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The Public Cloud is a promise. A promise for a new model without an Information Technology department.  Unlike the Public Cloud, the Private Cloud is nothing to write home about. Utility Computing disguised in modern and attractive name.  Reality is not as simple as described in the paragraphs above.  If you read the article Tectonic shift as Public Cloud giants acknowledge the private deployment options, you will discover that even Amazon and Google admit that Public Cloud is not a magical solution for all problems. There is a necessity for Private Clouds. There are systems for which Public Cloud is not adequate.  Private Cloud It is relatively easy to define Public Cloud. There are various different definitions of Private Cloud.  The main definitions could be categorized as follows: 1. Cloud which is located within the Enterprise boundaries.  Utility Computing may fit to th... (more)

Flexera Software Announces InstallAnywhere 2012

Helping Application Producers and Enterprise IT Developers Migrate Their Apps to the Cloud and Virtual Environments New release enables multi-platform installation development from a single project file across physical, cloud, and other virtual environments Maidenhead, UK - October 16, 2012 Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today the launch of InstallAnywhere 2012. This latest release streamlines the software deployment and installation process on-premises, in the cloud, and in enterprise virtual machine environments. "Customers access our products in increasingly complex environments - from physical, traditional environments to cloud and virtual environments - and we need to make it easy for them," said Paul French, Vice President, Strategy & Markets, Axway. "Flexera ... (more)

How to Secure vCloud Director and the vCloud API

This year’s VMworld conference saw the announcement of VMware’s new vCloud Director product, a culmination of the vision for the cloud computing the company articulated last year and a significant step forward in providing a true enterprise-grade cloud. This is virtualization 2.0—a major rethink about how IT should deliver infrastructure services. VMware believes that the secure hybrid cloud is the future of enterprise IT, and given their success of late it is hard to argue against them. vCloud Director (vCD) is interesting because it avoids the classic virtualization metaphors rooted in the physical world—hosts, SANs, and networks—and instead promotes a resource-centric view contained with the virtual datacenter (VDC). vCD pools resources into logical groupings that carry an associated cost. This ability to monetize is important not just in public clouds, but for ... (more)

Is PaaS a Bane or Boon to the Hosting Business?

At the WPC, Microsoft has announced that it is now bringing a subset of Windows Azure features to Windows Server to enable hosters offer Cloud capabilities to their customers. With Cloud competing with hosting business, is there a scope for the traditional hosters to sustain their business? Businesses are now overwhelmed with the hosting options that are available to them. They can choose from a variety of options from running their web applications in a tiny VM offered for free by many IaaS providers. Organizations with IT teams that are confident of managing the infrastructure are opting to spin a VM on the Cloud and run their web application on it. Developer centric businesses can also run it for free on the modern PaaS offerings like Windows Azure Websites, Heroku, Cloud Foundry or Red Hat OpenShift. With developers finding it extremely easy to push the code to a... (more)

First Official AOKP Jelly Bean ROM

Here is today’s top tech news. It’s a happy day for all you Android hackers out there, AOKP has released their first (official) code for Jelly Bean - while there have been “nightlies” for a while, the first release is the best. If you have a rooted Android device, head over to AOKP to check out what they have to offer (here). Glacier is here to make your data storage worries a thing of the past Amazon announces “Glacier” - which they call a ‘secure, reliable and extremely low cost storage solution.’ Amazon claims that this data service will be excellent for rarely accessed data, and offer costs as low as 1 penny/GB/month. Via TechCrunch, more here. Verizon blocking vacations in September for the iPhone 5 - this report, from Droid-Life, has VZW employees reported that they are not allowed vacation in the second half of September to get ready for the glut of customers... (more)

A Comparison Between OpenStack and VMware vCloud IaaS Offerings

I previously wrote a review of  the Microsoft Azure public cloud and included a comparison between Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services) and will now compare OpenStack and VMware vCloud. For a review of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) see my blog post and video. This table provides a simple and high level comparison of OpenStack and vCloud. Feature OpenStack VMware vCloud Virtualization layer Type 2 virtualization - Libvirt layered on top of Linux. Supports various hypervisors: XEN, KVM, HyperV... Type 1 virtualization - bare metal; vSphere hypervisor only. Management Open API, Command line, Web console, Orchestration tools. Distributed components: storage, networks, compute,,, Web console, API; (requires vCenter to centrally manage resource pools, hosts and storage.) Storage Not traditional filesystem, Object or block storage, vertical or horizontal scale out, u... (more)

The Cloud Agility Race | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

The Cloud Agility Race: Implications for CIOs Last week as I was writing Amazon Declares War on VMware, VMware was preparing to announce the acquisition of a pro services team to aid in cloud migration (see coverage in CRN): VMware Acquires Professional Services Firm To Boost Cloud Migration, DevOps Expertise. You can get my thoughts on Amazon's frontal assault on VMware and the VMware acquisition via the above links as well as at Part Deux, or on the importance of agility at the VMblog Tea Garden Talk from VMworld (about 5 minutes in). It was great to see that Amazon exec Andy Jassy championed agility at re:Invent.  GigaOm covered his comments: "Andy Jassy, Amazon's SVP of web services, repeatedly invoked agility, not price, as a prime motivator for cloud." - Barb Darrow, Top 5 Lessons Learned at AWS Re:Invent That raises the question of what the cloud agility rac... (more)

VMware's VP of Emerging Business Speaking Next Week at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo November 19-21 in Silicon Valley

Dan Chu, VMware's VP of Emerging Business, intends to take an industry leader's perspective next week when he presents a breakout session at SYS-CON's 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo (November 19-21, 2008) being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Chu will apply that perspective to the new disruptive trend in the market that everyone is calling cloud computing. In his session, "The Enterprise Cloud: Applications On and Off Premise," Chu will uncover among other things VMware's plan to leverage its technology leadership in virtualization to deliver reliable, mobile technology to its customers and service providers worldwide. He will explore cloud pitfalls and uncover new methods for delivering applications on or off premise. VMware's CTO Steve Herrod is also appearing at the event, as one of the distinguished participants on the SYS-CON.TV ... (more)

Double-Take Software Announces New Licensing Model for Virtual Systems

Double-Take Software has announced a new pricing and licensing model for Double-Take for Virtual Systems that enables customers to protect an unlimited number of virtual machines under one license. The new model makes it easy for customers to deploy disaster recovery solutions based on VMware vSphere 4 by licensing at the hypervisor level, versus the guest virtual machine level, ultimately enabling customers to reap the rewards of server virtualization while delivering a recovery framework that keeps workloads available at all times. “The new licensing model for Double-Take for Virtual Systems allows customers of all sizes to cost-effectively protect virtual machines within their VMware environments, further streamlining virtualization for customers as they move toward cloud computing,” said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances, VMware. “With this simplified virt... (more)

The Long Tail of Cloud Computing?

My watered down translation of Long Tail theory is simply the notion that the aggregate sum of stuff buyers take in small, infrequent quantities will invariably outstrip the aggregate sum of the most popular counterparts. Research evidence is beginning to corroborate what we saw some three years ago: There is a Long Tail in Cloud Computing. Consider some well accepted research points from IDC and others of late: The Cloud Computing market will hit USD $42 Billion by 2012 Of that, more than 50% will comprise business process applications (the stuff we all use daily to run companies big and small) So, I can infer then that some $20 Billion will comprise the 2012 feed bag from which all the little cloud computing piggies will line up at the trough to consume. Not a bad market, from 10,000 feet away. But here's the thing. The cloud computing market is already becoming pre... (more)

Top Virtualization Solutions People are Looking For in 2009

This is the summary of Survey conducted by onCloudComputing.com in which the participants were asked only one simple question “What they are looking for in 2009 in relation to Virtualization”. So we can also call the following as “Virtualization Trends 2009” 1. Windows Virtualization Windows takes advantage of virtualization assistance in hardware that is based on Intel Virtualization Technology and AMD "Pacifica." By doing this, Windows virtualization enables workloads such as server consolidation, efficient software development and testing, resource management for dynamic data centers, application rehosting and compatibility, and high-availability partitions. 2. Server Virtualization Server virtualization is the masking of server resources, including the number and identity of individual physical servers, processors, and operating systems, from server users. The ser... (more)