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"We have several customers now running private clouds. They're not as large as they should be but it's getting there. The adoption challenge has been pretty simple. Look at the world today of virtualization vs cloud - most of the spend in the world has either been in public cloud and then there's virtualization," stated Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace ... (more)

The Essential Elements of a Private Cloud

Not long ago, Forrester analyst James Staten wrote a report with the compelling title: You're Not Ready for Internal Cloud. What Staten meant, of course, by the term "internal cloud" is what we have been referring to in this blog as a private cloud. Whether you're ready or not probably depends a lot on where you are on the project path. For those just starting on the private cloud journey, it might be useful to get the lay of the land and discuss the essential elements of any private cloud project, and point out areas where my definition diverges from Staten's, as a recognized e... (more)

Jerry Yang’s Reportedly Backing Metacloud

Ever get the feeling that soon there'll be so many clouds we'll never see the sun again? Well, here's another one. It's called Metacloud. After quietly starting early last year it's just hit the radar, turning up with an undisclosed investment from Storm Ventures and - according to Wired -former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures. That makes some sense since Metacloud is headed by Steve Curry, who spent a dozen years at Yahoo managing its global storage operations, responsible for hundreds of petabytes of content and user data. The other folks involved are émigrés from Ti... (more)

Buzzword Alert: Cloud Service Enabler Versus the Private Cloud

I love it when people call me up out of the blue and start to debate whether there is such a thing as a "private cloud". Today is one of those days, I can't help but wonder if these people think that a cloud infrastructure will somehow magically create itself. Whether it's EC2 or Rackspace, Savvis or Gogrid, at some point there needs to be a single or series software components that enables the creation of the so called "cloud". Recently there seems to be a growing convergence with in the data center combining the best aspects of cloud computing including, SOA, utility, SLA, auto... (more)

The Cost of a (Private) Cloud

Lately I see many medium to large companies asking wether they should build their own “private cloud” (a.k.a. ‘datacenter’) or go with one of the cloud computing providers. Especially now with the adoption of Eucalyptus, rumors that next version of Ubuntu (Karmic Koala) will be “cloud enabled” and with Microsoft pushing for on-premises cloud services, I truly believe this is a valid question.  Before you get your IT guys working on building your cloud, I’d suggest you to read this white-paper by Albert Greenberg, (ex Microsoft, working for Amazon) James Hamilton, David A. Maltz ... (more)

What Separates a Cloud From (Water) Vapor?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer I spoke this morning with the cloud evangelist for a hardware manufacturer. Not surprisingly, they come at cloud from the iron up, so for them cloud is mostly about virtualization with a little more buzz. While I can understand this viewpoint, if today's cloud is just yesterday's server consolidation in new clothes, then Larry Ellison's latest "a cloud is just water vapor" rant is probably appropriate. So what exactly is the dividing line between virtualization and true cloud goodness? I think the key lies in bringing together a fuller solution with a clo... (more)