Investing Essentials | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the cloud computing industry. - Evan Niu, CFA - Tech and Telecom
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The Motley Fool's article on what is the cloud and what to look out for when investing.

 

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10 questions to determine whether hybrid clouds are right for your organization

10 questions to determine whether hybrid clouds are right for your organization | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Hybrid clouds are helping enterprises find a balance between their IT infrastructure and public cloud services. But do they make sense for you?
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10 questions to help you decide whether a hybrid cloud is the right strategy for your company.

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Top 5 common challenges faced by new cloud cust...

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Ask any organization why implementing a private cloud is important, and you are likely to receive a reply with different reasons. Even if you ask the same question to different people working in the same organization, you’d probably get different reasons.

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Listed are some of the common challenges that are faced by the cloud users

 

Guest post: Thanks to @janet tompson for the article.

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The challenges of cloud integration and how to overcome them!

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In this article by Warren Guerrero touches on the common challenges faced by many new cloud customers. Covering topics such as support, reliability and performance when implementing or migrating to a private cloud service. 

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How can we protect our information in the era of cloud computing?

How can we protect our information in the era of cloud computing? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Private information would be much more secure if individuals moved away from cloud-based storage towards peer-to-peer systems, where data is stored in a variety of ways and across a variety of sites, argues a University of Cambridge researcher.
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The strength of a peer-to-peer system is that its value grows as the number of users increases:

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Hybrid clouds refresher: Top five tips of 2014

Hybrid clouds refresher: Top five tips of 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The hype surrounding hybrid clouds will continue into 2015, as more enterprises adopt the cloud model. Here are the best tips from 2014 to ensure a bright hybrid cloud future.
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When it comes to choosing a cloud environment, enterprises have a lot to consider. ....

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Enterprises Moving Big Data Workloads to Public Cloud

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More than half of large enterprises are either already using public cloud resources for their big data analytic needs or plan to do so, according to a report by Gigaom Research.
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The report finds that only 13 percent of respondents say they would only use private data centers for all analytic processes.

 

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Cloud Computing Glossary: 21 Terms You Need to Know Before Splurging on the Cloud

Cloud Computing Glossary: 21 Terms You Need to Know Before Splurging on the Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Rapid evolution of both the technology and terminology around this trend can easily lead to a state of confusion. This mini cloud computing glossary will help you navigate your way through all the jargon as you size up different vendors and solutions.
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Excellent resource! Worth bookmarking.

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Darshik Jariwala for the article.

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A clear advantage: open source opens up the possibilities of the cloud

A clear advantage: open source opens up the possibilities of the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Giving businesses choice when it comes to the cloud by using open-source software can help them become more flexible and allow them to use the applications they wish to use to deliver services to thei
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While cloud computing is on the agendas of business and IT leaders for its ability to increase business agility, a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t exist

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CloudFlare aims to prevent future Heartbleeds with Keyless SSL

CloudFlare aims to prevent future Heartbleeds with Keyless SSL | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
CDN mavens CloudFlare have a new system for implementing SSL in the cloud while keeping the private keys elsewhere
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Called Keyless SSL, the system allows an organization to move its public-facing Web infrastructure to the cloud, while at the same time keeping its private SSL keys on its own internal servers.

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Introducing the Hybrid Cloud – A New Way to Think About Cloud Computing

Introducing the Hybrid Cloud – A New Way to Think About Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The last few years have seen a definite explosion of interest in cloud computing solutions for businesses of all sizes, to the point of cloud storage wars bringing down the price and ever increasing …
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A hybrid cloud solution offers some distinct benefits for small to medium sized businesses looking to expand their computing power. These can be broken down into a few basic areas: .....
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Hybrid cloud: is it right for your business?

Hybrid cloud: is it right for your business? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Hybrid cloud computing is getting increasing attention from IT professionals as it helps organizations find a balance between their IT infrastructure and public cloud service.

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Deciding whether to choose public, private or hybrid cloud can depend on a number of factors such as business data protection requirements, what applications you use etc. ..............

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Noting the Convergence of Public, Private Clouds | Hybrid Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud

Noting the Convergence of Public, Private Clouds | Hybrid Cloud Computing content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A hybrid cloud computing models become more popular, solution providers have an integral role in making the connection between public and private clouds.
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The general expectation for several years now has been that hybrid cloud computing would emerge as the dominant form of cloud computing. ....

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Linthicum: Cloud analytics apps need solid data architecture

Linthicum: Cloud analytics apps need solid data architecture | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
At the 2014 TDWI Executive Summit in Boston consultant David Linthicum discussed cloud analytics and the need to support it with tiered cloud data architecture
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With a well-planned strategy for cloud architecture, Linthicum said businesses can leverage the tiered approaches that cloud computing supports, potentially separating their BI and analytics data into public, private, community and hybrid clouds based on what fits best for particular applications.

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When do you go private?

When do you go private? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Public clouds are often perceived as cheaper and easier. But there are times when a private cloud is the better option. These considerations will help you decide.
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While many assume that a private cloud must also be located in a provider’s data center rather than on the customer’s own premises, this is not part of the definition.

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