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As enterprise interest in cloud computing offerings and concepts continues to increase, the number of solutions in both the public and private cloud spaces increases as well. There's been much debate over public versus private cloud, even to the point of debating whether there can be such a thing as a private cloud. I'm not here to debate the latter (in my opinion the location of the service has nothing to do with whether or not it is a cloud), but rather I want to take a look into why consumers would choose private clouds over their public counterparts. During the last several months, Ive been lucky enough to chat with numerous enterprise users about their thoughts on cloud computing. Quite a few of these users are already utilizing the cloud on some level, and they are doing this by leveraging both public and private clouds. In my experience, enterprises have bee... (more)

KT and Cloudscaling Launch Korea’s First Major Private Cloud

KT, Korea's largest fixed-line operator and its second-largest mobile carrier, which wants to be the number one player in its markets, has launched the country's first large-scale private cloud like Amazon or Google in conjunction with U.S.-based IaaS outfit Cloudscaling. KT plans to use the thing as a platform for various data-intensive services for smartphones and tablets as well as for internal infrastructure. KT says it evaluated a number of vendors and picked Cloudscaling when it realized the two companies share a common architectural philosophy based on commodity hardware, open source software and aggressive automation. Jung-sik Suh, head of KT's Cloud Services Business Unit, said in a statement that "The leaders in cloud technology are Internet companies, not telcos or enterprise IT companies. We wanted a cloud computing partner that understood our vision for ... (more)

Leveraging Your Private PaaS for Feature Delivery

The growth of cloud services for business has been a hot topic for years now, but 2012 was the year when the cloud went from market hype to mainstream deployment. Most organizations have now adopted a private cloud of some kind, but caution is preventing them from taking full advantage. Exploring the potential benefits of new tools is vital if IT departments hope to see real performance gains. Recent Gartner research highlights the importance of digital technologies for CIOs in the coming year. Gartner's Mark McDonald described the problem succinctly, "IT needs new tools if it hopes to hunt for technology-intensive innovation and harvest raised business performance from transformed IT infrastructure, operations and applications. Without change, CIOs and IT consign themselves to tending a garden of legacy assets and responsibilities." What Is the Problem? As it st... (more)

Private Cloud Computing Madness Darkens My Soul

"Ever any madness in your family?," asked the Belgian doctor of the Englishman Marlow in the native Pole Josef Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Marlow was on an ostensible search for a missing Col. Kurtz, who had himself reportedly descended into madness in the heart of the African jungle. Updated, Marlon Brando's character descended into same in the Apocalypse Now Vietnam of the 70s (as did filmmaker Francis Coppola in real life while making the film in the Philippines). Marlow was put off by the question, but it plays a critical role in the novel. For his search was not really for a specific individual, up a specific river, but was in truth a search for the darkness inherent in the human soul. I ponder all this as I spend another day in the blazing Philippine sun, writing about Cloud Computing and researching how it might benefit developing countries such as this one. ... (more)

Rackspace Launches New Private Cloud Reference Architectures

Rackspace, co-developer of the OpenStack cloud platform, has created a more direct path for large, full-service IT providers to deploy the popular open source-based software in large-scale private cloud projects, according to an article on eWEEK. Rackspace released three new blueprints, called Private Cloud Open Reference Architectures, to fuel the initiative, which is designed specifically for such companies as EMC, Dell, IBM, NetApp and Hewlett-Packard. The new blueprints primarily are directed at Big Data-type private cloud projects, which are ramping up in many different verticals around the globe. According to an article on TalkinCloud.com, "reference architectures are one way toward achieving maturity in a business technology, and that's what Rackspace is hoping to do. At the same time, it may give it and the channel partners that deal in private OpenStack clo... (more)

At-a-Glance: Comparing VMware vSphere 5.5 & Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

There’s been lots of buzz on the virtualization front over the past month …  In August, Microsoft announced the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, the latest major releases of the Windows Server and System Center families.  In addition, at VMworld this year, VMware announced the latest edition of their vSphere hypervisor platform: VMware vSphere 5.5. IT Pros have been very interested in learning about the pros and cons presented by each offering – particularly because the total cost of Windows Server 2012 R2 + System Center 2012 R2 can be quite attractive in comparison to VMware’s offerings. More information: See Shopping for Private Clouds for a sample cost comparison between Microsoft and VMware virtualization solutions based on real-world requirements. With so many features called by differing names in each virtualization platform... (more)

Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Makes Internal Cloud bursting Reality

How to leverage a “private virtual cloud” such as Amazon VPC with your own dynamic infrastructure A couple of blog posts on Amazon’s recent announcement of its VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) have made much of the fact that the resources available within Amazon’s cloud via VPC aren’t public. These same commentaries seem to believe that this makes the resources not very valuable. One author called it a “terrible” implementation because “users can’t expose clients to the internet and can’t assign them IP addresses.” I understand how some might reach that conclusion if they aren’t taking an architectural view of how such resources could actually be leveraged within the enterprise. VPC – and any similar implementation by a cloud provider – effectively extends the corporate network into the cloud provider’s “space”, augmenting the available resources by making available co... (more)

Public vs. Private Cloud Debate is Real

Zebras and tigers and bears, oh my! Well, there were no bears on an invigorating Power Panel at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara Tuesday night, but the subject of the two striped animals mentioned above did come up. Re-visiting a topic that re-appears during times of seismic change in the IT industry, panel moderator Jeremy Geelan, SVP of the event's producer SYS-CON Media, mused as to whether the private cloud was a zebra (based on a comment he heard from way high up in HP) and the public cloud a tiger, ie, you're discussion two completely different animals here that both happen to have stripes. Panel members included Rob Walters from The Planet, Willie M. Tejada of Akamai, and three small-company CEOS--Terry Woloszyn of PerspecSys, Adam Blum of Rhomobile, and Greg O'Connor of AppZero. Geelan's question went to the heart of the private vs. ... (more)

Public Cloud Computing: Enabling the Elastic Enterprise

Sometimes the results of a Google search can be most enlightening for what they don't show.  For instance, I was wondering about the differences between private and public cloud computing in terms the strategic business benefits of each, so I did a Google search that looked like this: As you can see, that search only returned 24 results, and ten of those were duplicates!   Not only is 14 a surprisingly tiny number, but about half of those were cases where the two phrases happened to occur on the same page with no semantic relationship between them, and the remainder all expressed the same view: "Private cloud computing provides no strategic business benefits". Is that true?  I think it depends on how one defines "private" and "public".  In my view, cloud computing infrastructure and applications operated within an organization's private network and only made availa... (more)

Microsoft’s New Cloudware Could Cast a Shadow over VMware

Microsoft staged a Private Cloud Day Tuesday to herald the coming of System Center 2012 sometime between now and the end of June. System Center 2012 will put Microsoft squarely in the private cloud business and put VMware's teeth on edge because it's cheaper and reportedly has the same bells and whistles as VMware's widgetry. According to IDC VMware will have to start competing on price. Once Microsoft's private cloudware is out there it'll have the makings of a hybrid model - which is what most people say they want - governed by the same management tools and offering a consistent view of application performance and data in both environments. Microsoft, by the way, says it recognizes that users want to consume cloud capacity from a number of partners. System Center 2012, which is currently at the release candidate stage, is supposed to integrate eight existing piece... (more)

Breaking News: Free Private Cloud “Jump Start” Training

Microsoft has just scheduled a FREE 2-day training course entitled “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 Jump Start”, happening on February 21st-22nd, 2012 from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST.  Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn what you need to know to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Leveraging the popular Jump Start virtual classroom approach, the industry’s most gifted cloud experts will show attendees why this new private cloud solution, based on System Center 2012 and Windows Server, has garnered so much attention. Here are the details: Course: “Creating and Managing a Private Cloud with System Ce... (more)